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Virtuoso violinist has a handle on history A talented violinist performed in Yellowknife and Fort Smith with a 300-year-old Stradi- varius violin last week. See page 6. Literacy is a family affair in the NWT Parents across the South Slave joined their kids in school for Family Literacy Day last week. See page 13. CARS TRUCKS AND ROADS Check out our annual auto section inside. See pages 16-20. More inspiration from the Arctic Three worthy projects shared in 1.5 million at the Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremony in Ottawa last week. See page 9. The not-so-Long John Jamboree Organizers are adjusting after unexpectedly losing sponsor- ship for the Yellowknife festi- valsicesculptingcompetition. See page 8. V IS IT W W W .N O R J.C A A national award winning independent newspaper serving northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories since 1977 1.00 February 3 2016 Vol. 39 No. 38 Kaylie Locke-Setter tries to stare down a delicate praying mantis during the Childrens Festival of Silliness in Yellowknife Jan. 30. See page 12. By DALI CARMICHAEL This decision concerns children. More precisely it is about how the past and current child welfare prac- tices in First Nations communities on reserves across Canada have impacted and continue to impact First Nations children their fami- lies and their communities. So reads the opening lines of the Canadian Human Rights Tri- bunals decision released Jan. 26 on a case that pitted the Assembly of First Nations AFN and advo- cacy group First Nations Child and Family Caring Society Caring So- ciety against the Attorney General of Canada representing the Minis- ter of Indian Aairs and Northern Development Canada AANDC. Almost nine years earlier on Feb. 25 2007 AFN led a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission CHRC regarding the welfare of First Nations children. Soon after on Feb. 23 the Caring Society also led alleging that the AANDCs provision of child and family services in on-reserve First Tribunal nds Ottawa is discriminating against children on reserves NationscommunitiesandtheYukon is discriminatory. By September of the following year the CHRC not only referred the case to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal but also backed the complainants by arguing in favour of First Nations childrens equity. AANDCs design management and control of the FNCFP First Nations Child and Family Services Program along with its corre- sponding funding formulas and the other related provincialterritorial agreements have resulted in deni- als of services and created various adverse impacts for many First Na- tions children and families living on reserves all contraventions of the Canadian Human Rights Act the report reads. The hearing spanned 72 days from February 2013 to October 2014. This is a complete victory for children said Caring Society CEO Cindy Blackstock a Gitxsan social worker in a press conference the day of the decisions release. It strips away any sensibility that First Nations children are being treated fairly by the government of Canada today and I want to dedicate this decision to all of the First Nations children who for years and for de- cades have been denied an equal opportunity to live the life they wish they had had and sadly were too often judged by a Canadian public who didnt know any better as if they got more. A country of inequality At the same event AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde addressed the gap between services available to chil- dren on and o reserve. Canada is rated sixth in terms of quality of life according to the United Nations Human Develop- ment Index he said. For indig- enous peoples were 63rd. He called for the federal govern- ment to increase its nancial sup- ports to services for indigenous people noting that more access for indigenous youth would be an in- vestment in human capital. Once that gap starts closing in terms of services and equality of life proper educational outcomes properhealthoutcomesandgreater economic development opportuni- ties well see that gap start to close in terms of quality of life he said. Thats a measureable outcome. See Recommendations on Page 13. Canada is rated sixth in terms of quality of life according to the United Nations. For indigenous peoples were 63rd. AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde PhotoBillBraden 2 Wednesday February 3 2016 ARTS CULTURE FAITH NEWS BRIEFS GNWT to conduct public consultations on junior kindergarten After wrapping up a 150000 independent review of the controversial territorial junior kindergarten program halted last year after numerous complaints the govern- ment has announced it will now commence with a series of public consultations. The action is one of the top recom- mendations to come from the report which emphasizes that the program should be holistically examined and rolled out according to the individual needs of communi- ties in the territory. Territorial government takes Sport North to court over Cooper building TheGNWThasledaclaimwiththeSupremeCourtasking ittoenforceacontractthatwouldseeSportNorthFederation andLexBorealisLtd.handovertheCooperBuildingwhere acollectiveofterritorialsportsorganizationsarehoused.A statement of claim notes that Sport North and Lex Borealis Ltd. entered into the Cooper House Agreement acknowl- edging that once all mortgages were paid on the property the building was to be transferred to the NWT Sport and Recreation Council SRC the territorys sports body. Canadian transport ministers introduce road safety strategy A collective of federal provincial and territorial ministers responsiblefortransportationandhighwaysafetygathered inOttawaonJan.28tolaunchCanadasRoadSafetyStrat- egy 2025 - Towards Zero The Safest Roads in the World. DevelopedbytheCanadianCouncilofMotorTransportation Administrators the plan outlines a decade-long timeline to addressimportantroadsafetyissuesincludingenhancing enforcementofroadlawimprovinginfrastructuresupport- ing research leveraging vehicle safety tech and increasing public awareness of factors contributing to collisions. Bursary Program The Northwest Territories Power Corporation is dedicated to developing a skilled committed and professional northern workforce and encourages residents to further their education in order to develop a sustainable workforce in the NWT. NTPC.combursaries The Northwest Territories Power Corporation offers one post secondary bursary in every community that we serve going to a student studying in any eld that we employ staff. Application deadline is February 22 2016. For eligibility criteria and more information please visit C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 2016 Scholarship Ad Qtr Page new copy v2 smaller.pdf 1 1252016 91009 PM Andre Airut Anyone knowing the whereabouts of please contact Annie Bellemare at 613 747-7800 ext. 2058. By CRAIG GILBERT Catholics across Canada will have to pick up the bill after six dioceses were reclas- sied by the Vatican. The Mackenzie-Fort Smith Diocese which serves 32 communities in the North- west Territories and ve oth- ers including Keewatin-Le Pas Churchill-Hudson Bay Moosonee Grouard-McLen- nan and Whitehorse now fall under normal or common law status. The change means they are no longer missionary dio- ceses referred to formally as parts of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peo- ples and will lose nancial support from the Vatican. Bishop Mark Hagemoen told the Journal that means the rest of the dioceses in Canada will chip in to make up the dierence which is about 50000 per year. Its a drop in the bucket whenyoutalkaboutserving32 communitieshesaidviaphone from Fort Simpson where he wasmeetingwithlocalstode- velop a plan to get the church there rebuilt. The 90 year-old Change cuts Vatican support for NWT Catholic diocese Sacred Heart Church was deemedunsafeanddemolished infall2013.TheMackenzie-Fort SmithDiocesereceivesnancial support from outside groups including Catholic Mission In Canada which was founded in1908astheCatholicChurch Extension Society of Canada to help dioceses in areas with limited means. Three years earliertheCatholicChurchin Canada and the United States had gone through a reclassi- cation of their own declared independent and similarly cut off from Vatican fund- ing. For years the society took money raised in the east and builtsmallparishesacrossthe prairies and in the mountains to serve the thousands of set- tlersinWesternCanada.Later itencouragedpriestsintheAt- lanticprovincestogowestand serve in remote and priestless parishes and as the demand for missionaries grew began to train seminarians. More than a century later the NWT remains an area of limited means. Two of our churches are capable of supporting them- selves he said. By compari- sonbeforeIwasmadeabishop I came from the Archdiocese ofVancouverwherethereare 82 parishes and theyre all self-supporting.Theeconomic situation in the NWT is not getting any better its getting worserightnowsothingsare getting a little leaner for us. Many churches now relics liketheformerchurchinFort SimpsonortheTulitachurch which is sinking due to melt- ingpermafrostarefallinginto disrepairasmaintenanceisde- ferredyearafteryear.Withthe high cost of demolition in the NWT each is a nancial time bomb for the diocese. If we dont attend to those in the next couple of years some will be beyond the point ofnoreturnHagemoensaid. Thats creating anotherchal- lengebecauseinmanycases you would have been better o if you maintained it prop- erly. When you demolish a building all of the material has to leave the NWT so it becomes very costly. The Fort Simpson project is a new endeavour because the diocese has never had to rebuild a church itself. The dynamic between each church and its community is changing too. In the old days the oblates OblatesofMaryImmaculate areligiousorderofpriestsand brothers who built and man- aged the churches did every- thing they designed it they built it and they maintained itthebishopsaid.Nowwere doing what everybody else doescomeupwithaplanand fundraise try to tender it and come up with the most cost- eective way to build it. Then there are the pastoral needs whicharehugeincludingcon- tinuing to support the family and youth stu and elders. We have a number of calls to action that address healing support. So we have to make a pastoral decision and come upwiththeresourcestotryto deal with it. StillHagemoensaidheun- derstands the Vatican sees a greaterneedforitssupportin the developing world where dioceses across India Africa and southeast Asia remain under missionary status. The reason it came about is there are greater needs in the world than ever he said. WehavechallengesintheFar North too but there are dif- ferent challenges from parts of the world that dont have running water and kids are dying of hunger. Its a worthy issue. Pope Francis is trying to attend to parts of the world that dont even have country contexts a working govern- ment where anybody can even step in for them. CourtesyofBishopMarkHagemoen The Tulita Church is sinking as permafrost melts. Wednesday February 3 2016 3 POLITICS MINING FIDDLE WORKSHOP February 19 20 21 2016 Come to Fort Smith for a Friday Evening Jam Fiddle Classes on Saturday Sunday Orchestra Classes as well as other Instruments REGISTRATION FEE 80 for full Workshop or 40 for 1 day paid by February 12 90 for full workshop or 45 for 1 day after February 12 Private lessons may be arranged for 100Student 7 to 9 PM Friday evening for Registration Home Room Classes 9 AM to 8 PM Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM Sunday with two-hour lunch breaks Located at JBT Elementary School Fort Smith Free Old Time Community Fiddle Dance Concert 200 to 300 PM Sunday Beginners are welcome No need to be able to play an instrument Minimum age is 8 years old to 90 years young FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Bart Hartop ...........867 872-2154 Linda Duford Tune-Ups Brakes Auto Transmissions General Auto Repair 24 Hour Towing Auto Truck Sales Out of Province Inspections Commercial Vehicle Inspections 9600 120 Ave. High Level AB Phone 780 926-2343 Toll-Free 877 550-2343 AUTOMOTIVE LTD By CRAIG GILBERT Premier Bob McLeod had a full dance card in Vancouver last week as he spent two days meeting with mining sector companies at an annual conference. Mineral Exploration Roundup 2016 at- tracted nearly 7000 delegates to Canada Place Jan. 25-28 including the NWT premier Fi- nance Minister Robert C. McLeod and Health Minister Glen Abernethy. McLeod met with several companies most already operating or exploring in the Northwest Territories and hosted an NWT Night reception attended by about 300 people. The message I was giving to industry is we have a new government in the NWT with a fresh mandate to find investment for infrastructure growth training and educa- tion and also that sustaining and grow- ing our mining sector will help us move forward with our priorities he said in a conference call with reporters Jan. 26. We now have devolution we have localized re- source control a proven ability to nurture and support major projects and we also have some of the largest proven mineral reserves in Canada virtually untapped. I also gave the strong message that we need the federal government to partner with us especially to invest in strategic infrastruc- ture projects that will help to unlock our economic potential. The conference brought together geosci- entists prospectors investors suppliers and First Nation partners to share ideas that will help shape the future of mineral exploration and development according to the events website which implies the challenges facing the mining industry in the NWT are pres- ent elsewhere. Mineral deposits are becoming harder to find we must now travel to more remote locations search deeper beneath cover and sometimes settle for lower grades. These aspects coupled with the challeng- ing market conditions remind us that we must be more creative and collaborative as we explore to discover and develop new mineral deposits. McLeod said an important aspect of his approach to the mineral sector is support- ing businesses that are already here. After attending the CEOs breakfast at the con- ferences outset on Monday he held meet- ings with Dominion Diamonds the NWT Mineral Industry Advisory Board Mountain Province Kennady Diamonds Crossworks Manufacturing Canadian Zinc Devonian Metals Avalon Rare Earth Metals Fortune Minerals and MMG. Premier bangs the drum at Vancouver mining summit He also had a meeting with B.C. Premier Christy Clark a lunch with three Yukon cabi- net ministers who collectively hold the port- folios for energy mines roads Scott Kent the environment Wade Itschenko and eco- nomic development Stacey Hassard and co-hosted an open house with the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. The chamber board was impressed with the fact McLeod made himself minister of mines by retaining the Industry Tourism and Investment portfolio according to ex- ecutive director Tom Hoefer. This was the rst time our members were able to meet and discuss with our new Min- ister for Mines what could be done to im- prove exploration and mining in the NWT and I can say we were very pleased with the PremierMinisters understanding of our in- dustry Hoefer wrote in an email. We left believing that Minister McLeod is in a great position to help. McLeod continued the mining junket with talks with Selwyn Chihong Mining which has applied to expand a 79-kilometre min- ing road that loops through the Sahtu and Dehcho en route to the Yukon highway net- work and De Beers Canada. They discussed the status of Snap Lake where mining operations ceased before Christmas and Gacho Kue which when it starts producing this coming fall will be the worlds largest new diamond mine. Certainly we welcome that theyll start production this year it will be a welcome addition especially since Snap Lake dia- mond mine is now in care and mainte- nance he said. We feel we would need more new projects to start but we think it is important for us to maintain what we have. The mining sector in particular provides a very real means for raising the revenues necessary to bring the citizens of the NWT the changes they have tasked us with providing in our newly elected 18th Assembly. McLeod said he was there in part to ex- press concern that the commodities mar- ket is in a very significant downturn not expected to reverse itself for 18 to 24 months but also ended up talking about the GNWTs unique dynamic with its Ab- original governments. We also had very signicant Aboriginal representation at the conference he said. There was very signicant interest in the media about our working relationship and collaboration with Aboriginal governments on matters related to lands and resource management. We also gave the message that we are the only government in Canada com- mitted to ensuring Aboriginal governments share in the benets of economic develop- ment both by sharing royalties and by di- rect employment and contracting and that our intergovernmental council is a key and innovative feature of our devolution agree- ment with Canada. Professional gold panner Yukon Dan Moore was at the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia Round-Ups Discovery Day in Vancouver on Jan. 24. PhotocourtesyofAMEBC 4 The Northern Journal is an independent newspaper covering news and events in the western Arctic and northern Alberta. 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..................................................................................... 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Opinions expressed in letters and columns are not necessarily those of the publisher or editor. EDITORIAL COLUMN 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. Wednesday February 3 2016 ISSN No. 0707-4964 Editors note Oregon has quietly become yet another American state to legalize mari- juana use. If the discussion below is not un- derway in the Canadian government now it will be very soon as our politicians grapple with the challenge to create our laws and standards for the legal use of the intoxicant for the rst time since it was criminalized in Canada in 1923. When it comes to marijuana-infused ed- ibles Oregon wants you to know that like perfume a little goes a long way. Snacks and treats made with cannabis are not only tasty but potent. Oregon regulators have come up with rules that would make these products half as strong as what Colo- rado and Washington allow in part to protect novices including those whose most recent experience with the drug dates to the Nixon administration. Oregon and Alaska are part of a second generation of states with legal marijuana markets that see Colorado and Washington not as models but as a cautionary tales about the appeal and pitfalls of cannabis-infused drinks sweets and foods. In Colorado home to a robust edibles market some rookie con- sumers had high-prole and in at least one case tragic experiences after consuming food made with cannabis. Overall marijuana-re- lated calls to poison centers increased after legalization in both states. So Oregon has proposed setting its sights lower hoping weaker marijuana prod- ucts would ultimately protect two groups inexperienced consumers who eat too much too quickly only to feel sick and impaired and preschoolers who end up high disori- ented and in some cases hospitalized after snacking on their parents pot-infused treats. We wrestled with this for quite a bit trying to figure out what the right answer is said Michael Tynan a policy officer with the Oregon Health Authority speak- ing at a meeting of the agencys rules advi- sory committee on marijuana earlier this month. We are not an economic agency. We are the public health division. The Leg- islature gave us the responsibility to pro- tect public health. That is the goal and the lens that my bosses and my colleagues are going to apply to this. he said. But advocates for the marijuana industry said Oregons proposal is an overreaction that threatens the livelihoods of chocolatiers bak- ers ice cream makers drink producers and others who infuse their products with can- nabis. Customers they argue arent going to be as interested in buying weaker treats or stocking up on chocolates to get high. Keeping young kids from these products is a priority say marijuana industry advo- cates but limiting their potency does little to address that. I mean a lot of this is really just proper parenting said John Bayes a longtime grower and owner of Green Bodhi a medical cannabis business in Eugene and Portland. The Oregonian Half Baked Multimillion-dollar marijuana food industry deals with debate over pot potency Provincialandterritorialgovernmentsacross Canada are eagerly compiling shopping lists to give the federal government infrastructure wish lists so the feds will send money honour- ing the Liberal promise to spark the economy and create jobs. Our automotive feature section this week tellsofbadNWTroadsandtheirwearandtear on vehicles. Northerners not only pay higher prices for gas and services their vehicles lose value faster too. The road into Kakisa is more like a wagon trail hard-surfacing the last few kilometres of the highway into Wood Bualo NationalParkwouldenhancetourismthrough- out the region and that rollercoaster stretch between Behchoko and Yellowknife that sucks up hundreds of millions of dollars each decade has deteriorated again to the point it is a safety concern. Roads are a tempting item for the in- frastructure upgrade list. ButwaitCommunityinfrastructuredecits presentamorecompellingneed.Behchokoishav- ing troubles with its community water supply Infrastructure issues - a federal funding wish list FortSmithssewagelagoonisnotonlyatcapacity limitinglocalgrowthitisperchedontheedgeof an unstable bank and could slide into the Slave RiveratanytimeandmanyNWTtownssuer fromagingwaterandsewerpipeswhichmeans replacing them by digging up roads and pave- ment. Fast tracking any of those using federal dollars would be a benet but a process of pri- oritizationisneeded.Everycommunityshould becanvassedannuallytodetermineneedsany- way so hopefully that process is in hand. Addressingcompellingcommunityproblems is essential but that approach is fragmented and like roads an endless process. All have to bexedatsomepoint.Isthereabetterapproach to optimize federal funds a pressing need that could be resolved in one sweeping program What is the largest infrastructure issue fac- ing the territory one with universal impact on community life and the NWT economy The high cost and questionable reliability of electricalpowerchallengesvirtuallyeverycom- munity.Tensofmillionsofdollarsinpowerrate subsidiesincurredinthelasttwoyearsbecause lowwaterlevelslimithydroelectriccapacitymay be the tip of the iceberg. Even if drought con- ditions end the old-tech diesel generators in all communities are aging and will need to be replaced plus we need to move away from de- pendence on fossil fuels integrating solar and windpower.Anewvisionarysolutionisneeded. Itmakessensetogetooilreducingthecar- bon footprint on the planet but wind and solar alonearenotenough.Anotherrobustcontinual source of electricity is needed to back them up. Newhydrodamsaretooexpensiveandpresent serious negative impacts on rivers and aquatic life.TheNTPowerCorp.ismovingtouseliqui- ednaturalgasLNGbutasidefrombeingun- known technology such that distribution and implementation in the territory would have to bestartedfromscratchtheprocessoffreezing the gas takes up so much energy it is equal to diesel oil in its carbon footprint taking away its advantage. It makes more sense to stay with dieselasatransitionfuelbecauseithasanexist- ing distribution system and a knowledge base includingtradespeopleinstallingandservicing oil-red furnaces and boilers. If only there was a way to minimize use Well there is. New solid state diesel generators claim to dramatically reduce fuel consump- tion emissions sound vibration and mainte- nance costs without impacting performance safety or reliability. Communityandgridpoweraregeneratedas alternatingcurrentforuseinhomes.Thereason new solid state generators are more ecient is they produce power as direct current. The DC power then needs to be converted to AC which ifdonerightrequiresminimalenergyloss.The goodnewsissolarandwindenergyarealsogen- eratedasDCpowerandwouldsimilarlyneedto be converted. All three t together nicely. That approach is scalable. As solar and wind capacitygrowsinyearstocomealongwithnew ecientaordablebatteriestostoreelectricity the need for diesel generators would diminish tothepointwheretheywouldbelittleusedyet always available as a backup. WhiletheNWTspowergenerationsituation is bad Nunavuts is approaching a crisis with manycommunitypowerinstallationswellpast their projected end-of-life. A forward-looking solution is desperately neededsomethingallthreeterritorieswiththeir considerablecombinedcloutshouldbeworking ontogether.TheNWTgovernmenthasdabbled atcostlyenergygenerationexperimentsbutno goodanswershavebeenforthcoming.Whatbet- ter way to the future than a universal solution involving ecient diesel generation along with windandsolarasamatchedsetItisasolution perfectlysuitedtofederalinfrastructurefunding andwouldxallthosepowerproblemsatonce. Behchoko is having troubles withitscommunitywatersupply andFortSmithssewagelagoon is not only at capacity limiting local growth it is perched on the edge of an unstable bank and could slide into the Slave River at any time. Figure skaters in Fort Smith spent last weekend sharpening their skills and ne-tuning their axels in a master class series hosted by national and world team member Ben Fer- reira and national level choreographer and performance coach Jadene Ferreira. The duo infuses their lessons with technology using video analysis to help athletes review their performance and improve their craft. PhotoDaliCarmichael 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... Fire destroys home on trapline Fred and Maggie Beaulieu lost 50 years worth of be- longings when a chimney re started around 10 p.m. on Jan. 23. Their house was the historic Hudsons Bay Company building located on their trapline at Cunning- ham Landing across the Slave River from Old Bell Rock. The elders are currently staying in Fort Smith with their daughter Louise Beaulieu. Issue January 30 2001 20 Years Ago... TVNC to air new aboriginal youth show Aboriginal youth will be better represented in televi- sion media when a new show is launched by the Western Arctic Native Communication Society TVNC later this year. The show which is yet to be titled will hit airwaves at the start of the new season in October. Issue January 30 1996 30 Years Ago... French-language newspaper publishes 1st edition A French-language newspaper has been launched in the NWT. LAquilon which means wind from the north published its rst issue on Jan. 22 in Yellowknife. Editor Sylvain Martin says the newspapers goal is to present news and culture from a French point of view. Issue January 30 1986 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2016 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK A consultants report suggests cutting the public service during an economic downturn only makes it worse in the NWT Hold the scissors GNWT austerity report Chris Potyok Mining is slowing down and the oil and natural gas industry has all but shut down up here. Ask northern business owners if they want to see their revenues even further reduced if govt workers face wage cuts and job losses. Wednesday February 3 2016 By DAWN KOSTELNIK CBC and the National Film board of Canada are frequent visitors to northern commu- nities. When we watch the educational lms in our class andsometimesatthemoviein the community hall the Na- tional Film Board of Canada often does the preview to the movie. I have been sitting in the classroom watching a Na- tional Film Board documen- tary and seen myself on the screen it is surprising to see yourself on the movie screen such a funny thing. Amountainofroundrock sits o the southeast corner of our school. While the sun White Girl Here comes the sun its all right sneaks in to our town around thesecondweekofJanuarywe dont get to see it for a week or so because the hill hides it. I am only twelve years old but Icanfeeltheeectsofnosun- light this year. There is a sound crew in our gym we can hear check checkonetwothreeone two one two check check. Amicrophonescreamsoutit istiredofthecheckcheckstu. This is our rst day of the new time schedule. There appears to be confusion amongst the adultrankstheyneedtohave a meeting. We are allowed to go and watch the lm crew in thegym.Explicitinstructions aregiventhatwearetobeseen andnotheard.Andnotseenif possible Theyareplayingmusicover a loud speaker in the gym but cantseemtogetitright. There are two windows in the gym thesearecoveredwithaheavy wire mesh so that we dont breakthemwhenwegetrough playingdodgeball. Lookingout past the mesh is the rounded rock hill that has been block- ingthesunforaverylongtime. Musicstartsanddiesstarts again. What we hear of these notesdoesntresemblethetinny portable record players that are abundant in our commu- nity.Thesoundsthattheyplay arefullandroundandllyour headwiththemusic.Lotsofus haverecordsthatweswapand lend each other. Our music is datedtherewoInfrastructure issues-afederalfundingwish list nt be anything new come inthewayofnewrecordsuntil the kids return from the hos- tels with the latest tunes. We are so far behind. Ms.Snowgavemeherrecord playerandrecords.Herhairis wildandveryred.Shetalksin riddles she calls my brother thesorcerersapprentice.Her itigiisnotusualitismadewith psychedeliccolours.Shehadto specialorderthematerial.Her choiceofparkacoverisnoteven closetotraditional.Itisniceto see something dierent. Ms. Snow is the rst Ms. that I have ever met. Her ac- centisstrangepeoplesaythat shecomesfromaroyalfamily in England and that she did not like such a restrictive life. People say that she has run away to live with real people in the North. My new record collection is extensive I have not heard most of the songs on the re- cords or know of the artists either. I now have the Young Bloods and Grassroots some groupcalledtheLovinSpoon- ful. Ms. Snows music is quite dierentfromtheArchiessing- ingSugarSugar.Philipgave me that record. To be continued By DR. CURTIS BROWN and SARAH PRUYS Kids are full of energy al- waysmovingandthatisagood thing.Physicalactivitynotonly improves physical health and reduces risk of disease regu- larexercisehelpsstudentscon- centrate in school sleep more soundly avoid harmful hab- its and develop confidence all proven through research. WiththatinmindSouthSlave schoolshavebegunimplement- ing physical activities that go beyondthetypicalgymperiod and recess breaks. Inmostclassroomsstudents arenolongerrequiredtositstill straightandsilent.Someofour classrooms have chairs that swivel or rock back and forth talldesksthatallowstudentsto standstationarypedalsunder deskstocombatrestlessnessand soon.Manyteachersleadbody breakswhenstudentsstartto dgetwheretheystandupand stretchtoimproveconcentration before resuming their lessons. AtDeninuSchoolinFortRes- olution the entire community has come together to ensure that the schools gymnasium remains open for the students until its time for everyone to headhomeoftennotuntilten orelevenoclockatnight.Com- munityleadersmonitorthegym as dierent age groups utilize the space for games of pick-up intramuralsorpracticingtheir basketballandsoccerskillsfor hours on end. The fun doesnt stop on the weekend though as the gym is open again on Saturday evenings. In addi- tionteachersvolunteertolead cross-countryskiingtreksevery Sunday morning. IntheutselKeDeneSchool volunteersandstaleadweekly nature walks so students can check rabbit snares. When the weather is nice students are eagertogocross-countryskiing and even when the weather is less than favourable they still head out on their snowshoes threetimesaweekafterschool to practice for 5 km snowshoe races. ChiefSunriseEducationCen- treinKatodeecheiscurrently participating in a pilot project where a physical literacy coor- dinator works with all of the studentsonfundamentalmove- mentskillsandstrengthandsta- bility training. The goal of the programisoverallphysicalt- ness as opposed to traditional sport-based programming. For some time the older students in both Fort Smith and Hay River high schools have had well-equipped and well-used tness rooms that stay open after school. Extra- curricular sports teams at the schoolsoerstudentsachance tocompeteacrosstheNWTand intheArcticWinterGames.At PaulW.KaeserHighSchoolin FortSmithforexamplejunior high students have each iden- tied tness goals and are ac- tive in the tness room every morning. FortheyoungergradesPrin- cess Alexandra School and Harry Camsell School in Hay Riverrotateascheduleofactiv- ities at lunch and after school giving students extra time to playdodgeballsoccervolleyball andbasketball.Studentsaverage anadditionalextrathreehours of physical activity per week thanks to these programs. At Joseph B. Tyrrell Elementary School in Fort Smith the Stu- dentLeadershipTeamdedicates some of their recess breaks to leadingavarietyofhandso gameswhichintegrateactivity andpositivebehavioursfortheir youngerpeers.TheJBTStudent Leadership Team should also be commended for organizing occasionalcupcakesaleswhich tendtogeteveryoneintheschool running to the canteen We want our schools to be places where the positive cycle of healthy active living can begin. Active students are healthy students which leads tohealthyfamiliesandhealthy communities. We wish all of our student athletes the best of luck at the Arctic Winter Games Dr. Curtis Brown is the su- perintendentandSarahPruys isthepublicaairscoordinator of the South Slave Divisional Education Council. Want to get active Learn from kids Onpage17oflastweeksNorthernJournalCharlesKomeak a coach of the NWT arctic sports team in the upcoming Arc- tic Winter Games was accidentally listed as Charles Pokiak. Additionally the Journal listed the members of the NWT fe- malejuvenilesnowshoeteamasValadeeLockhartandDarby Robert with Chyanna Catholique as an alternate. In fact all threeathletesarealternatesthetwomembersoftheteamare Danika Burke of Fort Smith and Kia Furniss of Yellowknife. The Journal apologizes for the errors. CORRECTIONS Patricia Sepp Start by cutting their wages 2023 Canada Winter Games gets a 50.3 million price tag Event only feasible if everyone is on board YK committee 6 Wednesday February 3 2016 SPORTS RECREATION CANADA WINTER GAMES Take notice that the Certified Assessment Roll First Revision 2015 Assessment for 2016 Taxation for the General Taxation Area of the Northwest Territories NWT can be inspected at the office of the Director of Assessment Department of Municipal and Community Affairs Government of the Northwest Territories 5th floor Northwest Tower Yellowknife NWT. Assessed owners have been sent their respective Notice of Assessment. Each community government office has been provided with the Assessment Roll relating to their community which is available for public inspection. Each regional MACA office has been provided copies of the roll for communities in their region which is also available for public inspection. The General Taxation Area of the NWT includes the geographic area of the Territories that is not within a Municipal Taxation Area. The General Taxation Area includes all hamlets charter communities and all properties in the hinterland or located outside communities. Please be advised that under Section 40 of the Property Assessment and Taxation Act any person can make a complaint on the assessed value of their property at the Territorial Board of Revision. Written complaints must be received by Secretary to the Board of Revision 600 5201 50th Avenue Yellowknife NT X1A 3S9 on or before Monday March 14 2016. Complaints must be made by written notice and include the following a The name address and telephone number of the complainant b The location and legal description of the assessed property in question c The complaint and reasons for it and d The remedy or direction sought. For further information please call the Secretary to the Board of Revision Michael Gagnon at 867 767-9162 ext. 21022. 684-119E Public Notice Property Assessment for the Northwest Territories General Taxation Area By DALI CARMICHAEL A new report states that Yellowknife could feasibly host the 2023 Canada Winter Games CWG but whether or not it should is an- other question. Last week the CWG Working Committee a mix of municipal and territorial government staff as well as members of the business com- munityreleasedareporthighlightingthepros and cons of hosting the multisport games. One of the glaring cons was a lack of support from the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. There is no confusion - our membership does not want Yellowknife to host the 2023 Canada Winter Games said Deneen Everett executive director. Wishful thinking simply does not resonate with business owners who are struggling to keep the lights on. With recent layoffs in the mining industry and slow growth in other parts of the terri- tory the Chamber said it and its members could not justify the cost of the event esti- mated to be about 50.3 million including 36.3 million in operational expenses and 14 million in capital. We do what the business community tells us and what were hearing from the business community is that its just not worth the risk Everett said. Of course we all hope that the economy picks up in the next ideally the shortest timeframe possible but it is a risk theres no guarantees. The report outlines several areas where work would need to be done to make Yellow- knife a viable option for the Games. The city does not have the capacity to house all of the incoming athletes and their sup- porters and volunteers - about 4500 spaces are needed. Those working on the report also noted that the time of year when the games would take place - sometime in March - would be during peak aurora tourism season and when the winter roads allow access to the mines increasing the need for accommoda- tions even further. The gap is estimated to be about 670 to 780 rooms. The Canada Winter Games has a quality threshold of three-star for all accommodation and I asked whether or not the gross numbers that were in the report had considered that threshold and it hadnt said Mike Bradshaw executivedirectorfortheNWTChamberofCom- merce. Thats just a quantitative figure and a bunch of those rooms arent going to meet the nationalstandard.SowhoarewekiddingWe donthavethecapacitywedonthavethevolun- teers the economy is struggling and they still want to pull 600000 out of Northern spon- sors I dont know how its going to happen. Additionally to host all of the events a pool and a venue for alpine events will need to be installed with major upgrades - an estimated 957000 worth - needed at the Ski Club. So close and yet so far Despite the uphill battle facing them some Yellowknifers are holding true to the adage Where theres a will theres a way. As a city councillor for a couple terms ... Ive been fairly informed on it and was sup- portive of the community committee being put together and doing the work that they did and Im very happy that they assembled the report said MLA and former city council- lor Cory Vanthuyne. They now suggest as I anticipated all along the city has the capac- ity required to host these games. ThecommitteefoundthatYellowknifesven- ues can accommodate the required athletes comfort care facilities and services includ- ing food services medical polyclinic mission centre team mission and staff transporta- tion and lounges. As well the Yellowknife Airport has capac- ity to meet the events standard. Thebiggestobstaclethatremainsisfunding. Theres no silver bullet or magic wand for this you do have to pull from a number of dif- ferent resources and be creative Vanthuyne said nodding to hotel and airport levies de- scribed in the report. Id like to see more work beingdoneonthatsowecanseethenumbers. At the end of the day it will be the citys priorities that determine whether or not Yel- lowknife gets the games. Our business committee would prefer if the city would get focused on homelessness and chronic addictions. We have issues here not just in Yellowknife but in the NWT and somebodys got to come to grips with them Bradshaw said. That may sound unusual coming from the business sector but we live with the issues every day and thats another reason why it could turn into a total embar- rassment if we host the games. Vanthuyne is more optimistic. If we dont take advantage of this particu- lar opportunity its not like its just going to be there another couple of years down the road. POLITICS BUDGET GNWT faces fiscal challenges Five-year outlook not great The opening ceremonies of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George B.C. PhotoIanHeslop By CRAIG GILBERT The NWT remains the only jurisdiction in Canada that has not recovered to pre-2008 recession levels in terms of economic output. Advisors from the territorial government held a technical briefing for media Feb. 1 an- nouncing that despite four straight years of growth the NWT remains 7.5 per cent below thefive-yearaverageofthatpre-recessionlevel. Overallthe five-year-outlookfortheNWT economyisnotgreatabackgrounddocument reads. The Northwest Territories is facing a rangeofeconomicchallenges.Whilesometer- ritorial regions are benefitting from resource development projects economic activity in other areas has slowed considerably. Flat revenue growth has been a concern at the GNWT for some time but now they are projecting revenues to shrink by 1.7 per cent overthenextfiveyearswhileexpendituresare expected to rise four per cent over the same period according to Sandy Kalgutkar deputy secretaryoftheFinancialManagementBoard. Toensureresponsibleborrowingpoliciesthe GNWTdevelopedaprudentdebtmanagement planthatisguidedbytheFiscalResponsibility Policywhichrequiresoperatingcashsurpluses topaydowndebtandrequiresthatatleasthalf of the annual capital budget is funded by cash from operating surpluses the backgrounder continues. This means that by the last year of the 18th Assembly there will be few funds available for capital investment. The slow growing economy produces a flat revenue outlook which in turn means less fis- calresourcestosustainprogramsandservices at current levels. Thepurposetodaywasjusttoprovidesome contextofourfiscalsituationgiventhatwehave anewsetofMLAsKalgutkarsaid.Wehavent reallyshownfolkswhatourforecastisthelast budget was finalized a year ago. He said declining resource revenues cor- porate taxes and an unfavourable change to the data used to calculate the federal govern- ments transfer to the GNWT have combined to create a fiscal perfect storm for MLAs to grapple with. Bureaucratsarenowconsultingwithregular MLAsontheirfiscalstrategyaheadofdevelop- ingthebusinessstrategythatwillbuildintothe 2016-17 territorial budget to be tabled in May. Wednesday February 3 2016 7 ARTS CULTURE MUSIC INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School Call Now 1-866-399-3853 Housing Transportation Packages Available NO SIMULATORS JOB ASSISTANCE FOR LIFE NEVER SHARE MACHINES START ANY MONDAY GET TRAINED. GET WORKING. By DON JAQUE Music lovers in Yellowknife and Fort Smith receivedatreatlastweekwitnessingthetalents of Yolanda Bruno and Isabelle David whose superlative performances on violin and piano enthralled audiences. They performed at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife Saturday night and to a good crowd in St. Josephs cathedral in Fort Smith Monday evening. Brunoviolinistandchambermusicianand David a solo pianist first met when studying musicatMcGillUniversity.Thetalentedyoung womenbothintheirtwentiesquicklybecame recognized as accomplished artists each win- ning multiple awards. Bruno has played solo performances for the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Or- chestra. She has also worked in community development and outreach performing in schools and rehabilitation centres. David has toured North America and Eu- rope including shows at Carnegie Hall. Their friendship is reflected in the obvious fun they have playing together and the syn- ergy in their music is a delight to listeners. That interplay was particularly apparent in sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven. Beyond two lengthy classical numbers they also offered up the saucy piece It Aint Neces- sarily So from Gershwins musical Porgy and Bess. Their rendition of Bartoks Romanian Dances had an Eastern European flair to it intertwinedwithliltingtonesofRomanimusic. Brunothrowsherselfintohermusiceliciting the crispest notes and dramatically drawing the bow against the strings. Spine tingling is an apt description of her artistry. Davids prowess on the piano is impressive at times aggressively confronting the keys yet also capable of soft subtle touch. Perhaps the most outstanding of the pieces was one by Bartok entitled Sonata No. 2. Wild even frenzied it challenged the two performers but they delivered with gusto. Wow was the word on many lips at the amazing piece. Bruno brought a friend to enhance the per- formances a 316-year-old Stradivarius violin. She said the NWT is probably the coldest and driest place it has ever been half a world away from its medieval home in Italy. When its tun- ing slipped due to the dryness in the middle of a piece shocking the performers they rose to the occasion and re-tuned on the fly. The instrument is on loan from the Canada Coun- cil for the Arts and is valued at 5.5 million. The performance in Fort Smith Sunday night was the last Northern Canada stop for the pair as they headed south the next day to go their separate ways. Both plan an immedi- atereturntoschoolBrunotoherpostgraduate studies at Londons Guildhall School of Music in England and David to her masters degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Virtuoso duo charms and enthralls NWT audiences PhotoDonJaque Yolanda Bruno and Isabelle David enthralled audiences in Yellowknife and Fort Smith last week with virtuosic performances. Bruno and David in tight formation in Yellowknife Saturday night. PhotoBillBraden De Beers de-fund puts carving contest on ice 8 Wednesday February 3 2016 ARTS CULTURE FESTIVALS As of February 2016 you can recycle these electronics for free at participating recycling depots or collection events in the NWT. Visit to find out where to take your electronics. Computers including keyboards mouse cables speakers and Servers TVs and Monitors Batteries automotive batteries not included Laptop Tablet and Notebook Computers Printers Copiers Scanners Fax Machines 128-383 NN Laptop Tablet and Notebook Computers 3.00 When you purchase new electronics these environmental fees will be charged to cover the cost of recycling. There is no refund for recycling your electronics. 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Organizers of Yellowknifes annual early spring carnival were disappointed upon re- ceiving word that De Beers Canada would not be spon- soring the Inspired Ice NWT Ice Carving Championship a highlight of the festival over the last four years that drew master chiselers from all over the world. We are optimistic that we can have some sort of ice carving activity said Adrian Bell an organizer of the Jamboree. Right now what were looking at is potentially a couple of demonstration carvings that may provide training opportunities for local carvers but it wouldnt be in a competition format. The competition is just a big- ger undertaking and is much more expensive. The30000holeleftbyDe Beers would usually cover the costs of transporting artists into the city as well as op- erational fees and prizes for competition winners. The diculty for the Jam- boree is that the announce- ment came so late it doesnt give us enough time to nd replacement sponsors at that level Bell said. Thats a lit- tle frustrating for us but we already have seen smaller businesses in the community coming out of the woodwork and expressing an interest and helping out as much as they can. In addition to individ- ual sponsors forking out their own cash through a GoFundMe page set up by Jamboree volunteers local businesses including North- land Utilities Roys Audio Video Breakaway Fitness Centre and Thorntons Wine and Tapas Room have come forward to help fund the festival. Dominion Diamond Cor- poration also announced this week that it would sponsor the Canadian Championship Dog Derby an annual race that takes place alongside the Jamboree. Yellowknifers are very generous and we know that theyunderstandthesituation especially given how close the event is and they seem to be stepping up Bell said. De Beers spokesperson Tom Ormsby said he hoped Yellowknifers would also be forgiving of the companys hard decision in light of the recent closure of Snap Lake Mine causing more than 400 employees to be laid o. I think most people in the Northwest Territories have been very understanding of the dicult spot that the company has been put into in order to make a decision to put Snap Lake into care and maintenance Ormsby said. Theres a lot of residents in theNorthwestTerritorieswho are not working at that mine and thats been our priority. The company is currently in a state of restructuring Ormsby continued causing it to look at everything that has to be reviewed not just the Northwest Territories but across the country. Right now weve got three minesitelocationsonethatis still operating in Ontario we havetheSnapLakeminethat isnowgoingthroughextensive work to put it into care and maintenancesothatstopped workingandwehaveanother sitethatisunderconstruction withourGahchoKuecontract so thats not generating any revenueyethesaid.Ourre- sourcesacrossthecountryare notwhattheywereinthepast. Despite the setback Bell remains optimistic about this years Long John Jamboree for which last-minute plan- ning is underway. Were introducing some new things and were going to do our best to make sure that this is a great Jamboree for kidsvisitorsandcompetitors hesaid.Iexpectwewillhave a great event again in 2016 andwithanyluckwewillnd new sponsors in 2017 and the ice carving competition will come back as it was in 2015. PhotoDaliCarmichael Last years winner of the Inspired Ice NWT Ice Carving Contest Championship created by Japans Junichi Nakamura and Californias Shinichi Sawamura. Wednesday February 3 2016 9 NORTHERNERS ARCTIC INSPIRATION PRIZE By CRAIG GILBERT TheS.andA.Foundationjustcannothelphav- ingalittlefunwhileitspendsamilliondollars. Funders of the Arctic Inspiration Prize had made it clear that the fourth annual awards wouldbeworth1millionastheyhadineachof thepreviousthreewithonetwoorallthreefi- nalistspotentiallytakinghomeapieceofthepie. This was the image in the minds of NWT Recreation and Parks Association NWTRPA executive director Geoff Ray and the rest of the folks representing finalists at the Ottawa ceremony on Jan. 27. So when they announced Nunavuts Bet- ter Hearing in Education for Northern Youth BHENY had earned 300000 the mental counting started and when the NWTRPA and itsYukonandNunavutcounterpartswerecol- lectivelyawarded600000nexttherepresen- tativesofNunavut-basedQaggiqNurturingthe Arctic Performing Arts thought it was all over. While it was super-exciting for us you could see the shoulders of the last group sort of deflate a bit because they were doing the math thinking they hadnt won Rae said. Then they came on and said they had found this extra half-million dollars to be able to give a prize to the last group 600000 as well. It was a very special night that way that three significant programs were recognized. The NWTRPAs winning submission was a joint venture between the Recreation and Parks Associations of Yukon and Nunavut called the tri-territorial training initiative and was designed to enhance individual community and environmental well-being through the power and potential of recreation. It was nominated by Whitehorse-born Olympic cyclist Zach Bell. Im a big cycling fan so to share a stage with ZachwasprettycoolRaesaid.Wegottohang outmostofyesterdayandhesareallyamazing guyandhesgotanamazingperspectiveonbeing anOlympianfromtheNorthandlearninginthe North and hes really dedicated to promoting andadvancingNorthernsportsandrecreation. Rae said they have been working on the idea to develop a 13-module online and in-person coursetohelplocalrecreationmanagersyouth leadersboardmemberscoachesfitnesslead- ers camp counsellors and after school leaders in the North develop enticing programs that make sense in their community. It will be about how to develop and deliver high-quality recreation and parks programs that have the potential to improve the qual- ity of life of people in their communities Rae explained.Theideaisthatrecreationhasthis potentialtoenhancephysicalmentalandsocial well-beingandhelpbuildcommunityandcon- nect people to their land and their cultures. It takes a strong recreation leader to take charge ofthattakeownershipandthegoalofourpro- gram is to provide people with the skills and knowledge to help them do that. Raewashumbledtohavebeenchosenawin- ner from what he saw as a very strong field. The Qaggiq art project will use its winnings to strengthen Arctic culture and subsequently improve resiliency self-worth belonging and pride through a coordinated strategy that includes artist mapping artist and teacher trainingcollaborativeperformanceandmen- torship and youth programming. Likewise the BHENY project for hearing in education hopes to improve the lives of youth with hear- ing loss through a multi-pronged approach in- cluding implementation of classroom-based sound amplification technology provision of professional development training and sup- port for educators through a virtual resource centre improvement of audiology services in the North and enabling parents and the com- munity to support the needs of children with hearing loss. To be included as a finalist in the AIP was significantinitsownrightRaesaid.Looking at the other two project overviews we thought we were in tough they were great ideas as well.Itsallimportantwork.Solastnightwhen they made the announcement we just started laughing. It was incredible. Tri-territorial training project takes Arctic Inspiration Prize By CRAIG GILBERT Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continued his campaign to refresh relations with indig- enous peoples across the country last week meeting with Inuit leaders at the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami ITK office in Ottawa. The ITK is the national organization rep- resenting Inuit people in Canada. Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod was there along with Yukon MP Larry Bag- nell Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minis- ter Carolyn Bennett and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo. DescribedashistoricbytheITKthemeet- ing marked the first time a sitting prime min- ister had visited its headquarters. ITK Presi- dent Natan Obed was accompanied by the ITK board including Cathy Towtongie president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Jobie Tukkiapik president of Makivik Corp. Sarah Leo presi- dent of Nunatsiavut Nellie Cournoyea out- going chair of the Inuvialuit Regional Corp. and Duane Smith her newly-elected replace- mentRebeccaKudloopresidentofPauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Maatalii Okalik president of the National Inuit Youth Council. The meeting was Cournoyeas last official function after 20 years at the head of the IRC. I think she joked she had two hours left in her position McLeod said. Then Duane ac- tually officially took over. I think the meeting wasvery significant intermsofcontinuing our commitment to a renewed Inuit-to-crown re- lationship so I was happy to be a part of it. The meeting focused on three different areas as described by McLeod renewing the dynamic between the federal government and Inuit led the agenda followed by social devel- opment and economic development. According to the ITK Obed and other Inuit leaders addressed the primacy of Inuit land claims agreements as fundamental to the re- newed Inuit to crown relationship saying the full implementation of the land claims in the four Inuit regions would help address many of the social and economic development challenges facing Inuit Nunangat regions. They invited Trudeau and his cabinet to visit Inuit Nunangat and promised to pro- vide them with first-hand insight into life in their homelands. It was a good discussion and there was a lot of talk about trust and partnership-build- ing respect McLeod said. The prime min- ister indicated it was important for the Inuit to determine and make decisions alongside the federal government and in a lot of cases its not for us to decide on certain issues. Those were important words for all the peo- ple there to hear. The social development discussion explored suicide prevention education and food se- curity the economic development portion of the meeting covered skills advancement and training housing infrastructure needs and Arctic resources. McLeodsaidsuicidewasdiscussedatlength. We talked about strategies for prevention and mentioned that very young children are also committing suicide and thats an indi- cation that more focus has to be put on it he said. There was talk about children not completing school and things of that nature and mention of the residential school impacts. There was a lot of talk about the social is- sues and how that is a link to suicides even including food security. Some of the leaders indicated those things are connected. Obed said in a press release issued after the meetingthatfoodandshelterasbasicnecessities forlifeareessentialtocommunitydevelopment. We agree with the government that there needs to be a cognitive shift which acknowl- edges the importance of investing in - not just spending on - these needs he said. Inuit strength is in our unity and our pragmatism. We will continue to push for action on the pri- orities that we outlined at todays meeting. Trudeau attends historic meeting with Inuit leaders POLITICS INDIGENOUS PhotoscourtesyofS.andA.Foundation Governor General David Johnston with the Tri-Territorial Training project crew. Iqaluit performer Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory with emcee Peter Mansbridge. NOTICE OF ELECTION AND REQUIREMENTS FOR VOTER IDENTIFICATION Local Authorities Election Act Sections 12 35 46 53 Local Jurisdiction Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Province of Alberta. 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The Childrens Festival of Silliness an annual partnership between NACC and Silliness celebrated on stage in Yellowknife Lassociation franco-culturelle de Yellow- knife brought professional acts along with indoor fun including face painting and a giant bouncy castle. Creepiness quickly turned to fascination as entomologist and entertainer Victor Ver- mette aka Bill Bestiolle played with his menagerie of live scorpions tarantulas worms and stick bugs all the while teach- ing and promoting just how important bugs are to life on earth. He invited kids and adults alike to handle the exotic crea- tures and experience the tickle and touch as they crawled from one hand to another. It seemed that the youngest ones were the least fearful. The four-member troupe called Due Bag Theatre brought to life the fairy tale Snow White.Withaveryhipfast-pacedimprov-style show that invited several kids up to play vari- ouspartsthewholeaudiencegotinvolvedwith booing the evil queen and cheering on the in- nocent Snow White. The show was also taken toFortSimpsonandHayRiverearlythisweek. Shenika Robertson channels her Little Miss Muett with the help of a tarantula. Above and top Due Bags Theatres quick changes of costume and rapid-re banter kept everyone involved over their hour-long performance of Snow White. PhotosBillBraden NWT mushers sweep Saskatchewan circuit races Wednesday February 3 2016 13 SPORTS RECREATION DOG MUSHING Continued from page 1. Blackstock also called upon gures from both international organizations and the governments own accounts to highlight the inequalities. On average Ottawa spends 20-30 per cent less on services for children on-reserve than o a number routinely cited by advocates. The government of Canada has known that its underfunding these services it has connected that underfunding to the growing numbers of children in care because First Nations families arent given the same sup- ports as everybody else Blackstock said. She pointed to one government document that placed the shortfall around 108 million in funding for on-reserve child welfare services. Theyve repeatedly had recommendations by joint reports and the auditor general and theyve not implemented it. One of those recommendations is imple- menting Jordans Principle a child-rst prin- ciple intended to ensure that First Nations children do not experience denials delays or disruptions of services ordinarily avail- able to other children due to jurisdictional disputes according to an AFN document. Other stats captured the inherently human impacts of lacking services about 163000 children are believed to have been impacted. First Nations children are more likely to be in child welfare care today than at the height of residential schools by a factor of three Blackstock said. One of the docu- ments that really just struck to my heart was a spreadsheet an Excel spreadsheet and it counts the number of nights that First Na- tions children have spent away from their families between 1989 and 2012. Think about it thats the way your kids think about these things its not percentages its how many sleeps until I see my mom And its over 66 million nights - 187000 years of childhood. A long and winding road The case was an uphill battle for Black- stock and her supporters. At one point in 2011 the case was dismissed duetoalegaltechnicality.Itwasrevivedthanks to an appeal by Blackstock and the CHRC. Pushback from the government could be quantied by court costs the previous federal government spent ghting the case estimated to be around 3 million by July 2014. It could also be quantied by the number of resources used to spy on Blackstock. In 2011 the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network APTN reported the government was keeping a le on the advocate complete with emails and notes about Blackstocks personal information and critical briengs on her activities. The information came for- ward a year and a half after she had led an Access to Information request on herself. In 2013 the Privacy Commissioner or- dered the federal government to stop moni- toring Blackstock. In addition to those issues throughout the hearing documentary disclosure and the admissibility of certain documents as evidence became an issue. The government failed to disclose all of its relevant documen- tation up front including over 100000 addi- tional pieces of correspondence eventually obtained through an Access to Information Act request submitted by the Caring Society - but not before causing delays to the trial. What happens now The Panel acknowledges the suering of those First Nations children and families who are or have been denied an equitable opportunity to remain together or be reunited in a timely manner the decision reads. We also recognize those First Nations children and families who are or have been adversely impacted by the Government of Canadas past and current child welfare practices on reserve ordering the federal government to cease its discriminatory practices and reform the FNCFS Program and the 1965 Ontario Agreement to reect the ndings of this decision. AANDC is also ordered to cease applying its narrow denition of Jor- dans Principle and to take measures to im- mediately implement the full meaning and scope of Jordans Principle. Children underserved by the FNCFS pro- gramcouldseecompensationofupto20000 each Blackstock said going back to cases from 2006 onward. She also asked the government to spend at least 200 million more annually to close the gap in on-reserve childrens social wel- fare spending. JusticeMinisterJodyWilson-Raybouldand Indigenous Aairs Minister Carolyn Bennett addressedthedecisionduringquestionperiod. This is about ensuring that there is equal investmentanditisnotjustintermsofmoney it is in terms of outcomes - that we create the space in this country for every child to be able to succeed Wilson-Raybould said. All eyes are on Ottawa as its response to the decision should be accounted for in the upcoming federal budget expected in March or April. Recommendations repeatedly ignored tribunal JUSTICE HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL The government of Canada has known that its underfunding these services. Cindy Blackstock First Nations Child Family Caring Society of Canada By DON JAQUE Competitive dog mushers descended on the town of Preeceville in south-central Saskatch- ewan last weekend and at the end of two days of races the winners were all from the NWT. The Mushers Rendezvous went Jan. 29- 31. The premier 10-dog event came down to a battle between NWT veterans Anthony Beck of Hay River and Grant Beck originally from Roche River now living in Yellowknife - Grant with a team he had just purchased no less. Anthonys time was best on the rst day and Grant was faster in the second race but Anthonys combined time was better and so he came away the victor. NWT racers also picked up ninth and 10th spots in that event. Dog racing phenom Tj Fordy from Hay River won yet again running her team faster on the second day to beat her rst day time by nearly two minutes in the six-dog event taking top spot overall. Firstplaceinthe10-dogracewasawardeda 1200 purse and the six-dog winner received 600. That was for their two day combined time. There were 22 entries in the 10-dog 31 teams in the six-dog class and four in the ju- nior races. There was 10000 in total prize money including 6500 for all who placed in the 10-dog class 3000 for the top six-dog nishers and 500 in prizes for the juniors. All races began with a mass start in down- town Preeceville in the big open area in front of the arena. That made for a crazy adrenalin rush for the drivers as they took o at over 32 kilometres an hour jockeying for position to be the rst to get to the three-metre wide single track. It also made for some spectac- ular crashes. Unfortunately the weather did not coop- erate for the races with above zero tempera- tures and rain in the days prior. That made the track icy hard and dicult for the dogs. It was two degrees above freezing on the rst day and two below on the second dog racers prefer cold crisp weather. It was a real meltdown the week before. Most years our track is really beautiful. This year we only had eight inches of snow in total and that made for poor track conditions said Kevin Cook the main race organizer. The Mushers Rendezvous was the rst race on that southern circuit this year and is what Cook describes as a setup event for the World Championships in The Pas Manitoba on Feb. 18 19 and 20. He said in past years there would have been three or four races in their circuit by now but events in other places had been dropping o one by one. He said races need good organization and suc- cess now depends on new energetic young organizers coming up in the sport. The Preeceville event has been ongoing for 16 years Cook said and he has been involved since day one. Now he feels it is time to step aside and is hoping new people will take over. Cook known as one of the giants of dog racing in Canada recently sold his dogs to Grant Beck and is retir- ing from the sport. 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ApublicmembershareswiththeChairandotherboardmemberstheresponsibilitiesofgoverning the College evaluating policies enabling the Board to make responsible decisions on fiscal and academic matters establishing the purpose and vision of the College and having a commitment to the academic financial and social well-being of the College and to adult learning generally. To be eligible you must be a resident of a community within the North Slave region that you will represent. You should have a demonstrated interest in Northern adult and post-secondary education and an awareness of issues affecting education and the training of adults in the NWT. Interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively with other board members and a variety of interest groups are required. Important assets for this position include experience serving on educational committees or committees that support community development experience in community-based and Aboriginal education and research a background in professional andor businessindustry and an understanding of financial matters. Other demonstrated community service experience would also be an asset. Appointment A public member is appointed for a term of three years. Board members are required to attend three face to face meetings a year for two to three days and members are required to sit on board committees which meet either in person or by teleconference between meetings. There is no salary available with these appointments. Honouraria and travel expenses according to GNWT policies plus designated per diem rates are paid when members attend meetings. If you are interested in this unique opportunity please forward a resume and a letter of interest outlining your reasons for wanting to sit on the Board by February 19 2016 to Heather Meacock Executive Assistant to the President Aurora College Board of Governors Box 1290 Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 Phone 867 872-7009 Fax 867 872-5143 Email PUBLIC MEMBER REQUIRED North Slave Region AURORA COLLEGE BOARD OF GOVERNORS The Honourable Alfred Moses Minister of Education Culture and Employment is seeking applications from Northwest Territories residents interested in serving as a public member on the Board of Governors for Aurora College. A public member is currently being sought to fill a vacancy fromtheSahtuRegionrepresentingNormanWellsTultaDlnColvilleLakeandFortGoodHope. ApublicmembershareswiththeChairandotherboardmemberstheresponsibilitiesofgoverning the College evaluating policies enabling the Board to make responsible decisions on fiscal and academic matters establishing the purpose and vision of the College and having a commitment to the academic financial and social well-being of the College and to adult learning generally. To be eligible you must be a resident of a community within the Sahtu region that you will represent. You should have a demonstrated interest in Northern adult and post-secondary education and an awareness of issues affecting education and the training of adults in the NWT. Interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively with other board members and a variety of interest groups are required. Important assets for this position include experience serving on educational committees or committees that support community development experience in community-based and Aboriginal education and research a background in professional andor businessindustry and an understanding of financial matters. Other demonstrated community service experience would also be an asset. Appointment A public member is appointed for a term of three years. Board members are required to attend three face to face meetings a year for two to three days and members are required to sit on board committees which meet either in person or by teleconference between meetings. There is no salary available with these appointments. Honouraria and travel expenses according to GNWT policies plus designated per diem rates are paid when members attend meetings. If you are interested in this unique opportunity please forward a resume and a letter of interest outlining your reasons for wanting to sit on the Board by February 19 2016 to Heather Meacock Executive Assistant to the President Aurora College Board of Governors Box 1290 Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 Phone 867 872-7009 Fax 867 872-5143 Email PUBLIC MEMBER REQUIRED Sahtu Region AURORA COLLEGE BOARD OF GOVERNORS By CRAIG GILBERT An infrastructure infusion from the fed- eral government seems so likely the GNWT has been asked to submit even more projects for consideration. Speaking via conference call from a mining gathering in Vancouver on Jan. 26 Premier Bob McLeod said the GNWT is still work- ing on a wish list for a second submission. Three major priorities were put in about 18 months ago ongoing maintenance of the existing road network extending the all- weather road network north into the Slave Geological Province SGP and building a per- manent link between Highway 3 and Whati. The GNWT has also applied for funding to build the Mackenzie Valley highway from Wrigley to Norman Wells. We have it in writing that Prime Minis- ter Trudeau and the federal government is committed to investing in infrastructure he said. The Building Canada fund announced by the previous government provided for 28 million a year or about 260 million over 10 years and the current government of Can- ada has asked us to provide more projects be- cause of the fact theyve doubled the amount of money thats available. Were waiting for that process to be unveiled and were look- ing forward to these infrastructure projects going forward. Highways command the vast majority of the department of Transportations DOT at- tention. Of the 6.6 billion in infrastructure needs identied over the next 20 years high- ways account for 5.5 billion. There are more than 2200 kilometres of road and 100 bridges in the numbered highway system alone and vehicles logged 167.7 million kilometres on them in 2014. Ongoing maintenance of the existing road system is the most signicant item in the DOT budget as much of it was built to minimum standards in the 1960s through the federal Roads to Resources program. The highway system has the greatest level of outstanding capital needs of all GNWT infrastructure categories the govern- ments 2015-2040 transportation strategy reads. Highway Functional Assessments completed in 2014 indicate that signicant reconstruction eorts are required across the system. Another priority is linking more of the population to year-round road access. In 2014 only 12 communities or just more than a third of those in the NWT had such a con- nection and another six have seasonally in- terrupted access to the permanent highway system. About a third of the population is served only by winter roads. The plan in the 1960s was to either build a road up the Mackenzie Valley to serve the comunities or alternativley build a road into the SGP that would angle northeast into Nun- avut terminating at a future port in Bathurst Inlet on the Arctic coast. Those two compet- ing road plans continue to alternate places as the rst priority today. The communities along the Mackenzie still want road access and there is continued pressure from indus- try to convert the winter road north of Yel- lowknife to all-weather. Both are very costly. McLeod met with Yukon cabinet ministers at the Vancouver conference who are look- ing at improving access through the How- ards Pass Access Road a private road run- ning from Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd.s zinc mine to the Yukon border then south through the Sahtu and Dehcho before connecting to the Nahanni Range Road back in the Yukon. It was built in the late 1970s and Selwyn Chihong spent more than 13 million in 2014 to upgrade it to a one-lane all-season road. The company has applied to the Mackenzie Land and Water Board to upgrade it again to a two-lane all-season road. Were looking at those potential infrastruc- ture projects as well McLeod said. GNWT highway priorities remain tied to resources Cars Trucks and Roads in the NWT - The Northern Journals Annual Auto Section Much of the NWTs highway network was built in the 1950s and 60s to access mineral resources. Today the motivation to build roads is still driven by underground treasure. PhotocourtesyofGNWT Wednesday February 3 2016 17 Insurance Claims Windshield Replacement Repairs Touch Ups Custom Design Environmentally Friendly Paint System BUSINESS HOURS Monday to Friday 8am - Noon and 1pm - 5pm 45 Studney Drive Hay River NT CONTACT INFO Rob - Laurel - Autobody By CRAIG GILBERT The least popular drive in the NWT Easy answer Yellowknife to Edzo. Aaron Lovelace was far from alone when he singled out Highway 3 between the capital and Rae-Edzo also the gateway to Behchoko as possibly the worst road in the Northwest Territories. That moniker is tougher to hang in the NWT like Alberta and Quebec there is no CAA Worst Roads competition asking residents to vote for the thoroughfare that needs the most attention in their city or town. Since 2014 the federal government has owed 232.2 million for projects of na- tional and regional signicance into the NWT through the New Build Canada Plan plus 188.8 million for communities via the gas tax. Very little of that seems to have made it to that stretch of Highway 3. Between Yellowknife and Rae potholes cameronbuddo tweeted within minutes of the Northern Journal posting the question on social media. Yellowknife to Rae should be on the list but I think the stretch between the Ndulee Ferry Crossing and Wrigley is worse Jess Dunkin replied soon after. There was con- struction on the road last summerfall but it made things worse not better. I felt like Id been through the spin cycle when I got out of the car in Wrigley. On the other hand some Northerners like extreme sports enthusiast Sonny Lenoir are grateful for what they have. Never btch about our roads he posted on Facebook. Be happy we have them. Too scared of them move south InuviksShonaBarbourtravelledeveryhigh- wayintheNWTinJanuarybetweenworkand curlingshehasappearedatthenationalwomens championshipeighttimes.Sheisnotscaredof anythingexceptmaybetheferryatTsiigehtchic. ThreeSundaysagoIdrovefromHayRiver to Yellowknife then ew home to Inuvik on Highway to Rae-Edzo worst in Northwest Territories Cars Trucks and Roads in the NWT - The Northern Journals Annual Auto Section Monday and drove down to Fort McPherson on the Dempster on Tuesday she said. The road is pretty bad from Yellowknife to Be- hchoko. The rst time I went on the winter road in the Sahtu I didnt realize how hilly that was going to be. You think it is going to be at over ice but its going through mus- keg and all sorts of stu. You cant go fast and that sort of surprised me. One thing that kinda really throws me o now is that Im not a big fan of the Mackenzie River ferry at Tsi- igehtchic. When the river is frozen you can see them working on the ice road beside you while youre on the ferry. That takes me aback it still shocks me when I see it. Barbour said the Dempster Highway gets a bad rap for being hard on vehicles but she loves the drive to Dawson City. Ive never gotten a at before even though Ill probably jinx myself by saying that. Effective February 1 2016 Hay River Esso will no longer be providing the following services . Towing . Lockout . Boosting Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your business. 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Seth Female - Young cat Looking for a new home whileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrive GET A SET OF CUSTOM RIMS AT TIRE NORTH LTD. 917 MACKENZIE HWY HAY RIVER NT X0E 0R8 867 874-2686 Special permits to cut transport costs for mines By CRAIG GILBERT A pilot project has proven more weight can be added to theloadshauledbylargecom- mercial vehicles between Hay River and the mines north of Yellowknife according to the GNWT Department of Transportation. Steve Loutitt the DOTs director of road licensing and safety said the two-year proj- ect saw government partner with companies to measure whether heavier loads car- ried by eight- and nine-axle vehicles would damage the roadbed. This is something we can do when the roads are frozen but we do have to keep an eye on the chip seal on the roads and the condition of the rest of the infrastructure the bridges the culverts and that sort of thing that were not damaging anything he said. After two years we declared the pilot project a success. We are proud to reduce op- erating costs and improve long term sustainability of mines and improve cost of living in the North. The initial pilot project was a success and the part- nership between the Tibbit to Contwoyto Winter Road Joint Venture and the DOT will continue. The research included companies provid- ing reports and inserting sen- sors in the ground to measure the level of frozenness of the roadbed. The GNWT axle permit pilot project has been an ex- cellent example of govern- ment and industry working together to safely improve eciencies while reducing costs to mining operations in the North thereby mak- ing them more sustainable in the long term Ron Near director of winter Road Op- erations with Diavik Dia- mond Mines said. Strengthening connec- tions is one of the three stra- tegic priorities identied in the DOTs 25-year Transpor- tation Strategy. Improving our transpor- tation network by building on partnerships with indus- try stakeholders is a priority for the Department Min- ister of Transportation and Hay River South MLA Wally Schumann said. There are numerous economic benets associated with the project including reduced commer- cial carrier trac on these roads improved fuel effi- ciency and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a more eective mine resupply period. The announcement came as Schumann was meet- ing with Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau and his provincial and territorial counterparts from across the country. TheygatheredinOttawaon Jan. 28 to talk over strategies to strengthen transportation in Canada and released a new plan to improve road safety. Canadas Road Safety Strategy 2025 Towards Zero The Safest Roads in the World is available on- line at www.roadsafetys- DevelopedbytheCanadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators it builds on the success of earlier cam- paigns to pursue a long-term vision towards zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads according to a press release. It outlines a 10-year time- line to address important road safety issues in Can- ada including enhancing enforcement improving road infrastructure sup- porting research leveraging vehicle safety technologies and raising public aware- ness of factors contributing to collisions. Ministers also discussed their priorities for invest- ments and innovation in transportationinfrastructure and shared perspectives on supporting greenhouse gas emission reductions includ- ing electrication of trans- port and adaptation to cli- mate change. 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With1.8millionunitssoldnewvehiclesales acrossCanadasawarecord-settingreboundin 2015 according to recently released data and 2016 is expected to be strong as well. Industry expert Dennis DesRosiers said low interest rates and falling gas prices drove the increase and light trucks carried the load making up 62 per cent of the new vehicle market an 8.8 per cent increase over 2014. Fallinginlinewiththattrendpickuptrucks specicallyfour-wheeldrivecapablehalf-tons areeasilythetopsellersforanumberofNorth- ern dealers the Journal contacted last week. Denitely the F-150 is our number one selling vehicle its not even close to anything else Aurora Ford Hay River general manager Donalee Jungkind said. Its popular because it is so versatile with all that storage and room for passengers. It handles well on the highway and its good on fuel. At YK Chrysler the number is 1500 as in Dodges half-ton pickup also rampantly popular. The Jeep brand can be spotted in all corners of the capital as well according to the dealerships advertising and marketing manager Chad Malouin. He said he drives a 2015 two-door Wrangler with 33-inch mud- ders himself. HesaidtheRam1500whichwontheCana- dian Truck Kings real-world fuel economy test for 2016 models for the EcoDiesel edition is a huge seller followed by the heavier 2500. There is a new standard across the North with people getting a four-by-four vehicle that can take a beating he said. Our lifetime en- gine warranty for trucks and Jeeps too is an attraction. The Chevy Silverado and GM Sierra pick- ups both fuel misers sell in about equal numbers but outpace everything else at YK Motors according to general sales manager Aaron Wall. Trucks trucks trucks he said. I have people trading in o-make models saying the Silverado and Sierra have unbelievable fuel ef- ciency for a half-ton specically. Grande Prairie Nissan general manager Jeremy Budde said the Rogue which he de- scribed as an aordable all-wheel drive SUV with good fuel economy is his top seller for now. The new kid on the block though the redesigned Titan XD diesel half-ton pickup looks like it is going to have a strong 2016. The truck market slowed down in January withtheexcitementofthenewTitanwhichjust arrivedatthedealershipBuddesaid.Itstherst time in a long time there has been a Cummins dieselengineinsomethingotherthanaDodge. He said the 5L V8 can tow 12000 pounds and comes with holes for a gooseneck kit pre- drilled in the bed but still rides like a half-ton on the highway. Thats very important to Nissan that it is still a smooth-riding vehicle so you can take it on the highway on a big road trip from Grande Prairie to Fort Smith for example. To buy or not to buy New vehicle leasing virtually disappeared afterglobaladjustmentstheautoindustrywent through after the 2008 downturn with major manufacturers including GM and Chrysler re- ceiving assistance from federal governments on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. The companies no longer had the nancial means to oer leasing but in the past two years or so that option has become more popular with manufacturers oering leases through a third party. Denitely leasing is making a comeback Wall said adding GMs zero down payment zerosecuritydepositzerorstmonthspayment and zero due on delivery on lease purchases is helping. It makes for aordable payments. Budde said at his dealership whether leas- ing is the best option depends on the driver. Most of our stu is purchase he said. We have a lease program with Nissan but I wouldnt say its coming back strong. I think leasing is for the right person. For someone with a lot of kilometres in a year leasing may not be right. 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