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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The lunacy of over-sensitivity

Kivalliq News
May 2, 2017

I’ve been fortunate in Rankin Inlet during the past 18-plus years to have known a fair number of people who liked to discuss “hot topics” of the day openly and honestly, without playing the race card or firing about a bunch of impossible-to-disprove labels in an effort to force silence or capitulation.

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Newly minted First-Aiders in Rankin Inlet

May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet – Seven people from the community joined a group of firefighters to take their basic First Aid Training Course in Rankin Inlet this past month. Passing the course and becoming first time first-aiders were Kenny Hamilton, Kathleen Merritt, Megan Sammurtok, Alexandra Rudd, Katherine Rudd, Jakob Voisey and Shawn Makkigak.

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No Stanley Cup for Kivalliq fans

May 2, 2017

Kivalliq -The Kivalliq region was left out of the Stanley Cup’s visit to Nunavut this past month.

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Fun times ahead with Pakallak Tyme

May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet – The annual Pakallak Tyme celebrations got underway this past Sunday, April 30. The community celebration will run through until May 7, and offers something for everyone of all ages, including dog mushing, square and teen dances, elder’s breakfast and games, kid’s pond hockey tournament and outdoor games, Ski-Doo races and much, much more.

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Award winners

May 2, 2017

Arviat

The student video-production team at John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat took first place in the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission’s territorial high school video contest titled Focus on Safety.

John Arnalukjuak High School and the video-production team will both receive a cash prize of $1,000 for winning the contest.

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Earth Day at Tuugaalik High School

May 2, 2017

Naujaat – Students and staff at Tuugaalik High School celebrated both Drop the Pop and Earth Day in Naujaat on April 21. The students took part in a number of activities aimed at making healthy choices and living a healthy, active lifestyle. For more on the school’s activities, please see the May 10 edition of Kivalliq News.

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Soccer tourney

May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet/Coral Harbour

The Kivalliq was well represented at the youth Super Soccer championship in Yellowknife by teams from Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour this past weekend.

Final results at the Super Soccer event were not known as of press time.

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Naujaat’s cadets get grant

May 2, 2017 - Naujaat

Naujaat’s 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Gerard Buckley Cadet Fund this past month.

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Cadets get grant

May 2, 2017

Naujaat

Naujaat’s 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Gerard Buckley Cadet Fund this past month.

The grant will allow Naujaat to cover all costs associated with their exchange program with a group of cadets from British Columbia.

Money the cadets previously earned through fundraising to apply towards the exchange program will now be used on other 3055 RCACC activities or programs.

The Naujaat cadets will be holding their final parade during the next few weeks, and the 3055 RCACC will be sending 25 youths out to cadet summer camp during the next two months.

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Firing up bylaw services

May 2, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The hamlet of Rankin Inlet’s bylaw services has a new look after being transferred to the local fire department under the direction of Fire Chief Mark Wyatt.

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Firing up bylaw services

Volunteer firefighter and current bylaw officer Kyle Lowe distributes photos to social media in hopes of finding the owner of this beautiful pup he picked up in Rankin Inlet this past week. - photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt
May 2, 2017

The hamlet of Rankin Inlet’s bylaw services has a new look after being transferred to the local fire department under the direction of Fire Chief Mark Wyatt.

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Volunteer gets deserved recognition

Gov. Gen. David Johnston presents Mary Fredlund of Rankin Inlet with the Sovereign's Award for Volunteer during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ont., on Monday, April 24. - photo courtesy of Mary Fredlund
May 2, 2017

Mary Fredlund and Kathleen Irwin of Rankin Inlet were among 46 dedicated Canadians to receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Gov. Gen. David Johnston during a gala ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ont, on Monday, April 24.

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Recognizing support

Capt. Lloyd Francis and cadet Lydia Haqpi find things a little damp on the beach during their visit to Vancouver Island this past March. Francis will be presenting an award to Kivalliq School Operations this coming month in Ottawa, Ont., for granting him the time needed away from his class at Tuugaalik High School to lead the Naujaat cadet program. - photo courtesy of 3055 RCACC
May 2, 2017

The office of Kivalliq School Operations (KSO) in Baker Lake will be getting a nice nod from the Canadian Forces when it’s recognized for granting Capt. Lloyd Francis the time he needs away from his class at Tuugaalik High School to lead Naujaat’s 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) later this month.

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Two-peat in Iqaluit for Rankin

The 2017 Toonik Tyme senior men's champion Canadrill Red Wings of Rankin Inlet are, back row from left, Nick Dunphy, Roy Kopak, Roger Tagoona, Cody Dean, Keith (Butch) Sigurdson and David Clark. In the middle row, from left, are Andrew Simms, Chad Taipana, Pujjuut Kusugak, Rodney Taparti, Shack Merasty and Alaana Groves (stick boy). In the front from left, James Merritt and Panniuq Karetak in Iqaluit earlier this month. - photo courtesy of Lori Tagoona
May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet’s Canadrill Red Wings fought their way back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Iqaluit A team 4-3 and claim the 2017 Toonik Tyme senior men’s hockey championship in Iqaluit earlier this month.

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Access to washrooms

May 2, 2017

Nobody, other than the participants, knows exactly what led to an A&W customer being roughed up by security at Centre Square Mall late last month.

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Police seek man accused of sex assault

May 2, 2017

Police in the city are searching for a man accused of sexual assault who has evaded arrest attempts, according to an RCMP news release.

Police are seeking to arrest Aaron Catholique, 36, of Yellowknife who remains at large after a search spanning several days. The public is not in “immediate” danger, police stated.

He’s described as being of indigenous descent, 183 cm tall, weighing about 80 kg, with brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information about him is asked to call RCMP at 873-1111 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, nwtnutips.com or texting nwtnutips to 274637.

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City seeks Canada Day vendors

May 2, 2017

The City of Yellowknife is on the hunt for arts, crafts and food vendors to liven up this year’s Canada Day celebrations at Somba K’e Civic Plaza. The deadline for vendors to apply is May 31, according to a news release. Non-profit organizations are being given preference for the event, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 1. Application forms can be found on the city’s website.

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Yk1 lays out budget plans

Terry Brookes, trustee at Yellowknife Education District No. 1, presents the school board's 2017/18 draft budget on April 27 at the district office in Yellowknife. Pictured at right is Tram Do, director of corporate services. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

Yellowknife’s public school board is projecting a minor deficit in 2017-18, amounting to less than one per cent of its approximately $35-million budget.

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New deputy fire chief all about awareness

Darren Kuhn is Yellowknife's new deputy fire chief of life safety and fire prevention. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

It’s been less than two months since Darren Kuhn packed up his bags and made the move from Edmonton to Yellowknife, but already he’s full of ideas for his new role at the Yellowknife Fire Division.

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Composer nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

A work from composer Carmen Braden's recently released album Ravens is nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. - Emelie Peacock/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

A work inspired by the Braden family’s move North and the science of magnets has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.

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Winner, winner, Wildcat dinner

Mitchell Elliott of Range Lake North cradles the ball after making a stop during the Grade 7 boys final of Diavik Junior Super Soccer at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. - James McCarthy/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

The Super Soccer format has been happening since 1993, even though the NWT School Soccer Championships had been happening before its current format.

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City considers buy-local policy

May 2, 2017
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
Yellowknife senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett, shown in April, says a change to an ambulance fee will take effect next year to allow the GNWT time to budget for the increased cost.

A new trade agreement between provinces and territories could make it easier for the city to buy goods and services locally, within certain limits.

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Vacant buildings waste money

May 1, 2017

Iqaluit city council last month committed $150,000 per year for five years to support the city’s homeless shelter.

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Students travel to remember

Kiilinik High School students attend the Vimy 100 Celebrations on April 9. - photo courtesy of Patti Bligh
May 1, 2017

A group of students from Cambridge Bay listened while the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers were read out at the Vimy Memorial during the centennial ceremony for the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9.

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Resident wants youth to go to the pool, see the world

Iqaluit resident Kristof Karcza used $2000 of his own cash, with an additional $500 from Nicole Laplante Dunn and Andy Traub, to buy 450 children's passes and 115 youth passes for the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, which he distributed to schools, organizations and agencies around the city. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

A generous Iqaluit resident bought hundreds of drop-in passes to the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre in early April, and distributed them to local schools, organizations and agencies – wherever there might be children and youth who can’t necessarily afford the $4 to $6 fee.

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Chamber begins breakfast speaker series

City of Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern, seated with new Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce president Matthew Clark, addresses an early-morning crowd of roughly 40 at the first monthly Breakfast Networking Speaker Series held at the Hotel Arctic April 26. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

A wide range of early-rising Iqalungmiut attended a new monthly morning speakers’ series to hear Mayor Madeleine Redfern speak on the topic of Iqaluit Today and the Opportunities in Our Future.

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Canada retracts objection to indigenous peoples rights to consent

Minister Carolyn Bennett made a public retraction at the UN Headquarters on April 24 of Canadian objection to implementing articles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that speak to indigenous rights of free, prior, and informed consent. She is pictures here with Grand Chief Ed John, left and National Chief Perry Bellegarde. - photo courtesy of INAC
May 1, 2017

Canada’s objection to articles concerning indigenous consent within the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been formally rescinded during a speech by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett at UN headquarters in New York on April 24.

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Waiting for Nutrition North update

Passion fruit, left, and dragon fruit are subsidized items under the current Nutrition North Canada program model, while bullets and diapers are not. "We're going to have to decide whether this is a social program or a fairness issue," said INAC Minister Carolyn Bennett in February. - Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

After consultations in 23 Northern communities, the long-awaited report on the Nutrition North Canada program is due to be released.

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Gold exploration heats up in the Kivalliq

This map shows one gold-producing mine and numerous other gold-exploration sites in the Kivalliq region as of 2016. - photo courtesy of GN, INAC, and NTI
May 1, 2017

A modern-day gold rush is quietly taking place in the Kivalliq, and specifically around Rankin Inlet, with a new exploration and development company scheduled to meet residents next week.

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Stalled Kitikmeot gold mine hearings resume

Gjoa Haven residents attend a community meeting held by Matthew Pickard of Sabina Gold and Silver, on the Back River gold mine project. - photo courtesy of Jason Prno
May 1, 2017

The next step for the Back River gold mine project starts in Cambridge Bay at the end of the month.

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Elder, polar bear to greet CHARS visitors

A large-scale replica of Cape Dorset artist Koomuatuk "Kuzy" Curley's carving of an elder leading a polar bear has been selected for placement at the entrance of the Canadian High Arctic Research Centre opening in Cambridge Bay this summer. - photo courtesy of Isabelle Laurier
May 1, 2017

Cape Dorset artist Koomuatuk “Kuzy” Curley usually uses power tools.

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Fishing derby set to go

Arviat fishers will start looking for the big ones on May 12, trying to match the skills of 2016 Pike and Trout Fishing Derby winners, from left, Lakeisha Flynn (1st place trout), Janet Ishalook (2nd pike), Joy Suluk (2nd trout), Pierre Ikakhik (3rd pike), Daniel Kablutsiak (3rd trout) and Norma-Jean Kablutsiak (1st pike). - NNSL file photo
May 1, 2017

If Rankin Inlet has hockey as its big community deal, Arviat’s big community deal is right around the corner.

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Hockey’s holy grail heads to Nunavut

NHL Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald, left, and Natalie Spooner of the Canadian Women's Hockey League's Toronto Furies inspect the Stanley Cup during the trophy's stop in Iqaluit on April 26. It was the first of eight stops over four days for hockey's biggest prize through the territory. - photo courtesy of Project North
May 1, 2017

The Stanley Cup playoffs are happening right now and one lucky team will get to lift the biggest prize the sport has to offer in June.

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Lost and found

Linda Nixon hugs her dog Joey back at home on the day he was found in the bush after he went missing for nine days. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

If Joey the Brussels Griffon could talk, he would no doubt have a great story to tell.

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Behchoko man jailed for molesting daughter

May 1, 2017

A Behchoko man has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail after being found guilty of twice sexually assaulting his young daughter.

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Educating pot

Melissa MacLellan, 15, left, and Erika Callahan, 16, prepare to take a test in Tomiko Robson's (far right) Grade 10 social studies class at Sir John Franklin High School on March 11, 2015. Department of Education, Culture and Employment officials say they plan to update the territory’s health curriculum along with the legalization of marijuana next July. - NNSL file photo
May 1, 2017

Education officials are looking to take a page out of other jurisdictions’ playbooks before changing how the territory’s health curriculum tackles marijuana ahead of planned legalization next summer.

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Leaders share stores at land claims anniversary event

Jordan Peterson, vice-president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, left, cuts the cake with Willard Hagen, former president of GTC, and Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, current president of GTC. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

Bobbi Jo Greenland-Morgan, president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, said Gwich’in are known as caribou people.

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‘Ready to kill’ before regaining pride

Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder, spent a lifetime working through and reconciling her experience at residential school. Now she advises youth on how to become proud to be Gwich’in. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

The first day I walked into that residential school is when the anger started,” said Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder from Fort McPherson who was taken from her home at the age of seven to attend residential school in Aklavik.

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Spiritual site to be re-opened

A radio tower sits on top of a site the Nahanni Butte Dene Band says is spiritually significant. - photo courtesy of the Nahanni Butte Dene Band
May 1, 2017

When Elsie Marcellais first heard that a spiritual site on top of a mountain that looms over Nahanni Butte had been filled with concrete, she felt a growing sense of unease.

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Exploring creativity

Twins Marcus and Kayden Neyelle mastered the art of soapstone carving for their Heritage Fair project at Ehtseo Ayha School in Deline on April 12. - photo courtesy of Tom Ferguson
May 1, 2017

Twin brothers at Ehtseo Ayha School in Deline created soapstone carvings as their contribution to the school’s Heritage Fair on April 12.

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Health fair features fun and helpful resources

Emma Dick throws her rock in the indoor curling event accompanying the community health fair Thursday, April 20. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

What it means exactly to promote health and wellness in a one-day fair is difficult to answer.

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Celebrating the best of the worst

Mike Harlow, left, presents a Can’t Skate Excellence Award to Gene Jenks for “most likely to hit the boards to stop.” The Inuvik Can’t Skate League held a year-end awards night Friday, April 21. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
May 1, 2017

In Yellowknife, there’s a hockey league known as Weekly Improvement for Mediocre PlayerS, better known as WIMPS. It’s a league where those who love the game hit the ice for truly recreational hockey.

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Team North off and running

Team North's boys squad will be looking to defend or better their silver-medal performance from one years ago at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, which begin on May 1 in Cowichan, B.C. Last year's team consisted of, front row from left, Seth Ningeongan, Tyler Akeeagok, River Ross, Austin Caza, Qarqitaq Kusugak-Clark, Kaine Comin and Josh Tetlichi; back row, Alex Skinner (injured), assistant coach Neco Towtongie, head coach Les Skinner, Drake Giroux, Liam Wong, Jaden Sigurdson, Ben McClelland, Johnny Elias, Jonas Leas, Stephane Nukapiak, Kaidan McDonald, Tyler Sabourin, Tanner Mandeville (injured), Ryan Skinner, team manager Derek Squirrel and assistant coach Tim Gordon. - photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT
May 1, 2017

Last year was a historic result for Team North at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships as they won a silver medal, the first medal of any colour for the North at the annual tournament.

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Yellowknife city council nixes 911 privatization

April 28, 2017

Territory parks fill up

Cheyanne Jones, 15, left, Madison Flanagan, 7, and Ava Catholique-Herback, 4, toss a ball around at a Fred Henne Territorial Park campsite last August. - Robin Grant/NNSL photo
April 28, 2017

A lot of people want to go camping in NWT parks this summer.

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