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EDITORIALARCHIVES15YearsAgo...TownlooksforfundstodemolisholdhospitalFortSmithTownCouncilreturnedtotheissueofdetermininghowmuchitwillcosttodestroytheoldhospitalthatsitsoppositethenewFortSmithHealthCentreonBreynatSt.TownCouncilpresentedthemattertothenewdeputyministerforMunicipalandCommunityAffairsforthegovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritoriesBobMcLeodinameetingofcommitteeofthewholelastweek.IssueSeptember1199820YearsAgo...CRTChearsNWTcaseonratesNorthwestelisaskingformoremoneythanitneedsthatwasthemessagethecommunitiesoftheNorthgavetotheCanadianRadio-tele-visionandTelecommunicationsCommissionatproposedrateincreasehearingsinYellow-knifeTuesday.The50000legalinterventionwasfundedbycommunitiesacrossthetwoterritorieswiththeNWTAssociationofMunicipalitieskickingin10000forcommunitiesthatdontraisetaxes.IssueSeptember1199330YearsAgo...ThebachahasfullhouseThebachaCollegewillbeoperatingatfullcapacitythisyearandhasnomoneytoex-pandforthefuture.JackWittythedirectorofthecollegesaidtheywillberunningcoursesfor300studentsthroughouttheyear.Atotalof750studentswillbeattendingthevariousprogramsoverthenext12months.IssueSeptember119834TuesdaySeptember32013TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.norj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChetehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMcKayFortMcMurrayFortVermillionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrarieHytheJohnDorPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatieDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsPaulatukTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesRaeEdzoSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekwetiWhaTiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMornvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2013CCNABLUERIBBONCANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2013CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayaddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedaddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadsnorj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlettersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21djnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter.........................ReneFrancoeur867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising....................JoshuaJorgensen867-872-3000ext.15salesnorj.caAdministration............CarolMacPherson867-872-3000ext.29adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caAnnaSierra867-872-3000ext.26designnorj.caThecelebrationofthe50thanniver-saryofthelateDr.MartinLutherKingsiconicIhaveadreamspeechwasamomentofjoyformostcitizensoftheUnitedStatesofAmericaandforthatmattermostofhumanity.SlaverymayhaveofciallyendedinthesouthernhalfofAmericawiththeconclusionoftheircivilwarandthevic-toryoftheLincoln-ledsidein1865butittookanother150yearsfortheremaininghate-baseddiscriminationtodiminishtothepointwherethehighestofceinthelandisnowheldbyanAfrican-Americanyetremnantproblemsremain.ItseemshumanityhasamalevolentpersonathatemergesfromtimetotimeonethatKingspokeoutagainst.EventheelectionofBarackObamawasnotwithoutdistantmurmuringsfromtwistedmindsopposedtohimonthebasisofracesomeofthebasestevenlikeninghimtoamonkey.DetractorsalsousedthecheapguiseofchallenginghisAmeri-canbirthrighttotrytodiscredithim-notdirectdiscriminationbuttoocloseforcomfort.Amessengerofsuchevillurk-ingnearbyreadytoemergeitseems.Nowisappropriatelyatimethatwere-memberandcelebrateDr.Kingforhisac-complishment.JustasMosesinthebibli-caltalewasabletoparttheRedSeawithhisstaffwiththehelpofGodsoeeingJewscouldescapetheadvancingEgyp-tianarmyKingturnedasideatideofre-sentmentandhatred.HewasassassinatedforhiseffortsbutratherthanbereplacedbytumultwhereretributioninducedmorehatredandvindictivenesscastingapalloverthecountryfordecadesitwasKingsmes-sageofnonviolencethatprevailed.WhatquietpowerWhatalegacyThejobisnotyetnishedgiventhesoul-suckingplightofpovertysomanyAfricanAmericansarebornintotoday.TheirAmeri-canDreamisanightmare.Obamahim-selfnoslouchasanoratorclosedthecel-ebrationlastThursdayinfrontoftheLincolnmemorialinWashingtonwhereKinggavehisfamousaddressbynotingthatpowerfulchangehasworkeditswaythroughAmericasinceKingsaddressyetAfro-Americansasagroupstillfaceseriouseconomicchal-lengeshinderingthefullrealizationofKingsfamousdreams.Inspiteofthatwecanpausenow50yearslaterand150yearssincethesign-ingoftheEmancipationActthatfreedallAmericanslavesandknowthattheworldistrulyadifferentbetterplace.TheendingofapartheidinSouthAfricain1990andthefreeingofNelsonMan-delafromprisonafter26yearssothathecouldtakehisrightfulplaceaspresi-dentofthatnationwasanothersimilarcelebratedmilestonethatfollowedKing.Thewindsofchangearetrulyblowingforthebetter.Ourworldisgrindingitoutslowly.SomeofthatgrindingisstillgoingoninCanada.ThelegacyofdiscriminationagainstourcountrysFirstNationpeoplesisoursorrytimeinthehistoryofourstillyoungcountry.AroundthesametimeasthelynchingbeatingandrapesandgeneralracialhatredofequalblacksinsouthernUSAourforefathersweredeal-ingwiththeIndianproblembywrench-ingAboriginalchildrenawayfromtheirfamiliesandplacingtheminresidentialschoolstokilltheIndianinthechildasstatedbyformerdeputyministerofIndianandNorthernAffairsDuncanCampbellScottSeeOttawaCitizencolumnhttpwww.ottawacitizen.comopinionop-edtroublinglegacyDuncanCampbellScott8844210story.html.Toooftenthechildwaskilledaswell.Newrevelationsofevenmoreterribleactslikethestarvingofsomeofthosechil-drenexperimentallycontinuetoemerge.HowheartlessandlackinginhumanityIfforciblerelegationtoresidentialschoolswasheinousthephysicalspiritualandsexualabusethatbecamealltoocommoninthatcontextwastheepitomeofevil.FirstNationsinCanadacannowrejoicealongwithAfro-Americansintheknowl-edgethattheterribleracismandignorancethatprevailedduringthattimethatdidsomuchharmtotheirfamiliesiswaningthatmanyCanadiansarenowworkingto-wardsreconciliationandarededicatedtoseeingtherealproblemsthatremain-theplightofsomanyAboriginalCanadiansinthismodernagesuchaslackofcleanwaterghettohousingpervasivepovertyandthelossofculture-turnedaround.TheycanbecondentinthefactthatthemajorityofCanadiansbelievedeeplyintheneedforastrongjustandequalso-ciety-forallCanadians.Wejusthavetorollupoursleevesandworktogethertomakethathappen.WindsofchangeblowbutnotenoughMarkDemchukofoilsandscompanyCenovusEnergyrightpresentsMikisewCreeFirstNationChiefCourtoreillewith750000togotowardstheongoingconstructionofFortChipewyansnewelderscarecentre.PhotocourtesyofMikisewCreeFirstNation