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Briefs include: court rules Yellowknives wrongfully dismissed former N'dilo chief, Fort McMurray hospital completes $13-million renovations, and GNWT opens up applications for youth ambassador program.

Court rules Yellowknives wrongfully dismissed former N’dilo chief

A ruling by the Federal Court of Canada has found the Yellowknives Dene First Nation were wrong to remove former N’dilo Chief Ted Tsetta from power after he requested an audit of the First Nation by the federal government. Tsetta was dismissed without pay in 2012 after he sent a forensic audit request to the Prime Minister’s Office alleging corruption and mismanagement of the First Nation and its development corporation funds. The court ruled the First Nation’s dismissal of Tsetta was beyond its power based on the reason and ordered it to pay for the former chief’s legal costs and just over a year of salary and benefits.

Fort McMurray hospital completes $13-million renovations

Renovations for the Northern Lights Health Centre in Fort McMurray are now complete after a $13-million investment from the Alberta government. Renovations for the hospital that serves all of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo include a doubling of the ambulance bay, a redesigned registration area, a new trauma room and six new patient care areas. According to Alberta Health Services, the upgrades focused on improving patient care and comfort. The renovations came following a scathing report from CBC’s Fifth Estate program that gave the Northern Lights a D grade for nursing care post-surgery in a 2013 national hospital survey.

GNWT opens up applications for youth ambassador program

The government of the Northwest Territories has once again sent out a call for the territory’s youth to apply for a new round of the NWT Youth Ambassador Program. The program, now in its seventh year, aims to engage youth in special events and volunteer assignments to build confidence and leadership skills. Past youth in the program have represented the NWT at the Arctic Winter Games, Canada Winter Games and the North American Indigenous Games. The application deadline is June 16. To apply for the program, call (867) 873-7329, email or go online to

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