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Boundaries revealed for Thaidene Nene national park in NWT Parks Canada revealed a much smaller federal park within numerous territorial protected areas in the East Arm last week. See page 6. Alberta and UNDRIP the long road ahead Premier Rachel Notley has a challenging future ahead of her in implementing the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights in Alberta according to lawyer Larry Innes. See page 14. FOUNDING A NATION New plaque honours NWT Mtis patriarch Francois Beaulieu II. See page 7. Kieron Testart drops out of Liberal nomination race WesternArcticLiberalAssoci- ationpresidentKieronTestart withdrewfromthefederalLib- eralnominationracelastweek to support another contender. See page 11. Ottawa gives new funding for Inuvik Satellite Facility The Inuvik Satellite Station Facility received a funding boost and new antenna from Natural Resources Canada last week. See page 2. 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 August 4 2015 Vol. 39 No. 14 Highway 5 snubbed by Ottawa in funding announcement Fort Smith roadway only NWT route not to receive funds By MEAGAN WOHLBERG The road to Canadas largest na- tional park is a rocky one but the relationship between Canada and the NWT over who is going to pay for it could become even rockier. Sixty-four kilometres of the only road into and out of Fort Smith have sat unpaved since 1966 as Canada and the Northwest Territories argue over who is responsible for complet- ingthestretchofroadthroughWood Buffalo National Park which would cost an estimated 20 million. While the majority of Highway 5 has been paved or chip-sealed the hard-packed gravel section cutting through the north edge of the park sits pitted and potholed no longer meeting standards for traffic speed and volume. I drove it last week twice and its terrible - potholes and wash- board said Thebacha MLA Mi- chael Miltenberger. Last week the federal govern- ment announced up to 72 million infundingforhighwayimprovement projects in the NWT over the next 10 years with the territorial govern- ment contributing the remaining 25 per cent or 24 million to the proj- ect for a total of 96 million. stepped in to fill the holes in the roadway said he was extremely disappointed. The territorial government was there to play its part and the federal government refused to approve the Officials with the NWT depart- ment of Transportation DOT say they are fully conscious of the omis- sion.WhiletheyhadaskedthatHigh- way 5 be included in the funding package they were told the unpaved section of Highway 5 was ineligible under the Building Canada Plans Provincial-TerritorialInfrastructure ComponentPTICfundingbecause its on federal land. During our submission to the BuildingCanadafundthe64kilome- tresofparkroadweredisqualifiedby the government because its federal infrastructure said NWT Trans- portation Minister Tom Beaulieu. InsteadtheGNWTwasdirectedto applyforfundingundertheNational Park Infrastructure Improvement program. They did so late last year sending numerous letters and hold- ing meetings with Leona Aglukkaq minister responsible for Parks and theNorthernEconomicDevelopment Agencybuthavereceivednoresponse. See NWT funding on page 3. The roads to receive federal fund- ing include the Mackenzie Highway 1 Hay River Highway 2 Yellow- knife Highway 3 Ingraham Trail Highway 4 the Dempster High- way 8 Fort Resolution Highway 6 the Liard Highway 7 and the Dettah Access Road. That is every major roadway ex- cept Highway 5 into Fort Smith. Miltenberger who had expected last weeks announcement would be the moment the federal government project he said. To be the only road in the NWT not to get funding is disappointing and unfair. While he understands Parks Can- ada has a 3-billion infrastructure deficit Miltenberger said the agency still has to fulfill its commitment to the road. They know we dont have a pot of money for it he said. Its an all-around unfortunate situation and the community of Fort Smith is suffering because of it. To be the only road in the NWT not to get funding is disappointing and unfair. Thebacha MLA Michael Miltenberger PhotoDaliCarmichael Kayaker Chris Cadieux tries his best to muscle his way down the Mountain Portage rapids while participating in the seventh annual Paddlefest a summertime staple hosted on the Slave River in Fort Smith. For photos from this weekends competitions and family friendly events head to pages 8 9. 2 Tuesday August 4 2015 INDUSTRY REMOTE SENSING NEWS BRIEFS Transport truck with explosives goes off road closing NWT Hwy 1 NWTHighway1wasclosedovertheweekendafteratrans- port truck lled with explosives went off the road and into thetreeline.Theincidenttookplaceabout19kmawayfrom the Alberta border on the morning of Aug. 1. The truck remained upright as crews removed the cargo and by the morning of Aug. 2 two-way trafc was restored. Investi- gators are uncertain what caused the truck to veer off the roadbutsaidtheyarecontinuingtolookintotheaccident. Cenovus Shell slash jobs as price of crude drops again Low prices are still cutting deep in the oilsands where two companies announced further layoffs last week. Cenovus Energy Inc. which cut 800 jobs earlier this year says 300- 400 more workers will be let go from its Calgary ofce by the end of the year due to continued low oil price environ- ment. Shell also announced more staff cuts last Thursday conrming it has laid off 400 people this year in addition to roughly 300 jobs cut in January. While crude prices re- bounded to US60 a barrel in May and June they dropped back to US48.52 last week. Overdoses on the rise in the NWT The NWT RCMP and Chief Coroners Ofce reported last week that the number of toxicity deaths in the territory has increasedsince2011.Whilein2011therewereveconrmed cases of deaths from substance abuse that number rose to sevenin2012eightin2013and11in2014.Anumberofthe deathswerecausedbyingestingcombinationsofdrugsand alcohol. While some were related to long-term drug and al- cohol use others involved rst-time users. The RCMP and coronerarewarningresidentsagainstusingstreet-leveldrugs which contain impurities and using drugs in combination. Ottawa announces new funding satellite dish for Inuvik facility By MEAGAN WOHLBERG The burgeoning Inuvik Satellite Station Facility celebrated a 3.7-million funding boost last week from the federal govern- ment along with a new antenna to support opera- tions at the site. Colin Carrie parliamen- tary secretary to the Envi- ronmentministerwasinInu- vik on Thursday on behalf of Natural Resources NRCan Minister Greg Rickford to make the announcement. Thefundingwillbeusedto improveandbuildroadsgrant- ing access to the facility. Last weeksfundingannouncement wasalsousedasaplatformto celebratetheinaugurationofa new NRCan satellite antenna andoperationsbuildingatthe facilitywhichwillreceivesat- ellite data and imagery and send commands to Earth ob- servation satellites. According to NRCan the new antenna is uniquely po- sitioned to track and receive datainreal-timefromthenew generation of polar-orbiting satellites for scientic map- ping weather surveillance and other purposes. The new antenna and sat- ellite operations building will further the Inuvik Satellite Station Facilitys ability to generate a host of scientic security and economic ben- ets for Northerners and all Canadians Rickford said in an announcement. The Inuvik facility has garnered increasing inter- national attention over the last several years with space and aeronautical agencies in Germany Sweden and Nor- way investing funds and in- frastructure into the project. Ongoing work by the ter- ritorial government to install a bre-optic line connecting the satellite station to the larger telecommunications grid has advanced interest in the project. A delegation from the GNWTvisitedEuropeinJune tomeetwiththevariousagen- ciesandwassuccessfulinse- curingfurthercommitments. The tour resulted in in- creased investments from Sweden which already has infrastructure in Inuvik in the form of another sat- ellite dish commitments from Germany and the Eu- ropean Space Agency of an enhanced presence in Inu- vik and strong interest from Italy in becoming involved. It also brought Norway on board for the rst time. The country will be install- ing four smaller dishes and a large 13-metre dish in In- uvik. The larger dish costs around 5-7 million while the smaller satellite dishes cost around 2-3 million. Inuvik is considered a geo- graphical hotspot for remote sensing data that can be used for national defence search and rescue emergency pre- paredness and response shipping and navigation en- vironmental monitoring and resource development. PhotoTerryHalifax The Inuvik Satellite Facility got a 3.7-million federal funding boost last week for road access infrastructure. CONGRATULATIONS to the organizers participants and spectators who made the 2015 Slave River Paddlefest A GREAT SUCCESS Tuesday August 4 2015 3 POLITICS INFRASTRUCTURE EVERYONE IS INVITED by the Board of Directors NWT Seniors Society and Fort Smith Senior Citizens Society to attend the Annual General Meeting September 10 2015 at 1000 AM at the Curling Club Lounge Fort Smith NT Special Guest Speaker Dennis Bevington MP Western Arctic Agenda Discussions Include Review of Audited Financial Statements Appointment of Board of Directors 2015-2016 Review of New Draft Document Addressing Abuse of Older Adults A Strategy for the Northwest Territories A light lunch will be provided by the Fort Smith Senior Citizens Society This is a free event with resources and door prizes Come and Kick off the Fort Smith Seniors 55 Friendship Games from September 1113 2015 Continued from page 1. Suddenly now were in there with Banff Jasper - some of the biggies - and obviously we have not had a response from the federal minister about that program said Pietro Debastiani director of planning policy and communications for DOT. Further correspondence was also sent to federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel but has yet to result in funding. The federal government owns the land beneath 117 km of Highway 5. In the 2011- 12 scal year the GNWT took it upon itself to chip-seal 53 km of the road through the Reducing the Cost of Living strategic fund- ing initiative established in 2007. Beaulieu said its denitely a possibility that similar funding could be designated for chip-sealingtheremaining64kmduringthenal sessionofthe17thAssemblythisfallbutthatit would have to be 100 per cent GNWT-funded. At the same time Debastiani said DOT recognizes chip-sealing is not a perma- nent solution. Its one thing to put a surface on thingsbut itsanotherthingtoactuallyreconstructahigh- way to full geometric standards and then pave it he said. I do understand they would have chip-sealed a few sections of it but the bulk of that highway requires a reconstruction effort. Theres no point putting a chip-sealed surface down on the road when its just not going to stay. Youre putting a band-aid on something. While Parks Canada has yet to pave any of Highway 5 it does pay the territorial govern- ment to maintain the entire 117 km. Accord- ing to the GNWT the cost for maintenance has been steadily increasing due to the de- teriorating condition of the road and is now over 1.3 million per year. Limited funds for highways DOT With a limited capital budget ofcials with the territorial government say they have been forcedtopickandchoosewhichroadstheygive priority. Over the life of the 17th Assembly re- constructionworkhasbeendoneonHighways 1 3 4 7 and 8 some almost yearly. Earlierthissummerthedepartmentcarried out public engagement sessions throughout the NWT to get input on their 25-year Trans- portation Strategy which was tabled in June. A plan for nishing Highway 5 is not in- cluded in the strategy which lists four other road projects as priority items an all-weather Mackenzie Highway from Wrigley to Norman Wells an all-weather road to the diamond mines an all-weather road to Whati to sup- port Fortunes NICO mine and improvements to Highway 7 to support tourism and Ca- nadian Zincs Prairie Creek mine. Debastiani said DOT uses every oppor- tunity to secure federal funding to improve roadways in the NWT. In the event that Parks Canada does provide funding to nish High- way 5 he said DOT would be amenable to a cost-sharing scenario to get that work com- pleted but doesnt have the money right now to pave it alone. Wecantalwayswaitforthefederalgovern- ment but we have to balance this with needs across the entire system because we have a very important budget but its heavily strained from year to year to year Debastiani said. Mayor not surprised Fort Smith Mayor Brad Brake said he was not surprised to see a lack of monies put aside for the completion of Highway 5. When the DOT traveled through the NT communities earlier this year I attended their meeting.Theyhadastrategicplandevelopedfor theNThighwaysystemandthestrategicplan forHighway5wasSecurefundingfromParks Canada Brake told the Journal in an email. I offered my opinion that a ve-word sen- tence was indicative of a complete lack of planning and passing the buck because of a jurisdictional issue was doing a disservice to the citizens of Fort Smith. That concern was noted in the nal Trans- portation Strategy. Many expressed concern that there was no obviousconsistentplanforcompletionofproj- ects that have been worked on for a number of years ie. chip sealing Highway 5 toward Fort Smith rebuilding and chip sealing Highway 1 toward Fort Simpson Highway 6 to Fort Res- olution etc. the report states. The consen- sus was that the GNWT needs to get some of these nished and off the agenda. Brake also directed his concerns to Parks Canada. In a response from Wood Buffalo National Parkeld unit superintendent David Britton said Parks continues to work closely with the GNWT on improving the highway. We recognize that this would be a project that would have substantial support in the community and are investigating options for an approach to it Britton wrote. Bad for business Chamber The road issue has been raised repeatedly by Fort Smith residents and business own- ers as not only a safety hazard for locals but a deterrent to tourism and business in the community. Thebacha Chamber of Commerce president Janie Hobart said there have been numer- ous reports of tourists and athletes choos- ing not to make the trek to Fort Smith due to the condition of the unpaved section and its impact on vehicles. It impacts all of us she said. Its not just strictly the hospitality industry it impacts all the retailers in the community here. While she believes DOT is doing the best it can to maintain the unpaved section she said its time for the federal government to step in and complete the road which would save money in maintenance costs in the long run. That section is in the park Hobart said. Its Parks responsibility to create that infra- structure and I understand that right now the federal government is balking at doing that road repair which is unfortunate. Its one of the mandates of the park to encourage people to come to the park to see the mag- nicence of it. Their lack of providing proper infrastructure is creating some problems. NWT funding for road a denite possibility minister Filephoto Parks Canada has yet to pave the remaining 64 km of federally owned road on Highway 5. 4 Tuesday August 4 2015 The Northern Journal is an independent newspaper covering news and events in the western Arctic and northern Alberta. 2013 CCNA BLUE RIBBON CANADIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER AWARD 2013 C M C A AUDITED The Northern Journal is published weekly by Cascade Publishing Ltd. Printed at Star Press Inc. Wainwright AB. Publisher.................................................................................. Don Jaque 867-872-3000 ext.21 Editor..........................................................................Meagan Wohlberg 867-872-3000 ext.24 Reporter........................................................................ Dali Carmichael 867-872-3000 ext.25 Comptroller...................................................... Dixie Penner 867-872-3000 ext.23 Advertising............................... 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Advertising Deadlines Display ad deadline is Thursday at 400 p.m. Classified 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 LETTER TO THE EDITOR In appreciation of Jane Dragon Editor Jane Dragon is a vibrant human encyclope- dia about furs in the Northwest Territories. Trapping has been in her family heritage for several generations. Years ago she made it her mission to collect a pelt from every ani- mal in the Northwest Territories and with the support of her husband Dave she has ac- complished that remarkable feat. In addition to her valuable pelt collection Janehasfascinatinghandmadeartifactsmade fromNorthernanimalssuchastoysandtools. She has beautifully beaded items too some carefully passed on from her relatives. She is probably the only living person in Canada to have such an incredible personal collec- tion of Northern animal pelts and artifacts. Jane has contributed countless volunteer hours of educational presentations to stu- dents of all ages and at community events. In 2011 she was invited to the Diavik Mine to show employees her collection of pelts and artifacts. In typical fashion Jane shared in- teresting trapping stories and information while kindly allowing the employees to handle the pelts and delicate items to best appreciate their value. She was given a couple of DVDs of her demonstration and to date this is the only bit of video record she has of her collec- tion and informative skills. Janes items are priceless and her wisdom and experiences about them are fascinating and invaluable At 75 years old Jane has no knowledge of computers and the modern technology that would allow her to make short vignettes where she could show and tell all about each animal. What a fabulous opportunity for Fort Smith to join together and create such a situation. There needs to be some sort of a museum area where her dedicated work can not only be preserved but enjoyed by everyone. It could be a very desirable tourist attraction. Surely there are people in the Territories who have the pro- fessional andor technical skills necessary to successfully promote her collection and knowledge. Given the ever growing awareness of the value of Aboriginal heritage I hope all who have ideas about how to support such a valu- able project will set up a meeting with Jane Dragon as soon as possible and start the ball rolling. Rosemary Moskal Planning the annual fire fight to maximize benefit Fighting forest fires is expensive busi- ness and from the way drought conditions and climate change seem to be heading things may get much worse. But with so much money and effort invested in a de- fensive battle against Mother Nature there must be a wiser way to manage those re- sources that also benefits communities in the long term. Last year the NWT government spent 55 million fighting forest fires and at least 30 million will be spent upgrading the en- gines on their fleet of water bombers. Both British Columbia and Saskatchewan spent over 100 million already this summer. The combined total across the country must be approaching 500 million. That money could build a lot of schools highways and bridges but it is a necessary cost of pro- tecting people and property. Unfortunately once the fire season is over there is little to show for it. Fire fighting is a massive industrial op- eration requiring vast resources. Helicop- ters and water bombers rack up huge costs. Fire crews and the food and shelter for them plus their sophisticated gear are very expen- sive. Heavy equipment needed for pushing fire guards through the forest comes at a premium price. Then there is the bureau- cracy to support it all sustained through- out the winter. Add up all those costs and there is likely a billion dollar national price tag each year. Crews and resources have to be in a con- stant state of readiness throughout the summer. In situations where there are no fires are there not other things that can be done using those crews and resources that aid in fire prevention and making com- munities less vulnerable Could there not be a larger plan where efforts are imple- mented in ways that benefit communities The idea of applying fire resources else- where does not seem to be a consideration. They are there for one purpose - defence against wildfires - and that is all. That is limited thinking. There should be wide-ranging planning each winter that identifies threat levels near communities particularly old growth forested areas likely to burn so at times when there is little risk of fire crews that are otherwise idle could be productive. Bring in other government departments to contribute to the wintertime planning and those fireguards could be laid out in ways that double as needed road access or recreation trails. Communities could add supplemental resources to do the job even better. The way it is done now communi- ties that obviously need a fireguard only get one in a crisis when the cost is highest time is short and there is no consideration of any other need. The situation in national parks is par- ticularly strange. The fire protection ser- vice is distinct from the warden service with separate bosses and separate ways of operating. You would think in a smaller contained unit like a national park there would be more inter-agency planning but that happens little. Federal parks especially under the cur- rent national government are allotted vir- tually no program money but firefighting budgets are open-ended even generous when public infrastructure is threatened. The warden service cares about every blade of grass in every corner of the protected area to which they are dedicated. Any change or impact within a national park takes place only after lengthy study and consideration. When wildfires threaten things change. Ev- eryone reverts to crisis mode and decisions are based on expediency. Controlled burns that are not at all natural are common. Cat guards are pushed through with no thought of impact. What is perceived as necessary gets done quickly. Whether it be a province territory re- gion national park or community one would think that it would make sense with such a predictable annual threat to have inclusive planning sessions that look beyond the sum- mer defence against nature. Rather almost all decision-making is made in the moment under pressure. The immediate side benefit to any such planning would be identifying vulnerabili- ties and planning ahead in every commu- nity becoming both fire smart and fire ready as a routine. Taking advantage of resources that are otherwise idle while making our communities safer done in a way that has lasting benefits would require creative thinking leadership and good man- agement. Why cant we get more of that The way it is done now communities that obviously need a fireguard only get one in a crisis when the cost is highest time is short and there is no consideration of any other need. PhotocourtesyofNWAL For the past 50 years Northwestern Air Lease NWAL founder Terry Harrold left and his brother Brian have operated the Fort Smith-based airline. When the company celebrated its golden anniversary on Aug. 2 they made sure to include the local community some of NWALs most loyal customers. Pilots spent the day giving sight seeing tours of Fort Smith for 25 a flight. On the ground NWAL also hosted a fish fry for Fort Smith residents. Many locals took to social media over the weekend thanking the airline for their continued service and their contribution to endless community initiatives. Tuesday August 4 2015 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... Not parks role to take stand on road Wood Buffalo National Park superintendent Josie Weninger wants people to understand the Parks role in the current debate over the road south. First of all she points out that Parks Canada is not a spokesperson for the proposal. Nor is it Parks Canadas role to take a stand for or against the proposal. Issue August 1 2000 20 Years Ago... Aboriginal language news coming soon For the rst time ever a daily Aboriginal newscast will be offered in the North starting August 1 1995. The Native Communications Society of the Western NWT announced last week it will be introducing short news- casts in Dogrib Chipewyan and North Slavey on Tues- day Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Issue August 2 1995 30 Years Ago... Federal building contract signed The long-awaited Fort Smith federal building con- tract was signed by David Crombie Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs on Monday July 30 after more than a decade of lobbying by community leaders. The 3518360 contract went to PM Construction 1985 Ltd. of Edmonton. Stephen Sorenson general manager of PM estimates a completion date of June 1986. Issue August 1 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK Two years after a pipeline leaked over 15 million li- tres of toxic wastewater into the boreal wetland near Zama City in northwestern Alberta the Alberta En- ergy Regulator AER has ned Apache Canada Ltd. 16500 and ordered an audit of the companys pipe- line infrastructure. Apache ned for pipeline spill near Zama City in 2013 Andrew Wanderingspirit Hahaha yeah only a few lousy bucks. So its safe to say that the environment is not worth much at all according to the Harper government. Anthrax conrmed in Wood Buffalo National Park bison Todd Sanderson Oh no In our July 20 edition in the story about the Salt River First Nations new gas station Salt River First Nation teams up with ATCO to build new gas station the story incorrectly stated that In 2012 the two organizations worked together to design and build the Wood Buffalo Inn a hotel in Fort Smith. The Wood Buffalo Inn was a private project between Martselos Services Ltd. and ATCO. It had no connection to the Salt River First Nation. We apologize for the error and any issues it may have caused. By DAWN KOSTELNIK My aunts live on ranches in Maple Creek Sask. this is our most easterly point of venture. Horses cows chick- ens and pigs are all amazing. Rick and Rob our cousins teach us how to rope and ride pigs. Angelina is disgusted by the smell of the strange ani- mals and she is not getting on the back of any horse not a chance. She is having dif- culty with the food. Fresh cows milk is something that none of us are used to and having it delivered warm from an udder to the table and having an appreciation for this freshness may need to be learned. Hard-boiledeggsaregood but Angela peels off the white part. I think she may get sick from eating so much water- melon. In Edmonton 10 lbs. of bananas were on sale for 1. The back seat of the car is still home to at least 20 lbs. of slightly bruised and brown bananas. Ice cream is heavenly mom takes us for banana splits at Dairy Queen. We decide that a ba- nana split is the perfect food. Chubby chicken at the AW is Angelas and my favourite the boys order burgers. Holy lookthegirlsarehangingour food on our car door we can talk to them on that phone thing. We dont understand that we have to give the glass root beer mugs back. Angel is pretty homesick after two weeks of ranch life and driving around in cars eating strange food. We are headed west and stop back at my Grandparents. My grandma whom we called Nan makes her special ver- sion of macaroni and cheese. Angela eats and eats like a starving person. Nan hugs her a bond is formed. Angela seems to feel better after this and starts to try new food. At Saratoga Beach on Van- couver Island we have rented a cabin for a week. My mom is from Comox and she hasnt seenherIslandsisterinyears. We come to visit and swim in the sea. This ocean is much warmer than the Arctic one we live by. There are sea- shells which we dont see in the Arctic Ocean. It smells really funny kinda stinky we think but we dont want to hurt moms feelings. She looks so happy. She shows us sea cook- ies sand dollars and whips and cracks kelp on the beach and tells us to jump on the bulb to make a loud pop. My uncle brings sacks of oysters down to the shore and we roast them on the beach re we have built. We decide to leave these things with the green guts for the grownups. To be continued White Girl Schools out for summer By ANGELA SLADEN The rst garden harvest of summer has begun Yummy cabbage crunchy kale but- tery lettuce creamy potatoes tasty broccoli delicious peas and the sweetest carrots in Canada are now ready to pick and eatwith more to come There is nothing more re- warding or healthy than growing and eating your own food. To think that you started with a plot of dirt and a bunch of small seeds added a little water and lots of ten- der loving care and you end up with a garden plum full of goodness yumminess and healthiness is actually one of lifes miracles and gifts - a gift we give to ourselves and can pass onto others. The abundance of a garden is often far too much for the grower to eat alone. Many vegetables can be canned or preserved but not all. One of the gifts of gardening is the joy we feel when we share our bountywiththoseweloveand those who need it. Gardeners have the incredible privilege ofmakingadifferenceintheir community. Oneexampleoftheredemp- tive work of gardening is the storyoftheMarylandEastern CorrectionalInstitutionsgar- deningprogram. Picturethis a drug dealer pulls a cabbage from the ground and hands it to a convicted murderer. This cabbage - and many other vegetables - are then eaten by the prisoners thus reducing diabetes and heart disease and also donated to the poor - ve tons last year. The prisoners are lining up to help in this garden want- ing to work 10 hours a day. They read gardening books and are eager to learn as much as they can. They have a plan to continue when they are released. The results are astounding. Less than 10 of the prisoners return to jail a dramatic improvement from the typical 60 return rate. They are proud of their ac- complishments helping the less fortunate and working with nature and making a difference. Another example of the redemptive work of garden- ing is the growing number of inner city schools and neigh- bourhoods adopting a piece of uncultivated land prepar- ing it to grow food and enjoy- ing the fruits of their labour. The stories of at-risk children and adults who are changed by this gardening process are inspiring. Not only do they now have a chance to eat healthy foods an option that is not available to them due to the cost they also get the satisfaction of literally watching the growing re- sults of their hard work and the chance to give to others rather than always being a recipient. Lives are being changedandneighbourhoods are being restored. And to think that all this goodnesscomesfromgarden- ing. Reaping the rewards of gardeninggoesfarbeyondthe food that goes on your table. It has the power to change peoples health minds spir- its emotions and communi- ties. The power of plants is amazing Angela Sladen is a nu- tritionist and member of the Tahltan First Nation in northern B.C. Reaping the rewards Ron Gwynne Steven Harper is personally liable for this damage. His pro OIL stance is reason enought to re him. THIS is not a joke. CORRECTION 6 Tuesday August 4 2015 ENVIRONMENT PROTECTED AREAS The Town of Fort Smith is proud to have Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. as an essential and active member of our community. Congratulations on your 50th year in business CONGRATULATIONS Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. on 50 years of operations.Industry Tourism and Investment THE NORTHERN JOURNAL WISHES NORTHWESTERN AIR LEASE LTD. A HAPPY 50TH THE NORTHERN JOURNAL WISHES NORTHWESTERN AIR LEASE LTD. A HAPPY 50TH Tel 867 872-3030 Fax 867 872-2214 Email For Charter Reservations Call toll free 1-877-872-2216 Tel 867 872-3030 Fax 867 872-2214 Email For Charter Reservations Call toll free 1-877-872-2216 Thaidene Nene map reveals much smaller federal park By MEAGAN WOHLBERG The federal government announced the ex- pected boundaries of the new Thaidene Nene nationalparkreserveontheEastArmofGreat Slave last week revealing a much smaller fed- eral area than negotiated prior to devolution. Originally contemplated at over 33000 square-km the new federal park will be just 14000 square-km and surrounded by ap- proximately 12000 square-km of territorial parks and protected area for caribou. The shrunken federal jurisdiction was a target for territorial negotiators who entered into the process with Parks Canada and the involved Aboriginal governments last year following the federal transfer of powers over lands water and resources to the NWT. TwoinstructionsweregiventomeMakesure youleavethesmallestfederalfootprintpossible... and make sure you use Northern tools to keep the other land under the control of the people oftheNorthwestTerritoriesanddoeverything we can to protect as much of the East Arm as possible said NWT Environment and Natu- ral Resources Minister Michael Miltenberger. Not only did the GNWT reduce federal control over the area by 57 per cent it also knocked the total size of Thaidene Nene down to around 26000 square-km in order to leave out certain areas with high mineral potential - primarily diamonds and uranium. The areas that are to remain under NWT control will include both territorial parks and oneareaofcaribouhabitatprotectedunderthe Wildlife Act. While the parks will remain per- manent xtures the caribou area will remain in place only as long as it is needed by caribou. First Nations co-management ThecreationofThaideneNenehasbeenunder discussion between Canada and the Lutsel Ke DeneFirstNationLKDFNforoverfourdecades. The two parties had agreed the First Nation would be able to co-manage the national park. With Wednesdays announcement that re- lationship with the First Nation stands mark- ing the rst time in Canada that an Aboriginal government is guaranteed a role in planning managing and operating a federal park. It will not be your grandfathers version of a national park Steven Nitah lead ne- gotiator on behalf the Lutsel Ke Dene First Nation said of Thaidene Nene. Lutsel Ke is going to work with both parties to manage Thaidene Nene the way we want to. Apart from giving First Nation control over the protected area the creation of Thaidene Nene will not affect Aboriginal and treaty rights including traditional land use activi- ties like hunting trapping and gathering. This isnt a Wood Buffalo National Park kind a situation where rights are going to stop and all activities are going to stop in the park were trying to do the exact opposite of that actuallysaidMerrell-AnnPharetheGNWTs chief negotiator for Thaidene Nene. Furthermore the Northern lifestyles of non-Aboriginal land-users will also be protected in Thaidene Nene including the use of boats and oatplanes. Concerns over size Still there are some concerned about the decrease in size of Thaidene Nene for possible mineraldevelopment.DeneelderFrancoisPau- lette who was involved originally on the le as an advisor to LKDFN during talks with Parks Canada said the current proposal is a far cry from the original agreement with Canada. Theeldersthatwereinvolvedinthatwanted to have this set aside as a national park to be protected. This is quite different he said. Paulette expressed skepticism that territo- rial laws even following the necessary amend- ments would offer the same level of protection as federal ones and questioned the GNWTs motivations in becoming involved on the le. Itseemslikeyourprincipleistokeepthings small as a dime Paulette said. Nitahsaidthemovetoexclude7500square- km of land from the current proposed bound- aries for mineral development was reluctantly accepted by the First Nation. This is a negotiating process and its some- thing that Lutsel Ke reluctantly agreed to he said. At the end of the day the govern- ment of the Northwest Territories is very de- pendent on industrial development so weve agreed to this. Once consultation is done we can reevaluate our role and get back to the GNWT with where we stand. Public meetings ended last week with stops in Fort Smith Hay River and Fort Resolution. The nal details of the park will be pre- sented to cabinet in the 18th Assembly. Lutsel Ke lead negotiator Steven Nitah addresses questions on the park during a public consultation meeting in Fort Smith on Monday July 27. PhotoMeaganWohlberg Tuesday August 4 2015 7 NORTHERNERS ELDERS Aurora College offers its best wishes to NORTHWESTERN AIR LEASE LTD. on its golden anniversary. Plaque honouring Mtis patriarch unveiled in Ft. Smith Francois Beaulieu II designated person of national historical signicance By MEAGAN WOHLBERG ThegreatgrandfatherofMtisintheNorth- west Territories was honoured last week as a person of national historic signicance with a plaque unveiling in Fort Smith. Local Mtis and First Nations the territo- rial government and representatives of Can- ada came together Tuesday afternoon at the Roaring Rapids Hall to commemorate the life and legacy of Francois Beaulieu II consid- ered the founding father of the northern fur trade and the NWT Mtis Nation. Most would say he is the Louis Riel of the Mtis North of 60 said NWT Mtis Nation president Garry Bailey. It is because of him we call this place home and continue to take our rightful place in Canada as Mtis people. Son of French coureur-du-bois Francois Beaulieu and Chipewyan Chief Akaitchos sister Ethiba in the 1700s Beaulieu helped to establish the fur trade in the NWT becom- ing manager of the Hudsons Bay Company trading posts in the North and eventually em- powering the Mtis to become free traders. Thanks to his business acumen he es- tablished an independent economic base for his people said Colin Carrie parliamentary secretary for Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq who was present for the unveiling. But more than that he helped create a sense of Mtis identity and laid the foundation for a new nation of northern Mtis. Apart from his involvement in the fur trade Beaulieu was widely known as a political and culturalbroker.Capableinmanylanguageshe mediatedconictsbetweenvariousAboriginal groupsfromFortChipewyantoGreatBearLake andhelpedshaperelationswithEuropeansguid- ing explorers like Sir John Franklin into what wouldbecometheNWT.Hewasalsocrucialin bringingtheCatholicreligiontoNortherncom- munities before he died in 1872. While Tuesdays celebration was one of looking to the past Thebacha MLA and NWT Environment Minister Michael Miltenberger said the honour is one to be shared among Beaulieus descendants the entire NWT Mtis Nation moving forward. If he was here today I think he would look aroundwithsomeconsiderableprideatwhere theMtisNationhasdevelopedtotodayMilt- enberger said. He would see a Mtis Nation that is at the table negotiating one of the rst land claims for Mtis people. He would see a Mtis Nation that has signed a memorandum of agreement with the territorial government on a government-to-government basisand he would see in fact the territorial government being led by a Mtis - and not the rst. So today is a good day. Its a good day to recognize what was started by Francois Beaulieu. But its also a good day for us to think how far weve come in 143 years how we got here and how much further we have to go together he said. Around a dozen of Beaulieus descendents were present for the unveiling. Among them was Angus Beaulieu of Fort Resolution who was emotional about the recognition. HewasmygrandfathersgrandfatherBeau- lieutoldtheJournal.Imveryhappytobehere. Mygrandfatherusedtotellmemanystoriesofhis grandfather. He was a great leader a fur trader andalsobroughttheCatholicreligiontoFortRes- olutionin1852.Hesdonesomuchwithhislife. A celebrated Mtis ddler Angus said his cultural pride comes from his great-great grandfathers legacy. My grandfather raised me and he was so proudtobeaMtishesaid.SomyselfIkind of followed my grandfathers footsteps. The location of the plaque has yet to be deter- mined.OverthelastfewyearsofdiscussionParks Canada and the Mtis have gone back and forth between whether or not it should be placed in FortSmithoratSaltRiverwhereBeaulieulived. ButatTuesdayscelebrationthedescendents of Beaulieu said they would like to discuss it amongst themselves and make a proposal. My support to them was this is great this is what we want. It should be somewhere the family is very happy with said Mike Keizer external relations manager for Parks Canadas SouthwestFieldUnit.Wewillworkwiththem andwhoeverthelandownersare...butImactu- allyquitepleased.Icouldntbemorehappythat instead of just ending up somewhere it will be putsomewherethatmeanssomething.Wewould like it to be somewhere signicant. The commemoration was made by the His- toric Sites and Monuments Board of Canada which recognizes nationally and historically signicant persons places and events across the country with bronze plaques. Angus Beaulieu of Fort Resolution stands with the plaque honouring his great-great grandfather Francois Beaulieu II recognized as the patriarch of the NWT Mtis. PhotoMeaganWohlberg EXCITEMENT GROWS FOR SALT RIVER FIRST NATION The first modular components arrive in Fort Smith for the Salt River First Nation Petro Canada gas station. ATCO Sustainable Communities ASCI wishes to correct a statement made in the July 20 issue regarding Salt River First Nation teaming up with ATCO to build a new gas station on its Fort Smith Reserve. This is ATCOs first project with Salt River First Nation. The Wood Buffalo Inn built in Fort Smith in 2012 was a private project with Martselos Services Ltd. and had absolutely no connection whatsoever with Salt River First Nation. 8 Tuesday August 4 2015 Kayakers team up for the beach ball race one of the most colourful and competitive events of Paddlefest. Tori Harrison of Calgary shows off her skills with 140 paddlers who traveled from around the wor Tea JohBen Linaker tries to use a swift jab to knock his opponent from their stand up paddleboard during a jousting competition on Aug. 2. Ultimately he was unsuccessful. Members of the Northern Youth Girls Environmental Leadership Camp party down at Paddlefest after spending four days canoeing along the Slave River from Hay Camp to Fort Fitzgerald. Ben Ghertner who originally hails from Nashville Tennessee performs ips and tricks in the water in the advanced rodeo. Isaac Zimmer left Lief Aubrey-Smith and Noah Zaidan work together to build a sand castle in a competition hosted by Parks Canada. Tuesday August 4 2015 9 PhotosDaliCarmichaelandPaulBannister h a front ip on Aug.1. Harrison was one of about rld to attend this years festival. An adventurous group takes on the wave train at the Mountain Portage rapids in a paddle raft. Novice paddler Michaelis Hurst left intermediate kayaker Spenser Sedgwick and advanced boater Ben Ghertner display their winnings from the rolling competition. Trent McCreary from Boulder Colorado is all smiles as he surfs the Slave River. Spenser Sedgwick of Calgary enters the international pool toy race on the back of his trusty oat plane. am Dirty Dozen rushes hard into rst place for the voyageur canoe race on July 31. hn Blyth front and Karl Cox attempt to steer their canoe through the rapids only to ip their vessel. 10 Tuesday August 4 2015 By DALI CARMICHAEL Members of the Gwichya Gwichin Band GGB of Tsiigehtchic are continuing to appeal the communitys recent election in which the incumbent chief was acclaimed to his posi- tion using a draft election code. Five letters of appeal sent by GGB mem- bers to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern De- velopment Canada AANDC have gone un- answered forcing appellants to use alterna- tive measures to overturn the acclamation of Chief Phillip Blake who took an oath of ofce on July 9. One member Robyn Lennie has started an online petition an option laid out under section 16 of the new election code. What Im hoping to attain with this peti- tion is enough eligible signatures to hopefully remove chief and council from their seats to allow the time needed to properly orchestrate a fair election Lennie said. Another appellant Anna May MacLeod is asking to press charges against the band for breaching election code laws. Others have suggested using a judicial review process to overturn the election. Its unfortunate because it gets into the courts but there is a lot of criteria that would justify the ve appellants considering ling a joint application for a judicial review by the federal court of Canada and it would be for errors of law committed by the Gwichya Gwichin Band said Graeme Drew a consul- tant hired by the band to aid in the creation of the election code who was also appointed chief electoral ofcer. Gwichya Gwichin members turning to petitions courts to appeal election A fracture in the process Over the past year the GGB participated in an AANDC-funded pilot project to write a new election code for the community in order to replace problematic proxy voting with tele- phone and electronic vote casting. The new code was intended to be ratied in time for this years election in June but multiple ref- erendums that were short of quorum pushed the ratication back to June 15. Abreakdownofcommunicationbetweenthe currentbandcouncilandanappointedelection committee started when Blake led a letter of appealinanattempttobarhisopponentGrace Blake from entering the run for chief because she was not listed as a band member though she had held the position in the past. Blake submitted his letter to the existing election committee using band letterhead an action the committee deemed inappropriate. WhentheelectioncommitteerefutedBlakes appeal using previous case law and electoral guidelines as evidence to back up their deci- sion they said he became uncooperative. He pushed for an election to take place despite the fact the code had not yet been ratied. We came to a stalemate over the issue. We begantofeelquitestronglythateventhoughthe codewasdoingitsjobwedidntfeelascomfort- able being empowered with the right to enforce theselawsbecausetheyhadntyetbeenratiedand wewereputtingthecartbeforethehorseDrew said.Webasicallydecidedtodefertheelection. On June 2 Drew and the election commit- tee members announced they would be re- signing. According to Drew their intent was always to return to the committee once the code had been ratied. Upon the committees resignation the band took it upon themselves to appoint a new elec- tion committee composed solely of the bands nance director Cyril Clancy unbeknownst to those who had deferred. They also named Liz Gordonasthenewelectionofcer.OnJune12 thesenewofcialsacclaimedBlaketotheposi- tion of chief. I was totally unaware that all of this was happening so I can only assume how many moremembersareoutoftheloopLenniesaid. Myself along with all of my immediate fam- ily members that are registered voters did not even receive a voters package. I assumed that the elections were going to be postponed until August2015toallowtheraticationofthecus- tom elections code. Pushing forward for democracy The frustrated members have called upon both AANDC and the NWT government to aid with the election turnover to no avail. TheGwichyaGwichinFirstNationselectsits leadership under a custom community system custom code meaning the process is outside of the electoral provisions of the Indian Act reads a statement from AANDC. As such the department has no role to play as to how the communitys leadership is selected or how any disputes arising from an election or a ratica- tion vote are resolved. AttheendofthedayDrewsaidtheGGBmem- bers rallying against the band council want to exercise their democratic rights. The good news thats lost in all of this swirl ofcontroversyisthatthisisaveryhistoricmile- stone that the band has achieved Drew said. Forthersttimeintheirhistorytheyveactu- ally got a set of written laws that can ensure a higher level of integrity fairness and transpar- ency in future elections. The pinch right now is whether this is going to be honoured in light of the recent so-called acclamation of this chief and their councillors. PhotoLawrenceNorbert POLITICS FIRST NATIONS Gwichya Gwichin Band consultant and former election ofcer Graeme Drew. Mother Nature Annike Watts Aquabatics Aubrey-Smith Family Becky and Darren Linaker Ben Linaker Blyth and Bathe Inc. 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McLeod a former MLA and brother to the NWT premier who announced his can- didacy only two weeks ago now faces just one challenger for the shot at MP Gail Cyr of Yellowknife. It wasnt an easy decision but we are liter- ally days away from a federal election call and now is the time for unity and the time to put all the goals behind a strong candidate who can defeat Stephen Harper and bring about that real change that Northerners are looking for Testart told the Journal on Thursday. Testart said it was clear McLeod came into the race with a great deal of support behind him making him a major contender. I support Michael in that role. I think hes the best positioned based on his connections with indigenous people in government and the non-indigenous people as well his deep understanding of territorial issues and his track record as someone whos effective at delivering on those issues and making a real difference in peoples lives. McLeod said he only recently met Testart but was impressed by his personable nature and knowledge of the issues. He said the two share the same vision for the North. Im very honoured that someone would step down to support me McLeod said. Its something Im sure wasnt easy so Im very thankful to him. Going forward Testart said he would con- tinue to be involved in politics and the pub- lic service though in what capacity is yet to be determined. It is a year of three elections and there are many opportunities to give back to public life in the Northwest Territories which is of course my objective he said. Ive heard loud and clear what the issues Northerners are most passionate about the challenges that Northerners are strug- gling with and I want to take action and make a difference - a positive difference. Im looking at opportunities to find a way to do that. McLeod said he would welcome Tes- tart to his team especially in the area of media relations. He has good contacts here and in Ottawa and good ideas McLeod said. Hes a smart guy young and I can tell hes going to have a bright future down the road. Testartisthesecondcandidatetodropoutof the open nominations race for the Liberal MP candidate slot. Earlier this year Yellowknife Centre MLA Robert Hawkins also withdrew fromthefederalraceandhassinceannounced he will be running for MLA again this fall. Testart withdraws from NWT Liberal nomination race to support McLeod in run for MP Photoscourtesyofthecandidates Michael McLeod left is the latest to enter the race for the federal Liberal Party nomination in the NWT and a shot at MP. Last week Kieron Testart centre announced he would be stepping down to support McLeod. Gail Cyr remains in the race against McLeod. Smiths Landing First Nation would like to thank everyone who worked to make this years Paddlefest a success. 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Lawyer Larry Innes of Olthuis-Kleer-Townshend has represented Alberta First Nations in their ght against oilsands projects typically in cases versus the govern- ment alleging inadequate consultation. He said the provinces current approach to Aborig- inal consultation is combat- ive framing First Nations as adversaries rather than treaty partners - a para- digm reinforced over 40 years of Progressive Con- servative rule in the prov- ince in which the Crown views land issues more like a divorce settlement than a marriage. Those are two very dif- ferent interpretations of the treaties that have taken root very deeply Innes said. Getting past that will re- quire at minimum a new government to say very clearly what their views are in terms of the purpose of the treaties the intent of UNDRIP and get us out of this transactional type dialogue. Notley recently issued a letter to cabinet outlining her vision for partnership with indigenous people in the province which asks minis- ters to begin the reviews nec- essary to start meshing the principles of UNDRIP with Alberta law. While Innes gives Notley the benefit of the doubt in terms of her intentions he says more will need to be done to ensure the tyranny of the bureaucracy doesnt thwart her attempts to im- prove relations with First Nations and Mtis in the province. The people who built the current system will be resistant to change Innes warned. I dont envy Not- ley...Moving from a narrow view to an expansive view of Aboriginal consultation is tough. Three main changes needed Innes Innes believes there are three big picture items the Alberta government can take on to implement the key principle of UNDRIP which hinges on getting First Nations free prior and in- formed consent before ap- proving industrial projects starting with the land use planning process. The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan LARP for example sets out a man- agement scheme for the oilsands area and has been contested since the start by affected First Na- tions. Rather than using the Crowns fiduciary duties to First Nations as a starting point Innes said the Al- berta government based the land use plan around what areas need to be open for development thereby catering to industry first. If the Crown was doing its job right it would start the planning process from its treaty commitments first that is what lands need to be maintained in an intact state so that treaty rights can be prac- ticed meaningfully in the future he said. Secondly Innes said the onus needs to be shifted onto industry to get the consent of First Nations be- fore moving forward with projects. The government should be saying if you want a li- cence from us you have to demonstrate that you have the consent of First Nations and have addressed their concerns not that you met with them the requisite num- ber of times. Obtaining con- sent would radically change the game he said. Finally he said the regula- tory process needs to be re- formed in a way that builds toward consent. Rather than spending massive amounts of money on projects that dont have the prospect of consent - like those falling on sacred sites for exam- ple - Innes said the process should be refined to weed those out. Doing so however would require Notley to reframe the discourse so that it views First Nations as landowners and industry as tenants on that land Innes said. Though Notley has asked her ministers to consult with indigenous people during their departmental reviews Innessaidshe isgoingtohave to look further than her min- isters for ways in which UN- DRIP can be implemented. Sheshouldbetakingexpert adviceandreachingoutacross the country to nd out whats workedelsewherehesaid.Im worried that without casting her net wider and relying on experience from other juris- dictions she wont move the needle as far as she wants to. Despite the challenges Innes said he believes imple- menting UNDRIP in Alberta is possible. Notley has a huge oppor- tunity to move the yardstick signicantly he said. Alberta has long way to go in implementing UNDRIP Lawyer fears tyranny of bureacracy will undermine improvements PhotoChrisSchwarzGovernmentofAlberta Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is undertaking a review of government policies in order to begin implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the provincial level. Tuesday August 4 2015 15 HEALTH WELLNESS MENTAL HEALTH Miss Stache is a sophisticated and cute little lady. Isnt she just precious If you brought her home shed be so happy and give you cuddles. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail web Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail web Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail web Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. SpayedNeutered Up-to-datewithroutineshots House trained Miss StacheFemaleAdult Black and white mix Looking for a new home 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 684-114E NN NJournal Congratulations to all Western Canada Summer Games Participants I would like to congratulate all of the athletes coaches chaperones and Mission staff who will participate in the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games that will be held from August 7 to 16 2015 in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Alberta. I hope that you find the Games challenging and rewarding and that you form many lasting friendships. A big thanks to all of the volunteers coaches parents and sport leaders who played a key role in the development of our athletes. Your contributions encourage our youth to lead healthy active lifestyles which improves the physical and mental well-being of our youth. Congratulations to all on a job well done Robert C. McLeod Minister Municipal and Community Affairs By DALI CARMICHAEL Athabasca Tribal Coun- cil ATC members in Fort Chipewyanhavepartneredup withothercommunityorgani- zationstodeliveranewseriesof grief and loss workshops with residentsinanefforttoprovide morementalhealthsupportsto those who need it most. The rst of the new pro- gramming was delivered on July21and22attheAthabasca Delta Community School. Peoplehaveidentiedthat was something required in the community the loss and grief workshop and it was well attended by the people that require it said Margo Vermillion one of the co-fa- cilitatorsandachildandfam- ily services worker with ATC. Loss and grief is not just losing a loved one it could be anything Vermillion said. It gives a chance for people to share and to talk about it because a lot of times when you have people talking about things that have been buried so far deep inside of you and then all of a sudden theres things that trigger you. Beingabletoshareamongst one another being able to know that youre not the only onethatisgrievingaloss-its that sharing that connecting with one another and being able to hold hands in a circle tobeabletounderstandwhere everybodyiscomingfromand knowingthatheyImnotthe only one in the community thats grieving. Thecertiedfacilitatorsin- cluded Margaret Roper from ATC Hilda Lepine co-facil- itator Margo Vermillion and the Nunee Wellness Team. While the subject matter could sometimes be dark especially during the shar- ing circles organizers tried to keep the mood light for the most part. We did a sharing circle talking about the loss and the grief that people are going through experienc- ing Vermillion said. We also did hands-on activities made picture frames for our loved ones. We did a ribbon- tying event with our partici- pants and we did smudging we shared we talked we laughed. The events are free and open to anyone who wants to participate. Though they were sched- uled several months ago the workshopsbeganshortlyafter a teenaged girl in the com- munity recently died from suicide the second to do so since December 2014. Theworkshopsareonlythe latest in a string of commu- nitysupporteventscreatedto boost community morale and promotehealingforresidents. After what was deemed a successful first event com- munity representatives spent Monday planning their next seriesofworkshopswhichare settotakeplaceinSeptember. Weinvitedcommunitypeo- pledifferentorganizationsto sit around the table Vermil- lionsaid.Thelasttimewedid thatwedidawalkinthecom- munitybeforethechildrenleft the school for the summer so we had the kids involved we had parents involved we had some of the leadership and we had noisemakers and we had signs. One of those upcoming workshops will cater speci- cally to the needs of parents. Itstryingtohelpparentsto grieveaswellsotheycanalso be able to understand their childrentheiryouth.Parents are always the rst support thatchildrenrequiresoifyou have healthy parents that are able to grieve then you know its easier for you to support your child Vermillion said. Wejustwantpeopleinthe communitytofeelthattheyre not alone you can reach out Vermillionsaid.Wewantpeo- pleinthecommunitytoknow thatwerealsoconcernedabout the youth and the children and we want the community to know that there is support. Come and let us know what other things we can do. Wejustwantpeopleinthecommunity to feel that theyre not alone you can reach out. Margo Vermillion Athabasca Tribal Council Tribal Council starts grieving circles in Fort Chipewyan Filephoto Loss and grieving circles are happening in Fort Chipewyan following a number of deaths in the community including two suicides since December. 16 Tuesday August 4 2015 DOORPRIZES FUN BINGO August 8th 2015 Gates open at 1030 AM at the Ball Diamond in Enterprise NT. 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