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YouthcareerfairaimstokeepWhatstalentathome21TuesdayDecember32013WESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.Strypesisabeautifulyoungladyshinydisposition.Thisstripedbeautyisadoptableandalsoverypretty.Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.ByMARIACHURCHAngelinaFabienanAb-originallanguageteacheratDeninuSchoolinFortReso-lutionhaslongbeenlaudedinhercommunityforherroleinrevitalizingtheChipewyanlanguagebutthoseeffortsrecentlycaughttheattentionofanationalaudience.FabientravelledtoOttawalastweektoacceptthe2013PrimeMinistersAwardforTeachingExcellence.BrentKaulbackassistantsuperintendentfortheSouthSlaveDivisionalEducationCouncilSSDECresponsiblefortheAboriginallanguageprogramtoldTheJournalthatFabiensrecognitionconrmswhattheyveknownforyears.Shesveryspecialjustintermsoftheenthusiasmshebringstothejobandthecom-mitmentshehasforthelan-guagegrowthandthedevel-opmentofthelanguageofherstudentsKaulbacksaid.Moreimportantlyhesaidsheisresponsibleformovingthelanguageoutoftheclass-roomandintothecommunity.Thelanguagethatsheteachesintheclassroomisveryfunctionalveryauthen-tic.ItslanguageandsentencepatternsthattheycanuseinthehallwaysandathomeandintheplaygroundandallthatByMARIACHURCHWhatscommunitygov-ernmentishopingthatbyexposingstudentstocareeroptionsintheareaitwillkeepthecommunitystal-entedyouthathome.ThisisthesecondyeartheMeziCommunitySchoolinWhatamainlyy-incom-munitynortheastofYellow-knifehasputonacareerfairtogivestudentsaglimpseatfuturecareeroptionsinandaroundhome.LarryBaranseniorad-ministrativeofficerwithPhotoStevenLeeSSDECPhotoLoisStaufferFortResChipewyanteachernationallyrecognizedEducationTeachersEducationCareerFairsothatthestudentshaveasensethatthelanguagehasmeaningtothemhesaid.Shesbasi-callyinfectedallofthosekidsinthatentirecommunity.BornandraisedinFortRes-olutionFabienhasbeenteach-ingatDeninuSchoolformorethaneightyearsastheDneSinstructoraChipewyanlanguagespokenbytheDeneofFortResolution.StudentsatDeninu-a100percentAboriginally-attendedschool-havedailylessonsfromFabienwheretheyareencouragedtolearnthrougheverydayuseofthelanguage.Fabiensaidherteachingstyleisnosecretshejustteachesaccordingtotheseasons.IwouldnttalkaboutapairofsandalsinthemiddleofthewinterIlltalkaboutskidoobootsorhowptar-migansdontcomeinthesummertheycomeinthefall.Itswhatevertheelderswillbetalkingaboutthensheexplained.WhenaneldercallsupastudentandaskstheminChipewyanhowtheyaredoingshewantsstudentstobeabletorespondinthesamelanguage.Itsveryimportantbecauseitswhothechil-drenare.ItstheiridentityFabiensaid.ItwaslockedawayforsolongnowitsindowntownRes.FabienisalsoresponsibleforputtingupChipewyansignagearoundtheschooltoencouragestudentstousethelanguageinthecontextofeverydayactivitieslikead-dressingtheteacherorask-ingquestionsinclass.Kaulbacksaidtheschoolboardisfrequentlycontactedbyparentswhoarethrilledthattheirchildrenarepickingupthelanguageandconvers-ingwiththemathome.Therehavebeensomecaseshesaidwherethestu-dentsareteachingtheirpar-ents.Thatshowyoumakealanguagegrow.TeachingAboriginallan-guagesinschoolsisnotanewinitiativefortheSSDECbuthasbeenhappeningforaslongasKaulbackcanremember.Hepointstotheresidentialschoolsystemasafactorbe-hindthelossoflanguage.Ithinkweoweittoallthestudentsthatweservetohelpthemregainthatlovefortheirownancestrallan-guagehesaid.SSDECcurrentlyhaseightlanguageinstructorsonstaff.WithFabienssuccessinmindKaulbacksaidtheboardislookingatpromot-ingherinstructionalstrategyacrosstheboard.Thingslikemakingitveryfunctionallanguageveryau-thenticexperiencesmakingitfuntolearnthelanguagemakingitcool-thosearetheelementsthatAngiehasin-corporatedhesaid.Angieisbasicallyproofthatlanguagescangrow.thegovernmentofWhatsaidthatstudentsleavingforschoolandjobsinthesouthhasbeenaprobleminthecommunityforyears.Councilisreallycon-cernedaboutbeingexportersofhumanresourcesratherthanhavingthemhere.ItsachallengethatIthinkalotofNortherncommunitieshaveBaransaid.Ithinkthebigthingisthatkidsneedtoknowthattheyhaveopportu-nitiesandmoreimportantlythatthereareopportunitiesinWhat.Thefairwasattendedbyaround20companiesin-cludingtheterritorialgov-ernmentTlichogovern-mentNWTPowerCorp.miningcompaniesandtheRCMP.StudentsfromGrade7toGrade12spenttwodayslisteningtopresentationsfromprospectiveemploy-ersexploringtheirboothsandaskingquestions.ThepublicwasalsoinvitedtocheckoutthecareerfaironWednesdaymorning.JimStaufferAuroraCol-legeadulteducatorandfairorganizersaidhighschooliswhenyoutharestartingtomakesmallbutimpor-tantchoicesaboutthefuture.Upthroughjuniorhighthecoursesubjectsareallset.Onceyougettohighschoolyouhaveelectivesandyoucanchoosewhichstreamyouwanttofollowhesaid.Stauffersaiditsanacknowledgedproblemthatstudentsaregradu-atinghighschoolwithouttherequiredcoursestogoontopost-secondaryedu-cation.Iftheyhaveaca-reerinmindstudentsaremorelikelytomakecoursechoicesthatwillgetthemthere.PlanningforWhatsfutureWhatiscurrentlyfac-ingapotentialdevelop-mentboomwiththerecentapprovalofFortuneMin-eralsNICOminewhichincludesanall-seasonac-cessroadtothemineandahydroelectricpowerlineWhatChiefAlfonzNitsizatoldTheJournal.WearepreparingforallthesechangescomingtoourcommunityNitsizasaid.Wehopetokeepthecommunityinformedofallthesedevelopmentsespe-ciallytheyoungerpeopletogivethemopportunitiestoparticipate.Thenewindustrialdevel-opmentwillmeananeedforqualiedtradespeoplehesaid.Wehopetoattractsomeoftheyoungpeoplewhoarehomenowunemployedtogetthattradestraining.WhatchiefandcouncilhaveaskedtheAuroraCol-legeCommunityLearningCentreinWhattocreateanacceleratedprogramthatwillpreparethecommunityforgrowthBaransaid.Thepro-gramwillfocusontrainingforjobsthatwillbeneededinthenearfutureandwouldotherwiseseecompanieshirefromoutsidethecommunity.OneofthethingswecandoismakesurethattheyoungtalentthathasgrownupherethatknowsthecommunitygetstostayuphereandhavejobshereBaransaid.AngelinaFabienhasbeenteachingChipewyantostudentsattheDeninuSchoolinFortResolutionformorethaneightyears.AcommunitymemberfromWhatchecksouttheNWTPowerCorp.boothatthecareerfairlastweek.