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PetitioncallsonGNWTtomakefrackingpromiseAgroupcalledFrackingAc-tionNorthisaskingtheGNWTtopromisefullenvironmentalassessmentsforfuturefrackingprojects.Seepage2.NewyouthleadershipcampsplannedinNWTTheNorthernYouthLeader-shipSocietyisholdingthreenewwintercampsastheor-ganizationcontinuestoex-pand.Seepage24.MusicfromtheHeartYellowknifetunesintotheElmerIselerSingersonValentinesDay.Seepage10.Snowshoemakingwork-shopweavesintraditionAuroraCollegestudentsinFortSmithmadesnowshoesfromscratchinaworkshopthathighlightedtheirtradi-tionaluse.Seepage15.FederalbudgetfocusesonNorthernSovereigntyTheCanadianfederalbudgetpromises90milliontowardsassertingCanadassover-eigntyintheNorthoverthenexttwoyears.Seepage13.Visitwww.norj.caAnationalawardwinningindependentnewspaperservingnorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19771.00February182014Vol.37No.404LepineSt.HayRiverNTX0E1G1T867-874-4385F867-874-4383TollFree1-866-523-5437www.power123.comNointerestnopaymentsforupto24months......whenyousignupforTheSourcecreditcardin-store.Up-frontadministrationfeesmayapply.Offervalidonin-storepurchasesonly.Minimumpurchaseof299beforetaxesandadministrationfees.OACDevolutionbillamendmentsblockedConservativesstopattempttotakeoutMVRMAchangesByMEAGANWOHLBERGDespitehoursofimpas-sionedappealstotheCon-servativegovernmenttore-moveproposedchangestotheNWTsregulatorysystemfromdevolutionBillC-15lastweekintheHouseofCom-monstheNDPsmotionwasdefeatedby20votesWednes-dayevening.OppositionleaderThomasMulcairsmotiontodeletesections136and137fromthebillwhichwouldcreateasingleregulatoryboardforlandsandwatersintheNWTandeliminatetheregionallandandwaterboardswasvoteddown150-130atthereportstagelastweek.ThoughhedidntexpectthemotiontogothroughWest-ernArcticMPDennisBev-ingtonsaidhewasgladtheywereabletoprovetheirpointthatthesuperboardshouldnothavebeenincludedinthebilldespiterecommendationsbyfederaladvisorNeilMcCrankinhisreport.EvenindustrycameoutandsaidthattherewasgoodcooperationwiththeregionalboardshetoldTheJournalfromOttawa.AndweprovedthatMcCrankdidntgettheideatoremovetheboardsfromthehearingstheycamefromhishead.DespitethenegativevoteBevingtondidendupvot-inginfavourofthebillintheendwhichreceivedsup-port279-2.Itwasadifcultvoteformehesaid.Iwascon-ictedbutintheendIfeltitwastheappropriatemove.ThequestionsofFirstNa-tionslandclaimstheonlywaytheycanbesettlednowwillbeincourtandthatsthesteptheyshouldgotobecausewecouldntgetthisamendment.TheTlichoGovernmenthasalreadysaiditwillgotocourtinordertosaveitsWekeezhiiLandandWaterBoard.ItwasthesecondattemptbytheNDPoppositiontodividetheomnibusbillwhichalsoincludeslegislationneces-sarytodevolveauthorityoverlandswaterandresourcesfromCanadatotheterrito-rialgovernment.BevingtontriedsplittingthebillatthecommitteestageafterhearingsinYellowknifeonthebillwereoverwhelmedbyFirstNationsopposition.WhileAboriginalgovern-mentsintheNWTsupportdevolutionthosewithlandclaimsareloathetoseetheirregionallandandwaterboardsestablishedthroughthemoderntreatyprocesseliminated.Thechangestothesys-temoflandandwaterboardscreatedthroughFirstNa-tionslandclaimagreementsaredisrespectfultotheDeneandMtisoftheNorthwestTerritoriesMulcairarguedduringlastTuesdaysdebates.SeeLegalonpage3.PhotoNathalieHeiberg-HarrisonRyanJosephGouldJr.ofLJsSabresshootsonNorthwindsPatrickBlakeduringtheteamsrstgameatthe26thannualIRCCupThursday.InuviksNorthwindteamtooksecondplaceinthe26thannualtournamentafterlosing8-1totheE.GrubensTransportNanooksfromTuktoyaktuk.Seepage22. 2TuesdayFebruary182014NEWSBRIEFSDelinelaunchesnewwebsitetopromoteculturaltourismThecommunityofDelinehaslauncheditsowntourismwebsiteandsocialmediachannelstoattractculturaltour-iststotheremotey-incommunityintheSahturegion.CalledDestinationDelinedestinationdeline.comthecampaign-createdbyatourismconsultancycompanybasedinBC-shareslocaleventsstoriesandphotosfromtheregionallthewhileenticingfuturevisitorswiththepromiseofexperiencinguniqueDeneculturalpractices.SummeractivitiessuchasshingNorth-WrightAirwaysightseeingtoursandATVtoursarepromoted.ShellputsPierreRiveroilsandsminedevelopmentonholdOilsandsgiantRoyalDutchShellhasannouncedaninde-nitehalttodevelopmentofitsPierreRiveroilsandsmineinnorthernAlbertatellingregulatorstheextentofthedelayisnotyetknown.Shellsaiddevelopmentofthe200000barrel-per-dayminewillbepushedbackinorderforthecompanytore-evaluatewithafocusonmaintainingacompetitivebusi-nessandsuccessfuldeliveryofnear-termgrowthprojects.Untilthencompanyexecutivessaidtheyarenotpreparedtoproceedtoahearingontheproject.ThisyearShellalsocancelleddevelopmentplansfordrillinginAlaskasArcticandpostponedaliquiednaturalgasprojectinAustralia.UniversityofAlbertatostudycancerscreeningaccessinNWTAteamofresearchersfromtheUniversityofAlbertaisplanningtostudyaccesstocancerscreeningintheNWTafterrecentreportsfromtheterritorialgovernmentshowsomecommunitiesareutilizingcancerscreeningservicesfarbelowthenationalaverage.Researchersarelookingtounderstandwhyresidentsarelesslikelytobetestedforcan-cerapotentiallylife-savingprocessdespitetheNWThav-ingthehighestincidenceofcancerinthecountry.There-searchteamwillconductsurveysintheNWTwithafocusontheremotecommunitieswherethereisahighAboriginalpopulation.Resultsareexpectedin2015andwillbesharedwiththefederalandterritorialgovernmentswiththegoalofndingsolutionstobetteraccessforcancerscreening.YoucanpickupyourticketsfromanyminorhockeyplayeroratanyoftheseFortSmithbusinessesFortSmithMinorHockeyNeedsYouWINBIGBYPARTICIPATINGINOURBI-MONTHLY5050DRAW.AllfundsgotosupportFortSmithminorhockeyplayerdevelopmentandyouthathletics.TICKETSAREONLY2.TouchofHeavenNWALLousSmallEnginesGiGisBakeryRustyRavenTDCPhoenixAutoNorthernJournalPelicanRapidsInnDrawdatesareFebruary23March29and23.PetitioncallsforgovernmentpromiseonfutureNWTfrackingGroupswantallfrackingapplicationstogothroughfullassessmentByMEAGANWOHLBERGAcoalitioncallingitselfFrackingActionNorthlaunchedapetitionlastweekcallingfortheterritorialgov-ernmenttouseitsregulatoryauthoritytoreferallfuturefrackingapplicationstoafullenvironmentalassessmentincludingpublichearings.TheNWTchapteroftheCouncilofCanadiansAl-ternativesNorthandEcol-ogyNorthpostedtheiron-linepetitiononFeb.7ask-ingallconcernedresidentsoftheNWTtosignthere-questtohavetheGNWTinvokeitsauthorityundertheMackenzieValleyRe-sourceManagementActMVRMA.ThepetitionwillcollectsignaturesuntilMar.7.OncecloseditwillbepresentedtotheLegislativeAssemblyinhopesthatgovernmentwillcommittoreferringallfu-turefrackingapplicationstotheassessmentstage.Suchhugedecisionsofthisnatureshouldneverhappenwithoutafullcomprehensivepublicen-vironmentalassessmentsaidLoisLittleco-chairoftheNWTCouncilofCa-nadians.Thatisthepro-cessthatwehavetotablealloftheinformationandtoallowpeopletohaveavoiceandquestionvariouspractices.Inonewaythatsreallyavalidationthatpeo-plesconcernsareimpor-tantpeoplewhohavetolivewiththeconsequencesofthisshouldneverhavedecisionsmadewithoutthembeinginvolvedinit.Thepetitionwascreatedinresponsetotheapprovaloftheterritorysrstandonlyexistinghorizontalhy-draulicfracturingprojectintheSahtu.LastsummertheSahtuLandandWaterBoardallowedtheapplicationbyoilcompanyConocoPhil-lipstobypasstheenviron-mentalassessmentprocessandgostraighttotheper-mittingphase.DespitepublicoutcryintheregionandelsewhereacrosstheterritoryCon-ocoPhillipsiscurrentlyfrackingitsrstexploratoryshaleoilwellsthiswinternearNormanWells.Thefactthattheprevi-ousonewentaheadwith-outenvironmentalassess-mentleftpeoplewithalotofquestionssaidChris-tineWenmanofEcologyNorth.Andthereseemstobealotofpotentialintheareasowereanticipatingacouplemoreapplicationssoonandperhapsmoreafterthat.Sothoseissuesshouldhavebeenlookedatpreviouslybutitscer-tainlynottoolatetolookatthemnow.HuskyOilwhichholdsleasesintheSahturegionisrumouredtobebringingforthafrackingapplicationwithinthenextmonth.Wenmansaidafullenvi-ronmentalassessmentisim-portantnotjustforallowingpeopletovoiceconcernsandhavequestionsansweredbuttoopenupadialogueonthecumulativeeffectsofindustry.Unlesstheresabroaderenvironmentalreviewthentheopportunitytoreallylookatcumulativeim-pactsisntthere.Becausethepotentialinthisoneregionissohighandsomanyleasesareoutthereweexpectthecumulativeimpactstobesignificant.SothatIwouldsayisoneofthemorepressingcon-cernsshesaid.BothWenmanandLittlebelievesupportforthepe-titionisgoingtobehugetakingintoconsiderationlocalpetitionsintheSahturequestingabanonfrackingreceived200signaturesinTulitaand900moreinFortGoodHopealone.Thepetitionhadjustover200signaturesasofMondayafternoon.PeopleintheSahture-gionandthroughouttheNorthwestTerritoriesseemtohavealotofquestionsandtheyretryingtogureouttherightavenuestohavethosequestionsanswered.Sothisjustseemslikeagoodnextstepbecausetheregulatorysystemistheretomakesurepublicconcernisaddressedandenvironmen-talconcernsaremitigatedWenmansaid.ThoughthefocusisonthenextmoveoftheLeg-islativeAssemblyLittlesaidthepetitionwillalsogiveaheads-uptoregula-torsandotherpublicbod-iescapableoftriggeringanenvironmentalassessmentthatdoingsoisinthepub-licswill.Thereobviouslywillbehundredsifnotthousandsofnamesonthispetitionandthatsgoingtocauseallor-dersofgovernmentstore-allytakealookatwhattheirauthorityiswithrespecttothisshesaid.Thepetitionisavail-ableonlineathttpepe-tition.lant.public-i.tvepe-tition_corecommunitypetition2614Anti-frackingprotestersvoicetheiroppositionoutsideoftheYellowknifeCourtHouselastfallduringaglobaldayofactionagainsthydraulicfracturing.ConocoPhillipsbegantheterritorysrstfrackingprojectthiswinter.PhotoJackDanylchukEnvironmentFracking PoliticsFirstNations3TuesdayFebruary182014Continuedfrompage1.TheConservativesheardoverandoverfromtheNWTsAboriginalgovernmentsandmanyconcernedresidentsthattheydidnotsupportthesechangesbuttheConservativesunfortunatelyweredeaftotheseconcernsMulcairsaid.MarkStrahlparliamentarysecretarytotheministerofAb-originalAffairsandNorthernDevelopmentcounteredthatbecausethecreationofonecentralsuperboardintheNWTwascontemplatedwithintheterritoryssettledlandclaimsandnoticegiventoFirstNa-tionsoverseveralyearsofthecomingchangesthebillshouldproceedascurrentlystructured.HesaidthechangestotheMackenzieValleyResourceManagementActMVRMAcontainedwithinC-15mod-ernizetheNWTintimefordevolutionestablishingtimelimitsonenvironmentalas-sessmentsstreamliningli-censingincreasingnesforenvironmentalviolationsandmostimportantlyaligningtheMVRMAwiththefederalen-vironmentalassessmentlegisla-tionamendedoverthepastyear.LegalactionexpectedonNWTdevolutionbillThoughConservativeswereunsympathetictotheproposedamendmentsmadebytheNDPMulcairsmotiondidreceivewidesupportfromLiberalandGreenPartyMPs.ItisquiteobvioustomethattheAboriginalgovern-mentsarenotsatisedwiththecompositionthatisbeingproposed.TheyfeltthatunderthecurrentstructureasAboriginalgovernmentstheyhavemoresayandmorecontroloverthelandsuponwhichtheylivenotedLib-eralMPYvonneJones.GreenPartyleaderEliza-bethMaysaidshewouldnotbesurprisedtoseetheseop-posedchangestothereviewboardstructuredealtwithattheSupremeCourtlevel.Itisastonishingtome...thattheConservativeadministrationrefusestotakeseriouslynumer-ousSupremeCourtdecisionsMaysaid.Withregardtotheeliminationoffourregionalboardsthathavebeenthere-sultofnegotiationandtreatythatarepartofagovernment-to-governmentrelationshipitisnotreallyamatterofWevetoldthemaboutitforyearssotheyshouldbereadyforitbynow.Thatisnotconsultation.WhileauthorityovertheMVRMAwillnotbetrans-ferredtotheterritorialgov-ernmentasofthedevolutioneffectivedateofApr.1terri-torialofcialsexpectchangesmadetotheregulatorysys-temwillbeopentoreviewinveyearstime.ItisquiteobvioustomethattheAboriginalgovernmentsarenotsatisedwiththecompositionthatisbeingproposed.YvonneJonesMPLabradorLiberalTlicholawsuitwontstopdevolutionbillOttawaByMEAGANWOHLBERGLegalactionthreatenedbytheTlichoGovernmentwillnotstopthegovern-mentofCanadafrompass-ingitsdevolutionbillfed-eralspokespeopletoldTheJournallastweek.MichellePerronwiththedepartmentofAboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevel-opmentAANDCsaidinanemailresponsetoquestionsthatthelawsuitledinearlyFebruarywillnotpreventthebillfrombeingpassedorat-tainingroyalassent.MPsdebatedBillC-15intheHouseofCommonslastweekafteritwasrein-troducedwithamendmentsonTuesdaymorningbeforemovingontoanothermeet-ingoftheSenateCommitteeonEnergytheEnvironmentandNaturalResources.Citingextremedisappoint-mentwithCanadasmovetotablethedevolutionbillasanomnibusbilltiedtochangestotheNWTsregu-latorysystemTlicholead-ersrecentlysaidtheywouldnotallowtheirWekeezhiiLandandWaterBoardtobeeliminatedalongwiththeterritorysotherregionalboardsinordertoestablishasuperboard.TlichoGrandChiefEddieErasmuswrotetoAANDCearlierthismonthaskingMinisterBernardValcourttoreconsiderthepathCanadaiscurrentlyoninrelationtotheregulatorychangesmadetotheMackenzieValleyRe-sourcesManagementActMVRMA.Canadaisproceedingwithanapproachthatisin-consistentwithaproperin-terpretationofprovisionsinourAgreementandwillconstituteabreachofourAgreementandthehonouroftheCrowntheletterstates.ThiswouldresultintheMVRMAbeingconsti-tutionallyunsoundandofnoforceandeffecttotheextentthatitbreachesourAgree-ment.Canadascurrentap-proachwillalsodamageourrelationshipandcreateregulatoryuncertainty...Wehopethisdoesnotcometopass.Thereisabetterwaytomoveforward.ThoughtheTlichoGov-ernmentarguestheproposedchangestotheMVRMAtiedtothebillwillweakenen-vironmentalprotectionandtakeawayAboriginalgovern-mentssayondevelopmentPerronsaidtheamendmentsaredesignedtostrengthenandmodernizetheregula-toryregimethroughmea-suressuchastimelimitsondecision-making.ThemandateoftheMack-enzieValleyLandandWaterBoardwillnotchangeshesaidnotingthatthetermsofAboriginalrepresentationaresetoutinallthreesettledlandclaimagreementsintheterritorywhichaccommo-dateAboriginalrepresen-tationintothe11-membersuperboard.Perronsaidaccommoda-tionshavebeenmadethroughextensiveconsultationwithAboriginalgroupsoverthepastthreeyearstoaddresstheTlichoGwichinandSahtudesirestoberepresentedre-gionallyonissuesofdevelop-mentintheterritory.Asaresultofconsulta-tionsforexampleanac-commodationmeasurewasincorporatedintoBillC-15torequirethechairpersonunlessitisnotpossibletodesignatetheFirstNationTlichomemberfromthere-giontowhichthatapplica-tionrelatestothesmallerthreemembercommitteeoftheboardshesaid.Shesaidthefederalgov-ernmentcontinuestoseeken-gagementwithallAboriginalgroupsandprovidenancialassistancetowardtheirpartic-ipationinthedevolutionandregulatoryreviewprocess.TlichoGovernmentof-cialsdidnotwanttocommentonthelawsuitbutarenottheonlypartyintheNorthwithconcernsabouttheregulatorychangescontainedwithinBillC-15.NorthernpolicythinktankAlternativesNorthanden-vironmentalNGOEcologyNorthexpressedtheircon-cernsagainlastweekar-guingthattheamendmentsgivemorefederalgovernmentinuenceovertheboardswhichcouldseedecisionsmadeforpoliticalreasonsratherthanevidence-basedones.TheministerhasthepowertoforcepolicyonthelandandwaterboardsnowbutthiswillbechangedtoalsoincludethelanduseplanningboardstheEn-vironmentalReviewboardandtheterritoriallandandwaterboard.Theministerwillalsoappointthechair-personoftheterritorialboardthegroupsstatedinanewdocumentcalledOurLandOurWaterOurResponsibility.Ratherthaneliminatetheregionalboardsthetwogroupsadvisethefederalgovernmenttonishitsout-standinglandclaimsandlanduseplanswithmanyoftheterritorysFirstNations.PhotoBillBradenAboriginalleadersandfederalrepresentativesgatherforhearingsondevolutionbillC-15inYellowknifeonJan.27.PoliticsDevolutionIcePilotskickofffourthseasonwithapartySeasonfourofIcePilotsNWTislledwithmorebonkersadventuresoftheBuffaloAircrewsaysstarMikeyMc-Bryan.Seepage2.WrigleyeconomicboomcomeswithchallengesEmploymentopportunitiesareontheriseinWrigleybutasjobshaveopenedupsohaveseatsoncouncil.Seepage12.CadetsuntouchedbywarsharetheirviewsonRemembranceDay.Seepage9.TuesdayNovember132012Vol.36No.29AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00CaribounumbersupbutnotenoughforhuntersBarrengroundherdsareshowingpositivesignsofrecoverybutnotenoughtoliftharvestingrestrictions.Seepage11.Break-insshockFortSmithgolfandskiclubsRCMPinFortSmithareonthelookoutfortheindivid-ualsuspectedofvandalizingbuildingsoutsideoftown.Seepage3.--1.00DehChoBridgetoopenwithpartyNov.30WhowillbethersttocrossremainsthenalsurpriseByMEAGANWOHLBERGAfteradecadeofroad-blocksthe202-millionDehChoBridgewillnallyopenonNov.30markingthersttimeinhistorythattravelonHighway3willnotbedeter-minedbythewhimsofthemightyMackenzieRiver.ForthersttimesincetheroadtotheNorthSlaveregionwasbuiltpeoplewillnothavetoconcernthemselveswithferryschedulesiceconditionsordisruptionstooperationswhencrossingtheMacken-zieRiveratFortProvidenceTransportMinisterDavidRamsayannouncedlastweektoapplauseintheLegislativeAssembly.Alongwiththeunpredict-abilityoftheseasonsRamsaysaidtheprojectscompletionwillputtorestuncertaintyoncostsoffoodandothergoodsalongwiththeenvironmentalcostsofrunningtheferry.Trucksidledsometimesforhourswastinggasandreleasinggreenhousegases.BusinessesintheNorthSlaveaboutwhatwouldhappeniftherewasafuelspill.Wewerevulnerabletoclimatechangewithwarmingtemperaturesandchangesinwaterlevels.promptingafederalauditbySheilaFraserlastyear.Fra-serconcludedtheNWTstaxbaseunfairlyassumedthetotalnancialriskforthebridge-thencostedat182millionupfromtheoriginalpromiseof55million-thoughgovern-mentclaimeditwasasharedprivate-publicenterprise.Iwillnotbesurprisedifthenalcostofthisbridgeismorethan182millionFra-sersaidatthetime.Moreconstructiondelaysbroughtthetotalupto192millionbytheendof2011.ThisyearMLAsgaveinonemoretimetothedepartmentofTransportsrequestforan-other10milliontocompletetheprojectontime.Thiswascriticalinachiev-ingtheopeningthisyearRamsaysaid.Withoutaddi-tionalfundingIwouldmostassuredlybestandingheretodayannouncingyetanotheryearsdelay.Thebridgewillbepaidoffovertimethroughtollsforcom-mercialvehiclesandmoneysavedbynotoperatingtheferry.Northboundcommercialvehi-clesover4500kgwillpaytollsbasedonthenumberofaxlesonthevehiclewith91.25paidfortruckswithtwotofouraxlesand291.25paidforvehicleswithmorethanseven.TheMervHardieferrywhichhasoperatedsincetheearly1970swillmakeitslastvoyagethedaythebridgeopens.OnlyonelastDehChoBridgesurprisenowawaitstheterritory-thistimeamorepleasantone-accordingtode-partmentspokespersonEarlBlacklockthatiswhowillbethersttocrossYoullhavetocomeandseeforyourselfhesaid.WithoutadditionalfundingIwouldmostassuredlybestandingheretodayan-nouncingyetanotheryearsdelay.TransportMinisterDavidRamsayregionhadtopaytostockpilefoodandothergoods.SomeofthemevenpaidextrafreightchargestoairliftmerchandisefromAlbertaoroverthecross-inghesaid.Allofthesecostswerepassedontocustomersandallofthesecostsarenowgone.Theferryburnedhalfamillionlitresoffueleveryyear.WehadtodevelopemergencyplansAfeastreworksandotherfanfareareplannedfortherib-boncuttingoccasioninFortProvidencewheretheterritorywillnallybreatheacollectivesighofreliefatthecompletionofitslargestinfrastructureproj-ect-andmosthotly-debated-nancialdebacle-todate.Delaysandcostoverrunsplaguedthebridgesinceconstructionbeganin2008RangerLawrenceCheeziepayshisrespectsduringthewreathlayingceremonyatthecenotaphoutsideFortSmithsLegionhallonRemembranceDay.TheRangerswerejustoneofmanygroupstohonoursoldierspastandpresentonNov.11.Seepages7-10formoreRemembranceDaycoverage.PhotoPaulBannister2millionmoregoestoInuvik-TukhighwayAnother2millionwentintotheall-weatherroadconnect-ingInuvikandTuktoyaktuklastweekmuchtothedismayofcertainMLAs.Seepage2.One-yearhuntingbanputonMackenziebisonBisonhuntinghasbeenbannedforoneyearintheMackenziefollowingtheworstanthraxoutbreakinNorthernhistory.Seepage19.Legionsremainbastionsoftheircommunities.Seepages11-15.TuesdayNovember62012Vol.36No.282011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00AlbertaannouncesplansfornewenergyregulatorAlbertasproposedsingleen-ergyregulatorisnallyonthetableandcausingconcernsforlandownersandFirstNa-tions.Seepage7.HayRivertoreceivemidwivesby2014-15HayRiverisnextinlineformidwivesintheterritoryac-cordingtoHealthandSocialServicesMinisterTomBeau-lieu.Seepage3.2011natiBest-RounNewsaer1.00NortherninmatesgetrstvisitfromTRCNorthSlaverstinCanadatoopendoorstocommissionerByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheNorthSlaveCorrec-tionalFacilityinYellow-knifemadehistorylastweekasthersttoopenitsdoorstoacommissionerfromthenationalTruthandReconcili-ationCommissionTRConresidentialschools.Around50inmatesmetwithCommissionerMarieWilsonstatementtakersandhealthworkersthroughouttheweektotelltheirstoriesonthelegacyofresidentialschools.Wilsonsaiditwasaprojectthathadbeenintheworksforalongtime.Ourmandateistoaddressandreportonboththehis-toryandthelegacyofresi-dentialschoolsandoneofthekeychaptersoftheleg-acyofresidentialschoolsistheextenttowhichAborigi-nalpeoplesinCanadaarehugelydisproportionatelyrepresentedbyalltheneg-ativeindicatorsincludingincarcerationandthecrim-inaljusticesysteminclud-ingthoselivingatlevelsofknowthatbecausewevenowheardfromover4000peopleandinthetellingoftheirlifestories.Thoughspeakingtoin-mateswasoneoftherstbutalsothatthespiritofthecommissionsworkisnotcompromisedbecausewehadtoconsiderthingslikeisthereaguardintheroomwhenthestatementisbeinggivenThatwouldhavebeenfromourperspectivereallycontrarytothespiritandin-tentofthecommissionsef-fortsandtheabilityofaper-sontospeakfreelyfromtheirheartsshesaid.NWTJusticeMinisterGlenAbernethysaidwhilethereweremanydetailstoironoutgivinginmatestheopportunitytomakestate-mentswasanecessitynotanoption.Ifyoulookatthestatis-ticswithinthefacilitieswehavehereintheNorthwestTerritories80-85percentoftheinmatesareAboriginalhesaid.Peoplehaveclearlybeenaffectedbyresidentialschoolsandmanyofourin-mateshaveindicatedthattheyaresurvivorsofresi-dentialschoolsortheyhavebeenimpactedbyresidentialschools...Wedidntwantthemtomisstheopportunitytotelltheirstoriesandtobeheard.Abernethysaidhehopedthehealingopportunityof-feredbytheTRCwouldhelpindividualsturnacornerintheirlives.Healingisanimportantpartofanybodysrehabili-tationhesaid.Individualshavetocometotermswithwhatevertheirparticularrootcausesofthecrimeareandinsomecasesresidentialschoolsortheimpactsofresi-dentialschoolcouldbethatcausalfactor...Hopefullywewillseeaturninrecidivism.SeeCurriculumonpage2.Wedontwantthesepeoplecommit-tingcrimeswewanthealthypeopleandwewanttoworkwiththemtogetthatrehabilitation.NWTJusticeMinisterGlenAbernethypovertyincludingthosewhoaretakenintothechildwel-faresystemincludingthosewhopresentatemergencywardsshesaid.ThesearealltheplaceswherethelegacylivesoutandweknowthatnotjustinanassumedwaybutweprioritiesidentiedbytheTRCinitsbeginningsWil-sonsaidaddressingissuesofsafetysecurityandintimacymadeitachallengetoexecute.Ithastakenalotofcare-fulthoughtandconsiderationtomakesurethatallthese-curityissuesareconsideredInuitbuttonaccordionistSimeonieKeenainakwasjustoneofmanyNorthernartistswhocollaboratedwiththeNationalArtsCentreNACOrchestraonitsrsteverNorthernTourwhichendedlastFriday.Theorchestraplayedfor6000peopleacrossNunavutYukonandtheNWT.NACiscelebrat-ingitsYearoftheNorthwiththeNorthernScenefestival-thelargestevergatheringofNorthernartists-thisspringinOttawa.Seepage22formore.PhotoFredCattrollonaawarnner-NoveHappyHalloweenDetailssurfacearoundSmithsLandingauditDetailsonSmithsLandingFirstNationsforensicaudithavecometolightfollowingChiefCheyeannePaulettesresignation.Seepage6.FortChipMMAghtercomesoutswingingFortChipewyansTravisCardinalismakingwavesinAlbertasmixedmartialartssceneandhopingtobearolemodelforothers.Seepage15.LiteracyconferenceexploresneedforNorthernself-determination.Seepage8.TuesdayOctober302012Vol.36No.272011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00Deltamusiciangivenlife-timeachievementawardMackenzieDeltamusicianLouieGooseisbeingawardedforhislifelongcommitmenttomusicfamilyandtheAborig-inalcommunity.Seepage9.FortChipwildfoodstudyndsorgancontaminantsAcommunity-basedwildlifemonitoringstudyinFortChiphasfoundhigherthannormalheavymetalcontaminantsincertainorgans.Seepage7.NWTriversloseprotectionundernewbillMPcriesdamoverlackofprotectionforSlaveRiverByMEAGANWOHLBERGAtleast10majorriversintheNorthwestTerritoriesincludingtheSlaveRiverwillbeexcludedfrompro-tectionundertheNavigableWatersProtectionActifamendmentsproposedbytheConservativegovern-mentwithinthesecondom-nibusbudgetbillthisyearBillC-45gothrough.ThenewactwillonlyprovideprotectionforwhatfederalTransportMinisterDenisLebelcallsthecoun-trysbusiestlakesriversandoceans.Proponentsofpipelinesbridgesdamsandpowerlineswillnolongerhavetoshowtheywontdam-ageordestroywaterwaysnotcoveredbytheact.OnlythreebodiesofwaterwillbeprotectedunderthenewactintheNWTGreatSlaveLakeGreatBearLakeandtheMackenzieRiver.TheSlaveRiverBearRiverNahanniRiverLiardRiverPeelRiverHayRiverArcticRedRiverYellowknifeRiverThelonRiverBackRiverandtheHortonRiverarejustsomeoftheNorthernriversthatwillnolongerbeprotectedbythelawestab-lishedin1882.TransportCanadaspokes-personKellyJamessaidwa-terwayswerechosenusingdatafromCanadianHy-drographicServicenauti-calchartsStatisticsCanadadataonfreightmovementandhistoricaldatafromtheNavigableWatersProtectionProgram.Jamessaidprotectionisappliedonwaterwaysthatatleastpartiallysupportheavycommercialandorrecreationalnavigationac-tivityarebeingactivelyusedandareaccessiblebyportsandmarinasinproximitytoheavilypopulatedareas.ButaccordingtoWesternArcticMPDennisBevingtonthenewchangesaremeanttoclearanotheravenueforindustrialdevelopmentonCanadasriversystems.HesuspectstheexclusionoftheSlaveRiverwhichcarries80percentofAlbertaswaternorthandhasbeenusedforbargingfor100yearshasbeendonewithhydroinmind.Calgarycorporatein-terestshaveplanstobuildamajorhydroelectricdamacrosstheSlave.Itispass-ingstrangethateveryothermainstemoftheMackenzieRiversystemremainsundertheprotectionoftheNavi-gableWatersActexcepttheSlave.HowdoesthischangeinstatusaffectthesanctityofourriverBoththePeaceRiverwhichdumpsintotheSlaveandtheMackenzieRiverdownstreamhavebeenprotected.Beving-tonsaidcorporateinterestistheonlywayhecanmakesenseoftheSlaveRiversexclusion.ItonlymakessenseifyouthinkoftheproposedhydrodevelopmenthetoldTheJournal.Theressomefeelingthatthislisthasbeenmanipulated.AlbertaenergycompanyATCOproposedbuildingan800-megawatthydrofacil-ityontheSlavesouthofFortSmithNTseveralyearsagobutnixedthe1-billionprojectinthefallof2010afterformerSmithsLandingChiefChe-yeannePauletteannouncedhisFirstNationsoppositiontotheproject.Pauletteresignedlastweek.MorerecentlyATCOan-nouncedplansforanorth-southpowerlinerunningupeasternAlbertathatitsaidwouldbenecessaryforfuturedamsontheAthabascaandSlaveRivers15yearsdownthelinewhenthecoalplantsneedreplacing.Riverscouldstillndpro-tectionunderotherlegislationsuchastheMackenzieValleyResourceManagementActintheNWTorprovincialregula-tiontothesouthbutBevingtonsaidthatisnotenough.Thedangerisnowyouresplittingitbetweenjurisdic-tionshesaid.Dowere-allywantAlbertamakingtheassessmentforsomethingthatwillaffecttheNorthdownstreamSeeChangesonpage3.AthabascaChipewyanFirstNationACFNChiefAllanAdamaddressessupportersduringarallyinFortMcMurrayfollowingtheFirstNationshearingbeforethepanelinchargeofreviewingShellsproposedJackpineoilsandsmineexpansion.ACFNlaunchedaconstitutionalchallengeagainsttheprojectbecomingthersttoargueaconstitutionalchallengebasedonAboriginalandtreatyrightsbeforeaprovincialtribunalonOct.23.Seepage2formore.PhotoBradleySaulteauxest-unewHappyHalloweenSmithsLandingFirstNationchiefresignsCheyeannePauletteofSmithsLandingFirstNationresignedlastweekblamingbullyingandcorruptiononcouncilforhisdecision.Seepage3.Annualvolleyballtour-namentteacheslifeskillsSportmaybefunbutithasalotmorebenetsforthecom-munitythanmeetstheeyesaysorganizerJanieHobart.Seepage15.MeetthevenewmayorswhohavetakenthestageintheNWT.Seepage10-11.TuesdayOctober232012Vol.36No.38AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00MPwantschangestooffshoreoilleasinglawsNewlawsarerequiredforis-suingoffshoreleasesintheArctictoprotectthenationalinterestarguesMPDennisBevington.Seepage7.GhostsofRayrockhauntTlichosNicohearingsTheassessmentprocessforFortunesNicometalsmineisoverbutfearsaboutmin-ingintheTlichoregionlin-ger.Seepage6.211BA-Rr1.00KeepinglanguageandculturealiveCulturalambassadorsthankedforpreservingheritageByMEAGANWOHLBERGFiveresidentsandorganiza-tionsoftheNorthwestTerrito-rieswerehonouredlastweekfortheircommitmenttocelebratingandpreservingcultureandlan-guageatthesecondannualMin-istersCulturalCircleAwardsceremonyinYellowknife.TheawardshandedoutbyEducationCultureandEm-ploymentMinisterJacksonLaffertyaimtoprovidelast-ingrecognitionandgratitudetooneyouthindividualeldergroupandoverallrecipienteachyearinordertobuildawarenessamongNorthernersabouttheimportanceofpromotingandprotectingtheirwaysoflife.MelawNakehkoofFortSimpsonwasgiventheindivid-ualawardforhercommitmenttolearningtheartofmoosehidetanning-ajourneyonwhichshehasbroughtalongotherwomeninterestedinlearningthetraditionalartform.NakehkocreditsthewayshewasraisedbyherparentsJimandCelineAntoineandhergrandparentswiththeinspira-tiontokeeptraditionalknowl-edgealive.moosehidetanningisassert-ingmyDenerightstobeontheland.NakehkosaidmoosehidetanningisbothachancetospendtimewithandlearnfromherawardwasgiventotheTlichoImbeon-the-landprogramrunbytheTlichogovernmentwhichprovidessummerem-ploymentopportunitiesforyouthtostayinthecommu-nitiesforelevenweeksbeforeheadingofftopostsecondaryeducationoremployment.WorkingwitheldersstudentslearnmodernsafetyskillsandtechnologyearningrstaidcanoesafetyandGPSmappingcerticationwhilealsolearningtraditionalskillssuchasshingdrumandpaddlemakingsew-inghidepreparationharvestingtraditionalmedicinesandnavi-gatingtraditionaltravelroutes.DorisTaneton23ofDelinewasawardedintheyouthcat-egory.FluentinbothEnglishandNorthSlaveyTanetonwasrecognizedforherinvolvementinNortherngovernanceconfer-encesandworkwiththeDelineKnowledgeProject.TheeldersawardwenttoLillianEliasofInuvikanInu-vialuktunteacherwhosepas-sionistoseeallyoungadultsinhercommunityspeakInuvia-luktun.Shehostseveninglan-guageclassesforadultsalongwithlanguageandbushcampsforyouthandyoungchildren.ShealsoassistswiththeInu-vialuitCulturalCentreinInu-vikaswellaswithclassroomresourcesforschoollanguageprograms.FellowInuvialuktunteacherandartistJeanHarryofSachsHarbourreceivedtheMinistersChoiceAwardforherworkhelpingyoungergenerationstolearntheirlanguageovermanyyears.The2012awardrecipientsexemplifythecommitmentdiligencecreativityandpas-sionwewantcultureandheri-tagetoinspireinusallLaf-fertysaid.IwashonouredtowelcomeourrecipientsintotheCulturalCircle.WhatinspiresmeisdenitelytheworkthatIwanttodowithmyartandalsoraisingmykidstohaveastrongidentityasDenepeople.MelawNakehkoCulturalCircleawardwinnerWhatinspiresmeisde-nitelytheworkthatIwanttodowithmyartandalsorais-ingmykidstohaveastrongidentityasDenepeopleandtotakeprideinthecultureandlandshesaid.Beingonthelandandutilizingthelandlikewitheldersinordertomakesureshehasknowledgetopassdown.Weneedtokeepthisinfor-mationgoingforthefutureshesaid.IhaveboysbutthatsonethingwhosgoingtoteachmyniecewhenshesoldertotanmoosehideInthegroupcategoryanNWTsculturalambassadorsareinductedintotheMinistersCulturalCircleinYellowknifeonOct.17.BackrowSamMantlaJr.representingtheTlichoImbeProgramMinisterofEducationCultureandEmploymentJacksonLaffertyandMelawNakehko.FrontrowDorisTanetonLillianEliasandJeanHarry.PhotoRobertWilsonECEr-Northernersmakeshop-pinglocalacelebrationFromNortherneatsinNdilotofaeriesinFortSmithsmallbusinessesareshowingtheyarenotonlythebackbonebuttheheartofNWTcommuni-ties.Seepages6-9.ShootingtoscoreinlifeNHLStanleyCupwinnersJamieandReggieLeachre-turnedtoFortSmithtoteachyounghockeyplayersskillsonandofftheice.Seepage15.ThenewEastThreeSchoolopenedtofanfarelastweek.Seepage2.TuesdayOctober162012Vol.36No.25AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00FortMcKayeldersleadberryhealthstudyEldersconcernedwiththequalityofwildberriesintheoilsandsregionhaveteamedupwithscientistsonastudy.Seepage11.KillerrobotsleadbloodbathinYellowknifeAnewgraphicnovelbyYel-lowkniferKellanMarshallex-ploresanoutrageousalternaterealityfortheNWTscapital.Seepage10.2011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewsaer1.00InfantsdeathraisesmedivacconcernsNWTChiefCoronersaysairportsneedweatherstationsByMEAGANWOHLBERGNWTChiefCoronerCathyMenardhasraisedconcernsaboutthelackofweathercom-municationtechnologyatter-ritorialairportsfollowingthedeathofaninfantlastwinter.Two-year-oldDelainaKlon-dikeofFortLiarddiedafterbeingtransportedtoStantonTerritorialHospitalonDec.12011morethaneighthoursafteramedivacwascalledtothecommunity.AccordingtoMenardsre-portthoughamedivacwascalledat1225a.m.theoper-atingcentremanagingmedi-vacdispatchforAirTindiwasunabletoobtainaweatherre-portforFortLiardbecausetheCommunityAerodromeRadioStationCARSwascloseduntilDec.2.Thepilotdecideditwasun-safetoyuntiltheywereabletoobtainanaltimeterreadingafterverbalweatherobserva-tionsweregivenbycommunitymembersinFortLiardstatingtheskywasovercastandwindsweregusty.resuscitationeffortsandwassenttoEdmontonforautopsy.Thecauseofdeathwasdeter-minedtobeabacteriarelatedtomeningitis.InherreportMenardtheystarttalkingandlookingatitshetoldTheJournalnot-ingthatmedivacdelaysduetoweatherprobablyoccurmoreoftenthanmostrealize.IntheNWTairtransportisaneces-sitynotaluxuryformostofusandwemusttrytodoallwecantomakeitsafeandreliable.ThoughthedelaymayhaveplayedaroleinthechildsdeathMenardsaiditisnotherjobtondfaultbuttohelppreventfuturedeaths.WouldthishavepreventedherdeathIdontthinkwecansaythatinthecoronersservice.Butmaybeitwillforthenextone.Itwasdenitelyaconcernforeverybodyshesaid.NWTTransportationspokes-personEarlBlacklocksaidtheissueisonethathasbeenontheGNWTsradarforawhilebutthatMenardsrec-ommendationmayspuractionoutofdiscussionsbetweengovernments.WewillbeadvisingNAVCANADAofoursupportfortherecommendationhesaid.RonSingeraspokespersonforNAVCANADAsaidthereiscurrentlyjustoneAWOSin-stalledintheterritoryinWe-kweetiwhichwillbecomeop-erationalonNov.15.Whilethecostforeachsystemdependsonthelocationhesaiditcouldcost1millionormoreperAWOS.SingersaidNAVCANADAhasbeenindiscussionswithbothTransportCanadaandtheGNWTregardingMenardsrecommendation.NAVCANADAispreparedtodoitspartincollaborationwiththeseotherpartiestoinstallautomatedweatherobservationsystemsandwelookforwardtofurtherdiscussionswithourpartnershetoldTheJournal.IntheNWTairtransportisanecessitynotaluxuryformostofusandwemusttrytodoallwecantomakeitsafeandreliable.NWTChiefCoronerCathyMenardYellowknifeRCMPcontactedpoliceinFortLiardwhoman-agedtowakeapilotatanaircompanybaseandgetanal-timeterreading.At510a.m.amedivacwassentfromYel-lowknifearrivingbackinthecapitalat840a.m.Klondikewaspronounceddeadat910a.m.followingrecommendedthatboththefederalandterritorialdepart-mentsoftransportationlookatjointlyfundingandinstall-ingAutomatedWeatherOb-servationsSystemsAWOStosupplementweathercapabilitiesatallNWTairports.IthinktherecommendationisreasonableandpracticalthatPhotoScottWhitmoreFireghterStephanieCudmoreannouncesthedoorprizewinnersattheFortSimpsonFireHallsopenhouselastWednesdayduringFirePreventionWeek.Participantswereenteredintothedrawforcompetinginvariouseventsincludingthevictimdragstaylowandcrawlstopdropandrollanddresslikeareghter.Alongwithfunprizestheredepartmentalsogaveawaysmokedetectorstoeveryparenttoinstallintheirhomes.TheeyesandearsoftheNorthturn65CanadasRangerPatrolcel-ebrated65yearsofbeingthewatchersoftheNorthlastweek.Seepage2.NWTddlerupforAb-originalmusicawardTheDehchosWesleyHard-istywillbeperformingattheAboriginalPeoplesChoiceMusicAwardsthisfall.Seepage18.CheckoutourspecialsectiononrepreventionacrosstheNWT.Seepages9-12.TuesdayOctober92012Vol.36No.24AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00NaturalplaygroundtakesrootinFortSmithAneweco-friendlyplay-groundinFortSmithisre-connectingkidswithnaturewhiletheyhavefun.Seepage18.OilsandsnotamajorpolluternewstudiessayNewresearchonlakesedi-mentsinthePeace-AthabascaDeltashowbitumencon-taminantshavebeencom-ingdownstreamnaturallyforcenturies.Seepage6.2011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewsaer1.00NWTNunavutlaunchrstmandatoryresidentialschoolscurriculumByMEAGANWOHLBERGThegovernmentsoftheNorthwestTerritoriesandNunavutlaunchedtherstmandatorycomprehensiveresidentialschoolscurricu-lumforhighschoolstudentsinthecountrylastweekatthePrinceofWalesHeri-tageCentreinYellowknife.Thecurriculumdesignedasaunitinalargermod-uleoncolonizationwillbetaughtinallGrade10NorthernStudiesclassroomsacrosstheNWTandSocialStudiesinNunavuteffec-tiveimmediatelyandwasintroducedto70teachersfrombothterritoriesoverathree-dayworkshoplastweek.ThisisanimportantpieceofwhatshapesusasNorthernpeopleAboriginalandnon-AboriginalJohnStewartcurriculumde-veloperfortheNorthwestTerritoriestoldTheJour-naladdingthattheNorthwhowearesoallstudentsneedtolearnaboutitandfranklyallparentsneedtolearnaboutitaswellhesaid.aboutcreatingclassroomresources.NunavutbroughttheNWTintotheprocesswithbothministersofed-ucationimmediatelycom-mittingtoacomprehen-siveunitincludingteacherin-services.TheresidentialschoolsystemhadandcontinuestohaveanenormousimpactontheNorthNunavutPre-mierandEducationMinisterEvaAariaktoldTheJournal.TheNunavutdepartmentofEducationwantedtocreatearesourceforstudentsthatwouldllthegapinunder-standingaboutthisperiodinCanadashistory...Whenwedecidedtodevelopthisim-portantresourcewenatu-rallythoughttoincludetheNWTasNorthernershavemanysharedexperiencesandcommonstoriesparticularlyduringourtimeinresidentialschools.LastMarchtheunitwaspilotedineightschoolsacrossbothterritories.Stewartsaidthefeedbackhasbeenencouraging.Teacherssaidthisispow-erfulanditspowerfulintwowayshesaid.Therewaspowerfullearningonthepartoftheteachersthemselvesbutmoreimportantlyastheyex-ploredtheissueswithstudentstheresponsesandtheinterestandthesignicantconversa-tionthattheysaidwasstartingtohappenintheirclassroomsformanyoftheteacherswasjustunprecedented.Tohavestudentsactuallycareaboutsomeofthethingstheywerelearningwasunusual.SeeKidsonpage3.ThisisanimportantpieceofwhatshapesusasNorthernpeopleAboriginalandnon-Aboriginal.JohnStewartNWTcurriculumdeveloperhadthehighestpercapitaparticipationinresidentialschoolsinCanadaformul-tiplegenerations.WhetheryouwenttoschooloryourparentsdidornotitspartofwhatshapesCurriculumdevelopmentbeganinJune2011whentheLegacyofHopeFoundationwhichpromotesawarenessabouttheimpactsofresi-dentialschoolsapproachedtheNunavutgovernmentPhotoBradleySaulteauxMikisewCreeFirstNationChiefSteveCourtoreilleleftandNationalChiefoftheAssemblyofFirstNationsShawnA-in-chutAtleodrumforanendtoviolenceagainstAboriginalwomenattheStolenSistersmarchinEdmontononSaturdayfollowingthediscoveryofamurderedFortChipewyanwomanlastmonth.TheannualmarchandvigilhonoursthelivesofmissingandmurderedAboriginalwomenandgirlsacrossthecountry.Seepage19.SeniorcriticizespublichousingrentscaleThoughshewantstopayrent1625permonthforaone-bedroomunitistoomuchsaysFortSmithseniorJeanLepine.Seepage2.TeddybearstorchedHighway5sbelovedTeddyBearJunctionwaslitablazebyanunknownoffenderbutsupportersarebuildingitupagain.Seepage12.TownsandcitiesacrosstheterritoryareheadingtothepollsOct.15.Seepages6-7.TuesdayOctober22012Vol.36No.23AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00SouthSlavestudentsexplorethetradesHighschoolstudentsfromvecommunitiesgotatasteofthetradesduringtheTradesAwarenessProgramatAuroraCollege.Seepage9.Giantpaid1000forchildsdeathsayDeneTheYellowknivesDeneFirstNationwantscompensationfortheunrecordeddeathsofchildrenrelatedtoarsenicpoisoninginthe50s.Seepage3.211rr-BA-R1.00MPfumingoverresaleofoffshoreoilSixparcelsofBeaufortSeasoldfor7.5millionByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheofcialOppositioncriticforNortherndevelopmentDennisBevingtonisfumingafternearlyamillionhectaresofArcticoffshoreoilandgasleasesintheBeaufortSeaweresoldtoaBritishcompanywithjust220inthebankandacor-porateworthofminus32000.AboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevelopmentAANDCMinisterJohnDuncanissuedleasesforsixparcelstotaling900000hect-aresoffthenorthcoasttopri-vatelyownedBritishcompanyFranklinPetroleumLtd.onSept.11basedonitspromisetospendatleast7.5milliondevelopingthemoverthenextveyears.WithonlyCEOPaulBar-rettandhiswifelistedasitssoletwoemployeesthecom-panysmostrecentcorporatelingwasfor139GBP220CADwithacorporatevalueof-20760GBP-32961CAD.Thesamecompanywasawardedanothertwoparcelsfor2millioninlastyearsauctiongivingitatotalhold-ingof1.1millionhectaresintheBeaufort-oneofthelargestintheCanadianArcticamongseveralmultinationalsinclud-ingExxonMobilConocoPhil-lipsandChevron.Bidsinpreviousauctionshavebeeninthehalf-billiondollarrange.MPfortheWesternArcticDennisBevingtondemandedanswersfromDuncanlastweekintheHouseofCommonsac-cusingAANDCoffailingtoprotectCanadasinterestsinasensitiveareainwhichdrillingwasjustrecentlyapproved.Itsjustashellcompany.TheresnomoneyinitBevingtonsaidofFranklinPetroleum.Ithasotherback-erssomewherebuttheyrenotidentiable.BevingtontoldNorthernJournalthatmuchofhiscon-cernlieswithCanadasPe-troleumLandsandGasActwhichsimplyrequiresthatcompaniesprovidealetterofcreditforadeposittobidonaproject.ThoughDuncancouldhaverefusedthebidundertheactheisnotabletocontroltowhomthoseleasesmaynowbetrans-ferred.AANDCspokespersonGeneviveGuibertwroteinanemailthattheministerap-provedthesalebasedonthesolecriterionintheactthatisusedtoassessbidsthehigh-estbidwins.Bevingtonsaidthatcri-teriaisnotenough.HesaidCanadaneedstohavemoredecision-makingpoweroveroffshoreoildrillingintheBeau-fortSeaconsideringtherecentreportfromtheNationalEn-ergyBoardadvisingcautiousdevelopment.Tomeitspeakstothefactthatweweredoingthisalongtimeagowithcertainrulesandthoserulesarenownotappro-priatehesaid.Iwouldliketoseethattherebesomeprocessinplacetomaketheministerresponsibletoexamineandtoapprovetransfersorleases.Ithinkthatsclearlysomethingthatshouldhappennow...TheworldschangingandwehavegreatenvironmentalconcernsoverthedevelopmentofArc-ticleases.WhileattemptstoreachFranklinPetroleumwereunsuccessfultheCEOindi-catedtoothermediainclud-ingTheFinancialPostthatRussiaorSouthKoreamaybeinterestedinajointven-tureby2015.Bevingtonsaidhewouldnotbesurprisedtoseestate-ownedcompaniesfromcon-troversialnationsbecomepartoftheequation.IthinkanycountrywouldbeinterestedinobtainingitandrightnowweseeChinasworkingveryhard-theyvegoticebreakerstheyhavedeepseadrillingplatforms...anditsgotahugeinterestintheArctic.SoitcouldbeChinaaswell.TheBeaufortSearegionin-cludingtheMackenzieBasinhasanestimatedpotentialof5.4billionbarrelsofoiland53trillioncubicfeetofnatu-ralgas.Sofarwellsin52pe-troleumeldshavediscoveredoverabillionbarrelsofoilandninetrillioncubicfeetofgasinthearea.MomsBoobsnBabiesMomsinYellowknifetakepartinthe2012internationalBreastfeedingChallengewhichseekstohaveasmanymomsbreast-feedingaroundtheworldatthesametimeaspossible.TheeventstartedinBritishColumbiain2001bytheQuintessenceFoundationaimstopromotethehealthbenetsofbreastfeedingtobothmothersandbabies.Seepage8formore.PhotoKirstenMurphyrNWTnaturalgascouldhitchrideonSahtuoilOildevelopmentinthecentralMackenzieValleymayatlastbethewayoutforstrandednaturalgasintheNWT.Seepage3.YklmfestivalmixesbusinesswithpleasureTheNWTlmindustrywillbeamajortopicofdiscussionduringthisyearsYellowknifeInternationalFilmFestival.Seepage9.TruckersprotestedhearingsontheTuk-Inuvikhighwaylastweek.Seepage6.TuesdaySeptember252012Vol.36No.22AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00LutefestivallightonlutesbigonbaroqueNewinstrumentswillbemakingtheirdebutatthe6thannualLuteFestivalbring-ingevenmorebaroquetothestage.Seepage8.MenspeakonviolenceatTakeBacktheNightWomenwerenttheonlyonestoraisetheirvoicesatthean-nualmarchagainstviolencethisyearasmenchimedinwithapowerfulmessage.Seepage7.2011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewsaer1.00Delineconcludesself-governmenttalksFirstintheNWTforcommunityself-governmentagreementByMEAGANWOHLBERGHistorywasmadelastweekasDelinebecamethefirstSahtucommunitytocompletenegotiationswiththeNorth-westTerritoriesandCanadaonitsself-governmentagreement.NegotiationsweresparkedwhentheSahtuDeneandMetisachievedtheircompre-hensivelandclaimin1993whichprovidedforindividualcommunitiestoapplyforself-government.Thoughself-gov-ernmentnegotiationsbeganin1996anAgreementinPrin-cipleAiPwasnotsigneduntil2003.ChiefnegotiatorforDe-lineDannyGaudetsaidtheagreementhasnotstrayedmuchfromtheAiPgivingthecommunitymorethanitbargainedfor.Generallywegotmorethanweanticipatedsowerehappyhesaid.thecommunitysalwaysaskedforbasicallythatthecommu-nityactsononevisiononeideaoneanother.BasedonthatImthinkingwhowouldntwantthatasagovernmentAndImcondentthatpeoplearegoingtowantit.Eachpartystillhasworktodointernallybeforesigningoffonthedocumentandsendingittoberatied.Gaudetsaidheexpectsthatwilltakeafewmonths.Followingthattherewillbeeducationontheagree-menttoensurepeopleunder-standwhattheyrevotingonwhichcouldtakeanotheryearandahalf.Iftheagreementispassedtherewillbeanelectionforanewleaderandcouncilofeightto12governorswhichwillreplacetheDelineBandandhamlet.Anelderscouncilwillalsobeestablishedasanadvi-sorygrouptothemaincouncil.DirectorofnegotiationsfortheGNWTFredTalensaidtheendtonegotiationsisthebeginningofthenalstagestowardestablishingtherststandalonecommunity-basedself-governmentintheterritory-somethingallpartieswanttoseeratiedsuccessfully.Thetextsoftheself-gov-ernmentagreementthefi-nancingarrangementsandtheimplementationplanwhatwewouldcallthenalagreementpackageiscompletefromthenegotiatorspointofview.Therearenootherissuesre-mainingandourformalne-gotiationsareconcludedhetoldTheJournal.Wereatthenalstageleadingtothe-hopefully-raticationoftheagreement.SeeDelineonpage3.Ithinkgenerallypeoplewillliketheagreement.Itdoesworktowardssome-thingthecommunitysalwaysaskedfor.DannyGaudetDelinechiefnegotiatorGaudetsaidheexpectsthatmembershipincludingabout1100beneciaries-600resi-dentsofDelineandapproxi-mately500SahtuDeneandMetisresidingelsewhere-willsupportthedocument.Ithinkgenerallypeoplewillliketheagreementhesaid.Itdoesworktowardssomethingandoneplan...Itshouldmakethecommunitymoreeffectiveandmoreefcient.Italsogivestheabilityforthecommunitytobeabletoworktogethernotonafragmentedbasis-allgoalsoftheprincipleofbeinganAboriginalpersonwhereyouresharingyourework-ingtogetheryourehelpingNWTPremierBobMcLeodvisitedtheforeigninvestmentcapitalofChinalastweekShanghaionatrademissionorganizedbytheCounciloftheFederation.McLeodwasoneofnineCanadianpremierstoreachouttoChinesegovernmentandbusinessinanefforttolureChineseinvestorstotheterritoryemphasizingthepotentialforresourcedevelopmentintheNWTincludingdiamondshydroelectricpowerwildfursandtourism.Seepage2.PhotoCounciloftheFederationMtisauthortoursNWTtopromoteliteracyAcclaimedwriterDavidBouchardvisitedtheSouthSlavetopromotereadingtokidsandadultsalikelastweek.Seepage9.ThenewfaceofNACCQuebecerMarieCoderreisbringinganewtouchtotheNorthernArtsCulturalCentreasitsnewexecutivedirector.Seepage19.ATrekintoNatureStudentsinFortSmithgotaspecialvisitfromanastronautatSweetgrass.Seepage18.TuesdaySeptember182012Vol.36No.21AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00MinetrainingcrucialforgrowingNWTeconomyMinisterDavidRamsaysaysagrowinglabourshortageacrossthecountrycanonlybesolvedbymoretraining.Seepage15.NewVanCampbookcomesoutthisweekAuthorRichardVanCampreleaseshisnewestsetofgrittyNorthernstoriesthisweek.Seepages10-11.2011nationalawardwinner-Bestaer1.00GwichinscraplawsuitsigndevolutionAiPByMEAGANWOHLBERGWithjustafewmonthstogobeforeanaldevolutionagreementistobesignedbythegovernmentoftheNorth-westTerritoriestheGwichinTribalCouncilGTCdecidedtodropitslawsuitagainsttheterritorialandfederalgov-ernmentsandjumponboardwithnegotiations.UntillastTuesdaytheGTChadanongoingcourtchal-lengeagainsttheGNWTandCanadaforproceedingwiththedevolutionAiPinJanu-ary2011withoutadequateconsultationwithAborigi-nalgroups.ThatlawsuitwasledbyformerGTCpresidentRichardNerysoo.Recently-electedGTCPresidentRobertA.AlexietoldTheJournalhechosetosignthedevolutionAgree-mentinPrincipleAiPbe-causeitwouldbringmorebenefitstotheGwichinpeoplethanremainingontheoutside.IrealizedthatwetheTribalCouncilhadspent230000onareportonthedevolutionAiPandthatveryfewpeoplewereawareofthat.ThenwhenIreal-izedthatwehadinitiatedalawsuitagainsttheGNWTIsawbasicallymoreex-pensesAlexieremarkedontheeventsleadinguptohispresidency.IthinkthatwastheturningpointanditwasreinforcedafewweekslaterwhentheTribalCouncilsetasideanadditional250000forcourtcosts.Irealizedwecantjustthrowmoneyafterthisandwehavetotakealonghardlookatit.FollowinghiselectioninMayAlexiebeganhostingconsultationswithallcom-munitiesintheregiontogettheirfeedbackondevolu-tion.Hefoundmostpeopledidnotunderstandwhatitmeantbutsupporteditoncetheywerebriefed.AllthepeopleItalkedtoaboutdevolutionsaidweshouldbeintherehesaid.ThoughAlexiesaidhehassomeconcernsregard-ingthe65millioncaponresourcerevenuesfortheterritoryincludedinthede-volutionagreementhesaidhehopesthenewpartner-shipwillfostereconomicstabilityintheGwichinSettlementRegion.Itsalittleexcitingalotinterestingandalotofworkhesaid.Clearlythiswholepro-cesswaspredicatedontheelectionthattheGwichinhadsaidFinanceMinis-terMichaelMiltenbergerwhoansweredquestionsonbehalfoftheGNWTlastweekduetotheabsenceofboththepremieranddeputypremier.AssoonasPresi-dentAlexiecameintoofcediscussionsstarted.MiltenbergersaidtheturnaroundtimefortheGwichinwasrelativelyshort.AfteraddressingtheissueofdevolutionattheirassemblyinearlyAugusttheGTCheadedtoYellowknifelastweektotalkbusiness.Theydhadanopportu-nitytohavetheirmeetingsdotheirworktheyneededtodoasaboardandtheycametoYellowknifetohavedis-cussionsandthediscussionswentveryverywell-withsomespeedthatwaspleasingtoallpartiesMiltenbergersaid.WevesignedanMOUwiththemgovernmenttogovernmenttheysignedontotheAiPtheyvewithdrawntheircourtcase.SeeGNWTonpage2.RockingtheRedCarpetHayRiverlmmakerKelvinRedversleftcelebrateshisshortlmdebutattheTorontoInternationalFilmFestivalwiththestarsofthelmWilliamBelleaucentreandMikalGrant.Themusicalsatireputsacomedictwistontheseriousissueofpolice-FirstNationsrelations.ItpremieredduringtheShortCutssectionofthefestivalsprogramandaccordingtoRedverscouldnthavegonebetter.Seepages10-11.PhotocourtesyofKelvinRedversAll-RuuunnnnnNewsMinisterinspectsnewSmithhealthcentrewingHealthMinisterTomBeau-lieuisexcitedfortheupcom-ingopeningofthenewwestwingofFortSmithsHealthCentre.Seepage2.NWTactorArlukpub-lishesrstpoetrybookNorthernplaywrightandactorRenelttaArlukreleasedherrstbookofpoetryonAug.31-andstillcantbelieveit.Seepage9.Amotion-sensitivecameracaptureswildphotosinWoodBuffaloPark.Seepage3.TuesdaySeptember112012Vol.36No.20AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00NWT55swimmersreturnmedalheavyEdnaWoodwardwasjustoneofsevenswimmersfromTeamNWTwhobroughthomeastackofmedalsfromthe55Games.Seepage8.ParkslanddisputecouldcostNWTMtisitsAiPTheNWTMtisNationisworriedtheirAiPmaybeleftincompletenowthatParksCanadahasdeniedthemlandinWoodBuffalo.Seepage7.2011nationaawarwinner-BestA-RounNewsaer1.00GNWTgetsinternationalaidonwaterpolicyByMEAGANWOHLBERGThegovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritoriesishar-nessingthescientictech-nicalandlegalknowledgeofarenownedglobalforumonwaterpolicytohelpitadvancelong-drawn-outtransboundarywaternegotiationswithdown-streamjurisdictions.NWTPremierBobMcLeodEnvironmentandNaturalRe-sourcesENRMinisterMi-chaelMiltenbergerandtopENRwatershedscientistDr.ErinKellyengagedsomeoftheworldstopexpertsontheMackenzieRiverbasinlastweekduringtheRosenbergInternationalForumonWaterPolicyinVancouver.TheforumheldatSimonFraserUniversitySept.5-7fo-cusedonidentifyinglegalandscienticinformationrelevanttoultimatelydevelopingaco-ordinatedapproachtomanag-ingtheMackenziebasinforallsurroundingprovincesandter-ritoriesalongwiththefederalgovernment.McLeodsaidhelooksfor-wardtohearingbackfromtheRosenbergFoundationwhichwilldraftrecommendationsfortheNWTAlbertaYukonnotonlyinNorthAmericabutaroundtheworldsotheyknowhowwelltheyworkordontworkMcLeodtoldTheJournal.Theyhavelegalex-pertisetechnicalexpertiseandtheexpertiseofworkingwithallthesedifferentagreementsWatersMasterAgreementin1997onlyYukonandtheNWThaveachievedabilateralagreementinthelast15years.Negotiationsareadvancedbe-tweentheNWTandAlbertabutdiscussionshavebarelybegunwithBCandSaskatch-ewan.McLeodsaidhehopestoseethedifferentjurisdictionsexpressrenewedcommitmenttothemasteragreementbeforetheendofthe17thAssemblyinthreeyears.Thescientistsandacadem-icsrecognizedthatitsnotun-usualwhenyoureupstreamofjurisdictionstheyhaveaten-dencytohavetheattitudethattheycandowhatevertheywantwithregardstotheirwaterandIthinkthatspartandparcelofitMcLeodcommentedonthelaginnegotiations.Weregoingtotakeeveryopportunitytoadvanceit.TheRosenbergFoundationhasbeeninvolvedinNorthernwaterpolicysince2007whenitprovidedfeedbackondevelop-ingtheNWTWaterSteward-shipStrategy.MiltenbergersaidheexpectstoreceivethenextroundofrecommendationswhichwillbesharedwithallpartiesbyChristmas.Itwillhelpinformallju-risdictionsintheMackenzieRiverbasin-notjustus-onwhattheyrerecommendingandhowwecanbetterachievethegoals...ofintegratedwater-shedmanagementandcuttingedge21stcenturytransbound-arywateragreementshesaid.BothheandMcLeodsaidthediscussionwasencouraginglettingthemknowtheyareontherighttrack.Withthisinternationalex-pertiseonoursideandtherec-ommendationswecanhavethecomfortofknowingthatourpoliciesandouragreementswillbesomeofthebestintheworldMcLeodsaid.Withthisinternationalexpertiseonoursideandtherecommendationswecanhavethecomfortofknowingthatourpoliciesandouragreementswillbesomeofthebestintheworld.NWTPremierBobMcLeodBritishColumbiaandSaskatch-ewantouseinnegotiatingtrans-boundarywateragreements.Theyhaveinternationalknowledgeandexpertiseonwatermattersandtheyareallexpertsonthedifferentagree-mentsforallthemajorriverssoweregoingtobenetfromthatsowhenwerenishedwereprobablygoingtohaveoneofthebesttransboundaryagreementsanywhere.Despiterelevantgovern-mentssigningtheMackenzieRiverBasinTransboundaryATVingisaregularpastimeinmuchofCanada-especiallyinruralareaslikeFortSmithNTwhere16-year-oldMalindaSkippingsandDominiqueLongprliketotaketheirsoutforaride.ButjusthowsafeisitforyoungpeopleTheCanadianPaediatricsSocietyiscallingforabanonATVopera-tionforpeopleundertheageof16butmanyaredoubtfulthatabanwouldbeeffectiveintheNorthstatingthatalackofenforcementandsafetyedu-cationistherealculpritbehindaccidentsinvolvingyoungpeople.Seepage10.PhotoPaulBannisterSaltRiverpumpingoutnewopportunitiesSaltRiverFirstNationopenedtheirlong-awaitedgasbarlastweekhopingtheventurewillbringeconomicgrowthtothecommunity.Seepage3.Long-awaitedSlaveRiverreportforthcomingAlong-delayedreportonthestateofSlaveRiverwaterdownstreamfromindustrywillbereleasedinthecom-ingweeks.Seepage11.North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meters.ChiefFrankAndrewofTu-litahopesOttawawillexpandtheboundary.Negotiationsoriginallycen-teredonthelargeroptionbutthenthingsstartedtoshrinkmoreandmoresaidChiefAndrew.Wewouldhavepreferredabiggerparkforsurebutwehaventsignedanythingyet.Andrewsaidthelandisrecognizednotonlyforitsmajesticbeautybutalsoforitsspecialsacredpower.FormerNWTpremierSte-phenKakfwiwascriticaloftheboundaries.Thefederalgovernmentschoiceofthesmallestofthreeoptionsforthereservelackedvisionhesaid.NWTPremierBobMcLeoddefendedtheparkboundar-iessayingabalancehasbeenstruckbetweenconser-vationanddevelopment72percentoftheconservationvaluesareprotectedand41percentofthemineralval-ueswerewithdrawn.SeeNewParkonpage3.PMopensnewNWTnationalparkreserveHarperbeatssovereigntydrumonNortherntourPhotoDonJaqueThethreeRsforAdultsNWTcommunityadulteducatorsrefreshtheirskills.Seepage7.WithtelescopesbristlingmembersoftheThebachaandWoodBuffaloAstronomicalSocietygatheredatPineLakenearFortSmithAugust24-26forthe1stannualStarParty.Workshopscraftspresentationsandofcoursestargazingwereontheagenda.Storyonpage12.2011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00--1.00ThebestlittlenewspaperinCanadaTheNorthisaspecialplace.Wetellthestoriesofthelandanditspeople.adminnorj.ca867-872-3000fax867-872-2754SubscribetogetyourweeklycopyoftheNorthernJournal TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.norj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChatehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMcKayFortMcMurrayFortVermilionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrairieHytheJohndOrPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatiDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsPaulatukTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekwetiWhaTiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMorinvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.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.26adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caAnnaSierra867-872-3000ext.20designnorj.caEDITORIALARCHIVES15YearsAgo...NunavutvotesNunavutisnowsetfordivisionfollowingtheelectionoftherst19-memberLegislativeAssemblyMondaynightanelectionmarkedbyanumberofsurprisesincludingthede-featofcurrentNorthwestTerritoriesDeputyPremierGooArlooktoo.Arlooktoowhohadpreviouslysaidhewouldbeinterestedinrun-ningforpremierofthenewterritorylosthisSouthBafnseattoOlayukAkesuk.IssueFebruary16199920YearsAgo...RCMPwillformcommunitywatchTherecentrashofbreakandentercrimesacrosstownhasinspiredtheFortSmithRCMPtoformacommunitywatchprogram.Sgt.RodDouthwrightsaidmembersoftheFortSmithdetachmentwillvisithousesinthenearfutureaskingforopinionsoncrimeinFortSmith.IssueFebruary16199430YearsAgo...TrappersfoundsafeandsoundTwotrapperswhofailedtoappearattheirdestinationapparentlytookawrongturnontheirwaytoLargePikeLakebutwerelocatedbyanairsearchlastFriday.ClaytonBurkeandMagulorePaulettewereowntoLargePikeLakeaftertheirsnowmobilewasspot-tedlateFridayonthewrongtrail.IssueFebruary1619844TuesdayFebruary182014AnothergovernmentatoddswithitspeopleThenorthernYukonhasbecomethelat-estbattlegroundinCanadawhereagov-ernmentispittedagainstitsownpeopleoveritsapproachtodevelopment.ThePeelRiverwatershedisavastpristinewildernessandtheancestralhomeoftheGwichinrepletewithwildlifeinclud-ingthePorcupinecaribouherdalandofinnitenaturalbeauty.Itisalsolledwithmineralrichesandthetwoareabouttocollidehead-on.Alanduseplanningcommissionspentveyearsleadinganextensivecommu-nityconsultationprocesswhereafteranoverwhelmingconsensusemergedthatanydevelopmentallowedshouldbesmallonlyincertainareasandwithminimalimpact.Atthecoreofthecommissionsrecommendationswererestrictionstodevelopmenton80percentoftheland.OntheothersideChevrontheworldsfourthlargestoilcompanyhasitssightssetonamassiveironoredepositknownastheCrestDepositlocatedalongtheLowerSnakeRiveralongwithsigni-cantcoalreservesrelativelyclosebythatcouldalloworeprocessingonsite.Explorationisalsoactiveforcopperlead-zincnickelplatinumanduranium.ThisallcametoaheadlastmonthwhentheYukongovernmentignoredthecom-missionsrecommendationsandthema-jorityofcitizenvoicesandwentaheadwithitsownplanwhichprotectsonly29percentofthearea.Itwillallowunrestricteddevelopmenton27percentofthelandarea-predictablythatbeingalltheknownvaluedminerals-andpartiallyprotectabout44percentsuchthatsomeminingwillbeallowedandwithitroadaccess.TheYukongovernmentsrhetorichasalltheall-too-commonphrasingofagovernmenttryingtojustifyitselfargu-ingthatthenewplanoffersbalanceandrespectsallsectorsoftheeconomyin-cludingfuturemineralexploration.Thereare8431activemineralclaimsinthePeelwatershedand6773ofthosewerestakedafterthePeellanduseplan-ningprocessbegan.IndeedthecurrentcultureintheYukonassumesminingisasacrosanctwayoflife-anaturalrightnotunlikethewaymanyAmericansfeelabouttheirguns.ThefutureofthePeelwatershedisattip-pingpointanditisobviousthatiftheYukongovernmenthasitswaydevelopmentwillgetunderwaysoon.Awhoswhoofenvi-ronmentalgroupsarefacingoffagainstthemlinedupshouldertoshoulderwithFirstNationsoftheregion.Lawsuitshavealreadycommenced.Itwillbeyetanotherlengthymake-workprojectforlawyers.ProtectingthePeelanationalstateofmindThebattlefortheprotectionofthePeelwatershedisnotjustabouttheYukongovernmentportioningoffmuchofthenorthernterritoryformininglis-teningtobusinessandcorporateinter-estswhileoverlookingtheconcernsofmostresidentswholiveintheregion.ItisalsoaboutaconictwithintheCana-dianpsyche.ThesamedramaisbeingplayedoutinthemassiveAlbertaoil-sandsdevelopmentandaroundfrack-inginnorthernBritishColumbiaaswellasmanyothermajorresourcedevelop-ments.Canadiansasapeoplelovenat-uralbeautyworshipwildernessandcryfoulanytimetheenvironmentissullied.Atthesametimeweloveourmateriallifeandhappilysuccumbtorationaliza-tionswhenawildriverisdammedabignewmineisallowedtotransformthelandscapeorapristinelakeisturnedintoatailingspond.Theoilsandsaretoughestonourcon-science.Thereisnodoubttheindus-trializationofthenortheasterncornerofAlbertahasonlyjustbegunthatthedamagetothelandwillgetimmeasurablyworseandthatthehealthofthepeopleintheregionwillbeseriouslyimpacted.WeknowtheplatitudesandpromisesoftheAlbertagovernmentareonlymar-ketingspin.Welistentothemessagesabouttheimportanceofjobsbeingcre-atedandyetweknowtherealgoalistoaccumulatewealth-oftenforfarawaycorporatebenefactors.Over50yearsagoinDecember1969awriterhighlightedtheplightofthePeelinaGlobeandMailarticlenotingitsamazingbeautyandthewishesoftheFirstNationsresidentstoprotectwhatcouldbelost.ThewriterBruceKirkbyconcludedThebottomlineisthatnoroadsorindustrialdevelopmentshouldbeallowedinthePeel.Awildanduntamedfrontierre-mainsintrinsictoCanadianidentity.Thatonce-limitlessbountyontheedgeofthemap-andontheedgeofourpsyche-isrunningout.ThedecisionbytheYukongovern-mentinthebestinterestsoftheecon-omyandYukonresidentsmeanstheregionistobeopenedtodevelopmentforalltime.Weallknowthatoncecom-mencedthatprocessisunstoppable.ThevastareathatisthePeelwater-shedwillsoonnolongerbepristinenorawilderness.WhatistobecomeofCanadaandCa-nadiansthenasweletgoofthelandweloveArewewillingtosocasuallygiveupourbirthright-thosetractsofwilder-nessthatwearetaskedtowatchoverAfterthePeelwatershedisgonewhatwillbenextLastFridayonSt.ValentinesDayunderthefullmoonacclaimedNorthernauthorRichardVanCampandKeavyMartincelebratedtheirweddinginEdmontonwithover200guestsfromacrossCanadaandtheUSA.ThenewlywedsmaketheirhomeinEdmontonwhereKeavyisaprofessorattheUniversityofAlberta.PhotoDonJaque COLUMN5TuesdayFebruary182014FortSmithHayRiverWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayForecastForecastNorms-14Cand-25CNorms-13Cand-25C-31Low-25Low-22High-22High-29Low-18High-23Low-29Low-26Low-20High-20High-30Low-15High-22Low-21High-20HighYellowknifeInuvikWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayNorms-22Cand-30CNorms-18Cand-28C-35Low-35Low-31Low-34Low-33Low-27Low-22High-24High-33Low-18High-20Low-23High-28High-28High-31High-23HighNorthernJournal2014JoinusonlineLikeNorthernJournalonFacebookandgettheweeklynewsdeliveredtoyourfeedFACEBOOKFEEDBACKNegotiationstoseeatransboundarywateragreementfortheMackenzieRiverBasinwhichbeganwithfederalprovincialandterritorialsignaturesin1997arenowinthehomestretchbetweenAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriesaccordingtotheNWTsEnvironmentminister.NWT-AlbertawateragreementhitshomestretchJackDanylchukOdd.Irecalltheministersayingthesamethinglastyear.Andtheyearbefore.Andtheyearbeforethat.Maybethistimehisdreamwillcometrue.WhiteGirlSpiritofspringPart1of3DoyourememberwhenyouwerealittlekidandanadulttoldyouthatyouhadtodosomethingthatmadeabsolutelynosensetoyouImeanevenatanextremelyyoungageyouknowbetter.ButthiswasanadultandthiswasthaterawhengrownupswereALWAYSright.Iremem-berthinkingthatpossiblywhenIamolderIwouldunderstandthistherewillbeareasonforthis.Iwatchasmyfeetdisappearunderthemudinthebathwaterthatisslowlycover-ingmylegs.Thismudcomesdirectlyfromthetaptheblessinginthisdirtysituationisthatitiswarmmud.IknowIwouldpossiblypayforthebenefitsofthisspatreat-mentnowbutthismakesnosensetoan8-year-oldgirl.Consideringthatwearemilesdownstreamfromcommunitieswholeavetheirgarbageontherivericeoverthewintermaybenot.WheredoesyourspamudcomefromItisshortlyafterthemightyandinthespring-timemuddyMackenzieRiverhasbrokenup.Inthefallthemengodowntotheriverwhenithasfrozenintoicewithadepthoftwofeet.Theytakesawsandhand-cutblocksoficetwofeetsquarethatarehauledtoouricehouse.Insidetheicehouseitiscoolanddampevenintheheatofthesummer.Blocksoficearecoveredwithsawdusttoinsulatethemandkeepthemfrozen.Thiswillbeourdrinkingwateroverbreakup.Mydadwashesthesaw-dustoffandputstheiceinapailtothawadipperhangsinsidesoyoucantakeadrink.Thissitsinthekitchenbesideourwarmdieselcookstove.MuddywaterfromtheMackenzieishauledtollourwatertankinthebasement.Thesearethemuddywatersthatwewashourselvesthedishesandourclothesin.Whenthewatersettlesitlayersoutintogreywaterandmudwithgrit.Sittinginthebathtubisanexfoliatingexperience.PeoplefromtheNorthmayhavethesoftestbuttsinCanada.AmIcleanThetowelcertainlyisnot.Doyousweatwhenyouare8yearsoldIdontremember.MaybeitsloshedthesweatoffofharderworkingpeoplethanmeIneverfeltbetterforitIcantellyouandtoalittlegirlitwasdisgustingbathinginmud.Staytunedforpart2innextweeksNorthernJournal.LETTERSEditorFinanceMinisterFlahertysayshisbudgetwillsupportCanadianfamilies.InJanuary2013theIMFreportedthatCanadasimplicitsubsidiestooilgasandcoalcompaniesamountto1.52percentofGDPorabout787perCa-nadian.Thatsover3000ayearforaCanadianfamilyoffour.Remarkablydespitecuttingspendingelsewherethisbudgetdidnothingtore-ducetheseunnecessarysub-sidiesforoneoftheworldsmostprotableindustries.PerhapsMr.Flahertycon-sidersthefossilfuelsectortobefamilyBlaiseSalmonVictoriaBCBigoilisJimFlahertysfamilyFairElectionsActnotwhatitseemsEditorEarlierthismonththeConservativegovernmentintroducedapieceoflegis-lationcalledtheFairElec-tionsAct.Thelegislationhasalreadymovedpassedsecondreading.Itismorethanpassingreasonablethatthisbillwillbecomelawbeforethemonthisoutandchangethewayelec-tionsareruninthiscountry.IfyouasktheMinisterofStatePierrePoilivrehelltellyouthelawisdesignedtocombatelectionfraud.Thisisasmokescreen.Electionfraudisnotamajorprobleminthiscountryatleastnotbecausethewrongpeoplearevoting.Thefraudthatoccurredinthelastelectionwasper-petratedbypoliticalpar-tieswhooverspentmisdi-rectedandcheatedvoters.ElectionsCanadahasbeenpainstakinglytryingtore-constructwhathappenedoverthelastfewelectionsandhasonlybeguntobringsometosomekindofjus-tice.ButElectionsCanadawasnotonlytoothlessinitspunishmentsbutinitsabilitiestoinvestigate.ThenewlegislationactuallyweakensElectionsCanadaandmovesthepowertoholdpartiesaccountable.OtherbizarrechangeswillmakeitsoElectionsCanadawillmerelyover-seeelectionsandnotevenadvertiseelectionstoCana-dians.Lawswillbetight-enedtomakeitharderforthepoorthetransientstu-dentsandseniorstovote.TheindividualdonationlimitwillberaisedwhichatthecurrenttimeisabenefittotheConservativeParty.Leadingjournalistshaveconcludedthatsomethinguntowardhappenedinthelastelection.RuleswerebentifnotbrokeninsuchcasesastheformerLabra-dorMPandMr.DeanDelMastro.Insteadofimprovingourelectionlawsthisbillispoisedtomakeabuseeasierandconsequenceslesslikely.Itcausesmegreatanxietyandlikemanythingsinthiscountryitwillpassunno-ticedandtherisknotfullyrealizeduntilafter2015.StevenLeeFortSmithNTNumbersjustdontaddup 6TuesdayFebruary182014ByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheAchoDeneKoeFirstNationandFortLiardMtismovedonestepclosertofinalizingtheirlandclaimandcommunityself-gov-ernmentagreementlastweekwiththesigningofanagreementinprinciplewiththeterritorialgovernment.Thesigningrepresentsthestartofnegotiationsonalandandresourcesfinalagreementforthecommu-nitywhichwilldealwithlandfinancialpaymentspubliccommunitygovern-mentandtheharvestingofwildlifetreesandplantsamongotherissuestiedtolandsandcitizenship.Thissigningisanim-portantmilestonealongthejourneyofprovidingclarityandcertaintyonthelandandresourcerightsoftheAchoDeneKoeFirstNa-tionwithintheNorthwestTerritoriesNWTPremierBobMcLeodsaidinapressreleaselastweek.Theinitialframeworkagreementforthecom-munitycomprehensivelandclaimsprocesswassignedinJulyof2008committingthepartiestotwophasesofnegotia-tionsstartingwithlandandresourcesbeforemov-ingontoself-government.Whilethelandandre-sourcesagreementwillbecommunitybasedtheframeworkagreementnotesthatself-governmentnego-tiationswillbelookedatwithinaregionalcontext.Negotiationsonself-gov-ernmentwonttakeplaceuntilatleast10yearsafterthelandsandresourcesagreementinsigned.Oncephaseoneiscom-pletedtheFirstNationandMtisinFortLiardwillhavetheopportunitytobegindis-cussionswithCanadaBCandYukontoclarifytheirrightsaroundtheirassertedterritorywhichcrossesintootherjurisdictions.ThefinalizedagreementinprinciplehasnowbeenforwardedtoCanadaalsoapartytothenegotiationsforsigningnowthatithasbeensignedonbehalfoftheGNWT.Oncecompleteitwillbe-cometherstcommunity-basedlandandresourcesagreementintheNWTac-cordingtoGNWTofcials.Todayssigningisanimportantsteptowardsapositivefutureforthepeo-pleoftheAchoDeneKoeFirstNationsaidChiefHarryDeneron.Ourpeo-plelookforwardtojoiningwiththegovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritoriesincreatingastrongprosper-ousNorthwestTerritorieswherewecanallsucceed.FortLiardonestepclosertosettlinglandclaimPoliticsFirstNationsPhotoBillBradenPhotoGNWTAchoDeneKoeChiefHarryDeneronleftandNWTPremierBobMcLeodsignanagreement-in-principleonlandsandresourcesaspartofthecommunityofFortLiardscomprehensivelandclaimandself-governmentnegotiations.CraftsmangivenheritageawardNormanWells-basedcraftsmanRickMuyreswasawardedthe2013HeritageAwardbytheCityofYellowknifelastweekforhisworkrestoringthe1930svintagelogWildcatCafe.Muyresisknownforhislogconstructionandlarge-scalefurniturearoundYellowknifeandNormanWells.MuyresaboveworksontheWildcatprojectinSeptember2011. EnvironmentWildlife7TuesdayFebruary18201440SEFORTSMITHLEAGUEHOCKEYWALLYSDRUGSGAPHILLIPSTRENTON20132014SEASONGauthierRealGAFORTSMITHLEAGUEHOCKEYIIIIIISOOFORTSMITHLEAGUEHOCKEY1220132014SEASONELLSWORTHGATROYTheCreeLanguageProgramisprintingHockeyCardsSendinyourhockeyphotosWEWANTYOURACTIONSHOTSWEWANTYOURACTIONSHOTS000044EEEE44WEWANTYOURACTIONSHOTSFormoreinformationcontactVanceSandersonatcree.nwtmnnorthwestel.net.NWTCreeLanguageProgramNWTMtisNationByMARIACHURCHAnotherthreespeciesintheterritoryareatriskaccordingtothe2013assessmentresultsfromtheNWTSpeciesatRiskCommitteeSARCreleasedlastweek.TheDolphinandUnionCari-bouherdshavebeenidentiedasaspecialconcernandthenorthernleopardfroghasbeenassessedasthreatened.AccordingtotheSARCcat-egoriesaspeciesidentiedasaspecialconcernmaybecomeendangeredorthreatenedbe-causeofthreatsandbiologicalfactorswhilethreatenedmeanstheyarelikelytobecomeen-dangeredifnothingisdone.Thisisthesecondbatchofspeciestobeassessedbythe2year-oldcommitteeestab-lishedbytheGNWTsSpeciesatRiskActin2010.InDecem-bertherstgroupingofspe-ciesassessedwhichincludedtheborealcaribouPearycari-boupolarbearandthehairybrayaplantwerethersttomaketheNWTsofciallistofSpeciesatRisk.JamesFirthchairofSARCtoldTheJournaltheassess-mentsareaslow-goingprocesswithonlythreeorfourdoneayearinorderforthecommitteetoconsultwithallstakehold-ersintheterritoryandfactorinallavailableknowledgein-cludingtraditionalcommunityandscientic.ThreatsidentiedFirthsaidthecommitteehasconsistentlyidentiedclimatechangeasathreatfactorforallspeciesassessed.Othercon-cernsspecictothenorthernleopardfrogincludepollutionandproposedhydroelectricdevelopmentswhilecariboufacethreatsfrombig-gamehuntingandincreasedcoastalshippingtrafc.SARCsriskandthreatas-sessmentwillnowbesubmit-tedtotheConferenceofMan-agementAuthoritiesCMAthebodyresponsibleforde-terminingtheSpeciesatRiskintheNWT.BasedonthecommitteesrecommendationstheCMAwilldecideonwhatactionstotaketorecoverthespeciesandpreventfuturethreats.Allde-cisionsbytheCMAmustbeapprovedandimplementedbytheterritorialgovernment.ResidentscalledtoprotectSARCrecentlyputoutacallaskingcommunitiesacrosstheterritorytoapplytothe2014-15SpeciesatRiskStewardshipProgram.Theprogramencour-ageslocalstostartupprojectsthataimtoprotectspeciesatriskofferingupto5000perregiontofundtheefforts.PeoplethatareonthelandpeoplethatliveupherearetheeyesandearsofwhatsgoingonandtheyspeakforthespeciesFirthsaid.Wevecomeupwithlotsoflittleprojectsthatweworkonwithschoolsandwithon-the-landprojectsandIthinkitsworkedquitewell.Firthwhoisaretiredtrap-perinInuviksaidprotectingthreatenedspeciesinhiscom-munityisclosetohisheart.AccordingtotheSpeciesatRiskActprotectionofwildanimalsplantsorotherspe-ciesatriskmanagedbytheGNWTappliestoallpublicandprivatelandsintheNWTincludingthoseownedunderlandclaimagreements.In2014SARCwillassessthewolverinethewesterntoadandthenahanniaster.ThreemoreNWTspeciesidentifiedasatriskPeoplethatareonthelandpeoplethatliveupherearetheeyesandearsofwhatsgoingonandtheyspeakforthespecies.JamesFirthSpeciesatRiskCommitteePhotoKimPooleTheDolphinandUnionCaribouherdsalongwiththenorthernleopardfroghavebeenidentiedasatriskbythe2year-oldNWTSpeciesatRiskCommittee.HostedbyFineArtCultureThebachaFACTFundraiserforCircleofFriendsandtheFortSmithFoodBankSponsoredbytheTownofFortSmithWILDMarketplace5pm-7pm-FREEWILDFashionShow7pm-830pm-1512andunder-10WILDTasteesWineTasting9pm-11pm-35Feb.222014FortSmithRec.Centre 8TuesdayFebruary182014PersonalCreditsNoticeIfyoureceivedaCommonExperiencePaymentyoucouldget3000inPersonalCreditsforeducationalprogramsandservices.TheIndianResidentialSchoolsSettlementAgreement.Thehealingcontinues.Since2007almost80000formerstudentshavereceivedaCommonExperiencePaymentCEPaspartoftheIndianResidentialSchoolsSettlementAgreement.CEPrecipientsarenoweligibletoreceivenon-cashPersonalCreditsofupto3000foreitherthemselvesorcertainfamilymembersforeducationalprogramsandservices.WhatarePersonalCreditsPersonalCreditsmaybeusedforawiderangeofeducationalprogramsandservicesincludingthoseprovidedbyuniversitiescollegestradeortrainingschoolsIndigenousInstitutionsofHigherLearningorwhichrelatetoliteracyortradesaswellasprogramsandservicesrelatedtoAboriginalidentitieshistoriesculturesorlanguages.HowmucharePersonalCreditsAdequatefundsareavailableforeachCEPrecipienttoreceiveupto3000inPersonalCreditsdependingonyourapprovededucationalexpenses.WhicheducationalentitiesandgroupsareincludedAlistofapprovededucationalentitiesandgroupshasbeenjointlydevelopedbyCanadatheAssemblyofFirstNationsandInuitrepresentatives.Ifaneducationalentityorgroupisnotonthelistpleaseconsultthewebsiteformoreinformation.WillIreceiveachequeNo.Chequeswillbeissueddirectlytotheeducationalentityorgroupprovidingtheservice.WhocanusePersonalCreditsCEPrecipientscanusethefullamountthemselvesorgivepartoralloftheirPersonalCreditstocertainfamilymemberssuchasaspousechildgrandchildorsiblingasdenedinthetermsandconditions.PersonalCreditsofmultipleCEPrecipientscanbecombinedtosupportagrouplearningactivity.HowcanIgetPersonalCreditsEachCEPrecipientwillbemailedanAcknowledgementForm.IfyoudonotreceiveanAcknowledgementFormbytheendofJanuary2014pleasecall1-866-343-1858.CompletedAcknowledgemenFormsshouldbereturnedassoonaspossibleandmustbepostmarkednolaterthanOctober312014.HowdoIredeemmyPersonalCreditsOnceapprovedyouwillbesentapersonalizedRedemptionFormforeachindividualusingPersonalCreditsateacheducationalentityorgroup.OncetheFormisreceivedprovideittotheeducationalentityogrouplisted.TheeducationalentityorgroupmustthencompleteandmailbacktheRedemptionFormpostmarkednolaterthanDecember12014.WhathappenstounusedPersonalCreditsThevalueounusedPersonalCreditswillbetransferredtotheNationalIndianBrotherhoodTrustFundandInuvialuitEducationFoundationforeducationalprograms.FormoreinformationincludinghowPersonalCreditscanberedeemedbycertainfamilymembersofCEPrecipientsthaaredeceasedvisitwww.residentialschoolsettlement.caocall1-866-343-1858.TheIRSCrisisLine1-866-925-4419providesimmediateandculturallyappropriatecounsellingsupporttoformestudentswhoareexperiencingdistress.CEPrecipientshavetheoptionofsharingtheirPersonalCreditswithcertainfamilymemberssuchasChildrenGrandchildrenSpousesSiblings HealthWellnessAddictions9TuesdayFebruary182014OverdosesparkslookintoopioidtreatmentinNWTByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheNWTschiefcoroneriscallingforareviewoftheterritorysprescriptionofchronicpainmedicationsandsubsequentaddictionstreat-mentfollowingtheoverdoseofanAklavikwomaninDe-cember2012.CoronerCathyMenardre-leasedherofcialreportonthedeathofArleneCarmi-chael47whowasfoundtohaveaccidentallydiedfromaspirationpneumoniacausedbytheingestionofmultipledrugsinherhome.Post-mortemtoxicologyre-vealedthepresenceofseveralopioidsandbenzodiazepinesinherbloodstreamincludingmorphinecodeinediazepamparoxetineandzopicloneamongothers.Thecombinedeffectsofthedrugswereca-pableofcausingaspirationpneumoniaMenardsaid.ThoughCarmichaelreceivedanexcellentqualityofcareMenardsaiditappearedevi-denthercareproviderslackedtrainingandexpertiseinthemanagementofprescriptionopioidandbenzodiazepineaddictiontodealwithCar-michaelsongoingdependency.Carmichaelregularlysawdoctorsfornarcoticandseda-tivemedications.Hermedicalrecordsshowedshesufferedfromchronicpainosteoar-thritismigrainesanxietyanddepressionhypothyroidismdiabetesandlong-termalco-holanddrugabuseandthatwithdrawalsymptomsmayalsohavecontributedtoherhospitalvisits.OnseveraloccasionsshereceivedearlyrellsonopioidsandbenzodizepinesfromherprimarycarephysicianandondifferentoccasionsshepresentedtotheemergencydepartmentrequestingearlyrellsonhermedicationsMenardwrote.MenardsaiditstimetheNWTdepartmentofHealthandSocialServicesestablishedaworkinggrouptosetstandardsfordoctorsandnursesontheprescribingofchronicpainmedicationsandreviewitseligibilitycriteriaforthecov-erageofsuboxoneadrugusedinopioidreplacementtherapy.Thoughlesseffectivethanmethadonesuboxoneislesslikelytocauseoverdosingandcanbeprescribedwith-outaspeciallicense.Itisgiventhroughstructuredopioidtherapywhichlimitsmisusethroughfrequentdispensingregulardoctorvisitsforurinedrugscreeningandagradualreductionindosages.Asimilartaperingap-proachisusedforbenzodi-azepineaddiction.InestablishingservicesforprescriptiondrugaddictionMenardsaidtheregionalhealthauthoritiesmustworkcloselyinconjunctionwithcommu-nitiesandAboriginalgovern-mentsnotingthatinnorthernOntariowhereopioidabuseishighsomesuboxonepro-gramsarerunindependentlybyFirstNations.Menardaddedthatmoretrainingandsupportisneededforphysiciansandnurseprac-titionersintheNWTtoiden-tifyandmanageopioidmis-useandaddictionthroughtelemedicineandbyprovid-ingaccesstoalong-distanceclinicalsupportnetwork.ShesaidoneormorephysiciansshouldbeintensivelytrainedonsuboxoneadministrationintheNWT.Itappearedevidenthercareproviderslackedtrainingandexpertiseintheman-agementofprescriptionopioidandben-zodiazepineaddiction.NWTChiefCoronerCathyMenardFormerNWTdoctorwantsnameclearedafter10yearslivingwithchildabuseallegationsByMEAGANWOHLBERGTenyearsagoonFeb.4Dr.RichardBargensworldcamecrashingdownaroundhim.Thephysiciannow68wasworkingforpublichealthinYellowknifewhenhewascalledintothede-partmentheadsofceandaccusedofbeingacerti-edpedophileandknownchildpornographerintheUnitedStates.Theallegationsnevertobeconfirmedbyevidencewouldleadtothesecondlargestdefamationsettle-mentinCanadianhistoryandwouldalsotearhislifeapart.InafewdaysIlosteveryfriendIhadsaidBargenalongwithhisjobandhislifeintheNorth.Hecontemplatedsuicideandhaddifcultyndingworkforyears.Thefollowingweeksmonthsandyearswouldbecomeablurbuttherep-etitionofthatoneconver-sationhasstuckwithhimsinceAt300p.m.hewascalledintoameetingwithGregCummingstheformerCEOoftheYellowknifeHealthandSocialServicesAu-thoritywhowouldgoontobecomedeputyministerofthedepartmentofHealthin2006.Theallegationsthathewasaknownpedophilewasinpossessionofchildpornog-raphyandhadbreachedpa-tientcondentialitywouldleadtohisterminationwith-outanyoftheproperproto-colsbeingfollowedbythedepartment.Infactitwouldbead-mittedafteraneight-yearlegalprocessthatCummingshadactuallylookedintothebackgroundofBargenbe-foreringhimonlytobetoldbytheRCMPthattherewasnoevidencefortheac-cusationswhichwerebasedonhearsay.Heproceededtotermi-nateBargenspositionregardless.Thoseallegationsandthewrongfuldismissalthatfol-lowedwouldleadtooneofthelargestdefamationandslandersettlementsinthecountrycostingtheterrito-rialgovernmentandNorthernmedia-specicallyCBC-massiveamountsofmoneyinapre-trialsettlement.Yetitisasettlementalmostnooneknowsabout.WhileBargenwouldre-ceivethenancialreparationsAfterahorribledecadeofcomingtotermswithwhathappenedtohimtheonlythinghewantsnowisforhisgrandchildrentoreadthetruthwhentheyaresearch-ingonline.sinceMarchorAprilof2004.Nothingelsehasbeenheardofme.Ivelongpassedthepointofwant-ingtosayhowbadlyIwasdonebybutIrealizethatwhenmygrandkidsstartlookingthingsupthatwillbethepublicityaboutmeiftheygoogleme.Therewillbenothingelseaboutasettlement.AfterthesettlementwhichfinallycametoanendinSeptember2012Bargensaidheattemptedtohavethemediacorrectthemisinformationtheyhadpublishedbuttheyre-fusedtoevenprintapaidadvertisementfollowingthesettlement.Hesaidhewasnotpre-paredfortheshadowthefalseaccusationswouldcastovertherestofhislife.Googlemakestheworldadifferentplacehesaid.Reectingbackontheor-dealheismystiedabouttheforceandswiftnesswithwhichthegovernmentbu-reaucracydismissedhimwithoutdueprocessthatwouldhaveallowedhimtorespondtotheallegationsneededtoestablishalifeelse-whereandpaybackhisdebtsfromyearsofjoblessnessthelackofatrialwouldleavehisnameuncleared.AndbecausemediawerelegallyimplicatedhesaidtheychosetoneveragainmentionthenameofDr.RichardBargen.ThatwassortofonethingthatwasmissingfromallthisbecauseIsettledbeforegoingtoatrialhesaid.Ihadnopublicvenueanditsquitedisturbingtometothinkthat...thatsallthatseverbeenreportedYoucantrunagovernmentandalsogiveoutlargelegalawardsthatareaconse-quenceofaremediableawinphiloso-phy.Thatshowitappearstome.Itrustandhopethisneverhappensagaintoanyone.Dr.RichardBargenandgethisjobbackratherthanlosehismedicallicensebrieyforeverscarringhisprofessionalcareer.HesaidhenowseesthehealthdepartmentintheGNWTashavingbeenaharshenvironmentwherecutthroatindividualswouldresorttounethicalactionstomaintaintheirpositions.Inevermetasinglegov-ernmentemployeeintheNorthwhowouldntswearhismotherwasachipmunkifhewasthreatenedwiththelossofhisjobBar-gensaid.Canadiansdownsouthhavenoideaofhowpowerfultheideaofcon-sensusofbeingonboardofnotrockingtheboathowpowerfulthesecon-ceptsare.Bargensaidhehopesbutdoubtsimprovementshavebeenmade.Youcantrunagov-ernmentandalsogiveoutlargelegalawardsthatareaconsequenceofareme-diableflawinphilosophyhesaid.Thatshowitap-pearstome.Itrustandhopethisneverhappensagaintoanyone.JusticeDefamationNWTCoronerCathyMenardsaystheNWTneedstoreviewitsprotocolsforopioidandbenzodiazepineprescriptionandaddictiontreatment. NationalchoirreachesouttoYellowknifeseniors10TuesdayFebruary182014AURORATPITRAVELwantstothankeveryonefortheirsupportduringthepast10years.FromJanuarytoDecember2014everyonewhobooksairtravelthroughAuroraTPIwillbeenteredformonthlydrawsofvariousprizes.ThenonJanuray12015AFINALGRANDPRIZEDRAWAll-inclusivetripfor2fromEdmontontoLasCabosMexicowillbegivenawaytooneluckyperson.FormoreinformationortobookaightcallBobat867872-2462orhiscell867872-0806.AuroraTPITravelis10yearsold2004-2014ByMEAGANWOHLBERGTherenownedElmerIselerSingersofTorontokickedofftheirNortherntourlastFridayFeb.14withaperformanceattheAVENSseniorscommunityinYellowknife.Eightofthe30-personchoirgaveaValentinesDaythemedrecitalthathadevensomeresi-dentsandstaffsingingalong.ThechoiralsomadeastopinHayRiverandisscheduledtoperformTuesdayFeb.18attheSt.JosephCathedralinFortSmithbeforemovingontoFortSimpsonwheretheywillperformattheBompasElementarySchoolonFeb.20.ThetourisbeingputonbytheNorthernArtsCulturalCentre.AmyDodingtonandNelsonLohnescroonalovesongfromthemusicalPorgieandBess.NelsonLohnessingsTheImpossibleDreamfromthethebroadwayclassicManofLaMancha.AVENSresidentsaretreatedtoaValentinesDaythemedrecitalputonbyeightmembersoftheElmerIselerSingerscurrentlytouringtheNWTfortheir35thanniversary.PhotosBillBradenArtsCultureMusic HealthWellnessYouth11TuesdayFebruary182014RainbowclubformsforLGBTQyouthinInuvikByNATHALIEHEIBERG-HARRISONInuviksnewclubforles-biangaybisexualandtrans-genderyouthhaditsfirstmeetingonMonday.TheRainbowClubwhichisscheduledtoruneveryMondayfrom400-600p.m.attheInuvikYouthCentrewascreatedtooffermuch-neededsupporttothecommunitysLGBTQcommunity.Ireallywantthemtoseethatthereissupportinthecom-munityandthattherespeoplethattheycantalkopenlyandactopenlyinfrontofwithoutfearofjudgmentsaidAliMcConnellexecutivedirec-toroftheInuvikYouthCentre.Ijustwantittobeasafespace.Theydeserveasafespacetohangoutandhavefun.TheclubwhichisopentoLGBTQyouthaswellascom-munitymemberswhosupportthemheldakick-offdanceonFridaynightsponsoredbytheGirlsActionFoundation.Morethan30youthfromInuvikandsurroundingcom-munitieswereinattendance.OneInuvikyouthwhoaskednottobeidentiedsaidtheywereeagertoattendtheclubsweeklymeetings.Imlookingforwardtoitbecauseitsagreatwayforpeopletomeetlike-mindedothersoutsideofschool.AnothersaiditwouldbeagreatwaytosafelyexpressgayprideintheNortherncommunity.Itsabouttimesomeonemadeaclublikethistheysaid.DannyJellemaateacheratEast3SecondarySchoolishelpingMcConnellgetthecluboffthegroundandbringswithheryearsofex-perienceworkingwithRain-bowClubsinotherpartsofCanada.TherewasalwaysanLGBTclubineveryschoolIeverworkedin-Iwasalwaysapartofit-andIcameuphereandtherewasnothing.Ithoughtitwasoddshesaid.IthinkifyoureintheNorthyoumightfeellikeyouretheonlyself-identi-edLGBTkid.ItsnotlikeyouregoingtoschoolindowntownTorontowherethereisawholehighschooljustforLGBTkids.Ithinkhereyoumightfeelalotmoresocialisolation.McConnellandJellemasetaboutcreatingtheclubafterbeingapproachedbynumer-ousyouthwhosharedpersonalstruggleswiththeirsexuality.Hopefullybygivingthemanareawheretheyareto-getherandcanbesocialsee-ingotherpeoplearegoingthroughthesameexperiencestheycanconnectthoselinksandmightfeelmorecomfort-ablesteppingoutandhavingavoiceMcConnellsaid.OneofthekidslookedatmewhenImentionedweweregoingtodoitandhercommentwasYoumeantheresadultsthatarentgoingtobemadatmeJellemasaidanothergoaloftheclubistogiveyouththeopportunitytogetinvolvedwithnationalorganizationsaimedatLGBTQyouth.WewanttogivethemleadershipopportunitiesandopportunitiestotraveloutsideofInuviktondotherLGBTclubsandkidstobroadentheirscopeshesaid.ItsachanceforkidstogettogetherandseewhatsoutsideofInuvikwheretheopportunitiesare.Howevertheyseeactivismandhowevertheyseeghtingfortheirownrightsanddevel-opingtheirownvoiceIdliketoseethatdevelopoutofitMcConnelladded.DerrienFirthleftandDannyJellematakepartinarelaygameattheInuvikRainbowClubskickoffdancelastFridaynight.TheeventwassponsoredbyGirlsActionFoundationthroughitsNationalDayofAction.PhotoNathalieHeiberg-HarrisonCouncillordecriesCanadianPrideagonYkcityhallByMEAGANWOHLBERGAagfusingboththeCa-nadianandPrideagswasremovedfromYellowknifescityhalllastweekandre-placedwiththeinternation-allyrecognizedrainbowagafteracouncillorcomplainedthatitbastardizedthena-tionalsymbol.CitycouncillorNielsKongesparkedanonlinedebatelastweekaftercom-plainingonhisofcialFace-bookpagethattheagfea-turingamapleleafbetweenbandsofrainbowstripeswascompletelydisrespect-fultoALLCanadiansanddidnotfollowproperagetiquette.Councilwasnevercon-sulted.Isupportaprideag.NotabastardizedCa-nadianag.Myissueistheagnotthetrompingofpeopleshumanrightshepostedonline.Kongescommentsof-fendedmembersofYellow-knifesLGBTQcommunityincludingNWTPridedi-rectorImanKassamwhosaidtheCanadianizedag-whichisowneachyearatcityhallduringthePridefestival-isownatsimilareventsacrossthecountryeveryyear.Itisnotdisrespectfulatall.InmyopinionitshowsunitysolidarityandprideforallCanadiansKassamsaid.TheLGBTQrain-bowdoesntdegradelowerinworthorvaluecorruptbrutalizeviolateordemoral-izetheCanadianag.DespitethedifferenceofopinionKassamdeliveredaregularrainbowagtocityhallonWednesdaywhichMayorMarkHeyckswappedfortheonethatwascreatingcontroversy.Inordertonotdetractfromtherealissuesathand-respectfordiversityhumanrightsandequalityaroundtheworld-wewillbereplacingtheagthatscurrentlyyingatCityHallwiththemoretypicalPrideagtomorrowmorningheannouncedWednesdayafter-noon.ThankstoNWTPrideforprovidingtheseags.TheCityofYellowknifeisproudtosupporttherightsoftheLGBTQcommunityhereandabroad.HeycktoldTheJournaltheagwouldcontinuetoyforthedurationoftheWinterOlympicsinsolidaritywithLGBTQathletescompetinginSochiRussiawherelegis-lationoutlawspublicdisplaysofhomosexuality.YellowknifeMayorMarkHeyckswappedtheaboveagwithastandardrainbowagafteracitycouncillorsaidtheCanadianizedversionwasdisre-spectfultothenationsag.Heycksaidhedidntwantthecontroversytodetractfromtherealissueathandwhichisabouthumanrights.PhotoImanKassamPoliticsMunicipal 12TuesdayFebruary182014FederalbudgetbringsgoodnewsforNWTministerByMEAGANWOHLBERGWithextensionsgrantedonhealthandinfrastructurefundingfortheNorthernter-ritoriesNWTFinanceMinis-terMichaelMiltenbergersaidthe2014federalbudgetbringsgoodnewsfortheterritory.Whileitwasclearthefed-eralbudgetaimedatbalanc-ingthebooksby2015wasntgoingtobeabigspendingplanMiltenbergersaiditdoesaddresssomecriticalinfra-structureneedsintheNorth.ThebiggoodnewsstoryforusistheBuildCanadaFundforwhichourshareissomewhereintheneighbour-hoodof250millionover10yearssoitwillbe26millionayearthatwecanaddtoourcapitalplanfordifferentproj-ectshesaid.Communitieswillgetsomeofthefunding.ThemajorityoftheBuild-ingCanadafundingwillgototransportationinfrastruc-tureMiltenbergersaidfromroadstobridges.HesaidtheGNWTisnowanxiouslyawaitingdetailsonwhenBuildingCanadafundingwillbeginowingandhowmuchwillbeonthetablethisyearbutsaidnoneofthatmoneywillbetakenforgranted.Givenourfiscalpru-denceweregoingtobereadytotakefulladvantageofallthatmoneythatcomesavailablehesaid.ThelasttimeitcamearoundinthelastgovernmentoverthreeyearsweputoverabilliondollarsofinfrastructureonthegroundintheNorthwestTerritoriessothisisgoingtobeaboonforus.Theotherpositivehesaidisthatthefundingpartner-shipwiththefederalgovern-mentissplitat2575whichallowstheterritorytomakeitsmoneygofurther.TheNWTalsogotanun-expectedthree-yearextensionontheterritorialhealthsystemsustainabilityinitiativefund-ingwhichwassupposedtohavebeenphasedout.The70millionoverthreeyearsissplitbetweenthethreeterritoriesgivingtheNWTaround7millionperyearinadditionalfundingtoboosthealthprogrammingwhichhasledtoanincreaseinnursepractitionersandmidwives.Miltenbergersaiditisawelcomeextensionthatal-lowsmoretimetoreadyforthecomingphase-out.Thatgivesusthreeyearstoplanforanexitstrategybecausetheyindicatedthatthatwasithesaid.Mostoftheprogramshavebe-comeveryimportantandtheyrenotthekindofpro-gramsNorthernerswouldliketoseerolledupsowearegoingtobelookingathowdoweshiftsomeofourresourcesoverthenextfewyearstomakesurethattheresnolossinprogramsandservices.AdditionalmoneyfortheP3Canadafundingwillalsolikelylendsupporttotheter-ritorysmajorinfrastructureprojectthe350-millionrenovationslatedforStantonTerritorialHospital.Enhancedannualfundingforthe60-millionNutritionNorthprogramwillalsoben-ettheterritorysremotecircumpolarcommunitiesMiltenbergeradded.Evenwithalltheprob-lemswiththatparticularprogramIthinkthatsgoodnewsforusaswellhesaid.Explorationtaxprogramextensionsfortheminingin-dustrywillhavesomeposi-tiveimpactstoohesaid.BudgetshortondetailsMPWesternArcticMPDen-nisBevingtonsaidthisyearsfederalbudgetseemedsparseindetailsmainlyreiteratingfundingfortheNorththathadalreadybeeninplace.Thatsaidhenotedthathelooksforwardtohearingmoredetailsoverthecomingmonthsonthespecican-nouncementpledging305millionfortelecommunica-tionsupgradestoremoteandruralcommunitiesacrossCanada.ByBevingtonscalcula-tionsheforeseesaboutone-seventhofthatfundinggoingtoallthreeNorthernterritoriesifitisdividedequallyamongstthe280000nationalhouse-holdsnotedinthebudget.Ifthatsthecasethemoneyisnotlikelytobead-equatefortheYukonNorth-westTerritoriesandYukonhesaidbasedonNorthwes-Telsrecent233-millionplantoupgradebroadbandservicesintheNorthalone.Oursharemightamountto8-10millionoverveyearssplitbetweenthethreeterritoriesBevingtonsaid.Thatsaidiftheressomeotherplaninplaceandwegetthelionssharethenthatwillbeverygood.HeritageFundcontributionsuppedto25percentFinanceministermovedbyspiritofconsensusafterMLAsobjectByMEAGANWOHLBERGWidespreaddissatisfac-tionbyregularMLAsoverthedepartmentofFinancesdecisiontoallocateonly5percenttotheterritorysbur-geoningHeritageFundhassincepushedtheministertoboostcontributionsto25percentofincomingresourcerevenuesfromdevolution.Amaximumof5percenthadbeensetoutinthe2014-15budgetannouncedFeb.6withtheremainderoftheanticipated45millionperannuminrst-timeroyaltiesgoingtowardsinfrastructureanddebtrepayment.Butafterstaunchdisap-provalfromseveralMLAsFinanceMinisterMichaelMiltenbergerannouncedtoapplauseonTuesdayafter-noonthat25percentofrev-enuesfromnon-renewableresourceswouldbeputawayforfuturegenerations.WhilepublicreactiontothebudgethasgenerallybeenpositivemembershaveclearlyindicatedthattheydisagreewiththeproposedallocationfortheHeritageFundMiltenbergertoldtheHouse.Wehaveheardthesecon-cernsandinthespiritofconsensusgovernmentwillbetakingmemberswishesonthismatterintoaccountbyallocating25percentofresourcerevenuestotheHeritageFundbeginningin2015-16whenrevenuesbegintoowtothegovernment.Miltenbergersaidthede-cisionwhileaccommodat-ingtheinterestsofMLAswillhaveanimpactonfu-turebudgetsmeaninglessmoneyforinfrastructureasthegovernmentsscalresponsibilitypolicylimitstheamounttheterritorycanborrowforprojects.Withmanyinfrastructureprojectsonthebooksfund-ingwillhavetocomefromelsewhere.WewillhavetorevisitourscalstrategyMiltenbergersaid.WewillneedtondoffsettingreductionfromtheOMoperationsandmain-tenancebaseandprotecttheinfrastructurebudget.MiltenbergersaidthechangeinproposedHeritageFundsavingswillseeanestimated10milliontakenfromotherpartsofnextyearsspending.Theincreasedallocationwillseeover400millioninHeritageFundsavingsin20yearsiftheGNWTcapturesthemaximumrevenuesof54millionperannumata5percentrateofreturn.Converselytherewouldhavebeen100millionsavedintwodecadesatthesamerate.Budgetconsultationscarriedoutlastfallheardavarietyofinputfromresidentsacrosstheterritory.Thoughsomeagreedwiththegovernmentsorigi-nalplantoallocate5percentwithsomesayingallrevenuesshouldgotoinfrastructurethemajoritycalledformoresav-ingsonarangevaryingfrom25to100percent.ItwasthatpublicfeedbackthathadFrameLakeMLAWendyBisaroparticularlydisappointedwiththedepart-mentsdecisiontosticktothe5percentplan.BothsheandHayRiverNorthMLARobertBouchardledthechargethedayafterthebudgetwasre-leasedcondemningthedeci-siontoignoretheunitedfrontofregularmemberscallingfor25percentlastfall.AllinputexceptthatofCabinetwasignoredandyesterdaysbudgetplannedaround5percentofthere-sourcerevenuesgoingtotheHeritageFundandthatde-cisionwasmadelongbeforeanyconsultationwithresi-dentsorMLAstookplace.WhybothertoconsultWhybothertospendthemoneytoconsultWhybothertogiveresidentsandMLAshopethattheiropinionsmatterBisarosaid.Similarspeechesmeanttocriticizethe5percentweresubsequentlyputasideonTuesdayintheHousethoughMLAscontinuedtochideMiltenbergerforhisip-opwithRangeLakeMLADarylDolynnycallingtheannounce-mentnothinglessthanalastminutegongshowbeforereg-ularmembers.SarahDaitchanNWTrepresentativeofthenationalpublicpolicygroupActionCanadalaudedthechangeintonefromMiltenbergerasthegroupsrecommendationsforthefundweretabledinthelegislatureonTuesday.ActionCanadawhichre-leasedareportontheNWTHeritageFundintimewiththebudgetcalledformorethan5percentandmadeseveralotherrecommendationsforensuringthetransparencyandsoundmanagementofthefunditself.MinisterMiltenbergersannouncementof25intotheHeritageFundishugestepforwardforfuturegen-erationsofNorthernersshevoicedonlineviaTwitteraddingthattheannounce-mentshowsthatconsensusgovtcanbeeffective.DaitchsaidnowitistimefortheGNWTtofocusongoodfundgovernance.PoliticsFinancePoliticsFinancePhotoBillBradenPhotoBillBradenTerritorialMLAssitdownforthestartofwintersessiononFeb.6.NWTFinanceMinisterMichaelMiltenberger 13TuesdayFebruary182014FederalbudgetfocusesonNorthernsovereigntyByMEAGANWOHLBERGThefederalgovern-mentdidnotoverlooktheNorthinits2014-15bud-getreleasedlastTuesdaywith90millionallocatedforassertingCanadassovereigntyoverthenexttwoyears.Thoughitprojectsa2.9-billiondeficitfortheyearthefederalbud-getpromises47millionworthofinvestmentsintheNorthin2014-15with20milliondedicatedtosupportingNortherneco-nomicdevelopmentand27millionthisyearfortheTerritorialHealthIn-vestmentFund.SovereigntythroughdevelopmentAtotalof40millionovertwoyearsforeconomicdevelopmentcomesasarenewaloftheongoingCanadianNorthernEconomicDevelopmentAgencyCanNorfundingde-liveredoverthepastyear.ThatmoneyowsthroughCanNorsStra-tegicInvestmentsinNorthernEconomicDe-velopmentSINEDfund.Thoughitincludesnobudgetlinethegov-ernmentsmovetoclaimtheNorthPoleaspartofCanadabysecuringrecognitionofCanadasextendedcontinentalshelfattheinternationallevelisalsomadeapriorityofthesovereigntyportionofthebudget.TheGovernmentmustdeneandassertitsnationalbordersandcontrolaccessacrossthem.ThisexerciseofsovereigntyisacoreGovernmentprioritythebudgetstates.Aspreviouslyannouncedinthe2013bud-getOttawasmovetofacilitateresourcedevelopmentintheNorthwillprovideanadditional100millionoversevenyearstocompletegeologicalmappingofCanadasNorthby2020andextendtheMineralEx-plorationTaxCreditforinvestors.TheNWTMineTrainingSocietyalsore-ceiveditssecondyearoffundingamount-ingto5.8millionasannouncedinthe2013budget.OntheenergyfronttheNationalEn-ergyBoardisreceivingacashboostof28millionovertwoyearsforprojectre-viewsincludingTransCanadasproposedEnergyEastpipeline.ThatmoneyOt-tawasayswillbefullycost-recoveredfromindustry.InfrastructureThepreviouslyannounced200millioninfederalfundingfortheInuvik-TuktoyaktukHighwayisalsoincludedinthebudgetalongwithapromisefromtheCanadiangovernmenttoworkwithterritorialgovernmentsandlocalmunicipalitiestodeveloptransportationinfra-structuretopromoteecotourismandinvest-mentinresourceextraction.Thegovernments10-year53-billionBuild-ingCanadaplanannouncedlastbudgetcon-tinuesthisyearwithmoreinvestmentsprom-isedfortransportationinfrastructureacrossthecountry.FortheNWTthattranslatesinto421milliondividedbetweenBuildingCanadaandtheGasTaxFund.TheInvestmentinAffordableHousingplanalsocontinuesfromlastyearaccessingsomeofthe1.25billionoverveyearspromisedinthe2013budget.Theprogramallowsprovincesandterritoriestomatchfederalinvestmentsoninitiativesin-cludingconstructionrenovationhomeowner-shipassistancerentsupplementsshelterallow-ancesandaccommodationsoffamilyviolence.TelecommunicationsThebudgetpromises305millionoverfiveyearstoextendanden-hancebroadbandinter-netserviceinruralandNortherncommunitiesacrossCanadawith1millionflowingthroughthisyearand80millionmorein2015-16.Theimprovementinitiativetargetsaninternetspeedgoalof5megabitspersecondforuptoanadditional280000Canadianhouseholds.Enhancingandextend-ingaccesswillcreatejobsgrowthandprosperityforruralandNorthernCana-diansbyincreasingtheirabilitytoparticipateinthedigitaleconomy.Additionallysmallandmedium-sizedbusi-nesseswillbenetbyhavingincreasedaccesstoinforma-tionandmarketsthebudgetconcludes.Moredetailsonthepro-gramwillbeannouncedinthecomingmonths.HealthandnutritionfundingTerritorialhealthfundingwillseeatotalof70millionoverthenextthreeyearstoincreasehealthservicesinallthreeterri-toriesinpriorityhealthareasandreducepatientrelianceonoutsidehealthcaresys-temsandmedicaltravel.FundingforAboriginalsThebudgetpromises350millionperyearthroughthecontinuingAboriginalSkillsandEmploymentTrainingStrategytoprovidetrainingandemploymentser-vicestoAboriginalpeoples.Project-specictrainingforAboriginalPoliticsFinanceDespiteaprojected2.9-billiondefecitfederalFinanceMinisterJimFlahertysaysthe2014-15budgetshouldresultinbalancedbooksbythenextscalyear.PhotocourtesyofMPJimFlahertyAhostofcost-cuttingmeasuresinotherareasisexpectedtoresultinasur-plusof6.4billionin2015-16intimeforelectionyear.Newspendingtotaling1.8billionwillmostlybepaidforbyasteepincreaseinto-baccotaxesup4percartonor50centsperpack.Buildingonthegov-ernmentsvisionforanewNorthEconomicActionPlan2014istakingactiontoensurethattheNorthre-alizesitsfullpotentialbyex-ercisingourNorthernsover-eigntypromotingeconomicprosperityandsupportingthehealthofNorthernersstatesthebudgetplan.peoplewillcontinuethroughtheve-year210-millionSkillsandPartnershipfundannouncedin2010.Fundstotalling25millionoverveyearswillcontinuetogotowardsreducingvio-lenceagainstAboriginalwomenandgirls.TheNutritionNorthprogramcur-rentlybeingreviewedbytheauditorgeneralwillalsoseeafundingboosttoitsexisting60-millionperyearbud-get.Detailswillbeannouncedinthecomingmonths. 14TuesdayFebruary182014ByMEAGANWOHLBERGUnxedlooseandrun-ninginpacks.TensionsoverFortChipewyansstraydogprob-lemcametoaheadlastweekwithoutsideagen-ciesandlocalFirstNationsnallycomingtogetheronanemergencyresponseplantoaddressagrowingthreatofdangerousanimalsroamingthecommunitylastweek.Withcomplaintspouringonlinelastweeksomethreat-eningtoshoottheloosedogstheMikisewCreeFirstNationMCFNandFortMcMur-raySPCAhaveagreedtodosomethingtoputanendtothedogproblemthathasmanyresidentsconcernedaboutthesafetyoftheirchildren.MCFNhiredadogcatcherandbuiltakennelinAllisonBaylastweektoholdallloosedogscaughtonboththeAllisonBayandDog-headreserves.AlldogswillhaveshelterhayandwillbefedonadailybasisstatedapressreleasefromtheFirstNationsCEOGeorgePoitraslastweek.Itisourhopethatanyownersnotknowingthewhereaboutsofyourdogswillcometothekenneltoclaimthem.Wearealsohop-ingthatanycommunityresi-dentswillingtoadoptanyoftheunclaimeddogswilldoso.Wewillassistwithspayandneutereducationondogownerresponsibilitiespro-videtagsetc.ThoughthereiscurrentlynomentionofafeefortheownersPoitrassaidtheken-nelwouldnotbeadogsit-tingservicebutratheratemporaryservicetocatchstraydogsandlocatehomesforthem.Aspayandneuterprogramistobeestablishedinthenearfuture.TheactionwastakenwiththesupportoftheFortMc-MurraySPCAandtheAl-bertaSpayandNeuterNet-workwhichgotonboardafterastringofcommunitymembersangrywiththelackofactionbeingtakenstartedthreateningtoshootanyloosedogsaroundthecommunityifnothingwasdonetotakecareofthepacksofunxedanimalsthathadresultedinseveralclosescaresinvolvingchildreninthecommunity.Asourregionsonlyno-killadvocacyorganizationwewantedtoreachouttosomecommunityleaderstounder-standwhattheyareexperienc-ingandtoseeiftheywouldbeopentooursupportandpartici-pationinndingalong-termsustainablesolutionthatwouldaddresstheirconcernswithoutthecullingofhealthydogssaidTaraClarkeexecutivedirectoroftheFortMcMurraySPCA.TheorganizationrecentlycompleteditsNorthernAni-malManagementandEduca-tionprogramwhichwillbeginreachingouttoruralcommuni-tiesthisJuneandhasinformedtheregionalmunicipalityslead-ershipthatitiswillingtoworkonensuringFortChipewyandoesntendupinthiskindofsituationagain.OfcialsfromtheRMofWoodBuffalosaidthemunici-palityiscurrentlyworkingondevelopingsolutionstotheoffleashdogissueinFortChipbutElenaJacobsmanagerofAboriginalrelationsfortheRMsaidtheirreachislimitedbythefactthatFortChipewyanoptedoutofthe2002AnimalControlBylaw.Wearecurrentlyestab-lishingamulti-stakeholdersteeringcommitteetode-veloptimelymeaningfulandeffectiveoptionsshesaidincludingdealingwithneg-ligentownersandpotentiallycreatingananimalshelter.PoitrassaidMCFNisgrate-fulfortheoutsidesupportandnotedthatpublicsafetyisthenumberoneconcernfortheFirstNationalongwiththewellbeingoftheanimals.ItistheintentionofChiefCourtoreilleandcounciltokeepourcommunitiessafeforthechildrenandothersandtoprovideasafehomeforallourdogs.Weencourageallmemberstopleasetakeown-ershipofyourresponsibilityasadogownerandnotallowyourdogstoberunningfreetherebyavoidinganyunnec-essarydemiseforourdogs.FirstNationbuildskennelafterstraydogscausesocialunrestinFortChipewyanPoliticsMunicipalReadallaboutitThreequartersofCanadians73innon-urbancentresreadacommunitynewspaperaccordingtothe2013studyConnectingtoCanadianswithCommunityNewspapers.ThesurveywasmanagedbyTotumResearchonbehalfoftheCanadianoftheGovernmentofCanadathroughtheCanadaPeriodicalFundoftheDepartmentofCanadianHeritage.TelephoneinterviewswereconductedThestudywasdesignedtomeasurereadershipofcommunitynewspapersinnon-urbancentresacrossCanadaandexaminedreasonsforreadingcommunitynewspapers.Atotalof1000telephoneinterviewswereconductedwithadultsaged18orolderthatlivedinareaswithpopulationlessthan100000servedbycommunitynewspapers.FiveregionswereselectedABSKMBNorthernONNSand200interviewswereconductedwithineach.Theresponserateofthestudywas43.2.CommunitynewspapersremainrelevantThesteadyreadershipsuggeststhatcommunitynewspaperscontinuetohavestrongreadershipintodaysnewmedialandscape.Communitynewspaperscontinuetoremainrelevanttolocalresidentsfornewsinformationandadvertising.saidtheirreasonforreadingcommunitynewspaperswasforLocalNewsorLocalEventsarereadingfortheAdvertisingortheFlyersInsertsarelookingfororEmploymentadsCommunitynewspaperreadershipremainsstrongTheMikisewCreeFirstNationhashiredadogcatcherandbuiltakenneltoaddressthegrowingissueofdangerousstraydogsonitsDogheadandAllisonBayreserves.Filephoto ArtsCultureTraditionalArts15TuesdayFebruary182014CELEBRATINGAURORACOLLEGEWEEKEmpoweryourfuturethrougheducation.EmpoweringCommunitiesByMEAGANWOHLBERGBabichewasnottheonlythingtobewoventhroughthefreshlyharvestedbirchwoodsnowshoesfashionedbyAuroraCollegestudentsteachersandcommunitymembersoverthelastsev-eralmonths.ForinstructorLawrenceCheeziethetruefabricistradition.CheeziewhosefamilytreeholdsrootsinFortChipewyanandFortSmithwastaughttheartofsnowshoebuildingbyhisparentsandhasusedhandmadepairshiswholelife.Asoneoftheonlypeo-plearoundstillmakinghisownsnowshoeshesaidhepassesontheknowledgesothatitwontdisappear.TheyregonenowbutIstillhavewhattheytaughtmehesaidofhisparents.Idontwantittodie.No-bodymakestheseanymoresoImtryingtoteachtheyoungfellashowtodoit.Hopefullynextyearwecandothisagain.LastThursdaywrappedupthethirdsnowshoemakingcoursetaughtbyCheezieatAuroraCollegesThebachacampusinFortSmithwherestudentslookingforachal-lengearetaughttobuildapairofintricateandfunctionalsnowshoesfromscratchoverthewinter.StartinginOctoberstu-dentswerechallengedwithharvestingthebirchtomaketheframesteamingitintoshapeandnallybindingitwithbabiche.Allofuswentoutthereinthebushcutthebirchdownbroughtitheretookanaxeandstartedcuttingitdowntoshape.ThenaroundthemiddleofNovemberwestartedbendingit.Webentitandletitdryforacoupleofweeksthenwestartedputtingtheloopsonandstartedlacingit.Thelacingtookalongtimeitshardtocatchontothat.TheyhadtolaceitandredoitandtakeitapartCheeziesaid.Ithinktheygotfrustratedalittlebitbuttheystucktoit.ElderVioletEdjiofFortGoodHopewhowastak-ingthecourseforthersttimesaiditwasindeedatoughcourse.Frustratingshesaid.Makesyouwanttocrywhenyoureundoingitandredoingitandthenyouundoitagain.IthinkcrochetingiseasierThelengthyanddemand-ingprocessengagedstudentsfortwohourstwoeveningsperweekbutthenalprod-uctsmadeitworthitforparticipants.NorrisRickettsaninter-nationalstudentintheteach-erseducationprogramTEPnowhasapairofauthenticNorthernsnowshoestotakebacktoJamaica.Itssomethinguniquetome.DoingtheTEPpro-gramIreallydoappreci-ateAboriginalpeoplesartworkeverythingasso-ciatedwiththeirskills.SothiscameinassomethingformetotryoutsoIgotinvolved.Hesaiditwaschallengingtotakeonatasksoforeign.WhereImfromwehavenothinglikethishesaidwithalaugh.SodoingsomethinglikethisIcantakeithomeandshowitofftomypeoplethatIvebeenhereinCanadaintheNorthofCanadawiththeAboriginalpeopleandtheytaughtmehowtodothis.Thatssomethinginteresting.ForotherslikeDebbieDillonabusinessadminstudentfromInuvikitwastheirsecondtimetakingthecourse.Ididntreallycom-pletelyfinishmyfirstpairbutIalsowantedtomakeanotheronethetraditionalwayshesaidmotioningthatshedbegivinghernewlyfinishedpairtohermother.ThoughitwaschallengingDillonsaiditwasagoodlearningexperience.Goodenoughthatshesaidifofferedagainshewouldprobablytakeitoncemore.SnowshoeworkshopweavestraditionwithpresentPhotoMeaganWohlbergInstructorLawrenceCheezieofFortSmithleftcelebrateshisstudentssuccessincreatingtheirveryownpairsoftraditionalbirchsnowshoesatAuroraCollegesThebachacampus. 16TuesdayFebruary18201414023LL014022LL0Theall-partyStandingCommitteeonAlbertasEconomicFutureisundertakingastudyontheeasibilityoestablishingahigh-speedrailtransitsystemorAlberta.Shouldaprojectproceeditwouldbecom-pletedinphaseswiththefrstsectionoperatingbetweenEdmontonandCalgary.YouropinionisimportanttotheCommittee.IyouwouldliketopresentatapublicinputmeetingregisterwiththeCommitteeClerkbyFebruary202014.AscheduleopresenterswillbepostedonlinebyFebruary21.UnabletoattendShareyourthoughtsinawrittensubmissiontotheCommitteeClerkbyMarch312014.StandingCommitteeonAlbertasEconomicFuture801LegislatureAnnex9718-107StreetEdmontonAlbertaT5K1E4EconomicFuture.Committeeassembly.ab.ca780.427.1350Calltollreebydialing310.0000YourInputIsImportantStudyohigh-speedrailinAlbertaByMARIACHURCHLocalsocialjusticeadvo-catesarepleasedtoseetheterritorialgovernmentnallywalkingthetalkafterre-leasingitsanti-povertystrat-egylastweekwhichprom-isesnewfundsforprogramsthatsupportlow-incomehouseholds.JulieGreencoordinatorwithNoPlaceForPovertysaidtheannouncementisapersonalvictoryaswellasawinforthecoalitionwhichhasbeenlobbyingforfouryearstoseeananti-povertystrategyfromtheGNWT.Formepersonallytoheartheanti-povertystrat-egymentionedinthebudgetandtohavemoneyattachedtotheinitiativewasreallythrillingbecauseitsbeensuchalongroadtogettothispointGreensaid.Itrep-resentsareallygoodstart.GlenAbernethyNWTministerofHealthandSo-cialServicesupdatedtheAssemblylastweekonthebreakdownofthe2.6mil-lionearmarkedinthere-centbudgetforanti-povertyprograming.Astrongterritoryneedsastrongsocietyandallresi-dentsoftheNWTshouldhavethechancetoenjoytheben-etsoflivinginaprosper-ouswell-governedterritoryandtoparticipatefullyinahealthyjustsocietyhesaid.Thenewfundingwillsup-portdayshelterprogramsinYellowknifeandInu-vikseenewhousingunitsinfoursmallcommunitiesforresidentswhomayneedadditionalsupportandput1millioninnewspendingeveryyeartowardsprovid-ingfoodtoyouththroughestablishedprograms.Thebudgetincludes500000forcommunitiesAboriginalgovernmentsandnon-governmentalorganiza-tionslaunchingcommunity-ledprojects.Fundinghasalsobeenal-locatedfortheestablishmentofanadvisorycommitteetoworkwithterritorialstake-holdersandleadthedevelop-mentoftheanti-povertyac-tionplanoverthenextyear.Greensaidthefundingamountismodestinthescopeoftheentirebudgetbuttheco-alitionwelcomesanymovetosupportprogramsthatbuffertheincomegapintheNWT.GNWTlooksforpartnershipInhisaddressatthelegis-latureAbernethyacknowl-edgedthattheGNWTwillneedtoworkwithallsectorsofsocietyiftheanti-povertystrategyistobeasuccess.Greenconrmedthattheonusforpovertyreductionisnotjustontheterritorialgovernment.Weneedotherpeopletojoinin.Itsnotjustthegov-ernmentsjob.TheNGOsaredoingwhattheycanandnowwewantbusinessesandAboriginalgovernmentandcommunitygovernmentstocomeinaswellshesaid.AreasoverlookedinstrategyGreensaidNoPlaceForPovertyisstilladvocatingfortwoareasofconcernthathavebeenoverlookedintheanti-povertystrategythusfar.Oneofthoseisafford-ablechildcareforchildrenaged0to3yearsold.Thereisnotalotofchild-careavailableforthatagegroupandwhatisavailableismostlyunaffordableex-ceptfortwoincomefami-liessowewouldliketoseesomemovementonmakingchildcaremoreaccessibleshesaid.Thecoalitionwouldalsoliketoseediscussionsaroundimplementingalivingwage.Unlikeminimumwagethatisenforcedacrosstheboardalivingwagetakesintoac-countcostoflivingineachcommunity.GreensaidtherehavebeennumeroussuccessfulmovestowardcreatinglivingwagesacrossCanadaandwouldliketoseeasimilarconceptdiscussedintheNWTwhererecentstatisticsshowthewagegapishigherthanthecountry-wideaverage.Wewouldliketoseenotsomuchthatgapclosedasthebottom40percentofpeoplebroughtuptoabetterincomethatwouldcovertheirbasicneed.Itsnotaboutmakingthosepeoplerichitsaboutmeetingtheirneedssotheyarenothungryandtheyarenotlivinginovercrowdedcon-ditionsortheyareinrelation-shipsofconveniencebecausetheyneedaplacetostay.Thatsalongtermgoalshesaid.Wearenotgoingtoeliminatepovertyover-nightbutIfeellikewehavethegovernmentsattention.No-povertygrouphappyGNWTwalkingthetalkGovernmentpledges2.6milliontowardnewanti-povertystrategyHealthWellnessPovertyPhotocourtesyofJulieGreenWeneedotherpeopletojoinin.Itsnotjustthegovern-mentsjob.TheNGOsaredoingwhattheycanandnowwewantbusinessesandAboriginalgovernmentandcom-munitygovernmentstocomeinaswell.JulieGreenNoPlaceForPovertyJulieGreenwithNoPlaceForPovertysaystheGNWTsanti-povertybudgetcommitmentisamodeststart. HealthWellnessMentalHealth17TuesdayFebruary182014ByMARIACHURCHTheAssociationofPsychol-ogistsoftheNWTAPNWThasjoinedforceswithanationalcampaigntoadvocateformoreaccesstomentalhealthservicesinthepublichealthcaresystem.Thismonthmarkedthelaunchofthenationalcam-paignMindYourMentalHealthwhichaimstobothraisetheproleofmentalillnessandpressureprovincialandterri-torialgovernmentstoprovidemoreaccesstopsychologists.RehmamAbdulrehmanaclinicalpsychologistinWin-nipegandspokespersonfortheCanada-widecampaignsaidrecentresearchsuggestsaccesstomentalhealthcareintheterritoriesalongwiththerestofCanadaisdecreasing.Ouradvocacyistoincreasetheaccesstopsychologistsinthepublichealthcaresystem.Rightnowitsgonedownac-cesstopsychologistsisgettingworse-evenjustthenum-bersofpsychologistsforgettheonesthatareinthepublichealthcaresystemhesaid.ByMARIACHURCHQuestionsaboutthesuccessofmentalhealthprogramsintheNWTarebeingraisedfollowingagovernmentan-nouncementoutliningtheal-locationof2.6millioninnewfundingtowardsmentalhealthinitiativesintheterritory.GlenAbernethyNWTministerofHealthandSo-cialServicesannouncedlastweekthatthe2014-15budgetcommitmentsforaddictionsandcommunitywellnesswilltakeintoaccountrecom-mendationsmadeinareporttabledlastJunebytheMin-istersForumonAddictionsandCommunityWellness.TheNWTisadiversere-gionmadeupofmanydif-ferentcultureswiththeirowntraditionalbeliefsandpractices.WeneedasmanyoptionsaspossibletoallowpeopletodecidewhatworksforthemAbernethytoldtheAssemblylastweek.AndyLangforddirectorofterritorialsocialprogramsforthedepartmentofHealthandSocialServicessaidHealthWellnessMentalHealthNationalmentalhealthcampaignseekspublicaccesstopsychologistsConservativestatisticssuggestasmanyasoneinveCanadianswillbediag-nosedwithamentalillnessbutmanyinwellnessprofes-sionsbelievethatnumbertobehigherAbdulrehmansaid.Hesaidtheassociationishearinglessandlessconcernaboutthenegativestigmasaroundmentalillnessandmoreconcernaboutthethelackofaffordableaccess.AbdulrehmansaidtherearefewstatscomingoutoftheterritorieshoweverrecentnewsabouthighsuicideratesintheNorthsuggestsagrow-ingmentalhealthproblem.RobertORourkepresidentofAPNWTsaidtheresanarrayofmentalhealthser-viceprovidersintheNWTincludingtraditionalhealerspsychiatristspsychologistsandwellnessworkersbutgettingaccesstotheseser-vicescanstillbedifcultforresidentswhofallthroughthecracksofcoverage.ORourkesaidtheNWTassociationbacksthecam-paignsmandatetoaskthegovernmenttoincludethoseservicesininsuredpublichealthcare.Openupthedooralittlemoreheurged.FormoreinformationontheMindYourMentalHealthcampaigngoonlinetomymh.cathebiggestconcernidenti-edbytheministersforumwasaneedforaccesstoonthelandhealingprograms.Themessageisveryclearandthatisthatthelanditselfhealspeoplehesaid.Brokendownthefund-ingwillsee900000gotowardson-the-landhealingprograms305000towardsawellnesscourt895000forintegratedcasemanagementand500000forchildandyouthresiliencethroughpro-gramsandeducation.LastyeartheGNWTdrewcriticismwhenitdecidedtopullfundingfromtheNWTsonlyresidentialtreatmentcentreforaddictionsnearHayRiverforcingNorth-ernerstoseektreatmentatsimilarcentresinthesouth.AccordingtoLangfordthenowdefunctNatsejeeKehTreatmentCentreontheKatlodeecheFirstNationreservecostthegovernment2.1millioninitslastyearofoperating.Thosefundshavenowbeenreallocatedtocoverthecostsofsend-ingresidentstotreatmentatfourdifferentspecializedad-dictionscentresinAlberta.MentalhealtheducationneededPaulAndrewswholedtheMinistersForumacrosstheterritoryin2012seekingresidentsinputonmentalhealthandaddictionscon-cernssaidaprevailingissueinmostcommunitiesisalackofunderstandingaboutwhatmentalhealthactuallyis.Whenyoutalkaboutsomebodyhavingmentalhealthissuesthetranslationalmostgoestosomebodybeingcrazy.Sorightoffthebatthereisaquestionaboutwhetherweagreewhattheproblemisparticularlyfortheunilingualpeoplehesaid.Langfordsaidthegovern-mentislookingintotranslat-ingmentalhealthservicesforalllanguagesintheterritorybutpartoftheproblemisthestigmaaroundmentalhealthversusaddictions.Oneofthechallengeswehavehastodowithpeoplenotwantingtoaccessthementalhealthsystemforaddictionsissuesbecauseitimpliesthatiftheyhaveanaddictiontheyhaveamentalhealthproblem.Wearetryingtodevelopadegreeofsepara-tionbetweenaddictionspro-grammingandmentalhealthprogramminghesaid.Thejusticesystemalsocameunderscrutinyduringtheforumsconsultationswithquestionsraisedastowhythemajorityofthoseinjailaresuf-feringfromamentalillness.ItcertainlydoesnthelptheproblemthatthewaywedealwithalotofthementalhealthcasesintheNWTisbyhopingthatbylockingthemuptheyllgoawayAndrewssaid.Thewellnesscourtwhichlookstodivertthosesufferingfrommentalhealthconcernsfromtheusualcourtsystemisanavenueforchangehesaid.FirstNationsInuitandMtiscommunitiesalsoraisedtheissueofthehistoryofcul-turaloppressionexperiencedbyAboriginalpeopleswhichcanleadtomentalhealthis-suesAndrewssaid.Fundingforon-the-landwellnessprogramsisastepintherightdirectionhesaidbuttherealsolutionneedstocomefromadesiretochangeinthecommunities.UsasAboriginalpeoplewehavetostarttalkingtoouryoungerpeopleaboutthepeoplewecomefromhesaid.Wehavetotryandreconnectsomeoftheyoungpeoplewiththeirspiritualitywiththeirculturesandstarttalkingmoreaboutaddictionsingeneralandnolongeracceptthemasnormaloreveryday.QuestionsraisedaboutmentalhealthservicesinNWTGNWTpledgesmoreon-the-landmentalhealthservicedeliveryPhotocourtesyofGNWTPhotoNikThavisonePaulAndrewswholedtheForumonAddictionsandCom-munityWellnesssayseducationisaforemostconcern.PsychologistRehmanAb-dulrehmansayspublicac-cesstomentalhealthcareisdecreasing. 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21TuesdayFebruary182014WESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.Strypesisabeautifulyoungladyshinydisposition.Thisstripedbeautyisadoptableandalsoverypretty.Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.NorthernersFellowshipItoahScott-InnsItoahScott-Innsraisedinaculturally-richhomewithsevensiblingsinFortSimp-sonbeforemovingtoYel-lowknifewastaughtbyherparentstoalwaysbeproudofherTlichoheritage.MyTlichocultureissuperimportanttome.ItsreallyshapedhowIunderstandtheworldshesaid.ButitwasntuntilshelefthomeandtheNorthtostudyattheUniversityofTorontothatsheunderstoodthetruevalueofbeingsurroundedbythatculture.Thiswasreallythebig-gestchangeformemov-ingreallyfaraway.TobehonestthersttimeIcameherewasabitofacultureshocktomeshesharedfromToronto.Whilethe26year-oldad-mitsshestillmisseshomeScott-InnssaidstudyinginTorontohasallowedhertoexperienceandlearnfrommanyotherculturesinsouth-ernOntario.Butthebiggestlessonshesaidwaslearn-ingthatherowncultureisapartofherregardlessofwhereshegoes.MyTlichocultureIthinkitsjustinherentinanythingIdo.Myparentsalwaysraisedmetohaveastrongsenseofprideandconnectiontoourculture.AlloftheworkthatIdothelearningthatIdoisallgroundedinmyTlichobeliefsshesaid.ConnectingculturewithresearchintheNorthNWTwomenchooseAboriginalfocusforNorthernfellowshipScott-InnsisjustmonthsawayfromnishingaBach-elorinAboriginalStudiesandEthicsSocietyandLaw.Herplanistogotolawschool-agoalbornoutofadesiretoservetheNorth.IstartedlearningmoreaboutwhatshappeningintheNorthwithlandclaimsandselfgovernmentagree-mentsandthisstruggleforselfdeterminationsoIfeltlikethatwasanareawhereIhadtheskillsandabilitytomakesomesortofcontribu-tionshesaid.Inkeepingwithherinter-estinlandissuesScott-Innschosetostudylandsteward-shipfortheJaneGlasscoNorthernFellowship.Herresearchwilllookatwaystostrengthencollaborativelandstewardshipinlightofgrowingresourcede-velopmentparticularlyinDenendeh.HistoricallywehaveacollectiveresponsibilityasMyTlichocultureIthinkitsjustinherentinanythingIdo.Myparentsalwaysraisedmetohaveastrongsenseofprideandconnectiontoourculture.AlloftheworkthatIdothelearningthatIdoisallgroundedinmyTlichobeliefs.ItoahScott-InnsJaneGlasscoNorthernFellowTohaveaclearvisionofmyfutureIreallyneededtohaveanunderstandingofwhereIcomefromandwhatitmeanstome.NinaLarssonJaneGlasscoNorthernFellowDenepeopletostewardallofDenendehregardlessofthelinesdrawnonthemapofdifferentlandclaimter-ritoriesshesaid.Scott-Innssaidthatre-centlytherehasbeenmove-menttowardsmorecollabora-tionintheDenendehandshehopesherfellowshipresearchcanstrengthenthoseefforts.ItsanopportunityformetoworktowardsmakingmeaningfulcontributionstotheNorthtocausechangeandtondwaystostrengthentheNorthforfuturegenera-tionsshesaid.NinaLarssonForNinaLarsontheim-portanceofconnectingwithherDenecultureknowsnolimits.The28year-oldbornandraisedinFrancetoaGwichinmotherandSwedishfatherelectedtouprootherlifeandmovetoYellowknifefiveyearsagotobeclosertohercul-turalroots.IwantedtolearnmoreaboutmycultureandbeconnectedtotheNorthsheexplained.Whilehermotherhadraisedherwithanappre-ciationforherGwichinheritageLarssonsaidshewantedtobeclosertotherichtraditionsandbeabletopracticethem.Ithinkcultureisaveryimportantfacetofaper-sonslifeanditisessentialtotheirwell-beingshesaid.Tohaveaclearvi-sionofmyfutureIreallyneededtohaveanunder-standingofwhereIcomefromandwhatitmeanstome.OverthelastfiveyearsLarssonhastakentoapathofself-discoverythatin-cludedstudyingatDechintaUniversityconnectingwithfamilyinInuvikandpar-ticipatingintheAborig-inalPeoplesTelevisionNetworksDeneAJourneyTVseries.Larssonsaidherexperi-encereconnectingwithherculturehasmadehermorecondentaboutheridentityasanAboriginalwomanandfutureleader.Itwaswiththatinmindthatshechosetofocusonindige-nouswomeninleadershipforherJaneGlasscoNorth-ernFellowship.ThekeyquestionthatIhopetoansweriswhatdoesitmeantobeanindigenouswomanleadertodayshesaid.Thatcanalsogiveapicturetoyoungerindig-enousgirlswhocanknowwhatittakestobealeader.Beingaleaderisnotjustonthepoliticalsideitcanmeanbeingaleaderinthecommu-nityinyourworkplacewithyourfriendsandfamily.Larssonsaidshehopestodrawonsuccessfulexam-plesofNorthernwomen-centeredleadershipinitia-tivesinthecircumpolarworldinordertosuggesteffectivepolicymeasuresinCanadasNorth.TwoFirstNationswomenfromtheNWTwhowerechosenfortheJaneGlasscoNorthernFellowshiphaveelectedtostudyAboriginalleadershipandstewardshipintheNorthfortheircontributionstothefellowshipsresearch.ItoahScott-InnsandNinaLarssonwereselectedalongwithsevenotherfellowsfromtheNWTNunavutYukonandNunatsiavutforthe18-monthprogramthatbringstogetheryoungself-directedNorthernerstostudyissuesrelatingtotheircommunities.NorthernJournalproledbothwomenandtheiruniqueconnectiontotheircultures.ByMARIACHURCHItoahScott-InnssaysherfellowshipwillfocusonlandstewardshipintheNorth.NinaLarssonsaysherresearchwillexploreIndigenouswomeninleadership.PhotoscourtesyoftheWalterDuncanGordonFoundation SportsRecreationHockey22TuesdayFebruary182014PhotosNathalieHeiberg-HarrisonConstructioncompaniesbattleitoutatIRCCupByMARIACHURCHConstructioncompaniesE.GrubensTransportfromTuk-toyaktukandNorthwindfromInuvikarenostrangerstoduel-ingitoutontheiceinthenalgameoftheInuvialuitRegionalCorp.IRCCupbutthisistherstyeartheydiditasthetwocompanieswithajoint-venturecontracttobuildtheInuvik-TukHighway.Bothteamsdominatedthroughthetournaments12gameslastweekenddur-ingthe26thannualtourna-mentplayingagainstteamsfromacrosstheMackenzieDeltatomeetheadtoheadatyetanothershowdowninthenalmatchSunday.NorthwindwaslookingtorecapturethecupafterE.Gr-ubensTransportsNanooksteamnabbeditlastyearre-coveringfromafour-yearlos-ingstreakbutthedefendingchampionsbroughttheirAgameforthesecondyearinarowandovertookNorth-windsteamwitha8-1win.CodyPedersonoftheNa-nookswasnamedMVP.LJsSabresbeatoutthePaulatukStormforthirdplaceintheAdivisionwithascoreof9-6.TherewereawhoppingnineteamsintheBdivisionwhichwenttothePCMProteamwhobeatouttheAk-lavikOutlawsforrst.NorthwindcelebratesafteragoalduringtheirseminalgameagainstLJsSabresonSundayduringtheIRCCup.LJsSabresCoreyBaetzfacesoffagainstNorthwindsGregConnellduringthesemi-nalsonSunday.MatthewRyanGouldcelebrateswithhisLJsSabresteammatesafteragoalThursdayatthe26thannualIRCCup.FanscongratulateLJsSabresKyleKuptanaaftertheteamwonthirdplaceatthe26thannualIRCCup.ThetournamentwasheldattheMidnightSunRecreationComplex.FortGoodHopemanhonouredwithActiveElderawardWilfredJacksonfromFortGoodHopehasbeenrecog-nizedbytheNWTRecreationandParksAssociationNWTRPAforkeepingactiveandencouragingotherstodosoasanelderinhiscommunity.JacksonisthisyearsrecipientoftheEldersinMotionActiveElderAwardgivenouteachyearduringtheEldersInMotionTrainingeventinYellowknife.AccordingtotheNWTRPAJacksonswifekeptthenewsofhiswinsecretsothatwhilebothwereattendingtheeventtheannouncementofhiswinlefthimshockedandexcited.TheActiveElderAwardispartofaninitiativetothephysicaltnessandwell-beingofolderadultsintheNWT.BRIEFSSPORTSChallengerSoccerCampstobeheldinfourNWTcommunitiesBackbypopulardemandChallengerSoccerCampsarereturningtotheNWTthissummerandthistimethespe-cializedsportcampwillbeofferedinFortSmithHayRiverFortSimpsonandYellowknife.RunbyChallengerSportsthelargestsoccercampoperatorintheUSandCanadathecampsaretaughtbysoccercoachestrainedintheUK.LastyearscampheldinYellowknifesawpar-ticipationfromyouthacrosstheterritory.Coachesfocusonplayerdevelopmentinskillssuchaspassingtack-lingdefendingandshooting.RegistrationfortheChal-lengerSoccerCampsisnowopenandcanbedoneonlineathttpchallenger.mycustomevent.comcontentsearchPhotoNWTRPA 23TuesdayFebruary182014FORMOREINFORMATIONORTOREGISTEREmailtbds_managernorthwestel.netPhone867872-2795Onlinewww.thebacha.caTheFortSmithTradeShowisacooperativeeffortbetweenThebachaBusinessServicesandIndustryTourismandInvestment.REGISTRATIONPACKAGESareavailablefromThebachaBusinessDevelopmentServicesMAY320149THANNUALFORTSMITHSportsRecreationOlympicsByMARIACHURCHResidentsintheNWTaresendingtheirlovetothehometownOlympicathletesinSochiRussiaafterweekoneoftheOlympicgamesbroughtamixedbagofsuccesstospeedskaterMichaelGildayandbi-athleteBrendanGreen.GildayandtherestoftheCanadianmensshort-trackrelayteamarebackattrain-ingandgunningfora6thplacenishintherelayraceafteradisappointingcrashbyteammateFrancoisHamelinlastweekputtheteaminlastplaceintheirgroup.TherelaywasGildayslastchancetomakethepodiumafterhisindividual1500-metreshorttrackraceonFeb.8gothimtotheseminalsbutabumpwithanotherskaterintheracedisqualiedhim.SpeakingtoTheJournalfromSochiRussiaGildaysharedhisdisappointmentabouttheresults.Ivelongagoacceptedthefactthattheunpredictabil-ityofthesportisthenatureofthesporthesaid.Weknowthatifwetraintoab-soluteperfectionandwehaveperfectformandeverythingyoucantcontroleverythingontheice.YoucanalwaysWeekonebringsmixedresultsforNWTOlympiansMichaelGildaytakesstockafterdevastatingteamrelayraceCanadaattheOlympicsMondayFeb.172014Imagesgoogle.cahaveamishaporsomethinggowrong.GildaysaidhismaingoalnowisfocusingontheBnalrelayeventonFeb.21.AfterthathewillbesupportingtherestofhisteamandlookingforwardtothespeedskatingWorldCham-pionshipsinMarch.GildaysaidthroughoutthegameshesbeenfeelingthelovefromsupportersintheNWT.Imgettinglotsofmessagesandtweetsandstufffrompeopleandeverybodyhasbeenreallysupportivedespitethefactthattheresultshaventbeenphenom-enal.EverybodyisreallyproudofwhatIhaveachievedhesaid.YoudidawesomeMi-chaelProudtoknowyouMarlaKishimotoMar-laYurikotweetedtoGildayfollowingthedisappointingrelayracelastweek.Badluckmanbutgoodjobeitherway.NowyoucanjustenjoytherestofthegamesanothertweeterChrisVanDykecvd_yktoldthespeedskater.GildaywontbebringinghomeanOlympicmedalthistimearoundbuthesaidhesstillgratefulfortheopportu-nitytobeinSochicheeringontherestofTeamCanada.Justexperiencingallofthisforthersttimeisprettyphe-nomenalandIstillhavetore-membertoopenmyeyesandjusttakeitallinhesaid.BrendanGreenjustshyofpodiumGreenwhohasnowcom-petedinfourofveofhisOlympicbiathloneventscameoutasthetopCana-dianinthemens20-kmonFeb.13wheremissingtwoofhisshotsgavehimatwo-minutepenaltyandpushedhimoffthepodiumto21st.Imveryexcitedabouthowheisdoing.BrendanissoclosesaidBobWhiteafoundingmemberoftheHayRiverSkiClubwhohasbeenfollowingGreensracingcarefullyalongwithmanyfansfromthebiath-leteshometown.ItdoesnttakemuchtotakeyourightoffthepodiumsaidBruceGreenBrendansfatherinHayRiverwhonotedthatthebiathletehasbeenbattlingasinusinfectionforthelasttwoweeks.DespitehisinfectionGreenhasbeenkeepingupasolidperformancethrough-outtheOlympics.HisrsttworacesonFeb.8and10placedhim23rdinthemens10-kmsprintand35thinthe12.5-kmmenspursuit.Withthetop30nishlastweekGreenqualiedforthemens15-kmmassstartwhichwasscheduledforSundaybutthickfogonthecoursecausedarollingdelaythatstretchedintoTuesday.Greenwhospentmuchof2012andearly2013inrehabforabackinjurytoldFasterskierthatheisfairlyhappywithhisskiingthusfarbutknowshehastogiveitmoretomakethepodium.IactuallyfeltnottoobadontheskistodaywhichwasniceGreensaid.IthinkIskiedallright.Ihadtwopen-alties...whichusuallyisokaybutIguessonthisrangeyouneedalittlemorethanthat.WhitesaidGreenssup-portersinHayRivercouldntbemoreexcitedaboutwatch-ingtheirhometownOlym-picheromakesuchastrongshowing.Itsabsolutelycrazyhere.Whatshappeningisthepeo-plewhoalwayssupportedhimbutdidntreallyun-derstandbiathlonarenowgettinghowbiathlonworks.Theyremeetinginlittlegroupsnow.Weshowedthersttworacespubliclyandwellshowthelastbigrelayatthecommunityhallhesaid.GreensrelayracewillairliveonSaturdayFeb.22at730a.m.Photofotosports.caMichaelGildaywarmsupattheIcebergSkatingPalaceinSochiRussia. EducationLeadership24TuesdayFebruary182014ByMARIACHURCHThenon-protNorthernYouthLeadershipSocietyisonceagainexpandingitsreachintheNorthwestTer-ritoriesbyholdingthreenewwintercampsinMarchtoteachyouthleadershipskillsdirectlyontheland.JillGildayNorthernYouthsnewexecutivedi-rectorsaidthatforthersttimetwooftheupcomingwintercampswillbeheldex-clusivelyfor11to14year-olds-ayoungergroupthanprevi-ouscampshavecateredto-inordertogivetheyoungstersatasteofwhattheleadershipcampscanoffer.ItiskindofanintroductiontoourcampsfortheyoungerkidsinhopesthattheyhaveagreattimeandwanttocomewithusagainforadifferentoneinthesummertimeGil-daysaid.TheintroductioncampswillbeheldinHayRiverwiththehelpofShawnBuckleyalocalcommercialshermanwhohasvolunteeredtoteachthebuddingleadersthebasicsofwintershing.Buckleywhohasworkedsuccessfullyasashermanforthelast25yearstoldTheJournalheislook-ingforwardtosharinghisNewNorthernYouthleadershipcampsplannedon-the-landskillswiththeyoungcampers.Thesekidstheyhavetobestimulatedindifferentways.Ifyouareteachingthemhands-onitsquitedifferentthanlearninginaclassroomhesaid.Ithinkitsveryveryimportantanditsnottalkedaboutenough.GildaysaidBuckleyslife-longconnectiontotheHayRivershingindustryisidealforteachingtheyouththeimportanceofprotectingthenaturalenvironment.Asanaddedbonuscamp-erswillgettosamplefreshwintersh.WellbehavingabitofashfrywhichhopefullythekidswillenjoyGildaysaid.ThethirdcampthatNorth-ernYouthhasplannedforthisMarchwillrunmorealongthelinesofpreviousyearsexcursions.HeldatYayaLakejustnorthofInuvikforyouthaged14to17theweek-longcampwillchallengeparticipantstoliveoffthegridandconnectwiththelandthroughhuntingtrap-pingandshing.Itincorporatestraditionalknowledgefromtheregionthatwearefunctioninginaswellasleadershiptrain-inginthehopesthatyouthlearnalittlebitmoreabouttheirsurroundingsandtheirculturebutthenalsocreateanattachmenttotheirenvi-ronment...toprotectitinthefutureGildaysaid.NorthernYouthformerlyknownasTaigawasbornin2008asasubsidiaryoftheYoungWomensChristianAssociationYWCAwiththemandateofempower-ingyoungfemaleleadersintheNWT.Theorganizationhassinceexpandedintoitsownnon-protorganizationandbranchedoutthemandatetoincludecampstailoredtojustgirlsjustboysandseveralco-edcamps.ThisisthesecondyearNorthernYouthhasofferedcampsduringthewinterseason.LastyearswintercampheldatBlissLakejustoutsideofYellowknifewasanencouragingsuccessGildaysaid.AlocalofYellowknifeGildaystartedherpositionasexecutivedirectorforNorthernYouthamonthagoandsaidsheonlyregretsnotworkingforthemearlier.IwasalwaystoooldtobeacamperbutlookingbackIalwaysknewaboutthemsonowIwishthatwhenIwasastudentIdworkedforTaigainthesummertimeshesharedwithalaugh.TheNorthernYouthcampscost100percamperachargethatdoesntcomeclosetocoveringtheex-penseofaweek-longcampbutismadepossiblethroughGNWTgrantsandcom-munitysponsorshipGil-daysaid.Wewouldneverwanttheregistryfeetobeabarriershesaid.Wewanttomakesurethatallyouthhaveop-portunitieslikethese.Formoreinformationortoregisterforthecampsgoonlinetowww.north-ernyouth.caThesekidstheyhavetobestimulatedindifferentways.Ifyouareteachingthemhands-onitsquitedifferentthanlearninginaclassroom.ShawnBuckleyPhotoJennyCrawfordShaniaDesjarlaisrightchopsrewoodforthersttimewithChelseaEliasnextinlineduringtheNorthernYouthwinterleadershipcamplastyear.