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Hay River was a busy place for youth last week with Skills Canada regional competitions, a career fair featuring 41 exhibiters and a Dragons’ Den put on by the Hay River Rotary Club where young entrepreneurs presented business ideas. The Dragons included a panel of local business people who judged youth presentations on their unique and creative business concepts. The Skills Canada competition included students from Whati, Trout Lake, Fort Simpson, Fort Resolution, Fort Smith and Hay River and showcased abilities in welding, cosmetology, graphic design, photography and small engine repair. In the photo above are the participants in the Rotary Club’s Dragons’ Den.

Briefs include: Bevington elected vice-chair of Arctic Parliamentarians conference, Yellowknifer in the running for Best Local Cable Personality, Métis court case launches in Yellowknife.

Bevington elected vice-chair of Arctic Parliamentarians conference

Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington has been voted vice-chair for the Conference of Arctic Parliamentarians (CAP), a body of parliamentary representatives from the Arctic states. Bevington, currently the official Opposition member for Northern development in Canada, was voted into the vice-chair position by the CAP standing committee in Ottawa on Monday. Bevington said he will be raising Northern Canadian issues at the CAP’s next biennial conference, which is scheduled this Sept. 9 to 11 in Whitehorse. The CAP’s main priority is to support the work of the Arctic Council, currently chaired by Canada until May of 2015.

Yellowknifer in the running for Best Local Cable Personality

Yellowknifer Maxim Bloudov, the host of the local NWT television show Maximum Limit Fishing, has been nominated for a local cable personality award from the Canadian Cable Alliance. Bloudov’s show, going into its fifth season, takes viewers on a new angling adventure each episode to explore the NWT’s lakes and rivers and share fishing tips and techniques. Bloudov, the only nominee from the NWT, is up against three other personalities for the national award. To vote for Bloudov, go online to http://www.iheartlocalcable.ca/vote/. Voting closes May 31.

Métis court case launches in Yellowknife
The civil court case that will define Treaty 11 Métis rights in the North Slave began last week in Yellowknife. The case was launched in 2005 when the territorial government accused Métis man Clem Paul of trespassing on Crown land when he built a cabin along the Ingraham Trail without applying for permits. A Yellowknife judge heard from lawyers on both sides at the first court meeting last Tuesday. Paul’s lawyer, Ken Staroszik, said he expects the trial to take three times longer than a private civil case. The trespassing case is expected to define rights for Treaty 11 Métis, whom the government is arguing are aligned with the current Tlicho agreement.

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