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Low water levels on Athabasca River spark concern Communities downstream from Albertas oilsands want industrial water withdrawal stopped during unseasonal lows on the Athabasca River. See page 6. GNWT funds put the voice of Denendeh back on the air CKLB Radio was back on the air Monday with lan- guage programming thanks to 400000 in new annual core funding from the GNWT. See page 23. Fire training preps NWT crew leaders for the season Fire crew leaders from across the NWT met in Fort Smith last week for training on deal- ing with fast-paced hazard- ous wildre scenarios. See page 15. MLAs wonder if GNWT asking right questions on fracking Some MLAs are calling for a plebiscite to determine how the public feels about allow- ing hydraulic fracturing in the NWT. See page 8. V IS IT W W W .N O R J.C A A national award winning independent newspaper serving northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories since 1977 1.00 June 2 2015 Vol. 39 No. 5 Power vacuum opens as Hay River puts electricity contract up for bid By MEAGAN WOHLBERG A power vacuum in the town of Hay River has sparked a turf war between the communitys long-time electricity distributor and the NWT- owned power corporation. Hay River mayor and council an- nounced last Monday they would be issuingarequestforproposalsRFP forelectricitydistributionratherthan renewingtheircontractwithNorthland Utilities Ltd. NUL due to mount- ingconcernsabouttherisingcostsof powerinthecommunitywhereresi- dentspayalmost15centsperkilowatt hour more than neighbouring com- munities in the South Slave. NUL an ATCO company has dis- tributed NTPC power in Hay River since 1951 and also delivers to cus- tomers in Yellowknife Ndilo En- terprise Kakisa Fort Providence Trout Lake and Wekweeti. Last De- cember Hay River Mayor Andrew Cassidyrevealedthe townwouldnot be renewing the franchise agree- ment with the company. Last week the Northwest Territo- ries Power Corp. NTPC conrmed theyd be taking the bait and putting inaproposalfortheHayRiverutility franchisewiththesupportofcabinet. NTPC pulled together a paper to lay out why they were recom- mending to proceed with putting in a bid Miltenberger said. There were in our minds clear savings the NWT while thrusting millions in expenses onto taxpayers. NULs vice president of Northern development Doug Tenney said the companys assets in Hay River - es- timated by the GNWT to cost 12 million - are not for sale and that the administrative functions the company provides stretch beyond that adding up costs for taxpay- ers should NTPC win the contract. Therehavebeenstatementsmade that NUL is nothing more than a middleman that we buy power from NTPCandturnaroundandpassthat on to customers and I think if you take a look at what the electricity business really is theres a num- ber of functions to get service to a customer he said. Theres a num- ber of administrative and general functions things like accounting billing human resources that are all required regardless who serves you. Those functions arent going to go away. See NUL on page 2. All were talking about is bidding on a public process for the franchise in Hay River. The issue of pushed out is they have to be com- petitive. If they want to win this they can do that.Theyjusthavetoputinthebestpackage. Minister Michael Miltenberger According to Michael Milten- berger the minister responsible for NTPC cabinet is very con- fident that NTPC will be able to achieve greater cost savings for ratepayers in Hay River where residents are currently paying NUL 0.34kWh for their hydro while those in Fort Smith pay the Power Corp. 0.21. that we think could be found that would lower the cost of power in Hay River. Were not for sale NUL Within hours of councils deci- sion NUL launched a cross-terri- tory advertising campaign accusing the NWT government of attempt- ing to push private business out of PhotoDaliCarmichael EN ROUTE TO RECONCILIATION National commission on residential schools ends. See page 21. Julie Lys chair of the Fort Smith District Education Authority moves Phoenix program graduate Tim Byes tassel from right to left signalling his achievement in receiving his high school diploma. The oil-eld worker from Fort Chipewyan decided to go back to school so he would never get passed over on another opportunity in the industry again. For more photos of Fort Smiths graduating class head to pages 12 13. 2 Tuesday June 2 2015 POLITICS ENERGY NEWS BRIEFS Avalon Rare Metals closes public offering for a prot Avalon Rare Metals Inc. announced last week it had closed its recently opened public offering of ow-through com- mon shares and units which resulted in gross proceeds of 4.007 million. A release from Avalon states the company intendstousethefundsfromthesaleofthesharesforwork onthreemineralpropertiesincludingtheNechalachoRare Earth Elements Project in the NWT along with the East Kemptville Tin-Indium Project and the Separation Rapids Lithium Project. Fireghtingpilotkilledinwaterbomber crash near Lac La Biche A pilot was killed during a fire-suppression plane operation last week as he was fighting wildfires in northern Alberta. The 37 year-old pilot who hailed from B.C. went down in a Conair Aerial Firefight- ing-owned AT802 Amphibious Fire Boss around 430 p.m. on May 22 about 100 km east of Lac La Biche. Investigations are ongoing. Premier Rachel Notley is asking Alberta residents to respect fire restrictions to reduce risks emergency responders have to face. Edward Sangris retains position as YKDFN Dettah Chief IncumbentleaderEdwardSangrisYellowknivesDeneFirst NationYKDFNDettahChiefwasabletoholdontohispo- sition following last weeks election. Sangris claimed a total of210votesfollowedbycompetitorsShirleyTsettawith88 andNuniSansparielwith62.Sangriswillstayonforathird four-year term after rst being elected in 2007. The next YKDFN elections will take place on June 15 with 10 coun- cillors from Dettah and NDilo vying for seats. INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School Call Now 1-866-399-3853 Housing Transportation Packages Available NO SIMULATORS JOB ASSISTANCE FOR LIFE NEVER SHARE MACHINES START ANY MONDAY GET TRAINED. GET WORKING. Continued from page 1. In total if NTPC was to take over NULs infrastruc- ture and functions in all of its communities including Yel- lowknifeTenneysaiditwould cost taxpayers an additional 180 million that could be better spent on healthcare housingeducationandroads. Asked if he could break down that estimate Tenney declined in light of the up- coming bid process. He said whatever price NTPC paid for the infrastructure would be determined by a third-party arbitrator since NUL is un- willing to negotiate a sale. Critics say savings under NTPC unlikely Tenneyemphasizedthatthe move to expropriate NUL would send a negative mes- sage to the private sector and hurtAboriginalbusinessinter- ests since NUL is part owned byDenendehInvestmentsInc. Thatworrywasampliedlast weekbyRangeLakeMLADaryl Dolynny and Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus who both expressed difculty believing NTPCcouldbringdownpower costs by eliminating NUL. TheGovernmentofNorth- westTerritoriesispreparedto spend 180 million tax payer dollars to acquire electrical assets that already exist have already been paid for by the private sector and operates sic exceptionally well in- stead of investing that money intonewinfrastructurethatis so greatly needed throughout the territory Erasmus wrote in a letter to Miltenberger last week.Contrarytothebeliefof some government members the acquisition of these assets will do nothing to lower the cost of living or energy costs in the NWT. Can the NTPC stand on its own two feet and at least break even for the taxpayer The simple answer is no. In fact when we add up all the subsidies all the contribu- tions to NTPC NT Hydro and NT Energy plus calculate the dividends taxpayers did not receive from 2010 onwards and factor in the bad debts the write-offs at over 2 mil- lion and you are left with a grand total of 104482910 Dolynny added in the leg- islature. This gure of al- most 105 million is what it cost our shareholders our people out of their pockets to run their Crown corpora- tion jewel from 2004 to 2015. I must add not once did our power rates go down. Tenney believes there are other options like reducing rate zones across the terri- tory working together on a long-termstrategythatwould see more hydro power tapped for possible export south or even a potential merger of NUL and NTPC. Thatpartnershipwedont know exactly what it would look like it could be that we put the companies together and we just end up with some kind of a share in that or potentially end up with put- ting the operations together. Theres a bunch of potentials in there that need to be dis- cussed Tenney said. Little late for merger Miltenberger Miltenberger said NULs gures are exaggerated and unfounded just like the claims that the GNWT is planning to do away with the Public Utilities Board or that NTPC doesnt support First Nations when half of its 42000 shareholders are Aboriginal. Those claims he said are distractions from the real issue at hand. All were talking about is biddingonapublicprocessfor the franchise in Hay River Miltenberger said. The issue of pushed out is they have to be competitive. If they want to win this they can do that. They just have to put in the best package. That sentiment was echoed in legislature by Yellowknife CentreMLARobertHawkins who called it ironic for a pri- vate company to oppose a fundamental principle of free enterprise and commended Hay River for opening the contract up for competition regardless of which company is successful. The real winner at the end of the day are the citizens of Hay River because they will have a robust competition and the person with the best proposal will win Hawkins told the Journal. The sky is not going to fall. Lets let the market dictate the price. Though Hawkins said he doesnt support one company overtheotherheisinterested inseeingwhowinsthetender as it will likely set the stage for what happens when Yel- lowknifes franchise agree- ment comes up for renewal next year. If they are not success- ful with the franchise pro- posal for Hay River are they going to lose Yellow- knife Theres no guarantee Hawkins said. They might sharpen their pencils even better and compete harder to get this one. But its ab- solutely critical to have a public competition. As for NULs proposal to possibly merge with NTPC in order to protect their assets and save government money Miltenberger balked. When they say merger I hear privatize the Power Corp. give it to ATCO and that suggestion leaves me absolutely stone cold when we already know their rates are 30 per cent higher in Hay River than they are in Fort Smith and Fort Resolution he said. NUL not for sale says executive PhotocourtesyofNorthlandUtilities A powerline technician for Northland Utilities does work on a power system in Hay River. Tuesday June 2 2015 3 ENVIRONMENT WILDFIRES By MEAGAN WOHLBERG The bit of rain experienced earlier this week is unlikely to make a difference in determin- ing the forecast for this summers weather which will once again see severe drought conditions and likely intense wildland fires across a hot NWT according to officials with the department of Environment and Natural Resources ENR. I do not wish to be the bearer of bad weather reports but as Mother Nature may have it and based on the reports from our meteorologist we will once again experience drought over the summer of 2015 ENR Min- ister Michael Miltenberger announced Mon- day in legislature. The prediction for this fire season is for another year of hot dry weather. The down- turn in weather for the next two days is un- likely to make much difference. It will be get- ting warmer and drier in all regions starting on Wednesday. As of Monday afternoon there had been 51 fires to date in the NWT consisting of more than 69000 hectares burned well beyond last years totals at this time. In comparison to the 20-year average of seven fires at this time of year and a little over 5000 hectares burned thats about seven times the number of fires said manager of fire operations Rick Olsen. Of this years fires six were holdovers from last year seven were person-caused and 38 were of natural causes the major- ity by lightning and one a coal seam fire near Tulita. Miltenberger said those trends are likely to prevail through August over at least portions of the Dehcho North Slave and South Slave. These conditions will likely result in ex- treme fire behaviour and intense wildland fires which can be difficult for crews to ex- tinguish he said. Crews working on two fires Fire crews were busy actioning two fires as of Monday one of which is located 50 km south of Behchoko near Highway 3. Last Friday crews completed a successful burn- out operation along the highway closing the roadway for the day but hopefully prevent- ing the flames from compromising the only road to and from Yellowknife. Crews are now following up with some direct action mop- ping up hot spots along the southern por- tion of that fire. Weexpectwellbeonthatforanotherthree or four days before we can walk away and just monitor it until its out Olsen said. The other fire being actioned is along High- way1betweenKakisaandFortSimpsonaround 75 km east of Jean Marie River. Its no threat to any community but it is in an area with large fire growth potential that under the conditions were experienc- ing at this time of the year were limiting the fire growth on that one Olsen said adding that crews would likely be there for another three or four days as well. Four other notable fires in the Dehcho are being monitored for possible values protec- tion as well as fire growth. Only one fire started in the South Slave over the weekend located 60 km north of Fort Simpson and 67 km southeast of Fort Resolution on the Taltson River system. That holdover fire from last year is out of control and also being monitored for possible value protection work. We have been being a little more vigilant in terms of our response to some of these fires just simply to maybe put a little work up front to prevent a lot of work at the end of it instead Olsen said. Were under the effects of a very long- term drought said Frank Lepine associate director of forest management. When you have the kind of drought we have right now fires will burn deep. What will normally take a crew a day or two to put out will take lon- ger than that. It may take two crews to put the same fire out and may take three or four days. Thats what happens when we have these droughts. We have an increased work- load for the crews on the ground and control is really difficult. Dry conditions to pick up mid-week Overall there are no communities at risk Olsen said noting the bit of wet weather and lowered temperatures have helped put a damper on some blazes low- ering fire danger indices across the south- ern half of the territory to the low or mod- erate levels. That moment of respite is expected to be short-lived however with dry winds remov- ing any moisture by mid-week. We expect the ridge we were under will build back up over the week and by Wednes- day or Thursday well start getting into sea- sonal and slightly above seasonal tempera- tures again especially in the southern re- gion Olsen said. As that occurs there are chances of some more rain but also lightning. Were looking at possible new fire starts toward the end of the week Olsen said. All of the territorys 28 Type 1 crews are currently active helped out by five long-term and four short-term helicopters and four air tanker groups. Those crews were readied two weeks earlier this year due to the quick start to the fire season. We are thinking that with the chance of lightning and new fresh starts coming this weekend we might bring on additional resources i.e. air tankers as needed Olsen added. Last weekend ENR made a point of giving its crews time off to avoid burnout this early in the season partly as a lesson learned from last years record fire season. Were really at the beginning of the fire season so we dont want to be overworking people unless we absolutely have to Olsen said. Theres a recognition from last year and previous years that individuals just like with any exercise or exertion become less and less effective. The more you give a person a chance to rest their mind and their body and allow them to recover and relieve the stress that comes with that po- sition the better theyll be able to perform the best they can without risking them- selves or others. Wildfires can be reported to ENR at 1-877-NWT-FIRE. Wet weather unlikely to dampen severe NWT drought Pace of fire season already seven times 20-year average ENR The NWT fire map as of June 1. 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Advertising Deadlines Display ad deadline is Thursday at 400 p.m. Classied ad deadline is Thursday at 500 p.m. Email Subscription Rates Prices include GST. 47.25 in Fort Smith 52.50 elsewhere in Canada 105 in the USA overseas 164.30. EDITORIAL COLUMN Truth reconciliation and beyond The Truth and Reconciliation Commis- sion TRC has over the last several years revealed the extent and depth of atrocities committed as part of the colonial subjuga- tion of indigenous peoples in Canada by Eu- ropeans how heinously that was manifest in our country over the last 200 years. Such practices in todays world would be consid- ered criminal. Canadians should rightfully feel shame and remorse for that black period of our history. Generational memories are short so the majority of Canadians who are non-indige- nous naturally view the cultural genocide that residential schools were a part of as some- thing that happened in the past. There is a sense of revulsion but little connection to the modern day. The TRC has dramatically demonstrated that the effects live on but that isnt the worst of it. Similar racist social patterns attitudes and practices continue in our everyday world. That is also the truth. Reconciliation will never happen until that is changed. but in a measured way typically with a view of staying in power rather that righting what is obviously wrong. That approach will never bring about the sea change to attitudes and practices that is needed to x the problems faced by indigenous Canadians. Would either of the two opposition parties be a better alternative The Liberals have at times during the last decade shown a will- ingness to take action on a signicant scale. The NDP appear similarly sympathetic but are untried. Any one may be better than the others but it is likely no government will ever be able to foster the degree of change neces- sary on their own. A majority of Canadians want that change to happen. It is a given that the national de- sire is to ensure all citizens have a good qual- ity of life. First Nations Mtis and Inuit Ca- nadians are generally highly regarded. In fact their respective cultures are revered by many. At the same time there is a feeling of frustration among ordinary Canadians that problems among the native population remain unchanged and unxed a blight on an otherwise notable national character. How best to translate that latent support into positive action What needs to happen is for indigenous Canadians to be given the power and re- sources to take the lead and make it hap- pen. The initiative for positive change has to come from them. No one can change their lot and circum- stances or get rid of the problems they face better than indigenous Canadians them- selves. Nor should anyone else presume to play that role determining what is right and what the outcome should be for them. To do so would simply be a continuation of past colonial practices. It is time for the drums to start beating louder. The Idle No More movement held promise as a catalyst for change but for some reason it petered out. Either it must be rekindled or something has to rise up in its place. What is neededisnotashowofforcewhichwouldonly bring a counter-reaction short-lived possi- bly violent and certainly counterproductive. What is needed is a positive campaign over time where indigenous people act together identify their needs and the solutions and get the massive ball rolling. Invoke that and the majority of Canadians will fall in behind. The government of the day no matter which party empowered and directed by the will of the people will act. Indigenous Canadians must be the lead- ers in shaping their destiny. That is the only way to achieve effective reconciliation and long-term resolution. PhotoGNWT Nine outstanding individuals are welcomed into the NWT Education Hall of Fame at the NWT Legislature on May 27. They are Michel Louis Rabesca who was honoured the with the Ministers choice award front left Ted Blondin Carole Bachand Doris Camsell Reanna Erasmus and Lea Lamoureux. In the back Minister Jackson Lafferty left stands with Bruce Green and Dean MacInnis. Marja Van Nieuwenhuyzen who was awarded for her signicant contribution to excellence in teaching and supporting numeracy was unable to attend the event. Dene Honi Our Greatest Resource By DNEZE NAKEHKO GrandePrairieAlbertahas10000morepeo- plethantheentirepopulationoftheterritoryjust north of them. We couldnt ll Commonwealth StadiumwheretheEdmontonCFLteamplays. But we do have the talent to ll the stadium. Thereissomuchtalentoozingfromeverycor- ner of the North. Olympians Juno Award win- ningmusicianswriterslmmakerssculptors painterslongdistancerunnersmusherstrap- pershidetannersdrummakerscraftersbead- ers shermen farmers and even a SnowKing. From Brendan Green to the amazing four- time Olympian Firth sisters Sharon and Shir- ley the North has been well represented ath- letically throughout the globe. Music from the peoplethatcallthisplacehomeisheardallover the world. Leela Gilday and Tanya Tagaq are powerful performers that proudly represent thenorth.RichardVanCampstoriesturninto booksthatturnintomajormotionpictures.Our ownphotographersandlmmakersarecaptur- ing some of the worlds most stunning images. Homegrownactorsareworkingtocreateanew national narrative. Carving and sculpting cre- ationsaresoughttheworldover.Paintershave captured the spirit of the people the land and water in their works. Northern dog sled teams arealwaysmentionedinthetopsoftheirelds. Caribou Legs runs all over for the Peel. Tradi- tionally harvested animals are valued for food but also for the creation of tools and clothes. Beaded fur trimmed mitts or moccasins rich with the smell of smoked moosehide. Dene drum makers and drum singers and dancers. And thats not even close to the entirety of our populations talent. If this much talent was coming from a place thesizeofGrandePrairiepeoplewouldprobably marvel that so much creativity could originate from such a small city. Our population base is evensmallerbutislledwithsomuchtoshare. The land is abundant in natural resources from major hydrocarbon deposits to minerals as valuable as gold and diamonds. But the real and true wealth is how the land and water in- spire the people to great heights. Its amazing because these people are our friends family neighbourscoworkersandformerclassmates. We live in proximity to some amazing people that reect the beauty power and vulnerabil- ity of the land and water. The talent of the people that call this place homeisourgreatestandmostvaluableresource. Dneze Nakehko is Denesuline and De- hcho Dene from Denendeh. Although Stephen Harper took a big step and apologized to all indigenous Canadians for what had happened to them in the colo- nial past - a signicant symbolic act by the prime minister of Canada - his government continues to maintain a racist approach to the extraordinary needs that stem from that legacy. Inadequate funding for the unique requirements of education of indigenous Canadians and the poor state of reserves and other measures to correct the colonial wrongs are obviously not priorities of the government. Harpers refusal to recognize that missing and murdered indigenous women is a social problem as much as it is a police matter is but the most obvious ex- ample that racist attitudes continue even at the highest levels. Whatmusthappentobringabouttheneeded changes that would x this massive problem A change in government is essential. When faced with the need to act on something that is not on their primary agenda the Harper Conservatives do respond to public pressure Indigenous Canadians must be the leaders in shaping their destiny. That is the only way to achieve effective reconciliation and long-term resolution. Tuesday June 2 2015 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... Bomb threat On May 26 an unidentied person called the Hay River courthouse indicating that there was a bomb in- side. As a result of the call the courthouse and adjacent buildings were evacuated. Members of the Hay River RCMP Hay River Fire and Rescue and the RCMP Fo- rensic Identication Section conducted a search of the courthouse but failed to turn up anything suspicious. Issue May 30 2000 20 Years Ago... No tax hike for rec complex On June 26 Fort Smith will decide if the town should pass a bylaw authorizing the borrowing of 1.6 million for construction of the rst phase of the new rec centre. The debenture will be repaid over a period of 20 years. Issue May 31 1995 30 Years Ago... Northern benet taxable item The thorny issue of taxing northern benets should be dealt with in legislation and be effective by 1986 says MP Dave Nickerson. The matter was raised briey in the federal budget read in Parliament last week. Finance Minister Michael Wilson said in his budget speech that action on the matter would be taken by the fall of this year. Issue May 30 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK The organizers behind Fort Smiths biannual Relay for Life fundraising event took a break from their prep- aration duties for an afternoon to host a Cancer Sur- vivors Lunch. Cancer survivors convene in Smith Lori Robinson Nice to see all these lovely ladies happy and kicking cancers butt Short season predicted for morel pickers in hot dry NWT Rose Schwarze Oh oh not good for some friends I know who loves this as their favorite pass time. By DAWN KOSTELNIK On the Mackenzie River there were apparent cultural inuences from the Hudson Bay Company and French voyageurs to the men who hadworkedonthebargesand plied the great river looking for adventure fame and for- tune. Seeking gold and the money that the fur trade of- fered lured people from every walk of life. FromGrandjambetoYake- leya Cooks to Kakfwis and Norwegians to Gaudets the river flows with cultural combinations. Masuzumis are purported to be part of a family of samurai from Japan.Therewererumoursof a samurai sword in personal possession in Fort Good Hope a fascinating history. I rst met Michael Jackson when he was born in the late 1960s in Fort Good Hope NWT son of Wilfred and Lucy Jackson. Rocky Norwe- gian had blond hair and pale eyelashes as I recall. There are Lennies and Yallees and Barnabys. In Coppermine the avour is distinctly different. Inu- enced once again by adven- turers but with a slight twist whalers. Now we have Nip- tanatiaksOmingmuksKayo- ganas and Klengenbergs. I do apologize for any names that I have misspelled through- out this story it has been a few years since I have rolled some of these off my tongue. JimmyNiptanatiakworked with my father. Jimmys son Allan and daughter Mary Ann became our fast friends. Mary Ann was a little doll in her itigi the word that I re- member for parka. Everyone refers to them as the Nips - way faster. I just found out that 36 years ago my friend Grace Elgok married my friend Allen Nip. Religion is much more re- laxed on the coast. We attend the Catholic Church with the NipsandtheElgoksthereare few Catholic Eskimo families. There are many differences here. Life has been easier I dont have to ght my way to and from school everyday. I have met lots of girls who want to be friends. When you dont have to ght you can learn all kinds of new things. We play ping-pong at the Anglican rectory with John and Angela Sperry. Mrs. Priest teaches girl guides every Wednesday night at the community centre. There are shows at the Community Centre every Saturday for 10 cents and its 25 cents for an ice cream. Can you imagine the show is different every week I babysit for Diane and Richard Gau. They have a little boy baby named Jef- fery. We go to the show to- gether. I love to watch him he is such a good boy. When he goes to sleep I am al- lowed to play records. Mr. and Mrs. Gau are members of Columbia Record Club. They have an incredible col- lection of musicand they have books It was an easy time of acceptance as a child. We played cowboys and Eski- mos until it was way too late. Our biggest challenge was to be able to pull start the ski- doo. If you could start it you could use it. No keys just a muscle powered starter and in the cold it was tough. We would try with two kids to pull the cord on the skidoo almost impossible with us ending up on top of each other laughing like idiots. To be continued White Girl Whats In a Name JuneisBrainInjuryAware- ness Monthand St.JohnAm- bulance wants you to know what to do if you suspect someone has a head injury. Dealing with a head injury canbeanintimidatingexperi- ence but it is important to re- member that bystander inter- vention can help protect the casualty from further harm. Whenyoulookatthecommon causesofheadinjuriesfalling beingstruckbyanobjectmotor vehiclecollisionstheytendto havealargephysicalimpacton theinjuredassuchifyousus- pect a head injury you should also assume there is a spinal injury. Before you begin rst aid on the head injury make sure to stabilize the spine. Call for medical assistance If the injured person is re- sponsivetellhimhertohold still. If the individual is un- conscious begin to support hisher neck. Place your hands on ei- ther side of the persons face ensuring hisher neck does not move. Your ngers should be resting along his her jaw with your thumbs under hisher ears. If the individual is lying at rest your elbows on the ground for more stability. If more rescuers are avail- able have one takeover for you so you can assess the head injury. Have another support the feet to ensure the spine is immobilized. Assessing the Head Look at what caused the in- jury. This will give you an idea of what you are look- ing for. For example if the person fell and struck his her head on a curb you may be looking for a skull defor- mity like a depression. Checkifthereisbloodoruid comingfromtheear.Ifsose- cureasteriledressinglightly overtheearmakingsurethe uidcandrain.DoNOTpack anything in the ear. Check the skull for depres- sions lumps bumps or open wounds and protect any injury you nd. Use thick compressible soft dressings and avoid applying pressure to injury sites. Warn the injured person against blowing hisher nose if there is blood or fluid coming from it. Do not restrict blood flow. Wipe away any trickling blood to prevent it from entering the mouth caus- ing breathing difficulties. Give ongoing rst aid until medical help takes over. Head injuries can have lasting effects if not properly managed so make sure to fol- low up with a doctor even if the injured was not uncon- scious. To sign up for a rst aid course purchase a rst aid kit or to help your com- munity through health and safety volunteer programs visit Brain Injury Awareness Month First Aid Tips from St. John Ambulance for Managing Head Injuries 6 Tuesday June 2 2015 ENVIRONMENT WATERSHEDS Protectingthe environment creatingprosperity. OneyearagotheGNWTassumedresponsibilitiesforawell-developed environmentalprotectionandregulatorysystem. Ahealthywell-managedenvironmentwillsustainallNWTresidentsandisthe foundationforahealthylife.Ourintegratedco-managementsystemprotectsthe economicsocialandculturalwell-beingofallresidents.Investmentsinmanaging ournaturalresourcestogetherpayoff inthehealthofourpeopleandthestrength ofoureconomy. Theregulatorysystemwenowmanagebalancesourcommitmenttorealizeour economicpotentialinallregionswhileprotectingthelandandenvironmentthat hassustainedourpeopleforgenerations. TheresourcesectoristhesinglelargestcontributortotheNWTeconomy.Mining hascreatedmorethan28000jobsandproduced46billioninmineralssince theearly1930s.Ourterritoryhasworld-classoilandnaturalgasreservesandhas hadanactivepetroleumindustryforalmostacentury. TheGNWTiscommittedtoworkingwithAboriginalgovernmentsNWT residentsandindustrytorefinetheregulatorysystemtoreflectnorthern prioritiesandprovidegreatercertainty. April 1 marked the one-year anniversary of Devolution in the NWT. In the first year there were 7 water licences signed by a GNWT minister all in less than 45 days 2196 active mineral claims 8 projects funded under the Mining Incentive Program 5 new environmental management programs being delivered by the GNWT Low levels on Athabasca River prompt requests for limited water withdrawals by industry By MEAGAN WOHLBERG With unseasonably low water levels and wildfires raging through Alberta First Na- tions and environmentalists north of Fort McMurray are asking the government to limit water withdrawals by oil companies on the Athabasca River. TheKeepersoftheAthabascaaconservation group focused on protecting the river ecosys- tem say low water levels on the river are neg- atively impacting communities downstream from the oilsands and that further outtakes from the river are exacerbating the problem. Theres a lot of water outtake right now with the fires. I dont think the governments going to limit their outtake so we have the fire water outtake the oilsands water outtake and its like where do the communities fit into this picture said Keepers of the Athabasca coordinator Jesse Cardinal. Alberta Environment and Parks AEP spokespersonLisaGloverconfirmedthatflows ontheAthabascaareaverageorbelowaverage forthistimeofyearwithvariancesamongdif- ferent points on the river. As of 1010 a.m. on May 28 the flow in the Lower Athabasca was 788 cubic metres per second m3sec. Glover said lower levels are consistent with basins across the province. Existingregulationssetlimitsonwaterwith- drawals by mineable oilsands operators from the Lower Athabasca each week of the year in responsetoflowconditions.Gloversaidthereis noadditionalmanagementactionrequiredfor the current week and said actual water usage by industry - at 3.3 m3sec in 2013 - is well below the cumulative water withdrawal limit for this time period which is set at 34 m3sec. But Cardinal said those limits are based on past trends that no longer reflect the uncer- tainty that climate change has imposed on the river and those who use it to travel and hunt. Ten 20 years ago you could easily predict and navigate your way to where you needed to go. The weather patterns were much more predictable so every year you knew the sand- bar was gonna be here and you could map it out and it would be consistent she said. Now the weather patterns are so unpredict- able...theres no real guarantee anymore that they can make their way safely. New limits on water usage have been pro- posed as part of the Surface Water Quantity ManagementFrameworkthatwasintroduced in March and will be implemented this fall. The framework requires the majority of existing operators to stop water withdrawal during low-flow periods and establishes new weekly triggers based on predicted future flow conditionsthattakeintoconsiderationarange of climate change scenarios in order to main- tainanadequate quantity of waterforAborigi- nal river navigation and traditional activities. Should variables deviate significantly from flow and use predictions used to set the limits Glover said those limits would be reviewed and if necessary revised. An important adaptive management indi- cator identified within the framework will rely on community-based monitoring to provide qualitative assessments of river navigability at different times of the year and under vary- ing flow conditions she added. Staff of AEP will be working with First Nations in the near future to further refine the details of this com- munity-based monitoring program. Outtake limits vary among oil companies Under the new framework if weekly flows drop below 87 m3sec Shells Muskeg River andCanadianNaturalResourceLtd.sHorizon projectsarepermittedtowithdraw0.2m3sec while Suncor and Syncrude are permitted to draw a maximum of 2 m3sec. All other opera- torsareprohibitedfromwithdrawinganywater. The reasons for this predetermined allo- cation to Suncor and Syncrude relate largely to operational infrastructure challenges which necessitate retention of a bare mini- mum withdrawal during periods of low flow to prevent freezing Glover said. Cardinal said those allowances are why Aboriginal groups perceive the framework as weak and catered toward industry. Thats really very concerning because were starting to see water crisis situations happening where corporations have access to water before communities do she said. She said the new framework done as part of theLowerAthabascaRegionalPlanLARPdoes not reflect the baselines recommended by Ab- originalgroupsduringtheconsultationprocess. A lot of people were really disappointed because it was kind of a waste of time. Five First Nations pulled out of LARP altogether because theyve been trying to engage with the government on it - at the time the PCs - going to these stakeholder meetings giving their input and at the end of the day seeing nothing was being put in she said. Its just really shocking sometimes. They present their draft and very little in the draft changes. So its like what is the point of that Now the dire forest fire situation adds another layer to the water usage issue said Cardinal who wonders when the interests of primarily First Nations and Mtis communi- ties will be considered. We have a policy based on trends but not on the climate reality that we have today. So with the Alberta government putting laws in place that are allowing corporations to have the first access and the most access to water is really really concerning she said. Navigation affected Though the Alberta government maintains oilsands companies use just one per cent of water from the Athabasca River annually those on the river daily say that usage makes a massive difference when water levels are as low as they are currently. TheAthabascaRiverIdsayrightnowisabout 30percentislands60percentsandbarsand10 per cent water. Theres water on the sandbars but its only two feet deep and these sandbars are huge so its only 10 per cent channel Guy ThackerofFortChipMarineTransporttoldthe JournalfromhisbargeontheAthabascaduring hisfirstrunnorthfromFortMcMurraylastweek. According to a 2007 report by the Univer- sity of Alberta industry requires the same amount of water as a city of two million each year to produce one million barrels of oil per day. Current production in the Athabasca oil- sands is around 1.3 million barrels per day. By 2015 that number could double. So just do the math however many barrels the oil plants produce it takes three barrels of water to make a barrel of oil. Theres only 10 per cent water and theyre all still sucking Thacker said. Some of these intake hoses one of them - Kearl Lake - the pipes six feet in di- ameter. Thats just that oil plant. Theyve all got their own intake hoses. Theyre greedy. ThoughThackersaidheshavingnodifficulty readingtheriverduetohis13yearsexperience bargingontheAthabascahesaidthesandbars willcauseproblemsforsmallerboatswhocant seethemfromaboveandareultimatelyaffect- inghis business.Lastyearhehadto stopbarg- ingbyJuly15-notevenhalfwayintohisseason -becausetherewasnoraintokeeptheriverhigh after the flood from mountain runoff. I believe these oil plants and the govern- ment are affecting my livelihood to make it up and down the river. In the past there were big- ger boats and more barges up and down the river just constantly. Now everybodys stealing water cities are bigger and everything like that too.Everybodyssuckingwateroutoftheriver he said. The glaciers are fading out and disap- pearing. Once theyre gone if theres no rain theresnothingtofeedthisriverinthesummer. Further north he said water levels are just as concerning. Thacker barges from Fort ChipewyantoFitzgeraldAlta.abovetherapid corridorontheSlaveRiver.Hesaidtheresonly aboutsixfeetbetweenhisboatandthebedrock at two key points on the river right now and if the Site C dam in northern B.C. is built on the Peace River that will worsen. Once they build this new dam and its com- plete and they fill their reservoir I dont even know if Ill be able to make it down there he said.ItsgoingtodropLakeAthabascaandthe PeaceRiversubstantiallyagainforsureanother three or four feet its going to go down. When theybuilttheBennettDamthatdroppedLake Guy Thackers barge navigates a narrow channel created by a sandbar on the Athabasca River during his first trip north from Fort McMurray last Thursday. Thacker said the river is low right now littered with sandbars that impede navigation. PhotoGuyThacker Tuesday June 2 2015 7 An open letter to the Dene people NWT politicians and the citizens of the NWT Some members of the Government of the NWT want to eliminate Northland Utilities a company owned by the Dene First Nations in the NWT in partnership with ATCO. For many years the Territorial Government has promised to work with First Nations and develop true partnerships. A clearly stated principle of the GNWT report Efcient Affordable and Equitable Creating a Brighter Future for the Northwest Territories Electricity System is The development of NWT energy resources is best done in partnership with Aboriginal organizations. Instead of working with our company and our people the GNWT is proposing to eliminate our company without consulting with us or asking us how we could work together. Northland Utilities is a viable northern business with First Nations ownership that provides jobs pays taxes and contributes to the social and economic benet of the North. It would be destroyed by this plan. THIS IS WRONG. There are far more productive ways to invest 180 million dollars. Our communities need improved health care solutions to reduce addictions support resources for mental health as well as housing solutions and improved education. There are real solutions to reducing our cost of living in the NWT without wasting money. We are prepared to develop a partnership between NTPC and Northlands to merge into one efcient organization that can nd real savings for our customers and our communities. We want to sit down to discuss overcome and achieve sustainable reductions in electricity rates. We are asking the GNWT to show real leadership. If you want affordable and efcient power delivery and better use of the GNWTs limited nancial resources we ask you to phone or email your MLA and get them to stop the takeover of Northland Utilities business. Sincerely The Dene Nation 8 Tuesday June 2 2015 POLITICS ENERGY Way to go PWK Graduates 2015 Wallys Drugs Pharmacy . Souvenirs . Magazines . Newspapers Toys . Cards . Stationery . Lottery Ticket Centre Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday CLOSED 867-872-2134 Congratulations 2015 PWK Graduates We are confident you will continue to succeed in life. Keep up the good work. Kaesers Stores Fort Smith NT 867 872 - 2345 MLAs advise a step back on NWT fracking question Request for pre-election plebiscite raised in legislature By MEAGAN WOHLBERG MLAs are wondering if the NWT govern- ment is getting ahead of itself on the issue of fracking. Yellowknife MLAs Robert Hawkins and Wendy Bisaro said in the legislature last week that the territorial government should ensure residents want hydraulic fracturing in the ter- ritory before they worry about nalizing rules for oil and gas companies seeking to carry out the unconventional drilling practice. We need to ask the right questions. Its not about how we should do regulations on frac- turing but whether we should be fracking no matter what our conditions Hawkins said in the legislature last Thursday. This is like put- tingicingonacakeandweneveraskedthemif they like cake...and we are serving it to them. The government recently completed a terri- tory-wide public engagement tour on its new proposed regulations for companies apply- ing to frack in the NWT where the majority of the conversation swayed back to Northern- ers opinions on the practice in general rather than how the government should mitigate the environmental and public safety risks. Rather than continue to focus on the regu- lationsHawkinsrecommendedapre-election plebiscitetodeterminewhetherornotthepub- lic wants to see fracking happen in the NWT. Thoughthereferendum-likeprocesswouldnot be politically binding he said it would carry sufcient moral weight for the next assembly. You have to have a solid foundation before you build a house. Let us ask the question and have the courage to ask the question Should fracking happen in the Northwest Territories yes or no Hawkins said. Industry Tourism and Investment Minis- ter David Ramsay said that is not the ques- tion currently being asked by the GNWT. Dont we owe it to the residents of the Northwest Territories to better understand exactly what were getting ourselves into be- fore we ask that question before we throw that opportunity out for the people that live in the central Mackenzie Valley and in the Sahtu who are hungry for the jobs and the economic opportunities he responded. Ramsay said the existing environmental review process already puts the decision in the hands of the NWT public. Thevariousboardsandregulatoryagencies in the NWT hold public hearings and receive submissions from members of the public as wellastechnicalsubmissionsfromtheGNWT. These arms-length boards look at each ap- plication consider all of the circumstances and make well-informed decisions he said. The minister added that hes committed to extending the engagement period on the new regulationsuntiltheendofAugustandbeyond if necessary but has no intention of stopping the ongoing work on managing fracking. Leadership is not taking a world-class opportunity...and putting it on the sideline he said. Were halfway through the process thats underway today and we can manage this resource. Though Ramsay said the government isnt making any decisions today on fracking Bisaro said the opposite is apparent. They have every intention to open the NWT up to development at any cost and the concerns of residents do not seem to matter she said. As I have said before a conversa- tion about fracking needs to happen. That suggestion is favoured by the Dene Nation who also put out a statement in sup- port of a plebiscite last week. The residents in neighbouring communi- ties downstream have a legitimate argument when it comes to hydraulic fracking opera- tions said Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus. We see the extraction process as affecting our quality and way of life. The same sentiment was expressed last Fri- dayataconcertinYellowknifeputonbyFrack- ing Action North which also planned a walk and rally to submit a petition to legislature on June 2. The petition calls for a moratorium on fracking until a comprehensive transparent andpublicreviewofenvironmentalsocialand economicrisksandbenets...iscompletedand theNWTpublicclearlyindicateswhetherthe risks and benets are acceptable or not. That petition had around 1400 signatures as of Monday afternoon. Bisaro said government should take the op- portunity provided by the lull in investor in- terest to have a conversation with the public. Maybe the Minister has seen enough heard enough to be convinced of the bene- ts of fracking but many others in our ter- ritory have not she said. It is only just and fair that they be given the opportunity to get educated as well and then have a hand in any development decisions. PhotoBobWilson Yellowknifers march against fracking last fall during a protest organized by Fracking Action North. The group has collecting upwards of 1400 signatures in favour of the publics right to decide whether or not fracking should be allowed in the territory. Tuesday June 2 2015 9 ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE Congratulations PWK Grads of 2015 1 Breynat Street Fort Smith NT 867-872-4567 Wishing you well on the journey of a lifetime from all of us at Whispering Pines Cottages Home Away From Home Safe Travels 85 Pine Crescent PO Box 300 Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 PhoneFax 867 872-2906 Cell 867 621-0254 Wishes the 2015 PWK Graduates Congratulations on This Great Achievement. May your success continue into the future Safe Travels continue into the future Whooping crane ight tours cancelled for May-June By DALI CARMICHAEL Just over a week after the Salt River First Nation SRFN announced it would be ling a court injunction over Wood Buffalo National Parks WBNP new whooping crane tours Parks Canada has cancelled the programs earliest tour dates. TheWhoopingCraneIconicExperienceset tobeginlastweekhasbeensuspendedfornow though not because of the injunction accord- ing to a release sent out by Parks. ParksCanadaiscommittedtoofferingvisi- torexperiencesthatconnectCanadianstotheir treasuredplacesinwaysthatleaveournatural heritage unimpaired for future generations reads a statement from WBNP. We are not doingourMay-Junedeliveryasnocraneshave nested in the areas near our blinds. SRFN announced it would be ling the in- junctiontwoweeksagostatingthatParkshad notfullleditslegally-requireddutytoconsult with Aboriginal rights holders in the park. But ofcials from WBNP say those rights would not be infringed upon by the planned whooping crane tours. We value our relationship with local Ab- original groups and are committed to working with them but a legal duty to consult is only triggered when an activity might impact an established Aboriginal or treaty right such as hunting trapping or shing none of which are impacted by this visitor experience Parks Canada said. However we recognize a desire for more information on the whoop- ing crane experience and are committed to engaging them in discussions. FortSmithMtisCouncilpresidentKenHud- son said hes unsatised with this response. The fact that the park is engaging with us for co-management tells me that they should be consulting on any issue that has to do with the park. They not only have to consult with the local people but they should be consulting with the 11 groups around the park Hudson saidreferringtothevariousFirstNationsthat hold treaty rights within WBNP. Concern for the birds Since SRFN announced it would be ling the injunction some - including Hudson - have expressed concern over the possible impacts of the tours on the well-being of the birds. The proposed program includes sev- eral options to view the natural nesting area of the whooping cranes including xed-wing ights at 1000 ft helicopter ights at 1200 ft and hikes into a blind several hundred metres away. Some worry the ights could scare the birds away causing them to abandon their nests and endangering the hatchlings. In its release Parks defended the tours stating research shows the birds are not troubled by such human activity. AsaworldleaderinconservationParksCan- adaconductedconsiderablescienticresearch and collected extensive data on the whooping cranesbeforemakingadeterminationthatthe proposedtourswouldhavenoadverseimpacts on the birds or the eggs Parks said. A view from the south During the colder months the whooping cranes of WBNP head south to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge located on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Its there that retired biologist Chester McConnell follows their every move as the president of conservation group Friends of the Wild Whoopers. McConnell said he became aware of the WBNP whooping crane tour experience as early as a year ago when it was mentioned to him casually by a Parks employee. Itwasjustnonchalantitwasntaconrmed proposal or anything he said. I said well if itsdonerightanythingtogetpeopleinterested in whooping cranes so long as it doesnt have any adverse effects on them we support it. McConnell was told the program was of- cially a go after Parks Canada sent out a press release on the program on Jan. 29 of this year. When the Salt River First Nation came out with their opposition I could see their point of view McConnell said. They got a right to the land and they should be contacted on any- thing they have a right to be contacted about. While he understands the concerns about the touring program he noted that previous scientic studies have not had lasting impacts on the cranes. Theyve own out there and gotten eggs before and used them in research projects he said. Theyve banded the whooping cranes by landing out there and just walking in. So far as I know none of that has ever had any long-lasting effect. He also noted that xed-wing aircraft y- ing at an altitude of about 200 ft are regu- larly used to do aerial counts of the birds in Aransas. PhotocourtesyofParksCanada Tourists hoping to catch this kind of aerial view of whooping cranes will have to wait until at least August following the cancellation of the new programs earliest excursions. That is unless the program is quashed by a legal injunction to be led by Salt River First Nation. 10 Tuesday June 2 2015 All will benefit from the long hours of work and study you each have put into graduating. Congratulations PWK Grads of 2015 Congratulations PWK Grads May you be successful in all of your future endeavours. The South Slave Divisional Education Council would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the 2015 P.W. Kaeser High School Graduates Best wishes as you begin to create your own future. Remember graduation is not the end its a new beginning. South Slave Divisional Education Council MLAs worry as southerners flood unregulated NWT morel mushroom market By MEAGAN WOHLBERG Ascaraftercarpackedwithpickersandpails crossesthe60thparalleltoharvestmorelmush- rooms this month some in the legislature are worriedthegovernmentisill-preparedtodeal with a possible disaster or even keep track of the touted economic benets to the territory. Hay River South MLA Jane Groenewegen expressed concern that southerners are pour- ingintotheterritorywithnoformalizedsystem to keep track of their safety and whereabouts to protect the environment and surrounding communities and to monitor the economic impacts of the harvest on the NWT. We have many many non-residents who havecometotheNorthwestTerritories.Itslike amushroomrushoutthereshesaid.Thereis noregistry.Thereisnoplacetosignin.Wedont knowtheirnames.Wedontknowwheretheyre from. We dont know who their next of kin are. There are all kind of dangers in the bush and thats where these people are going to be oper- ating and hanging out and camping. You cant come into the Northwest Ter- ritories and take one sh out of our rivers or lakes without a non-resident shing licence. Youcanthuntyoucantkillananimalyetyou can come in here and be part of what is being touted as come and make 500 or 1000 a day. Why cant there be a registry of some kind set up at the border where they are all coming in on rubber tire trafc...It would be really nicetoknowwhotheyareandwheretheyare. At least one picker was lost for over nine hours in the bush near Kakisa before he wan- dered back out on the highway last week. While no other negative reports have come from the community which has been most heavily bombarded with a steady ow of pick- ers since the season began in late May Groe- newegen worries that could change rapidly. Im concerned that yes this may gener- ate a lot of money but how much is it going to cost us when one campre or one cigarette butt goes into our extremely dry forest and burns the Northwest Territories down she asked Industry Tourism and Investment ITI Minister David Ramsay last Friday. RamsaysaidMotherNaturewouldhavethe largestroleindeterminingthesuccessofpick- ersbutsaidtheharvestcouldgenerateasmuch as 10 million with some rain. How much of that will stay in the NWT however he admit- ted he has no real way of knowing. Our belief here is there is going to be a very good harvest once the rain hits next week and we will see some economic benet. We havent to my knowledge done a com- plete cost-benet analysis on what it would be he said Friday. Once this morel season is over perhaps we could take a look and try to quantify what the economic uptake was on the harvest this summer. Hay River North MLA Robert Bouchard suggested the GNWT implement surveys similar to those done for people in the NWTs parks to determine how many pickers are southern and how many are local. As for the safety issue Ramsay said ITI continues to work with its partners in Envi- ronment and Natural Resources ENR Mu- nicipal and Community Affairs and Justice along with the RCMP. Changes to the regulatory system that would address the morel harvest are under- way in the NWT. MLAs gave second reading to proposed amendments to the Forest Man- agement Act that would allow the Minister of ENR to regulate the harvest of non-tim- ber forest products including mushrooms. RepeatedrequestsbytheJournalforinforma- tion on the status of the bill were unsuccessful. The lack of trespass laws in the NWT which challengetheabilitytolimitactivitiesonprivate land is also being looked at but wont be done in time for this years morel harvesting season. InthemeantimeRamsaysaidITIcontinues to focus its resources on encouraging North- erners to make money off the bumper crop. Around 1200 people attended workshops put on throughout the spring by ITI to encourage locals to take advantage of and benet from the possible boon. Walking tours are now taking place to train new NWT harvesters. Themostimportantthingiswearetryingto getlocalpeopleouttoharvestthemorelshesaid. PhotoWikipediaCommons Car loads of young southerners are pouring into the NWT to pick the bumper crop of morel mushrooms an industry thats currently unregulated in the territory. INDUSTRY MOREL HARVEST Tuesday June 2 2015 11 Smiths Landing First Nation P.O. Box 1470 Fort Smith NT X0E0P0 Ph 867 872-4950 Fax 867 872-5154 Smiths Landing First Nation would like to congratulate the 2015 graduates on their academic achievements. 2015 Congratulations PWK Graduates A wish for the graduate Hope your future blooms bright with success. Congratulations Fort Smith Health and Social Services Authority 867 872-6200 Environmental research in NWT gets 3.2M boost Funding for Laurier-GNWT partnership to enhance research infrastructure ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH By MEAGAN WOHLBERG Living laboratories and research stations across the Northwest Territories are getting a boost into modernity with a 3.2-million award to build and purchase infrastructure and technology that will further ongoing cold region environmental research. The Canadian Foundation for Innovation funding will go towards Wilfrid Laurier Uni- versitys Changing Arctic Network CANet research team to support its continued part- nership with the territorial government which has seen the two parties cooperate for decades on research that aligns with commu- nity priorities on environmental monitoring in the territory. This is building on our existing work under the GNWT-Laurier partnership in the NWT at a number of sites where were already working on these living laboratories said Dr. Philip Marsh a hydrologist and profes- sor at Laurier and Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Water Science. Its a massive investment into the NWT. Those living labs include over 20 research stations across the territory from the decade- old site at Scotty Creek near Fort Simpson to Baker Creek near Yellowknife all the way to the Mackenzie Delta where Marsh runs two long-term eld sites near Inuvik on either side of the treeline. CANet is also proposing new research sta- tions in the three major deltas - the Peace- Athabasca Delta in Alberta the Slave River Delta in the southern NWT and the Mack- enzie Delta near the Arctic Ocean. As well new research is blossoming in ac- cordance with the inux of oil and gas inter- ests in the Sahtu region. In the Central Mackenzie were proposing something near the Norman Wells area that would be strongly linked to future possibili- ties of fracking and trying to understand the waterresourcesinthatareabetterMarshsaid. Some of the money will also help enhance technologies at existing laboratories run by Environment and Natural Resources in Yel- lowknife Norman Wells Fort Simpson Inu- vik and Wekweeti. Thats supplementing whats already there to enhance the ability of those labs so some of the things that we cant do out in the eld then well do in those labs Marsh said. The funding will also pay for a wide array of infrastructure and technology related to an equally diverse crew of scientists study- ing everything from climate science to sh biology hydrology and ecology. That will include for example instrumen- tation to measure carbon uxes between the atmosphere and land surface to determine if the environment is taking up or releasing carbon unmanned aerial systems or drones to do remote sensing activities equipment for taking sediment cores from lakes for his- torical analysis hydrological instrumenta- tion to measure streamow during difcult times like spring breakup ground penetrat- ing radar for understanding changes in per- mafrost and much more. Of timely interest Marsh noted the pur- chase also includes cosmic ray sensors that can give measurements of soil moisture or snow cover over a fairly large area which could be useful for re predictions. These actually use satellite communication to show the data in real time on a webpage so for re predictions you would be able to have real-time estimates of soil moisture so youd know when certain areas were getting extremely dry he said. Marsh suspects the research team received thefundingpartlybecauseoftheurgencyposed by climate change which is impacting Cana- dasNorthmorequicklythananyotherregion but mainly due to the strong active partner- ship between the university and government. Because of the partnership this was done in full collaboration with the GNWT so we had a lot of input from various groups about what are the key questions and what does the government need especially with devolu- tion to answer some of the questions people are asking and to address important policy questions as well Marsh said. The science is unique - and obviously high quality since its being funded - but we also have this really unique connection to a ter- ritorial government that ensures the science is going to make its way into public policy. More than 15 million in operating and in- frastructurefundinghasbeensecuredforNWT research through Laurier over the past several decades and more than 50 graduate and un- dergraduate students have been trained in the territorywith20morestudentsslatedfor2015. Philip Marsh sets up a data logger used to record hydrological and meteorological instruments during spring melt at Trail Valley Creek a watershed 50 km north of Inuvik. PhotocourtesyofPhilipMarsh 12 Tuesday June 2 2015 Congratulations PW The class of 2015 ings their mortarboards as a traditional celebration of commencement. Amber Gale has the honours of cutting a graduation cake lovingly baked and designed in ho Fort Smith Phoenix School Outstanding Achievement Award Skye MacDonald Fort Smith Phoenix School Heart and Dedication Award Kim MacDonald Union of Northern Workers Greatest Improvement Award Jeremy Biscaye-Evans SSDEC District Education Authority Academic Achievement Award Sarah Peterson Northern Store Highest Achievement Grade 12 Rebecca Wiltzen Shania Lambert balances convocation ceremony. Freshly graduated Dominique Soucy enjoys an armful of beautiful congratulatory wishes. Valedictorian Jordan Seymour isnt too old to embrace his mom Georgette after giving his address to the packed hall. Award W PWK Graduate Sine Paulette poses with her escort and brother Kelvyn Modeste and his daughter Laila during the Grand March gala festivities Friday evening. Tuesday June 2 2015 13 WK 2015 Graduates onour of the students milestone. Jane Peterson left hugs her graduating daughter Sarah at a formal celebration. Graduate Jerry Dion beams as he exits the ceremony hall diploma in hand. Josh Gauthier left Robert Gray and Vaughne Greenland greet the community in a reception line after the graduation ceremony. Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation ACFN member Rebecca Wiltzen left accepts gifts and congratulations from visiting ACFN Chief Allan Adam. s bouquets and balloons while greeting the community in a reception line following the Winners Mary Kaeser Memorial Award Dominique Soucy Aurora College Award of Excellence Leadership Innovation in Northern Education and Research Jeremy Beamish Diavik Scholarships Josh Gauthier Sarah Peterson Jack Piche Scholarship Josh Gauthier Robert Gray Graduates Choice Award Robert Gray PhotosDaliCarmichaelPaulBannister NWT ramps up FireSmart program to stop property loss 14 Tuesday June 2 2015 ENVIRONMENT WILDFIRES Congratulations PWK Grads 2015 The Legion Branch 239 knew you could do it we are proud of you. Congratulations We applaud your courage to pursue your dreams and salute you on this tremendous milestone. Congratulations on your High School graduation and good luck in future endeavours. Your Career Starts Here High School Graduates of 2015 By DALI CARMICHAEL This time last year there were about four res just starting to burn in the NWT. As of publication time crews from the department of Environment and Natural Resources ENR have ofcially counted 51 already in 2015. Though the wildre season is a natural part of life in the boreal forest there are steps communities and individuals can take to pro- tect their property and their values at risk according to government ofcials by follow- ing a series of re-prevention measures laid out by the nation-wide FireSmart program. What exactly does it mean to be FireSmart Essentially it boils down to site prepara- tion so that when a wildre encroaches upon a populated area - be it a city hamlet or a cabin in the bush - the structures there have a chance to remain standing. Its basic prin- ciples push for the removal of ammable de- bris immediately surrounding values at risk from towerlines to houses. Materials include anything from dry easily ignited evergreen trees planted outside a family home to dis- carded materials piled up at the edge of town. It also outlines property planning strate- gies and construction materials that can be used to limit the impact of surrounding wild- res on a structure. FireSmarting the NWT The number one priority identied in the review of last years re season in the NWT was a need to increase public engagement in eliminating wildres by increasing com- munication with residents. Understanding GNWT forest management policies opera- tions practices limitations and the princi- ples of FireSmart all fall under that umbrella. WerecurrentlydevelopingaFireSmartmar- ketingplansaidWesSteedrepreventionco- ordinatorwithENRandheadoftheterritorys FireSmartprogramming.Theresadisconnect. Lots of people know what FireSmart is its the doing which is an issue. Everybody thinks they have to do it in two days but FireSmart is a whole change in our thinking just like seat- belt safety. Ten years ago nobody wore their seatbelts I saw kids standing up in the front seat of their truck with dads arm across them. You dont see that anymore. Already a majority of districts have FireSmart wildre plans but ENR is help- ing implement more practical preventive measures. This year the department will start run- ning hands-on community workshops in the regions starting in the capital. Employees with the City of Yellowknife ENR and the department of Industry Tourism and Invest- ment are set to learn how to plan FireSmart initiatives for the region and the values at risk there. Eventually the hope is to provide this kind of training opportunity across the NWT. ENR has also started offering consulta- tion services to towns looking to carry out their own FireSmart projects. Earlier this year Fort Smith used this service to provide quality checks on a series of initiatives hap- pening in the town. Eventually Steed hopes this kind of quality assurance programming becomes codied into policies similar to the way structures must adhere to guidelines set out by the re marshal. To help spread the word about FireSmart tactics that can be used in the bush ENR has recruited the help of NWT airlines. FireSmart manuals are being shipped to a variety of ight companies with the idea they will be slipped into the back of passenger seats to be read in transit especially in craft used to y people to properties in the bush. Finally ENR is using good old-fashioned competition to encourage property owners to follow FireSmart guidelines. Were asking people who have structures or cabins out on the land to take before and after pictures of their cabins their homes of FireSmart activity Steed said. From that theyll be entered into a contest for a home- owners sprinkler kit. It comes with a little pump and some sprinklers. Funding for the marketing campaign comes from 75000 budgeted by ENR to be used towards community protection operations. This is a long-term implementation. This is going to take time but every little bit helps Steed said. With FireSmart I say you start beside your house and work your way out. For more on FireSmart in the NWT head to PhotoDaliCarmichael A new wildland re engine purchased by ENR carries the principles of FireSmart on its doors as a reminder to emergency crews as they protect values-at-risk during the re season. Fire crew leaders train for busy season in NWT Tuesday June 2 2015 15 ENVIRONMENT WILDFIRES ease leave a message at 872-5543 for details. ESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 on - long - medium der - female on is a very loving and utiful cat. She is spayed is up-to-date with all hots.If you think you a home for a Avalon se call the shelter at 5543. 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SpayedNeutered Up-to-date with routine shots House trained Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. Minnie was a very scared shy cat when she first Minnie Grey and white Looking for a new home By DALI CARMICHAEL Leaders heading this years crop of NWT firefighters convened in Fort Smith last week to complete training for what looks to be a busy season ahead. Hailing from the South Slave to the Beaufort Delta 23 Environment and Natural Resources ENR re crew leaders spent May 25 to 28 going over safety regulations organizational tactics and wildre knowledge. Thestudentsdeckedoutin yellowcrewshirtsweregiven refreshers on the basic ele- ments of controlled re prac- ticesandpoliciesweatherand forest re behaviour and re line equipment operations. In addition they picked up newleadershipskillslearning methodstomotivateandguide theirassignedcrews.Theyalso discussedhowtoplanpreven- tativestrategiesintheirhome regionsbyusingtheresources around them taking into ac- countthelandandwaterofthe regions natural formations. The group also spent one afternoon training outdoors where they participated in a structure protection and tri- age course. This is something we do a lot of values-at-risk Setting up sprinkler sys- tems using a variety of pumps Y-connectors and hose sizes at Fort Smiths ENR compound gave the crews a nice break from the classroom as they gained hands-on experience. It also gave the reght- ers a more realistic idea of the fast-paced nature of the job where snap judgements can make all the difference. protection said ENR fire prevention coordinator Wes Steed. A lot of times we get sent out to fires roll- ing across the landscape. We dont want to burn any- body were trying to reduce a threat and protect any values-at-risk. These guys need to be able to triage so that when they get out there they can set up and protect that infrastructure. Sometimesyougetoutthere and you go oh crap we dont have enough time to set up the sprinklers. Its our safety rstreghterssafetySteed said. The leaders are respon- sibleforacrewoffourguysso thatswhywewanttoputcrew leadersthroughthattraining. The ongoing training will continue later into this month ascrewstesttheirskillsatemer- gencyreghtingbootcamps. PhotosDaliCarmichael KyleMandevilleclearsbrushout ofthe way as the crewpracticessettingupsprinklersystems. Alex Willah left gets water pumping out of a helicopter bucket as Patrick Tourangeau looks on. Fire prevention coordinator for ENR Westly Steed left helps equipment management coordinator Jay MacDonald set up a variety of pumps to test out with the trainees. Patrick Tourangeau left and Darwin Manacho get a lesson on setting up sprinklers in the bush from forest management officer Brent Starling. 16 Tuesday June 2 2015 Maries friends and family are Relaying because Marie has cancer. WHO WILL YOU RELAY FOR By MEAGAN WOHLBERG Northern New Democrat MPs are pushing for an additional 46 communities to imme- diately be given full subsidies under the fed- eral food subsidy program Nutrition North. The program which provides subsidies to Northern retailers to be passed on to custom- ers with reduced prices on eligible grocery items will be up for debate in the House of Commons this week marking the rst time the livelihoods of Northerners have been ad- dressed in that context by Parliament accord- ing to NWT MP Dennis Bevington. It will be the rst time weve had a debate on Northern living conditions in the time Ive been here he said. Weve had debates on environmental legislation and devolution but never anything on the people of the North and their condition so thats kind of exciting. Bevington said the NDP wants to see a full review of the program undertaken following an unattering report by the Auditor Gen- eral last fall that showed a lack of monitoring by government to ensure the food subsidies were actually being passed on to Northern customers. But until that review is done he said at least 46 identied Northern commu- nities should be given the full subsidy under the program. NDP wants 46 communities added to Nutrition North Those communities include Lutsel Ke Whati Wekweeti Gameti and Nahanni Butte in the Northwest Territories and Fort Chipewyan in Alberta all of which either re- ceive no subsidy or are on the list for a par- tial subsidy but whose residents received between 0 and 10 worth of savings on their annual purchases in 2013-14. Sev- eral dozen other communities in northern Ontario Manitoba and Saskatchewan are also identied by the NDP for eligibility in the program. Despite their location in isolated North- ern areas of the country those communi- ties are currently left out because they did not previously subscribe to the now defunct Food Mail program according to Beving- ton despite requirements that the Nutrition North program and its list of communities be reviewed annually. Thats like saying you didnt le for your GST rebate this year so you can never get it he said. Theres no reason they shouldnt consider them for the program other than money. Im sure thats whats holding them back. By NDP estimates the cost of giving full subsidies to the 46 additional communities would be 7.6 million. The difference in savings between com- munities that get the full subsidy and those that do not is evident. A comparison done between Lutsel Ke and Kuujjuaq in north- ern Quebec shows that those in Kuujjuaq which receives the full subsidy pay about half as much for things like milk eggs juice and potatoes than they do in the y-in NWT community where residents saved just 9.86 cents each through a partial subsidy in the 2013-14 scal year. In Lutsel Ke they received 2900 for the whole community. Thats 10 per person. And theyre on the list for a partial subsidy. I mean give me a break Bevington said. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Develop- ment AANDC Minister Bernard Valcourt responded that he nds it interesting Bev- ington should want additional communities included under Nutrition North considering his criticisms of the program. Mr. Chair that member is confused. On the one hand he says that the program does not work and then he says that we should bring it to other communities. He should make up his mind as to whether or not the program works Valcourt told Commit- tee of the Whole on May 13 when Beving- ton grilled the department on a number of Northern issues. The fact of the matter is that we have al- ready indicated that we are examining the criteria for admissibility under the program in order to reect the needs issue which the Auditor General indicated in his report and which we have accepted as a recommenda- tion Valcourt said. Bevington said the NDP supports an over- haul of the program being carried out fol- lowing consultation with Northerners. He said there exist many options that would put subsidies directly in the pockets of con- sumers such as the electronic swipe cards found in similar subsidy programs used by low income families in the U.S. Such sys- tems he added would improve the ability of government to monitor the success of the program by collecting community-specic data on spending and savings. We will not pick any system until we do a full review with consultation Bevington said. Thats the proper way to do things. The NDP plans to table a petition support- ing its request during the Opposition Day debate this week. Estimated cost of full subsidy by community Money currently received Annual cost of full subsidy Community per capita for community Fort Chipewyan Alta. .................................... 0................................................................. 211750 Gameti NT .............................................................. 0................................................................386250 Lutsel Ke NT.................................................9.86.................................................................218341 Nahanni Butte NT............................................ 0.................................................................189750 Wekweeti NT........................................................ 0................................................................301500 Whati NT ...........................................................0.01.................................................................105749 HEALTH WELLNESS NUTRITION Tuesday June 2 2015 17 ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE NWT MINING WEEK 2015The NWT mining sector employs more than 3000 people and spends about 800 million a year. Come celebrate the rich history and contributions of this important part of our territorys economy. Events are taking place in Yellowknife to mark this special week. All events are free and open to the public. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - YELLOWKNIFE Mon. June 8 1200pm-200pm Tues. June 9 1210pm-1250pm 100pm-500pm 600pm-900pm Wed. June 10 1000am-200pm Thurs. June 11 1000am-200pm 600pm-800pm Fri. June 12 1200pm-200pm Sat. June 13 800am-400pm 1200pm-300pm Cutting and Polishing Open House NWT Diamond Centre 5105-49 St. Downtown Rock-Walk with ITI Geologist and Staff Meet at Yellowknife City Hall mining exhibit NWT Mine Training Societys Mining Simulator Aurora College 5004-54 St. next to Lahm Ridge Tower. Limited space sign up by e-mail mts or at NWT Nunavut Chamber of Mines Scotia Centre 5102-50 Ave. Public Talk on Mining Heritage Ryan Silke Yellowknifethe founding of a gold town Northern Frontier Visitors Centre Bring your rocks for a geologist to identify NWTNU Chamber of Mines Open House with NWT Mining Heritage Society Scotia Centre Lobby 5102-50 Ave Rock and minerals display Meet a geologist NWT Mine Training SocietyAurora CollegeECE Career Awareness Opportunities Mine Training Society building 5110-49 St. Laptop mining simulators Prospectors Trail Walk Fred Henne Park. Meet at the Prospectors Cabin Partial route with ITI Geologist interpreting the local geology Rocks Minerals Display Displays by CanNor Industry Tourism Investment NWT Geological Survey - Greenstone Building Lobby 5101 50th Ave Mine Rescue Competition Hosted by Workers Safety Compensation Commission Yellowknife Community Arena parking lot Miners Picnic Hosted by NWTNU Chamber of Mines Yellowknife Community Arena parking lot Free barbecue and activities for all ages CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 684-111 NNSL NJ NGO Stabilization Fund The 2015-2016 application deadline is Friday June 19 2015. The NGO Stabilization Fund provides special funding to help NGOs that deliver critical GNWT funded programs or services to the public to stabilize or develop their capacity to manage programs and services. Support can be granted for eligible one-time general management governance organizational development and extraordinary general operations costs related to the delivery of critical GNWT funded programs or services. Collaborative projects that build the capacity of more than one NGO are encouraged. For more information and to obtain an application form please go to Phone 867 873-7329 Fax 867 920-6467 E-mail By DALI CARMICHAEL An environmental organization based out of northern Alberta is working to ensure in- digenous groups dont get left behind as the solar revolution and local harvesting move- ments expand into the province. To keep communities in the loop Keepers of the Athabasca - a collective dedicated to protecting the Athabasca Delta ecosystem - hosted the We Are The Land Energy and Food Sustainability Conference in Edmon- ton on June 1 to 2. Weve done so many events on water on tar sands mining on all of that and its al- most like people are zoned out to it said Jesse Cardinal one of the conference coor- dinators. Were creating new conversations which cover our current issues of the solar energy and food security but also talking about outstanding issues that havent gone away that are linked. Misconceptions about the North and its ability to harness solar power for energy and food production are rampant Cardinal said but through the conference and additional information campaigns the Keepers hope to change that attitude. Harnessing the power of the sun What we want to do with the conference is make sure that First Nation and Mtis people have the same opportunities as everybody else when it comes to the solar revolution Cardinal said. Weve been working on en- ergy solutions for about ve years now going into communities and telling them about the issues. We also thought as a board that if were telling people about the harms of oil coal and diesel in energy production what are we telling them to use instead Notonetostandinthewayofenvironmentally sustainable progress the group turned to the burgeoningsolarpowermarketastheiranswer. In the past year alone there has been a huge dramatic shift to solar energy Cardi- nal said. It has become more accessible to learn about with online education and more accessible to buy because theres more solar manufacturers. With interest by the freshly ushered-in NDP towards increasing Albertas energy ef- ciency Cardinal hopes that new provincial policies will serve to drive that market fur- ther creating a new green economic niche for indigenous entrepreneurs. We want Aboriginal communities to not only be a consumer of solar power but to be a business owner a manufacturer an en- ergy provider she said. We want to make sure that they have equal opportunities as this revolution unfolds. Getting growing in the North At the same time the Keepers want to high- light food insecurity a problem that impacts many remote areas. Again rather than just pointing out the problems they hope to offer real solutions. the natural resources being depleted we need to go back to locally providing our own food and eating in season. A lineup of almost 30 guest presenters in- cludingtheNWTsowntravelinggardenerand Northern Journal columnist Lone Sorensen discussed topics related to food security and sustainableenergy.Keynotespeakersincluded ChiefGordonPlanesofTSou-keNationdirec- tor of the Lands Advisory Board for the BC re- gionCarrielynVictoraXmontltartistand traditional plant practitioner and Dr. James MakokisanorthernAlbertanfamilyphysician from Saddle Lake Cree Nation who integrates traditional Cree medicines into his practice. The rst evening of the event closed with a concert and a book launch for A Line in the Tar Sands a collection of essays about the im- pacts of the oil industry. The show featured Fawn Wood Dallas Waskahat and Drezus among others and raised funds for the Atha- basca Chipewyan and the Beaver Cree First Nations. Cardinal said it was also included in the program to encourage youth attendance. InthefutureKeepersoftheAthabascahope tobringasimilargatheringtotheNWTtoen- couragethepushforagricultureinthefarNorth. For a full list of speakers and to learn more about the We Are The Land conference head to Keepers of the Athabasca host sustainability conference We Are The Land takes place in Edmonton June 1-2 There was a report by the United Nations that said its not even enough to buy organic weneedtostartgrowingourownfoodCardi- nal said. Were introducing this conversation to communities that arent doing any kind of community gardening and providing support for the ones that are. 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Please contact us Chief Sunrise students use music to ght bullying 20 Tuesday June 2 2015 EDUCATION BULLYING NWT SENIORS SOCIETY NWT SENIORS SOCIETY P R O C L A M A T I O N WHEREAS more seniors and elders are independent and active and by challenging the stereotypes of aging are leading the way for future seniors and elders WHEREAS a more positive attitude toward aging is creating new opportunities for seniors and elders WHEREAS seniors and elders are a vital part of our families giving generously of their wisdom experience time leadership and love WHEREAS we recognize that seniors and elders have made and continue to make many contributions to strengthen our communities and throughout our daily lives WHEREAS we recognize that some seniors and elders have the right to feel secure and safe in this community WHEREAS it is appropriate that a special month be set aside to recognize and show respect to seniors and elders. Leon Peterson President NWT Seniors Society Now therefore I the President of NWT Seniors Society in the Northwest Territories do hereby Proclaim the month of June 2015 to be Senior Citizens Month and the special day World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. Senior Citizens Month 2015 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15 I call upon everyone in our communities to join in the celebration of Senior Citizens Month and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 to recognize the valuable contributions of seniors and elders. Seniors Helping seniors Photos wanted for 2016 Fort Smith Pet Desk Calendar Filling up fast Get your pictures in soon Ifyouwouldliketohavephotosofyour petstakenarrangementscanbemade. Please call Chris at 872-5547. Becauseofthehighvolumeofrequests we are on a first come first in basis. Special consideration will be made for pets not in previous calendars. Please submit photos of living pets only. Thereisnofeetohavephotosinthecalendar. If you have any questions or need more information please call Chris at 872-5547 or email Deadline is August 31 This ad sponsored by the Northern Journal By DALI CARMICHAEL Bullying among school-aged students is a universal problem one that kids at Chief Sunrise School on the Hay River reserve are working to combat with music and kindness. Ms.AshleyBecksjuniorkindergartentoGrade 1 class produced their own original song and music video called Setsani Be a Friend ad- dressingtheissuecelebratingtheprojectwith a community-wide launch party on May 29. We didnt want to just tackle Whats a bully What do you do if someone bullies you said Beck in an interview with the Jour- nal. With our kids we wanted to look at how to go about standing up to a bully or stand- ing up for a friend if they are being bullied. We wanted to do something the kids would be able to take and teach other kids about. Thats when they came up with the idea for their song Setsani which means be a friend in Slavey. The song was built off a discussion where the students came up with a three-step process for conict resolution. They called it BFF like best friends forever Beck said. Then they turned that acronym into Be there for your friend use a Friendly voice and Find a solution. Using funds from the department of Ed- ucation Culture and Employments ECE Safe and Caring Schools grant the school invited BC musician and videographer Rik Leaf - who had worked with the school pre- viously - to help the budding artists put their piece together. In the video they do role playing but in- stead of acting out bullying scenarios they wanted to portray how anyone can stand up to the bully Beck said. The video shows the kids playing a game where each child picks up a card. One says setsani some have positive adjectives like cool and smart in English and Slavey and one card has a negative word like weird or ugly. Its the job of the person holding the setsani card to rip up the disparaging word and re- place it with something a little nicer. For our kids its really been more about let- ting them have a voice giving them a chance to speak up about something thats impor- tant to them Beck said. This launch party was probably bigger than the creation of the video itself because its new for them. Having the focus on them having their whole com- munity come together just to hear what they have to say is really empowering. To watch the video head to comwatchvYlPJ-acKWoM. PhotocourtesyofAshleyWest-Pratt Chief Sunrise literacy coach Shawna Coleman left and junior kindergarten through Grade 1 teacher Ashley Beck celebrate the launch of their class music video for their original anti-bullying song Setsani Be a Friend on May 29. Truth and Reconciliation Commission comes to a close Tuesday June 2 2015 21 JUSTICE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS DONT LET SAFETY TAKE A HOLIDAY Wear a life jacket during Water Safety Week and anytime youre on the water. Fort Smith Paddling Club encourages you to be safe on the water at all times. 926 MACKENZIE HIGHWAY HAY RIVER NT 867-874-2771 Toll Free 1-866-327-0717 By DALI CARMICHAEL Over the past six years the Truth and Rec- onciliation Commission of Canada TRC has collected more than 7000 testimonies from residential school survivors recounting the suffering they endured for more than a century as they were taken away from their families as children. It was tting then that about 7000 people ockedtotheOttawaregiononSundaytopar- ticipateinawalkforreconciliationastheman- date of the TRC prepared to come to a close. As much as I already knew about residen- tial school - both from my own long reporting experience but also from my own family and my extended family and where Ive lived and travelled in the North for a long time - it was an awakening as it has been for all of us to the enormity of this history to the enormity of the impactoftheschoolsandtotheextenttowhich the silence around it all has been crippling our whole country said TRC commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson who calls Yellowknife home. Afront-rowwitnesstotheresearchconducted by the TRC over the last six years Wilson in- dicated she was profoundly impacted by the work of the commission and those involved. It has been just so uplifting she said. There have been so many examples rst of all among the survivors of amazingly hard work people have done to try to heal them- selves and others that they care about and their relationships. Some of that we saw un- folding before our eyes at our hearings. At the same time uplifting as well in that some of the expressions and actions of reconciliation are comingfromthenon-indigenouscommunity. Thousands of testimonies and millions of documents have been collected by the TRC as evidence of the crimes committed against over 150000 indigenous residential school children from the 1880s to when the last resi- dential school closed in 1996. The commission was initiated as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agree- ment the result of one of the largest class- action suits ever taken out against Canada initiated by residential school survivors. A report combining the research gathered and suggestions for reaching reconciliation in the future - said to be about 300 pages long - is to be released by the TRC on June 2. Itsaysthatinourmandate-acourt-ordered mandate we shouldnt forget that - reconcili- ation is in fact an ongoing process Wilson said.Itinvolvesthegovernmentandthechurch and the survivors and everybody who worked at the schools but also the people of Canada. We cant forget that thats all of us. To that end all of the ndings from the TRC will be held in a new national centre for truth and reconciliation set to open at the Univer- sity of Manitoba in Winnipeg in the near fu- ture.Partnerportalsinfriendshipcentresand post-secondaryinstitutionswillallowtheinfor- mation to be easily shared across the country. Weve invested in almost 80 new TRC hon- ourary witnesses Wilson said. Some former prime ministers governors general auditors generalnationalchiefsand heads of the union organizations and a whole lot of judges and lawyers and artists authors broadcasters - people from many many sectors - and weve engaged with them all and made efforts to deepentheirunderstandingofthestory.Weve seen from them their commitments they will continuethisworkbytalkingandsharingtheir understanding with the people they have met and they associate with. Just as the closing ceremonies were kick- ing off Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin made a statement Friday morning claimingthatCanadaattemptedtocommitcul- tural genocide against its Aboriginal peoples. This did not escape Wilsons attention. WhatIthinkissignicantiswhenyouhave somebody who is a safeguarder of the highest law in our land and you have ordinary folks from some of the most impoverished commu- nitiesinthecountrysayingthesamethingand using some of the same language - that what happened was a cultural genocide - I think as a country we need to stop and pay attention Wilson said. Its a rare thing that you have a growing consensus around something as big asthat.Thequestionbecomeswecannotundo what has happened we cant change the past so what do we do with the present Because we are all accountable for that. NWT teaching reconciliation tactics to Canada Minister Jackson Lafferty represented the NWT at the closing ceremonies walk- ing with survivors through Gatineau Que. to Ottawas downtown core before meeting with a host of the countrys leaders to dis- cuss ways to move forward from the TRC. At the end of June the territory will be hosting both a Council of Ministers of Ed- ucation Canada CMEC meeting as well as an Aboriginal education symposium. There ECE and its partners from Nunavut will present their residential school cur- riculum to the countrys leaders in educa- tion as recommended by the TRC. We have the highest rate of residential school survivors per capita in the NWT so were quite unique Lafferty said. We are the first jurisdiction - NWT and Nunavut - to develop the first of its kind residential school curriculum about three years ago. My message to my colleagues across Canada - education ministers - will be resi- dential school curriculum should be intro- duced from kindergarten to Grade 12 and be mandatory such as we did in Grade 10. Then moving forward to post-secondary it should be included in the first year of teachers education programs. Walking for reconciliation in Yellowknife Both indigenous and non-indigenous people gathered for community walks for reconciliation in areas outside of Ottawa including Yellowknife. Speakers addressed the crowd in between group dances and drum performances adding a celebratory mood to the event. It was to recognize students here the North and the people who have been working on this for close to four decades working to get recognition for the impact of residential schools said Gail Cyr ex- ecutive director of the Native Womens Association of the Northwest Territories which organized the event. People here were really thankful. PhotoBenPowless Police estimate that about 7000 people participated in the Reconciliation Walk in Ottawa this past Sunday to commemorate the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Comission. 22 Tuesday June 2 2015 ENVIRONMENT WATERSHEDS This woodcutter safety kit is perfect for cutting wood around the home and farm. 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Im doing this because its needed the Peel watershed and the rest of Canadas waters are going unprotected and no one is really doing somethinggrandsoImdoingittomakesome awareness Firth said. This is going to be my last run for the environment. Im going to be racing next year so I gured I had to run across Canada to do some nal awareness. Last year Firth covered the 1200-km distance from Inuvik to Whitehorse before setting out on a second trek covering 3850 km from Vancouver to Inuvik. Both journeys were dedicated to the protection of the Peel Watershed in the Yukon which faced annex- ing until the Yukon Supreme Court sent the government back to stage one of the land use planning process for the region a decision that is currently being appealed. This time around Firth is ghting for the protection of waters across Turtle Island. I think that the run is going to add a lot of publicity and awareness to what the current government is doing to the Navigable Waters Protection Act he said. 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Caribou Legs hits the road to protect the Peel watershed in 2014. New GNWT funding helps CKLB radio back on the air Tuesday June 2 2015 23 ARTS CULTURE BROADCASTING By MEAGAN WOHLBERG Comments of joy and excitement flooded CKLB Radios Facebook page on the weekend as Nadira Begg took back to the airwaves for the much loved Saturday request show for the first time in almost a year. Someone send me a request .. My tower is on and ready for CKLB Radio request show - its been too long wrote Jasmine Hardisty. MyworldiscompletenowthatwegotCKLB RadioonairagainStephanieBeaverhoadded. The Native Communications Society NCS radiostationstoppedthepopularrequestshow along with all of its other news Dene language and live broadcast programming last July due to funding disputes with its core funder the federal department of Canadian Heritage. ButradioprogramdirectorDenezeNakehko - who was laid off last month but is back working part time - said new funding from the NWT government has made it possible to re-hire some staff and get programs back up and running. The GNWT has really stepped up he said. Earlier this spring they gave us 200000 and that helped us along and now theyre putting their money where their mouth is in terms of supporting us and just agreed to 400000 for the rest of the year. So that helps a lot and well be able to phase in pro- gramming as well as staff. Last Friday Education Culture and Em- ployment ECE Minister Jackson Lafferty announced that 400000 in funding would continue on a yearly basis with an additional 100000 going to the Inuvialuit Communi- cations Society for their broadcasting. LaffertysaidthemovetosupportCKLBfalls in line with the governments ongoing priority of protecting and promoting the territorys 11 officiallanguagesnineofwhichareAboriginal. Aboriginal language broadcasting contrib- utes to both our oral traditions and recording languagesforthosefuturegenerationshetold legislature.Havingthemonourradioscomput- ers and televisions ensures that the North con- tinues to hear read and explore our languages that are so closely connected to our cultures. Language programs back on air As of June 1 programming resumed at the station in two Dene languages. Lawrence Nayally is on during the 1130-100 slot with his Dehcho Gohndi show featuring news and happenings from the Dehcho region in South Slavey. Eva Beaverho will follow with her Tlicho Yati show from 100-230 which brings news and interviews from the Tlicho region in the Tlicho language. Bytheendofthesummerthestationhopesto bebroadcastingfull-forceinsevendifferentlan- guagesincludingregularshowsinChipewyan GwichinandNorthSlaveyacoupleofnewEng- lishprogramsinthedayandeveningandFrench programmingwhichwillbenewtothestation. Right now there are five part-time employ- ees working in radio and four additional staff involved in the administrative side of NCS. Programs are set to roll out in stages but Nakehko said staff will be around to put out important messages over the air if needed. Communications really critical at this time of year with all the forest fires so whenever theres something people need to know well get on and let them know he said. CKLB still pursuing federal funding Though CKLB hasnt received any federal moneysincethe447500inbackloggedfund- ing they received last year NCS hasnt ceased communication with Canadian Heritage. We were created because of the North- ern Aboriginal Broadcast Program through Canadian Heritage. That one program was designed specifically to support communi- cations organizations that support and use languages Nakehko said. So it just makes sense to continue there. Lafferty also put a call-out on behalf of the GNWT for the Canadian government to step up in its support of the radio station. As is true for Aboriginal language revi- talization generally it is truly a shared re- sponsibility and for that reason I continue to lobby the federal government to increase their funding for Aboriginal and French lan- guage programming in the current round of negotiations of the renewal of the Official Languages Agreement the minister said. Nakehko said it was tough on staff and lis- teners for the station to be off the air for so long and people are ecstatic to hear voices coming through the airwaves again. When I had the opportunity to travel to different communities 99 per cent of the peo- ple always ask about CKLB and a lot of people really miss it so Ive really come to find out how important we are to the fabric of life in Denendeh and the small communities he said. 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