Women across the NWT are being invited to North Tallcree First Nation in northern Alberta for a women’s-only handgames tournament this summer.
Battle of the North, a “first of its kind” for its community, is set for June 21, 22 and 23.
Registration for the event is now open, with teams expected to be made up of six women, plus one sub, according to a bulletin posted on a Fort Simpson community Facebook group.
“Ladies bring your men along we need drummers!” it states.
“Come out for a fun filled weekend!”

– Erin Steele

Grads host tasty fundraiser
Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Who wouldn’t prefer a warm bowl of chili and bannock to a handful of coins?
Those nodding yes were in luck April 28 in Fort Simpson, thanks to a 2019-grad fundraiser that facilitated just that exchange.
“Bring your recyclables to us and we will give you a bowl of chili/bannock for them,” stated a bulletin on social media.
“Come out and support our graduates.”
The event was scheduled to take place at the PR Bottle Depot between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
“Donations are greatly appreciated, and can be dropped off at PR Bottle Depot.”
The fundraiser was scheduled as part of ongoing fundraising efforts from the Graduates of 2019.

Erin Steele

Language in pictures
Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

Community members in Fort Liard are being asked to help pick a winner of a community contest.
Acho Dene Koe First Nation’s language program has shared 20 pictures that have both a Dene and an English phrase on them, as well as a visual representation.
The entrees are meant to promote the Dene language.
Some of the phrases, in English, include “we love our Dene language”, “speak to me in Dene language” and “keepers of the Dene language”.
Community members can vote by “liking” their favourites on the Acho Dene Koe First Nation Facebook page, or by visiting the band office.
The winner, who willbe announced mid-May, will get their design put on a T-shirt.

Erin Steele

Games night in Deline promotes language
Deline/Fort Franklin
Community members in Deline were invited out to an evening of games April 24.
Slavey Language Games took place between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
“Come on down to the Cultural Centre for some Slavey Games!” stated a bulletin on social media advertising the event.
“Help us to promote Dene Kǝdǝ and keep the language strong!”
“Snacks and prizes for the kids and door prizes for parents/grandparents!” stated the bulletin.
“Come out and have some fun!”
According to comments on the bulletin, there was “some good participation” from the evening.

Erin Steele

Women in politics to be discussed
Lli Goline/Norman Wells
Why don’t more women enter territorial politics?
That’s the question community members in Norman Wells will mull over May 6 with a visit from The Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in the Legislative Assembly.
“The focus is on examining options that will address barriers and recommend initiatives to increase the representation of women,” states a bulletin on social media advertising the event.
The public consultation is set for 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion.
“These meetings are open to the public and the media is welcome to attend,” states the bulletin.

Erin Steele

Big birthday for college
Lli Goline/Norman Wells
Community members in Norman Wells were invited to Aurora College’s 50th birthday bash.
“Join us for chili and cake at the Norman Wells Community Learning Centre,” stated a bulletin advertising the event on social media.
The celebration was scheduled to take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first floor of the Ed Hodgson Building.
“Open to everyone! Bring your friends, bring your family, whatever you do, just don’t miss our 50th anniversary lunch celebration,” stated the bulletin.
What is today Aurora College was originally established as an Adult Vocational Training Centre 1969 in Fort Smith. In 1981, it was declared a college and renamed Thebacha College.
Today, the organization has three campuses and 21 community learning centres, including the one in Norman Wells.

Erin Steele

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