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13TuesdayJanuary212014TownofFortSmithNoticetoResidentsDEADLINE500PMFEBRUARY12014PrepaymentofUtilityChargesResidentialusersandsmallbusinessusers5orlessemployeesoftheWaterandSewersystemmayprepayeleven11monthsandhavethetwelfth12monthfree.Thisdoesnotincludeexcesscharges.Prepaidaccountsarestillsubjecttometerreadingsonoverusage.HealthWellnessAboriginalYouthTakeaKidTrappingprogramlaudedinnewreportResearcherfocusesonstrengthsinsteadofweaknessesJusticeViolenceByMARIACHURCHInCreeculturewhensome-oneinthecommunitypassesawayitistraditionaltoholdarounddanceonceayearforfouryearstohonourthem.LastweekendtheMiki-sewCreeFirstNationinFortChipewyanheldtherstan-nualrounddanceforAmberTuccaroawomanwhosehigh-profilemissingper-sonscasein2010ledtopo-licendingherremainstwoyearslatersouthofEdmon-tonnearLeduc.Hermurdercaseisstillunsolved.WithdozensshowingupfortheeventSaturdayheldinTuccaroshomecommu-nityofFortChipewyanwhatbeganasamemorialdancegrewintoapowerfuleventsheddinglightonmissingandmurderedwomeninAb-originalcommunities.AprilEvefounderoftheStolenSistersAwarenessMovementandamemberoftheMikisewCreeFirstNationattendedtheeventandsaiditwasthersttimeshesseenarounddancegen-eratesomuchparticipationfromoutsidetheAboriginalcommunity.RounddanceformurderedFortChipwomanshedslightonlargerissueinFirstNationcommunityIthinkbecauseAmberscasewassohighprolethefamilyandthesupportersofthefamilyputalotofpres-sureontheinvestigativearmRCMPandProjectKARE.TheywouldntletAmbersstoryjustdriftoffintothebackpagesoftheinvestiga-tiveleEvetoldTheJour-nal.TheyreallypushedhardthatAmberisntjustanotherle.Shewasarealpersonsomebodythatwaslovedbymanypeople.SpeakingonbehalfofVivianTuccaroAmbersmotherandthemainorga-nizeroftheeventEvesaidthegoaloftherounddancewasthree-foldtohonourandrememberthelifeoftheyoungTuccarowhowas20atthetimeshewentmissingtoraisethelevelofaware-nessofmissingandmur-deredAboriginalwomenandtopleadforjusticeinthemurdercase.UnfortunatelythesecasesofourwomenandgirlsthathavegonemissingarefartoonumerousandIthinkthenumbersreallydospeakforthemselvesshesaid.Since2007therehavebeenfourwomenmissingfromtheMikisewCreeFirstNationaloneEvesaidincludingShirleyAnnWaquanShellyDeneandHelenRatfat.InanefforttomaketheirstoriesandotherslikethemknownEvelaunchedtheStolenSistersAwarenessMovementin2007fromherhomebaseinEdmonton.Thegrassrootsmovementsmajorinitiativehasbeentoholdannualwalksraisingtheproleofmissingandmur-deredMtisInuitnon-Sta-tusandFirstNationswomeninCanada.Amberrepresentsunfor-tunatelyalargenumberofotherswhohavegonemiss-ingorhavebeenvictimsofhomicideEvesaidaddingthatthesecasesarenotalwayslimitedtowomen.EdwardDecoinfromtheMikisewcommunityhasbeenaddedtothemissingpersonslistinEdmonton.CommunityeventsliketherounddanceareimportanttobringAboriginalandnon-AboriginalpeopletogetherinsolidarityagainsttheinjusticeofsuchdisappearancesEvesaidwhichhavebeencalledanunderreportedepidemicandhumanrightscrisisinCanada.Inlate2013aUnitedNa-tionshumanrightsambassa-dorcalledonCanadatoholdanationalinquiryintomiss-ingAboriginalwomen.Thefederalgovernmenthasthusfarignoredthecall.MikisewsleadersandthecommunityofFortChipewyanhelpedtomakesureTuccaroscasewasnotoneoftheforgottenEvesaid.Itreallydoestakeacom-munityshesaid.Tuccarosisstillanunsolvedhomicidecasebuteffortswererenewedlatelastyeartondjustice.InNovemberRCMPputupbillboardsaroundLeducwithaphotoofTuccarohop-ingtocatchtheeyeofanyonewithinformationaboutthecaseparticularlyinhelpingtoidentifyavoicerecordingofamanthatisbelievedtobethelastpersontohaveseenTuc-caroalive.Therecordingisavailableatwww.kare.caandwww.albertamissingpersons.ca.Thosewithanyrelatedinfor-mationareaskedtocallProjectKAREtollfreeat1-877-412-KARE5273orCrimeStop-persat1-800-222-TIPS8477.PhotoSiomonnPullaStudentsfromKalemiDeneschoolarephotographedbyresearcherSiomonnPullaastheyexamineatraditionallytannedhideduringtheTakeaKidTrappingprogram.ByMARIACHURCHTheauthorofanewre-portonAboriginalyouthwellnessNorthof60isad-vocatingastrength-basedapproachtosolvingwhathesaysareissuestoooftencharacterizedbynegativestatistics.SiomonnPullaauthorofBuildingonourStrengthsAboriginalyouthwellnessinCanadasNorththelat-estworkpublishedbytheCentrefortheNorthtoldTheJournalthatitsimpor-tantforprogramssuchastheNWTsTakeaKidTrappingprogramberecognizedfortheirsuccesses.TheressomucharoundthenegativeoutcomeshighsuiciderateswithyouthintheNorththepooreduca-tionaloutcomesallthesestoriesallfocusingonthenegativeshesaid.Wewantedtofocusonthesuc-cessWhatareNortherncommunitiesandNorthernorganizationsdoingThereporttooktwo-yearsofinterviewingresearchandwritingforPullaanassociateprofessorofso-cialsciencesatRoyalRoadsUniversityinVictoriaBC.Hisgreatestdiscoveryhesaidwasthewealthofpro-gramsavailabletoyouthintheNorth.Onceyoushiftyourper-spectiveandyoustartlookingatstrength-basedapproachesthereissomuchoutthere.Therearesomanyorgani-zationsthataredoingamaz-ingworkbuildingresilienceamongstyouthintheNorthdealingwithsomeofthesereallytoughsituationsandworkingwithyouth.TheressomanysuccessstoriesPullasaid.Anothertwistforthere-searcherwasndingouthowunderreportedtheprogramsarehesaid.Thesurprisewashowresilienttheseprogramsac-tuallyareandhowwerenotactuallyhearingabouttheminthepress.Whyisthemediaalwaysfocusingontheneg-ativestoriesandnottellingthosepositivestoriesaboutsuccessresilienceandyouthinvolvementAtthesametimehisre-searchisntlookingtoputourheadsinthesandPullasaid.ThereportclearlystatesthattherearetangibleconcernsforyouthintheNorthsuchashigherinfantmortalityrateshigherin-stancesofsexuallytransmit-tedinfectionsandincreasedratesofobesitycertaincan-cershighbloodpressureandnutrition-relatedchildhooddiseases.LocaldeterminationcentraltosuccessResearchtookPullatoYellowknifewherehepar-ticipatedintheTakeaKidTrappingprogramwiththeKalemiDeneschoolandmetprogramcreatorGuyErasmus.Hisercededi-cationtotheprogramisahugepartofitssuccessPullasaid.ItcomesdowntoGuyscommitmenttomakingthatprogramhappenhesaid.Hewassoconvincedabouthowimportantthatwasthathewasntgoingtostandbyandnotletithappen.ThereportproledtwootherprogramsforAborigi-nalyouthinCanadasNorththeWinnipegAboriginalSportsAchievementCen-treNorthandthemadeinNunavutbyNunavum-miutMakimautiksatYouthWellnessandEmpowermentCampinIqaluit.ThecrucialfactorthatmakesthemallsuccessfulisthedeterminationbehindtheorganizationandthetrustfactorPullasaid.Thesearentpopuppro-gramsthatyoucancomeuptotheNorthandcreateovernight.Ittakestime.Ittakesdedication.Ittakeslocalconnectionsandasenseoftheprogrammersreallybeingcommittedheexplained.Withnoone-size-ts-allapproachfortheprogram-mingthechallengepresentednowtoorganizationsandpub-licpolicymakersishowtoimplementsimilarprogramsintheirowncommunities.EventuallyPullasaidhedliketoseegovernmentofalllevelsstartlookingintostrength-basedapproachestowellness.Thereareprogramsouttheremakingadifferencehesaidandthemorefocusthereisonstrengthsandsuc-cessthemorelikelysimilarprogramswillemerge.Readthefullreportonlineathttpwww.centreforthe-north.ca