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Fallen RCMP peace ofcers honoured in Yellowknife Ofcers who made the ulti- mate sacrice to keep us safe were honoured in a ceremony in Yellowknife Sunday. See page 6. Hay Rivers nifty farm institute is focused on feed There is more than one way to feed a farm animal North- ern Farm Training Institute director Kim Rapati writes. See page 15. CHECKING OUT TECH High school students converge at Aurora in Fort Smith. See page 8. He thinks he is turning Vietnamese he really thinks so Fort Smith teen Ty Marten shares his second epic birth- day trip a month in Vietnam and Cambodia. See page 9. First Order of the NWT recipients announced Ruth Spence and a handful of other community leaders have been inducted into the Order of the NWT the terri- torys new top honour. See page 7. 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 September 29 2015 Vol. 39 No. 22 By CRAIG GILBERT Withthreemonthsleftintheyear already 27 Nunavummiut have died by suicide. Itisapacethatshouldjustifyastate of public health emergency and it shouldinspireamorerobustresponse fromgovernmentandotheragencies than it has according to Nunavuts chief coroner Padma Suramala. On Friday Suramala nished ob- serving the two-week coroners in- quest into suicide in Nunavut that she called in 2013 when a record 45 Nunavummiut took their own lives. She said Monday the more than 30 witnesses who testied including families who have lost children as young as 11 and 12 years old social workers psychologists and other professionals shed light on how the slow-motion crisis has been allowed to continue seeing dozens of people die every year. The action plan is only missing one piece implementation. Itishightimeweneedtodosome- thing Suramala said. I know it Nunavut suicide inquest jury ndings an urgent call for action coroner takesalongtimebutweneedtostart doingitnow.Savingalifeshouldtake precedence over all other projects. Both of the jurys key recommen- dations declaring a state of emer- gency and designating a cabinet minister responsible for suicide prevention would be the responsi- bility of the territorial government. Theyaredesignedtodrawattention tothecrisisandinspiresupportfrom all levels of government since fund- ing is the major obstacle to putting theactionplantoworkbutSuramala said there has to be buy-in from ev- eryone for it to work and that starts at the community level. When an 11-year-old takes his own life it is a wakeup call to all of us she said. We have done enough research on the matter. We have very effective recommendations and weve done an evaluation of the action plan. What is lacking now is implementation - thats what we found out in the inquest. Inajurisdictionwherethesuicide rateis10timesthenationalaverage front-lineworkersaregettingburned outtheresponseeffortisstymiedby a high turnover rate among health care professionals and contributing factors such as child sexual abuse are intensied by overcrowded liv- ing conditions and substance abuse. The bottom line however is the effort to save lives has to start within families with support from each home community. One person cant be accountable for the whole issue Suramala said. The jury made several other rec- ommendations for various depart- ments of the territorial government health family services education otheragenciessuchastheRCMPand the federal government including Create a secretariat to spearhead suicide prevention activity for the territorial cabinet by April 2016 Immediately embark on a pub- lic awareness campaign to de- normalize suicide Include material on creating safe environmentsinschoolcurriculaby theendofthecurrentschoolyear Develop an action plan to address thehighrateofstudentdrop-outs Pilot community-based grief sup- port networks Create a public service campaign against marijuana and alcohol abuse targeted at youth and staff positions for youth and addic- tions counselling by Sept. 2016 Establish a formal protocol for following up with people who have attempted suicide Change the territorys Mental Health Act to allow family mem- bers to be connected and imme- diately involved after a suicide attempt regardless of the per- sons age Develop culturally relevant pro- gramming around relationship- building coping and parenting skills and anger management by Sept. 2016 Boostfederalfundingtofast-track the Nunavut Housing Corpora- tionsactionplantoreducesuicide Develop a national suicide pre- vention strategy by 2017. PhotocourtesyofAuroraCollege Aurora College student Tina Bruha holds a duck she learned to pluck at the schools rst-ever day on the land last week. See story page 13. 2 Tuesday September 29 2015 POLITICS TECHNOLOGY NEWS BRIEFS North Slave morel haul expected to garner 4-5 million The GNWT estimates the morel harvest in the North Slave and north of Fort Providence will fetch up to 5 million at market.The60-dayharvestseasonsawmorethan280000 poundsofmorelspickedintheregionaccordingtogovern- ment estimates. Harvest numbers for the rest of the South Slave and Dehcho regions are still being assessed. Many were sold on-site for up to 7 per pound dried morels cost about 170lb. Man arrested for murder attempted murder in Yellowknife A Yellowknife man was arrested for murder and attempted murder after turning himself into police on Sept. 28. Police responded to a disturbance at a home on Lanky Court in Yellowknifejustbefore1a.m.andfoundamanandwoman both critically injured. They were rushed to Stanton Terri- torial Hospital where the man was pronounced dead. The female was transported by medevac to an Alberta hospital. The suspect turned himself in later that morning. The in- vestigation is ongoing and charges are pending. Caribou herds still declining GNWT A survey taken this summer shows barren-ground cari- bou herds in Bluenose East Bluenose West Bathurst Cape Bathurst and Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula have dropped by as much as half since 2012 from 32000 to between 16000 and 22000.In 1986that gure was 470000. The GNWT continues to work collaboratively with all of its co-manage- mentpartnersoneffortstoconservebarren-groundcaribou herds said ENR Minister Michael Miltenberger. This in- cludes work to complete an inter-jurisdictional agreement withtheGovernmentofNunavuttocollaborateonresearch monitoring and management actions for shared herds. Fort Smith Health Social Services Authority STARTS ON OCTOBER 13 2015 From 1030 am noon daily at Community Counselling Services at the Fort Smith Health Centre THE ADULT MATRIX Outpatient Addictions Treatment Program This program is offered to accommodate those who wish to receive local support with addictions. It is open to anyone dealing with an addiction or wanting to maintain their sobriety. This FREE program is 10 weeks in length with daily 1.5 hour sessions and bi-weekly one-to-one sessions with a counsellor. CALL 867 872-6310 to book an intake appointment By CRAIG GILBERT A cadre of Yellowknifers council candidates among them is drawing attention with a new piece of software called IserveU. Apowerfulnewtoolforpub- lic engagement the future of democracy or the fast-lane to its erosion are all possibilities for the software designed to crowd-sourceopiniononmu- nicipal issues in the capital depending on who you ask. With IserveU registered Yellowknife voters can sign up and take part in instant polls on municipal issues. Councillors who have signed on agree to vote according to the poll result if there is a clear majority and enough people have chimed in for the vote to be relevant. We use it as an engagement tool Dane Mason a council candidate who has worked on the project since its incep- tion. Its a way to get more varied opinions. We still have the chance to say this is how we are going to vote. Two other council candi- dates Rommel Silvario and Marie-Soleil Lacoursiere have signed on. What is IserveU Depends on which Yellowknifer you ask What theyre trying to do is talk to every candidate Silvario said. Its not for a few its for everyone who wants to join. Mason said there are 1400 people signed up and they are in the process of verifying addresses - you have to be a Yellowknife citizen eligible to vote in the city to join. More than 700 have been veried so far. He said the IserveU volunteers and employees have been getting a positive response from 70 to 80 per cent of the people they meet out on the hustings. One of those people is stu- dent Jaimee Imrie who said people her age have been disenfranchised by the po- litical process. I think that IserveU is almost like the wave of the future she said via Facebook messenger. Our current voting system is antiquated and not usually representative of the popula- tions the politicians serve at least with this system there is a modicum of account- ability that is backed up by actual data she wrote. Its really only a matter of time before democracy becomes e-democracy. She admitted she is good friendswithIServeUfounder Paige Saunders. Everyone is connected in some way Yellowknife is a small place. Thats why I think this has the potential to be successful. The movement has also drawn criticism. Yellow- knife Mayor Mike Heyck told the Journal last week he wonders what the upstart programmers are trying to fix exactly. While I think its an in- teresting concept I would One of the founders of IserveU Dane Mason is running for Yellowknife city council on Oct. 19. PhotocourtesyofDaneMason say to a considerable de- gree and probably more so than ever over the past three years weve really reached out to the community in a number of avenues to gauge opinion get feedback and to have real face-to-face conversations with people about whats important to them and where they think the city should be going he said. Ive seen many times where an issue will come before council and each and every councillor and myself as mayor will reach out to residents either in person or already online through social media to gauge pub- lic opinion on an issue but decision-making at the local government level is more than simply public opinion theres research and analysis council has to do. Incumbent councillor Re- becca Alty was one of just two incumbents running for reelection who responded to an email from the Journal last week. She did not di- rectly answer a question on whether she would commit to respecting the will of the IserveU community. I think it can be used as a tool in decision-mak- ing but it shouldnt be the one and only tool to make a decision she wrote in an email. Sometimes you need to stand up for a minority group and with this sys- tem majority always rules. Edmonton recently passed a by-law where all of their future municipal buildings will include gender-neutral bathrooms. If this was voted on under IserveU and the majority voted against it as a councillor I would like the opportunity to still look into this issue further. Her colleague Neils Konge was more direct like most of council both are seeking reelection expressing con- cern the system would not work because not enough people would take the time to become properly informed. Would he sign on as a councillor and respect the virtual poll NO. According to Inuvik na- tive Dr. Stephanie Irl- bacher-Fox adjunct profes- sor at Carleton Universitys School of Public Policy and Administration the IserveU system is being developed in a jurisdiction with voter turnout rates well above the national average 49 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the last Yellow- knife municipal election in the last territorial vote 55 per cent. The problem clearly is not so much accessibility of our representatives or avail- ability of electronic voting opportunities she wrote on the Northern Public Af- fairs blog on Sept. 22. It is more likely apathy or per- haps lack of interest in par- ticipating in civil society or unwillingness to take up the responsibilities of citizen- ship such as volunteering and voting. Can IServeU rescue us from our own apathy I sin- cerely hope that at the very least IServeU will motivate greater political connected- ness at least a virtual con- nectedness not just be- tween voters and represen- tatives but between citizens. Because if it doesnt do that I fear it will render our de- mocracy even weaker than it is now. - with files from Dali Carmichael Everyone is connected in some way Yellowknife is a small place. Thats why I think this has the potential to be successful. Yellowknifer Jaimee Imrie Tuesday September 29 2015 3 POLITICS ENERGY NOTICE OF CANDIDATES TOWN OF FORT SMITH The following list of names are those of Candidates who have put their names forward to stand for election to the position of Mayor 1 and Town Councillors 8 MAYOR Brad Brake Lynn Napier-Buckley TOWN COUNCILLORS Dave Beamish Anneliese Kikoak Erika Bell Bob McArthur Jenny Belyea Rashmi Patel Al Dumont Kevin Smith Patricia Haaima Brenda Tuckey Ronald Holtorf Any voter who believes that a candidate is not eligible to be a candidate may prior to Wednesday September 30 2015 at 300 pm advise the returning officer in writing of the grounds for that belief. Margo Harney Returning Officer By DALI CARMICHAEL Unsatisfied with the information at hand decision makers on Hay Rivers town council opted to hold off on selecting a company to distribute power throughout the community at a meeting held on Sept. 21. Hay River began issuing requests for pro- posals from power companies in May after deciding it would not renew its current con- tract with Northland Utilities NUL the provider since the 1960s. So far NUL the Northwest Territories Power Corporation and Flash Point Facilita- tors have stepped up as potential proponents. Two of the proponents obviously would require infrastructure Hay River Mayor Andrew Cassidy said in an interview with the Journal. In the franchise agreement theres a provision for the town to take over Northlands infrastructure at the end of the franchise agreement but there is a cost to that and thats the purchase price. That purchase price is currently unknown. Until we can actually find out what the price of Northlands assets are were not 100-per-cent sure which set of numbers we are able to run with from the other propos- als Cassidy said. Council discussed that and we decided that now is certainly the time for us to move forward and get that asset price. At this point in time NUL has asserted it is unwilling to sell its infrastructure. Should the price point given by NUL be higher than town council deems reasonable a clause in the current agreement states it has the right to go to arbitration to fight for a lower price. However this process could be lengthy and costtensofmillionsofdollarsCassidysaidex- plainingcouncilshesitationintakingthisroute. We werent sure if there was going to be any other bidders other than Northland Utilities he said. Now that we know there is interest and now that it looks like there could be some potential rate reductions weve decided that it is worth it at this point in time for us to go forward and see what the true asset value is going to be through arbitration. Hay Rivers power distribution contract is set to expire in November 2016. Hay River puts off decision on power distribution contract PhotocourtesyofNorthlandUtilities BY CRAIG GILBERT Threeseparatecapsizedwatercraftincidents leftonepersonconfirmeddeadandtwoothers presumed deceased last week. A capsized canoe was discovered on the Mackenzie River five kilometres upstream from Tsiigehtchic on Sept. 23. Fishinggearandothersupplieslocatedwith the canoe have led police to believe that two people have fallen into the river and are now presumedmissingtheRCMPannouncedSept. 25. Their names were not released. Waterborne search efforts with help from aircraft from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association and ENR personnel continued through the weekend but on Monday police announced the search had become a recov- ery effort. It is believed that the two missing people have succumbed to the elements however the investigation will remain an open missing persons investigation. A man was found deceased in the waters of the Mackenzie RiverSept.21two days afterhe was lost on the water in Tulita. He was trying to bring his boat around a floating dock at about 730 p.m. Sept. 19 when it capsized amid high winds and large waves according to the RCMP. The male was last seen holding on to the boat. However with poor visibility brought on byblowingrainandsnowpoliceandwitnesses quickly lost visual contact a press release read. He was not wearing a life jacket when he went into the water. ConcernedcitizensandtheTulitaRCMPde- ployedtotheriverbutwereforcedtocalloffthe search at 10 p.m. due to darkness and danger. The search continued in the morning with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association helping out but the weather did not let up making the effort difficult. At about 11 a.m. Sept. 21 police found what they believe was the lifeless body of the missing boater. His identity has not been released. TheTulitaRCMPthankedthecommunitymem- bers who helped with the search and expressed condolences to those affected by the tragedy. The Inuvik RCMP detachment meanwhile had a happy outcome after a kayaker made a distresscallwithhiscellphonewhilestillinthe frigid waters of Big Lake on Sept. 20. The unidentified paddler phoned police shortlybefore530p.m.indicatinghehadcap- sized and needed help. Officers stayed on the line as the RCMP boat was launched and en- couraged the kayaker to swim to shore using the cell signal to triangulate his position. Po- lice found the kayaker within 15 minutes of hitting the water. On average 525 people die in water-related incidents in Canada every year with boats involved almost a third of the time accord- ing to the Canadian Red Cross. In more than 24 per cent of cases a lifejacket was on board but not worn. Tragic week on the water three capsizes days apart leave one dead two missing JUSTICE SAFETY The future of Hay Rivers power distribution hangs in the balance after town council decided to postpone the awarding of a contract to one of the three providers bidding to deliver the service. 4 Tuesday September 29 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..................................................................................... Craig Gilbert 867-872-3000 ext.24 Reporter....................................................................... 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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 Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day of the Serpent River First Nation says the state of health for First Nations people in Canada is deplorable. Regional Chief Day has convened the re- sponsibilities for the Assembly of First Na- tions AFN National Health portfolio and will make a determined effort to raise the awareness on the state of First Nation health in Canada. Earlier this week Regional Chief Day provided opening remarks at the Uni- versity of Toronto Faculty of Public Healths Building Partnerships Celebration and re- minded everyone that the state of health in First Nation communities is not only an In- digenous issue but a Canadian issue. We are dealing with a very serious health issues in our communities. Violence suicide and children living in third-world conditions exist in this country yet we turn a blind eye to it. This impacts the whole health care system in Canada. We want what all people want - to raise happy healthy children who will contribute to their families their communities and their country. Health matters to all of us. As the lead for the AFN Executive Com- mittee on Health I am going to make this a top priority. Next week we will be making an Ontario-specific statement on health. At that time it will be important for both the Canadian public and federal election parties and candidates to take note. Ac- tion is needed. Enough is enough. Regional Chief Day is chair of the Political Confederacy for the Chiefs of Ontario and a member of the National Executive of the As- sembly of First Nations. Aboriginal health system not adequate Take back the night and the terror In the news this week is the large number of small communities in Northern Canada that have no resources to support women vulnerable to abuse from their mates no womens shelters where they can seek ref- uge with their children or victims counsel- lor services to advise them of their rights or attend to them after they are beat on. Sadly domestic violence is common in our culture. Too many men often under the in- uence of alcohol threaten coerce or physi- cally abuse the women in their lives. It is in- conceivable that this phenomenon thrives in our midst is so apparent yet so little is done about it. ThislastweekhasfeaturedtheannualTake Back the Night marches. Groups of socially active women and a few sympathetic men gather once annually and march with plac- ards declaring such things as Women have the Right to Feel Safe. After years of effort are things changing for the better enough to turn that situation around Not at all. We say to all those women who march who try to spread the word who coura- geously show they care that it is time to up the ante. Marches are not enough. The slogans have been seen so many times they are ignored. Get more people involved. Get men engaged en masse. Force the issue. Make change happen. The threat of terrorism stopping anyone who wants to inltrate Canada and bring their ght to us is a current priority of our government and dedicated even fervent po- litical will is focused on it. As a result con- siderable money and resources are focused on nding solutions. Half the citizens of our country meanwhile routinely face the potential of violence throughout their lives - essentially terrorism. Women must con- stantly fear for their personal safety. The statistics on violence against women - from all walks of life in all locations - are appall- ing. That is only part of it. What happens in some homes when a woman suffers at the hands of an abusive mate who holds power over her is a whole other layer. In spite of that violence against women is not a gov- ernment priority. Note that Canadas federal leaders have not had a debate on womens issues since 1984. The situation will never change if there is no dialogue at the highest level of politics. It is all about misogyny in one form or an- other - ingrained prejudice against women that manifests in ugly ways - the norm in our society. It is about one person having power over another human being. Because such be- haviour is so common it is acceptable. There is a sickness in our society at the base of this. It is in our schools and playgrounds in music and literature and movies inuenc- ing youth as they grow up. Yet while it is per- vasive and obvious it is generally accepted and all but ignored. There is an effort in some schools to turn the situation around. New programs are of- fered where students are shown at an early age to respect one another to be caring in- dividuals and never to harm others. That is a good messageanytime.Ourworld-allaspects of it - will be a better place if that messag- ing is ingrained. In the NWT there is FOXY Fostering Open eXpression among Youth a home-grown organization that empowers young women to embrace their individual- ity and sexuality in a safe manner. A simi- lar program for boys will soon be introduced and the programming is set to expand into Nunavut and the Yukon in the near future. Initiatives like those are important for change through education. They are not enough. There has to be stron- ger political will plus a broad social effort that is compelling and all encompassing if there is to be a serious and lasting change. No one human is better than another nor should anyone hold sway over anothers life threaten them or do them harm. Those basic tenets should be true for everyone - and yes that includes women too. That should be ob- vious but it is not. What is needed is a campaign like the one against smoking compelling as that has been complete with images of black poisoned lungs and dire warnings or con- sequences on cigarette packs. Smoking has not been completely eradicated but it was dramatically pushed back. That amazing success is a demonstration of what can be done for a just or worthwhile cause if there is sufcient commitment and serious long- term action. There are many ways the system could be improved to protect women against vi- olence in their homes and on the streets. The rst step as in all challenges is to g- ure out why it happens. What is the cause of violence against women What are the origins of negative attitudes how are they learned at what age do they start and what type of people are susceptible Then the counter campaign must be mounted and it must be formidable. We say to all those women whomarchwhotrytospread the word who courageously show they care that it is time to up the ante. PhotoBillDeluneyFacebook A Buffalo Airways Curtiss C-46 Commando airplane made a hard landing in Deline on Sept. 25. Four crew members were aboard the plane when it experienced engine failure and went down all reportedly uninjured. The aircraft was loaded with cargo en route from Yellowknife to Norman Wells when it made the emergency landing with its landing gear still up around 1230 p.m. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada TSB is looking into the incident. Tuesday September 29 2015 5 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 15 Years Ago... Speed lowered Effective Monday Sept. 18 the speed limit for all vehicles traveling on Highway 3 between Stagg River and Yellowknife was reduced to 80 kilometres per hour. Transport Minister Vince Steen says hes condent that reducing the posted speed limit will encourage drivers to slow down on the unpaved portion of the highway and reduce wear and tear on the highway itself. Issue September 26 2000 20 Years Ago... DIAND makes good on promise Federal minister of Indian Affairs and Northern De- velopment Ron Irwin made good on a promise to the NWT Association of Municipalities earlier this year. He announced last week that over 2.6 million will be dis- tributed to municipalities owed grants-in-lieu of mu- nicipal taxes for lands reserved for natives. Issue September 26 1995 30 Years Ago... Cab nabbed A 22-year-old resident of Peace Point will appear in court on Oct. 4 to face charges arising out of the theft of a taxi Saturday in Fort Smith. The man took the cab which was parked outside the Pinecrest Hotel about 6 p.m. The car was recovered about 15 minutes later and an arrest was made. Issue September 26 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK Ultra marathoner Brad Caribou Legs Firth just ran another 4400 kilometres to raise awareness about en- vironmental protection specically the 2.5 million wa- terways de-listed in 2012 by the federal government. Caribou Legs reaches Ottawa 13 people liked this. Between Sept. 11 and 14 police seized smuggled mari- juana and alcohol in four separate busts at the Yellow- knife and Tulita airports. NWT smugglers get creative 4 people liked this. By DAWN KOSTELNIK Runninglaughingwithhis faceburiedinthefurtrimofhis parkieasmallboysucceedsin out-distancinghisfriendwhois alsorunningasfastashistiny legs will carry him. His friend istryingtocatchhimandtake back the boys favourite stick. The boys one white one Inuk are small for their age. They will both attend begin- ners a form of kindergar- ten in the coming fall. They are ve years old. Both boys stumble over stones wearing black and red gumboots that dont quite t. Kurtis-s-swailshisbuddy giveitbackgimmemystick Kurtisknowsheswinningthe raceinhisexuberancehefor- gets where he is. Little hands inmittensswingoutwardashe struggles to maintain his bal- anceonrollingrocksintoobig gumboots.Jawsofsteelclamp ontheedgeoftiny ngersand thetrapissetdeathcanbeyour shadowintheArctic.Thelittle boy is pulled into the dog line. Hissmallbodyiscaughtup andtossedandshookinthecar- nivorousclenchesofasleddogs steel jaws. On the wind swept rock a chorus of dog howls begins as soon as the child is White Girl Biting the hand that feeds you Sincere thanks for all who worked on Hickey Gone Wrong Editor On behalf of myself Id like to thank the following people for working so hard to create Fort Smith magic on lm with Hickey Gone Wrong which premiered at the Rec Centre on September 12th 2015 Ann Lepine Associate Pro- ducer and angel investor The Town of Fort Smith Cynthia White and the rest of the Fort Smith Rec Cen- tre staff Northwestern Air Lease Western Arctic Moving Pictures Barkley Heron Michel Labine and family. John thank you for let- ting us use your truck for the shoot Rapid Corner Store Kaesers Foods Ronnie and Cindy Schaefer for the amazing food Our incredible actors Ryanna Bourke Daniel Wiltzen Dougie Meidl Callum McCarney Our hilarious cameo actors Brad Brake Lucy Tulugarjuk Kim Lusty Jason Saliga Bob Rhodes Kayla Tulugarjuk We want to thank our crew ProducerthefabulousCarla Ulrich Director Jay Cardinal Villeneuve CinematographerCamera Editor Damien Eagle Bear Sound Travis Mercredi Mentees Kayla Tulugarjuk Riley Fryer Matthew Bird Christian Villeneuve Kole Laviolette Faith Sanspariel Funders Peter Daniels from the Dept. of Municipal and Commu- nity Affairs Boris Atamanenko at the Dept. of Education Culture and Employment Mahsi cho everyone We could not have made this incredible and hilarious movie without you Richard Van Camp Edmonton AB Sable Island under threat from offshore oil drilling Editor The Harper government has given Shell a company notorious for their poor en- vironmental record permis- sion to drill off the Nova Scotia coast near fishing grounds and the Sable Is- land National Park Reserve. Shell would be unable to cap a blowout for three weeks. They have emergency equip- ment located in Norway and South Africa. The final decision is with the Canada- Nova Scotia Offshore Pe- troleum Board where the Conservative government has appointed a long-term Shell employee. This places the coast and beyond at risk. Stop this corporate cronyism and reject the application. For more information visit httpaction.sumofus.orga shell-21-day-blowout Beverly Tupper Fort Fitzgerald AB captured.Itquicklyturnsinto a frenzy of cries for blood as the huge lead dog attempts to tear through the outer shell of theparkieandmaulthetender innards cocooned within the stroud and canvas covering. Like the body of a broken and dead rabbit the child is thrown as if weightless by the strengthofthejawsofthedog. Dogsleapfranticallyattheend of their chains. These are our pupsweraisedtheseguysfrom babies.Aprimalurgestronger than they are captures them in the kill. Blood covers eyes in the ageless dance of hunt and death. Whats going on over at thedogline JoelandSimon lookateachother.Theylaugh that bag of rags that Ace the lead dog is throwing up in the air almost looks like Kurtis but it cant be. Kurt knows not to go near the dog line. A thin wail lls the air as a throat clenched in ter- ror nally regains its vocals. Mama-a-a mama-a-a Don Gordon the little buddy calls for his rst line of defense as he watches this giant dog try- ingtoriphisfriendsarmsoff. He has realized the situation and begins to scream at the top of his lungs Help help Kurtie is getting chewed up. That Ace is chewing him To be continued 6 Tuesday September 29 2015 JUSTICE DRUGS Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 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 MinnieFemaleAdult Grey and white Looking for a new home Minnie was a very scared shy cat when she first came in. She had been kept in a bedroom and was not socialized. She has come a long way but will require some patience to gain her trust. She is a great cat just not good with other animals. By CRAIG GILBERT Two men pulled over just outside Yellow- knife by the RCMP at about 730 a.m. on Sept. 21 had more than 1100 individually wrapped rocks of crack cocaine in the car. TannerWadePerkes19andScottBimson47 werechargedwithtrafckingcocaineandpos- sessionofcocaineforthepurposeoftrafcking. Perkes was also charged with breaching court conditions and was remanded to cus- tody. Bimson was eligible for bail. None of the charges against either man have been proven in court but the seizure was a victory for the Mounties. Thisshort-terminvestigationledtotheseizure ofthesedrugsbeforetheyreachedthestreetsof YellowknifeSergeantDeaRiousaidinapress release.Thatsawinfortheentirecommunity. The Mounties arrested another ve people after seizing prepackaged crack cocaine and cash at a motel on 50th Avenue in Yellowknife and in the downtown area in two separate busts that were part of the same investiga- tion. Charges are pending. Gun red in Tuktoyaktuk PoliceinTuktoyaktukwererousedintheearly morninghoursofSept.19byagunshotcomplaint. A resident reported hearing a loud bang woke up and observed a broken picture frame which had been shot with a rearm a police statement read. Upon further investigation police located further bullet holes in an ad- ditional residence. Investigation revealed the origin of the gunre and a suspect who was arrested. Criminal charges are pending against a Tuk resident for rearms offences and mischief endangering life. A rearm can be an important tool for Northerners who hunt and spend time on the land according to the RCMP but all Busy weekend for RCMP with crack on Hwy 3 and shots fired in Tuktoyaktuk rearms must be used responsibly and stored in accordance with the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. Failure to abide by rearms laws is a serious offence. Serious offences were the order of the day in Lutsel Ke hours earlier after a man was arrested for allegedly screaming yelling and pointing a loaded shotgun at people at a residence Saturday evening. Ekecho Lockhart of Lutsel Ke was charged with rearms offences and remanded into custody to await a Monday court appear- ance. The charges against him have not been proven in court. Burglar scared off A Yellowknife resident got quite a shock early Sunday morning when they woke up to a hooded gure standing in their bed- room. The intruder reportedly ed when the resident who was not described by po- lice ipped on the light at about 520 a.m. He was described as male with dark jeans and a hooded sweater on hood up and hasnt been identied yet which is where the pub- lic comes in. Yellowknife RCMP are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to phone 867-669-1111 or contact Crimestop- pers at 1-800-222-8477 or at Click on submit a web tip or text nwtnu- tips to 274637. PhotocourtesyoftheRCMP JUSTICE IN MEMORIAM Police seized more than 1100 rocks of crack cocaine outside Yellowknife on Sept. 21. G Division Cmdr. Chief Superintendent Ron Smith and Deputy Minister Sylvia Haener Department of Justice GNWT lay a wreath at the NWT RCMP Memorial Sunday. Troop at attention in front of G Division RCMP Headquarters NWT RCMP Regina Police Services Joint Task Force North Military Police Yellowknife Municipal Enforcement. Slain peace officers honoured in annual Yellowknife ceremony A solemn ceremony in Yellowknife marked Canadian Police Peace Ofcers National Me- morial Day on Sunday. ThisyeartheRCMParemourningthelossand recognizingthefollowingmemberswhowillbe addedtothememorialoutsideGDivisionhead- quartersonVeteransMemorialDrive.Theyare RCMP Constable David Wynn killed in the line of duty Jan. 21 St. Albert AB. Edmonton City Police Constable Daniel Woodall killed in the line of duty June 8. B.C.CommercialTransportEnforcementOf- cer Toni D. Kristinsson killed February 1. Manitoba Corrections Ofcer Rhonda L. Commodore died November 6 2014. The ceremony also honoured the 56 other individuals who over the years have given their lives while serving in the Northwest Territories Yukon and Nunavut. This day gives Canadians an oppor- tunity each year to formally express ap- preciation for the dedication of police and peace officers who made the ultimate tragic sacrifice to keep our communities safe Constable Elenore Sturko wrote in a press release. PhotoscourtesyoftheRCMP Tuesday September 29 2015 7 NORTHERNERS AWARDS New Order of the NWT shines with best and brightest By CRAIG GILBERT Retired teacher Bruce Green is looking forward to being inducted into the Order of the Northwest Territories if only to find out why he was nominated. Im wondering myself he said from his Hay River home last week. I was quite sur- prised its a great honour to be recognized and to be one of the first recipients of this special award. Ill be interested in reading what the nomination said. Modelled after the Order of Canada a new merit award system takes precedent over any other honour the NWT can bestow. The first class of inductees were announced last week and will be honoured at a ceremony in Yel- lowknife Oct. 7. They include Gino Pin and Ruth Spence of Yellowknife Lucy Jackson of Fort Good Hope Sonny MacDonald of Fort Smith and John Zoe of Behchoko. The first recipients of the Order of the Northwest Territories embody the spirit and intention of the Legislative Assembly when it established the Order honours committee chair Paul Delorey said. They inspire all of us as Northerners to be the best we can be and to give back to our communities regions territory and country. A factsheet circulated hours after the nomi- nees were announced indicates Green is being honoured for his work in arts and culture community leadership education environ- mental science and technology sports and recreation and volunteer services. Green taught for 27 years 24 at the high school level at Diamond Jenness Second- ary School where he retired in 2002. He then spent several years teaching at the Chief Sunrise Adult Learning Centre on the Katlodeechee Reserve. Pin an architect who has been living de- signing and building in Canadas North for morethan35yearshasreceivedmanydesign awards including the CMHC 1994 Concept Design Award and was Up Here Magazines Northerner of the Year in 2002. He was a recipient of a research grant in 1997 for the study of Native Northern Com- munities and is co-author of Health Housing in the North Towards a Northern Health Housing Demonstration Project. His creative approach to all his projects makehisfinishedproductsdistinctiveandrec- ognizable from the many houses throughout the North to large public projects such as the Legislative Assembly Building according to the GNWT. Fellow Yellowknifer Spence was nominated as a community leader. She served for nearly 20 years as Executive Director of the YWCA was elected to multiple terms on Yellowknife city council was a member and chair of the Hospital Board president of the Consumers Association of Canada NWT Branch and president of the NWT and Western Arctic Liberal Association. The Y under Mrs. Spences direction was able to establish summer day camps day care centres and after school programs for children and provide a safe caring and nurturing place for young women. Jackson was nominated for her work in arts and culture communications commu- nity leadership education public service and volunteer services. Mrs. Jackson is a dedicated member of the local church society serves the public as a spiritual leader traditional woman and North Slavey translator for local boards and organizations according to the GNWT. She is known for her strong traditional knowl- edge her belief in traditional lifestyles and dedication to her community. Most recently Mrs. Jackson has been working on medical terminology for aboriginal languages with the department of Health and Social Services Aboriginal Health and Community Wellness and is a Justice of the Peace. The self-taught Fort Smith carver Mac- Donald is also being recognized as an artist and community-builder. He is a former council member of Salt River First Nation NWT Aboriginal Representa- tive to the Mackenzie River Basin Board is past Chairman of the NWT Arts Council and past co-chairman of the NWT Arts Strategy Advisory Panel. Zoe is being recognized for his work in self- government and northern development. He became the Chief Negotiator for the Dogrib in 1992 to settle a Land Claim and Self Govern- ment Agreement through negotiations with the Government of Canada and the NWT. John B. is now a senior advisor for the Tli- cho Government. He has an Honourary Doc- tor of Laws from the University of Alberta in recognition of his work in projects that are built upon a foundation of Tlicho language culture and way of life. Its a great honour to be recognized and to be one of the first recipients of this special award. ONWT recipient Bruce Green SSDEC Literacy Initiative receives ministerial award By DALI CARMICHAEL Since the early 2000s the South Slave Divisional Education Council SSDEC has identified improving literacy rates among its student population as a top priority and now it is being recognized for its efforts. The school boards Leadership for Liter- acy Initiative was awarded with the Minis- terial Literacy Award for Organizations at a ceremony hosted by Education Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Laf- ferty on Sept. 22. Other winners awarded for their commit- ment to improving literacy included adult learner Carol Elanik from the Beaufort Delta educator Caroline Roux from Yellow- knife and volunteer educator Catarina Owen from the Sahtu. The SSDECs literacy program is directed by a regional working committee led by a co- ordinator and made up of one representative from each school in the South Slave. Every year the committee updates the program with new strategies and actions. This years challenge includes elements of social and cultural awareness. The board members staff students by the end of the year 70 per cent of them will be able to do greetings in an Aborigi- nal language said Ann Pischinger SSDC chair person. The three regional Indigenous languages taught in the schools of the South Slave in- clude Slavey Chipewyan and Cree. We want to honour that 70-plus per cent of our students are of Aboriginal descent and we want to honour their culture and heritage said SSDEC superintendent Dr. Curtis Brown. There is also an increased focus on the self- regulation of mental health for students and teachers this year with classes and activities devotedtodevelopingsocial-emotionallearning. The annual challenges as well as the on- going initiatives are developed based on a three-prong approach maximizing student teacher and parent engagement. EDUCATION LITERACY With those three things you cant help but improve student success Brown said. A decade of increasing literacy rates Since launching the initiative in 2007 the school board has seen steady improvements in its math reading and writing scores as measured in the Grade 6 Alberta Achieve- ment test results. Over time educators have also noticed an increase in the percentage of students reach- ing the Canadian Standard in both math and reading improvements in the percentage of parents saying they are satisfied with their childs academic performance and higher student attendance rates. The model has been so successful it has been adapted by school boards in Nunavut and Alberta and been shared at international education forums. I think about 25 per cent of our teachers and principals over the years have been rec- ognized for their excellence - a lot of them because of the leadership from this initiative - but the unsung heroes are the board mem- bers Brown said. From back in 2007 they basically demanded there would be improve- ment and they were very careful in choosing what their priorities would be. Our main focus is the student success we want them to succeed Pischinger said. Parents teachers staff if we all work to- gether we will continue on that success and not maintain the status quo. I guess thats our goal is to keep on as a council. To learn more about the SSDEC Literacy Initiative tune into this video at https PhotocourtesyofSSDEC Ann Pischinger SSDEC chair person and representative for Fort Smith shows off the SSDECs latest award next to a treasure trove of the school boards accomplishments. 8 Tuesday September 29 2015 By DALI CARMICHAEL Students at Aurora College skewed on the younger side last week as high schoolers from the Dehcho region participated in the annual Trades Awareness Program TAP for the rst time. SevenstudentsfromFortLiardand15from FortSimpsontraveledtoThebachaCampusto learn about opportunities in the trades while having their rst taste of college life from Sept. 20 to 26. AuroraCollegeThebachaCampushasskilled instructorsandwell-equippedshopsthatmake this a real skill-building opportunity for the participants said Duane McDonald acting chair of Trades Apprenticeships and Indus- trialTrainingatthecollege.Studentswhoat- tend will have some understanding of what it takes to be successful in the trades after they graduate from high school. Dehcho students get the Trades Awareness treatment at Auroras Thebacha Campus As part of the intensive introductory pro- grams students rotated through carpentry electricial heavy-duty technician camp cook and plumbing courses. At the end of the week thekidsandtheirchaperonesshowedofftheir newly developed skills in a Trades Olympics. ParticipantsalsoearncreditsforCareerand Technology Studies which go toward a high school diploma. Since2005theTAPexperiencehasbeenof- feredtostudentsthroughouttheSouthSlavein facttheywillhavetheirturntotaketheintro- ductorycourseduringtherstweekofOctober. Forkidsinsmallermoreremotecommuni- tiessuchasFortSimpson-wherethewoodshop hasbeenclosedforyearsduetosafety concerns -theTAPprogramoffersachanceforstudents toaccessnewequipmentandinstructionalre- sources unavailable to them locally. Fort Liard is less cosmopolitan than Fort SimpsonsaidKenNowoselskiprogramsup- portteacherfromFortLiard.Thesekidsgetno exposureunlesswegetoutthere.Thebenets to the program are twofold in his view. One of the challenges that theyre going to havetodealwithistheyaregoingtohavetoleave homelearntothriveinothercommunitieshe said.Werelookingformoreopportunitiesfor the kids to have that kind of interaction. Right now sports is really big but sports trips only last maybe two to three days. We were in Fort Smith for a week and so the rst couple days wasnoveltyandthenitslikeherestheroutine its starting to kick in. Byexposingfutureworkerstoprogramslike TAP communities are also taking a proactive step to ll gaps in the workforce. If your town isnt booming at the moment thenyouvegottogureoutwherethekidscan gotogettheexperiencebecauseatsomepoint differentcommunitieswillboomNowoselski said. As soon as land claims happen in Liard theyre ready to get different companies com- ing in and theyre trying to get the kids ready. By extending the TAP program to students fromnewregionsteachersandcollegeinstruc- torsalikehopetheycanelicitmoresupportfrom theGNWTandprivateindustrytosupportthe developmentoftradeseducationatthesecond- ary school level. We need to set the bar higher Nowoselski said. This kind of event shows that there is interest from kids in the trades. In these com- munities that are more isolated we need a lot more support. In the spring the students are set to return to Fort Smith where they will get the chance to spend an entire week taking on the trade they found most interesting during the Sep- tember visit. EDUCATION TRADES PhotosDaliCarmichael Students from Fort Simpsons Thomas Simpson Secondary School and Fort Liards Echo Dene School get ready to kick off the Trades Olympics on Sept. 24. Jordanna Snider pieces together nuts and bolts in the heavy equipment operator challenge. Thaddus Timbre left Nathaniel Lomen Maverick Martineau and Brandon Hardisty screw in electrical outlets for the Trade Olympics. Trades Olympic champion Ethan Cli takes a victory lap. Ariah Thomas nails it in the carpentry challenge. Chaperones Jim Broomeld left Robin Westlake Ken Nowoselski and Jocelyn MacLean take on the Trades Olympics. Runner up Levi Buboire ts together a plumbing puzzle in no time. Tuesday September 29 2015 9 By CRAIG GILBERT Lessons from Vietnam spiders are deli- cious dog tastes like bear and if you are tall for a Grade 8 student you might could get a shot of Jack Daniels brought to your table. LastyearTyMartenofFortSmithturned12in Zimbabwe.ThispastAugusthebecameateen- ager in Saigon or as his mom and travel part- ner Marlene Evans calls it Ho Chi Minh City. This year it was her turn to pick the desti- nation for their new tradition a month-long excursion around Tys birthday so after ve airports one ocean and about 22 hours they stepped into the 30-plus degree humidity in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. I love the culture Evans said. I wanted to get to the Temple of Angkor Wat in Cam- bodia a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the wider 400 square-kilometre his- torical city of Angkor one of southeast Asias most important archaeological resources. I got goosebumps when I saw it. But rst spicy deep-fried spider. Ty spit out the solitary leg Evans convinced him to bite into but she loved all eight and the thorax calling the local delicacy won- derful spicy and crunchy. I got food poisoning from that the six- footer said sitting at the kitchen table under his familys hunting trophies a blond black bear caribou wolf and giant bison among them. I was sick for days He was also ill on the day Evans visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum the powerful buthorrifyingmemorialtoCambodiasKilling Fieldswherecollectivelyasmanyasthreemil- lion people were tortured and killed. She g- ures it was probably for the best as at just 13 Tymaynothavebeenreadyfortheexperience. She met the two remaining survivors of Security Prison 21 or S-21 as it was called during the Khmer Rouge regimes reign on an amazing and humbling day. Iwaswalkingonbonesshesaid.Thetiles intheprisonwerestillstainedwiththeblood of the people they tortured there. That dark and moving day was one of nine theyspentinCambodiatheystayedinVietnam for 19. There was no shortage of culture shock oneithersideoftheborder-theywerefollowed by hawkers and little Vietnamese ladies who marveledatTysheighteverywheretheywent. All the little Vietnamese ladies would ask how old how old and go Oh when I said he was only 13. Most of those experiences took place in open-air markets with no refrigeration and Fort Smith teen mom take wanderlust to Vietnam and Cambodia for second birthday trip sh slime mealworms and dog heads as far as the eye could see. Where else would you take a tween who despite taking to chopsticks like a sh to water is more of a hamburger-and-fries kind of guy I was grossed out by the smell of it Ty said. There was hepatitis there Ty had his own powerful experience when he became one of the millions of people who have waited for hours to see the revered Viet- namese leader Ho Chi Minh in stasis at his mausoleum in Hanoi. We had to buy a shawl so Ty could cover up since exposed skin is forbidden on the sacred ground. That experience may only have been ri- valled by a delightful sh massage. All these little sh about this big he holds out an open hand nibble at your feet and eat all the dead skin he said. It felt so weird. He got a kick out of successfully ordering a shot of whisky at a restaurant too even though mom made sure it never made it to his lips let alone past his gums. EvanshasacoupleofreasonsforbringingTy alongontheroad.Herhusbandhatestotravel and on the only trip they ever took together to Mexico a couple of years ago he made no secret of the fact he didnt enjoy himself and he picked up a nasty sunburn to boot. Ty on the other hand is a wonderful travel- lerwhonevercomplainsallowinghismomto indulgeherwanderlustbeforehertimerunsout. I want to travel before I get too old she said.IwasraisedinthebushandIdontknow where this travel bug came from but its in my blood. I want him when I am gone to travel. Its such an education and an eye-opener. Theres more to the world than Fort Smith. Ty has until January to decide where in that wide world to go next. ImnotsuremaybePolandorRussiasome- where like that he said. I kind of want to see the Kremlin in real life. It looks interesting. NORTHERNERS TRAVEL PhotoscourtesyofMarleneEvans A spider not unlike the one his mom tried to convince him to eat crawls up Fort Smith teen Ty Martens t-shirt in Vietnam. The intrepid travellers Marlene Evans and Ty Marten visit the historic temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fort Smith teen Ty Marten is tickled pink by a Vietnamese sh massage this summer. I was raised in the bush and I dont know where this travel bug came from but its in my blood. I want him when I am gone to travel. Marlene Evans 10 Tuesday September 29 2015 JUSTICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE www.rmwb.cachampions CITIZEN RECOGNITION PROGRAM 2015 Do you know an outstanding resident who deserves recognition by Mayor and Regional Council Wood Buffalo residents are invited to nominate fellow individuals or groups for their contributions to improve the community. Nominations are open until September 30 2015. Forms are available online and at your local municipal contact office. Visit www.rmwb.cachampions By CRAIG GILBERT A lunchhour overview of the services avail- able to victims of domestic violence in Fort Smith was like extra credit for two of the dozen or so Aurora College students who took it all in at Thebacha campus on Thursday. The college participates in NWT Fam- ily Violence Awareness Week every year and the hour-long forum included brief presentations by representatives of the RCMP Sutherland House the Childrens Aid Society Victim Services and the col- lege itself. The college has a more mature student population and some students bring their families and spouses so prevention and awareness around domestic violence issues is important to create a safe environment so students can function manager of stu- dent success Laura Aubrey said afterward noting family violence knows no bound- aries along demographic socioeconomic or racial lines. I believe if you look across any academic institution with residences you would wit- ness the same types of domestic violence challenges you do at Aurora College. The most recent data posted on the GNWT website indicate more than 87 per cent of 753 people interviewed for a 2007 survey said they are worried or some- what worried about family violence in their community. Sergeant Richard Brown said domestic violence calls are a near-daily occurrence in Fort Smith. It affects all of us he said assuring the students they can always come to the RCMP to report something they have witnessed. However police are only one part of the entire system. Ending abuse is the only way we can ever move forward as a society and we can only reduce it if we work as a community. Lynn Napier-Buckley of Victim Services said students who travel to Fort Smith are by definition separated from their personal support network of family and friends when they arrive. In many cases a victims abuser is also the only support they feel they have being a breadwinner child-care provider or both. Abusers arent always abusive she said. Those foundations of trust and support from the start of relationship are still there. Its hard to move on and sometimes you just want it to be like back to normal. Theyre used to that person being in their home. So we try to help them get their lives as close to normal as possible so theyre not worry- ing about food rent and getting their kids to school during the process. For future teachers Karen Lepine- McFeeters from Fort Chipewyan and De- nise Zoe from Behchoko the information at the forum forms a toolkit they will use to help their students. Lepine-McFeeters and her two daughters took part in the Take Back the Night march on Sept. 18. This is a topic very close to my heart she said. I have a lot of family friends and co- workers whove dealt with it and Ive been a support to victims in my past work. It needs to be talked about so people know they have choices and know where to turn. Added Zoe Theres so much going on in our homes. I have friends who live close to me whowent through a rough stage. I didnt understand why the social workers and po- lice ofcers got involved in things like this. Now I know. Showing Aurora students they are not alone during NWT Family Violence Awareness week Resources for victims of crime SUTHERLAND HOUSE WOMENS AND CHILDRENS SHELTER Staffed247247crisisline867-872-4133 toll-free 877-872-5925 VICTIM SERVICES Ofce in McDougal Centre but will meet anywhere. 867-872-5911Ringsthroughtocellphone. FORT SMITH SOCIAL WORKER Ofce at hospital but will meet anywhere. 867-872-6209 after hours 867-872-6200 RCMP 872-1111 KIDS HELP PHONE 1-888-668-6868 NWT HELP LINE 247 1-800-661-0844 PhotoLynnNapierBuckley It needs to be talked about so people know they have choices and know where to turn. Aurora College student Karen Lepine-McFeeters Marchers including Kyle Napier left and Eleanor Buckley took part in the annual Take Back the Night walk in Fort Smith on Sept. 17. A march was also held in Yellowknife on Sept. 25. Researchers aiming to identify eliminate intimate partner violence in NWT Tuesday September 29 2015 11 JUSTICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Where Fort Smith Recreation Centre parking lot When Saturday October 3 10 am to 4 pm Items accepted old fuel paints aerosols engine oil fluorescent bulbs pesticides cleaning products electronic waste thermostats. Residential composters will also be sold at a subsidized rate. This is intended for residents only no commercial waste. For more information call Gerald Enns at 867 920-3326 or Fort Smith town office at 872-8400. Household Hazardous Waste collection 128-377 Northern Journal By DALI CARMICHAEL A research project created to identify and address challenges of intimate partner vio- lence in the Northwest Territories is headed into its fth and nal year and the results arent pretty. Entitled Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence re- searchers from the University of Regina are partnering up with localized academics to collect data on violence rates in the prairie provinces and the NWT. So far territorial contributors have uncov- ered that domestic violence impacts house- holds in every community of the NWT and that a similar string of obstacles in each place only help to facilitate that violence. Were asking what are the needs of vic- tims - of women - who have experienced in- timate partner violence What are the gaps in services for women and how can we cre- ate non-violent communities said Aurora Research Institute lead researcher Pertice Moftt. Since 2011 researchers have gathered a plethora of data ranging from environmental scans and RCMP statistics to interviews with frontline workers and community proles. We were left feeling very overwhelmed by the barriers that the frontline service providers were telling us in the third year Moftt said. But we were really encouraged to move their stories forward and to create tangible ways to reduce and eliminate vio- lence in the territory. The NWTs current system for dealing with intimate partner or family violence focuses on crisis intervention however a set of chal- lenges identied in the research make that approach difcult. Remote communities limited access to the territorys ve shelters a culture of violence stemming from the impacts of residential school high rates of alcohol use depleted resources fast burnout on the part of front- line workers all of these elements help to uphold the territorys infamous reputation as a hotspot for domestic violence. The services themselves are non-collab- orative. Service providers are doing the best they can and they themselves are coming up saying were not working together were kind of silos and were patching work together said Heather Fikowski co-academic investigator. We need to start providing seamless col- laborative service delivery for women. Geographers on the team have started to use the data to map out rates of violence in each community compared to available ser- vices - including shelters and RCMP detach- ments - using geographic information system GIS technology. The main message of the map is that vio- lence is everywhere in the NWT we can see that its in every community Fikowski said. That tells us we have a problem. It kind of validates it and it also of course highlights communities that have more violence than other communities which means you could pinpoint and target strategies and help to a particular community. What do the numbers say First of all some communities - even the most remote - have more than 100 reports of domestic vio- lence annually. We have 11 communities without RCMP we have almost 80 per cent of communities without victims services in the community Fikowski said. We have only ve shelters to service everybody when they cant even get there. Its very difcult when youre eeing violence to actually make it to the shelter. Putting the data to work The next step for the researchers is using the data to make a difference. Now were analyzing all of our data and we want to come up with an action model Moftt said. Were developing a plan on how we can disseminate what weve learned and what we can do with that. Lorraine Phaneuf executive director for the Status of Women NWT has a few ideas. Its all there in a territorial map and that is the rst time weve seen that in the terri- tories. We see statistics but we never see it in such a visual way and it helps you kind of interpret and analyze whats actually hap- pening Phaneuf said. Some of the strategies identied as worth pursuing so far include education and aware- ness campaigns about violence and healthy relationships increased efforts to encourage frontline service providers to work collabor- atively and developing programs with long- term funding and getting funding for local programs in the communities themselves or in the territory. Were going to look at ways that the Co- alition Against Family Violence can work to- gether to ll in those gaps in our lobby work and set some priorities on where the services are needed Phaneuf said. We are meeting as a coalition with the shelter directors on Oct. 6 and 7 to come up with a journey wall of what weve done and a journey wall of where were going. I think that those GIS maps will be cru- cial in things that we select as our priorities. Phaneuf noted however that its important to bear in mind that the maps are just a snap- shot of a moment in time and folks shouldnt get too caught up in the numbers but rather pay attention to the general patterns. Sometimes rates can change drastically she said. Perpetrators can be perpetrating ve or six times it could be the same person. Fikowski agreed People have to handle it carefully she said. Every single commu- nity is unique and complex. To talk about one or two communities specically is not really going to move this research forward. I think that what we need to do is focus on what those challenges are that have come out and also what are some of the strategies that frontline service providers see as being helpful in try- ing to overcome those barriers. As the ve-year project heads into its nal stage the Aurora researchers are looking for ways to extend its impact. An advantage might be that if we had maps for every year over time say if we had 10 years of mapping we would be able to plot out differences and what happens over the long run Moftt said. Are we improving What does that look like Thats kind of a nice ambitious thing to think about doing. I just feel that its such a good opportunity for us to use these maps to do lobby work to apply for funding were just very excited that this is coming to fruition Phaneuf said. PhotocourtesyofPerticeMoftt Pertice Moftt left and Heather Fikowski are leading efforts to research rural and community responses to intimate partner violence. Say it in 25 words or less for only 3.50 Extra words are 20 centseach.Businessclassifieds are 10 for 30 words and 25 centsforeach additionalword. Email your advertising to or fax it to 872-2754 or call 872-3000 ext. 26 FORSALEFIREWOOD.Custom cutsizes-splitgreendrybagged. Wood GasicationOutdoor wood boilers. Delivery from Fort Smith to Hay River Yellowknife. 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Fort Smith NT First-ever day on the land for Aurora students EDUCATION ON THE LAND By CRAIG GILBERT Last Thursday marked the rst-ever day out on the land for what may be Aurora Colleges most diverse program but for many students it was like coming home. That was the point according to Sheila Wil- son coordinator of the two-semester develop- mental studies program for Thebacha campus students upgrading their skills for work or to prepare for a post-secondary program. About 60 of the programs 70 students spent Sept. 24 at Thebacha Cabins making bannock and duck soup smoking moosemeat learning about traditional medicinal plants and even throwing axes. The event was timed around the schedule of Robert Grandjambe a Fort Chipewyan hunter who demonstrated how to dress a portion of a moose carcass. He went out and hunted the moose speci- cally so he could share his knowledge with the students Wilson said adding the wisdom was owing both ways. We learn as much from them as they do from us. Its wonderful to get out of class and out on the land and to share the expertise of the students because they have a lot of knowledge. We want to let them shine. Allowing the students to socialize and get to know one another in a more relaxed environment so early in the school year was a priority but there was real schoolwork going on. Once back in the classroom the students will be expected to write reec- tions on their experience at Thebacha Cabins for starters. The medicinal plants for example especially with the students taking biol- ogy thats part of the curriculum Wilson explained. Moose is a traditional meat and its hunting season right now. All this experience can be used in the classroom in one way or another. Robert Grandjambe from Fort Chipewyan shared his hunting and dressing knowledge with Aurora College students outside Fort Smith last week. PhotocourtesyofAuroraCollege 14 Tuesday September 29 2015 6.8103 in x 6.3125 in SPORTS RECREATION BIATHLON The Fort Smith Nordic Club hosted a biathlon training camp over the weekend with shooters from Hay River along with coach Pat Bobinski in the lead. PhotosbyDonJaque The predominantly female group heard experts on nutrition and tness and had a yoga session during the two-day camp plus did a lot of shooting that was challenged by windy fall weather. Fort Smith nordic club gets red up for new season The team takes careful aim at their targets. Working to Restore our local food systems Wild harvest complemented by domestic animals Tuesday September 29 2015 15 OP-ED AGRICULTURE The Honourable Jackson Lafferty Minister of Education Culture and Employment ECE invites the public to attend the 2015 Ministers Culture and Heritage Circle Ceremony. Monday October 5 2015 - 1100am Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly The Ministers Culture and Heritage Circle recognizes youth individuals Elders and groups in the Northwest Territories who exemplify excellence and dedication to the promotion and preservation of the arts culture and heritage in their community or region. 2015 Award Recipients Youth Category 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games NWT Youth Ambassadors Individual Category Berna Beaulieu Behchoko Elder Category Jeanna Graham Hay River Reserve Group Category Yellowknife Ukrainian Association Ministers Choice Vivian Edgi-Manuel Fort Good Hope By Kim Rapati Everyone is thinking about hunting this time of year as Northerners we have a spe- cial relationship with wild animals. We help protect their environment and har- vest what we need with re- spect. In our modern context and with our higher popula- tion though we also know that a local food system in the North could be comple- mented by raising domes- tic animals in order to take the pressure off of our wild herds. Now the question is how do we do it Where can I buy some chicken feed to ship up This was one of the first phone calls I got when I started at the Northern Farm Training Institute NFTI. Well I didnt know the answer then and since learning more I kind of have a kaleidoscope of an- swers instead of one simple one. We need to shift our question. We need to build a system in the North that does not require constant outside inputs one that honours our own abundance and creativity. Before industrial agricul- ture the tradition of raising domestic animals was an in- tegrated part of the waste energy cycle and an expres- sion of what was in the local environment. If we are will- ing to take the time and do the work we and our ani- mals can be fed from the land around us. The first place we should look is at our own waste. NFTI has been collecting distressed food from the Super A Grocery Store in Hay River since the end of August. We collect old pro- duce that no one will buy remove the packaging and sort it into things for our animals or the compost 150-200 lbs of food waste we collect every day Some of our previous stu- dents in Fort Good Hope mentioned that they are fortunate to receive old produce from their North- ern Store that their chick- ens love. Another thing we have an abundance of is fish scraps. Chickens are omnivores and absolutely love fish Youre thinking they will taste fishy if you feed them fish right No weve experi- mented with that feed them fresh cooked fish scraps and you will not have any problems. The next option is to gather wild foods for your animals. Rabbits are a indoor fodder systems that you can use even in the winter and without soil wrigglers cost me 75 from just outside Alberta to ship up Since then I have grown enough worms to start about 100 other worm bins small business idea anyone. Anyways the point is that chickens love worms and you can grow your own all year round. The last thing Ill mention is a case of turning lemons into lemonade. Our president and lead instructor Jackie Milne had a box of caribou bones mailed to her from her cousin for a biochar demon- stration. Of course it was in the summer and so when she went to pick it up from the post ofce it was not a pleasant package. When she brought it home she found it was full of swarming ies. Well wouldnt you know she put the whole box in the chicken coop opened it up and the chickens had a field day those bones were cleaned right up in no time and the chickens had a wonderful nutritious meal Insect harvest is a legitimate way of feeding our birds you can even purchase black y larvae kits. I have heard many times from people that it is not feasible to keep animals in the North because feed is too expensive to ship in. If we truly want to restore the local food system we need to do a bit of research planning and use our cre- ativity to find ways to see the abundance in our local communities that will make raising domestic animals a sustainable reality. Kim Rapati is the operations manager at the Northern Farm Training Institute a non-prot society based in Hay RiverNWT.Since2013NFTIhasprovidedimmersivefarm training to residents of the NWT committed to improving local food systems. Their goal is to provide foundational knowledge tools and support to empower local people to build a sustainable industry in the territory that addresses our food security issues creates economic opportunities and healthy lifestyles. Find out more or apply for training at pile. So far our pigs sheep goats and roosters have been extremely happy with the natural part of the NWT e c o s y s tem a nd m a ny weeds that grow here are perfect for your domestic rabbits they love plantain lambsquarter dandelions willows etc. In the late summer you can collect an abundance and pack it into airtight bags and let the bags fer- ment this is a called si- lage helping store food for the winter and making it more digestible for your animals. Lastly grow your own Fodder is the term used for food given to animals. There are some really neat to basically sprout grains and almost double the nu- tritional value of feed. In time we hope NFTI will be able to produce grains like barley that could be available for feeding north- ern animals and could be sprouted for fodder. Another way to feed the omnivores on your farm is to grow worms. All of our students get a starter bin of red wrigglers which are very easy to keep and are prolific composting worms. Ive been trying to convince young entrepreneurs that they could grow up to be worm farmers 1 lb of red If we are willing to take the time and do the work we and our animals can be fed from the land around us. Kim Rapati NFTI PhotocourtesyofNFTI Northern Farm Training Institute students create silage or animal feed. 16 Tuesday September 29 2015 THE FORT SMITH FIRE DEPARTMENTS EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER IS 872-2222. 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