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Courses give DIY prospectors a new set of tools Do-it-yourself prospecting courses hosted by the GNWT soldoutinthreedifferentcom- munities recently. See page 6. Spreading the NFTI word in Toronto The Northern Farm Training Institute was busy spreading the sustainable agriculture message in Toronto this week. See page 16. FOR THE GOOD OF THE HERD The Tlicho will not harvest Bathurst Caribou in 2015-16. See page 2. Outgoing MP watches daughter sworn in Fort Smith It was an up moment for outgoing MP Dennis Bevington when he watched hisdaughtersworninasaFort Smith town councillor Oct. 21. See page 14. New cancer care model focuses on patient journey A new holistic approach to breast cancer treatment and after-care is being tested in two NWT communities. See page 10. 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 October 28 2015 Vol. 39 No. 26 By CRAIG GILBERT With a record 10 indigenous MPs in the house and campaign pledges from the new prime minister and his Northwest Territories MP all roads lead to a new political dy- namic between Aboriginal peoples and government. Fort Simpson Mayor-elect Dar- lene Sibbeston believes it is a bridge thats time has come. I think the biggest opportunity forusisworkingwithFirstNations she said last week. Building and maintaining that relationship can beahugebenettoourcommunity. She said strengthening the rela- tionship between the village and the DehChoFirstNationsTribalCouncil is important to her and the sooner they get started on improving it the smoother the eventual transition with a DehCho government will be. We have to look to the future she said and most of council is on the same page. Sibbeston said there hasnt been a big focus on that relationship around the Fort Simpson coun- cil table but that she had already Small towns big agendas and fresh eyes In conversation with the new NWT mayors received a phone call from Liidlii Kue First Nation sub-Chief Steven Jose and took the chance to inform him of her intentions. Sibbestons other big priority is transparency at town hall. She told the Journal before the election that budget documents and minutes are help with bank erosion in the island community which threatens some major infrastructure including the villageswaterintakeandsewerplant and the NTPC generation station. Its not our responsibility but the NTPC plant is huge she said. Infrastructure is a big le Id like campaign that didnt go promising everything. He said he is commit- ted to putting in the time it takes to improve life in the community and wants to focus on social issues and growing the economy. Tourism is one of the easiest ones we can try and start working on building a bit more of an econ- omy around he said. Weve seen an increased number of tourists on the Dempster mainly. There were quite a few European and Chinese tourists so there is a lot of oppor- tunity there. McDonald said organizers are targeting southern Canada and the Chinese market with the ad- vertising for this Januarys Sun- rise Festival. Also on his plate attracting restaurants. One of the big issues right now is dining establishments McDon- ald said. After a long journey you want to have a nice meal so I want to work on that. Its not something the town would get into but the mayor should be out encourag- ing entrepreneurship. See Highways on page 15. slow to appear online if they get there at all. Im concerned about whats hap- peningincouncilshesaid.Itseems unfair that people can just make de- cisions without much consultation. With a new crop of MLAs to be elected Nov. 23 Sibbeston said she intended to lobby the GNWT for to push through. Our pipes have to be at least 40 years-old we have anywhere from four to 10 breaks every winter. Back in Inuvik Inuviks acting mayor Jim Mc- Donald became mayor-elect when hebeatDerekLindsaywithamodest PhotoCraigGilbert Fort Smith reghters help Rescue Randy from his demolished Chevrolet during training Oct. 21. See page 9 for the full story. I think the biggest opportunity for us is working with First Nations. Darlene Sibbeston Fort Simpson mayor 2 Wednesday October 28 2015 ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE NEWS BRIEFS Deton Cho Corp. hires CEO The Yellowknives Dene First Nations YKDFN economic development arm has a new leader. James Wong a char- tered accountant with decades of First Nations and inter- nationalbusinessexperienceisthenewpresidentandCEO of the Deton Cho Corporation DCC. Wong understands the drivers of the Northern economy particularly resource development according to a release. His previous experi- ence includes senior management positions with Diavik Diamond Mine and the territorial governments Financial Management Board Secretariat. Charges in Wood Buffalo robbery WoodBuffaloRCMPhavearrestedandchargedtwomenin connectionwitharobberyatadowntownconveniencestore July13.VictorArogundade19andTJohaniDon-Juanique Majuriealso19ofFortMcMurrayarefacingseveralCrimi- nal Code charges including robbery disguised with intent and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Both werereleasedonbailwithconditionsandfuturecourtdates. According to police a knife was brandished during the rob- bery and cash was taken but no one was hurt. The charges have not been proven in court. Workers board creates online portal TheWorkersSafetyandCompensationCommissionWSCC hasanewbilingualonlineportalcalledWSCCConnectwhich makesinformation easier foremployerstoaccessandcom- pleteallattheirconvenienceonline.WSCCConnectwillini- tiallylaunchwiththreeemployer-focussedservicesMakea PaymentViewAssessmentRatesandRequestaClearance. To access the new WSCC Connect e-Business services visit or and click on the WSCC Connect button located at the top of the page. COMPLETE CARE FAMILY DENTISTRY Walk-insemergenciesandnewpatientsarealwayswelcome Fort Smiths DENTAL HYGIENIST ANTOINE EID has returned WelcomebackAntoine OUR FORT SMITH OFFICE OFFERS IN-HOUSE LAB Complete dentures and partials in 10 days Repairs and adjustment on dentures and partials Adjustmentsandrecementingofcrowns andbridges On-site denture cleaning Night guards and sport guards Orthodontic consultations Whiteningkitsin-officeandtake-home Ifyouhavesensitiveteethandneedfreezing beforeyourcleaningourhygienististrained toinjectfreezing. Dr. Kobaisys Dental Clinic DR. KOBAISY IS IN FORT SMITH FOR 3 DAYS EVERY 2 WEEKS. T 867-872-2887 or Toll Free 1-866-535-2887 Fax 867-872-2889 Plus more services at our sister office in Yellowknife Contact Somba Ke Dental Clinic at 866-698-2027. By DALI CARMICHAEL The Tlicho Government is doing its part to protect the Bathurst caribou herd by not harvesting during the 2015- 16 season. Theindigenousgovernment aco-manageroftheherdmade thecallafterreviewingsummer surveys from the department of Environment and Natural Resources ENR that show a dip in the territorys caribou population. The news is not good for boththeBluenoseEastandthe Bathurstcariboutheyareinde- clineTlichoGrandChiefEddie Erasmus said in an interview with the Journal. The Tlicho Government and the govern- ment of the NWT we had to address this hard situation. The number of animals in theBathurstherdhasdropped from about 32000 in 2012 to take place in the Tlicho com- munities starting next week Erasmus said. Dropping caribou numbers found throughout herds Earlysurveyresultsshowed the Bluenose East herd num- bers also declined from ap- proximately 68000 animals in 2013 to an estimate of be- tween 35000 to 40000 cari- bou. The number of breeding cows in the herd dropped by 50 per cent from 34000 in 2013 to 17000 in 2015. OtherBarrengroundcaribou herdsthroughouttheterritories have seen similar shrinkage. ingovernmentbutinthiscase theyve done the right thing. Weve been working together for years on caribou. Other Aboriginal govern- ments have agreed to take ac- tion to conserve the Bathurst caribou Miltenberger said. The NWT Metis Nation in- dicated it would not harvest fromtheherdwhiletheNorth Slave Metis Alliance and the Yellowknives Dene First Na- tion have acknowledged the need to comply with and ac- ceptrecommendedENRcon- servation measures. Weveprettywellinterms of the Bathurst got most of the players engaged Milten- berger said though he noted a key piece to the protection puzzle is still missing. Nunavut continues to al- locate tags not only allocat- ing tags but allocating tags for the commercial harvest so this has to be resolved he said. Theres been chats at the premier level at the ministeriallevelatthedeputy level at the co-management level so its still an unresolved piece of business. Its a herd that doesnt recognize po- litical boundaries it goes through the NWT up into Nunavut where they calve. One of the issues on the Nunavut side of course is that they dont harvest that herd directly so for them its not as pressing an issue as it is for us. They harvest more theBluenoseEastwhichgoes into the Kugluktuk area and thentherestheBeverlyAhiak and Qamanirjuaq herds. Deliberations between the two territories will likely con- tinue into the 18th Legislative Assembly Miltenberger said. The Journal reached out to the Nunavut department of Environment for comment but did not receive an answer before press deadline. Tlicho calls off Bathurst caribou harvest to protect dwindling herd approximately16000to22000 in 2015 according to the re- port. The number of breeding cows one of the crucial indi- cators of herd health has also dropped by 50 per cent to ap- proximately 8000. In 1986 the same herd was approximately470000strong. Thiswasaveryharddecision to make by the Tlicho Govern- mentanditsnottakenlightly Erasmus said. We are willing tohaltourhuntontheBathurst thisyearaswellaswillingtosig- nicantlyreduceourhuntonthe Bluenose East herd. We know this is a sacrice to Tlicho but this has to happen to preserve thecaribouforourchildrenand future generations. Community consultations addressingtherestrictionwill The Bluenose West herd populationhasdroppedfrom 20000in2012toabout15000 while the Cape Bathurst herd hasdeclinedfromabout2400 in2012to2260animals.The Tuktoyaktuk peninsula pop- ulation is now estimated to be 1701 animals down from 2192 in 2012. NWT vs Nunavut ENR Minister Michael Miltenberger spoke with the Journalaboutthedecisionon Oct. 23 just days before the writ on the territorial elec- tion was dropped. Asagovernmenttheyareto becommendedfortheposition theyvetakenhesaid.Doing the right thing is not often the easiestthingtodowhenyoure Nunavut continues to allocate tags for the commercial harvest so this has to be resolved. Its a herd that doesnt recognize political boundaries. Michael Miltenberger ENR Minister The number of caribou in the Bluenose East pictured here and the Bathurst herds are in serious decline prompting the Tlicho Government to halt its harvest for the 2015-16 season. PhotocourtesyofGNWT Wednesday October 28 2015 3 POLITICS FIRST NATIONS By DALI CARMICHAEL Making good on her campaign promises Premier Rachel Notley and her ministers met with chiefs from the First Nations of Alberta at the Alberta Legislature over the course of the last month in an effort to improve rela- tions between the two groups. The meetings were also described as an opportunity for the First Nations to air their grievances and address priorities with the government. All the discussion the premier has had with the media regarding working with First Nations it is hopeful to see a willing- ness to work with us Treaty 8 Grand Chief Steve Courtoreille said in a release following a meeting with the Alberta Government on Oct. 20. We have serious issues with many of the laws regulations and policies in this province and it sounds like she is willing to step forward with some action. The government also met with Treaty 7 Grand Chief Charles Weaselhead on Oct. 16 and with Treaty 6 Grand Chief Tony Alexis on Oct. 7. I think the really important thing to rec- ognize is that when were engaging with First Nations we really need to be listening to whats coming back and really doing our best to understand whats being said to us Kathleen Ganley Albertas Minister of Aborig- inal Relations told the Journal. The premier started us off on a really good foot by adding her voice to the call for an inquiry into miss- ing and murdered Indigenous women and by apologizing for the role the province played in the residential schools. I think that helps to sort of reset the framework and Im hoping that we can work together moving forward in a more productive way. While each group had their own issues to address there were common themes Gan- ley said. A lot of them have to do with protection of the environment - land water and air - but also with development within a First Nation she said. A lot of the concerns were around making sure they have access to clean water and ensuring they have access to the same opportunities that all Albertans share be- cause there is a significant gap in terms of education and in terms of health outcomes and in terms of economic development and I do believe we need to work together on ad- dressing that gap. Previous to the meetings ministers started the ball rolling on improving nation-to-na- tion relations by examining how the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples could be better implemented into law a di- rective issued by Notley in July. They are also working to repeal the Con- sultation Levy Act which was set to collect fees from companies planning to develop on Crown land with the intention of distribut- ing the revenue to First Nations to enable consultation. I think the bigger conversation is around whatwedotoreplaceitGangleysaid.Theres difficulty where an industry proponent will come forward to a First Nation with binders and binders of technical information that they have to respond to and they lack the capacity to do that to put their position on the record and to get the same sort of level of technical legal information on the record. That problem still needs to be addressed and in fairness to industry some industry play- ers are doing a very very good job of work- ing with First Nations but in some cases they still lack that capacity. The three treaty groups said they came away from the meetings feeling as it was stated by Treaty 8 cautiously optimistic. The premier made a commitment to col- lectively develop action-oriented solutions that can help our communities Courtoreille said. These are changes that must be made so that everyone First Nations and Albertans live in prosperous healthy communities. We feel that the premier understands that and now we just need to see some action. The one thing I can guarantee is that the Chiefs of Treaty No. 8 are willing to put in the work necessary to collaborate with the province and make a better future for all our children. Its time and communi- ties need it. 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EDITORIAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 2013 CCNA BLUE RIBBON CANADIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER AWARD 2013 C M C A AUDITED 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. The Northern Journal acknowledges the nancial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund CPF for our publishing activities. Editor Thank You Need to say a big thank you to Mark Wig- glesworth from Worth ICT Inc. For the past four years I knew something was wrong with my communication accounts. When I talked to my former providers representative it got more confusing using terms and language I did not understand answering my questions with more questions so that I really did not know what to do. 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Are you kidding me I have been asking you for four years for this information. I felt like I was on a merry-go-round with the cryptic answers and trade language For anyone if you too are nding it difcult to work out cost savings with your current sales representative give Mark Wigglesworth a call - best decision ever Dana Fergusson GM Pelican Rapids Inn Fort Smith Kudos Fort Smith IT company saves Pelican Inn thousands The non-democratic election in the NWT Missing too in the leadup to election day in the NWT is that bubbling cauldron of ideas that so engaged Canadians in the federal election forcing the politicians to become better or lose. Energy excitement drama joy for the win- ners and consternation even angst for those who didnt win emotions at their peak - all that was encompassed in the recent federal election a great experience invigorating Canadian democracy. Unfortunately little if any of that will emanate from the territo- rial election when a new NWT government is chosen on Nov. 23. Granted not many elections in Canadian history reached a climax like this federal one did thanks to the sense of urgency from a ma- jority of Canadians to eject Stephen Harper plus the charisma of Justin Trudeau as a suc- cessor. It will long be remembered. The NWT is a smaller political arena and the stakes are not as high but the main reason its election will be a staid affair is it will lack the cut and thrust of party politics. Missing in the leadup to election day in the NWT is that bubbling cauldron of ideas that so engaged Canadians in the federal election forcing the politicians to become better or lose. As par- ties strategically released their platforms and made promises enthusiastic media pounced on each analysing and challenging them then voters got a chance to pass judgement. Polls came into play along with social media. Opinions swirled. Like an instant acid test in some cases they were rejected and back- tracked on in others they proved popular and the parties ran with them pushing them harder. It was a vital process at once invigo- rating demanding judging and evolving. It would be good to capture aspects of that in the NWTs territorial elections. This is not a pitch for party politics. The NWTs population is too small to eld capa- ble candidates in each riding from several different parties. Furthermore as we have seen in the last 10 years in the federal Parlia- ment partisan wrangling created gridlock the downside of party politics. The smart thing to do with the NWT election process is adapt the good incorporating it as much as possible into consensus government. Inparticularakeycomponentofdemocracy is missing in the selection of the NWT pre- mier. The way the NWT process is structured there is nothing in advance no requirement for premier candidates to present a platform for consideration and debate by the people or even by MLAs who make the selection no mechanism for choosing from alternatives to try to dene a better path to the future. Currently the choice of premier by the 19 members is based on popularity and what- ever lobbying and deal making that might go on behind closed doors. Nine or more votes are required to win assuming the candidate votes for herhimself. Notably the people are not involved. After a premier is selected the winner and new premier picks an executive council or cabinet. The remaining ordinary members assume the role of opposition. This time round to facilitate the transi- tion to a new assembly a Special Commit- tee on Transition Matters was struck com- prised of six MLAs and several members of the civil service. Its role is to provide the new assembly a roadmap to move forward. It describes the circumstances and context of the last assembly and highlights what should be priorities for the new one then presents that to the current assembly for consideration and ratication. The work of the committee essentially replaces any ad- vance election process. Again no role for the public and certainly no invigorating chal- lenging idea-generating exercise is involved in the committees work. The committee put forward its recom- mendations in early October and those were adapted and passed. Included is a new step- by-step program for how cabinet will for- mulate a platform for the new government. The new premier after having selected the cabinet will present the assembly with a draft plan from cabinet on what it intends to do in the coming term. Input is then re- ceived from ordinary member MLAs. Those ideas are considered and may be added to the nal document. Following that it is - nalized by cabinet then presented for the record as the governments mandate for the coming term. All that happens post-election. No creative dynamic process no cauldron no bubbling. The ideas MLAs put forward may invoke de- bate but that is all and public engagement and participation is completely excluded. It actually appears less like a government and more like a large corporations new chair and executive seeking input from the board of directors that they may or may not heed. All of it is based on a loose concept of con- sensus government. The changes presented by the committee that were adapted by the assembly amount to an evolution of the gov- erning process essentially changes to the con- stitution but then the NWT does not have a constitution. Maybe it is time that discus- sion was renewed. PhotocourtesyofAlDumont Coats for kids The Knights of Columbus of Alberta and NWT district has been busy the last few months gathering coats and donating them to children in Fort Smith and other communities for its annual drive. Pictured above are volunteers Ray Currie left Joanne Gauthier and Al Dumont. With some nancial assistance from their counterparts in Edmonton the Knights were able to pull in 103 coats 80 per cent of which have already gone to deserving homes. A big thanks from the Knights to Lous Small Engines which donated the cost of shipping the winter jackets. Wednesday October 28 2015 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... Canada Post offering northern parcel rates Canada Post has developed new rates which will make it cheaper to send counter parcels within the NWT but more expensive to send such parcels to or from the North. The new rates came into effect Oct. 2. On average the cost of a regular counter parcel leaving or entering the Territories is going to increase by 25 per cent. Issue October 24 2000 20 Years Ago... NWTel cruises onto the Internet NorthWesTels customer service is going computer- ized. The northern phone company unveiled its Internet home page last week with president Bill Dunbar saying weve found a new way to reach our customers and to reach Internet users across the world. Internet users can access NorthWesTels new site at www.wimsey. comyukonbusinessnwtel. Issue October 24 1995 30 Years Ago... MLAs consider deputy leader The NWT legislative assembly is considering a dep- uty leader position. The matter arose following the elec- tion of Nick Sibbeston as government leader earlier this week. There was an attempt by members of the execu- tive to have the man he beat for the job Dennis Patter- son named to a new position as deputy leader. But the attempt was quashed by other MLAs in the assembly. Issue October 24 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK Damaged by re in 2013 the arena in Fort Smith is almost ready to welcome eager athletes back to the ice but is there more going on Refurbished arena one small step for Fort Smith one giant leap for NWT 12 people like this. Liberal candidates swept all three territories Oct. 19 upsetting longtime incumbents and helping return the Trudeaus to 24 Sussex Drive with a majority government. Grits sweep North en route to majority 6 people like this. By DAWN KOSTELNIK Something is dreadfully wrong. The rescuers set up their camp away from the Komatik ghosts are pulling at their mitts and whispering in their ears. No one can say Peter Ts name no one is sure that he will ever come if they call him they are afraid that his spirit will return and be angry with them trying to call him back from the un- derworld. This is bad very bad they want to go home they cannot return until they White Girl Nanurluk super bear nd him. Spirits are lurking the men shut their eyes and try to shut out the ghosts All night the spirits drift through their tent and breathe frost in their faces. Heisgonetotheseabelow the ice with the sea goddess Sedna. But where There isnobreakintheiceWewill make a circle for a mile and come back. If he is still not to be found we leave I wont spend one more minute with thesedemonsoatingaround us No Peter T. to be found. No one wants to open his nomatikthesunwarmsupthe darktarpedinloadashiftoc- cursahugehairypawescapes the connes and drops to the iceoorblackskinwhitefur. David look look na- nook Approaching the sled cautiouslytheyuntiethetarp. Ahugepolarbearisbundledup on the komatik. A clean shot to the head had stopped this giantinhistrackshemustbe eightfeetlongandweighover 1400pounds. HeisNanurluk superbear. Whereisthehunter of the bear There is no sign ofastrugglebetweenthetwo. It was a death shot and only one shell that dropped him where did Peter T go Their skincrawlswiththesupernatu- ralthebearsspiritmusthave comebackandswallowedhim wholeand alive There is lots of gas in the skidoo and in the warmth of thespringsunitstartsreadily. David Peter Ts son is to fol- low his fathers komatik the other men take the lead with the Komatik in the middle. It takes several attempts to dislodge the big sled it has frozen into the snow and ice of the Arctic Ocean. With a hard jerk the komatik is free and everyone runs to jump on waiting skidoos. Ataataga Ataataga fa- ther sobs David. As the komatik pulls ahead David sees a black bundle sunken in the snow. The men rush back to inspect the situation. Peter Tisrolledoveronhimselfand frozen stiff. Peter T has been frozen for a long time they cannot straighten him out to load him on the sled with the Polar Bear. In the end he is tied on top of the bear curled up like a large baby it is hard to secure him. To be continued. By MARC MAYRAND I would like to take this op- portunity to thank the more than230000Canadianswho contributed to the successful delivery of the 42nd general election. Once again Canadians were willing to take time from their busy lives mak- ing personal and profes- sional sacrices to work long Chief Electoral Ofcer thanks election workers hours to ensure their fellow citizens could exercise their democratic right to vote and receive the election results without delay following the close of the polls. I am over- whelmed by the exceptional professionalism and dedica- tionourelectionworkershave demonstrated in serving Ca- nadian electors often in very challenging circumstances. Some three million more Canadians voted at this fed- eral general election than at the 2011 election re- sulting in the highest voter turnout in more than 20 years. There was a remark- able level of voter activity throughout the election which in some instances resulted in wait times at both the advance polls and on election day. Our elec- tion workers provided the best service possible to their friends and neighbours in communities across our great land for that is the true strength of our elec- toral process Canadians working hard to make it possible for their fellow Canadians to choose the elected officials who will represent them in the House of Commons. There will be time in the coming weeks and months to review our electoral pro- cedures and consider ways they could be modernized for future elections. For now our dedicated election work- ers should take great pride in their accomplishments and important contribu- tions to our society. I know that all Canadians join me in thanking them for their excellent work in the service of democracy. Marc Mayrand is Canadas Electoral Ofcer. ELECTION FACTS A total of 17559353 votes were cast in the 2015 federal election an increase of 19.3 per cent over 2011 when only 14720580 votes were cast. Voter turnout was 68.1 per cent. That was the highest turnout since the 1993 election when it was 69.6 per cent. The winning Liberal Party received 6930136 votes in 2015 and only 2783175 votes in 2011 representing an increase of 149 per cent. The political party to receive the fewest votes while eld- ing multiple candidates was the Canadian Action Party which ran three candidates and received 429 votes. 6 Wednesday October 28 2015 EDUCATION ON THE LAND Course gives amateur NWT prospectors a new tool Destiny Rabesca glasses a sample as Ontario-based professional prospector Jessica Bjorkman who taught three prospecting workshops in the NWT recently looks on. PhotoBillBraden By CRAIG GILBERT For years Danny Yakeleya and his brother talked about digging into a story their grandmother told of gold on the Mackenzie Mountain. These people spent their lives on the mountain Yakeleya said from his Tulita office. My grandmother spent 60 years on the mountain and 20 in the community. So for one story to come out of 60 years thats not a lot. There must have been some- thing to it. The former mayor of Tulita has some time on his hands since rolling the heavy equip- ment business he shares with his brother and a friend into two others and downsiz- ing a bit so next summer he plans to fol- low the legend. He was on the mountain last summer doing some prospecting when he realized the reading he had done and the YouTube videos he had watched left some big holes in his understanding of the craft so he started looking around for courses offered in the Sahtu. Like the vast majority of gold expeditions he came up dry so when the chance to take a course offered by the government of the Northwest Territories GNWT and a host of other mining sector stakeholders came up this fall he jumped at the chance. At just 40 it was money well spent as Yakeleya one of 50 people who took part in the workshops in Yellowknife Beh- choko and Dettah feels more prepared to do a proper job of it the next time he hits the land. This was a good stepping stone into actu- ally doing prospecting he said. Its a lot of work there is a lot of carrying equip- ment and walking and it can be danger- ous. If youre working as a freelancer for a company they demand a lot. Dont just expect a nice time. Yakeleya paid close attention as guest speakers from the NWT Mining Record- ers Ofce and the NWT Geological Sur- vey provided introductions to the NWTs Mineral Claim Regulations and NWT Mineral Assessment Reports and Geologi- cal Resources. You dont want to go out and stake a piece of land and nd out you did it wrong he said. They taught us what laws and regulations to watch out for including the Mines and Minerals Act and where to look for things if youre not sure. The rst day was all classroom work day two was hands-on and spent out on the land. That was really great Yakeleya said. They showed us what to look for in the rock formations where minerals seep through that sort of thing. The course set you on the path you should go. It pointed you in the right direction. Prospecting may not be for everyone. It is a lot of hard work and risky both nan- cially and in terms of personal safety on the land Yakeleya said even the rough-going depicted on the variety of reality shows fo- cused on small-scale exploration and min- ing operations in the North has the glow of Hollywood about it. So the prospecting courses may not lead to a grassroots goldrush in the NWT but hav- ing that skill set could come in handy to the residents who already spend time on the land harvesting and trapping. Id like to see a lot more people around the area doing stuff he said. For people who are already out on the land hunting if you had that knowledge maybe youll see things that spark your interest. It gives people the chance to broaden what theyre doing. Northwest Territories UNEXPECTED. UNFORGETTABLE. WHATS NEW IN FORT SMITH WWW.FORTSMITH.CA For more information please contact TOWN OF FORT SMITH P.O. Box 147 Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 Canada Phone 867 872-8400 Fax 867 872-8401 MEET YOUR NEW MAYOR AND COUNCIL Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley Councillor Erika Bell Councillor Al Dumont Councillor Ron Holtorf Councillor Anna Kikoak Councillor Bob McArthur Councillor Rashmi Patel Councillor Kevin Smith Councillor Brenda Tuckey Welcome to our new mayor and the new and returning councillors. Wednesday October 28 2015 7 INDUSTRY TOURISM 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. 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Shes only a baby and she needs somebody to love her and take care of her. But you can adopt her and love her. Yay A happy ending By DALI CARMICHAEL Starting the day with a little introspection might just be the key to helping students im- prove their habits both inside and outside of the classroom. Thatisthehopeoftheterritorysdepartment ofEducationCultureandEmploymentECE whichrecentlyinitiatedaseriesofpilotprojects introducingtheconceptofself-regulationto65 educators across the NWT. ECE denes self-regulation as the ability to manageyourownenergyemotionsbehaviours and attention in ways that are socially accept- able and help achieve positive goals. It is es- sentially the ability to deal with stressors that comeupindailylifeinamannerthatisefcient andpositiveanelementofmindfulnesswhich encourages thoughtful responses to stimulus rather than impulsive reactions. We know some kids will have a hard time regulatingtheiremotionsandstayingcalmthat they nd school very difcult said Jill Taylor an inclusive school coordinator with the South Slave Divisional Education Council SSDEC. Weknowthebetterthechildcanstaycalmand focusedthebettertheinformationcominginto thedifferentpartsofthebrainareandthebetter hes able to manage and cope in a classroom. Studieshaveshownputtingafocusoneducat- ing students about the mind can help increase theiracademicachievement.Onemeta-analysis of 213 research-based social-emotional learn- ingstudiesfoundthatstudentachievementwas boosted by an average of 11 per cent. A Time magazine article published in Janu- arydocumentedastudyfromBritishColumbia thatfoundstudentswhopracticedmindfulness had15percentbettermathscoresandperceived Schools striving to help mental health test scores with self-regulation themselves as 20 per cent more prosocial they were also perceived to be 24 per cent less ag- gressive by their peers. The concept is not entirely new to the terri- tory. Some schools in the South Slave as well asCatholicSchoolsinYellowknifehavealready adaptedthesystemintotheirpracticesinrecent years.AtChiefSunriseSchoolontheKatlodeeche reserveinHayRiverpracticesimprovingemo- tional intelligence and social interaction have been a focus for almost a decade. Whatwerendingisbyusingtheself-regu- lationtechniqueitcandrasticallyimproveyour classroom climate so the kids are more calm Taylor said. Youre spending less time on the managementpieceandinsteadyourespending yourtimeonbuildingthathealthyrelationship andsenseofcommunitywithinyourclassroom. ProgramsrangefromtheTheFourthRbased ondevelopingskillstopromotepersonalsafety and healthy relationships to the MindUp pro- gramfocusedonhowthebrainrespondstostress. Wehavelittlekidsinkindergartenwhowill talk about their amygdala Taylor said. Its a small little almond-shaped clump of neurons deep in the centre of their brain and kids now knowthatamygdalaservesaskindoftheinfor- mationlterthatregulatestheiremotions.They might not be using the terminology right but they are on the right track when they say My amygdala is not working great I feel like Im stressed. Or theyll say Im feeling very calm and peaceful my amygdala is owing to my pre-frontal cortex. In this time of increasing awareness of the importanceofmentalhealthandwellnessofstu- dentsandtherelatedimpactonbehaviourandon effectivenessIthinkitsbecomingmorecritical thatweseekoutsocial-emotionalprogramsand initiativeslikethesethatdevelopinternalstrat- egiesforemotionalintelligenceself-regulation andresiliencysaidDr.CurtisBrownsuperin- tendent for the SSDEC at a teacher in-service held in Hay River this summer. At the same time he announced new initia- tives outlined by the school boards DEA set- tingtargetsfor70percentofstudentsfromkin- dergarten to grade 12 to participate in at least ve lessons of a social responsibility program. Self-regulationisanelementincludedunder ECEsNWTEducationRenewalacomprehensive efforttoimprovetheeducationsystemoverthe next decade launched in 2013. The initiative specically targets problems with attendance lacking accountability measures and the holis- tic health of students. Itsoundscornybutwereallywanttoinfuse our classrooms with lots of joy and optimism Taylorsaid.Hopeisapowerfulpowerfulmoti- vatorandweknowthatsowewanttomakesure thatallofourkidshavethesamesenseofsafety hopegratitudethankfulnessandthattheycan grab the tools they need just to be healthy and that includes their mental health. EDUCATION MENTAL HEALTH Inuvik builds fast lane to the information superhighway By CRAIG GILBERT Inuvik has followed in Yellowknifes cy- ber-footsteps with a hip new online identity. The towns administration decided to upgrade its antiquated unattractive for- mer website that was difficult to use for both visitors navigating it and adminis- trators updating it according to town SAO Grant Hood. They used the same company that updated the City of Yellowknifes website Waterloo- based eSolutionsGroup after hearing good things about the companys product and per- haps more importantly their customer sup- port after the site goes live. They dont go away once its built Hood said. Were very happy with the product. Internally we are able to get information out much easier. Like the Dempster the websites desti- nation is always the same - Inuvik - but like the cars that travel it it has a number of options that can be upgradedadded in the future. Out of the box the website is ush with improvements over the old one a news feed on the homepage that adheres to the trend in modern websites featuring carousels rotat- ing through larger-than-life images depict- ing the towns natural beauty a community calendar a town council calendar with min- utes and agendas and online by-law com- plaint reporting. Hood said the town is considering adding functions like e-commerce allowing residents to pay bills and nes online and companies to bid on tenders and for surveys. Alongside the website the town also launched its new social media channels including a Twitter account townonu- vik and a Facebook page. A lot of the social activity in Inuvik runs through Facebook pages such as Inuvik Buy and Sell or Inuvik Events but I think it is im- portant for the town to have a singular pres- ence where community members can nd relevant information quickly Gifn said. A screen capture of the Town of Inuviks new website constructed by Waterloo company eSolutionsGroup. 8 Wednesday October 28 2015 By CRAIG GILBERT It took moving to the Land of the Midnight SunforTorontonativeAmyLamtolearnhow to garden and the irony is not lost on her. I laugh because it takes moving up to the North for me to start gardening which seems like the most counterintuitive place to learn how to grow she said. With such a wide variety of fresh produce available and so many places to buy it there is less incentive in the city to grow your own food an incentive that grows with the cost of food the farther north of 60 you travel. Itsaboutsurvivalshesaid.Theaccessto fresh food up here is abysmal and the cost of food is atrocious. So if we can bring that food security to communities its so important. The issue surfaced again last Thursday when the GNWT announced that while ag- riculture is celebrating a resurgence in the territory high food costs were a motivating factor in the creation of a new strategy doc- ument to advance and guide growth in the NWTs agriculture sector. While many of the 200 surveyed partic- ipants recognized that local food initiatives must strive to become self-sustaining they also expressed the need for improved access to soil power and heat infrastructure land andfinancialresourcesaGNWTreleasesaid. FoodcostsintheNWTareamajorcontrib- utor to the high cost of living in most commu- nities and the NWT Economic Opportunities Strategy EOS included five recommended actions to increase economic opportunities for the agriculture sector in the NWT. Fore- mostamongthemwasthecreationofadefini- tive strategy and policy instruments to guide governmentinvestmentsupportbusinessop- portunitiesandanticipatedeconomicgrowth. With the installation of greenhouses in communities on the Beaufort Sea we now have a food production sector stretching the length and breadth of our territory Minister David Ramsay said. The fundamental ingre- dients in the development of an agricultural or food production industry are the desire willingness and capacity to grow food. This is clearly evident in the NWT. Lam moved to Yellowknife about three years ago where there appears to be plenty of willingness to create local nutritious food albeit on a smaller scale. She has been taking part in a microcosm of that GNWT vision for the entire territory as one of more than 200 communal and backyard land-share garden- ers. They are by no means impacting the ag- riculture industry but growers like Lam who took part in a series of experiential learning workshopsforaspiringandactivegardeners at the Northern Farm Training Institute in A very nifty gardener this Lam grows like a lion ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE A Torontonian flourishing after transplanting herself to Yellowknife Amy Lam learned how to get the most out her garden during summer workshops at the Northern Farm Training Institute in Hay River. PhotoscourtesyofAmyLam Hay River over the past three summers are creating food in enough quantities to affect their own food security. According to NFTI executive director Kim Rapati Lam earned her Northern Farmer certificate by completing all six of the schools introductory workshops Spring Into Plant- ing Your Seed Design and Plant Your Sus- tainable Garden Food Forests North of 60 GardenMaintenanceMarketingFoodHar- vest Preservation and Storage and Intro to Small and Large Animal Husbandry. Each workshop has 15 students a total of 50 students passed through NFTI in 2015 91 since its inception in 2013. Itsreallyniceupheretoknowthatwehave the ability to do that as well she said. Its a shortgrowingseasonbuttheamountofsunlight we get is fantastic so things grow a lot faster and youre not dealing with a lot of the pests we have down south. So you wouldnt believe itbutitsaquiteidealgrowingenvironment. After the first of the four workshops the students went back to their home communi- ties with hundreds of seedlings between them and the knowledge to get the most out of every single one. Lam said the mentorship shereceivedduringwhatwashersecondgrow- ing season was obvious in her harvest of root vegetables like carrots beets and potatoes kale and char tons of lettuce tomatoes cel- ery and even kohlrabi and the instructions start right in the soil. They gave us really practical knowledge about building the soil Lam said. Its im- portant because were on bedrock so those are very useful skills for up here. As the growing season progresses the workshops follow suit covering seed prep- aration in the spring then planting main- tenance and harvesting. It was really nice to have that mentorship throughout the growing season as I was start- ing to learn how to grow my own food. I have enoughtoprocessaswell.Ivebeendoingalot of canning freezing and dehydrating. Lam grew all of her produce in community and backyard landshare gardens in Yellow- knife. There are six individual sites managed by the Yellowknife Community Gardening Collective which rents plots between 20 and 22 square-metres in size for 25 for the year. There are about 200 members. In Yellowknife its fantastic to be able to grow but at the end of the day we do have ac- cess to stores and can get all of our supplies shesaid.Ithinkwhatssogreataboutthepro- gramisitdoeshitallthesmallcommunitiesthat arevulnerableforfoodsecurityandisableto provide them with the skills and tools as well. The program gives you everything you need. Yellowknifer Amy Lam grew beets kohlrabi cabbage and a horde of other nutritious vegetables this summer. She credits training she received at the Northern Farm Training Institute in Hay River. Wednesday October 28 2015 9 Fort Smith firefighters redefine weekend warrior By CRAIG GILBERT FortSmithresidentscanfeelalittlesaferon the road thanks to an assist from Hay River. The border towns volunteer fire depart- ment conducted vehicle rescue training at the landfill all weekend and Chief Westly Steed was grateful Hay River Volunteer Fire Department Captain Terence Fischer made the drive over to help instruct. Thatcommunitysfiredepartmentgetsalot more traffic and are responsible for a lot more road.Translationalotmorevehicleextrications. Hes done way more practical extrications than we have Steed explained. Hes seen more accidents and knows more about how to get people out so rather than our guys going off the book and looking at pictures we have someone with hands-on experience. It takes the pressure off our more senior guys and lets them learn too instead. Ten Fort Smith volunteer firefighters took part in the training which included practi- cal scenarios involving rescue from vehicles bothwithandwithoutcuttingawaytheframe. They also did a practical and written exam for territory-level certification. Fischer let the crews run through the rescue scenarios of- fering advice when a wrinkle crept up. The younger firefighters with less experi- ence with the tools in turn were allowed to find their own way with hydraulic cutters power jigsaws and the jaws of life and man- ual tools including glass cutters and every firefighters go-to tool the powerful combi- nation of a clawfork a bladewedgeadze and tapered pick known as the Halligan. Theyre learning how to use the tools and how to assess the situation and make the proper choices to remove the vehicle from the patient - not the other way around - so they arent injured any further Steed said. Everyone in the department has to be able to do everything - SCBA driving the pumper servicing equipment and doing extrications. These guys gave up their Friday night and their weekend to train so I hope the town and the community appreciates it. Im ex- tremely happy with how it turned out. Firefighters peeled the sedan open like a can of sardines in order to free Rescue Randy as the dummy is known and firefighter Corey Mercredi during training last weekend. Fort Smith firefighters simulated the process of peeling a vehicle away from a person in a crash in this case a Chevy Impala with a stubbon drivers door last weekend. Fort Smith firefighter Darrell Loutit cuts away one of the A posts supporting the roof and windshield during a simulated rescue Oct. 24. The training lasted all weekend. PhotosCraigGilbert After almost 20 minutes Rescue Randy is freed from his wrecked Chevy Impala and eased onto a stabilizing body board for his short trip to the ambulance. EDUCATION FIREFIGHTER TRAINING 10 Wednesday October 28 2015 HEALTH WELLNESS BREAST CANCER School of Trades Apprenticeship Industrial Training Trades Technology Week 2015 Invites you to an Open House to celebrate Please join us to tour our state-of-the-art Trades training facilities and speak with our instructors. Thebacha Campus Foyer Fort Smith NT November 4 2015 - 530 p.m.-730 p.m. Everyone welcome Refreshments will be served. Aurora College By DALI CARMICHAEL After mapping out the typical breast cancer journeyintheNorthwestTerritoriesonegroupis usingitsresearchtochartapathtoholisticcare. The NWT Breast HealthBreast Cancer Ac- tion Group is initiating a two-year demonstra- tion project testing out newly developed can- cersurvivorcareplansandpeersupportgroups forpatientsinFortSmithandFortGoodHope. What weve found was that it was very in- teresting nobodys ever documented what the experienceisfromdiagnosisthroughtotreat- ment to survivorship said Rosanna Strong a spokespersonfortheActionGroup.Fromthat informationwecameupwith18recommenda- tions on how to improve making that journey a little bit easier and a little bit more attainable for people here. Thoserecommendationsconsidereverystep of the journey from diagnosis to treatment af- ter-care to palliative care. They have now been included in the GNWTs new Cancer Strategy tabled during the final sitting of the 17th Leg- islative Assembly. Wecameupwiththreerecommendationsthat we would be pursuing she said. One of them was survivor care plans for the North another one was peer support programming through- outtheNorthandtheotheronewascomingup with a document about the rights and respon- sibilitiesofbeingacancerpatientStrongsaid. A survivor of breast cancer herself Strong said the project is close to her heart. Yourebasicallyinsurvivormodeandyoujust do anything you have to do to take care of the physicality of it she said. A lot of times the emotional side just gets put in the background and the research is saying that people that go through cancer suffer a little bit from PTSD so its a huge shock to your body and its a huge shock to your mind as well. Consistency is key Thenewcancersurvivorcaretemplatesmod- eledafterothersfromAlbertaandManitobaaim to make the healing process more straightfor- ward by involving the patient in their care and making information more accessible. The group is also working with the Depart- mentofHealthandSocialServicestointegrate theprogramintoitsnewelectronicmedicalre- cordsystemsocareremainsconsistentwhether thepatientisworkingwithanursepractitioner in their home or a doctor in Yellowknife. Youcanworktogetheronyourgoal-setting you can work together on talking with some of the side effects and who is going to do what for the next little while Strong said. According to the Action Groups report be- tween nurses oncologists family doctors and so on there are often more than 20 healthcare professionalsinvolvedinonepersonstreatment. Howevernoonepositionisresponsiblefornavi- gating the system and coordinating care espe- cially once treatment is complete. Peer-to-peer healing Once we have gone through the treatment and everything were sort of left adrift. Every six months we do go and see our oncologist or whatever but other than that we have no sup- portgroupthatwecangotosaidLouiseFraser oneoftheFortSmith-basedprogramcoordina- tors also a breast cancer survivor. This is why we wanted to start a group here. Once it starts - maybe in December - the groupwillbeopentopatientsandtheirfamilies. ThenyougetthetwosidesofthestoryFra- sersaid.Thesemenareaffectedthroughtheir mothers their wives or whatever their family. They want to know how they can be support- ive and they want to know more about what is outthereforpeoplewhodohavecancersothey can understand and be more compassionate. TheActionGroupiscoordinatingthedemon- strationinpartnershipwithHSSLutraAssoci- atesLtd.individualsinthecommunityhealth- careproviderslocalgovernmentsurvivorsand regional health authorities. So far the project has secured funding until January2016andfundraisingeffortsareunder- waytofindsupporttofinishtheprojectin2017. HSS has been very generous and gave us 70000 to operate for this year Strong said but we need 72000 more to complete the first part of our demonstration project. A painter expresses her emotions at the Art of Healing breast cancer psychosocial support program held in Yellowknife by the NWT Breast HealthBreast Cancer Action Group. New cancer survivor care plans tested in NWT PhotoNWTBreastCancerActionGroup Wednesday October 28 2015 11 ARTS CULTURE FILM By CRAIG GILBERT The worlds happiest man is from Fort Smith. Richard Van Camp is knee-deep in cre- ative work muscling as many as three more of his graphic novels into live action lms. Blanket of Butteries The Blue Raven and Three Feathers are all set in Fort Smith and Van Camp wants to lm them in the NWT border town as early as this coming spring with local lmmaker Carla Ulrich directing. Three Feathers is inspired by the true story of three young men caught break- ing into houses Van Camps family home among them. In reality they were sen- tenced to two years each in prison in the south but the story imagines that they were instead sent to spend nine months on the land. Were so good at sending people down south for two years every single time Van Camp said from his home in Edmon- ton. What if we put them on the land with qualified instructors and elders and what if we trusted them with responsibil- ity helped them learn their language and their culture what it means to be a man a provider and a young warrior today a protector The rest of the story seemed very easy. The timeline for the Three Feathers shoot has already had to move back it was first intended to shoot in October but Van Camp sounded optimistic that cameras will roll in March and again next September. The twin shoots are needed to capture the progression of seasons during the time the boys are on the land in a film of just 40 minutes. The twins are actually sextuplets since the crew will be shooting each scene in Bush Cree English and South Slavey. Three Feathers the graphic novel has al- ready been translated into Bush Cree and will soon be available in Dene and South Slavey according to the author. We raised quite a bit of money for the shoot Van Camp said. We have an angel investor Anne Lepine who will be an asso- ciate producer. Were going to need the whole community to come out for different scenes. For example when the three young men come into the boat launch in the rst scene. We need people at the courthouse and around differ- ent shots when the ambulance goes to pick up Gabe we need the whole community to show upandbeoutragedVanCampsaid.Itsgoing to be huge. Youre talking to the worlds hap- piest man. Im just over the moon. A love letter to the world Van Camp has also written a third graphic novel set in Smith Spirit which is about re- spect for all life. Fort Simpsons Cathy Shea is illustrating it. HickeyGoneWrongmeanwhilewhichwas lmed in Fort Smith in August and premiered thereinSeptemberwasrecentlyacceptedinto the Stuttgart Film Festival in January where it will be screened with German subtitles. Last but not least Blanket of Butteries the second graphic novel set in Smith crafts a leg- endary backstory for the fabled suit of samu- rai armour at the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre. Van Camp has not secured a lm deal for that title yet but is condent the story which revolves around the samu- rais sword being lost in a card game and a mysterious man named Shinobu appearing to claim it has the legs to get there. Itsgreatitsbeautifulhesaid.Icanshow this story to anyone in the world and theyre going to fall in love with Northern culture. I know this is truly my rst international story. Funding in place for Fort Smiths next Van Camp lm After delays Richard Van Camp plans spring shoot for Three Feathers A page taken from Richard Van Camps recent graphic novel A Blanket of Butteries one of three graphic novels now set in his hometown Fort Smith. Richard Van Camp signs copies of Three Feathers at the Northern Life Museum in Fort Smith last year during a screening of Mohawk Midnight Runners. As your new Member of Parliament I will not let you down and will work every day to make the NWT a better place to live work and invest. I havent taken any of our communities for granted and I will continue to ensure the concerns of all of our people are represented by the new Liberal government. I want to thank my family my volunteers and all of you who voted for me and made this historic election result possible. Thank you all so much. 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Reservations 1-888-800-0772 EMPLOYMENT TENDERS AND LEGAL NOTICES Wednesday October 28 2015 13 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY GROUNDS MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR Yellowknife NT Description Outdoor work in winter and summer and requires Organize and direct planting of trees gardens and lawns Work under pressure Handling heavy loads Physically demanding Manual dexterity Attention to detail Tight deadlines Duties Plan and estimate labour and materials Maintain work records and logs Hire supervise and schedule staff Read blueprints and drawings Remuneration 17 per hour Area of Specialization Landscape construction Grounds maintenance Design Specific Skills Resolve work related problems Requisition or order materials equipment and supplies Repair and maintain equipment Plan and direct grounds maintenance Organize and direct construction of fences decks and walls Establish work schedules and procedures Plan manage and supervise landscape construction work Position will require ability to supervise 3-4 people and requires excellent oral communication. Permanent position - 5 years experience required. Contact for more information. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Town of Fort Smith has an opportunity for a highly qualified individual responsible for the imple- mentation of strategies projects and events that promote and strengthen the economy of Fort Smith. The incumbent will facilitate economic development planning and initiatives identify and foster commu- nity economic development opportunities secure funding for economic development activities and programs and promote the community in order to expand economic development opportunities. The ideal candidate will have a post-secondary degree in marketing communications business administration or tourism management or a diploma with two years experience in marketing public relations or tourism promotion or equivalent combination of education and experience Salary Benefits Salary is Pay level 20 range from 64430.64 to 74304.88. The Town also provides a Northern Allowance of 7715.79 annually comprehensive health dental benefits and a pension plan provided by Northern Employees Benefits Services. Closing Date Monday November 16 2015 To view job descriptions please visit our website at Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Resumes may be kept on file for future consideration. Qualified candidates are invited to forward their resume to Director of Community Services Town of Fort Smith Box 147 174 McDougal Road Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 Fax 867 872-8401 Email Town of Fort Smith Economic Development Officer EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Town of Fort Smith has an opportunity for a seasoned and highly qualified individual to take on the leadership and operational supervision of the Towns Public Works Division. Reporting to the Director of Municipal Services the Supervisor will ensure the delivery of municipal services that are vital to the health and safety of the Town. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record in the delivery of services within a municipal or similar public sector setting. Heshe will possess excellent supervisory skills and proven technical abilities in the field. A minimum of 5 years of experience is required at the supervisory level with comprehensive knowledge of municipal operations particularly in the areas under the positions supervision. Salary Benefits Pay Level 25 74304.88 to 86317.57 per year. The Town also provides a Northern Allowance of 7715.79 annually comprehensive health dental benefits and a pension plan provided by Northern Employees Benefits Services. Closing Date Friday November 6 2015 To view job descriptions please visit our website at Qualified candidates are invited to forward their resume to Senior Administrative Officer Town of Fort Smith Box 147 174 McDougal Road Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 Fax 867 872-8401 Email Town of Fort Smith Supervisor of Works FOR SALE 2008 FORD RANGER 4X4 Low KMs Stick shift. 12K or BO. Must be seen to be appreciated For information contact Don at 872-3511 12345 12345 3 wide version 3.75 wide version Bevington political legacy lives on in Fort Smith 14 Wednesday October 28 2015 POLITICS MUNICIPAL 6.8103 in x 6.3125 in By CRAIG GILBERT Anneliese Kikoak pauses looks up and to the right weighing her response. She stands in the gymnasium at the Fort Smith Community Recreation Centre her colleagues on council and their friends and supporters scattered and snacking on cake cold cuts and cheese. The mother of four and owner of Annas Home Cooking had just been sworn in as a Fort Smith town councillor exactly where her father outgoing Northwest Territories MP Dennis Bevington started his own po- litical career in 1984. Bevington who also served as mayor from 1988 to 1997 watched from the back row. I was elated to win really happy Kikoak now part of a town council that for the rst time has more women than men said. I feel like this is one of the best opportunities Ive had in my adult life. I think the timing was almost divinely inspired to tell you the truth. Politics is in her blood and it runs deep. Her grandfather Archie Bevington was also a town councillor for several years starting in the late 1960s when Fort Smith was incor- porated. Her great-grandfather George Bev- ington helped create the United Farmers of Alberta Party which formed North Ameri- cas rst social democrat government in 1921. They stayed in power until 1935. Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau is the most obvious example of political dy- nasty in Canada while south of the border two Bush men have served in the Oval Ofce and a third has the presidency in his sights. Closer to home NWT Premier Bob McLeod seeking re-election himself in Yellowknife South is the brother of new NWT Liberal MP Michael McLeod. PoliticsisapartoffamiliesBevingtonsaid. Its something that happens across Canada. Perhaps appropriately the swearing-in took place on Back to the Future Day - Oct. 21 2015 the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown transported themselves to via modied De- lorean in the movie of the same name. Kikoak was elected to Fort Smith council on the same day her father was ousted as MP by McLeod in Trudeaus red tide. She was elated to start her own political career but reticent to frame it as a passing of the torch. I felt I was in the right place and I was thrilled to have the drum song dedicated to us because its an honour to represent the town and continue the legacy my dad instilled in me she said. I think my dads torch is still burning pretty brightly so Im just excited about what hes going to do next for himself and his family Fort Smith and the North. Bevington who lives in Fort Smith said municipal politics is a natural place to start a career in public life. Thats the building block he said. Its really a great place for someone with a fam- ily to start their political career. Youre home youre dealing with real issues with real people. Youre dealing with laws planning a whole bunch of things that are essential to the life of a politician and you get them all at the town council level. So how did it feel watching Anna take the oath with RCMP Sgt. Richard Brown 48 hours after the election Wellitsanupmomentformehelaughed. Lets put it that way. 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Y IN ends 27 Flooring Area Rugs Paint w Coverings rial Supplies interior design headquarters Continued from page 1. McDonald said social issues such as the hard to house would be in the conversation when he is lobbying a new set of MLAs after the Nov. 23 election. The town has been supporting a warming shelter during the winter months. It also pro- vides the space for the full-time emergency shelter but the non-prot agency that runs it turns away people who have been drinking. Its those types of things I think the ter- ritorial government needs to step up what theyre doing a bit there McDonald said. As a town were the ones who have to deal with it. We do the best we can. We dont have money to put toward a lot of that but do a lot of in-kind in terms of providing the building. Theyre always struggling for fund- ing thats why the town got involved. The GNWT could step up and fund that and a treatment centre. McDonald would also like to see a single electricity rate for the entire territory. Resi- dential rates are subsidized in Inuvik but commercial customers are on their own. The cost of power and the cost of heat is a huge economic burden north of Yellow- knife he said. Going to a single rate would even up the cost of living. It would help a lot in our region. Highway 5 womens jail priorities in Fort Smith New Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Napier-Buck- ley said she would poll members of council before suggesting priorities to future MLAs but said the paving of Highway 5 and con- struction of a new womens correctional fa- cility are top-of-mind. In terms of decentralization even having solid numbers would help she said. How many positions are being moved to Fort Smith compared to other communities How can the GNWT bring economic activity to the town Napier-Buckley believes she was able to ascend from a council seat to the mayors be- cause voters were looking for someone who would listen to their concerns and commu- nicate with them about the choices that were being made. People felt they werent really being heard and they werent all being represented she said. I think people were looking for change. Im aware of the issues we face with the town so with that experience we can hit the ground running with a more even representation. That representation includes more women than men at the table with four male and four female councillors surrounding Napier-Buckley. I think its a great council with pretty di- verse backgrounds. We have people from college elementary and high school admin- istrators instructors teachers a union rep- resentative private business new residents and longtime residents. It covers quite a lot of the community. Getting back to business in Hay River Another councillor who ran for the big job this time around Hay River Mayor-elect Brad Mapes said he has a community that needs to come back together after a bitter and divisive strikebymunicipalemployeesearlierthisyear. It gets personal because everyone knows everyone Mapes said. Council and town workers have to work together to speed up the process of healing. Ive said from day one that no one wins in a strike. Mapessaidthetownshouldapologizetothe residents of Hay River and the surrounding communities who could not access the Don Stewart Recreation Centre during the strike. OnelectiondayHayRiverresidentsalsovoted more than two-to-one in favour of borrowing millionstorenovatetheagingrecreationcentre which includes an ice pad and a curling rink. Mapes would also like to bring more ter- ritorial cash to town by lobbying incoming MLAs for a funding formula that makes more sense for larger centres in the NWT including Hay River. At the top of the list for Mapes though is hiring a full-time senior administrative of- cer and directors of public works and nance. We need to come up with a plan to get those key directors. Were lucky we brought on Scotty Edgerton who was willing to come on for a short term. Filling those positions would increase the towns population by three which would get a start on another of Mapes priorities bring- ing more people and businesses to town. With all of my businesses I get going on a vision and put it in high gear. I feel I can bring back to our community more pride weve lost some of it. We need to bring it back where people are proud to live in Hay River. Our kingdom for a road Within Norman Wells and on the route leading to it newly acclaimed Mayor Nathan Watson is praying for pavement. Without meaning to sound redundant its all about the road Watson said when asked what the new MLAs are going to hear from him. We have the usual list that includes but is not limited to cost of living housing population retention and expansion that most Northern communities have but for Norman Wells and the surrounding communities in the Sahtu to have and to take advantage of the many and varied opportunities the heart of the NWT has to offer we must have a road. That goes for the thoroughfares within the Mackenzie River settlement of fewer than 800 people too. This year we had the wettest summer I can recall and it has exacerbated the steady decline of our municipal roadways Watson said. A vast majority of our residents feel it is time to stop living in the mud and dust and get the roads covered with some form of hard surfacing and we are going to do everything in our power to accomplish that. Council will also have to work on modern- izing the local landll and cleaning up some longstanding messes. Watson wants to diversify the local econ- omy which is founded in resource extraction. We are used to the boom-and-bust cycle that is a part of that reality and is beyond our control but what we need in order to diver- sify our options at the economic opportuni- ties necessary to thrive as a community and a region he said. Its all about a Mackenzie Valley Road. Its all about a road no matter what side of the oil extraction debate you are on its all about a road PhotoDaliCarmichaelFilephotos New Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley takes the Oath of Ofce from the towns detachment commander RCMP Sergeant Richard Brown on Oct. 21. New Fort Simpson Mayor Darlene Sibbeston and new Hay River Mayor Brad Mapes. Highways economy top mayors priority lists New-wave NWT farming hits Golden Horseshoe 16 Wednesday October 28 2015 By KIM RAPATI Hello from Toronto Its the night before the Canadian Food and Drink Summit and here I am thinking about what the North- ern Farm Training Institute NFTI can share with the key stakeholders in Cana- das food ecosystem who will be meeting for the next two days. I have been given this opportunity by Hellmanns Canada who we worked collaboratively with to build a geo- desic dome greenhouse in Hay River. Now they have brought me to Canadas largest city to set up a NFTI booth and I wonder how can I communicate what is going on at home our Northern local food revolu- tion and how can I make it important for the people here Just like NFTIs farm campus in Hay River I have also experienced a transfor- mation over the last couple of months. Our campus site was a former industrial pig con- finement operation. We deconstructed the derelict buildings and up has grown a di- verse system that brings abundance to the land. I feel like Ive gone through a similar deconstruction regarding my purpose in this world. I feel like I was taught my whole life that humans cause destruction and to be the best I can be I should leave no trace or try to make as little impact as possible. Now I know that this is not true. I have learned that our land needs animals and it needs us. We can be a powerful tool to revitalizing our ecosystem. This year NFTI has joined a prestigious network of farm education centres around the world who promote the work of the Sa- vory Institute. The Savory Institute promotes large-scale restoration of the earths land- scapes through regenerative agriculture OP-ED AGRICULTURE PhotocourtesyofNFTI using holistic management decision mak- ing with the big-picture in mind. With ho- listic management people learn to listen to the land and make incredible changes. Through regenerative agriculture we se- quester carbon recharge water systems and vastly increase productivity on our croplands all with a system that lets ani- mals act naturally and supports our wild ecosystems. If more farmers around the world learn holistic management we can reverse climate change while empowering local communities. OK now that seems like a message just for farmers and land managers. How will city people at this big Toronto confer- ence be a part of the solution too Well as we have seen in our recent federal elec- tion each persons voice makes an impact. People can vote for positive agriculture every day by buying and eating local food or food that has been produced using re- generative practices. I think that is the message I will promote here. As the incredible poet Wendell Berry once said eating is an agricultural act and we can reach people where they can also act in a powerful way - through their daily food choices. You can make your food choices have a global impact. You can support local farmers and you can invest in people who work to bring life to the land. You can eat to reverse climate change. Heres what Im going to try and communicate tomor- row with the people of Toronto. 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