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YellowkniferaisesPrideagsduringOlympicsYellowknifejoinedothersacrosstheworldinraisingtheirrainbowagsduringtheOlympicstosupportLGBTQathletesandprotestRussiasanti-gaylaws.Seepage2.WBNPBisonposeforin-ternationalvideographerInternationallyrenownedvid-eographerEdgardoAragnvisitedFortSmithtolmbisoninWoodBuffaloNationalPark.Seepage17.OlympiccheerCrowdsgatherinYellowknifeandHayRivertorootforhometownOlympians.Seepage13.CaribouLegstodeliverProtectthePeellettersLong-distancerunnerBradCaribouLegsFirthisrunningtoWhitehorsetohanddeliverProtectthePeelletterstotheYukonPremier.Seepage10.FreshwaterspillsplagueConocoPhillipsinSahtuTwoseparatefreshwaterspillshavehamperedConocoPhil-lipsrstfewweeksofex-ploratorydrillingforshaleoilintheSahtu.Seepage6.Visitwww.norj.caAnationalawardwinningindependentnewspaperservingnorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19771.00February112014Vol.37No.394LepineSt.HayRiverNTX0E1G1T867-874-4385F867-874-4383TollFree1-866-523-5437www.power123.comNointerestnopaymentsforupto24months......whenyousignupforTheSourcecreditcardin-store.Up-frontadministrationfeesmayapply.Offervalidonin-storepurchasesonly.Minimumpurchaseof299beforetaxesandadministrationfees.OACGNWTbudgetgearsupfordevolutionwithplantoincreasepopulationByMEAGANWOHLBERGAspromisedthreeyearsagotheterritorialgovernmentislooseningitspursestringswiththe2014-15budgetinordertostartbuildingtheinfrastructurerequiredtoincreaseitseconomicbaseontheeveofdevolution.Startingoffthethirdyearofthe17thAssemblywitha200-millionsurplusmadepossiblebytwofrugalyearsofdebtrepaymentandsav-ingtheGNWTisincreasingitscapitalplanby100millionoverthenexttwoyears.Atotalof27millionwillbeinvestedinnewprogram-mingtoaddressneedsinhealthsocialservicesandeducationwhile230mil-lionisbudgetedforpublicinfrastructureprojects.FinanceMinisterMichaelMiltenbergersymbolicallyannouncedtheshifttoin-creasedspendingwiththepurchaseofapairofnewshoesforbudgetdaybutwassuretoemphasizethegovernmentsfocusonscalrestraintisstillatthefore.Wereonourplanaswevelaidoutfromthestartyearthreewewouldenjoythefruitsofsomeofourscaldisciplineofyearoneandtwoaswekeptourcostsundercontrolandre-plenishedourreservestothebestofourabilitysowecaninfactbeefupourcapitalplantheministersaidatapressconferenceThursdaymorning.Wehavehon-ouredthatcommitmentinspiteofsomefairlysigni-cantchallenges.ThosechallengesincludemaintainingthesamelevelofspendingonprogramsandservicesdespitedropsintaxrevenuesacrosstheboardmassiveinfrastructuredebtandastagnantpopulationbasethatisbarringincreasedfederalgrantmoneythroughtheTerritorialFinancingFor-mulaTFF.BenefitingfromdevolutionThebiggestincreaseinthenewbudgetistiedtodevolutionwith59mil-lionallocatedtoadminis-teringthetransferofrespon-sibilitiesoverlandswaterandresourcestotheNWTnearlyhalfofwhichwillgotoestablishingthenewLandsdepartment.Thosenewfundshavebeenmadeavailablethrougha67-millionincreasetotheTFFgrantandallowfor9millioninexibilitytoaddressunanticipatedcostsassociatedwithdevolution.SeePopulationonpage3.PhotocourtesyofMichaelGildayYellowknife-raisedOlympianMichaelGildaygivesthethumbsupduringtheopeningceremoniesofthe2014WinterOlympicsinSochiRussialastweek.Gildayashort-trackspeedskaterisexperiencinghisrstOlympicsandtheCityofYellowknifeiscelebratingwithhim.Seestoryonpage13.HappyValentinesDay 2TuesdayFebruary112014NEWSBRIEFSFourcariboukilledbytruckswithindaysoficeroadopeningCariboucasualtiesarealreadymountingsincetheopeningoftheiceroadtothediamondminesinlateJanuarywithfourcaribouhitbytrucksintwoseparatecollisionslessthantwoweeksago.NWTwildlifeofcerstoldmediatherstincidentthatkilledtwocaribouhappenedJan.30therstdaytheiceroadnortheastofYellowknifeopenedfortheseason.AsecondincidentkilledanothertwocaribouthedayafterontheroadtoDeBeersGahchoKuemine.Thelastrecordofwildlifekilledonthediamondminewinterroadswasin1999accordingtowildliferepswhoarenowworkingwiththedepartmentofEnvironmentandNaturalResourcestocreateguidelinesfordriversontheiceroads.FortGoodHopeyouthkilledbyalcoholandcoldNWTCoronerAlcoholconsumptionandcoldexposurecausedthedeathofa14year-oldgirlfromFortGoodHopemorethanayearagoaccordingtotheterritoryschiefcoroner.CathyMen-ardreleasedtheresultsofherinvestigationlastweekcall-ingtheteensdeathaccidental.TheyounggirlwhohasnotbeenidentiedwasfoundinDecember2012afteracom-munitysearchpartylocatedherbodywithabottleofvodkainthebushnearthetownswaterreservoiradayaftershewentmissing.Menardsaidalcoholistheleadingcontribu-toryfactorofdeathsintheNWT.ThecoronerisaskingtheGNWTtoconsiderrecommendationstoamendtheliquoractthatweretabledintheLegislativeAssemblylastOctober.InuviktoprepDeltasfuturereghtersTheInuvikFireHallissettobecomeafullyedgedre-ghtingschoolforrecruitsintheMackenzieDeltaregion.FuturereghtersfromInuvikandtheoutlyingcommunitieswillnowhavefullformaltrainingattheInuvikhallwhichrecentlyacquiredanewretruckandhasplanstobringinaashoverunitthatsimulatesaburningroomfortrainingpurposes.PreviouslytraineesfromtheDeltahadtotraveltoYellowknifetocompletetheformalreghtertrainingprocess.TheInuvikFiredepartmentwillbelookingtoadd10morereghterstoitscurrentstaffof40.40SEFORTSMITHLEAGUEHOCKEYWALLYSDRUGSGAPHILLIPSTRENTON20132014SEASONGauthierRealGAFORTSMITHLEAGUEHOCKEYIIIPSSSOFORTSMITHLEAGUEHOCKEY1220132014SEASONELLSWORTHGATROYTheCreeLanguageProgramisprintingHockeyCardsSendinyourhockeyphotosWEWANTYOURACTIONSHOTSWEWANTYOURACTIONSHOTS00000004400EEEE4WEWANTYOURACTIONSHOTSFormoreinformationcontactVanceSandersonatcree.nwtmnnorthwestel.net.NWTCreeLanguageProgramNWTMtisNationYellowkniferaisesrainbowagduringOlympicstoprotestRussiasanti-gaylawsByMEAGANWOHLBERGYellowknifesCityHallhasjoinedothersacrosstheworldinraisingitsagsagainsthomophobiaandanti-gaydis-criminationastheOlympicstakeplaceinRussiawherenewlegislationhasallbutoutlawedhomosexuality.YellowknifeMayorMarkHeyckapproachedNWTPrideorganizersonFridayafternoonaskingifthetwopartiescouldjoinforcesandraisearainbowprideaginsupportofgayathletesinSochiandLGBTQpeoplearoundtheworld.TheagwasraisedTues-dayatCityHallandwillbeownforthedurationoftheOlympics.Yellowknifepridesitselfonbeingatolerantanddi-versecommunityanditsimportantthatastheorderofgovernmentrepresentingthecitizensofthiscitywestandupandshowoursupportforhumanrightsandequalityinallpartsoftheworldHeycktoldTheJournal.WestandinsolidaritywithallofthelocalgovernmentsacrossCanadawhoareexpressingtheirsup-portfortherightsoftheglobalLGBTcommunity.AccordingtoNWTPridedirectorImanKassamthemovebyHeycksaysalotaboutthecityssupportforhumanrightsandthemes-sageofpride.Thecityhasalwayssup-portedNWTPrideinourini-tiativesourmissionandoureffortstopromoteequitysoitsnotunexpectedatallthattheywouldapproachusshesaid.ItsnicetoseeacitysupportingtheLGBTQcom-munitysomuchthattheyarecomingtousandsayingWewanttoraiseyouragisthatcoolwithyouKassamsaidtheissueisnotjustaboutsupportinggayathletesinSochibutdecryinghumanrightsviolationstakingplaceinRussiaandothercoun-trieswherepeoplearebeingviolentlytargetedbecauseoftheirsexualorientations.ItsdevastatingwhenyouhearofcountriesthatdontsupportLGBTQrights-humanrightsshesaid.Olympicshasdrawnanin-creaseinworldwidecriticism.ThisisahugeandmassiveresponsesayingThisisnotokaythewholeworlddis-agreeswithyou.OurcountryCanadadisagreeswithyouandnowYellowknifeNorth-westTerritoriesdisagreeswithyourlaws.SohopefullythisYellowknifepridesitselfonbeingatol-erantanddiversecommunityanditsimportantthatastheorderofgovern-mentrepresentingthecitizensofthiscitywestandupandshowoursupportforhumanrightsandequalityinallpartsoftheworld.MayorMarkHeyckRussiabeganpassinglawsaimedathomosexualslastJunerstbanninggaypro-pagandawhichincludesev-erythingfromrainbowagstoholdinghandsinpublicasawaytoprotectchildren.Prideparadesmetwithbru-talretaliationfromright-winggroupsandpolicealikehavebeenbannedfor100years.AnotherbillintroducedlastOctoberaimstoremovechil-drenfromLGBTparentsinRussia.Thoughitsbeenputonholditisexpectedtobetakenupagainoncethein-ternationalspotlightoftheOlympicshasbeenremoved.Kassamsaidthesilverlin-ingliesintheglobalsolidar-itythathasariseninthefaceofthiskindofintoleranceasRussiasanti-gaystancetimedwithitshostingofthewilllightareundertheirbuttsandgetthemtochangetheirlegislationbecauseitswrongshesaid.SimilaragraisingshavetakenplaceincitiesacrossthecountryincludingOttawaTorontoMontrealEdmontonCalgaryHalifaxIqaluitRe-ginaandSt.Johnsasmorejumponboardworldwide.YellowknifesiconicSnowKingicecastlealsovolunteeredtoytheagdur-ingtheOlympicsraisingoneonMonday.KassamsaidNWTPrideisbusyorganizingthisyearsfes-tivalunderthesloganofJoinuswhichcontinuesoffoflastyearsthemeofunitysolidar-ityandworkingtogether.ThefestivalisscheduledforAug.8-10attheFolkontheRocksgrounds.PoliticsHumanRightsYellowknifesSnowKingTonyFoliotandNWTPridedirectorImanKassamraiseaPrideagatthecitysicecastleonMonday.BoththecastleandYellowknifesCityHallhavevolunteeredtoytherainbowagforthedurationoftheWinterOlympicsinSochi.PhotoscourtesyofNWTPride PoliticsFinance3TuesdayFebruary112014Continuedfrompage1Anestimated120millioningrossresourcerevenuesisonthebooksofwhichamaximumof45millionwillactuallystaywiththeGNWTaftersplittingit50-50withCanadaandsharing15percentwiththeAboriginalgovernments.Resourcerevenueswillnotgotoprogramsandservicesbutinsteadtoinfrastructureanddebtrepayment.Andafterlongdebatetheorigi-nallyproposed5percentofresourcerevenueswillgototheHeritageFundandnotmoredespitepubliccriticism.ItsanissueofdisciplinedchoicesMiltenbergersaid.Wehaveanumberofchal-lengeswehavemodestrev-enuesandexpendituresthatareexceedingthoserevenues...Sonotonlyarewehavingtosavemoneyforthefuturewealsohaveanobligationherewithdevolutionandbuildingoureconomicbasetoputinsomelong-termeconomicin-frastructurethatiscritical.The120millionbasedonave-yearaveragerepresents5percentoftheterritorysgrossexpenditurebasethemaximumtheterritorystandstogainfromdevolution.Toraisethatlimitwillrequireraisingthatbaseorpopula-tionoftheterritory.IncreasingthepopulationAlongwiththebudgetdetailsMiltenbergeran-nouncedthattheGNWTismakingastrategicshiftinfavourofboostingtheterri-toryspopulationby2000peopleoverthenextveyearsinordertosecuremoreTFFfundsfromCanada.Eachnewresidentwillre-sultinanadditional30000fortheterritorytoatotalof50millionifthegovernmentmeetsitsgoalnotcountingtheadditionaltaxesandotherspendingdonebyindividuals.Werenotgoingtoraisetaxesbutweredeterminedweregoingtodoallthethingsnecessarytogrowoureco-nomicbaseMiltenbergersaid.WewantasmuchofitaswecantostayintheNorth.TheGNWThashadpre-liminarymeetingswithbusinesstogetmomentumonrecruitingemployeestotheNorthbutalargepartoftheeffortwillgointoen-suringatleast20percentofNorthernstudentsreturntotheNorthafterattendingschoolelsewhere.WhatwerelosingbynotdealingwithsomeoftheseissuesisinthehundredsofmillionsofdollarsayearinlostrevenuetotheNorth-westTerritoriesMilten-bergersaid.Soitisacriti-calpieceofourplanthisisnotjustanicehigh-prolepoliticalinitiative.Thisisaverysignicanteconomicbase-buildinginitiativewherewerebringinginallthese-niorplayersingovernmentandtheprivatesectortoputourmindstothis.Someofthatmovementisalreadyincludedinthisbudgetwith22.6millionoverthreeyearstoincreasehousinginsmallercommuni-tieswherejobvacancieslie.RaiseddebtceilingcrucialCrucialtotheretentionofresidentsintheterritoryisthegovernmentsabilitytomakeinvestmentsintoeconomicinfrastructurelikeroadsandtransmissionlinesanabilitycurrentlyhamperedbytheNWTsfederalborrowinglimitof800million.ThoughtheGNWTcur-rentlyhasthemoneyforitscapitalplanapprovedlastfallitiswaitingtoseeiflargerprojectscanalsobenanced.Miltenbergerwhoisre-questingthedebtceilingberaisedby1billionsaidtalksofanincreasehavebeenpositiveandwillbenecessaryforthesuccessoftheterritorysscalstrategymovingforward.Wevehadveryproduc-tivediscussionswiththefed-eralgovernment.Theyrec-ognizethatwereawell-runjurisdictiontheyrecognizethatwevemanagedour-selveslikeamaturepoliticaljurisdictionshould...Theresawholelotofindicatorsthatsignalourabilitytomanageanotherbillion-dollarbumpuptoourborrowinglimitshouldthatnegotiationsuc-cessfullyconcludehesaid.Thatsanabsolutemajorissueforus.Ifwecantinvestsignicantlyineconomicin-frastructureitputsusonamuchsmallertracktotrytobuildoureconomicbase.59millionfordevolutiontransfer27millionfornewLandsdepartment14millionfornewresponsibilitiesinEnvironmentandNaturalResources13millionforIndustryTourismandInvestmentresponsibilities5millionforcentralagenciestomanagenewassetsandadministration.102newjobsoutsideofYellowknifemorethanhalfofwhicharearesultofdevolution.5milliontotheNTHousingCorp.toincreasepublichousingstock.2.6millionforthenewAnti-PovertyStrategicFramework.2millionforincreasedearlychildhoodeducation.2.6milliontofundinitiativesrecommendedbytheMinistersForumonAddictionsandCommunityWellness.515000tohiretwofull-timemidwivesinHayRiver.3milliontosupporttheimplementationofboththeEconomicOpportunitiesStrategyandMineralDevelopmentStrategy.1.4milliontodesigna65-kmtransmissionlineconnectingWhatitotheSnarehydrogrid.1.9millionforalternativeenergyprojectsincludingbiomasssolarandwind.11.5millionforincreasinglong-termcareemergencyhealthandhousingservices.Nonewtaxesbutpropertytaxmillratesandfeeshavebeenadjustedforination.BudgethighlightsPopulationboostneededformoretransferfundingFinanceMinisterMichaelMiltenbergerpreparesforlastThursdaysbudgetaddressonopeningdayofthewintersession.TheNWTgovernmentsmaceisbroughtintomarkopeningdayofthewintersessionofthe17thAssembly.PhotosBillBradenPhone867920-49442014SpringTradeShowisnowopenforregistrationsDiscountsformembers. EDITORIALARCHIVES15YearsAgo...CBCstrikeNorthernerscanexpecttostillndlivecoverageoftheNunavutelectionontheirtelevisionsetsaccordingtoCBCNorthwhichisfacingtheprospectofsomework-ersgoingonstrikeatthattime.Televi-siontechniciansalongwiththosewhoruncamerasandtakecareofsoundarethreateningtowalkoffthejobiftheirpayisnotincreased.IssueFebruary9199920YearsAgo...McMurraycommitstoroadlinkAmajordelegationfromFortMcMurraywillbecomingnorthattheendofFebruarytodeliveramessagetheywantaperma-nentroadlinktoconnecttheNWThigh-waysystemtotheircity.CitycouncillorJimCarburythecitysrepresentativeontheroadcommitteesaidthedelegationiscominguptorepaythemanyvisitsNorth-ernershavemadetothem.IssueFebruary9199430YearsAgo...CouncilgivesupThetownofFortSmithisgivingupaneight-yearbattlewithalocalresidentandpayinghimthemoneytheyowehim.TowncouncilvotedlastTuesdaytopayArmandoBerton1164.65foradeposithepaidtohaveserviceinstalledonalothepurchasedin1976.IssueFebruary919844TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.norj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChetehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMcKayFortMcMurrayFortVermillionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrarieHytheJohnDorPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatieDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsPaulatukTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesRaeEdzoSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekwetiWhaTiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMornvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2013CCNABLUERIBBONCANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2013CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayaddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedaddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadsnorj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlettersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21donnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter..............................MariaChurch867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising....................JoshuaJorgensen867-872-3000ext.15salesnorj.caAdministration................JeremyTurcotte867-872-3000ext.20adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caAnnaSierra867-872-3000ext.26designnorj.caTuesdayFebruary112014TheinitiativeproposedbyNWTFinanceMinisterMichaelMiltenbergertoimport2000newresidentsintotheNWTinthenextveyearstobolstertheworkforceisfarfetched.AssuminghighstandardsofskillsandeducationwouldbeappliedwhereareallthesenewbodiestocomefromHardworkingskilledemployeesarehardtondanywhere.AllofWesternCanadaisinadecadeslongboomandofferinganewbetterlifeintheNWTincompetitionwithAlbertaSaskatchewanandBCwithwagesatleastashighnicerclimatesandurbanamenitiesisatoughsell.Immigrationasasolutionisevenharder.Findingandat-tractingnewcomersfromafarwouldnotbeeasyandpeoplefromotherculturesandlanguagegroupscomeatacost.Beyondtraininglanguagecoursesandorientationprogramsareessentialandtheyareneithercheapnoreasy.Theywouldmeanbiggergovernmentandmoreexpenses-notagoodwaytogo.ThatasidetheremaybeashortageofworkersbuttoomanyintheexistingNWTHaveyounoticedfederalFinanceMinis-terJimFlahertyalwayslookslikeheneedsavacationThatdemeanorofunderlyingfatiguemaybethebadgeofthejob.Beingresponsibleforthescalmanagementofthebusinessofgovernmentaswellasmakingmovesthatenhancethenationseconomyessentiallytryingtopredictthefutureisaprettybigresponsibility-certainlythetough-estofallcabinetportfolios.Itisalsoathanklesstask.Immediatelywhenanewbudgetisreleaseddetrac-torsabound.Itgetspersonaltooandtheauthorislikeatargetinashootinggallery.Muchofthatisthenastycutandthrustofpartisanpolitics.Discreditingiskeytothegame.Accoladesarenonexistent.Anewbudgetinsomewaystranscendspoliticshowever.Itsasmuchabouttheme-chanicsofrunningthecountryasfurtheringapartisanagenda.OfcoursethetwoareTrialsandtribulationsofnanceministeringintertwinedbutstillcreatinganewbudgetisonahigherlevelthantherestofthepo-liticallymotivatedbusinessofgovernment.Italsofacesahigherlevelofcriticism.Theoppositiondoesitsthingndingeverypos-sibleawthenthereareregionalcorpo-rateandotheruniqueagendaseachwithexpectationsandcriticaladvocatesoutsidepartylines.Itisatougharena-impossibletopleaseeverybodyorsometimesevenanyone.ThenewbudgetlastweekintheNWTalthoughinanonpartisanconsensusgov-ernmentcontextfacedalmostidenticalchallenges.Theswordswereout.FinanceMinisterMichaelMiltenbergerhadthehon-ourofbeingthersttofacethebravenewworldofdevolutionwithitsupcomingowofmoneyfromresourcerevenues-newrulesandmuchgreaterexpectations.AfterseveralyearsofcarefullymanagedCo-managingtheNWTsfutureneedstightNWTbudgetsmoneyforinfrastructureandcapitalprojectslikeschoolshospitalsandgymnasiumsisonhand.Ontopofthattheowofnewmoneyfromresourcesisonitsway.Thechallengeistochartanewcourseinunknownpotentiallyprosperouswatersavoidingmissteps.Itisaboutchart-ingthefuturedirectionforthebuddingnewjurisdiction-Canadasyoungestandpos-siblymostcomplex-thatistheNWT.Milt-enbergerandhisstaffhavetheirhandsfull.Asexpectedthedocumentwasnotper-fectandintheeyesofsomeitwasdown-righttawdry.Miltenbergersideaofatrustfundsettingaside5percentofresourcerevenuesforfuturegenerationssparkedparticularinterest.Somesaythemoneycouldbebetterspentnowonimportantthings.Othersarguethat5percentispaltrypointingtoNorwaysoverowingvaultsasevidencemuchmoreshouldbesetaside.populationneedjobsyetforavarietyofreasonscannotconnectwiththem.Thatsituationshouldbexedbeforesubscribingtonewproblematicplanstoimportlabour.Socialandeconomicissuesabound.Letsputourenergyintorectifyingthem.ThereistheissueofpoorschoolattendanceandgraduationratesofFirstNationstudents.Obviouslyadifferentapproachtoeduca-tionisneeded.TheNWThasbetteraca-demicnumbersthanmostjurisdictionsandiswellplacedtoleadthecountrywithso-lutionsthatofferFirstNationcommunitieswhattheyneedbutanewcommitmenttoenhancingeducationisneeded.Inaddi-tiontheNWTcannotdependonlyonbigminingprojectsalonetomakeuptheecon-omy.Theyareshortlivedandjobrotationroutineswithweeksawayfromhomearenotsuitedtoeveryone.TheNWTgovern-mentisdoingapoorjobofsupportinglocalbusinessesinsmallcommunitiesessentialinfosteringastrongeconomicfoundation.Thereismuchthatcouldbedone.TheotherthingmissingfromthebudgetwasanefforttocoordinatewithFirstNa-tiongovernmentsinmanagingandsee-ingtotheterritorysneeds.Devolutionmoneywillnowowtothemaswellandtheytoowillhaveimportantrolesinen-hancingeducationcommunitybuildingextendinginfrastructureeconomicdevel-opmentandsoon.Withthatnewwealthcomesmoreresponsibilityofgovernancewhichshouldincludetransparencyandaccountability-thehallmarksofanygoodgovernment.ManyNWTcommunitieshavemultipleFirstNationandMtisgovernmentsinad-ditiontoalocalcouncilandanNWTgov-ernmentpresence.Insomecasestherearemoregovernorsthangoverned.Eachhavetheirownbureaucracyandbudgets.Allofthenewmoneythatwillcometothosegovernmentswithoutexceptionshouldbewiselyappliedtowellplannedpurposes.CommongoalsacrosstheNWTareneededandasharedapproachinachievingthem.Thatrequirescollaborationconsensusandleadership.High-5forGildayHuddledintheirsleepingbagsDaphneCloutierTaraStocktonandGraceClarksaluteMichaelGildaysqualifyingsuccess.The27year-oldskaterdidntmakethenextroundduetoafaultwhenjudgespenalizedhimforbumpinganotherskaterbutwillcompeteagainonThursdayinarelayevent.PhotoBillBraden LETTERSTOTHEEDITOR5FortSmithHayRiverWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayForecastForecastNorms-15Cand-26CNorms-14Cand-26C-30Low-27Low-20High-20High-23Low-24High-34Low-28Low-32Low-21High-19High-24Low-24High-35Low-16High-15HighYellowknifeInuvikWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayNorms-22Cand-31CNorms-19Cand-28C-34Low-32Low-36Low-30Low-31Low-32Low-24High-23High-26Low-26High-34Low-20High-29High-28High-27High-28HighTuesdayFebruary112014EditorInresponsetoapublican-nouncementonCKLBfromDeninuKueFirstNationDKFNChiefBalsillienoti-fyingmembershipandpublictheDKFNcouncilisintheprocessofsigningthede-volutionagreementwiththegovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritories.Unfortunatelytherehasntbeenanycon-sultationwiththemember-shipandthedutytoconsultisinquestionasstatedintheCanadianconstitutionof1982ConstitutionActSection35.Themembershipwasnotmadeawareofthisdecisiontoagreewithdevolution.Ameetingwasheldattheofcecomplexwithoutprovidingpublicnoticetoinformthemembershipthattheywereconsideringandagreeingtosigndevolution.Unfortunatelythemem-bershiphasbeendeniedanAnnualGeneralAssemblysinceSept.92007atwhichMembersshouldbenetfromACFNrsttimetheAssemblywasin-completeandwastoconvenethenextday.OneMondayFeb.32014onaCBCbroadcasttheDeninuKueFirstNationannounceditsdecisiontosignontotheDevolutionAgreementwiththegovern-mentoftheNorthwestTer-ritories.AndagainonFeb.3theDeninuKueFirstNa-tionannouncedthroughthelocalDKFNFacebookpageacontrolledmediathatithadmadeadecisiontosignthedevolutionagreementwiththegovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritorieswith-outinformingitsmember-shipofthedecision.OntheDKFNFacebookpagethemembersaskingaboutthedevolutionprocesswereim-mediatelydeletedorblocked.TheyvesincedeactivatedthecontrolledDKFNFacebookaccount.Membersareconcernedbecausetherehasntbeenanytransparencyoraccountability.ContrarytotheFirstNationsTranspar-encyActBillC-27Ab-originalAffairsandNorth-ernDevelopmentAANDCapprovedtheDeninuKueFirstNationsauditwithaBandCouncilResolutionandcontinueditsformulafunding.Thisisnotinac-cordancewiththeBillC-27.OnnumerousoccasionsmembersoftheDeninuKueFirstNationhavecon-tactedAANDCabouttheirconcernswiththechiefandcounciloftheDeninuKueFirstNationbywayoflet-tersdroppinginattheof-ceinYellowknifeandlongdistancecallsfromelderstoonlybeignoredandbetoldthattheDeninuKueFirstNationisgovernedbyaCustomaryElectionCodeandtheywouldnotinterfere.Wearenotfamiliarwithdevolutionandwouldlikeabetterunderstandingsowecouldmakeproperdecisions.IhavelistenedtoallourAkai-tchoElderstalkabouthowimportanttheTreatyisandthatourlandshouldnotbesoldorgivenaway.DeninuKueFirstNationisnotre-spectingtheNWTTreaty8Processandwedonotknowwherewestand.IheardChiefBalsilliestateontheradiothatheissign-ingtheagreementbecausepeoplearesufferinginFortResolutionbutthemajorityofthepeopleIseeneglectedarethenon-relatedortheun-educatedbecausetheyhavenoalternative.AsperSection35oftheCanadianConstitution1982DeninuKueFirstNationmembershipdemandsthegovernmenttoorganizeameetingwiththemember-shiptoaddresssevenyearsofoutstandingconcerns.SharonLaffertyConcernedMemberoftheDeninuKueFirstNationEditorsnoteThisletterhasbeeneditedforlengthTotheDenesulineofKaiTaileNeneFortChipewyanAsyouknowIamalsounderandpartofthead-ministrationoftheAtha-bascaChipewyanFirstNa-tionwhichisintruthanextensionofcolonialruleunderthedepartmentofAb-originalAffairs.HoweverwetheDenesulinearealltruecitizensofDenesu-lineNeneanentirecoun-trywhichisabout500000squaremilesor1.2millionsquarekilometresinareaandwenumberover35000in40variouscommunities.IlearnedthiswhenItraveledtoalmostallofourDenesu-linecommunitiesexcepttwoandattendednineoutof10Denegatheringsthatwehavehadinthepast.ManyofyouknowwhoIambuttherearealsomanythatIhaveknownwhoaregonetoday.Therealsoisawholenewgenera-tionofpeopleourchildrenandtheirchildren.Whenourfamilymovedawayin1973someofusmovedtoCarswellLakeIlearnttobecomeatruetraditionalandaspiritualpersonwithintheDenesulineworld.Itisunlikethecommunitieswherewearealllivingtoday.Mostlyandaboveallithascomebyunderstandingourancienttraditionallawfromtheel-dersthatwethepeoplearetherealbossesofthelandourselvesnotthechiefsoranyotherforeignauthorities.Accordingtothestatisticsofthebandwenumberclosetoathousandbutlessthan250orabout25percentliveinthecommunityofFortChipewyan.MostofourothersmembersliveinFortMcMurrayEdmontonandinFortSmithorlikemyselfliveinYellowknife.TheFirstNationbandcounciloftheAthabascaChipewyanareallunderourauthorityinclud-ingthecompanyACDENAthabascaChipewyanDenesuline.AlsoithascometomyattentionthatACDENhaslessthan1percentofourpeopletheDenesulineem-ployedinthecompanyandtherestareallnon-natives.Italsoearnedanestimatedseveralhundredmilliondol-larsfromtheoilsectorandboughtabuildingworth68million.Furthermoreittrulyappearsthatthe99percentofthenon-nativeswork-ingforthemaretheoneswhoarebeneting.ManyofthemareownintothecampsfromsoutherncitiesofVancouverEdmontonCalgaryNewfoundlandandsoforthandtheyarealllivingcomfortablywithprosperouslives.Andyetlessthan70milesawaytotheeastofFortMcMurraythereareabout5000Dene-sulinelivinginLaLochewhere80percentofthemhavenojobs.ItisthesameinmostofourDenesulinecommunitiesthroughoutDenesulineNene.HowcanacompanythatusesournameDenesolineandisownedbyaFirstNationbandnothireourpeopletheDene-sulineIftheycanypeo-plefromNewfoundlandwhichisthousandsofmilesawaywhycantheynotyourpeopleoutofTadouleLakeLutselKeandYel-lowknifewhicharealllessthan500milesawayEveryothercommunityiscloser.TheDenesulineareawareofACDENandarewonderingthesamethingwhyaretheyusingournameandnothir-ingustheyallsay.AsfortheShellsJackpinemineexpansionIwouldsayjustletitgobecausewethemembersofACFNareget-tingnothingoutofit.Stopalltheprotestfornooneislistening.Nobodycares.AsItravelthroughoutDene-sulineNeneourgreatestproblemismoney.Ironicallyspeaking80percentoftheoilsandsarewithinDene-sulineNeneandareworthtrillionsofdollarssohowcanwebesounfortunateItisthetimenowforusthepeoplewhoaretherealbossestomakethischange.LetsbringourrelativesintoACDEN.RogerDerangerCitizenofDenesulineNeneNorthernJournal2014JoinusonlineLikeNorthernJournalonFacebookandgettheweeklynewsdeliveredtoyourfeedFACEBOOKFEEDBACKAnewinnhasopeneditsdoorstowearytravelerswantingtocozyupforthenightinFortSmithpromisingalltheamenitiesofonesownhome.NewFortSmithBBoffershomeawayfromhome.AlisonWhiteCongratsJanieMyraGillisCongratsJanieWaytogoSonnyLenoirJune16thweekendistheAnnualDeneNationalAssemblyAnothergreatplacetostayDevolutiondealsignedwithoutconsulting EnvironmentOilsands6TuesdayFebruary112014Albertadoctorsaskedtotreatoilsands-relatedillnessOpenletteraresponsetoallegedtreatmentrefusalinPeaceRiverByMARIACHURCHAgroupof26organiza-tionsiscallingontheAlbertaMedicalAssociationAMAtoinvestigatewhydoctorsinPeaceRiverrefusedtotreatoilsands-relatedillnessafterevidenceemergedlastmonthdocumentingtreat-mentrefusalwhenhealthproblemswerelinkedtobi-tumenemissions.Environmentalhealthandlandownerrightsorganiza-tionssentanopenlettertotheAMAlastFridayurg-ingtheassociationtodeter-minewhetherphysiciansarereluctanttotreatoil-relatedillnesspotentiallyduetofearsofpoliticalorindustryretribution.TheletterisinresponsetoresearchrequestedbytheAlbertaEnergyRegula-torAERmadepubliclastmonthdocumentingthatphy-siciansinthePeaceRiverarearefusedcareorwouldnotdiagnosepatientswhoprofessedtohavehealthproblemscausedbybitumenemissions.TheresearchwasbasedontestimonyfromresidentsnearBaytexEnergyscoldheavyoilproductionCHOPproj-ectclosetoPeaceRiverwhosaytheywereturnedawayaftersuggestingtheirhealthconcernswereconnectedtotheoilprojectsemissions.DuetotheseriousnessoftheseallegationswebelievetheAMAneedstolookintothismattertoseeifthereisanythingtheAMAcandotofurthersupportphysi-cianssothattheyfeelabletofullyadvocateonbehalfoftheirpatientstheopenletterstates.MikeHudemaofGreen-peaceCanadaoneofthe26organizationsbehindtheopenlettersaidGreenpeacehasbeenmonitoringthesitu-ationinPeaceRiverforsometimebutafterweeksofin-actionfollowingtheAERsreportfeltcompelledtotakeaction.Morethanthreeweeksnowhavegonebysincethatreportwasrsttabledandweheardabsolutelynoth-ingsowereallyfeltsome-thingneedstobedonehetoldTheJournal.HudemasaidAlbertansshouldnotbequestioningwhetherornottheirdoctorisdoingeverythingintheirpowertounderstandtheirill-nessandsuggesttreatmentswithoutfearofrepercussionsfromindustryorgovernment.Insomecasesdoctorstoldresidentstheirbestop-tionwastomovebecausetheywerejustasmallcoginalargemachinehesaid.Tomeitfeelslikedoc-torsintheareaarescaredtomakeanylinktothetarsandsindustryeitherbecauseofloyaltytothatindustryormorepotentiallybecauseoffearofreprisalsfromeitherindustryorthegovernment.HudemasaidtheproblemisnotlimitedtothePeaceRiverareaasGreenpeacehasreceivedotherreportsfromAlbertansclaimingdoctorshaverefusedtoconsiderthelinkbetweenoilsandsemis-sionsandillness.Dr.JohnOConnoraphy-sicianintheFortChipewyanareadrewharshcriticismfromgovernmentandindustryafewyearsagonearlylosinghismedicallicenseafterraisingredagsaboutthepresenceofrarecancersinthecom-munityandthepotentiallinktoupstreamoilsandsindustry.HudemasaidtheAMAneedstoensurephysiciansintheprovincefeelcomfort-ablemakingconnectionstotheoilandgasindustryifthereispotentialforconcern.FreshwaterspillsplagueConocoPhillipsrstweeksExploratoryfrackingdelayedbyaweekafterwatermeltsicepadByMEAGANWOHLBERGMillionsoflitresofspilledfreshwateranaccidentin-volvingawatertruckandadomesticsewagewastewaterspillinJanuaryandFebruaryhavehamperedConocoPhil-lipsrstweeksofexplor-atorydrillingforshaleoilintheSahturegion.Theoilandgascompanycurrentlyconductingthersthorizontalfrackingintheter-ritorythiswinterconrmedthat2700cubicmetresoffreshwaterspilledfromaraisedcontainmentpondatitsdrillsiteonFeb.5.ConocoPhillipsspokes-personLaurenStewartsaidthecompanyisstillinvesti-gatingthecauseofthespill.Whilenoenvironmentaldamageisexpectedshesaidtheincidenthascauseddelaysduetotheicepadhavingbeenmeltedbytheheatedwater.Thiswilldelayourfrac-turingoperationsbyapproxi-matelyoneweekbutwewilltakethetimetodowhatneedstobedonetoensurethesiteissafetoproceedStewartsaidinanemail.Thewastewaterspillfol-lowsanaccidentinvolvingawatertruckonJan.12.Thetrucktippedoveronahillonthewinterroadbetweentheriverandconstructioncamp.ContractorsforCono-coPhillipstoldtheregulatorsinanemailthatthedriverreceivedtwostitchesbutthetruckreceivedminimaldamage.AccordingtoPaulDixonexecutivedirectoroftheSahtuLandandWaterBoardSLWBthetruckspilledasubstantialamountoffreshwaterwithnoexpectedimpacttotheenvironmentbutsaidhehadnotreceivedaspillreportasofyet.DocumentsontheSLWBspublicregistryhighlightedasmallglycolspillinrelationtothetippedtruckwhileanundisclosedquantityoffresh-waterpouredoutofthetophatchofthetruck.Thetruckwhichtippedapproximately150metresfromtheriverwasremovedaccordingtothespillplanandreportssayonly0.25litresofoilwerefoundtohavespilled.Thecontaminatedsnowwasshovelledintoanenviroanddisposedof.ThetruckwasonitssidefortwodayswhilethepropertowingequipmentwasbroughtintoremoveitStewartsaid.ThesamecontractorsalsoreportedtotheSLWBthatasewagespillhadtakenplaceonJan.11andwasnowfrozen.Accordingtothecontrac-tor500litresofdomesticsewagewastewaterfromseveralwellsitetrailersspilledontoa6square-metreareanearthetrailers.AftertherighasbeenmovedoutofthewaythefrozenspilledsewagewillberecoveredanddisposedofintoourenvironmentalwastestoragecontainersforproperdisposalStew-artsaid.Workcontinuesoncon-structionattheP-20wellsitepadandontheMackenzieRivercrossingwhichisnowratedfor32000kg.ThesurfaceportionofthewellatthedrillingrigonleaseE-76hasbeencompletedandthecrewisnowworkingontheintermediatesection.Thereareapproximately55peopleworkingattheconstructioncamp.AwatertruckonitswaytothedrillsitetippedoveronJan.12onthewinterroad.PhotoConocoPhillipsIndustryOilGas 7TuesdayFebruary112014MLAwantsfullreviewofSahtuwaterlicenserenewalImperialOilaskingforanother10yearsofdrillingnearNormanWellsIndustryOilGasByMEAGANWOHLBERGSahtuMLANormanYake-leyasaysImperialOilsap-plicationtorenewitswaterlicensefordrillingnearNor-manWellsshouldgotoafullenvironmentalassessmentsoconcernsaboutwaterqual-ityfrompeopledownstreamcanbeaddressedbeforehand.Imperialwhosewaterli-censeexpiresattheendofAugustthisyearisapply-ingfora10-yearextensionfromtheSahtuLandandWaterBoardSLWBonitsoperationsintheNormanWellsProvenArea.Technicalsessionsregard-ingthecompanysapplica-tiontookplaceinmid-Jan-uaryandpublichearingsarescheduledforApril.YakeleyasaidthepeopleofFortGoodHopewhodrawtheirwaterfromtheMacken-zieRiverdownstreamhavebeenaskingforawatermoni-toringstationandlaboratoryforyearsandareconcernedthat10moreyearsofdrillingbyImperialcouldnegativelyimpactthewater.Whenyouhave1.5bil-lionlitresgoingbackintotheMackenzieRiverthepeopleofFortGoodHopedontreallyhavethere-sourcestoquestionImperialsoperationstoknowwhattypesofeffectsitsgoingtohaveonpeopleinthelongtermYakeleyasaid.Thelicenseunderreviewallowsfortheremovalof3.5billionlitresoffreshwaterfromtheMackenzieRivereachyeartobeusedinitsop-erations.Between2004and2012thecompanydrewanaverageof2.63billionlitres.OfthewaterdrawnfromtheMackenzieabouthalfisinjectedintothereservoirforpressuremaintenanceandtheotherhalfreturnedtotheriver.WaterusedforcoolingisdischargedintoasettlingpondwhereitistestedforoilandgreasehydrocarbonspHsuspendedsolidschlo-rineandconductivitybeforeitisreleased.TestresultsaresubmittedtotheSLWB.AccordingtoImperialspokespersonPiusRolheisertherehavebeennowaterqualityissueswiththewaterdischargedintotheMacken-zieoverthelastdecade.AllofthedownstreamtestingthatImperialhasdonetodateindicatesthattherearenoadverseeffectsonriverwaterqualitydown-streamofouroperationhetoldTheJournal.WewillcertainlybespeakingtothatinmuchgreaterdetailatthehearingitselfandIdontwanttopreemptthat.Asidefromminorchangestothelicensewhichdonotaffectwaterwithdrawalortreatmenttheapplicationremainslargelythesame.TheamountofthewaterthatImperialintendstowith-drawremainsthesameRol-heisersaid.Thoughthedischargedwateristestedforallcon-taminantsYakeleyasaidthereleaseofitbackintotheriverstillraisesquestionsaboutqualityandthehealthofshwildlifeandhumans.Astudyin2010bythedepartmentofFisheriesandOceansshowedlevelsofmer-curyPCBsandDDTwererisingrapidlyinMackenzieRivershnearFortGoodHopeatrendlinkedtocli-matechange.YakeleyasaidpeopleinFortGoodHopecomplainofabnormallyhighratesofcancerintheircommunityandhavenotruledoutindus-tryspossiblerole.Theyshouldreallybeaskingforanenvironmentalassessmentonthewater.WehavenevertakenthiswaterlicensethroughanEA.Itim-mediatelywenttothelandandwaterboardhesaid.Whatarethelong-termeffectsontheshontheanimalsandmoreimportantlydoesithaveanyeffectsonthepeopleinregardstotheircancerHewantstoseeanassess-mentofthecumulativeim-pactsdonebyindependentmonitorstoaddressthoseconcerns.IthinkitssoimportantthatthepeopleinFortGoodHopefeelsomesenseofcomfort.TheirconcernsarelegitimateYakeleyasaid.Rolheisersaidthecompanyislookingforwardtotheup-cominghearingswherealltechnicalstaffwillbeonboardtoexplainthewaterusetreatmentanddischargeprocess.Therewillbeampleop-portunityforpeopletovoiceconcernsiftheyhavethemtoaskquestionsandtogetanswerstothosequestionshesaid.FilephotoImperialOilswaterlicensetodrillnearNormanWellsincludingonthearticialislandsexpiresthisAugust. 8TuesdayFebruary112014NWT-AlbertawateragreementhitshomestretchByMARIACHURCHNegotiationstoseeatransboundarywateragree-mentfortheMackenzieRiverBasinwhichbeganwithfederalprovincialandterritorialsignaturesin1997arenowinthehomestretchbetweenAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriesaccordingtotheNWTsEnvironmentminister.Thenegotiatingteamsfortheprovinceandterri-toryareaimingtoconcludetalksbyMayofthisyearasignicantmilestoneafteryearsofdiscussionsscien-ticresearchandmillionsofdollarsMichaelMilten-bergersaidataconstitu-encymeetinginFortSmithlastweek.WereinthehomestretchwithAlbertahesaid.Wereover90percentdone.Werejusttryingtogetsomeofthethornieris-suesdone.TheGNWTenteredintoseriousnegotiationsforabilateralwateragreementwiththeprovincein2007withamemorandumofunderstanding.NWTnegotiatorsexpectedyearsofdiscussionstoyieldadraftagreementwithAl-bertalastsummerbutpo-liticalshiftspreventedanyconcreteactionbetweenthegovernmentsMilten-bergersaid.ThisMaydeadlinewethinkisgoingtobetheonethatgetsustherehesaid.OnceadraftagreementispresentedtotheGNWTthenextstepwillseethedocu-mentbroughttocommuni-tiesandFirstNationsacrosstheterritoryforconsultationbeforethenalagreementissigned.TheMackenzieRiverBasinwhichbeginsinPeaceRiverABandowsNorthuptotheArcticOceanisthelargestwatershedinCanadaandcrossesbordersintheNWTYukonBCAlbertaandSaskatchewan.Asthedownstreamju-risdictionforthebasintheNWTisheavilyaffectedbywhatshappeningupstreamMiltenbergersaid.Assuchtheterritoryhastakentheleadontransboundarywateragreements.Albertahesaidiscon-sideredapriorityfortheGNWTbecauseofthevol-umeandpaceofindustrialgrowth.Albertaifyoulookattheirregistrytheyhavespillsregularly.Somearemajorsomearesmallbuttheressuchintensedevelopment.Justmathematicallytheamountofworkthattheyaredoingpipelinestheyhaveandtheamountofdrillingtheyaredoingtheresenor-mousconcern.EverythingtheyredoingtherepercussionstendtoJoeCampbellpresidentofTerraXMineralsInc.holdsapublicconsultationmeetinginYellowknifeonJan.23.ThejuniorcompanyislookingintoseveraldepositsnorthofthedefunctGiantMine.Thoughthecompanyisprimarilyexploringforgoldthereisalsoevidenceofcopperandsilverinthedeposits.PendingpermittingTerraXwillbedoingmoredrillingthisspring.PhotoBillBradenItsamajorprovincewithaverypressingdevelopmentagendaMiltenbergersaid.TheObedcoalspilllatelastyearwhichsaw90000tonnesofcoalslurryowdowntwonorthernAlbertatributariesandintotheAtha-bascaRiverbeforereachingtheSlaveintheNWTisoneexampleofenvironmentalconcernsfrequentinAl-bertahesaid.comethiswayMilten-bergersaid.Ourgoalistomakesurethewatersareprotectedandabundantandcleanforall.Miltenbergersaidtheend-gamefortheGNWTistoseewateragreementswithallborderingjurisdictionsincludingNunavutwhichisadownstreamjurisdic-tionfortheNWTswatersources.Wereover90percentdone.Werejusttryingtogetsomeofthethornierissuesdone.MinisterMichaelMiltenbergerEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesEnvironmentWaterTerraxMineralsplanstodrillforgold PoliticsFinance9TuesdayFebruary1120142014TownofFortSmithNoticeAllresidentsofFortSmithwhoownadogarerequiredtoregistertheirdogwiththeTownofFortSmithasperDogControlBylaw678Section3.1.PossessionofanunlicensedandoruntaggeddogintheFirstOffenceSecondOffenceThirdOffense-7500-15000-30000FinesforDogsNotRegisteredwithintheMunicipalityofFortSmithPolicygroupgivesrecommendationsforHeritageFundLong-termpublicengagementcrucialforproperfundmanagementByMEAGANWOHLBERGFivepercentofannualresourcerevenueswontbeenoughtosatisfyalltherecommendationsanationalpolicygroupisputtingforthfortheNWTHeritageFundbutisastart.ActionCanadafellowsreleasedtheirnalreportdetailingbestpracticesforobtainingfutureprosperityintheNWTthroughthede-velopmentofaheritagefundonFridaymorninginOttawa.Thereportcompiledoverthelastfewmonthsbasedoninter-viewswithotherfund-holdingjurisdictionsandroundtablediscussionswitheconomistsandpoliticiansoutlinessixrecommendationsfortheter-ritorialgovernmentinmov-ingforwardwithitsnewfund.Therstofthoserecom-mendsestablishingafundcapableofachievingadualobjectiveofsavingandsta-bilisingaresource-basedeconomyforwhichmorethan5percentofrevenuesperannumwouldberequired.Resourcepricesareoftenquitevolatileandsotheamountoftaxesagovernmentcanexpectfromresourceswillgoupanddownalotinanygivenyear.Sohavingasta-bilisationcomponenttothatfundallowsyoutobasicallynormalizetheamountoftaxesyouwouldexpecttoreceiveperyearandyoucouldtakeitoutwhenyourbudgetaryinputsarelowerthanexpectedfellowAndreDiastoldTheJournal.Havingastabilisationcom-ponenttothefundpreventsonefromactuallyhavingtheurgetodipintothesavingspiecewhentimesaretoughbecauseyoualreadyhaveapiecetotapintowhentimesaretough.Itsinthecontextofthatobjectivethatwesaidyouwouldneedtoallocatemorethan5percent.AsitstandstheNWTsfundisonlylookingtosavemoneyfromresourceroyal-tiesforfuturegenerations.Ata5percentinputratethefundwillholdamaxi-mumof100millionafter20yearsifannualaverageroyaltiesare54millionandthefundachievesa5percentrateofreturn.Thegroupdidnotpointoutaspecicpercentageitthoughtwouldbebestforfundcontri-butionssayingitlieswithgov-ernmentpriorities.ItbasicallydependsonwhatyouwanttoleaveforfuturegenerationsDiassaid.NWTFinanceMinisterMilt-enbergerannouncedduringlastThursdaysbudgetaddressthatthegovernmentcannotcur-rentlyaffordtosavemorethan5percentofresourcerevenuesandsimultaneouslyfollowthroughonlegacyeconomicinfrastructure.Ifwewereamatureju-risdictioninacountrylikeNorwaythathasahundredsofyearsheadstartonusintermsofbeingbuiltupin-frastructureneedsmetsmallgeographicallywedalllovetobeinthatpositiontoputallthatmoneyaway.Butourre-alityisdifferentsowehavetobalancehesaid.Miltenbergersaidthe5percentisnotsetinstoneandcanbelookedatagainbyfutureassembliesiftheter-ritorybeginstoamasslargeamountsofroyalties.ThoughthatisthecaseSarahDaitchanActionCanadafel-lowfromtheNWTcautionedagainstdeferringsavingstothefuture.Thosedecisionsmadetodaythoughtheycanberevisitedbyfuturegovern-mentswillhaveasignicantimpactonwhatsgoingtobethereshesaid.ApartfromthestabilisationpiecetheActionCanadagroupmadeseveralrecommenda-tionsaddressingtheactualgovernanceofthefundfromtheprotectionofthesavingstomakingsmartinvestmentswhilealsoensuringpublicinputandtransparency.Sometimesitdoesntmat-terifyouputin5percent50percentor100percentintothefundifyoudonthavegoodwith-drawalordepositrulesfellowJuliaFan-Lisaid.EventhoughAlbertahadaheritagefundsetupin1976itsdepositruleswerenotveryclearandthereforeital-lowedsuccessivegovernmentstochangetheirmindseverynowandthenaboutexactlywhattoputinthefund.Allthefellowsagreedthatthefundshouldbeprotectedbythestrongestlegislationpossibletoguaranteesavingsforthefuture.CurrentlytheNWTHeritageFundispro-tectedfrompoliticaltamper-ingfor20years.Keepingpoliticalhandsoutofthefundiswherethecivicengagementpiecebecomessoimportantsaidthegroup.WhatwevelearnedonourresearchinNorwayisthatwhencitizensareengagedaboutthetopicandtheydemandthatthesavingsbekeptinthefundthatswheneverysinglepoliti-calpartyandeverysinglecon-sensusgovernmentthatmayformwillkeeptothewishesofthepublicFan-Lisaid.Thosedecisionsmadetodaythoughtheycanberevisitedbyfuturegovernmentswillhaveasignicantimpactonwhatsgoingtobethereinthefuture.ActionCanadafellowSarahDaitchBudgetgetsgoodgradesfromNWTChamberByMEAGANWOHLBERGInwhattheNWTCham-berofCommerceispraisingasthebeginningofaneweratheGNWTsbudgetreceivedmuchbettergradesthisyearthanlastfromthebusinesslobbygrouponitsannualreportcard.ThegovernmentreceivedaBonitsthirdbudgetofthe17thAssemblywhosethree-yeartermsofarhasbeencharacterizedbyfis-calprudence.LastyeartheNWTChamberawardedtheGNWTaC-forlackofforesightandinvestmentintheeconomychamberpresidentKathyGraysaid.The2014-25budgetshesaidismuchmorepromising.Forthepastfewyearsthebudgetaddresshasntbeenveryexciting.Thefirstprioritywasfiscaldis-cipline.InthatregardthegovernmentgetsanAforgeneratingsurplusesandpayingdowndebtGraysaidnotingthemovefroma1.3-millionsurplustoanestimated200-millionoperatingsurplusinthisbudget.Duringitstwoyearsoffiscaldisciplinethegovernmentwasalsoabletopaydownsomeofitslong-termdebtrestor-ingapositivevarianceof176milliontothefederalborrowinglimitof800million.AllofwhichmeansthattheGNWTcanbeginaddressingour3-billioninfrastructuredeficitthisyearincludingtheMacken-zieValleyFibreLinkwhichwevebeenadvocatingforseveralyearsGraysaid.ShealsopraisedtheGN-WTsnewinitiativetobringuptheterritoryspopula-tionby2000overthenextfiveyears.Thiscommitmentillus-tratesthegovernmentin-tentiontostemthedeclineandturnthingsaround.Webelieveitsanimpor-tantannouncementnotjustforgovernmentrevenuesbutalsofortheeconomyshesaid.Equallyimportantwasseeingnoincreasesintaxessheadded.ForthepastfewyearstheBudgetAddresshasntbeenveryexciting.Therstprior-itywasscaldiscipline.InthatregardthegovernmentgetsanAforgeneratingsurplusesandpayingdowndebt.KathyGrayNWTChamberofCommercePoliticsFinancePredictedSizeofNWTHeritageFundin20yearsifannualaverageroyaltiesare54millionandthefundachievesa5rateofreturn.ImageActionCanada PoliticsFirstNations10TuesdayFebruary112014MarathonertohanddeliverProtectthePeelmessageCaribouLegstorun1200kmtoWhitehorsewithlettersforYukonpremierByMEAGANWOHLBERGCommunitiesontheNorthwestTerritoriessideofthePeelwatershedarepreparedtohanddelivertheirmessageofopposi-tiontotheYukongovern-mentonitsnewlanduseplanfortheregionifneedbestartingwitha1200-kmtrek.BradCaribouLegsFirthaGwichinultralong-dis-tancerunnerfromInuvikannouncedlastweekthatheispreparingtoruntheentireDempsterHighwayfromInuviktoWhitehorsethisAprilwithabag-andsupportcar-fulloflettersfromconcernedresidentstoYukonPremierDarrellPasloski.ImreallyworriedaboutwhatshappeningthereintheYukonandhowitsalleventuallygoingtocomeherethroughthewaterandtheairandthelandFirthsaid.Therecouldbelesscaribouandlesseverything.SoIthinkcarryingthatmes-sagegettingthekidstoun-derstandwhatthatmeansisimportant.LettersbeingacceptedattheGwichinTribalCoun-cilofceinInuvikhavealreadystartedcominginandCaribouLegssayshewillhavenoproblempick-ingthemup-alongwithanyinterestedrunners-alongtheroute.Imhopingmorepeoplewilljumponboardhesaid.TheYukonGovernmentrecentlyopenedup71percentofthepreviouslyun-touched68000square-kmPeelwatershedtodevelop-mentdespiterecommenda-tionsbythelanduseplan-ningcommissionbasedonthefeedbackofresidentstoprotect80percent.TwoYukonAboriginalgovernmentsalongwithtwoenvironmentalgroupshavesincetakenthegovernmenttocourtovertheplanwhichtheyarguecontravenestheYukonUmbrellaFinalAgree-mentlandclaim.TheGwichinTribalCoun-cillauncheditsownseparatelawsuitlastweek.Firthsaidthegovern-mentsdecisionallowingsomuchindustrialdevel-opmentintheregionputspeoplesculturehistoryandtraditionaltiestothelandatrisk.PeopledontunderstandthatyoucandrinkoutofthoseriversnowhereelseinCan-adacanyoudothat.Thatissorarethatyoucangointoarivertodayanddrinkac-tualwater.Thatswhatsinjeopardyhere.TheGwichinpeoplehavesuchaclosetietothathesaid.Itsimportanttoletpeopleknowwhatsatstakehere.CaribouLegsisjoinedbyhundredsofotherconcernedresidentsofAklavikInuvikandFortMcPhersonwhoaremountingtheirownpoliticalactionagainsttheYukonslanduseplan.InAklavik125peoplehavesignedandsentoffapetitiontoPasloskisof-cetheYukonenvironmentandindustryministersandMPsRyanLeefYukonandDennisBevingtonWest-ernArcticprotestingthePeelplan.Anotherpetitionon-lineatavaaz.orgismak-ingtheroundswithover7000signatoriescurrentlyaskingPasloskitoprotectthePeel.BobbieJoGreenland-Mor-gansaidpeopleinAklavikfeelignoredbytheYukongovernmentandwanttomakesuretheirdissentisnoted.ThewatershedissituatedmostlyintheYukonbutbe-causethetributariesconnectandowdowneventuallyitgoesthroughpartsoftheNorthwestTerritoriesandrightbyAklavikwhichisourmunicipalhomeandthendownintotheBeaufortSeashesaid.Asidefromtheculturalimportancewhatitalsocomesdowntoforusisahumanhealthissueshesaid.WelivehereanditsourhomeandthePeelisourdrinkingwatersource.Wewantthemtoknowwerehereandaskingthemtothinkbe-yondtheshort-termbenetslookingmoreatthelong-termandfuturegenerations.Greenland-MorgansaidfolksinAklavikwillde-nitelybesendinglettersforFirthtotaketotheYukonlegislaturethisspring.FirthwhoranfromFortSmithtoYellowknifelastfallhasbeenpracticingwithrunsintheMackenzieDeltaregionheadinghalfwaytoAklavikduringtheChrist-masholidays-atripheplanstonishinthenextcoupleofweeks-andtoTsiigehtchiclastweekend.HislatesttrektoTsi-igehtchic-theequivalentofthreemarathons-tookatotalof20hoursbutthe-9Cweatherandsoftpowderysnowmadeitanenjoyableoutinghesaid.ItwasoneofmybestrunsintheArcticsofar.HeplanstoheadtotheSahtucommunitiesthismonthinpreparationforlon-gerrunningdays.Long-distancerunnerBradCaribouLegsFirthisdedi-catinghisnexttrektotheprotectionofthePeelwatershed.PhotocourtesyofBradFirthGwichinTribalCounciljoinslawsuitagainstYukonByMEAGANWOHLBERGGwichinTribalCouncilGTCleadersannouncedlastweektheywillbetak-ingtheYukonGovernmenttocourtoveritsnewlanduseplanforthePeelwatershedarguingtheplanviolatesrightsestablishedthroughvariousCrown-recognizedagreements.GTCvicepresidentNor-manSnowshoesaidtheYu-konsregionalplanforthe68000square-kmareadoesnottakeintoaccountthecon-cernsoftheGwichinandgoesagainstlanduseplan-ningprocessrequirements.ThePeelRiverwatershedisinoursharedtraditionalter-ritorywiththeNorthYukonFirstNationsofNachoNyakDunTrondkHwchinandVuntutGwitchinSnowshoesaid.InherentrightstohunttrapshandtohaveaccesstowaterareprovidedforintheTransboundaryAgreementoftheGwichinComprehensiveLandClaimAgreement.TheGwichinalsohasfeesimpletitletolandinthePrimaryUseArea.HesaiditalsoviolatestheconnectionGwichinpeoplehavetothewatershedes-tablishedthroughthePeelRiverPreservein1921thecreationoftheFortMcPher-sonGroupTrappingAreaintheearly1950sandthepro-tectionofGwichinrightsenshrinedwithintheYukonTransboundaryAgreementof1992.ThoserightsguaranteedtheGTCaspotinthelanduseplanningcommissionsveyearsofconsultationsacrosstheregionwhichpro-ducedareportrecommend-ing80percentprotectionforthewatershed.Unhappywiththerecom-mendationstheYukonGov-ernmentfollowedupwithitsownconsultationsinthecom-munitiesandreleasedanewplanlastmonthofferingup71percentofthepreviouslyuntouchedareatodevelop-mentfollowingtheremovalofthestakingbanonJan.21.TwoYukonFirstNationsandenvironmentalgroupsledsuitagainsttheYukonGovernmentinlateJanuarystatingtheplanforthePeelviolatestheUmbrellaFinalAgreementthelandclaimforYukonFirstNations.ThoughnottiedinwiththeexistinglawsuitSnowshoesaidtheGTCscasewillbesupportiveoftheactionledbytheNachoNyakDunandTrondekHwechinFirstNa-tionsinYukon.SnowshoesaidtheGTCagreedwiththecommissionsreportandwasoptimistictheplanningexercisewouldprotectGwichinrightsbutnowcondemnsthegovern-mentsdrasticallyanduni-laterallyrewrittenplan.TheYukongovernmentsnewplanwillallowsubstan-tialdevelopmentincriticalpartsofthePeelWatershedthreateningGwichinscon-tinuedconnectiontothissa-credareahesaid.Around100residentsofAklavikNWTprotesttheYukonGovernmentslanduseplanforthePeelwatershedinlateJanuary.PhotoJermeyMosherPoliticsFirstNations 11TuesdayFebruary112014HayRiverNTMarch7-92014.RegisterbyMarch1TeamsandvolunteerspleasecontactJasonat867875-7720emailpolarpondhockeygmail.com.www.polarpondhockey.comRegistrationis300team.Earlybirdrateof250teamifregisteredbeforeFebruary26.TlichotakefedstocourtoversuperboardissuePoliticsFirstNationsByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheTlichoGovernmentistakinglegalactionagainstthefederalgovernmentoveritslegislationthatbothimple-mentsdevolutionandmakeschangestotheNWTsreg-ulatorysystemeliminatingtheregionallandandwaterboardsestablishedthroughlandclaims.WhiletheTlichohavesaidtheysupportthesec-tionofdevolutionBillC-15thatallowsforthetransferofauthorityoverlandswaterandresourcestotheterrito-rialgovernmenttheyopposetheinclusionofamendmentstotheMackenzieValleyResourceManagementActMVRMAthatwouldseethelocalWekeezhiiLandandWaterBoarddismantledinfavourofoneterritorialsuperboard.ThoughofcialswiththeTlichoGovernmentdidnotwishtocommentonthecaseTlichoGrandChiefEddieErasmusexpressedhisdeepdisappointmenttothefed-eralcommitteeathearingsonBillC-15inYellowknifeonJan.27.Thiswaywendabal-ancebetweentheinterestofCanadaandtheinterestofTlichoinpreservingourwayoflife.Wehaveanequalsayaboutdevelopmentthatcouldprofoundlyaffectourwayoflife.Howitworkshesaid.Hesaidittook13yearstonegotiatetheTlicholandclaimandself-governmentagreementcentraltowhichwastheco-managementpromisedbythecreationofWekeezhiiandthattheboardhasbeenpraisedbytheAuditorGeneralofCanadaforbeingmoreefcientthananyotherboardintheNWT.TheTlichoLandandWaterBoardhasbeenahugesuccesshereintheNorth.Ithasapproveddevelop-mentthathasdoneagreatjoboftakingintoaccounttheTlichowayoflife.InfacttheWekeezhiiLandandWaterBoardhasneverturneddowndevelopmentproposalsBetteryetbe-causeweareinvolvedintheprocessasequalsnoneofthedecisionsmadebytheboardhaveeverbeenlegallychallenged.ThewaytheboardisbeingeliminatedErasmussaidiscolonial.BillC-15becomeslawandTlichonolongerhaveequaldecision-makersbe-causeoftheuseoflandandwaterinWekeezhii.InfactdecisionsaboutdevelopmentintheheartofourterritoryWekeezhiiwillbemadewithnoTlichoinputwhat-soever.Thisisdevastatingtoourabilitytoprotectourwayoflife.Ourvoiceisbeingsilenced.Itiscontrarytoouragreementandtheconstitu-tionalpromisesthatwewillbejointdecision-makersabouttheuseoflandandwatersinWekeezhii.Wecannotandwillnotletthishappen.NWTPremierBobMcLeodwouldnotsayifthecourtcasecouldaffectdevo-lutionmovingforwardasofApr.1ashedidnotwanttocommentonanythingthatiscurrentlybeforethecourts.OfcialswiththefederalgovernmentdidnotrespondtorequestsforcommentasofpresstimeMondaybutanonlineMythsandFactssheetonBillC-15arguesthattheNWTregulatorysystemdoesindeedrequiremod-ernizationdespiteclaimsthatitisneasitis.ThecurrentregulatoryprocessesintheNorthwestTerritoriesarecomplexcostlyunpredictableandtimecon-sumingstatesthedocument.ItstatesthatconsultationonthechangeshasbeenongoingwiththeterritorysAboriginalgovernmentsforyearsandthatthechangeswillnotweakenenvironmen-talprotectionintheNorth.Theproposedamendmentswillnotchangetheexistingenvironmentalassessmentprocess.Ratherthechangeswillstrengthenenvironmen-talstewardshipbyprovidingregulatorswithmodernen-forcementandcompliancetoolsthedocumentstates.Ourvoiceisbeingsilenced.Itiscontrarytoouragreementandtheconstitutionalpromisesthatwewillbejointdecision-makersabouttheuseoflandandwatersinWekeezhii.TlichoGrandChiefEddieErasmusTlichoGrandChiefEddieErasmusPhotocourtesyofTlichoGovernment SportsRecreationCurling12TuesdayFebruary112014SportsRecreationTrackFieldOlympiansamonggrantrecipientsforhighperformanceathletesinNWTBiathleteBrendanGreenandshort-trackspeedskaterMichaelGildaybothOlympianscompet-inginSochiRussiathisweekwereamongthe23highperformanceathletesawardedagrantbytheterritorialgovernmentlastweek.ThegrantsgiveninpartnershipwiththeNWTsSportNorthFederationareintendedtoprovidefinancialassis-tancetotheterritoryspotentialpodiumplacers.Ajudokaarowerandasnowboarderwerealsoamongthegrantrecipients.Grantamountsrangefrom5000to15000awardedonthebasisofathleticachievementandrecognitionatthena-tionalandinternationallevelaccordingtothedepartmentofMunicipalandCommunityAffairs.SportNorthinvitesAWGathletestohearmotivationalspeakerSpencerWestanAlbertanmotivationalspeakerwhohasclimbedMt.KilimanjaroandraisedthousandsofdollarsforcharityfromawheelchairisvisitingtheNWTthismonthandSportNorthisencourag-ingathletesfromacrosstheterritorytocomehearhimspeak.WestwillbeinYellowknifeonTues-dayFeb.18atWilliamMcDonaldMiddleSchoolGym.Hispresentationwillbegearedtowardsmo-tivatingathletesfortheArcticWinterGamesandisfreetoattend.Formoreinformationortore-serveseatscontactSportNorthFederationoremaillauren.c.seabrookgmail.com.PhotoSiavashGhazvinianBRIEFSSPORTSYellowknifeparticipatesin10thannualDeltabasketballtourneyForthefirsttimeinthehistoryoftheBeaufortDeltaRegionalBasketballTournamentateamfromoutsidetheregionmadethetriptothenorth-westcorneroftheNWTtocompeteagainsttheregionalschools.TheCityofYellowknifesentateamofhighperformanceplayerstothe10than-nualtournamentheldinInuviktwoweekendsago.TheYellowknifeteamwasoneof15thatplayedintheweekendofroundrobingamesincludingninefromInuvikonefromFortMcPhersonthreefromTuktoyaktukandonefromPaulatuk.Yel-lowknifessquadtookhomethetopspotinthesr.boysandadultdivisionsbywinningalloftheirplayoffgameswhileTukUtooksecondplaceandtheBasketBrawlerstookthird.TheE3SSJuniorBoysteamofInuvikwontheBdivisionandtheMangilaluk1teamwontheAdivision.PhotocourtesyofBrendanGreenByMARIACHURCHHighschoolstudentsinHayRiverFortSmithandYellowknifearealreadyhit-tingthegymandrunninglapsinpreparationforthefuturehurdleshighjumpsand400-metretrackstheywillbefac-inginTorontoagainstpeersfromacrossthecountry.Ateamof23studentshasbeenselectedtocompeteforNWTStormtheterritoryshighschooltrackandeldteamattheNikeHighSchoolGrandPrixinToronto.Thisisthethirdyearmar-ketingagencyTrojanOneLtd.andSchoolSportCanadahavepartneredtohostthenationaltrackandeldmeetinTorontotheonlyCanada-widehighschoolcompetitioninanysport.LastyearNWTStormbroughthomefourmedalsonesilverandthreebronze.Theboysteamnishedfthandthegirlsteamnishedseventhoverall.Three-timecoachJoeLe-BlancfromDiamondJennessHighSchoolinHayRiverNWTtrackathleteswarmingupforgrandprixinTorontosaidhehasevenhigherhopesforthisyearsteam.IthinkweareuptomatchthoseresultsthisyearbecauseIthinkwehavemoreofase-niorgroupthisyearhesaidaddingthatatleastsixofthestudentsarereturningathletestothegrandprixwhichwillbeabenettothebrand-newath-leteswhoarelessexperienced.Withtherepeatathletestheymakeiteasierfortheathletestotransitiontotheevent.Itsaprettyhugeeventthatsstreamedliveonthein-ternetwithlotsofvideocam-erasaround-theyreallymakeabigdealofit.ForsomeofthoseathletesitwillbetheirrsttimeatabigeventlikethatLeBlancsaid.EachhighschoolhasitsowncoachforTeamStorminordertokeepstudentsprac-ticingtheminimumofthreetimesaweek.InHayRiverstudentshavebeencondition-inginthegymsinceOctoberandrecentlybegantrackandeldtrainingexercises.AdrawbackoflivingintheNorthisthatstudentswillnotlikelyhavemanychancestopracticeoutsidebeforethegrandprixmeetwhichrunsMay8to11LeBlancsaid.Itsabigdisadvantagebutitsnotinsurmountablehesaid.Itsjustanotherobstaclethatweovercome.Eachathletemustraise675tocovertravelcostsfromYel-lowknife.HayRiverandFortSmithathletesmustalsocoverthecosttogettoYellowknife.Goingofflastyearsfund-raisingsuccessLeBlancsaidtheyarenotworriedaboutndingnancialsupportfortheathletes.ThisyearsNikeHighSchoolGrandPrixweek-endwillsee24teamsfrom12provincesandterritoriescompeteina10-eventtrackandeldcompetition.Formoreinformationvisitwww.highschoolgrandprix.caFemaleTeamHannahMantlaSPHSSaraIbeySPHSKierraMandevilleDJSSKaraSchaeferDJSSBrookeSchaeferDJSSPaigeKrugerDJSSMcKenzieCloweSFJNancyNgoSJFAlisonFlemingSJFDesireeBrownSJFKandisVillebrunSJFClairLittlefairSJFMaleTeamMelsikBalasanyanSPHSAlexKeefeSPHSAlfredChikoperaSPHSAndreyBalasanyanSPHSJaredLeblancDJSSJoelDemarckeDJSSDanielMelansonDJSSKaedBlakeDJSSAndrewLiretteDJSSThomasRohnePWKByMARIACHURCHArmedwithbroomsandsliders14youngcurlingteamsfromHayRiverYel-lowknifeandFortSmithdukeditoutontheiceduringthe14thannualNWTSchoolCurlingChampionshipsinHayRiverlastweekend.Whilethecompetitionwasercebetweenthefourageandskilllevelcategoriesthecurlingchampionshipsalsoupheldatraditionofcomra-deriebetweenthecommuni-tiesGaryHoffmanorga-nizerofthechampionshipstoldTheJournal.Sometimeswhentheycantmakeupafullteamwellcombineteamshesaid.CamaraderieupheldatNWTschoolcurlingchampionshipsInthepastwevehadateammadeupofkidsfromfourcommunities.Itsoneofthosethingswhereanykidswhowanttocomebringthemdontleavethemathome.ThechampionshipsdivideteamsintofourcategoriesofageandskilllevelAisformoreexperiencedandcom-petitivejuniorcurlersBisforlessexperiencedjuniorcurlersCis13yearsofageandunderandDisforthosenineyearsofageandunderalsocalledLittleRockers.SeventeamsfromHayRiverparticipatedinthechampionshipswhileYel-lowknifesentthreeteamsandFortSmithsentfour.ItsnicetoseehowtheyimproveovertheweekendHoffmansaid.FewercommunitiestraveltochampionshipsTheschoolcurlingchampi-onshipsarehostedeachyearbytheHayRiverCurlingClubasasanctionedeventbytheNWTCurlingAssociation.Hoffmanhasbeenorganiz-ingthechampionshipseveryyearsincetheybeganandsaideachyearseemstobeseeinglessparticipationfromNWTcommunities.SeveralyearsagothecompetitionwouldhaveincludedteamsfromInuvikFortMcPher-sonandFortSimpson.Travelcostsaregettinghigherandhigherheac-knowledgedwhichiswhyHayRiver-acentrallocationforschoolsthataredriving-hoststheevent.InordertokeepcostsdowntheHayRiverCurl-ingClubhasnotincreasedthe50teamregistrationfeeforthelast10years.StudentsandcoacheshavetheoptionofsleepinginthecurlingclubandtheclubhostsabanquetforallteamsSaturdaynight.ThemainthingistheygooutandhavefunHoff-mansaid.Thecoachestheparentsandthechaperonestheyallhavefun.TeamLoganGagnierwinstheAdivisionbanner.TeamAlicePWAfromYellowknifetakestheCdivisionbanner.TEAMROSTER 13TuesdayFebruary112014SportsRecreationOlympicsByMARIACHURCHWhenBobWhitefoundanewspaperclippingfrom1995showingtheyouthwinnersoftheHayRiverPtubskiracethatyearincludedBrendanGreenandMichaelGildaytwoNWT-bredOlympicath-letescurrentlyinSochiRussiaforthe2014Win-terOlympicshehappilysharedthearticleinthecommunity.ItsexcitingforthecommunityandforpeoplewhovolunteeredandwhoNWTOlympianfeelssupportfromtheterritoryYouthbepassionateaboutyoursportGildaywereoutthereforthemWhitesaid.Whenyoufindoutabouttheirsto-riesyoulearntheirearlystartplayedarole.WhiteafoundationalmemberoftheHayRiverskiclubsaidwatchingthesparkleinayoungski-erseyebeforeheorshelaunchesfromthestartlineisagreatincentivetokeeporganizingskiracesinthecommunity.ToknowthatsomeoftheyoungathletesinthoseraceshavetakentheirsportsallthewaytotheOlympicsisevenmorere-wardinghesaid.SpeakingtoTheJour-nalfromSochiRussiaonWednesdaylessthanaweekbeforehisdebutOlympicshorttrack-speedskatingraceGildayre-calledcompetingwithGreenasayoungathletegrowingupintheNWT.IrememberspecificallyracingagainsthimintheHayRivertrackandfieldmeetandgettingabsolutelypummeledbyhim.Hesgottobesixinchestallerthanmesoasarunnerhewasfarsuperiortomehesaidwithalaugh.RacinginthePtubagainstGreeninhiselementGil-daysaidthatwhilehelikedtothinkofhimselfasaprettygoodskierGreenwastheterritorialbench-markfortheyouthracers.Iwasalwaysgunningforhimbuthewasalwaysbet-terthanmehelaughed.LocalracingGildaysaidwasunequivocallyimportanttohissuccessasanathlete.Whiletherearecertainlysomedraw-backsforyouthpursuingsportintheNWTsuchaslongtraveltoraceshewasquicktopointoutadvan-tagesaswell.Itstruethereisdefi-nitelymoretoovercomebutIthinkwhatwehaveinasmallercommunityisthatwhenpeopleseeyoungkidsthatarepassionatethataretryingreallyhardtoimprovethemselvesthatareapplyingthemselvesasmuchastheycantoany-thingitcouldbeasportorartanythingtheyseethatandtheywanttohelphesaid.Gildaysaidhesalwayshadahugeteamofvolun-teerssupportinghiminhisathleticgoals.EventodayGildaysaidheisbackedbyhiscommunitywhichhappenstobetheentireterritory.InhishometownofYellow-knifethecityproclaimedFeb.10RedShirtDayandencouragedpeopletowearredinsolidaritywithGil-daysdebutonOlympicshorttrackice.ThehubofBrendanGreenssupportishishometownHayRiverwhereFeb.7wasdeclaredGreenDay.Thetownalsoheldapan-cakebreakfastonSatur-dayduringthebroadcastofGreensrstrace.Gildaysmessagetoaspir-ingathletesintheNWTThebiggestthingistobepassion-ateaboutyoursporthesaid.Iftheyarepassionateiftheyapplythemselvestherearealwaysgoingtobepeopletheretohelpthemgetoverboundaries.Ithinkwhatwehaveinasmallercom-munityisthatwhenpeopleseeyoungkidsthatarepassionatethataretryingreallyhardtoimprovethemselvesthatareapplyingthemselvesasmuchastheycantoanythingitcouldbeasportorartanythingtheyseethatandtheywanttohelp.MichaelGildayTeamCanadaYoungMichaelGildayfansgatherforasleep-overattheYellowknifemulitplextocheerontheirhometownOlympian.TravisDarlingandKimTybringputupapostercelebrat-ingBrendanGreenattheHayRiverArenalastweek.BrendanGreenshometownsupporterscongregateattheHayRiverrehalllastFriday.Around80peoplewearingredcheeronGildayduringhisdebutOlympicraceearlySaturdaymorning.PhotosBillBradenBobWhiteSportNorthFederationCanadaattheOlympicsMondayFeb.102014Imagesgoogle.ca 14TuesdayFebruary1120142014FortChipewyanWinterCarnivalSponsorsAnyquestionspleasecontactFlossieCyprienat780697-3724or780714-0569.FortChipewyanWinterCarnivalScheduleofEventsFeb.20-232014OpeningRemarks6p.m.MushumandKukumPageant615p.m.-11p.m.AdmissionCarnivalButtonParticipantswillcompeteinTraditionalDressImpromptuQuestionTalentandSellingWinterCarnivalbuttons.Ifyouare60yearsofageorolderorhaveanyinquiresaboutthiseventpleasefeelfreetocontactBlueEyesSimpsonat780-697-9017.PancakeBreakfast9a.m.-11a.m.atMamawiHallKidsIndoorOutdoorEvents10a.m.-2p.m.attheYouthCentreAdmissionCarnivalButtonPrizes1st302nd20and3rd10Ages0-3JiggingTraditionalDressAges4-6JiggingTraditionalDressNailPoundingAges7-9JiggingTraditionalDressMooseCallingSnowShoeingLogSawingNailPoundingAges10-14JiggingTraditionalDressMooseCallingSnowShoeingLogSawingNailPoundingDogSledRaces10a.m.-2p.m.atLakeFrontCategories10dog-10milerace6dog-6mileraceContactMargVillebrunforallinquiriesat780697-3600or215-5069.RegionalMunicipalityofWoodBuffaloFortChipewyanMtisLocal125ExtremeSnoRidersAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationMikisewCreeFirstNationAcdenGroupofCompaniesNuneeHealthBoardLakeShoreContractorsFortChipewyanMuseumOnbehalfoftheRMWBandFortChipewyanWinterCarnivalCommitteewethankyouallforparticipating.ToourvisitorswehopethatyouenjoyyourvisittoFortChipewyanandhopetoseeyouagaininthefuture.Tothecommunitysponsorsandvolunteersoursincereappreciationforyoursupport.ThankyouallPleaseregisterforalleventsAgeCategoriesJr.KingQueenoftheNorthAges15-17KingQueenoftheNorthAges18-54Sr.KingQueenoftheNorthAges55IndoorEventsOutdoorEventsTrapsettingLogSawingJiggingContestTeaBoilingMooseCallingNailPoundingTraditionalDressSnowShoeContestEacheventwillreceive1st2ndand3rdplacealongwithpoints3pointsfor1st2pointsfor2ndand1pointfor3rdplace.Thecontestantswiththemostpointsineachagecategorywillbedeclaredthewinner.IndoorEvents6p.m.-11p.m.atMamawiHallAdmissionCarnivalButtonJr.KingQueenoftheNorthTrapSettingJiggingTraditionalDressMooseCallingKingQueenoftheNorthTrapSettingJiggingTraditionalDressMooseCallingSr.KingQueenoftheNorthTrapSettingJiggingTraditionalDressMooseCallingSkidooandBikeRaces10a.m.-5p.m.atLakeFrontCategoriesBikesIceRaceCrossCountrySnowCrossandDragContactCowboyMarcelat780799-2981FunBingo1p.m.-4p.m.atMamawiHallOrganizedbyMtisLocal125TexasHoldemPokerTournament6p.m.-10p.m.atMamawiHallMiddleRoomFamilyEntertainmentTraditionalPow-WowDancers6p.m.-9p.m.atMamawiHallAdmissionCarnivalButtonAdultDance9p.m.-3a.m.DJMusicAdmission20.00eachOrganizedbyMtisLocal125.PancakeBreakfast9a.m.-11a.m.atMamawiHallDogSledRaces10a.m.-2p.m.atLakeFrontSkidooandBikeRaces10a.m.-5p.m.atLakeFrontOutdoorEvents1p.m.-5p.m.atMamawiHallJr.KingQueenoftheNorthTeaBoilingSnowShoeingLogSawingNailPoundingKingQueenoftheNorthTeaBoilingSnowShoeingLogSawingNailPoundingSr.KingQueenoftheNorthTeaBoilingSnowShoeingLogSawingNailPoundingCommunityAwardsandDinner530p.m.-830p.m.atMamawiHallAdmission5.00eachMenuSpaghettiMeatBallsGarlicBreadCaesarSaladDessertsRefreshmentsSaturdayFeb.22KingQueenoftheNorthThursdayFeb.20FridayFeb.21SundayFeb.23ButtonsarerequiredforalleventsexceptforBreakfastsBingoCommunityDinnerTexasHoldemandAdultDanceWinterCarnivalButtons5 15TuesdayFebruary112014ByMEAGANWOHLBERGFouryear-oldswillsoonbeattendingeveryschoolintheNorthwestTerritoriesthankstoareallocationoffundingwithinthedepartmentofEducationCultureandEm-ploymentaimedatboostingtheterritorysearlychildhooddevelopmentprogramming.Announcedinthe2014-15budgetreleasedlastThursday1.8millionofexistingschoolcontributionfundingwillbetransferredwithinthedepart-menttoestablishjuniorkin-dergartenclassroomsineverycommunityintheterritorystartingthisfallinthe29small-estcommunities10ofwhichcurrentlyhavenolicensedearlychildhoodprogramming.Thefollowingyearwillseesimilarkindergartenses-tablishedinallfourregionalcentreswithYellowknifesschoolsfollowingin2016-17.All49schoolsinall33communitieswewanttocoverthemwithjuniorkindergartenintoourexistingschoolsystem.ThatsouroverallobjectiveEducationMinisterJacksonLaffertytoldTheJournal.HesaidthenewinitiativeispartofthedepartmentsongoingAboriginalStudentAchievementInitiativeandtheEarlyChildhoodDevel-opmentFrameworkwhichinvolvesthedepartmentofHealthandSocialServices.WeveheardideasandvoicesandsuggestionsfromthosepeoplethatweengagedwithcommunitymembersandparentssowewantedtoprovidesomeoptionsfortheparentsandalsoqualityearlychildhooddevelopmentintoourschoolsLaffertysaid.SofarIvebeenhearingpositivecommentsonthisparticularsubjectespeciallyinthesmallisolatedcommuni-ties-verypositivefeedback.Itcamedirectlyfromtheparentsthegrandparentsandtheedu-catorsinthe33communitiesthatwehave...especiallythe10communitiesthatdonothavelicensedearlychildhoodprogramming.Theinitiativeisalsosup-portedbytheworkofworld-renownedexpertsinearlychildhooddevelopmentoneofwhichrecentlyvisitedtheNWTtoprovidehisinsightswhichincludedestablishingajuniorkindergartenprogram.Thisjuniorkindergartenisveryexcitingbecauseitwillprovideparentsandfamilieswithopportunitiesfortheir4year-oldchildrentoparticipateinsafehighqualityplay-basedprogramminghesaid.Itsalsohands-onprogrammingfocusedonhelpingourkidsdeveloptheirlanguageandso-cialskillsandphysicalhealth.Thejuniorkindergartenstudentswillbecombinedinclassroomswiththekinder-gartensusingexistingstaff.Intheregionalcentrestheterritoryhasqualiedpeo-plealreadyemployedintheschoolsystemalongwith120earlychildhoodworkersacrosstheterritory.Oncewetakethe4year-oldsoutofthedaycarees-tablishmentsthedaycaresprimaryfocuswillbeages0-3Laffertysaid.Ouroverallenrollmentisdownsothatleavesplentyofspaceforthese4year-oldstoenterourschoolsystem.CurtisBrownsuperinten-dentoftheSouthSlaveDi-visionalEducationCouncilSSDECsaidhesexcitedaboutthenewprogram.Imreallypleasedtoseetheadditionofjuniorkindergartentoourschools.Itsbecomingmoreandmoreobviousthatearlychildhoodeducationiscriticaltothedevelopmentofchildrennotonlyfortheirliteracynumeracytheirso-cialresponsibilitybutgeneralreadinessforschoolhesaid.Thatsaidheisconcernedabouttheaffordabilityofanadditional100studentsperyearafterfullimplementa-tion.ThoughthenewstudentswillbecapturedaspartofthefederalformulafundingwhichwillhelptoincreasefundsforthedivisiontheSSDECwillexperienceanetreductionof200000.Werepleasedtohaveac-cessto4year-oldsbutcon-cernedthatitisnotcomingwithnewfundingBrownsaid.Thedepartmentexpectsaround600newyoungsterstoentertheschoolsysteminjuniorkindergartenthisfall.JuniorkindergartenstospringupacrossNWTEveryschoolinterritorytoinclude4year-oldsby2017Thisjuniorkindergartenisveryexcitingbecauseitwillprovideparentsandfamilieswithopportunitiesfortheir4year-oldchildrentoparticipateinsafehighqualityplay-basedprogramming.MinisterJacksonLaffertyEducationCultureandEmploymentEducationEarlyChildhoodPhotocourtesyofGNWTByMARIACHURCHAnewliteracyinitiativebytheTlichoGovernmentthatischallengingstudentstoreadasmanybooksaspos-siblehasbeenembracedbyteachersandstudentsalike.CalledtheBookPassportReadingChallengestudentsinallveschoolsintheTli-choregionhavereceivedabookpassporttorecordtitlesauthorsandsignaturesfromtheirteachers.Thestudentswiththemostbooksreadre-ceiveprizes.AndreaAdamsateacheratElizabethMackenzieEle-mentarySchoolinBehchokosaiditsexcitingtoseetheuniquewaysteachersareencouragingtheirstudentstocompletethechallenge.OneofthebestpartsthatIlikeaboutitiseachclassisdoingitinadifferentwaydependingontheteachingstyleshesaid.Someteach-ershaveincorporatedthepassportsintoindependentreadingblocksduringclasssomearereadingbooksto-getherandsomearegiventhepassportstotakehome.Thestudentsseemtobeex-citedbythechallengewhichEducationLiteracystartedonJan.27andrunsuntilFeb.28andarehappilyllingoutthepassportswitheachnewbooktheytackleAdamssaid.Theyresmilingastheyllitoutshesaid.ThebookpassportsareaninitiativeoftheTlichoGov-ernmentandfeaturetheTlichoagonthefrontandbackcover.TheinsidepageshavepicturesofbeadworkandotherculturalimagesthroughoutwhichishelpingstudentsidentifywiththematerialAdamssaid.Itsnotsomethingthatyouwouldpickupatastoreorthroughaschoolcatalogshesaid.Itsreallyuniqueandrelatable.WhileliteracyinitiativesarenotnewtotheTlichoschoolsAdamssaiditsnicetoseeboththecommunityandthegov-ernmentencouragingliteracy.Itsawayoftrackingtheirprogressanditsadifferentwaythatsnotcomingfromtheteacherssothatskindofnicetooshesaid.Thechallengeishopefullyanotherwayofgettingstu-dentsinterestedinreadingandthroughthatgainingliteracyskillsAdamssaidwhichtranslateintoallareasoflearning.Theyllbemorecondentintheirlearningsotheyllat-tendschoolshesaid.GiselleMarionorganizedthebookpassportreadingchallengeonbehalfoftheTlichoGovern-mentandsaidwhileshecantspeakforthegovernmentitswidelyknowthatliteracyisanimportantpartofeverydaylife.WhetheritisinEnglishorinTlicholiteracyisaneces-sarytoolfordevelopment.Pro-motingandsupportingliteracyincreasesawarenesseducatesandprovidestheskillsneces-saryforachildtoourishinschoolshesaid.Thebookpassportshaveroomfor36bookstobere-cordedbutitsnotlikelyastudentwillbeturnedawayiftheyrunoutofroomandaskforanotherone.Withamonthtoreadandunlim-itedaccesstotheirschoolslibrariestheresnolimitontheyoungbookworms.WinnersofthepassportchallengewillbeannouncedonMar.1duringtheTlichoGovernmentsAboriginallanguageawarenessmonthlaunchevent.TlichogovernmentchallengesyouthtoreadEducationMinisterJacksonLaffertysaysthemovetobring4year-oldsintoNWTschoolscomesfromexpertandcommunityfeedback.PlanningthePerfectWeddingYoullneedInvitationsandCascadeGraphicshasthemDropinorgiveusacallfordetails.888355-6729207McDougalRd.FortSmith 16TuesdayFebruary112014ByMEAGANWOHLBERGTherewillbenoneedtofaketheintensityorstagethedramainthebrandnewrealityadventureTVseriesFurHarvestersNWTsaytheproducerstherealityishardcoreenough.Thenew10-partseriescur-rentlyinproductionhasYel-lowknifeproducersMaximBloudovofMaximumLimitFishingandArtlessCollectiveduoJayBulckaertandPabloSaravanjafollowingthird-generationtrapperAndrewStanleyofHayRiveronhisbackcountrytrailswherehekillstomakealiving.TheshowsettoairthissummerdocumentsStanleysworkasasubsistencetrapperoutonthelandharvestingpeltstobeauctionedinthespring.Itwillbeveryrarethatweeditthisshowtolookmoredra-maticthanitisBulckaertsaid.Nodundundunmusic.Itwillbedramaticbecausetrap-pingisinherentlydangerous.HeisaroundwolverineswhoaremaybenotdeadinhisandspeciesofwildlifefrombeavertomartenlynxandwolverinemixedinwithadailydoseofwhatittakestosurviveoutathiscabinandStanleysNortherncharismathatmakestheshowgenuinelymade-in-the-NWT.Thisisasingle-charactershowitsallaboutAndrewStanleyandcelebratinghiskindofuniqueNorthernnessSaravanjasaid.Weknowitsalifestyleshowaswellsoweshowhimpreparinghiscabinforthewintercuttingdownenoughwoodforthreeorfourmonthsofdeepsnowfetchingwatereachday.WeknowthattherestheselittlestoriesweTrueNorthshowprolesreallifeofNWTtrapperArtsCultureTelevisionHeessentiallyhitchhikedintotownandbarteredinEn-terpriseacoupleofpeltsforareplacementBravo-likefurforcashSaravanjasaid.AllofasuddenitdawnedonusthatwewerewatchingthefurtradeinactioninreallifeBulckaertadded.Right-youhavepeltsandyoucangotradethemforthings.Thisishowthishasalwayshap-pened.Thisisstillaliveandpeoplestilldothis.Stanleyisntjustacharacterintheshoweitherhehelpsdirecttheshootsbasedonhisknowledgeandexperienceandeventurnsthecamerasonthelmcreweveryonceinawhileforhisownyou-tubechannelTheWildNorthwherehisvideosoflifeoutonthetraplineroutinelyget12000viewseachandarepartofthereasonthecrewhuntedhimdown.WefellinlovewithitBulckaertsaid.Hejusthadsomuchcharacterandcharisma.Andwethoughthowcoolwouldthatbetomakeare-alityshowthatsreallyreal-witharealpersonwhoishimselfoncameraSara-vanjaadded.Itseemedlikeanexcellentopportunity.Bulckaertsaidtheshowwillbeuniqueamongsimi-laroutdoorrealityseriesinthatitwillbeentirelyNorth-ernproducedratherthantheworkofproducersfromL.A.VancouverorToronto.IfpeopleupherecanlookatthisandbelikeNicejobboysthatshowitisthenwellhavedonetherightthinghesaidandIthinkthatwillmakeitevenmorepopularforpeoplewholiveinTexas.PhotoscourtesyofArtlessCollectivetrapshisskidoocouldbreakdown30kmoutonthetrail.Wedontreallyneedtopumpupthedramaorthedangerofanything.Itsstraightupdan-gerouswork.Sofarthecrewhasshotfourepisodeswiththeas-sistanceofitsmainsponsorNWTFurHarvesterAuctionsInc.whichwillstartairinginJulyonWildTVNWTelcableandanonlineVimeochannel.Episodesarethemedalongthelinesoftrappingstylesneedtomakeacompletepic-tureofhislifeoutthereandwegofromthat.Butessentiallytherststoryisthetrapping.Alongwithhissenseofhumouranddown-to-earthattitudeStanleysingenuitycomesoutwitheverychal-lengemostnotablyonare-centshootwhenhissmallYamahaBravosnowmobilebrokedownmakingitimpos-sibleforhimtocheckhistrapsonthenarrowbushtrails-andforthecrewtolm.Itwillbeveryrarethatweeditthisshowtolookmoredramaticthanitis.Nodundundunmusic.Itwillbedramaticbecausetrappingisinherentlydangerous.JayBulckaertArtlessCollectivewww.auroracollege.nt.caMondayFeb.17th1015a.m.OpeningCeremonies1200p.m1230p.m.TuesdayFeb.18th745-900a.m.12Noon1230p.m.WednesdayFeb.19th1015a.m.1200p.m.1230p.m.400p.m.700p.m.ThursdayFeb.20th1015a.m.1200NoonFridayFebruary21th1015a.m.1200p.m.1230-130p.m.215p.m.PleasejoinusAuroraCollegeWeek2014HayRiversubsistencetrapperAndrewStanleyCheckshistrapline.Stanleyandhisfour-leggedcompanionCharliecheckbeavertrapsforthenewrealityTVshowFurHarvestersNWT. ArtsCultureFilm17TuesdayFebruary112014ByMARIACHURCHEdgardoAragnanart-istfromOaxacaMexicowhohadneverbeennorthofTorontoorseenabisonbeforewasinWoodBuf-faloNationalParklastweekenddoingbothforthefirsttimeaspartofanartprojecttofilmbisoninNorthAmerica.AragnwasgreetedbyParksCanadastaffandablastofcoldweatherwhenhetoucheddowninFortSmithwithhiscameragearassistantAlfredoMoraandtranslatorJosTeodorolastFriday.Itwasreallyinterestingcoldwildanddangerousthephotographersharedabouthisrstthoughtsonthesubarcticcommunity.AragnwhospeakssomeEnglishbutcommunicatedmainlythroughthetransla-torexplainedthathisdeci-siontolmbisonisbecauseoftheparallelsheseesbe-tweentheancientmigratorypatternsofthebovinesandthehistoryoftheUS-Mex-icoborder.AboriginalpeoplefromMexicousedtobeabletomovefreelythroughalloftheirterritories.Nowbe-causeofbordersandalltheofthepoliticsthatcomewiththoseborderstheycannolongerdothatandinthecaseofMexicansofteniftheydotheywindupdeadhesaid.BisonsimilarlywouldmigratefreelyacrossNorthAmericainthepastAragnexplained.Nowtheyaretotallydomesticatedani-malsthatarenotallowedtostrayfromtheparkswheretheyareprotected.Iftheydotheycanbehuntedhesaid.Aragnhasreceivedin-ternationalattentionforhisphotographyandvid-eographythatoftenreflectonthehistoryofviolenceinhiscountry.Hisworkhasbeenfeaturedinex-hibitionsinMexicoCityParisNewYorkandLosAngeles.Theartistsaidtheinspi-rationbehindthishislatestprojectwasrecentnewsoutoftheUnitedStatesthataUSborderguardshotandkilledaMexicanchild.Therewerenoconse-quences.HesconsideredaheroinhiscountryAragnsaid.Thatiswhywearemakingthis.Itsaboutthatborderandthequestionishowisitpos-siblethatanAmericancankillaMexicanchildandgetawaywithitThevideoprojectwilltakeAragnandhiscrewalloverNorthAmericatostudybisonandthehistoryoftheborder.Hisgoalisaware-nessbutasanartprojectAragnsaiditsaworkinprogressandhismessageisstillforming.IreallydontknowyetandIdontthinkaboutthathesaid.Allthepossibilitiesoftheprojectaredifferentbe-causefromthebeginningyouarethinkingdifferentgoalsbutintheprocesseverythingchangesalways.BiologistsandstafffromParksCanadavolunteeredtoshowAragnandthecrewaroundWoodBuffalo.MikeKeizerspokespersonforParkswastaskedwithco-ordinatingtheeffortstondtheelusiveungulateforthelmcrew.Itsanartpiecenotasciencepiecesothatsabituniqueforusbecausewetendtoworkwiththesci-entistsKeizersaid.Itsaninterestingperspective.WhileAragnshopeonFridaywastogathersomefootageofthemassivebo-vinesinWoodBuffalohesaidtheywerepreparedtosimplyshoottheland-scapeofthevastsubarcticenvironment.Inawaytherealsubjectofthevideoprojectdoesnotexisthesaid.Itsaninvis-iblephantom.AragnsworkinWoodBuffaloisfundedbyares-idencygrantasafinalistintheArtGalleryofOn-tariosphotographyprize.OtheraspectsofthefilmwillbeshotinNewOr-leansLouisianaandElPasoTexas.Hehopestohavethevideofinishedbythissummer.TolearnmoreaboutAragnsartworkvisithttpwww.aimiaago-photographyprize.comedgardo-aragonWoodBuffalobisonposeforinternationalvideographerArtistsaysbisonmigrationparallelsUS-MexicanborderstrugglesPhotocourtesyofEdgardoAragnByMARIACHURCHAlostlmaboutDenelifeintheSahtushotin1957wasrecentlylocatedbyanNWTarcheologistafteran18-yearsearchandsharedwiththepeopleoftheSahtulastweek.Tie-cho-kaQuelquesim-agesduGrandNordisa30-minutesilentlmproducedbyFrenchanthropologistJeanMichathatdocumentshistriptoYellowknifeNormanWellsandTulitainthe1950s.TomAndrewsaterritorialarchaeologistatthePrinceofWalesNorthernHeritageCentrerstheardaboutthelittle-knownFrenchdocumen-tarianandhisfootagein1995whileworkingonanoralhis-toryprojectinDrumLake.WhilelisteningtoMoun-tainDeneeldersAndrewsheardthemreminiscingaboutaFrenchlmmakerwhovis-itedthemyearsago.AfterlearningmorefromtheeldersaboutMichaandhistriptotheNWTthearchaeologistagreedtolookforthelostdocumentary.AndrewsthoughtitwouldtakehimlessthanayeartotrackdownMichaandaskforacopyofthelm.Littledidheknowhewastakingonan18-yearmissiontolocatealostpieceofSahtuhistory.Atthetimeitwasallpre-internetsotherewasverylittletraceofhimonthein-ternethesaid.Itbecameamatterofreachingouttopeoplewhomightknowofhimandfollowingtheirleadsdown.Mostofthemendedindeadends.OvertheyearseachtimeAndrewsmetsomeonewhoexpressedinterestinthestoryhewouldrecruitthemtondoutmore.Itwaskindoflikeputtingoutawholebunchofshinglineshesaid.LessthantwomonthsagoonChristmasEveAndrewsgotanunexpectedgiftfromacontactinFrance.Michahadbeenfoundandthedocu-mentarywaswithinhisreach.AndrewslearnedMichanow95yearsoldwaslivinginParisandcouldbecon-tactedthroughhisdaughter.Thedocumentaryhadbeendigitizedandwassenttohimbyemail.Towatchitfortheveryrsttimewasarichreward-ingexperienceforsureheshared.TulitareceivesdocumentarywithjoyTulitawasgiventhehon-ourofscreeningthedocu-mentaryforthersttimeintheNWT.Morethan70peoplecrowdedintoChiefAlbertWrightSchoolinTulitalastweektowatchthesilentlm.Andrewswhowasthereforthescreeningsaidtheroomwasoverwhelmedwithjoy.Peoplewerereallyhappyandlaughingandanimated.Itwasquitesomethinghesaidaddingthateachtimetheysawsomeonetheyknewperhapsarelativenolongerwiththemtheywouldshoutouttheirname.Severaloftheeldersin-cludingC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21TuesdayFebruary112014Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.WESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.SpayedNeuteredUp-to-datewithroutineshotsHousetrainedBerthaisasmallandfriendlycreature.Shemakesforgreatcompanyinanyhousehold.Hershort-hairedcoatiswonderfulforpetting.BerthaFemaleAdultGreyandwhiteMixLookingforanewhomeVOLUNTEERSThankyoutoalltheVolunteersandSponsorswhohelpedthewith2014ArcticWinterGamesDeneGamesTerritorialTrialsSPONSORSOFFICIALSApologiesofferedtoanyonethatwasnotlisted.Thiseventwouldnothavebeenasuccesswithouttheabovelistedindividualsandbusinessesorganizations.EnvironmentMineRemediationByJACKDANYLCHUKWithworksuspendedforthewintertheleadcontractorandfederalofcialsmanagingtheGiantMineremediationproj-ectarelookingforreasonswhyasmanyas31of175workerstestedaboveallowablelimitsforarseniclastyear.JaneAmphlettoperationsmanagerforAboriginalandNorthernDevelopmentCan-adasaidtherewasnosingleincidentthatcontributedtotheworkerselevatedarseniclev-elsduringdeconstructiononCanadasmostcontaminatedindustrialsite.Whenweeklytestsrevealedelevatedlevelsofarsenicintheurineofthe31workersthecontractorconductedadetailedanalysisoftheiractivitiestodeterminethecauseandtakecorrectiveactionAmphletttoldTheJournallastweekinanemail.DeconstructionoftheGiantMineroastercomplexdecay-inghulkscladincrumblingasbestossheetswheregoldwasextractedfromoreandleftbehindaresidueofdeadlyarsenictrioxidestartedlastspringandistobecompletedlaterthisyear.The25.7-millioncontractwasawardedtoParsonsCan-adaLtd.whichsub-contractedworktoDetonChoCorp.andDetonChoNahanniasAboriginalworkersweretocomprise33percentofthelabourforce.Amphlettsaidthatinaddi-tiontoremovingaffectedwork-ersfromhigh-riskareasthecontractoralsocoachedthemonpotentialcausesofhighar-seniclevelssuchasdiethy-gieneinspectionofpersonalprotectiveequipmentandorreviewofdecontaminationtechniques.ThecontractorcontinuestoworkcloselywithandunderthedirectionoftheWork-ersSafetyandCompensa-tionCommissionWSCCtoensurethestandardoper-atingproceduresalignwithArsenicleaksthroughcracksinGiantMineSystemfailureposesnorisktofamiliesofaffectedworkersofcialsWorkingwithresearchersattheuniversitiesofWinnipegandManitobaJohnSandlosandArnKeelingprofessorsatMemorialUniversityfoundthattherstdocumentedvic-timofarsenicemissionswasaDenechildlivinginNdiloonLathamIslanddirectlydownwindfromGiantMine.ThoughConMineinstalledascrubberin1949GiantMinethesourceofmostofthearsenicdidnotinstallpollutioncontrolequipmentuntiltheendof1951afterthe2year-oldboydiedofacutearsenicpoisoningSandlosandKeelingreported.Locallivestockalsodiedfromarsenicpoisoning.Gov-ernmentandmineofcialsmetatthetimetodiscusshowtoaddresstheproblemofarsenicpollutionbutnevercontemplatedevenatempo-raryshutdownoftheminetheywroteinasummaryoftheirndings.Publichealthstudiesun-dertakeninthe1960ssug-gestedapossiblelinkbetweenarsenicexposureandelevatedcancerratesinYellowknifebutthesestudieswerenotmadepublicuntilthe1970sSandlosandKeelingreported.Aseriesofindependentandgovernmentstudiesfollowedtherevelationsaspubliccon-cernmountedoverthehealtheffectsoflong-termarsenicex-posure.FurtherreductionsinarsenicemissionsfromGiantwereachievedandthemineconstructedatailingsefu-enttreatmentsystemin1981.Whilelocalactivistsagainraisedconcernsaboutsulphurdioxideandarsenicemissionsintheearly1990sterritorialgovernmentstudiesconcludedtheemissionsdidnotposeapublichealthrisk.FortheYellowknivesDeneFirstNationinparticularmemoriesofminedevelop-mentandsubsequentarsenicpollutionoftheirtraditionallandsarepainfulSandlosandKeelingwrote.Nativecommunitieswereatfargreaterriskbecauseoftheirlocationinproximitytotheroastingfacilityandthefactthatresidentsreliedonpollutedsnowandlakewaterfortheirdrinkingwater.AtameetingofgovernmentofcialsinJune1951toassessthearsenicsituationthemin-utessuggestthatinspectorsofthedepartmentofResourcesandDevelopmenthadnoticedlargeconcentrationsofarse-nicinsnowintheYellowknifeareaparticularlyatthenorth-ernendofLathamIsland.AcoronersinquestruledthattheDeneboydiedinApril1951fromacutegas-troenteritiscausedbyarsen-icalpoisoningadministeredbyunknownmeans.Subsequentreportsclariedtheprecisecauseofdeath.I.F.Kirkbythen-superintendentofIndianAffairsreportedthattheboyhaddiedfromcontam-inateddrinkingwater.GiantYellowknifeGoldMinesLtd.providedthefamilywith750forthelossoftheirson.Thelocalmediadidnotmen-tionthedeathoftheDeneboyanddidnotrunanystoriesontheissueofarseniccontamina-tionin1951.Localofcialsdidmakesomeattempttowarnpeo-pleofthedangersfromarsenic.Dr.O.L.StantontheYel-lowknifeMedicalHealthOf-cerplacedsmalladvertise-mentsinthebackpagesofsixissuesofNewsoftheNorthin1951andsignsaroundtheareawarningpeopletobecautiouswiththeiruseofwaterduringspringrunoff.TheYellowknifeIndianAgentclaimedhehadprevi-ouslywarnedthelocalchiefofthearsenicdangerbutgov-ernmentofcialsattheJune1951meetingsuggestedthatinspiteoftheseprecautionscertainIndianslivingonthenorthendofLathamIslandusedthewaterinthevicinitywiththeresultthatanumberofthemhadtobegivenhos-pitaltreatmentandonedied.Publichealthstudiesundertakeninthe1960ssuggestedapossiblelinkbetweenarsenicexposureandelevatedcancerratesinYellowknifebutthesestudieswerenotmadepublicuntilthe1970s.JohnSandlosandArnKeelingGiantMineremediationcontractorsarelookingintowhy31of175workerstestedaboveallowablelimitsforarseniclastyear.regulationsandfurtherre-ducesriskofexposureinfu-tureworkAmphlettsaid.Despitetheappearanceofcracksinthestandardoperat-ingproceduresforthereme-diationprojectAmphlettsaidthereisnoevidencethattheaffectedworkersinadvertentlyspreadarseniccontaminationbeyondtheformerminesitetotheirhomesandfamilies.AccordingtoproceduresAmphlettsaidthecontractorrequiredworkerstogothroughacompletedecontaminationbeforeleavingthesite.Noworkclothingorequipmentwastoleavemediumorhigh-riskworkareaswithoutdecon-taminationandpersonalitemsincludingclothingarenotal-lowedincontaminatedareas.Workersreceiveexten-sivetrainingaroundthesedecontaminationpractices.Asaresultofthesemeasuresemployeevehicleandat-hometestswerenotdeterminedtoberequiredasapartofthestandardoperatingproce-dureAmphlettsaid.IfcontaminationdidspreadbeyondtheGiantMinesitetheissueshouldbeaddressedbytheterritoryspublichealthauthorityAm-phlettsaid.Dr.AndrCor-riveauchiefpublichealthofficerfortheNorthwestTerritoriesdisagreed.ThisissueisunderthejurisdictionoftheWSCCbeinganoccupationalwork-placesettingCorriveausaidinanemail.DaveGundyWSCCpresi-dentandCEOsaidthecom-missiononlydealswithworkersandnottheirfami-lies.Allareawareoftheis-sues.Tomyknowledgethecompanyhasnottestedany-oneoutsidetheworkers.MinesleavelegacyofpoisoningDisagreementsoverwhoshouldtakeactiononpol-lutionfromYellowknifesmineshavebeenpartofthefabricofcommunitylifesinceConandGiantbeganextract-inggoldfromarsenic-ladenorein1948accordingtotheauthorsofabooklookingattheimpactsofNorthernhis-toricminesonAboriginalcommunities.PhotoDonJaque ArtsCultureMusic22TuesdayFebruary112014HealthWellnessTouretteSyndromeByMARIACHURCHIttookyearsoffrustrationconfusionandmisdiagnosisforKimBennettstwosonstonallybediagnosedwithTouretteSyndrome.CaydynandKaiBennett10and8years-oldrespec-tivelybothhavetheneuro-logicaldisorderthatschar-acterizedbyticsatermforrapidsuddenmovementsorvocalizationsthatareinvol-untarilyrepeated.ItishardBennettaFortSmithlocalsharedabouthersonsdisorders.Theybothhaveitbuttheyarecompletelydifferent.Onecouldbedoingreallywellonemonthandthenthenextmonththeycouldnotbe.FortheboysdealingwithTourettesymptomschallengestheirabilitytofocus.Simpletaskslikedrawingreadingabookorevenhavingaconver-sationbecomeaneffortwhentheylosecontroloftheirmotorskills.LyndaThickettacare-takerwiththeNWTDis-abilitiesCouncilworkswithCaydynandKaiafterschool.ShedescribedFortSmithmomlaunchesrstNWTTrekforTourettewatchingCaydynstrug-gletoreadabookwhenshewenttopickhimupatschoollastweek.Iwasabout10minutesearlysoIwasjustwatchinghimandhewasreading.Itwassohardforhimbecausebothhishandsweretwitch-ingandhisheadwasmov-ing.IthoughthowcanhefocusonthatbookEducationparamountTodateresearchershavefoundnocauseorcureforTourettes.Arecentesti-matefromtheTouretteSyn-dromeFoundationofCan-adaTSFCsuggeststhatasmanyasonein100peoplesufferfromsomedegreeofTourettes.Mostofthoseareundiagnosed.Whilethereismedicationavailableandsomesuccessinphysiotherapytoreducethesymptomsofthedisor-derfordiagnosedyouthlikeCaydynandKaithemostimportantthingiseducatingthecommunityparticularlyotheryouthBennettsaid.Themovementsandtheticstheycanbeveryno-ticeableandinaclassroomwhereachildissittingbyachildwithTourettestheywillsayCanyoustopmov-ingaroundYouredrivingmenutsbuttheycant.Thestressofthatstudentgettingangrywiththemmakesitworseshesaid.Bennettsaidgettingthemessageoutisherbestmethodofhelpingherboysadjustinschool.TrekforTouretteinMarchTheTSFCorganizesanannualnationalfundraisertheTrekforTourettetoraiseawarenessandmoneyforthefoundationsresearch.TheNWTwillbepartici-patingforthersttimethisyearthankstoeffortsfromBennettandThicketttoorga-nizethewalkinFortSmith.BennettsaidtheyarestilllookingformanyvolunteersandparticipantsforthewalkwhichwillbeheldattheFortSmithrecreationcentreonMar.30.Participantsareencour-agedtoformteamsandchooseaname.TheBen-nett-Thicketgrouparecall-ingthemselvesTeamAngryBirdschosenbytheboys.Providingtheweatherisnotdangerouslycoldthetrekwillbeheldoutdoorstosimulatethechallengesandunpredict-abilityofTouretteSyndrome.FormoredetailsontheFortSmithfundraiserwalkvisittheFacebookpageFortSmithTrekforTouretteorcontactBennettat867621-0533.RegisterfortheTrekforTouretteonlineatwww.to-urette.caFromleftCaydynBennettKimBennettKaiBennettandLyndaThickettmakeupTeamAngryBirdsfortheTrekforTourette.ByMEAGANWOHLBERGOneofCanadasmostdecoratedandcelebratedchoirsismarkingits35thbirthdaybytouringcom-munitiesacrosstheNorth-westTerritoriesthismonthstartinginYellowknifeandreachingouttofolksinHayRiverFortSmithandFortSimpson.PromotedbytheNorth-ernArtsandCulturalCen-treNACCtheElmerIs-elerSingerswillarriveinYellowknifeonFeb.13ontheirgroundtourofWest-ernCanada.NorthernmusicloversgracedwithmajorchoirgigElmerIselerSingerstocelebrate35thbirthdayintheNWTNACCdirectorMarieCoderresaiditisrarefortheNorthtobegivenaccesstosuchagrandiosescaleofchoralperformanceandhopesthesmallcommuni-tieswhoalsogetachancetoexperienceitwilltakeadvantage.Theyhave500yearsofrepertoire.ItsoneofthemostdecoratedandhonouredchoirsinallofCanadaCoderresaid.Reallyalltheeffortputintothisprojectwillreallyinspire.ItsgoingtobepivotaltothedevelopmentoftheperformingartsintheNorthwestTerrito-riessinceitsprobablythebiggestcrewthatwillbetouringinthesmallercommunities.Apartfromdeliver-ingtheirownscheduledperformancesthechoirwillbeperformingwithlocalmusiciansinthecommunities.YellowknifesopranoTheresaBairdwilljointhetourtoperformaspe-cialpiececomposedbyfellowYellowknifemusi-cianCarmenBraden.Thesingerswillalsobehost-ingaworkshopwiththelocalchoirinYellowknifebeforetheconcert.InFortSmiththecommu-nitychoirwillalsobehold-ingaworkshopwiththesing-ersbeforeitsperformanceattheSt.JosephCathedralonTuesdayFeb.18wherethechoirwillhaveachancetojointheElmerIselerSing-ersonstage.ItwasimportanttomethatwestopinFortSmithbecausethereisachoirthereanditsagroundtranspor-tationtourasopposedtonormallyweoftentourbyplaneCoderresaid.ItisoneofthersttimesinthelastseveralyearsthataNACCperformancehasmadeitswaytoFortSmithsoCoderrehopesthechurchispacked.Thischoirhassetstan-dardsforallchoirsinCan-adasotheyareabigshowcomingintotown.Imhop-ingthatthecommunitywillshowupbecauseitsnotgoingtohappenoftenCoderresaid.Itisaveryuniqueeventhappeninginthecommunities...Itsaprivilegetohavethemtouringwithusandtheyaresoexcitedaboutcominginthesmallercom-munities.Theyarereallyre-allyallaboutoutreach.TheElmerIselerSingerswillperformatNACCinYellowknifeonFeb.15atHayRiversRomanCatho-licChurchonFeb.17atSt.JosephCathedralinFortSmithonFeb.18andattheBompasElementarySchoolinFortSimpsononFeb.20.Concertticketsare25foradultsand15foryouthandseniors.PhotoMariaChurchPhotocourtesyoftheNACCTheElmerIselerSingersofTorontowillbeperforminginYellowknifeHayRiverFortSmithandFortSimpsonoverthenexttwoweeks. 23TuesdayFebruary112014CanadianEnergy.GlobalReach.PacicNorthWestLNG.comPacicNorthWestLNGisseekingCanadianbusinesseswhowanttoparticipateinbuildingitsproposednaturalgasliquefactionandexportfacilityinPortEdwardnearPrinceRupertBC.Ifyourcompanyhasexperienceintheconstructionandinstallationoflarge-scalecomplexfacilitieswewanttohearfromyou.TheprojectwillprovideawiderangeofopportunitiesforcontractorsandsuppliersincludingCivilearthworkscontractorsMechanicalcontractorsElectricalcontractorsInstrumentationcontractorsMarinestructureworkscontractorsHeavyindustrialfabricatorsPre-engineeredbuildingdesignfabricationassemblersExperiencedLNGtankassemblersExperiencedLNGtankconcretefoundationwallconstructorsHeavyindustrialprojectfreightforwardersBusinessesseekingpotentialprocurementopportunitieswithPacicNorthWestLNGareaskedtosubmitanExpressionofInterestandQualicationstoeachofthethreeinternationalengineeringcontractorsthathavebeenselectedfortheprojectsFront-EndEngineeringandDesignBechtelLtd.PLNGXPRObechtel.comTSHConsortiumTSHtechnip.comKBRJGCjointventureFLONKBR-PNWSubconkbr.comFLONKBR-PNWPurchkbr.comIftheprojectproceedstoconstructiontenderswillbeissuedin2015andbeyond.BUILDINGCANADASFUTUREKahkiyowKeykanowEldersCareHomeTheMikisewCreeFirstNationiscurrentlyseekingapplicationsfromindividualswhoareinterestedinPERMANENTEMPLOYMENTatthenewEldersCareHomeasRegisteredNursesorDegreeNursesPersonalCareAidesPhysicalTherapyAssistantCooksandKitchenHelpersMaintenancePersonandHousekeepersdiplomaordegreesandacoveringletterexplainingwhyyouwishtoworkattheHometoTrishMerrithew-MercrediSeniorAdvisoratadvisormikisewcree.ca780792-6116bynolaterthanFebruary212014.WewillconductinterviewsinMarchandthoseselectedforemploymentwillbeexpectedtobeginworkbynolaterthanMay2014.asaCommunityHealthRepresentativewillbeconsideredforapositionasaPersonalCareAide.IndustryOilGasByMEAGANWOHLBERGOilandgascompanyTotalCanadaInc.launcheditsrstentryintotheWest-ernCanadiandistributionmarketlastweekanditsaNorthernAboriginalandfamily-ownedbusinessthatisgoingtobehandlingitspreciouscargo.BassettPetroleumDistrib-utorsofHayRiversignedadealwithTotallastweektodistributetheenergycom-panysindustriallineoflu-bricantshigh-performanceengineoilsgreasesandspe-cialtyproductsusedintheen-ergyautomotivemetallurgyandfoodprocessingsectors.NormBassettvicepresi-dentandgeneralmanagerofBassettsaiditsadealthatcangrowasbigaswewantittoandbasedonthecom-panys25-yearevolutionfromasmallheatingoilserviceintheNorthwestTerritoriestoamulti-cityeetwithcon-tractsacrosstheNorthandAlbertathatmeansalot.WestartedoffinHayRiverjustdoinglocalheatingHayRiverfamilybusinesslandsdealwithTotalBassettPetroleumtohandleoilcompanyslaunchintoWesternCanadaoildeliveryforShellin1989Bassettsaid.Thegrowthofitisbasicallyduetoourworkethic.Weneversaynotoworksothatswhathelpedusgrow.BassettsaidhisfatherStevethecompanysownerorigi-nallyintendedtohaveasmalllocalcompanybutrequestsfromothercommunitiesandcompaniescontinuedtoex-pandthedistributorsreach.Basedonthatconceptandthatkindofphilosophythroughtheyearsstepbystepitstartedjustgettingbiggerhesaid.Apartfromgroundfuelsthecompanynowdeliversroadsaltairportsanddustsuppressantemulsionoilaviationfuelsandmuchmore.BecausethecompanywasabletocompleteitsjobssafelyandefcientlyandmeetallofitscustomersdemandsBassettwassoonaskedtomanageShellsYellowknifelocationwhenthebranchmanagerretired.SincethenSteveandhissonshaveopenedupregionalbranchesinFortMcMurrayandSherwoodParkAlta.whereTotalrecentlyopeneditsrstWesterndistributioncentre.BassettsaidthesuccessofthenewdealwithTotalnowhingesuponbothcompaniesabilitytomarketanewprod-uctintotheWesternCana-dianmarket.ItssuchanewbrandtotheWesternpartofCanadathatitalldependsonhowitsperceivedinthemarketandhowwellwemarketit.WellgotoourexistingcustomersandofferthisalongwiththefueldeliverywealreadydoandseeifwehaveanybiteBassettsaid.Itisagreatproductitsjustamatterofgoingoutthereandcreatingproductawareness.TotalCanadapresidentStephenMcGarviesaidthecompanyisdelightedtobepartneringwithBassettincreatingabaseforexpansionintothewest.Workingwithalocalfam-ily-runbusinessmakesBassettPetroleumanidealdistributioncompanyforTotalLubricantshigh-qualityproductshesaidinapressrelease.Theirdeeprootsandclosetiestolocalresidentsandbusinessesmakethisanexcellenttwithourworldwidebusinessmodel.FornowBassetthasonetrucktodeliverforTotalintheEdmonton-SherwoodParkareaandwillbeadd-ingtotheeetastheirneedsgrow.Asforotherareasthecom-panywouldliketomoveintoBassettsaidtheyareopenminded.Whateverwegetourhandsonhesaidwithalaugh.PhotocourtesyofTotalCanadaInc.TotalCanadaandBassettPetroleumteamuponTotalsrstWesternCanadiandistributionefforts. 24TuesdayFebruary112014KerrySetzerSalesLeasingDonnaLeeJungkindVehicleRVSalesLorrainePetersonFleetManagerSpencerKingDealerPrincipalSteveMollSalesManagerMattMorseSalesLeasingKinglandFordSalesLtd.922MackenzieHighwayHayRiverNTPhone867-874-7700.TollFree1-800-661-0716.Fax867-874-7716Emailsaleskinglandford.comwww.kinglandford.comwww.kinglandsaleshr.comTinaMelvinSalesLeasingCallTinatodayforPre-approval1-800-661-0716TrusttheexpertswhoknowyourFordbestatKinglandFordSalesLtd.inHayRiverNT.Subscribetoourquarterlynewsletteratinquirykinglandford.com2014F150SUPERCREW4X4MSRP.................................................47284DeliveryAllowance..............................8000KinglandDiscount................................2518SALEPRICE.........................36766OwnForOnly3053.9960884440000181818I4T1882013EDGELimitedAWDMSRP.................................................46799DeliveryAllowance..............................2000KinglandDiscount................................2928SALEPRICE.........................41871OwnForOnly3220.9960I3T1502013FOCUSHATCHBACKSEMSRP.................................................25149DeliveryAllowance..............................1000KinglandDiscount................................1152SALEPRICE........................22997OwnForOnly175060I3A552013F150RegularCab4X4MSRP.................................................40834DeliveryAllowance..............................9000KinglandDiscount................................2656SALEPRICE..........................29178OwnForOnly2574.9960I3T6941000ELIGIBLECOSTCOMEMBERSRECEIVEANADDITIONALONMOSTNEWVEHICLESCKSE1449900021157I3A55