GNWT to re-examine rehab followup

December 17, 2017 - NWT

The territorial health minister joined several MLAs for a tour of the addictions facilities with which the GNWT is partnered, to get a better understanding of what NWT residents experience going south for addictions treatment and what they need when they come back home.

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Youth run the territory for a day

Emma Willoughby, left, representing Great Slave, Aidan Allan representing Yellowknife South, Myha Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes and Lisa Boutilier representing Hay River South stand during a vote for a motion to train teachers across the territory on youth mental health on Thursday, May 11 at the Government of the Northwest Territories legislative assembly. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo
May 16, 2017

by Emelie Peacock

Northern News Services

Young, passionate and well-spoken, students from across the territory took their seats at the legislative assembly on Thursday, May 11 for a Youth Parliament session.

Thursday was the culmination of a week of drafting and discussing motions, meeting with MLAs and getting a firsthand look at the democratic process. Nineteen youth in grades nine and 10, each representing one region of the territory, took part in the 15th annual Youth Parliament.

For many of them, the issues they advocated for hit close to home. Angus James Capot-Blanc from Fort Liard, representing Nahendeh, gave an impassioned speech on the mental health crisis in his community.

“It is spreading fast and it’s affecting mainly the youth in the communities, which is pretty sad because that’s our next generation,” he said during a break in Thursday’s session.

Myha Martin, a resident of Inuvik representing Inuvik Twin Lakes, described how elders are suffering from cultural loss and addictions, something she wants to solve by creating more work and travel opportunities throughout the region.

The effects of travel costs for remote communities was a huge concern for many of the youth, including Kyran Alikamik from Ulukhaktok. “I just think it’s very unreasonable,” he said of the $4,000 cost of airfare from his community to the territory’s capital. Another danger Alikamik warned about is drug trafficking and consumption, in particular substances laced with fentanyl .

For Alikmak, the experience of territorial politics weighed heavily on him. “I’m experiencing it right now and I’m sitting on the chairs and I feel like there’s a lot of pressure. I can make a decision but that can also influence others decisions, right?” he said. “Me making decisions for a quite large population is too much pressure for me, a little too much.”

While Alikmak said Youth Parliament has made him realize politics is not for him, others plan to continue after this experience. Capot-Blanc said politics is one of his passions, along with playing music, singing and repairing things.

A list of the students who took part in Youth Parliament from May 8 to 12. Photo courtesy of Government of Northwest Territories.
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Yellowknife students debate issues at the legislative assembly

Speaker for the Youth Parliament Rianna Camsell keeps her 17 MLAs on task and following protocol, during the 15th Youth Parliament on Thursday, May 11 at the legislative assembly. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo
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Creative business types wanted

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The city should get full marks for its innovative approach to sparking business growth downtown.

A contest is being held awarding one year of free downtown commercial space to the first place winner.

The city has witnessed a business flight from the downtown core in recent years as retailers struggled with high rents, competition from online sales, and social problems related to loitering and public intoxication.

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Why keeping it in the public service matters

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Charges dismissed over stolen laptops

Judge Bernadette Schmaltz dismissed charges against Lloyd Thrasher Monday, who was charged with possession of stolen property in relation to a theft at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre last year. NNSL file photo
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Man earns jail time for Days Inn drug bust

May 16, 2017

New songs from Kugluktuk to Iqaluit

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Emerging artists from Kugluktuk to Iqaluit joined up with Twin Flames musical duo to create six new works in March. From left, Lazarus Qattalik, Kenny Taptuna, Gordon Kaniak, Tooma Laisa, Twin Flames’ Chelsey June, Mary Itorcheak, Twin Flames’ Jaaji, Leanna Wilson and Corey Panika.
photo courtesy Qaggiavuut
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New travel reporting website six months overdue

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Fort Liard votes for chief and council Monday amid much controversy

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“She pulled the ace!”: Winner from Inuvik nets $319,296

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Beware the unnamed source in news stories, warns Yellowknifer editor Randi Beers

May 15, 2017

 

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In this week’s Media Moments, Yellowknifer editor Randi Beers discusses unnamed sources. Sometimes, a publication will choose to protect the identity of a person in a story but must do so responsibly. Three years ago, Rolling Stone Magazine protected the identity of a woman who claimed she was violently sexually assaulted at the University of Virginia, above. The story has since been retracted and the magazine settled a libel lawsuit after it was revealed the woman was not honest.
May 2017
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Luxury aurora lodge breaks ground on Dettah Road

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photo courtesy of Coromandel Aurora Lodge Ltd.
Skywatch Lodge and Spa will span 41,000 square feet on the Dettah road.
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Tyhee gold exploration site may be scooped up another gold mining junior

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The decline entrance at the Yellowknife Gold Project shown in 2005 when it was owned by Tyhee Gold Corp. This week GoldMining Inc. announced it had entered a purchase agreement for the project.
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Northern photography goes national with ‘Reconcilation’ photo

May 12, 2017

National air show coming to most NWT communities this summer

May 12, 2017

 

The Royal Canadian Air Force unveiled the new colours of its CF-18 demonstration jet on April 4. The new colours celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The unveiling ceremony took place at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A celebration of Northern aviation is bringing pilots and performers from across the country to tour 97 communities this summer.

The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour spans all three territories as well as a few communities in Manitoba, Quebec and Newfoundland.

Thirty-one communities in the Northwest Territories are scheduled to have shows over their communities, with 11 receiving a “wheels-down” event where the airplanes will land and community members can meet the performers.

The show kicks off in Fort Liard on June 2 with a wheels-down stop. Fort Liard Mayor Steven Steeves said the hamlet already has plans to give performers a true Northern welcome.

“We’ve got our kids putting up legends and stories … We’re giving them a big drum dance and everything, too,” Steeves said. “We want to show Canada, the world, what we’re all about.”

Hamlet recreation co-ordinator Sophie Kirby said community members are excited about the event.

The hamlet will be putting on a feast before the drum dance, both of which will take place June 1 the evening before the airshow is scheduled to start.

Kirby said the plan is for the show to be done over the Liard River, adding the hamlet plans to have lifeguards on hand as well.
“Hopefully the entire community will be there for the event,” she stated in an e-mail.
Some members of the show’s crew are already in the community for the tour’s education component. Nancy McClure, executive director for the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, said that segment is geared toward encouraging young people to pursue dreams of a career in aviation.
“The education piece is all literacy-based. A lot of it will be conversations our pilots have on the ground with kids as they talk about the possible career choices they might be looking at,” she said.
She and her team sees aviation as a career that could bring Northern youth back to their home communities to work and live.
“We’re really focusing on the fact that if you look at Northern people (in) these careers, they’re going to come back home hopefully,” she said.Some of the challenges the team has faced include how to bring in proper aviation gas to some of the smaller communities, securing accommodations and finding sponsors to help cover the cost of the tour.
Most of the project has been driven by volunteers.
McClure said the team is still fundraising, and is also crowdfunding with an initiative that allows people to purchase their own personal kilometre of the tour for $25.
The airshow itself is free of charge, unlike many of its southern counterparts. McClure said when she signed on as executive director, she decided the show needed to something everyone could come to see – despite any financial implications of running a free show.
“We did not compromise on our original vision. That was what was really important to me, because the point of the project was that we would bring this to everyone,” she said.
“We could have solved some of our problems by making this a paid airshow … but we didn’t want people to be excluded because they couldn’t pay.”
The tour will also be carbon-neutral, McClure said. The team partnered with Carbonzero, a Canadian carbon offset firm, by purchasing “carbon credits” to be re-invested elsewhere in the country.
“We made it a priority,” McClure said.
“We’re not only carbon-sensitive, we’re actually net zero on this project.

“The show was developed partly as a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, but also as a way to celebrate the tradition of aviation in the North.
“We really wanted this to have more of a legacy approach,” McClure said.
“The North-south corridor was built with airplanes, not trains, and that continues to be the case. So how would we bring an event to many of these locations? We’d have to fly an event in. The airshow grew from that.”
Communities will have up to nine aerobatic performances. The team’s Yellowknife stop will include a demonstration jet as well.
Among the performers are Anna Serbinenko, who McClure said is the only performing female airshow pilot in Canada, as well as Bud and Ross Granley.
“In airshow circles in North America, (Bud) is kind of the grandpa of air show performers. He is a legacy,” McClure said.

 

Fact File
NWT tour dates
June 2 – Fort Liard
June 7 – Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic
June 8 – Inuvik
June 9 – Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk
June 10 – Aklavik
June 11 – Tuktoyaktuk
June 12 – Fort Good Hope, Colville Lake
June 13 – Norman Wells, Deline, Tulita
June 14 – Fort Simpson, Jean Marie River, Wrigley, Nahanni Butte, Sambaa K’e, Fort Providence
June 17 – Fort Smith
June 18 – Kakisa, Enterprise, Fort Resolution, Lutsel K’e, Wekweeti, Behchoko, Whati, Gameti
June 19 – Ulukhaktok
July 8 – Hay River
July 9 – Yellowknife

 

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Fishing rules contradict Kam Lake arsenic advisory

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May 11, 2017

Tulita’s community organizations compete in spring clean-up

May 11, 2017

GNWT boosts small business funding limit to $75,000

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Five Tlicho students from communities to compete at territorial Heritage Fair

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Consensus government in the NWT has run its course

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Hockey fans raise cancer funds in Fort Good Hope

Northwest Territories residents have been uploading their best hockey fan photos to raise money for the Fort Good Hope Cancer fund. From left, Damien Haogak, Tori Haogak, Melinda Laboucan, Cheyenne Haogak and Andy Carpenter. photo courtesy of Melinda Laboucan.
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This too shall pass, says NWT News/North Editor James OConnor

On the left, a wedding party in Las Vegas. On the right, it doesn't take long for the bride to lose her cool with her maid of honour. Columnist James O'Connor opines that having a stranger's nuptials thrust into his face isn't his idea of fun in Sin City. James O'Connor/NNSL photo
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Read 1,000 books to win a basket of books from literacy council

May 11, 2017

In an effort to inspire parents to read books to their young children, the NWT Literacy Council is encouraging them to break out their cameras. On May 9, the council announced it is holding a photo contest to help promote its initiative to have families read 1,000 books before their child enters Kindergarten. The contest, which asks for a photo of the entrant’s child reading a book, runs until May 31 and features a basket of books as a prize.

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Washed out culvert temporarily closes Fort Simpson road

May 11, 2017

$5,000 grocery giveaway at Trevor’s Your Independent Grocer

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A giving movement gains steam

May 11, 2017
Jody Pellissey, Renee Sanderson, Lindsey Dwojak, Cheryl Mandeville and Caitlin Cleveland assemble baby baskets for mothers in need. In April the group delivered 35 baby baskets to the hospital in April, a project Renee organizes every six months through Pay It Forward NWT. Photo courtesy of Renee Sanderson.
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When Renee Sanderson started Pay it Forward NWT, the group had a grand total of one member. Three years later, her group’s Facebook page has 1,217 members and 600 active volunteers.

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Tourism hub shuttered after Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre found unsafe

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May 11, 2017
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Guidance team grapples with ‘at risk’ students

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With graduation around the corner, a team of counsellors and administrators at Sir John Franklin High School are working with students who may not be able to walk across the stage and claim their diplomas this year. 

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Council briefs: City shaves tax increase

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The city’s property tax rate increase this year will be smaller than originally predicted.

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Last call for liquor debate

May 10, 2017

Licensed premises bylaw hears final pitches before deciding vote

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Advocating for liquor funds to pay for warming centre

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Jonathon Michel proposes funding John Wayne Kiktorak Centre through liquor sales

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New water bombers arrive

May 10, 2017

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Interagency building up for sale

May 10, 2017

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Who you gonna call? Not the WSCC

May 10, 2017

 

the issue: WSCC communication

we say: Pick up the phone

One of the biggest safety issues facing workers in the NWT is the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission’s (WSCC) inability to use a telephone. Or email. Or any other way to communicate with the families of those killed on the job effectively.

Earlier this month, the Vinnicombe family traveled to Yellowknife to take part int he National Day of Mourning, on behalf of their son, 19-year-old David Vinnicombe. He died in a heavy machinery accident in Inuvik last June.

His father, Robbie, says there’s “lots of room for improvement” when it comes to how the WSCC keeps families in the loop. He told Yellowknifer his family had little information about the investigation into his son’s accident, leading them to believe it wasn’t effective.

That poses a risk for future workers too: as Robbie explained, a “shoddy” job investigating his son’s death could lead to another fatality down the track. If the WSCC can’t even explain adequately to the family, how can the public trust they’re doing everything they can to safeguard workers on the job?

The family has encouraged the minister of justice and the minister responsible for the WSCC to hire an ombudsman. Currently, there is no ombudsman– who investigates and reports on whether government agencies have followed policies and procedures– in the NWT.

But almost more importantly, the WSCC must keep families in the loop. The families and loved ones of workers killed on the job suffer. While the system grinds on, the families are left in the dark, not knowing why their loved one died, if anyone is to blame, and what’s being done to make sure no other families are shoved in the dark with them. If the WSCC isn’t keeping those lines of communication constantly open and flowing with families, it is suffering a public relations failure.

And there’s no reason this should be happening: the WSCC is a well-funded body. As David’s aunt Jacqui Vinnicombe told Yellowknifer, just because we’re in the North doesn’t mean we should expect anything less.

After all, lives are at risk.

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Arctic Aviation Tour prepares to launch

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The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, which will see pilots perform airshows in Northern communities throughout the summer, is preparing to take off. “Each one of us who created this project carries a love for aviation,” stated Nancy McClure, executive director of the project, in a news release.Not every show will be the same, with some places getting major shows and other getting only flybys.The show will take off June 2. Inuvik will be one of the first stops. It is scheduled to perform overhead in town on June 8.

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The Sun at Midnight awarded

May 10, 2017

The Sun at Midnight, a film shot on the land near Fort McPherson, received an award for Best Narrative at the Arkansas Bentonville Film Festival.

The film was directed and produced by Kirsten Carthew and Amos Scott.

It was the first local recipient of funding under the GNWT’s film rebate program.

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Two Inuvik students in youth parliament

May 10, 2017

Krish Sharma and Myha Martin, both students at East Three Secondary School, were set to take part in youth parliament in Yellowknife this week. Sharma was the representative from Inuvik Boot Lake, with Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes. Nineteen high school students from across the territory take part in the annual program, which has students assume the role of their respected member of the legislative assembly and participate in three days of meetings and briefings before the youth parliament model session Thursday, May 11.

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Inuvik soccer players headed to NAIG

May 10, 2017

Paris Wainman and Dalton McLeod, both students at East Three Secondary School, have been chosen for the North American Indigenous Games for the women’s and men’s youth soccer teams, respectively.

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Art teacher wins national award

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