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16TuesdayAugust272013ScienceTechnologyAstronomyIcePilotskickofffourthseasonwithapartySeasonfourofIcePilotsNWTislledwithmorebonkersadventuresoftheBuffaloAircrewsaysstarMikeyMc-Bryan.Seepage2.WrigleyeconomicboomcomeswithchallengesEmploymentopportunitiesareontheriseinWrigleybutasjobshaveopenedupsohaveseatsoncouncil.Seepage12.CadetsuntouchedbywarsharetheirviewsonRemembranceDay.Seepage9.TuesdayNovember132012Vol.36No.29AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00CaribounumbersupbutnotenoughforhuntersBarrengroundherdsareshowingpositivesignsofrecoverybutnotenoughtoliftharvestingrestrictions.Seepage11.Break-insshockFortSmithgolfandskiclubsRCMPinFortSmithareonthelookoutfortheindivid-ualsuspectedofvandalizingbuildingsoutsideoftown.Seepage3.211r-BA-Rr1.00DehChoBridgetoopenwithpartyNov.30WhowillbethersttocrossremainsthenalsurpriseByMEAGANWOHLBERGAfteradecadeofroad-blocksthe202-millionDehChoBridgewillnallyopenonNov.30markingthersttimeinhistorythattravelonHighway3willnotbedeter-minedbythewhimsofthemightyMackenzieRiver.ForthersttimesincetheroadtotheNorthSlaveregionwasbuiltpeoplewillnothavetoconcernthemselveswithferryschedulesiceconditionsordisruptionstooperationswhencrossingtheMacken-zieRiveratFortProvidenceTransportMinisterDavidRamsayannouncedlastweektoapplauseintheLegislativeAssembly.Alongwiththeunpredict-abilityoftheseasonsRamsaysaidtheprojectscompletionwillputtorestuncertaintyoncostsoffoodandothergoodsalongwiththeenvironmentalcostsofrunningtheferry.Trucksidledsometimesforhourswastinggasandreleasinggreenhousegases.BusinessesintheNorthSlaveaboutwhatwouldhappeniftherewasafuelspill.Wewerevulnerabletoclimatechangewithwarmingtemperaturesandchangesinwaterlevels.promptingafederalauditbySheilaFraserlastyear.Fra-serconcludedtheNWTstaxbaseunfairlyassumedthetotalnancialriskforthebridge-thencostedat182millionupfromtheoriginalpromiseof55million-thoughgovern-mentclaimeditwasasharedprivate-publicenterprise.Iwillnotbesurprisedifthenalcostofthisbridgeismorethan182millionFra-sersaidatthetime.Moreconstructiondelaysbroughtthetotalupto192millionbytheendof2011.ThisyearMLAsgaveinonemoretimetothedepartmentofTransportsrequestforan-other10milliontocompletetheprojectontime.Thiswascriticalinachiev-ingtheopeningthisyearRamsaysaid.Withoutaddi-tionalfundingIwouldmostassuredlybestandingheretodayannouncingyetanotheryearsdelay.Thebridgewillbepaidoffovertimethroughtollsforcom-mercialvehiclesandmoneysavedbynotoperatingtheferry.Northboundcommercialvehi-clesover4500kgwillpaytollsbasedonthenumberofaxlesonthevehiclewith91.25paidfortruckswithtwotofouraxlesand291.25paidforvehicleswithmorethanseven.TheMervHardieferrywhichhasoperatedsincetheearly1970swillmakeitslastvoyagethedaythebridgeopens.OnlyonelastDehChoBridgesurprisenowawaitstheterritory-thistimeamorepleasantone-accordingtode-partmentspokespersonEarlBlacklockthatiswhowillbethersttocrossYoullhavetocomeandseeforyourselfhesaid.WithoutadditionalfundingIwouldmostassuredlybestandingheretodayan-nouncingyetanotheryearsdelay.TransportMinisterDavidRamsayregionhadtopaytostockpilefoodandothergoods.SomeofthemevenpaidextrafreightchargestoairliftmerchandisefromAlbertaoroverthecross-inghesaid.Allofthesecostswerepassedontocustomersandallofthesecostsarenowgone.Theferryburnedhalfamillionlitresoffueleveryyear.WehadtodevelopemergencyplansAfeastreworksandotherfanfareareplannedfortherib-boncuttingoccasioninFortProvidencewheretheterritorywillnallybreatheacollectivesighofreliefatthecompletionofitslargestinfrastructureproj-ect-andmosthotly-debated-nancialdebacle-todate.Delaysandcostoverrunsplaguedthebridgesinceconstructionbeganin2008RangerLawrenceCheeziepayshisrespectsduringthewreathlayingceremonyatthecenotaphoutsideFortSmithsLegionhallonRemembranceDay.TheRangerswerejustoneofmanygroupstohonoursoldierspastandpresentonNov.11.Seepages7-10formoreRemembranceDaycoverage.PhotoPaulBannisterr2millionmoregoestoInuvik-TukhighwayAnother2millionwentintotheall-weatherroadconnect-ingInuvikandTuktoyaktuklastweekmuchtothedismayofcertainMLAs.Seepage2.One-yearhuntingbanputonMackenziebisonBisonhuntinghasbeenbannedforoneyearintheMackenziefollowingtheworstanthraxoutbreakinNorthernhistory.Seepage19.Legionsremainbastionsoftheircommunities.Seepages11-15.TuesdayNovember62012Vol.36No.282011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00AlbertaannouncesplansfornewenergyregulatorAlbertasproposedsingleen-ergyregulatorisnallyonthetableandcausingconcernsforlandownersandFirstNa-tions.Seepage7.HayRivertoreceivemidwivesby2014-15HayRiverisnextinlineformidwivesintheterritoryac-cordingtoHealthandSocialServicesMinisterTomBeau-lieu.Seepage3.2011natiBestAll-RoundNewsaer1.00NortherninmatesgetrstvisitfromTRCNorthSlaverstinCanadatoopendoorstocommissionerByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheNorthSlaveCorrec-tionalFacilityinYellow-knifemadehistorylastweekasthersttoopenitsdoorstoacommissionerfromthenationalTruthandReconcili-ationCommissionTRConresidentialschools.Around50inmatesmetwithCommissionerMarieWilsonstatementtakersandhealthworkersthroughouttheweektotelltheirstoriesonthelegacyofresidentialschools.Wilsonsaiditwasaprojectthathadbeenintheworksforalongtime.Ourmandateistoaddressandreportonboththehis-toryandthelegacyofresi-dentialschoolsandoneofthekeychaptersoftheleg-acyofresidentialschoolsistheextenttowhichAborigi-nalpeoplesinCanadaarehugelydisproportionatelyrepresentedbyalltheneg-ativeindicatorsincludingincarcerationandthecrim-inaljusticesysteminclud-ingthoselivingatlevelsofknowthatbecausewevenowheardfromover4000peopleandinthetellingoftheirlifestories.Thoughspeakingtoin-mateswasoneoftherstbutalsothatthespiritofthecommissionsworkisnotcompromisedbecausewehadtoconsiderthingslikeisthereaguardintheroomwhenthestatementisbeinggivenThatwouldhavebeenfromourperspectivereallycontrarytothespiritandin-tentofthecommissionsef-fortsandtheabilityofaper-sontospeakfreelyfromtheirheartsshesaid.NWTJusticeMinisterGlenAbernethysaidwhilethereweremanydetailstoironoutgivinginmatestheopportunitytomakestate-mentswasanecessitynotanoption.Ifyoulookatthestatis-ticswithinthefacilitieswehavehereintheNorthwestTerritories80-85percentoftheinmatesareAboriginalhesaid.Peoplehaveclearlybeenaffectedbyresidentialschoolsandmanyofourin-mateshaveindicatedthattheyaresurvivorsofresi-dentialschoolsortheyhavebeenimpactedbyresidentialschools...Wedidntwantthemtomisstheopportunitytotelltheirstoriesandtobeheard.Abernethysaidhehopedthehealingopportunityof-feredbytheTRCwouldhelpindividualsturnacornerintheirlives.Healingisanimportantpartofanybodysrehabili-tationhesaid.Individualshavetocometotermswithwhatevertheirparticularrootcausesofthecrimeareandinsomecasesresidentialschoolsortheimpactsofresi-dentialschoolcouldbethatcausalfactor...Hopefullywewillseeaturninrecidivism.SeeCurriculumonpage2.Wedontwantthesepeoplecommit-tingcrimeswewanthealthypeopleandwewanttoworkwiththemtogetthatrehabilitation.NWTJusticeMinisterGlenAbernethypovertyincludingthosewhoaretakenintothechildwel-faresystemincludingthosewhopresentatemergencywardsshesaid.ThesearealltheplaceswherethelegacylivesoutandweknowthatnotjustinanassumedwaybutweprioritiesidentiedbytheTRCinitsbeginningsWil-sonsaidaddressingissuesofsafetysecurityandintimacymadeitachallengetoexecute.Ithastakenalotofcare-fulthoughtandconsiderationtomakesurethatallthese-curityissuesareconsideredInuitbuttonaccordionistSimeonieKeenainakwasjustoneofmanyNorthernartistswhocollaboratedwiththeNationalArtsCentreNACOrchestraonitsrsteverNorthernTourwhichendedlastFriday.Theorchestraplayedfor6000peopleacrossNunavutYukonandtheNWT.NACiscelebrat-ingitsYearoftheNorthwiththeNorthernScenefestival-thelargestevergatheringofNorthernartists-thisspringinOttawa.Seepage22formore.PhotoFredCattrollonalawarner-NoveHappyHalloweenDetailssurfacearoundSmithsLandingauditDetailsonSmithsLandingFirstNationsforensicaudithavecometolightfollowingChiefCheyeannePaulettesresignation.Seepage6.FortChipMMAghtercomesoutswingingFortChipewyansTravisCardinalismakingwavesinAlbertasmixedmartialartssceneandhopingtobearolemodelforothers.Seepage15.LiteracyconferenceexploresneedforNorthernself-determination.Seepage8.TuesdayOctober302012Vol.36No.272011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00Deltamusiciangivenlife-timeachievementawardMackenzieDeltamusicianLouieGooseisbeingawardedforhislifelongcommitmenttomusicfamilyandtheAborig-inalcommunity.Seepage9.FortChipwildfoodstudyndsorgancontaminantsAcommunity-basedwildlifemonitoringstudyinFortChiphasfoundhigherthannormalheavymetalcontaminantsincertainorgans.Seepage7.NWTriversloseprotectionundernewbillMPcriesdamoverlackofprotectionforSlaveRiverByMEAGANWOHLBERGAtleast10majorriversintheNorthwestTerritoriesincludingtheSlaveRiverwillbeexcludedfrompro-tectionundertheNavigableWatersProtectionActifamendmentsproposedbytheConservativegovern-mentwithinthesecondom-nibusbudgetbillthisyearBillC-45gothrough.ThenewactwillonlyprovideprotectionforwhatfederalTransportMinisterDenisLebelcallsthecoun-trysbusiestlakesriversandoceans.Proponentsofpipelinesbridgesdamsandpowerlineswillnolongerhavetoshowtheywontdam-ageordestroywaterwaysnotcoveredbytheact.OnlythreebodiesofwaterwillbeprotectedunderthenewactintheNWTGreatSlaveLakeGreatBearLakeandtheMackenzieRiver.TheSlaveRiverBearRiverNahanniRiverLiardRiverPeelRiverHayRiverArcticRedRiverYellowknifeRiverThelonRiverBackRiverandtheHortonRiverarejustsomeoftheNorthernriversthatwillnolongerbeprotectedbythelawestab-lishedin1882.TransportCanadaspokes-personKellyJamessaidwa-terwayswerechosenusingdatafromCanadianHy-drographicServicenauti-calchartsStatisticsCanadadataonfreightmovementandhistoricaldatafromtheNavigableWatersProtectionProgram.Jamessaidprotectionisappliedonwaterwaysthatatleastpartiallysupportheavycommercialandorrecreationalnavigationac-tivityarebeingactivelyusedandareaccessiblebyportsandmarinasinproximitytoheavilypopulatedareas.ButaccordingtoWesternArcticMPDennisBevingtonthenewchangesaremeanttoclearanotheravenueforindustrialdevelopmentonCanadasriversystems.HesuspectstheexclusionoftheSlaveRiverwhichcarries80percentofAlbertaswaternorthandhasbeenusedforbargingfor100yearshasbeendonewithhydroinmind.Calgarycorporatein-terestshaveplanstobuildamajorhydroelectricdamacrosstheSlave.Itispass-ingstrangethateveryothermainstemoftheMackenzieRiversystemremainsundertheprotectionoftheNavi-gableWatersActexcepttheSlave.HowdoesthischangeinstatusaffectthesanctityofourriverBoththePeaceRiverwhichdumpsintotheSlaveandtheMackenzieRiverdownstreamhavebeenprotected.Beving-tonsaidcorporateinterestistheonlywayhecanmakesenseoftheSlaveRiversexclusion.ItonlymakessenseifyouthinkoftheproposedhydrodevelopmenthetoldTheJournal.Theressomefeelingthatthislisthasbeenmanipulated.AlbertaenergycompanyATCOproposedbuildingan800-megawatthydrofacil-ityontheSlavesouthofFortSmithNTseveralyearsagobutnixedthe1-billionprojectinthefallof2010afterformerSmithsLandingChiefChe-yeannePauletteannouncedhisFirstNationsoppositiontotheproject.Pauletteresignedlastweek.MorerecentlyATCOan-nouncedplansforanorth-southpowerlinerunningupeasternAlbertathatitsaidwouldbenecessaryforfuturedamsontheAthabascaandSlaveRivers15yearsdownthelinewhenthecoalplantsneedreplacing.Riverscouldstillndpro-tectionunderotherlegislationsuchastheMackenzieValleyResourceManagementActintheNWTorprovincialregula-tiontothesouthbutBevingtonsaidthatisnotenough.Thedangerisnowyouresplittingitbetweenjurisdic-tionshesaid.Dowere-allywantAlbertamakingtheassessmentforsomethingthatwillaffecttheNorthdownstreamSeeChangesonpage3.AthabascaChipewyanFirstNationACFNChiefAllanAdamaddressessupportersduringarallyinFortMcMurrayfollowingtheFirstNationshearingbeforethepanelinchargeofreviewingShellsproposedJackpineoilsandsmineexpansion.ACFNlaunchedaconstitutionalchallengeagainsttheprojectbecomingthersttoargueaconstitutionalchallengebasedonAboriginalandtreatyrightsbeforeaprovincialtribunalonOct.23.Seepage2formore.PhotoBradleySaulteauxest-unewHappyHalloweenSmithsLandingFirstNationchiefresignsCheyeannePauletteofSmithsLandingFirstNationresignedlastweekblamingbullyingandcorruptiononcouncilforhisdecision.Seepage3.Annualvolleyballtour-namentteacheslifeskillsSportmaybefunbutithasalotmorebenetsforthecom-munitythanmeetstheeyesaysorganizerJanieHobart.Seepage15.MeetthevenewmayorswhohavetakenthestageintheNWT.Seepage10-11.TuesdayOctober232012Vol.36No.38AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00MPwantschangestooffshoreoilleasinglawsNewlawsarerequiredforis-suingoffshoreleasesintheArctictoprotectthenationalinterestarguesMPDennisBevington.Seepage7.GhostsofRayrockhauntTlichosNicohearingsTheassessmentprocessforFortunesNicometalsmineisoverbutfearsaboutmin-ingintheTlichoregionlin-ger.Seepage6.2011nationalawaBestAll-RoundNewsaer1.00KeepinglanguageandculturealiveCulturalambassadorsthankedforpreservingheritageByMEAGANWOHLBERGFiveresidentsandorganiza-tionsoftheNorthwestTerrito-rieswerehonouredlastweekfortheircommitmenttocelebratingandpreservingcultureandlan-guageatthesecondannualMin-istersCulturalCircleAwardsceremonyinYellowknife.TheawardshandedoutbyEducationCultureandEm-ploymentMinisterJacksonLaffertyaimtoprovidelast-ingrecognitionandgratitudetooneyouthindividualeldergroupandoverallrecipienteachyearinordertobuildawarenessamongNorthernersabouttheimportanceofpromotingandprotectingtheirwaysoflife.MelawNakehkoofFortSimpsonwasgiventheindivid-ualawardforhercommitmenttolearningtheartofmoosehidetanning-ajourneyonwhichshehasbroughtalongotherwomeninterestedinlearningthetraditionalartform.NakehkocreditsthewayshewasraisedbyherparentsJimandCelineAntoineandhergrandparentswiththeinspira-tiontokeeptraditionalknowl-edgealive.moosehidetanningisassert-ingmyDenerightstobeontheland.NakehkosaidmoosehidetanningisbothachancetospendtimewithandlearnfromherawardwasgiventotheTlichoImbeon-the-landprogramrunbytheTlichogovernmentwhichprovidessummerem-ploymentopportunitiesforyouthtostayinthecommu-nitiesforelevenweeksbeforeheadingofftopostsecondaryeducationoremployment.WorkingwitheldersstudentslearnmodernsafetyskillsandtechnologyearningrstaidcanoesafetyandGPSmappingcerticationwhilealsolearningtraditionalskillssuchasshingdrumandpaddlemakingsew-inghidepreparationharvestingtraditionalmedicinesandnavi-gatingtraditionaltravelroutes.DorisTaneton23ofDelinewasawardedintheyouthcat-egory.FluentinbothEnglishandNorthSlaveyTanetonwasrecognizedforherinvolvementinNortherngovernanceconfer-encesandworkwiththeDelineKnowledgeProject.TheeldersawardwenttoLillianEliasofInuvikanInu-vialuktunteacherwhosepas-sionistoseeallyoungadultsinhercommunityspeakInuvia-luktun.Shehostseveninglan-guageclassesforadultsalongwithlanguageandbushcampsforyouthandyoungchildren.ShealsoassistswiththeInu-vialuitCulturalCentreinInu-vikaswellaswithclassroomresourcesforschoollanguageprograms.FellowInuvialuktunteacherandartistJeanHarryofSachsHarbourreceivedtheMinistersChoiceAwardforherworkhelpingyoungergenerationstolearntheirlanguageovermanyyears.The2012awardrecipientsexemplifythecommitmentdiligencecreativityandpas-sionwewantcultureandheri-tagetoinspireinusallLaf-fertysaid.IwashonouredtowelcomeourrecipientsintotheCulturalCircle.WhatinspiresmeisdenitelytheworkthatIwanttodowithmyartandalsoraisingmykidstohaveastrongidentityasDenepeople.MelawNakehkoCulturalCircleawardwinnerWhatinspiresmeisde-nitelytheworkthatIwanttodowithmyartandalsorais-ingmykidstohaveastrongidentityasDenepeopleandtotakeprideinthecultureandlandshesaid.Beingonthelandandutilizingthelandlikewitheldersinordertomakesureshehasknowledgetopassdown.Weneedtokeepthisinfor-mationgoingforthefutureshesaid.IhaveboysbutthatsonethingwhosgoingtoteachmyniecewhenshesoldertotanmoosehideInthegroupcategoryanNWTsculturalambassadorsareinductedintotheMinistersCulturalCircleinYellowknifeonOct.17.BackrowSamMantlaJr.representingtheTlichoImbeProgramMinisterofEducationCultureandEmploymentJacksonLaffertyandMelawNakehko.FrontrowDorisTanetonLillianEliasandJeanHarry.PhotoRobertWilsonECErdne-Northernersmakeshop-pinglocalacelebrationFromNortherneatsinNdilotofaeriesinFortSmithsmallbusinessesareshowingtheyarenotonlythebackbonebuttheheartofNWTcommuni-ties.Seepages6-9.ShootingtoscoreinlifeNHLStanleyCupwinnersJamieandReggieLeachre-turnedtoFortSmithtoteachyounghockeyplayersskillsonandofftheice.Seepage15.ThenewEastThreeSchoolopenedtofanfarelastweek.Seepage2.TuesdayOctober162012Vol.36No.25AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00FortMcKayeldersleadberryhealthstudyEldersconcernedwiththequalityofwildberriesintheoilsandsregionhaveteamedupwithscientistsonastudy.Seepage11.KillerrobotsleadbloodbathinYellowknifeAnewgraphicnovelbyYel-lowkniferKellanMarshallex-ploresanoutrageousalternaterealityfortheNWTscapital.Seepage10.2011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewsaer1.00InfantsdeathraisesmedivacconcernsNWTChiefCoronersaysairportsneedweatherstationsByMEAGANWOHLBERGNWTChiefCoronerCathyMenardhasraisedconcernsaboutthelackofweathercom-municationtechnologyatter-ritorialairportsfollowingthedeathofaninfantlastwinter.Two-year-oldDelainaKlon-dikeofFortLiarddiedafterbeingtransportedtoStantonTerritorialHospitalonDec.12011morethaneighthoursafteramedivacwascalledtothecommunity.AccordingtoMenardsre-portthoughamedivacwascalledat1225a.m.theoper-atingcentremanagingmedi-vacdispatchforAirTindiwasunabletoobtainaweatherre-portforFortLiardbecausetheCommunityAerodromeRadioStationCARSwascloseduntilDec.2.Thepilotdecideditwasun-safetoyuntiltheywereabletoobtainanaltimeterreadingafterverbalweatherobserva-tionsweregivenbycommunitymembersinFortLiardstatingtheskywasovercastandwindsweregusty.resuscitationeffortsandwassenttoEdmontonforautopsy.Thecauseofdeathwasdeter-minedtobeabacteriarelatedtomeningitis.InherreportMenardtheystarttalkingandlookingatitshetoldTheJournalnot-ingthatmedivacdelaysduetoweatherprobablyoccurmoreoftenthanmostrealize.IntheNWTairtransportisaneces-sitynotaluxuryformostofusandwemusttrytodoallwecantomakeitsafeandreliable.ThoughthedelaymayhaveplayedaroleinthechildsdeathMenardsaiditisnotherjobtondfaultbuttohelppreventfuturedeaths.WouldthishavepreventedherdeathIdontthinkwecansaythatinthecoronersservice.Butmaybeitwillforthenextone.Itwasdenitelyaconcernforeverybodyshesaid.NWTTransportationspokes-personEarlBlacklocksaidtheissueisonethathasbeenontheGNWTsradarforawhilebutthatMenardsrec-ommendationmayspuractionoutofdiscussionsbetweengovernments.WewillbeadvisingNAVCANADAofoursupportfortherecommendationhesaid.RonSingeraspokespersonforNAVCANADAsaidthereiscurrentlyjustoneAWOSin-stalledintheterritoryinWe-kweetiwhichwillbecomeop-erationalonNov.15.Whilethecostforeachsystemdependsonthelocationhesaiditcouldcost1millionormoreperAWOS.SingersaidNAVCANADAhasbeenindiscussionswithbothTransportCanadaandtheGNWTregardingMenardsrecommendation.NAVCANADAispreparedtodoitspartincollaborationwiththeseotherpartiestoinstallautomatedweatherobservationsystemsandwelookforwardtofurtherdiscussionswithourpartnershetoldTheJournal.IntheNWTairtransportisanecessitynotaluxuryformostofusandwemusttrytodoallwecantomakeitsafeandreliable.NWTChiefCoronerCathyMenardYellowknifeRCMPcontactedpoliceinFortLiardwhoman-agedtowakeapilotatanaircompanybaseandgetanal-timeterreading.At510a.m.amedivacwassentfromYel-lowknifearrivingbackinthecapitalat840a.m.Klondikewaspronounceddeadat910a.m.followingrecommendedthatboththefederalandterritorialdepart-mentsoftransportationlookatjointlyfundingandinstall-ingAutomatedWeatherOb-servationsSystemsAWOStosupplementweathercapabilitiesatallNWTairports.IthinktherecommendationisreasonableandpracticalthatPhotoScottWhitmoreFireghterStephanieCudmoreannouncesthedoorprizewinnersattheFortSimpsonFireHallsopenhouselastWednesdayduringFirePreventionWeek.Participantswereenteredintothedrawforcompetinginvariouseventsincludingthevictimdragstaylowandcrawlstopdropandrollanddresslikeareghter.Alongwithfunprizestheredepartmentalsogaveawaysmokedetectorstoeveryparenttoinstallintheirhomes.TheeyesandearsoftheNorthturn65CanadasRangerPatrolcel-ebrated65yearsofbeingthewatchersoftheNorthlastweek.Seepage2.NWTddlerupforAb-originalmusicawardTheDehchosWesleyHard-istywillbeperformingattheAboriginalPeoplesChoiceMusicAwardsthisfall.Seepage18.CheckoutourspecialsectiononrepreventionacrosstheNWT.Seepages9-12.TuesdayOctober92012Vol.36No.24AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00NaturalplaygroundtakesrootinFortSmithAneweco-friendlyplay-groundinFortSmithisre-connectingkidswithnaturewhiletheyhavefun.Seepage18.OilsandsnotamajorpolluternewstudiessayNewresearchonlakesedi-mentsinthePeace-AthabascaDeltashowbitumencon-taminantshavebeencom-ingdownstreamnaturallyforcenturies.Seepage6.--1.00NWTNunavutlaunchrstmandatoryresidentialschoolscurriculumByMEAGANWOHLBERGThegovernmentsoftheNorthwestTerritoriesandNunavutlaunchedtherstmandatorycomprehensiveresidentialschoolscurricu-lumforhighschoolstudentsinthecountrylastweekatthePrinceofWalesHeri-tageCentreinYellowknife.Thecurriculumdesignedasaunitinalargermod-uleoncolonizationwillbetaughtinallGrade10NorthernStudiesclassroomsacrosstheNWTandSocialStudiesinNunavuteffec-tiveimmediatelyandwasintroducedto70teachersfrombothterritoriesoverathree-dayworkshoplastweek.ThisisanimportantpieceofwhatshapesusasNorthernpeopleAboriginalandnon-AboriginalJohnStewartcurriculumde-veloperfortheNorthwestTerritoriestoldTheJour-naladdingthattheNorthwhowearesoallstudentsneedtolearnaboutitandfranklyallparentsneedtolearnaboutitaswellhesaid.aboutcreatingclassroomresources.NunavutbroughttheNWTintotheprocesswithbothministersofed-ucationimmediatelycom-mittingtoacomprehen-siveunitincludingteacherin-services.TheresidentialschoolsystemhadandcontinuestohaveanenormousimpactontheNorthNunavutPre-mierandEducationMinisterEvaAariaktoldTheJournal.TheNunavutdepartmentofEducationwantedtocreatearesourceforstudentsthatwouldllthegapinunder-standingaboutthisperiodinCanadashistory...Whenwedecidedtodevelopthisim-portantresourcewenatu-rallythoughttoincludetheNWTasNorthernershavemanysharedexperiencesandcommonstoriesparticularlyduringourtimeinresidentialschools.LastMarchtheunitwaspilotedineightschoolsacrossbothterritories.Stewartsaidthefeedbackhasbeenencouraging.Teacherssaidthisispow-erfulanditspowerfulintwowayshesaid.Therewaspowerfullearningonthepartoftheteachersthemselvesbutmoreimportantlyastheyex-ploredtheissueswithstudentstheresponsesandtheinterestandthesignicantconversa-tionthattheysaidwasstartingtohappenintheirclassroomsformanyoftheteacherswasjustunprecedented.Tohavestudentsactuallycareaboutsomeofthethingstheywerelearningwasunusual.SeeKidsonpage3.ThisisanimportantpieceofwhatshapesusasNorthernpeopleAboriginalandnon-Aboriginal.JohnStewartNWTcurriculumdeveloperhadthehighestpercapitaparticipationinresidentialschoolsinCanadaformul-tiplegenerations.WhetheryouwenttoschooloryourparentsdidornotitspartofwhatshapesCurriculumdevelopmentbeganinJune2011whentheLegacyofHopeFoundationwhichpromotesawarenessabouttheimpactsofresi-dentialschoolsapproachedtheNunavutgovernmentPhotoBradleySaulteauxMikisewCreeFirstNationChiefSteveCourtoreilleleftandNationalChiefoftheAssemblyofFirstNationsShawnA-in-chutAtleodrumforanendtoviolenceagainstAboriginalwomenattheStolenSistersmarchinEdmontononSaturdayfollowingthediscoveryofamurderedFortChipewyanwomanlastmonth.TheannualmarchandvigilhonoursthelivesofmissingandmurderedAboriginalwomenandgirlsacrossthecountry.Seepage19.SeniorcriticizespublichousingrentscaleThoughshewantstopayrent1625permonthforaone-bedroomunitistoomuchsaysFortSmithseniorJeanLepine.Seepage2.TeddybearstorchedHighway5sbelovedTeddyBearJunctionwaslitablazebyanunknownoffenderbutsupportersarebuildingitupagain.Seepage12.TownsandcitiesacrosstheterritoryareheadingtothepollsOct.15.Seepages6-7.TuesdayOctober22012Vol.36No.23AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00SouthSlavestudentsexplorethetradesHighschoolstudentsfromvecommunitiesgotatasteofthetradesduringtheTradesAwarenessProgramatAuroraCollege.Seepage9.Giantpaid1000forchildsdeathsayDeneTheYellowknivesDeneFirstNationwantscompensationfortheunrecordeddeathsofchildrenrelatedtoarsenicpoisoninginthe50s.Seepage3.2011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-Ro1.00MPfumingoverresaleofoffshoreoilSixparcelsofBeaufortSeasoldfor7.5millionByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheofcialOppositioncriticforNortherndevelopmentDennisBevingtonisfumingafternearlyamillionhectaresofArcticoffshoreoilandgasleasesintheBeaufortSeaweresoldtoaBritishcompanywithjust220inthebankandacor-porateworthofminus32000.AboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevelopmentAANDCMinisterJohnDuncanissuedleasesforsixparcelstotaling900000hect-aresoffthenorthcoasttopri-vatelyownedBritishcompanyFranklinPetroleumLtd.onSept.11basedonitspromisetospendatleast7.5milliondevelopingthemoverthenextveyears.WithonlyCEOPaulBar-rettandhiswifelistedasitssoletwoemployeesthecom-panysmostrecentcorporatelingwasfor139GBP220CADwithacorporatevalueof-20760GBP-32961CAD.Thesamecompanywasawardedanothertwoparcelsfor2millioninlastyearsauctiongivingitatotalhold-ingof1.1millionhectaresintheBeaufort-oneofthelargestintheCanadianArcticamongseveralmultinationalsinclud-ingExxonMobilConocoPhil-lipsandChevron.Bidsinpreviousauctionshavebeeninthehalf-billiondollarrange.MPfortheWesternArcticDennisBevingtondemandedanswersfromDuncanlastweekintheHouseofCommonsac-cusingAANDCoffailingtoprotectCanadasinterestsinasensitiveareainwhichdrillingwasjustrecentlyapproved.Itsjustashellcompany.TheresnomoneyinitBevingtonsaidofFranklinPetroleum.Ithasotherback-erssomewherebuttheyrenotidentiable.BevingtontoldNorthernJournalthatmuchofhiscon-cernlieswithCanadasPe-troleumLandsandGasActwhichsimplyrequiresthatcompaniesprovidealetterofcreditforadeposittobidonaproject.ThoughDuncancouldhaverefusedthebidundertheactheisnotabletocontroltowhomthoseleasesmaynowbetrans-ferred.AANDCspokespersonGeneviveGuibertwroteinanemailthattheministerap-provedthesalebasedonthesolecriterionintheactthatisusedtoassessbidsthehigh-estbidwins.Bevingtonsaidthatcri-teriaisnotenough.HesaidCanadaneedstohavemoredecision-makingpoweroveroffshoreoildrillingintheBeau-fortSeaconsideringtherecentreportfromtheNationalEn-ergyBoardadvisingcautiousdevelopment.Tomeitspeakstothefactthatweweredoingthisalongtimeagowithcertainrulesandthoserulesarenownotappro-priatehesaid.Iwouldliketoseethattherebesomeprocessinplacetomaketheministerresponsibletoexamineandtoapprovetransfersorleases.Ithinkthatsclearlysomethingthatshouldhappennow...TheworldschangingandwehavegreatenvironmentalconcernsoverthedevelopmentofArc-ticleases.WhileattemptstoreachFranklinPetroleumwereunsuccessfultheCEOindi-catedtoothermediainclud-ingTheFinancialPostthatRussiaorSouthKoreamaybeinterestedinajointven-tureby2015.Bevingtonsaidhewouldnotbesurprisedtoseestate-ownedcompaniesfromcon-troversialnationsbecomepartoftheequation.IthinkanycountrywouldbeinterestedinobtainingitandrightnowweseeChinasworkingveryhard-theyvegoticebreakerstheyhavedeepseadrillingplatforms...anditsgotahugeinterestintheArctic.SoitcouldbeChinaaswell.TheBeaufortSearegionin-cludingtheMackenzieBasinhasanestimatedpotentialof5.4billionbarrelsofoiland53trillioncubicfeetofnatu-ralgas.Sofarwellsin52pe-troleumeldshavediscoveredoverabillionbarrelsofoilandninetrillioncubicfeetofgasinthearea.MomsBoobsnBabiesMomsinYellowknifetakepartinthe2012internationalBreastfeedingChallengewhichseekstohaveasmanymomsbreast-feedingaroundtheworldatthesametimeaspossible.TheeventstartedinBritishColumbiain2001bytheQuintessenceFoundationaimstopromotethehealthbenetsofbreastfeedingtobothmothersandbabies.Seepage8formore.PhotoKirstenMurphyundNeserNWTnaturalgascouldhitchrideonSahtuoilOildevelopmentinthecentralMackenzieValleymayatlastbethewayoutforstrandednaturalgasintheNWT.Seepage3.YklmfestivalmixesbusinesswithpleasureTheNWTlmindustrywillbeamajortopicofdiscussionduringthisyearsYellowknifeInternationalFilmFestival.Seepage9.TruckersprotestedhearingsontheTuk-Inuvikhighwaylastweek.Seepage6.TuesdaySeptember252012Vol.36No.22AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00LutefestivallightonlutesbigonbaroqueNewinstrumentswillbemakingtheirdebutatthe6thannualLuteFestivalbring-ingevenmorebaroquetothestage.Seepage8.MenspeakonviolenceatTakeBacktheNightWomenwerenttheonlyonestoraisetheirvoicesatthean-nualmarchagainstviolencethisyearasmenchimedinwithapowerfulmessage.Seepage7.--1.00Delineconcludesself-governmenttalksFirstintheNWTforcommunityself-governmentagreementByMEAGANWOHLBERGHistorywasmadelastweekasDelinebecamethefirstSahtucommunitytocompletenegotiationswiththeNorth-westTerritoriesandCanadaonitsself-governmentagreement.NegotiationsweresparkedwhentheSahtuDeneandMetisachievedtheircompre-hensivelandclaimin1993whichprovidedforindividualcommunitiestoapplyforself-government.Thoughself-gov-ernmentnegotiationsbeganin1996anAgreementinPrin-cipleAiPwasnotsigneduntil2003.ChiefnegotiatorforDe-lineDannyGaudetsaidtheagreementhasnotstrayedmuchfromtheAiPgivingthecommunitymorethanitbargainedfor.Generallywegotmorethanweanticipatedsowerehappyhesaid.thecommunitysalwaysaskedforbasicallythatthecommu-nityactsononevisiononeideaoneanother.BasedonthatImthinkingwhowouldntwantthatasagovernmentAndImcondentthatpeoplearegoingtowantit.Eachpartystillhasworktodointernallybeforesigningoffonthedocumentandsendingittoberatied.Gaudetsaidheexpectsthatwilltakeafewmonths.Followingthattherewillbeeducationontheagree-menttoensurepeopleunder-standwhattheyrevotingonwhichcouldtakeanotheryearandahalf.Iftheagreementispassedtherewillbeanelectionforanewleaderandcouncilofeightto12governorswhichwillreplacetheDelineBandandhamlet.Anelderscouncilwillalsobeestablishedasanadvi-sorygrouptothemaincouncil.DirectorofnegotiationsfortheGNWTFredTalensaidtheendtonegotiationsisthebeginningofthenalstagestowardestablishingtherststandalonecommunity-basedself-governmentintheterritory-somethingallpartieswanttoseeratiedsuccessfully.Thetextsoftheself-gov-ernmentagreementthefi-nancingarrangementsandtheimplementationplanwhatwewouldcallthenalagreementpackageiscompletefromthenegotiatorspointofview.Therearenootherissuesre-mainingandourformalne-gotiationsareconcludedhetoldTheJournal.Wereatthenalstageleadingtothe-hopefully-raticationoftheagreement.SeeDelineonpage3.Ithinkgenerallypeoplewillliketheagreement.Itdoesworktowardssome-thingthecommunitysalwaysaskedfor.DannyGaudetDelinechiefnegotiatorGaudetsaidheexpectsthatmembershipincludingabout1100beneciaries-600resi-dentsofDelineandapproxi-mately500SahtuDeneandMetisresidingelsewhere-willsupportthedocument.Ithinkgenerallypeoplewillliketheagreementhesaid.Itdoesworktowardssomethingandoneplan...Itshouldmakethecommunitymoreeffectiveandmoreefcient.Italsogivestheabilityforthecommunitytobeabletoworktogethernotonafragmentedbasis-allgoalsoftheprincipleofbeinganAboriginalpersonwhereyouresharingyourework-ingtogetheryourehelpingNWTPremierBobMcLeodvisitedtheforeigninvestmentcapitalofChinalastweekShanghaionatrademissionorganizedbytheCounciloftheFederation.McLeodwasoneofnineCanadianpremierstoreachouttoChinesegovernmentandbusinessinanefforttolureChineseinvestorstotheterritoryemphasizingthepotentialforresourcedevelopmentintheNWTincludingdiamondshydroelectricpowerwildfursandtourism.Seepage2.PhotoCounciloftheFederationMtisauthortoursNWTtopromoteliteracyAcclaimedwriterDavidBouchardvisitedtheSouthSlavetopromotereadingtokidsandadultsalikelastweek.Seepage9.ThenewfaceofNACCQuebecerMarieCoderreisbringinganewtouchtotheNorthernArtsCulturalCentreasitsnewexecutivedirector.Seepage19.ATrekintoNatureStudentsinFortSmithgotaspecialvisitfromanastronautatSweetgrass.Seepage18.TuesdaySeptember182012Vol.36No.21AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00MinetrainingcrucialforgrowingNWTeconomyMinisterDavidRamsaysaysagrowinglabourshortageacrossthecountrycanonlybesolvedbymoretraining.Seepage15.NewVanCampbookcomesoutthisweekAuthorRichardVanCampreleaseshisnewestsetofgrittyNorthernstoriesthisweek.Seepages10-11.-1.00GwichinscraplawsuitsigndevolutionAiPByMEAGANWOHLBERGWithjustafewmonthstogobeforeanaldevolutionagreementistobesignedbythegovernmentoftheNorth-westTerritoriestheGwichinTribalCouncilGTCdecidedtodropitslawsuitagainsttheterritorialandfederalgov-ernmentsandjumponboardwithnegotiations.UntillastTuesdaytheGTChadanongoingcourtchal-lengeagainsttheGNWTandCanadaforproceedingwiththedevolutionAiPinJanu-ary2011withoutadequateconsultationwithAborigi-nalgroups.ThatlawsuitwasledbyformerGTCpresidentRichardNerysoo.Recently-electedGTCPresidentRobertA.AlexietoldTheJournalhechosetosignthedevolutionAgree-mentinPrincipleAiPbe-causeitwouldbringmorebenefitstotheGwichinpeoplethanremainingontheoutside.IrealizedthatwetheTribalCouncilhadspent230000onareportonthedevolutionAiPandthatveryfewpeoplewereawareofthat.ThenwhenIreal-izedthatwehadinitiatedalawsuitagainsttheGNWTIsawbasicallymoreex-pensesAlexieremarkedontheeventsleadinguptohispresidency.IthinkthatwastheturningpointanditwasreinforcedafewweekslaterwhentheTribalCouncilsetasideanadditional250000forcourtcosts.Irealizedwecantjustthrowmoneyafterthisandwehavetotakealonghardlookatit.FollowinghiselectioninMayAlexiebeganhostingconsultationswithallcom-munitiesintheregiontogettheirfeedbackondevolu-tion.Hefoundmostpeopledidnotunderstandwhatitmeantbutsupporteditoncetheywerebriefed.AllthepeopleItalkedtoaboutdevolutionsaidweshouldbeintherehesaid.ThoughAlexiesaidhehassomeconcernsregard-ingthe65millioncaponresourcerevenuesfortheterritoryincludedinthede-volutionagreementhesaidhehopesthenewpartner-shipwillfostereconomicstabilityintheGwichinSettlementRegion.Itsalittleexcitingalotinterestingandalotofworkhesaid.Clearlythiswholepro-cesswaspredicatedontheelectionthattheGwichinhadsaidFinanceMinis-terMichaelMiltenbergerwhoansweredquestionsonbehalfoftheGNWTlastweekduetotheabsenceofboththepremieranddeputypremier.AssoonasPresi-dentAlexiecameintoofcediscussionsstarted.MiltenbergersaidtheturnaroundtimefortheGwichinwasrelativelyshort.AfteraddressingtheissueofdevolutionattheirassemblyinearlyAugusttheGTCheadedtoYellowknifelastweektotalkbusiness.Theydhadanopportu-nitytohavetheirmeetingsdotheirworktheyneededtodoasaboardandtheycametoYellowknifetohavedis-cussionsandthediscussionswentveryverywell-withsomespeedthatwaspleasingtoallpartiesMiltenbergersaid.WevesignedanMOUwiththemgovernmenttogovernmenttheysignedontotheAiPtheyvewithdrawntheircourtcase.SeeGNWTonpage2.RockingtheRedCarpetHayRiverlmmakerKelvinRedversleftcelebrateshisshortlmdebutattheTorontoInternationalFilmFestivalwiththestarsofthelmWilliamBelleaucentreandMikalGrant.Themusicalsatireputsacomedictwistontheseriousissueofpolice-FirstNationsrelations.ItpremieredduringtheShortCutssectionofthefestivalsprogramandaccordingtoRedverscouldnthavegonebetter.Seepages10-11.PhotocourtesyofKelvinRedvers-MinisterinspectsnewSmithhealthcentrewingHealthMinisterTomBeau-lieuisexcitedfortheupcom-ingopeningofthenewwestwingofFortSmithsHealthCentre.Seepage2.NWTactorArlukpub-lishesrstpoetrybookNorthernplaywrightandactorRenelttaArlukreleasedherrstbookofpoetryonAug.31-andstillcantbelieveit.Seepage9.Amotion-sensitivecameracaptureswildphotosin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spastedaroundthehouseonfamiliarobjects.ThroughoutthecourseofthedaysherelatesthenamesofobjectstowordsontheashcardstohersonKen-nedyandhelovesit.Murraysaysbabiesthatyounghavenotyetlearnedlan-guageandhavenowaytocom-municateandiftheycannotgetwhattheywantacrossitcanbefrustrating.Whentheycantcommuni-catewithyoutheygetfrustratedeventhrowatantrumort.Murraygottheideaforflashcardteachingfromawebsitecalledwww.baby-centre.ca.Sheuseditdur-ingherpregnancyanditinthechallengeofraisingherbabies.Childrenlearnsofastshesaid.Infactthefastestpe-riodforlearningisuntilageve.Babiesabsorbagreatervolumeofinformationso-cializingandskillsetsthanatanyothertimeoflife.Everythingisstillnewandinteresting.Shesaidshewantedtoencouragethatmentalgrowth.Thewordsontheflashcardscontainobjectsfromeveryroominthehouse.WhenIgivehimabathIhaveaashcardandshowhimthebathtub.ThesamewhenIamchanginghimsaidMurray.Helearnsbyas-sociation.Hepicksupthingsalotfastervisuallythanbyjusthearingit.Murraysaysthelittleboyndstheexercisefunlikeagame.Sheevenusesittosoothehimwhenheisupsetorfussy.Shewillputhiminhischairandgetouttheash-cardsandengagehimwhichusuallycalmshimdown.Youhavetomakesureitisfunshewarned.Itcantberesentedinanywayortheideaoflearningwillberesented.WhatwillhappenonthelongtermSheisnotsurebutshehasfaiththatwhatshesdoingisgood.Iwanttodoitsoitiseasierforhimtocommunicatewithusandwithothersashegrows.Ithinkhewillbemorecomfort-ableexpressinghimselfshesaid.Iwanthimtobeopenandopinionated.Youhavetomakesureitisfun.Itcantberesentedinanywayortheideaoflearn-ingwillberesented.KarenMurrayButthroughtheprogramtheyworkonshesaysKen-nedyisabletoshowherifheishungryorthirsty.Hehasevenmasteredwhatispleaseeventhoughhecantsayityet.hasallkindsoftipsinfor-mationandotherresourcesforpregnantmothers.Sheuseditthroughoutthedif-ferentstagesandithelpedagreatdeal.NowsheisusingitanditslinkstoassistherPhotoDonJaqueKarenMurrayandhersonKennedyjust17monthsoldpracticereadingandcommunicationwithhomemadeashcards.2011nationYoungwhoopingcranediesunexpectedlyAjuvenilewhoopingcranefromWoodBuffaloNationalParkwoundeditselfwhilebeingcapturedfortheband-ingprogram.Seepage2.PondsailorsregattaFourty-twohopefulentriesshowedupforthethirdan-nualPondRegattaonYel-lowknifeBay.Seepage11.TuesdayAugust282012Vol.36No.18AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00Beatingfearsomeforestresinafull-onbattleItwasanintenseandhotsummerforthosewhospentitbattlingthewilyforestre.Seepages8-9.TedWesleywastheSingingMinerThisNorthernsinger-song-writerresurfacedattheSouthSlaveFriendshipFestivalmuchtothedelightofaudi-ences.Seepage6.211rr-BA-Rr1.00ByJACKDANYLCHUKPrimeMinisterStephenHarpermadeatleastonenewfriendonhiswhirlwindtouroftheNorth.NormanWellsMayorDud-leyJohnsoncameawayfrommeetingswithHarperandhisministersbubblingwithwarmfeelingsforafellowpoliti-cianhepreviouslyregardedascoldanddistant.Iwaspleasantlysur-prisedJohnsonsaid.Heschangedhesmoreopenandreceptive.HehasapersonalknowledgeandreallovefortheNorth.IthelpedthatHarperandministersLeonaAglukkakJohnDuncanandPeterKentleftJohnsonwiththeimpres-sionthathistwotopwisheswillbeseriouslyconsidered.Thetownisconvertingfromnaturalgastorenewableenergyandneeds38milliontodothejobthemayorsaid.Alsowantedisanall-weatherroadlinktoeasethecostoflivinginatowninthemiddleofanewoilboom.Theywerequiterecep-tiveJohnsonsaiddescrib-ingdiscussionswithAgluk-kakandherassistantSandyLeeaformerNWTcabinetministerandunsuccessfulConservativecandidateinthelastfederalelection.Energyconversionisthebiggestimmediatechallengeandtheywillguideourappli-cationthroughtheprocesssaidJohnsonwhoaimstomakeNormanWellsthegreenestcommunityintheNorth.ThemainpurposeoftheprimeministersvisittoNormanWellswastoopenNtsihchohNationalParkReservewhichhesaidwillpreservetherichnaturalwondersandculturalheri-tageofCanadasNorth.Thereserveis4840square-kilometersofmountainsandmeadowsadjacenttothenorthendofNahanniNationalParkandtheheadwatersoftheSouthNahanniRiver.ItisthesmallestofthreeoptionsonethatParksCanadasaidof-fersminimalprotectiontoim-portantconservationvalues.Theoptiondescribedasbestis6450-square-kilometers.ChiefFrankAndrewofTu-litahopesOttawawillexpandtheboundary.Negotiationsoriginallycen-teredonthelargeroptionbutthenthingsstartedtoshrinkmoreandmoresaidChiefAndrew.Wewouldhavepreferredabiggerparkforsurebutwehaventsignedanythingyet.Andrewsaidthelandisrecognizednotonlyforitsmajesticbeautybutalsoforitsspecialsacredpower.FormerNWTpremierSte-phenKakfwiwascriticaloftheboundaries.Thefederalgovernmentschoiceofthesmallestofthreeoptionsforthereservelackedvisionhesaid.NWTPremierBobMcLeoddefendedtheparkboundar-iessayingabalancehasbeenstruckbetweenconser-vationanddevelopment72percentoftheconservationvaluesareprotectedand41percentofthemineralval-ueswerewithdrawn.SeeNewParkonpage3.PMopensnewNWTnationalparkreserveHarperbeatssovereigntydrumonNortherntourPhotoDonJaqueThethreeRsforAdultsNWTcommunityadulteducatorsrefreshtheirskills.Seepage7.WithtelescopesbristlingmembersoftheThebachaandWoodBuffaloAstronomicalSocietygatheredatPineLakenearFortSmithAugust24-26forthe1stannualStarParty.Workshopscraftspresentationsandofcoursestargazingwereontheagenda.Storyonpage12.2011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00--1.00ThebestlittlenewspaperinCanadaTheNorthisaspecialplace.Wetellthestoriesofthelandanditspeople.SubscribetogetyourweeklycopyoftheNorthernJournaladminnorj.ca877-355-2734fax867-872-2754ByRENEFRANCOEURTheDarkSkyFestivalinWoodBuffaloNationalParksawalargerturnoutthisyearfollowingrecentnewsthattheparkisnowtheworldslargestDarkSkyPreservefromtheRoyalAstronomi-calSocietyofCanadaearlierthismonth.Over80peopleregisteredforthesecondannualfestivalcelebratingastronomyandallthingsspaceandsciencethroughaseriesoftelescopeandonenewsolarscopeviewingsworkshopsandfunactivities.Lastyeartherewere20registrants.Thedesignationhascer-tainlyhelpedwithournum-berssaidMikeCouvrettechairoftheThebachaandWoodBuffaloAstronomi-calSocietyTAWBASthebodythatpresentsthefestival.Wevehadvemoremembersoverjustthelasttwoweeks.Forthersttimethefes-tivalhostedconstellationstorytellinginamassivein-atableplanetariumshippedupfromtheTelusWorldofScienceCentreinEdmontonattheFortSmithrecreationcentreonFriday-apopulareventforfamiliesandchil-drenCouvrettesaid.Therewasalsoaspaceandsciencefairatthemainfesti-valsiteatPineLakeinWoodBuffaloNationalParkonSat-urdayafternoon.Thefairwasopentothepublicandfeaturedacosmict-shirtcreationstationandlm-canisterbottlerocketlaunchingamongotheractivi-tiesthatwerefunforallages.GenevieveCotandJohnBlythoftheFortSmithPad-dlingclubwereonsitewithkayakscanoesandthepopu-larstanduppaddleboardformorefuntimesinthewater.Astheafternoondrewtoaclosetheskiesdarkenedandthefestivalreceivedadown-pour-justintimefortheirbarbecuecompletewithjell-oresemblingtheuniverse.ButthatdidntdampenpeoplesspiritsHelenaKatzaTAWBASmembersaid.Folkswererunningaroundwearingglowsticksaroundtheirnecksheadsanklesandwrists.Thefestivalarealookedlikeahappylittleglowstickvillageagainstthedarksky.Around1130p.m.thecloudspartedKatzsaidre-vealingbeautifuldancingaurorajustabovethefesti-valstentsandabrightmoonthatlitupthestilllake.Everyonetookturnspeer-ingthroughthevariouscol-lectionoftelescopestoseethemoonupclose.Couvrettesaidhehopesthemanyfamilieswhocameouttothefestivalleftwithabet-terunderstandingofthenightskyandmaybeeventheabil-itytopickouraconstellationortwoontheirown.StormycloudspartforDarkSkyFestivalPhotosRickJamesHelenaKatzReneFrancoeurLynnNapier-BuckleylaunchesarocketSaturdayaf-ternoonjustbeforeadownpouraspartofthespaceandsciencefairatPineLake.Thebrightmooncastsitslightoverthegroupofastronomers-someofwhomstayedupuntil300a.m.Therainsstoppedaround1000p.m.andthecloudspartedanhouraftertorevealabeautifulstar-speckledskyandsilverymoon-perfectforDarkSkyFestivalviewers.MikeCouvrettechairoftheThebachaandWoodBuffaloAstronomicalSocietynetunesoneofthetelescopesduringthesecondannualDarkSkyFestivalatPineLake.Over30childrenunleashtheircreativesidesatthecosmict-shirtcraftstationwheretheylearnabouttheeffectsofrubbingalcoholwhenmixedwithink.