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BringyouranswerintotheNorthernJournaloremaileditornorj.ca.nicahkosnihtaepiminawasiwBroughttoyoubyTheNWTCreeLanguageProgramMLAslikelytovoteonone-yeartermextensionMLAMichaelMiltenbergersaiddespitethepublicback-lashaone-yeartermextensionwouldcreatefewerproblemsforthenextassembly.Seepage3.YellowknifesweepsopendoorstoCanadianseniorsYellowknifeisplayinghosttohundredsofcurlersandcurlingfansattheCanadianSeniorCurlingChampion-shipsthisweek.Seepage22.InuviksiconicigloochurchfacingclosureOurLadyofVictoryInuviksiconicigloo-shapedCatholicchurchmaybeforcedtocloseitsdoorsbecauseofrisingheatingcosts.Seepage11.SahtustudentsattendedindustryfrackingeventDespiteclaimstothecon-trarytheentirehighschoolofTulitaleftclasstoattendanindustry-sponsoredfrackingmeetinglastfall.Seepage6.AnationalawardwinningindependentnewspaperservingnorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19771.00March252014Vol.37No.45FamilyofslainFortChipwomanfilescomplaintagainstRCMPByMEAGANWOHLBERGThemotherofamurderedFortChipewyanwomanhasledacomplaintagainsttheLeducRCMPclaimingthepolicefailedtoperformanadequateinvestigationintoherdaughtersdisappearanceandsubsequentdeathwhichremainsunsolved.VivianTuccarowhosedaughterAmberAlyssaTuc-carowentmissinginAugust2010andwhoseremainswerefoundnearLeducAlta.inSep-tember2012ledanofcialcomplaintwiththeChairoftheCommissionforPublicCom-plaintsAgainsttheRCMPinOttawalastThursday.Thecomplaintallegessev-eralinstancesofmisconductonthepartofindividualmembersoftheLeducRCMPincludingminimizingthesig-nicanceofAmbersmissingAccordingtothecomplaintanRCMPspokespersoncom-mentedintheEdmontonSungivenbyVivianwhosaidshehadtoghtforweekstogetAmbersnamebackonthelist.Tuccaroalsoallegesof-cersdestroyedevidencethatcouldhavebeenusefulintheinvestigation.ShesaidRCMPfailedtofollowproperproce-duresincollectingandstor-ingAmberspersonalprop-ertyobtainedfromtheNiskuInnwhereshewaslastseenbeforeenteringanunknownvehicle.Througheithercareless-nessorneglectandafailureofsupervisionthepersonalpropertyofAmberTuccaroaspotentialevidenceinase-riouscrimewasdestroyedbyLeducDetachmentper-sonnelthecomplaintreads.Otherpartsofthecomplaintallegedisrespectfulcommu-nicationbetweentheofcersandthefamilyandthewith-holdingofinformationaboutthecase.Italsoclaimsofcersfailedtoperformorfollowuponinterviewswithpersonsofinterestbasedonracialbias.ThecriminalinvestigationisstillongoingbyProjectKAREaninvestigationalunitcreatedtoexaminethedeathsofhighriskmiss-ingpersonsinAlberta.Theirworkisappreciatedandnotsubjecttothecomplaintac-cordingtothesubmission.TuccarosaidshebelievesherdaughtersAboriginalback-groundinuencedtheinad-equacyoftheinvestigation.SeeMotheronpage3.personscasedestroyingevi-denceandwithholdinginfor-mationfromthefamily.Weneedanswerstoalotofthequestionsthatwehaveandalsoaccountabilityforthemismanagementofmydaugh-tersinvestigationTuccarotoldTheJournal.inSeptember2010justweeksafterherdisappearancethattherewasnoreasontobelieveTuccarowasinanydangerandthatpoliceknewshewasintheEdmontonarea.TwoweekslaterTuccarowastakenoffthemissingper-sonslistcontrarytoadviceWeneedanswerstoalotofthequestionsthatwehaveandalsoaccountabilityforthemismanagementofmydaughtersinvestigation.VivianTuccaroPhotoTeamNWTTeamNWTs271athletesarebackhomefromthe2014ArcticWinterGamesinFairbanksAlaskawith86medalsintowandnothingbutsmilesfromtheinternationalexperience.Seepage23forAWGstoriesandphotos.JusticeHomicide 2TuesdayMarch252014NEWSBRIEFSAlbertatobuildCanadasfirstpipelinetrainingfacilityTheAlbertagovernmentannounceditisplanningtobuildthecountrysrstpipelinetrainingfacilitytodealwithla-bourshortagesintheoilandgasindustry.Theannounce-mentcameinearlyMarchaspartofthegovernmentsthronespeechthatpledgesanausteritybudget.Thefacilitywillbebuiltwithsupportfromindustrytotrainheavyequipmentoperatorsandthosewhoworkinconstructionandreclama-tion.NDPLeaderBrianMasonwascriticaloftheplannedpipelinetrainingcentrecallingitafurthersubsidizationoftheoilandgasindustry.Pipelinecompaniespraisedthegovernmentsplantobuildthefacilitywithsomecallingitapositivesteptodealingwiththeskilledlabourshortage.AlbertaappointsleadersofnewoilsandsmonitoringagencyTheAlbertagovernmenthasappointedLorneTaylorandGregTayloraschairandvicechairofthenewAlbertaEn-vironmentalMonitoringEvaluationandReportingAgencyAEMERA.Describedasanarms-lengthenvironmentalmonitoringagencyAEMERAisexpectedtoreplacethecurrentJointOilsandsMonitoringprogramasearlyasApril.RobinCampbellAlbertasministerofEnvironmentandSustainableResourceDevelopmentsaidinastatementthatheiscondentbothmenwillbringmonitoringtogreaterlevelsofreliabilitycredibilityandtransparency.GNWTlesapplicationtolandandwaterboardforbre-opticlinkTheNWTgovernmentisonestepclosertoseeingabre-opticlinkbringcommunicationuptodateintheNWTl-inganapplicationtotheMackenzieValleyLandandWaterBoardforapreliminaryscreeningoftheprojectlastweek.FinanceMinisterMichaelMiltenbergertoutedthelinkascriticalforthedevelopmentofInuvikasaremotesatellitesensinghotspotaswellasawaytoimprovegovernmentservicesinremoteNortherncommunities.Threecompa-nieswereshortlistedinJanuarytobuildandoperatethelinkanticipatedtobeginconstructionin2015withthelinerunningby2016.www.auroracollege.nt.caTheAuroraCollegeSpeakerSeriesPresentsTomAndrewsTerritorialArchaeologistThursdayMarch27AuroraCollegeFoyerPRESENTATIONANDDOCUMENTARYSCREENING1030AMTie-cho-kaQuelquesImagesduGrandNord1957ResearchPresentation100p.m.ShhtagotineMooseskinBoatItsHistoryConstructionPoliticsElectionsPhotoJackDanylchukElectoralofficersaysproblemscouldarisefromelectionoverlapByMEAGANWOHLBERGThechiefelectoralof-cerfortheNWTsaysad-ministrativedifficultiescouldpotentiallyariseiffederalmunicipalandter-ritorialelectionsalloccurwithinOctober2015caus-ingproblemsforvotersthoserunningcampaignsandelectionsstaff.DavidBrockwhosejoben-tailsadvisingcaucusoncon-siderationsinvolvingupcomingelectionstoldTheJournalthatthereareseveralpossibleout-comestokeepinmindwhenlookingattheconcurrentelec-tionsscheduledfornextfall.RightnowtheterritorialelectionisslatedforOct.52015whilepollingdaysforbothfederalandmunicipalelections-forsixcitiestownsandvillagesalongwithschoolboards-arescheduledforOct.19.LegislationintheNWTcur-rentlymaintainsaxedelec-tionschedulealthougharecentmotionpassedintheLegisla-tiveAssemblyasksthefederalgovernmentforauthoritytochangetheNWTActtoallowMLAsexibilityaroundelec-tionplanning.Brocksaidanumberofad-ministrativechallengescouldarisethatwouldpotentiallyhaveanimpactontheabilitiesofelectionmanagementbod-iestoensureanequalplayingeldforcandidatesandvoterparticipationinalltheelections.Forexampleelectionman-agementbodiesneedtohaveofficesandpollingstationswithwheelchairaccessbutanonslaughtofconcurrentcampaignscouldseelimitedavailability.Insomecommunitiesweknowthatthereisadearthofavailableofcespacewithlevelaccessandsowithbothelectionmanagementbodiesaswellascandidatesforallofthesedifferentelectioncam-paigns...itmaybedifcultforsomeorallpartiestondlevelaccessofcespaceandorpoll-ingstations-particularlyofcespacehesaid.AnotherconsiderationBrocksaidcouldinvolvecommunicationofrulesandprocessesforvotersatpoll-ingstationsandcandidatesrunningcampaigns.Withthreeelectionstak-ingplaceoverlappingthereistheconsiderationthattheresaconnedorniteamountofspaceforcommunicationsandthatsomeconfusioncouldre-sultfromdifferentrulesthatapplytodifferentelectionshesaid.Forexamplerecentlypro-posedamendmentstothefed-eralelectionsactwouldseethecampaignuseisanotherexamplehesaid.Ithinkitisfairtostatethatthereisthepossibilitytohavethosemessagesconflated.Someelectorsmaywonderwhosrunningforofceinwhichelection.Brocksaidanotherconsid-erationseesthepotentialposi-tiveinholdingconcurrentelec-tionswhichhasbeenlinkedtohighervoterparticipationthoughhenotedthatnumerousfactorscontributetoturnout.LimitedspaceforcampaigningcouldposeproblemsforcandidatesrunninginterritorialfederalandmunicipalelectionsintheNWTduringthemonthofOctober2015orcauseconfusionamongvoterssaysNWTschiefelectoralofcer.abilitytovouchforsomeoneatthepollseliminatedthoughvouchingcontinuestobeper-mittedintheNWTandmu-nicipalelectionsevenallowpeopletovotebyproxy.Theresthreedifferentmethodsthataffecthowindi-vidualsidentifythemselvesandcasttheirballotswhichagaincouldsowsomeconfusionastowhyonemethodisaccept-ableatonepollingstationononedayandnotacceptableinanothereldBrocksaid.Theriskisofcoursethatitmightraiseabarriertoaccessandoneofourobjectivesisobvi-ouslytohaveashighavoterturnoutaspossible.Havingalargeamountofs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3TuesdayMarch252014PhilipRabescaTchoThelatePhilipRabescafromBehchokwasthesonofthelateJimmyandAdeleDeninlaRabesca.Atalentedinterpreter-translatorheenjoyedsharinginformationandtalkingwitheveryoneespeciallyElders.HecontributedgreatlythroughhistranslationsfortheTchoCommunityServicesAgency.HeisrememberedespeciallyforhowhelivedhisTchocultureandtaughtmanypeopleaboutlivingontheland.NORTHERNVOICESIntheNorthwestTerritoriesournorthernvoicesareimportant.ThroughoutourvastterritorynineofcialAboriginallanguagesarespokenwithpride.Tocelebratethisdiversityregionallanguagecommunitiesnominatedindividualscommittedtocultivatingournorthernvoices.ThesechampionsareleadersinourAboriginallanguagescommunityandwethankthemfortheireffortsandcontributionstothesurvivalofourlanguages.MLAslikelytoaskforonemoreyearifpermittedByMEAGANWOHLBERGThoughotheroptionswillbeonthetablefordiscussionifgiventheexibilitytochangetheirelectiondateMLAsintheNorthwestTerritorieswilllikelybevotingontheorigi-nallyproposedone-yearex-tensionwhentheissuearisesagaininthelegislature.ThebachaMLAMichaelMiltenbergerwhosecondedthemotionearlierthismonthtoaskthefederalgovernmentfortheauthoritytoextendthelengthofthe17thLegislativeAssemblytoavoidoverlapwithfederalandmunicipalelectionssaidideallyhewouldliketoseeanautumnelectionin2016.Iwouldliketoavoidawinterelectionifitweremyownpersonalchoicehesaid.InallmyyearshereandalltheelectionsIvebeenthroughwevetrieddifferenttimesandwhatmadeOctober2016attrac-tivewasthatfallisthetimethatmostfolksupherehavesettledonafteryearsoftrialanderrorasthebesttimetohavetheseelections.Headdedthatanextensionofoneyearwouldalsocre-atefewercomplicationsforthenextassembly.Theissueofayearwouldcoincidewithourxedelec-tiondatessothe18thAssem-blywouldjustpickitupandwouldntmissastep.Theydgetfouryearstheywouldntgetthree-and-a-halfyearsorfour-and-a-halfyearshesaid.Thatwastheinitialthoughtfortheeaseandcon-venienceofhavingthatfour-yearxedelectiondatethatwedbeabletoadjustthisonetimeandbeabletogobacktotheregular.MotionreceivespublicbacklashThoughthemotionorigi-nallyaskedforadelayedelec-tiontotakeplaceinOctober2016oneyearlaterthannextyearsscheduledelectionitwasamendedtoaskonlyfortheexibilitytochangethedatetoanotherunspeciedtimeafterresidentsexpressedconcernsthatotheroptionshadbeenoverlooked.TheamendmentwasntenoughtoquelltheresultingbacklashhoweverasbothresidentsandsomeregularMLAsquicklyexpressedsuspicionthatthemovewasbeingdoneforselshreasonsonthepartofthegovernment.InhindsightMilten-bergersaiditwasprobablythewrongmovetospecifyadelayedelectiondateinthemotionratherthansim-plyaskfortheauthoritytochangethedateapowerheldbyeveryotherjurisdictioninCanada.IfgrantedtheauthoritytoamendthedateMiltenbergersaidtherewillbeadiscussionamongMLAsbutempha-sizedthattermswouldnotbeshortenedasrequestedbyanonlinepetitionthatisdemandinganearlyelectioninresponsetothemotion.Idontthinktheresgoingtobeanyplantogoearlyandcutintoouralreadysquishedagendabutyestherewillbedenitelybeadiscussionifwegettheauthorityaboutwhataretheoptionsforpro-ceedinghesaid.Imsurewellhaveawide-rangingdiscussion.TalkshadtakenplacewithfedsMiltenbergersaidthefed-eralgovernmenthasbeenawareoftheGNWTscon-cernssincelastJulywhentheissuerstaroseincon-versationandthatapossi-blechangetotheNWTActtoallowanewelectiondatewasoneofthemanypiecestalkedaboutinconjunctionwithdevolution.Therewasnothingformalwejustgottheauthoritytomaketheformalrequestlastweek.ButwerethereinitialexploratorydiscussionsonwhatareouroptionsYeshesaid.Thiswasoneofthemanyissuesthatcameoutwithde-volutionasweweremovingforwardlookingatallthesedatessoImeantheresnocollusionanymorethantherewasontryingtosortoutallthe1001detailsondevolu-tionandBillC-15.MLAstomakecallforthepublicThoughavarietyofresi-dentshavecalledthemovebyMLAstostretchtheirman-datebeyondthefouryearsforwhichtheywereelectedundemocraticMiltenbergersaidMLAsareelectedtomakedecisionsonbehalfofNortherners.Ifwehaveacouplehun-dredpeoplecomplainandhitthebrakesbecauseofitthatsatoughwaytorunagovernmenthesaid.IfwewouldhaverespondedtothepeoplewhoyelledtheloudestweneverwouldhavedonedevolutioneitherweneverwouldhavegottheWildlifeActweneverwouldhavegotmidwifery.Themotionwaspresentedwithoutformalpubliccon-sultationleavingnowayoftellinghowmanypeopleintheNWTareinfavourorop-posedthoughMLAsvotedinfavour11-7.Whileithasbeenmen-tionedthatthetermexten-sionwouldalsofacilitatethedevolutiontransfersetforApr.1Miltenbergersaidthatwasneverthereasonbe-hindthemotionwhichwasinuencedbysimilardeci-sionsbytheSaskatchewanManitobaandPrinceEdwardIslandgovernmentstomovetheirelections.Theprimereasonwasandstillistheoverlapofelections.Ifitwasntfortheoverlapofelectionswewouldntbehav-ingthisdiscussionhesaid.MiltenbergersaidthatMLAswouldlikelyhavealsobeencriticizedfornotdealingwiththeissueaheadoftimeifproblemsweretoariseduringconcurrentelections.Itwouldbeirresponsibleforustojuststandbyandnottrytomakesurewewerepre-paredhesaid.Theresnocollusionanymorethantherewasontryingtosortoutallthe1001de-tailsondevolutionandBillC-15.MLAMichaelMiltenbergerThebachaMLAMichaelMiltenbergeraddressesmediaafterwinninginthe2011territorialelection.FilephotoMothersaysshesnotaloneContinuedfrompage1.SincemydaughterwentmissingInevergaveupandIvebeentalkingtootherfamiliesofmissingandmur-dereddaughtersandalotofthemgeteasilyintimidated.ButmythingisthisismydaughterandshesnotheretodefendherselforgetjusticesoIhavetodoit.HopefullybymedoingthisIcanhelpotherfamiliescomeforwardandknowthattheyrenotaloneinthisshesaid.Werenotalonewejusthavetoreachoutandthesupportsthere.AbillboardnearNiskuAlta.whereTuccarowaslastseenaliveasksforhelpwiththecase.PhotoProjectKAREPoliticsElectionsJusticeHomicide EDITORIALARCHIVES15YearsAgo...AdonedealUnionofNorthernWorkersUNWmem-bersendedmonthsofhagglingbetweentheirunionsexecutiveandthegovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritoriesFridayratifyingacol-lectiveagreementthatcouldseesomework-ersreceivingraisesofupto15000.Follow-ingasix-weekvotingperiod85percentofthevotesupportedthecontract.IssueMarch23199920YearsAgo...ParkmayfacesuitoversnowmachinesAsnowmachineenthusiastinManitobaisconsideringlegalactionafterheandafriendwererefusedpassagethroughWoodBuf-faloNationalParkontheirsnowmachines.DaveBissenandStanAmonofLynnLakeManitobahadplannedatripontheirma-chinesfromLynnLaketoYellowknifeinordertoscoutoutarouteforotherstofol-lownextyear.IssueMarch23199430YearsAgo...MunrobringsbilingualismNorthNorthernAffairsministerJohnMunrosannouncementthattheNorthwouldbecomeofciallybilingualhastheterritorialgovern-mentrushingtocreatelegislationtocomplywithfederalpolicy.ItisthesecondtimetheNWThasfounditselfscramblingtoconformtofederalrequirementsasabillwasrushedthroughtheLegislativeAssemblyatitsre-centsittingtocomplywiththenewYoungOffendersAct.IssueMarch2319844TuesdayMarch252014TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.norj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChetehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMcKayFortMcMurrayFortVermillionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrarieHytheJohnDorPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatieDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsPaulatukTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesRaeEdzoSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekwetiWhaTiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMornvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2013CCNABLUERIBBONCANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2013CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayaddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedaddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadsnorj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlettersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21donnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter..............................MariaChurch867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising....................JoshuaJorgensen867-872-3000ext.15salesnorj.caAdministration................JeremyTurcotte867-872-3000ext.20adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caAnnaSierra867-872-3000ext.26designnorj.caFormerPrimeMinisterJoeClarkwasAlisonRedfordsmentorandthatRedToryreputationprovokedpowerfulCon-servativesStephenHarperamongthemtoworkagainstherintheAlbertaelec-tionofApril2012.ThetermProgres-sivehadbeendroppedfromthefederalConservativePartynameforgoodrea-son.Theydidnotwanttheclockturnedback.TheirchoicetherightwingWildRosePartymadegainsbutcouldnotholdoffRedfordssurprisingelectiondayrally.Itwasthesettingforadirtywarbe-tweenHarperandRedford.Theirre-spectivehomeridingsinCalgaryalmostsidebysideafaceoffbetweenthetwowouldhavebeeninterestingtosaytheleast.Shehadalreadybeenpremierforsixmonthsbythenfollowingtheresig-nationofEdStelmachandhersubse-quentselectionasleaderoftheAlbertaConservativesinOctober2011-enoughtimetoconsolidateapowerbase.Shecouldhavebeenaformidableadver-saryforHarper.InsteadRedfordofferedanolivebranchtoHarperimmediatelyafterbeingelectedhermessageyoutriedtotakemedownbutIforgiveyousoletsworktogether.Itwasanobleges-turebutalsoasignofweakness.Nocojoneswasthetakeofmany.Alreadythekniveswereout.RedfordwaslikeMargaretThatcherbutnotastough-theIronLadywithouttheiron.Theroadaheadwasrocky.Criticismoftheprovincialdecitwaswidespreadanddetractorssaidnotenoughwasbeingdonefortheeconomy.Cabinetputonashowofsupportandshesoldieredon.Thentheoodscamelikemannafromheaven.FirstFortMcMurrayandthensouthernAlberta.Shewasabletotogotothesitesofdevastationsurveythedamageandshowtheag.Shemetthevictimsandfelttheirpainacaringleader.Itwasperfecthersteadfastcabinetlieutenantsathersideincon-trolshowingstrengthandcompetence.Shethrewopenthetreasurydoorsanddoledoutmoney-millionsofdollars.EveryoneinAlbertathroughsilentas-sentagreedithadtobedone.Itwasapoliticiansdreamcometrue.Afterthatcriticsdistractedherfocusfelltotheexpansionoftheoilsandsin-dustryandtofacilitateitpromotionoftheKeystoneXLPipelinetoaccessTexasreneries.SheandherministersbeatapathtothehallsofpowerinAmericatoNewYorknanciersandtoWashingtontocajoletheUSpoliticians.Theoilsandsweretoutedasacleanenergysourcevoidofanynegativeim-pacttheenvironmentalmonitoringworldclass.Noharmcomestoanyonefromouroilsandsanditsreallynotthatdirtytheysaidoverandoverasifmagicianstryingtoconjureatrance.TheyevenrananadvertisementintheNewYorkTimes-atacostof30000-suggestingthepipelinewouldenhancetheUSeconomyandsobenetAmericansoldiersreturninghomefromMid-Eastwars-withtheAmericanagwavinginthebackground.Itdidntwork.Lastwinterwaslongandhardespe-ciallyforAlisonRedford.Herpopularitywaned.Moreknivescameout.Peopleconjecturedsympatheticallythatitwasbecauseshewasawomanleaderinanoldboysclubundermorescrutinyandheldtoahigherstandardthanamanwouldbe.AfterallRalphKleinandhisRobFordishwayswereneverjudged.UnlikeKleinRedforddidnotappealtograssrootsAlbertaandshelackedtheleadershipskillsandcharactertostopthebleeding.OppositionMLAshadbeencriticalofacostlyforaytoIndiaandlavishexpendi-turesattheLondonSummerOlympicsbutitwasthetriptoNelsonMandelasfunerallastDecemberthatwasfatalforRedford.Voicesofcondemnationgrewloud.Intheendshepaidbackthenearly45000fortheSouthAfricatripoutofherpersonalmoneybutitwastoolate.Redfordisanexperiencedlawyerandwell-connectedpolitician.Shewillbeneonceshegetsoverhercurrentdemise.Adecadeagoshewouldhavebeenashoe-inasasenateappointeeandwouldnothavehadtoaccountforoutlandishex-pensesthere.Todaynotsomuch.Shewillstillberewardedatsomepointtak-ingthehelmofsomeimportantagency.Conservativestakecareoftheirownevenwhentheyareprogressive.LikeStelmachRedfordwaselectedwithsolidsupportresoundinglypassedthepartyreviewlaterandthencrashedandburnedayearafterthat.Unpopu-larwiththeelectoratetheywerebothpushedoutbypressurefromwithin.Al-bertansaretiredofConservativeswholacktheanswersandhonestytheyde-mand.Reluctantaboutpoliticalchangewhentheynallydecideonititssweep-ing.UnlesstheAlbertaPCsndamir-acletheendoftheirpartyasaforceisathand.TheWildRosePartyissurginginpopularity.ItsleaderDanielleSmithwhowithinfouryearsbroughtthepartyfromascallyconservativeprotestmove-mentalmosttovictoryinthelastelec-tionwillbethenextpremierofAlbertaaftertheir2016election.AnIronLadywithouttheironStudentsshowingenuityatsciencefairMichaelMarcelandhispartnerChaseGrandjambebothinGrade5atAthabascaDeltaCommunitySchoolwontheImperialOilIngenuityAwardbycreatingahomemadeairsoftgunatthisyearssciencefair.StudentsfromGrades4-12presented44proj-ectsattheschoolssecondannualsciencefaironMar.7.TheeventwassupportedbyCenovusEnergyandImperialOilwhosentrepresentativestohelpjudgeeachproject.AlanisCourtoreilleofGrade8KeishaBourkeofGrade8andNatanisCourtoreilleofGrade9willrepresenttheschoolattheWoodBuffaloRegionalScienceFaironApr.4and5.PhotocourtesyofNorthlandSchoolDivision COLUMNLETTERSTOTHEEDITOR5TuesdayMarch252014FortSmithHayRiverForecastYellowknifeInuvikWeeklyNormsHigh-15CLow-25CWeeklyNormsHigh-5CLow-17CWeeklyNormsHigh-1CLow-15CWeeklyNormsHigh-7CLow-20CDevolutionBillC-15opensNorthuptodestructionByDAWNKOSTELNIKYoucomplainthatyourlifeistoofast.Thatthereisnotenoughtimetodoallofthethingsthatyouhavetodotoseethepeopleyouhavetosee.Ifyoutrulywanttoslowyourlifedowngetridofyourcellphoneandyourcomputerforthatmatter.Therearefewphonesin1966inFortNorman.Ourphonenumberisthreeshortringstwolongringsanyonecanpickupthephoneregardlessoftheringasthisisacom-munityline.Thetelephoneiswallmountedandbuiltoutofwoodwithactualmetalbellsandthehandsetweighsaton.Icannotsaywhatitismadeofaheavycomposite.Itisnotbuiltforlongconversa-tionsasyourwristswouldEditorOurPremierBobMcLeodhasgonetoChinaandtoldthemwehaveeightgreatriversopenforbusinessHewantstosetuppowergridstosellpowertocorporationsandminingcampswhichwillbehugecampshousing1500to2000peoplefromallovertheworld.TheDevolutionActBillC-15willgiveGNWTmil-lionsupfrontandthatiswhyhepusheditthroughandwavedthemoneyinfrontofthechiefsandsotheysignedontoo.ButdotheytrulyunderstandwhattheysignedupforThatIdleNoMoremovementwasmeanttostopBillC-45frompass-ingbutalasBillC-45passedin2012liftingtheexistingprotectiononmillionsofCanadianlakesandriversincludingtheNWT.WhywouldStephenHarperwanttolifttheselakesandriversprotectionTosetupshopfordevelopment.Corpo-rationsallovertheworldarebeinginvitedtosetupminesuseourwatersetuppipelineshydrolinesandbasicallyrapeFACEBOOKFEEDBACKSchoolsintheSahtuareshyingawayfromhost-ingclassroompresenta-tionsonthecontrover-sialhydraulicfracturingactivitycurrentlytakingplaceintheirbackyards.SahtuSchoolsclosedoorstoFracktalkJohnTseleiethisisnotgood...Idontagreewithit...LauraAubreyCensorshipNorthernJournal2014JoinusonlineLikeNorthernJournalonFacebookandgettheweeklynewsdeliveredtoyourfeedWhiteGirlVillageofWidowsPart1of3giveoutwiththeweightofthehandset.Whenyouhavesomethingtosayyouwalkoverandtalkdirectlytothatperson.Howcanyoupassinforma-tionalongwithoutseeingeachothersfacesWithouteyecontactandtheshrugofyourshouldershowcanyouexchangeyourtruefeelingsYourbodylanguageislostwithoutvisualssomeonecouldtakeyourconversationtotallyoutofcontext.Itisdif-culttohidebodylanguage.Peoplecansaywhatevertheywantwhenthereisnoeyecon-tact.Withoutstandingbesidethepersonyouaretalkingtoweareremovedfromthesituationandwebecomelessresponsibleforwhatrollsoffofourtongues.Aschildrentherewasnoth-ingthatwehadtosaythatwasimportantenoughtoen-ableustousethetelephonesowewerentallowed.Mostofourfriendsdidnothavephonesandiftheydidtheyalsowerentallowedtousethem.IfIwantedtotalktoSarahorEddieIwalkedovertoseethem.Therewerenofatkidswewalkedorrantogettoanywhere.Noonecalledortextedinthemeantimetodistractyousoyoustayoncourse.FromthetopofthehillIcanhearthemtwitteringinthedistancsoundtravelswellinthisquiettime.ThesoundsofmyfriendsplayingonFathersHillmakesthesunshinebrightertheirlaughterisadifferenttypeoftweet.PlaneshavebeenlandingbringingthekidsbackfromresidentialschoolselsewhereinthenorthandslightlysouthofFortNorman.TheyreturnfromGrollierHallinInuvikfromGrandinCollegeinFortSmithandAkaitchoHallinYellowknife.Olderbrothersandsistersreturnafterlivingawayfor10months.Theonlycommunicationhasbeenbymail.Everyoneisshytryingtoreconnect.Littlekidsgetsentouttoresidenceiftheirfamiliesaretoobigandthereisnotenoughfoodtogoaround.Theresidencekidscomehomewithfancyclothes.Theyhavet-shirtsandjeansthatlookwaydifferentthanourswehavewhatevertheHudsonBayCo.hasonitsshelvesorwhatMissionpeo-plehavesentupinboxes.Canyouimaginetheyweartheirunderweart-shirtsout-sideoftheirshirtsforalltheworldtoseeSomeofthemhavewordsonthefrontsomehavepeacesigns.Ourt-shirtsareStaneldgreyorMacken-ziemuddywhiteandwekeepthisprivatearticleofclothinghiddenunderourshirts.Theyhavebell-bottomstheoldla-diessayitsawasteofmate-rial.IcouldsewtwopairsofpantsoutofthatonewidelegSuchawastesuchawasteandgutourpreciouslandandpristinewaters.AndthegreenlightissetforApr.12014hereintheNWT.Mineswillbesetuptoex-tractmineralsandfrackingwillbeusedtoextractgas.Frack-ingusesmillionsofgallonsofwaterpumpedundergroundtoextractgasandthiswatercanneverbeusedagain.OurwaterwillbelostforeversoldforcorporateprotHarperandMcLeodwillallowde-velopmentupanddowntheMackenzieValley.TheMackenzieValleyasweknowitwillbelostfor-evertheNorthwillneverbethesameitwillbepolluteditwillbedamagedbeyondrepairwildlifewilldiesowillplantlifewewillnevereatshormooseagain.Therewillonlybebiggapingholestheywilldigtakeandthenleave.TheydontcareforusAboriginals.ThatwaswhytheQueensignedtreatieswithprovi-sionswritteninit.Ourtrea-tiesweredesignedtoprotectus.Theyarebindingandvalidnation-to-nationinternationalagreementsupheldbySupremeCourtandrecognizedinourConstitutionalAct.AccordingtoNationalChiefBillErasmasthereisawaytostopthisDevolutionBillC-15andthatisthroughtheorigi-naltreatyrightsgiventoAb-originalpeoplesignedwiththeQueenandnotOttawa.TheycouldtrytooverruletheserightsbyforcingthisActontousbuttheywouldbebreakingtreatiesandbeagainstthelaw.ErasmaswroteandrequestedtheQueenshelpinthismatterandshewrotebackandtoldhimtotalktotheGovernorGeneralasheisthelaststeptopassthislaw.HarperneedsthelaststampofapprovalfromtheGovernorGeneraltopassthisDevolu-tionActwiththedamagingBillC-15attachedintolaw.TheGovernorGeneralneedstobetoldbyallofusthatwesayNOthatboththeCon-servativeGovernmentandtheTerritorialGovernmentactedinBadFaithwhentheytoldusthattheyweregiv-ingusthecovetedDevolutionActbutdidnottellthechiefsthattheywerealsosigningtotheBillC-15whichgivestheprimeministercompletecontroloverourlandswaterandresourcesthroughtheSuperBoardBillC-15willdoawaywiththesafeguardssetuptopro-tecttheenvironmentfromdevastatingdamageshouldminingandfrackingcompa-niesbeallowedtodobusinesswithnoregardforourlandandwater.BillC-15willdis-solvetheMackenzieValleyResourceManagementActwhichwassetuptosatisfythelandclaimsandtreatyrightsinregardstolandandwater.InsteadHarperissayingtheyarenotneededanymoreitwillbereplacedwithamoreef-cientandlesstimeconsum-ingSuperBoard.TheonlythingthatmadethefourregionalboardssotimeconsumingwasOttawasfootdraggingonitsapprovalbecausenodevelopmentsre-questedwererefused.Theywereallowedtodevelopwithsafeguardsinplacetopro-tecttheenvironmenttoberesponsiblecorporationsasanyvisitorswouldexpectinsomeoneelseshome.HarperwiththisBillC-15isensuringthathehastheultimatepowertomaketheultimatedecisionsoneveryprojectthatappliestotheSuperBoardbyindicatingTheCommissionermustactinaccord-ancewithanywrit-teninstructionsgiventohimorherbytheGovernorinCouncilortheMinister.SoitdoesntmatterwhositsontheboardbeitvemembersfromAb-originalgroupsandsixfederalappointeestheymustactontheministersinstructionmeaningStephenHarperSodowere-allyhavetruedevolutionwiththisBillC-15WeweretoldbyMcLeodthatwehadtotakeitorleaveitbuthelaterhadtoretractthatstatementunderscrutinywhichtoldhimthatifAboriginalpeoplecanprovethatthisBillC-15breaksourTreatyandlandclaimsthenhemustgobackandamendthisAct.Ourtreatystatesthatanyonedoingbusinessornegotiatingwithusinregardstoourlandwaterandresourcesmustne-gotiateinGoodFaith.Neithergovernmenthasnegotiatedingoodfaithbothhavebrokenourtrustandourtreaties.TheDevolutionActitselfissome-thingthatweasaterritoryhavelongawaitedforthepowertomanageourownlandswaterandresources.Wewouldliketonallyget50percentoftheprotsfromcompaniesthatdogoodbusinessinourarea.Thisisgoodifitwasatruedevolutionact.Butalasthewoolisbeingpulledoveroureyesonceagain.ThisDevolu-tionActdoesnotstandalonetherearestringsattachedtoititonlylookslikewehavethepowerbutwedontonceagainwehavebeenliedtoandtheDevolutionActwillmerelybeanotheractofIndian-givingasbefore.WehavegoodgroundstoappealtotheGovernorGen-eralDavidJohnstonatRideauHall1SussexDriveOttawaOntarioK1A0A1orphone1800465-6890orfax1613-998-8760andtellhimyoudontwantthisdealNotthewayitstandsIbegyoutotake10minuteseverydaytophonesendemailsandfaxesofyouroppositiontothisDevolutionActBillC-15GodsavetheQueenGodsaveourChiefsGodSaveourLandShirleyBonnetrouge 6TuesdayMarch25201414034CF114034CF1FindoutmoreabouthowEconomicActionPlan2014canhelpyouatActionPlan.gc.caECONOMICACTIONPLAN2014worksbycontrollingspendingandputtingCanadaontheroadtobalancedbudgetsin2015.Balancingthebudgetprotectsoureconomyandkeepsitstrong.EconomicActionPlan2014includesproposedinvestmentsinthingsthatmattertoCanadianslikeEnhancedbroadbandinternetserviceforruralandNorthernCanadiansAnewSearchandRescueVolunteersTaxCreditTheNewHorizonsforSeniorsProgramNewmeasurestosupportapprenticesinthetradesImprovedandexpandedsnowmobileandrecreationaltrailsacrossthecountryEnhancedfundingforNutritionNorthCanadatohelpimproveaccesstohealthyfoodsinisolatedNortherncommunitiesSubjecttoParliamentaryapprovalCREATINGJOBSANDOPPORTUNITIESFirstNWT-bornpremierofAlbertaPremierAlisonRedfords12year-olddaughterSarahlooksonashermotherspeakstonewly-choseninterimAlbertaPremierDaveHancockonthePremiersofcebal-conyatthelegislaturebuildingThursdayMar.20.Redfordresignedlastweekfollow-ingspendingcontroversy.PreviouslytheeducationministerHancockoriginallyfromFortResolutionNWTwassworninasthe15thpremierofAlbertaonSunday.HeistherstpremiersinceAlbertaofciallybecameaprovincetobefromtheNorthwestTerritories.HancockwhosefatherwasaHudsonsBayfurtraderspentmuchofhisyouthinnorthernAlbertainFortVermillionandLaCretebeforemovingtoEdmontonforpostsecondaryeducation.SahtustudentsattendedindustryfrackingmeetingByMEAGANWOHLBERGContrarytorecentmessag-ingfromthedepartmentofEducationthatstudentsintheSahtuarenotbeingexposedtooutsidepresentationsonhydraulicfracturingduringschoolhoursreportsemergedlastweekthattheentirehighschoolofTulitaleftclasstoattendanindustry-sponsoredmeetinglastfall.ThetopicofwhatkindofinformationonfrackingisbeingsharedinSahtuschoolsrecentlybecameanissuewhenFirstNationleadersfromFortNelsonweredeniedtheabilitytogivepresentationsontheirexperienceswithfrackingduringschoolhours.Accordingtoemployeeswiththelocalresourcecoun-cilhighschoolstudentsinTulitatooktheentireafter-noonoffofclassinNovembertoattendpresentationsinthecommunityputonbyoilandgascompanyConocoPhillipsandthedepartmentofIndus-tryTourismandInvestment.ThespeakingtourwhichvisitedfourofveSahtucom-munitieswassponsoredbytheoilandgascompanycur-rentlybehindtheNWTsrstandonlyfrackingoperationinresponsetocommunityrequestsformoreinforma-tiononfrackingfrominde-pendentthird-partysources.TheIndianResourcesCouncilanetworkofsouth-ernFirstNationseconomi-callyengagedintheoilandgasindustrywashiredtodothespeaking.TheNationalEnergyBoardSahtuLandandWaterBoardandHuskyEnergywerealsopresentforthemeetings.Atthetimethepresen-tationswerecriticizedbyWeledehMLABobBrom-leywhoquestionedwhathesawasone-sidedinfor-mationbeingpresentedinthecommunitiesfollow-ingwhathesaidwasabi-asedtouroftheBakkenshaleplayinNorthDakotaearlierthatfall.TheIndianResourceCouncilisagroupthatrepresentsoil-producingFirstNations.ItisnotlikelythatwewillgetabalancedviewfromthemBromleysaidatthetime.NormanWellsresidentandcontractorRickMuyresaparticipantinthesessionstoldTheJournalatthetimethatwhileinformativethepresentationswereanobvi-ousinfomercialfortheoilandgasindustry.Muyressaidhewouldratherhavereceivedinfor-mationfrompeopleintheFortNelsonareaofBCthesiteofanongoingshalegasboomandmuchmoresimi-larintermsoflandscapeandFirstNationpolitics.LastmonthleadersfromtheFortNelsonFirstNa-tionwerebroughttotheSahtubythelocalRenew-ableResourcesBoardtodoaspeakingtourofthere-gionwheretheyheldpre-sentationsinNormanWellsTulitaandFortGoodHopetosharetheirexperiences-bothpositiveandnegative-ofdealingwithfrackingontheirterritory.Thoughorganizersat-temptedtoengagetheschoolstheyweretoldtheFortNelsonspeakerswouldnotbeallowedinduringin-structionalhours.InresponsetoqueriesbyTheJournalassistantdeputyministerofEduca-tionRitaMuellersaidtheschooldivisiondecidedtokeepthepresentationsoutsideofschoolhoursinfavourofregularcurricu-lumandinordertoensureabalancedperspectivewastakenontheissue.ShesaidnopresentationsonfrackingeitherfororagainsthadtakenplaceinSahtuschoolsduringinstruc-tionalhourstodate.WhileMuellersaidnodateortimehadbeenscheduledforapresentationatNormanWellssourcestoldTheJour-nalthatapresentationhadbeensetbutthencancelledbasedonanorderfromabove.Thedepartmentdeclinedfurthercommentlastweek.BromleytoldTheJournallastweekthatitwasunfortu-natebutnotsurprisingthatstudentsintheSahtuwerenotgivenequalopportunitytohearfromFirstNationsdirectlyexperiencingtheim-pactsoffracking.Itscertainlyupsettingpar-ticularlygiventheprecedenceoftheministerhavingtheschoolsadjournedsothattheycouldat-tendtheirdogandponyshowhesaid.Herewasanoppor-tunitytospeaktosomeoneinaneighbouringjurisdiction-reallytheirpeers-thathaveextensiveexperiencewiththissoitsverydisappointing.Theschoolsandteachersandthepartofthepublicthattheyrepresentshouldbeinvolvedinthoseregionaldiscussionsobviously.Highschoolstudentsandthegeneralpublicattendanindustry-sponsoredinformationalsessiononhydraulicfracturinginTulitalastfallduringschoolhours.StudentsweredeniedsimilartimewithFirstNationleadersfromBClastmonth.PhotoJeanPolfusPoliticsEnergy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IndustryOilGas7TuesdayMarch25201414034CF1Renseignez-vousdavantagesurlafaondontlePlandactionconomiquede2014peutvousaiderenvisitantlesiteplandaction.gc.caLePLANDACTIONCONOMIQUEDE2014donnedesrsultatsencontrlantlesdpensesetenplaantleCanadasurlavoiedelquilibrebudgtaireen2015.Latteintedelquilibrebudgtaireprotgenotreconomieetcontribuelamaintenirvigoureuse.LePlandactionconomiquede2014prvoitdesinvestissementsdansdesdomainesimportantspourlesCanadiennesetlesCanadiensnotammentunaccsamliorauserviceInternetlargebandeoffertdanslescollectivitsruralesetduNordunnouveaucrditdimptpourvolontairesparticipantdesactivitsderechercheetdesauvetageleprogrammeNouveauxHorizonspourlesansdenouvellesmesurespoursoutenirlesapprentisdanslesmtiersunaccsamlioretlargiauxsentierspourmotoneigesetauxsentiersrcratifsdanslensembledupaysunnancementaccruautitreduprogrammeNutritionNordCanadapouramliorerlaccsdesalimentssainsdanslescollectivitsloignesduNord.SousrservedelapprobationduParlementCRERDESEMPLOISETDESOPPORTUNITSConocoPhillipscouldfrack10morewellsinSahtuByMEAGANWOHLBERGConocoPhillipswillbeap-plyingtodrillupto10morewellsintheSahtuoverthenextveyearsbutsaidtheapplicationdoesntguaranteetheoilandgascompanywillbemovingforwardwithmorefrackingintheregion.CompanyspokespersonLaurenStewarttoldTheJournalthatConocoPhillipsexpectstocompleteitsappli-cationformoredrillinginthenextmonthbutregulatoryap-provalandresultsfromtherststageofexploratorydrillingwhichwrappedupthismonthwilldeterminewhetherornottheygoforward.Shesaidthecompanymaychoosetopauseforafewyearsproceedorevenstopexplora-tionregardlessofwhetherre-sultsarefavourableunfavour-ableorunclear.Factorsconsideredinmak-ingadecisiontomoveforwardincluderesourcecomplexitytechnicalsuccessregulatoryapprovalscommercialityin-ternalportfoliomanagementlocalsupportandmarketcon-ditionsshesaid.EAcouldbefactorIftheapplicationisreferredtoenvironmentalassessmentasisbeingrequestedbyhun-dredsofconcernedresidentsStewartsaidthecompanywouldmakeadecisionatthattimewhetherornottopro-ceedwithmoreexploration.Conocoswinterdrillingprogrambypassedtheassess-mentprocesslastsummerafterMGMEnergywithdrewitsapplicationtodofrackingintheSahtuin2012whenitwassenttoenvironmentalassess-mentcitingtoomanycosts.Itsimportanttonotethatweunderstandthatthereareconcernsaroundthepotentialenvironmentalimpactsofhy-draulicfracturingandthatswhywesubmittedarobustapplicationtotheSahtuLandandWaterBoardin2013com-pletewithextensivecumulativeeffectsresearchandenviron-mentaldata.Muchofthisre-searchwouldactuallybepartofanyenvironmentalassess-mentStewartsaid.NotechnicalproblemswithwellsTherecentwinterdrillingprogrammarkedthersttimeConocoPhillipsandanycompanyintheNWThasdrilledhorizontallyusinghy-draulicfracturingorfrackingintheterritory.Previouslythecompanyhaddrilledtwover-ticalwellsinthearea.Thoughthecompanyisre-fusingtogivedetailsofwellproductivityfortwoyearsStewartsaidallfourwellsdrilledverywellwithnotechnicalissues.Whatwasfoundwasthatwellborestabilityisverygoodshesaidmeaningtheholemaintainsitssizeandcylindricalshape.Stewartcouldnotdisclosespeciccostsoftheexplor-atoryprogrambutsaidthecompanyhadexceededitsve-yearworkcommitmentof66.7millionwhichincludesseismicanddrillingwork.Thewinterdrillingprojecthiredatotalof106localem-ployeesthemajorityfromTulitaandtheSahtuwithanother41percentcomingfromelsewhereintheNorth.Tulitacontractorsreceived91percentofthetotalcontractsawardedforatotalof17mil-lionindirectlocalspending.SafetyimprovementsunderwayThoughthewellsweretech-nicallysoundseveralsafetyincidentsaroseatthedrillingsitebetweenJanuarytoMarch.Freshwaterspillswastewatertruckaccidentsandaworkerin-jurywereclosecallsthatcouldhaveresultedinmoreseriousissuesforthecompanywhichStewartsayshastakenthein-cidentsextremelyseriously.Theincidentsthathap-penedduringourprojectthatresultedintheoneinjuryordamagetopropertywerefullyinvestigatedshesaid.AnylearningsthatwerefoundwillbeusedtoenhanceourSafetyManagementSystemgoingfor-wardintofutureprojectyears.Additionallythecompanyhiredfull-timesafetyadvisorstobeonsiteandworkcloselywithsupervisorsandworkersasconcernsarise.Asafetybul-letinwascreatedforthetruckdriverswhoarerequiredtoreadandsignthedocumentshowingtheyunderstandallsafetyprecautionsofdrivingonthewinterroad.Ourworkisneversoimpor-tantthatwecanttakethetimetodoitsafelyandinamannerthatprotectspeopleandtheenvironmentStewartsaid.WeunderstandthatthereareconcernsaroundthepotentialenvironmentalimpactsofhydraulicfracturingandthatswhywesubmittedarobustapplicationtotheSahtuLandandWaterBoardin2013.LaurenStewartConocoPhillipsMGMEnergydrillsnearTulita.Thecompanypulleditshorizontaldrillingapplicationafteritwassenttoenvironmentalassessment.ConocoPhillipssaidithasyettodecideifitwilldofurtherexplorationifdirectedtotheassessmentstage.PhotoJeanPolfusGwichinelderwinsIndspireGwichinelderCharlieSnowshoeofFortMcPhersonisawardedanIndspireAwardinWinni-pegonFridayalongsideGNWTMinisterGlenAbernethyleftandArielleMeloul-WechslervicepresidentofHumanResourcesAirCanada.TheawardrecognizesSnowshoeslifetimeofcommitmenttotheenvironment.SnowshoehasbeenamemberoftheGwichinRenew-ableResourceBoardandGwichinLandandWaterBoardsince2011andservedasvicechairoftheGwichinLandUsePlanningBoardandamemberoftheMackenzieValleyEnvironmentalImpactReviewBoard.HewasinvolvedinthenegotiationsofthePorcupineCaribouManagementAgreementandtheoriginalDene-MetislandclaimandhasreceivednumerousawardsforhisworktoprotecttheNorthernenvironment.TheIndspireAwardsformerlyknownastheNationalAboriginalAchievementAwardspromotethedevelopmenteducationandprofessionaladvancementofAboriginalpeopleinCanada.PhotoRobertLowdon EnvironmentOilsands8TuesdayMarch252014RobertAlexieSr.GwichinRobertAlexieSr.wasbornonJune21934intheMackenzieDeltaandlivesinFortMcPherson.RobertsparentsareAbrahamandBellaAlexie.RobertisuentinourGwichinlanguageandlivedonthelandafterheleftresidentialschoolatanearlyage.Robertoftentakesschoolchildrenoutonthelandsotheycanlearnthetraditionalskillsneededtoliveofftheland.TodayRobertisawardeninthelocalAnglicanChurch.NORTHERNVOICESIntheNorthwestTerritoriesournorthernvoicesareimportant.ThroughoutourvastterritorynineofcialAboriginallanguagesarespokenwithpride.Tocelebratethisdiversityregionallanguagecommunitiesnominatedindividualscommittedtocultivatingournorthernvoices.ThesechampionsareleadersinourAboriginallanguagescommunityandwethankthemfortheireffortsandcontributionstothesurvivalofourlanguages.ByJEAN-PHILIPPEMARQUISResidentsforcedfromtheirhomesinthePeaceRiverareamustwaitweeksfortheverdictofthecourtcaseinwhichtheyaredemand-ingBaytexEnergystopitsEvictedfamilieswaitforoilsandscourtdecisionoilsandsoperationsandre-duceitsfumeemissions.AtthetriallastWednesdaythejudgesaidhewillstudytheevidenceandargumentspresentedbybothpartiesandshouldrenderadecisionwithinveorsixweeks.Togetherwithland-rightslawyerKeithWilsoncousinsBrianandAlainLabrecqueandagroupoffamiliesdemandedaninjunctiontotheBaytexbi-tumenextractionintheRenoarealastNovemberwhichtheyallegehascausedhealthproblemstotheirfamiliesandforcedthemtoeetheirhomes.Residentsblamebitumenemissionsfortheirdizzinesslossofbalancenauseahead-achesnosebleedsmemorylossexhaustionandotherssymptoms.WilsonarguedbeforethejudgethatbitumenfumesareresponsibleforthehealthissuessincetheLabrecquesliveinanareathathasahighconcentra-tionofwellswithnootherin-dustriesaround.HestressedthattheLabrecquesarenotopposedtotheoilindustryatrstwel-comingtheextractingcom-paniesuntil2011whentheystartedtofeeltheallegedim-pactsoftheemissionsandwereforcedtoleavethearea.ThelegalcounselforBaytexrespondedthatthefamilieshavestartedtheirliveselsewhereandhavenointentiontoreturntotheirlandeveniftheemissionsarestoppedwhichunderminestheneedforaninjunctionandemergencyresponse.AlainLabrecquesaidhendstheargumentinsulting.Hesaidhispropertyisnotonlyapieceoflandwithamarketvaluebutahomethathasafamilialandhistoricvalue.ItismyfarmIgrewupthere.Istillhaveahouse.Iboughtthelandandworkedhardformyboyandmydaugh-tertogivethemthechancetofarmiftheywantandthatsimportanttome.Mychildrenmightwanttogobackiftheseissuesaredealtwithproperly.Baytexlawyerssaidthereisnoobjectiveevidencethatthefumesareresponsiblefortheharm.Theyaddedthatahalttotheiroperationwouldmeanalossinroyaltiesjobcutsandthatoverallthebalanceofin-conveniencedoesnotfavourtheinjunction.WilsonrespondedthattheRenoeldconsistsofonly3percentoftotalBaytexrevenue.EmissionsescapingfromtanksBitumeninthePeaceRiverarealiesinreservoirs600metresundergroundandiseitherextractedwithpump-jacksbyinjectingsteamtoliquifythebitumenorbycoldheavyoilproductionwithsandCHOPS.ThroughCHOPSthickbitumenisextractedbythesameprincipleofagrainel-evatorusinganaugerandonceatthesurfacemustbeheatedto70to80degreesinRegulationsaretheproblemWilsonBaytexlawyerssaidthecompanyoperateswithinthelawbutWilsonsaidpresentregulationsaretheproblem.HesaidemissionrestrictionswereinitiallydesignedforthemassiveSyncrudetanksinFortMcMurray.ThesePeaceRiverareatanksjustfallunderthethresh-oldbutwhenyouthrow86ofthemaroundsomeoneshousethecumulativeeffectsofthatemissionishugehesaid.PhotosJean-PhilippeMarquisWellsandheatedbitumentanksonaCHOPSbitumenproductionsiteownedbyShellintheThreeCreeksareaaroundPeaceRiver.Land-rightslawyerKeithWilsondebriefsAlainandBrianLabrecqueoutsidethecourthouseafterthetrialagainstBaytexlastWednesday.1000-barrelcapacitytankstoallowthesandtosinkdown.Thebitumenisthentransferredbytrucktothemainplantforfurtherrenement.Bitumentanksequippedwithtoprecoverysystemscapturemostoftheemissionsproducedduringtheheatingprocess.NoteverytankpurchasedbyBay-texin2011wasequippedwiththissystem.InapreparedstatementaboutthecourtcaseBaytexsdirectorofstakeholderrelationsAndrewLoosleysaidtheyhaveunder-goneoperationalimprovementbutwanttodomore.Wearecommittedtotakingstepsinreducingemissionsinallourareasofoperation.Wecontinuetopressforwardwithourplanstoaddressthecon-cernoftheresidentshesaid.Howeverarealandownersobjectionsroadblocksandcontinuedobjectionstoourregulatoryapplicationshavepreventedusfrommakingtheexactimprovementthattheselandownershavebeenaskingfor.TheregulatorynetdoesntcatchwhatBaytexisdoingtheyarefallingintothosegapsandtheyaremakinghugeprof-itsdoingit.WilsonsaidBaytexcanmakethedecisiontostoptheemis-sionsrightnowbuthascho-sentoputprotsoverpeople.Theirownnumbersspeaktoit.Theyclaimontheirownwebsitethattheymakeovera220percentreturnontheRenoeldwherethecompetitorsaremakinga100percentreturn.ThoseareincrediblenumbersbuttheonlywaythatcanbehappeningisifBaytexhasfoundawaytosignicantlycutcostswhichisbynotputtinginpollutioncontrolequipment.Wilsonsaidthecourtcasewouldsetaprecedentforsimi-larcasesinthefuture.Thiscourtcasewillsendthemessagethatifoilcompa-niesarenotrespectfuloftheirneighboursandcausetheneigh-boursharmtheresgoingtobeseriouslegalconsequencesandrightnowitsnotclearthatitsthelawinAlbertahesaid.TheregulatorynetdoesntcatchwhatBay-texisdoingtheyarefallingintothosegapsandtheyaremakinghugeprotsdoingit.KeithWilsonLand-rightslawyer FinanceministerresignationleavesNWThangingHayRiverbattleoverschoolswapunitescommunityMinisterdisappointedinunanimousrejectionbyschoolboardsEducationSchoolsPoliticsFinance9TuesdayMarch252014MaryQappaaqOkheenaInuinnaqtunMaryQappaqOkheenawasbornatKingsBayUlukhaktok.HerparentsareJimmyMemoranaandNoraHayulak.HerrstspokenlanguagewasInuinnaqtunasEnglishwasnotspokeninherparentshomeatthattime.Maryneverforgotherlanguageevenwhenshewenttoresidentialschool.ShesaysthelanguageissobeautifuleverythinghasmoremeaningwhenitsspokeninInuinnaqtun.MaryQappaaqOkheenainuuhimayuqKingsBaymiUlukhaktuungmi.AappaJimmyMemoranaAmaanaNoraHayulak.Inuinnaqtunuqauhiqatukqablunaatunuqayuitun.Qappaaquqauhinnipuiguyuitaaillihagaliahuniresidentialillihaqviani.InuinnaquqauhiqallianaqtukuqalligangnunInuinnaqtunuqauhiqhakugiktuk.NORTHERNVOICESIntheNorthwestTerritoriesournorthernvoicesareimportant.ThroughoutourvastterritorynineofcialAboriginallanguagesarespokenwithpride.Tocelebratethisdiversityregionallanguagecommunitiesnominatedindividualscommittedtocultivatingournorthernvoices.ThesechampionsareleadersinourAboriginallanguagescommunityandwethankthemfortheireffortsandcontributionstothesurvivalofourlanguages.ByMARIACHURCHAunanimousdecisionbyHayRiversFrenchandEng-lishschoolboardstorefusetheGNWTsproposedschoolswaphasunitedthecommu-nityagainstthegovernmentaccordingtothepresidentoftheCommissionscolairefrancophoneCSF.SuzetteMontreuiltoldTheJournallastweekthatHayRiversghtwiththeGNWThasfosteredcom-municationandcoopera-tionbetweenthetwoschoolboardsandincreasedthelevelofsolidarityintermsoftheneedformoreinfra-structureforourboardandcoleBoraleinHayRiverandthatsagoodthing.TheGNWTproposalwhichwouldseecoleBoralestudentsusespe-cialtyclassroomsandthegymnasiumattheEnglishHarryCamsellschoolwasmadeearlierthisyearinresponsetoacourtorderin2012toprovideFrenchschoolsinHayRiverandYellowknifewithequalservices.ByMEAGANWOHLBERGNWTFinanceMinisterMichaelMiltenbergerhadexpectedaresponsefromCanadaonhisrequestforaraiseddebtceilingof1bil-lionbynextmonth.ThatwasuntillastTuesdaywhenfederalFinanceMin-isterJimFlahertysteppeddownaftereightyearsintheposition.NowMiltenbergerwon-derswhatwillhappenwiththeterritorysrequestforanincreasedfederalborrowinglimit-aprizeonwhichhangseveralmassivelegacyin-frastructureprojectsfromhighwaystohydrotransmis-sionlines.WhilewewishhimwellwehadntconcludedthispieceofunnishedbusinessthatnowisgoingtohavetowaitforthenewministerMiltenbergersharedwithTheJournalfollowingTuesdaysannouncement.Thefinishlinewasinsight.Wewereprettywellatthenishlineweweregoingtogetitdone.Nowwejusthavetoworkthroughanewminister...Thesethingshappeninpoliticsandnowwehavetoadjust.FormerNaturalResourcesMinisterJoeOliverwasappointedthenewheadofFi-nanceonWednesdayduringaprivateceremonymarkingthesmallcabinetshufethathasseenGregRickfordtakeOliversoldportfolioandMPEdHolderstepintocabinetasministerofSciencetore-placeRickford.Miltenbergersaidcon-versationswillhavetobere-startedwithOliveralongwiththenewpoliticalstaffhewillbebringingwithhimtotheposition.Hesgoingtobeaverybusymaninthenextfewdaysbutweregoingtobefollowingupveryquicklyherewithhisofcetogetinlinetohaveapersonaldis-cussionjusttotalkabouttheissueshesaid.Weretry-ingtokeepasactiveonthisaspossible.HesaidhelooksforwardtobuildingarelationshipwithOliveroverthecomingweeksandmonthsandisoptimisticmovingforward.HesaveryapproachablefellowandhardworkingguyandImlookingforwardtothesamekindofqualityre-lationshipthatIhadwithMinisterFlaherty.MiltenbergersaidFlahertyhadbeensupportiveofanin-creasedborrowinglimitandthatthefederalgovernmentunderstandsaraiseddebtceilingisabsolutelycriti-caltotheGNWTsabilitytogrowandmakeinfrastruc-tureinvestments.CurrentlytheborrowinglimitfortheGNWTiscappedat800millionandterritoriallegislationrequiresatleasthalfthecostofinfrastruc-tureprojectstobepaidforoutoftheterritorysoper-atingsurpluswhichlimitshowmuchthegovernmentcanspend.Miltenbergerhopesthefederalbureaucracywillre-maininfavourofkeepingtherequestapriorityduringtheministerialtransitionthoughhedoesexpectdelays.Itsgoingtobeabiglearn-ingcurve.Mr.Flahertysbeenaxture-oneofthelongestservingnanceministersinthecountryever-sohesgotahugeamountofcorporateknowledge.HissuccessorsgoingtohavetocomeinandtrytopickuptheoperationwithallitscomplexityatadeadrunMiltenbergersaid.Sowewillworkwiththemandseehowfastwecangetthisdone.Thisisabigissueforussoweregoingtobeonitassoonaswecan.TheGNWTisarguingastudentswapwouldbeben-ecialtobothschoolsinHayRiverwheretheEnglishschoolhasbeenfacingde-cliningstudentenrollment.IamdisappointedthatwewereunabletocometoanagreementinHayRiverJack-sonLaffertyministerofEduca-tionCultureandEmploymentsaidinastatementlastweek.Wefelttheschoolswapapproachwouldmeettheneedsofallpartiesmakebetteruseofexistingschoolsandavoidhavingtospendanestimated13milliononnewinfrastructurewhenuti-lizationratesandenrolmentshavebeendecliningoverthelast10years.InapublicmeetingtheweekbeforeHayRiverres-identsexpressedunanimousoutrageattheGNWTspro-posedschoolswap.BothCFSandtheHayRiverEducationAuthoritychosetorefusetheproposalafterhearingcon-cernsatthemeeting.Theparentsthoughtitwouldcreatealotoftensioninthecommunityandintheirperspectivewouldsimplytransfertheproblemofinade-quatefacilitiesfromoneboardtotheotherMontreuilsaid.Ifyouaregoingtoleadyoucantleadinadirectionyourpeoplereallydonotwanttogo.Thatswhyitwasim-portantforustohearfromtheparentsandtotaketheirperspectiveintoconsider-ationshesaid.Montreuilsaidtheboardslegalfeeshavealreadyamountedtomorethan1mil-lionwhichismoneythatcouldbegoingdirectlytostudentsatcoleBoraletoprovidethemwithanupdatedgymnasiumandspecialtyclassrooms.Thatswhereourmajorconcernrestsisitsmoneythatcouldhavebeenspenttowardsgivingbetterser-vicestotheyouthsothatsaregretshesaid.MontreuilsaidthecourtcasewilldeneFrenchlan-guagerightsintheNWT.SimilarbattlesarebeingwagedacrossthecountryincludinginYukonwheretheFrenchschoolboardrecentlyannounceditwouldbetak-ingitscasetotheSupremeCourtofCanada.Itsnotanewphenome-nonshesaid.ItallcomesoutofArticle23andArticle24oftheConstitutionthattalksabouttherighttoFrenchrstlanguageeducation.TheGNWThaschosentoappealthe2012courtorderandwasheardbyajudgeMonday.Lawyersareex-pectedtomakeastatementinthefollowingdays.PhotocourtesyofSuzetteMontreuilTheparentsthoughtitwouldcreatealotoftensioninthecommunityandintheirperspectivewouldsimplytransfertheproblemofinadequatefacilitiesfromoneboardtotheother.SuzetteMontreuilCommissionscolairefrancophoneSuzetteMontreuilsaysHayRiversFrenchandEnglishschoolboardshaveunitedintheirghtagainsttheGNWT. 10TuesdayMarch252014SarahAndersonInuvialuktunSarahAndersonneeNasogaluakwasbornonBaillieIslandandlivedmostofherlifeinTuktoyaktukNWT.SarahsrstlanguageisInuvialuktunandsheisoneofafewwhocanspeakreadandwriteuentlyinherlanguage.SarahhasbeenworkingastheInuvialuktunlanguageteacheratMangilalukSchoolforthepast25years.Shewasalsoaclassroomassistantforveyearsprior.SarahisavaluableresourcewhocontinuestoshareandpromoteInuvialuktuntoothersinthecommunity.SarahAndersonneeNasogaluakaniyuaqBaillieIslandmimikilingaqmiTuktuuyaqtuumuktuaqsuligangmainuuyuqTuktuuyaqtuumi.SarahimsivuliquqausiaInuvialuktunuqaqpaktuqInuvialuktuntaigaquniluaklakunilutamaitasapingitgait.SarahsavaktuaqInuvialuktunilisautdjiupluniMangilalukSchoolmiukiuni25miksulisavaktuaqtalimaniukiuniilisautdjiniikayuqtaupluni.SarahimikayuqpagaitinuituqausinikuqaqatigiplugitlumumiktiqlugitluuqausitInuuniaqvikmikni.NORTHERNVOICESIntheNorthwestTerritoriesournorthernvoicesareimportant.ThroughoutourvastterritorynineofcialAboriginallanguagesarespokenwithpride.Tocelebratethisdiversityregionallanguagecommunitiesnominatedindividualscommittedtocultivatingournorthernvoices.ThesechampionsareleadersinourAboriginallanguagescommunityandwethankthemfortheireffortsandcontributionstothesurvivalofourlanguages.ByMEAGANWOHLBERGTrainedsafetysupervisorswillbehiredthissummertowatchovertheterritorialparkwhereayoungboydrownedlastyearinYellowknifeaccord-ingtotheresponsibleminister.IndustryTourismandInvest-mentMinisterDavidRamsaytoldTheJournallastweekthattherewillbeeyesandearsonthebeachatFredHenneparkonLongLakethissummerregardlessofwhetherthosearefully-edgedlifeguardsorwaterfrontattendantstrainedinrstaidandshallowwaterrescue.Ivemadeacommitmenttogetsomesupervisiononthatbeachthissummerbutwhatformorshapethattakesremainstobeseenhesaid.ThedepartmentiscurrentlyputtingtogetherarequestforproposalsRFPthatwillgaugewhatkindsofservicesareouttheretohireforthebeachpatrolfromlifeguardservices-eitherfull-timeorweekendholidays-towaterfrontattendants.Weregoingtogotothemarketplaceandseewhatwecomeupwithandseeiftheresanycompaniesouttherewhowouldbewillingtoprovidethatkindofserviceatthebeachhesaid.ThemovefollowsareportFredHennebeachwillgetsupervisionministerfromtheLifesavingSocietyofAlbertaandtheNWTwhichdidanauditofthebeachsafetyafter7year-oldLoduneShelleydrownedattheunsupervisedlakelastsummer.ThereportrecommendsincreasingthesafetylevelofthebeachfromaLevel2toaLevel7.EmployinglifeguardsupervisionwouldbringtheratinguptoaLevel8butonlyafterallothersafetymeasuresareimplementedfirstincludingimprovedsignageandtheuseofthenewlifejacketloanerstation.IncreasedsupervisiononthebeachwillnotonlyhelpincreasetheprotectionofswimmersinthewaterbutcouldalsoimprovethesafetyofthebeachasawholeRam-saysaid.Evenwithwaterfrontat-tendantstheycouldcertainlybewatchfulforchildrenwhoareleftunattendedpeopleonthebeachwithalcoholordrugs.Theycouldreallyhelpensurethesafetyofthatbeachhesaid.Theydontnecessarilyneedtobelifeguards.Wearegoingtodoourbesttondlifeguardsbutattheendofthedaywewanttoensurethatbeachissafeandthatpeoplecanusethebeach.Oneissuethatcouldarisewithemployingcertifiedlifeguardsisalimitonhowmanypeoplewillbeallowedonthebeachatonce.Accordingtonationalstandardsandguidelinesalifeguardcanonlysuper-viseupto40peopleatonetimeandofcourseonabusysummerafternoonyoucouldhave7-800peopleonthatbeachsowewouldhavetobeturningpeopleawayRamsaysaid.Theresalotofthingswehavetograpplewithwhenmakingadecisiononwhattypeofsupervisionweregoingtohaveonthebeach.WhileRamsaysaidtheissueisnotaboutmoneytherearesignificantcostdifferencesamongsuper-visoryoptions.Employinglifeguardswouldlikelycostaround230000hesaidwhereaswaterfrontatten-dantswouldcostaround70000.HesaidtheRFPwilllikelybeoutinthenextcoupleofweeks.TheonethingIdowanttomakeclearistherewillbesupervisionofsomekindonthatbeachthissummerhesaid.ThatsacommitmentIvemadeandoneImgoingtokeep.PhotocourtesyofLifesavingSocietyHealthWellnessSafetyAKLAVIKBEHCHOKOCOLVILLELAKEDELINEEAGLEPLAINSEKATIDIAMONDMINESENTERPRISEFORTGOODHOPEFORTLIARDFORTMCPHERSONFORTPROVIDENCEFORTRESOLUTIONFORTSIMPSONFORTSMITHGAMETIHAYRIVERINUVIKJEANMARIERIVERKAKISALUTSELKENAHANNIBUTTENORMANWELLS2011NationalAwardWinner2011BestAll-RoundinCanada2012TopThreeOverallinCanada2012BestEnvironmentalWriting2011CCNACANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2011CMCAAUDITEDYourSourceforNorthernNewsFindtheJournalinthesecommunitiesthroughouttheNorthPAULATUKSACHSHARBOURTROUTLAKETSIIGEHTCHICTUKTOYAKTUKTULITAULUKHAKTOKWEKWEETIWHATIWRIGLEYYELLOWKNIFEBytellingthestoriesofNorthernersweremakingourcommunitiesstrongerTheFredHennebeachcurrentlyrankedataLevel2forsafetywillbebroughtuptoaLevel8thissummerwithhiredsupervisionwhethertheybecertiedlifeguardsortrainedwaterfrontattendants. InfrastructureChurches11TuesdayMarch252014SuzieNapayokInuktitutSuzieNapayokwasborninIqaluitandlivesinYellowknife.HermotherisfromtheCurleyclanandherfatherisfromthelargefamilyofJohnEllandQuunguliqofSouthamptonIsland.HerlanguageisInuktitutandshebelievesthattokeeplanguagesalivewemustspeakittoourchildrenneighbourscoworkersandthroughoutourcommunities.Togetherwecanstrengthenourlanguages.NORTHERNVOICESIntheNorthwestTerritoriesournorthernvoicesareimportant.ThroughoutourvastterritorynineofcialAboriginallanguagesarespokenwithpride.Tocelebratethisdiversityregionallanguagecommunitiesnominatedindividualscommittedtocultivatingournorthernvoices.ThesechampionsareleadersinourAboriginallanguagescommunityandwethankthemfortheireffortsandcontributionstothesurvivalofourlanguages.ByNATHALIEHEIBERG-HARRISONInuviksIglooChurchisfacingclosureamidstris-ingheatingcostsinthecommunity.Thechurchsheatingbillshavedoubledsincelastyearandnowthecongregationisconfrontedwithadifcultsituationndtheextracashorclosethedoorsandfacepossiblestructuraldamagetothe54year-oldspiritualcentreandiconictouristdestination.Withasmallcongrega-tionandlittlefundstodrawfromwecannotmaintainitnanciallyexplainedpa-rishionerBerniceLavoie.Weareatriskofdoingstructuraldamageshouldweturnofftheheatwhichliterallyputsusinacatch-22situation.LavoieisspearheadingafundraisingefforttohelppayfortheOurLadyofVictoryChurchsheatingbill.TheCatholicchurchsbillforDecember2013ranupto3000.Afterthatvolunteersre-insulatedthecircumfer-enceofthechurchwhichhelpedreducethebillto2000thefollowingmonth.Theyalsoreducedtheirfuelconsumptionfrom135GJInuviksiconicIglooChurchcouldclosedoorsto80GJbetweenJanuary2013and2014.Thatstoheatthebuild-ingandwereonlyusingitonedayaweekLavoiesaid.Withoutthereducedbillduetotheaddedinsulationthechurchwouldlikelyhavehadtoclose.LavoieSheilaOKaneMikiOKaneFatherMagnusChilakaandLavoieshusbandJoearenowpartofanefforttoraiseextrafundstokeepthechurchopen.Theirrstprojectistosellcommunityspiritcalendarswhichlocalbusinessescanbuyadvertisingblocksinatacostofbetween40and90.Individualscanpur-chasecalendarsfor10andareentitledtolistuptofourbirthdaysanniversariesormemorials.Wearejuststartingthisfun-draiserbutifallgoeswellwehavethepotentialtoraiseafewthousanddollarsLavoiesaid.Basicallyitsjusttosup-portthechurch.Wedontwanttoseeitclosebecauseofthedamageitcoulddoespeciallyinthemiddleofwinter.Lavoiesaidwhilesheiscoordinatingthefundraisingeffortsheishopingtondvolunteercanvasserstohelp.Imcountingoneverybodyelsetopitchinshesaid.ThecalendarwillspanfromSeptember2014toAu-gust2015.Volunteerswillbepre-sellingcalendarsatInu-viksNorthMartonMar.29.OurLadyofVictoryCatholicChurchofciallyopenedAugust51960.SheilaOKaneleftMikiOKaneFatherMagnusChilakaJoeLavoieandBerniceLavoiestandinInuviks54year-oldIglooChurch.ThegroupisleadingafundraisingefforttohelpkeepthedoorsoftheOurLadyofVictoryChurchopen.IglooChurchfactsThechurchsoriginalde-signerbrotherMauriceLarocquehadaGrade5education.ItsrstpastorFatherJulesAdamwasborninCarlsbourgBelgiumandspenttimeinnumerousNortherncommu-nitiesincludingTuktoyaktukAklavikandFortSimpson.ItistheonlylargebuildinginInuviknotbuiltonpilings.MostofitslumberwascutinFortSmithandhauleduptheMackenzieRiverbybarge.Itmeasures75feetindiameterandseatsupto350people.ThechurchsdomeismeanttorepresentoneGodwhileitsthreeporchesrepresenttheholytrinityandits12mainarchesrepresentthe12apostlesofChrist.PhotoNathalieHeiberg-HarrisonLanguageunitesyouthandeldersYouthandeldersinFortSmithgottospendqualitytimetogethermakingdreamcatchersandlearninghowtoplayDenehandgameslastweekendthankstoaneventputonbySmithsLandingFirstNationtocelebrateChipewyanduringAboriginalLanguageMonth.TopEldersMaryAbrahamandMacPaulettemakedreamcatchers.BelowlefttorightTheronManuelandDaylenPowderaddcolourfulbeadstotheirdreamcatchers.PhotosMariaChurch DebunkingFortMcMurraysnastynicknamesLeadersandresidentsweighinonboomtownstereotypesNorthernersCommunities12TuesdayMarch252014ByMARIACHURCHFortMcMoneyFortMc-MordorNorthSt.JohnandFortMcCrack-allnick-namesthatCanadianshavedrummeduptodescribeCanadasmostinfamouscityswathedinprejudicelocateddeepinAlbertasoilcountry.FortMcMurrayhasbeeninthemediaspotlightforyearsastheepicentreofthecountryseconomicgrowthandthebattlegroundforcon-ictingpoliticsbutthankstothecitysremotelocationandbadreputationfewCa-nadianshaveactuallybeenthere.Formostitsreputationfarprecedesandlikelykillsanydesiretovisit.InsteadthemajorityofCanadiansrelyonscandal-ousmediastoriesaplethoraofnicknamesandtheirownvividimaginationoframpantcrimedrugsanddebaucherytounderstandtheoilsandsboomtown.Thecitysleaderswantthosemythsdebunked.Thebadpressmuststoptheysay.LifeinFortMcMurrayisuniqueyesbutthecom-munityismakinghugestridessince2007whenamediare-portsuggesteditwaseasiertobuycocainethanpizza.LeadersspeakoutMelissaBlakemayoroftheRegionalMunicipalityofWoodBuffalohasbeenbattlingthebadpressonFortMcMurrayoverhernineyearsinofce.TheproblemquitefranklyistherepresentationthatyougetfromoutsidesourcesormediaBlakesaidaddingthatthestoriesoftenappearpredeterminedandignorereality.Ifthestoryhappenstobeaboutthecostofhous-ingoraboutdrugsorcrimetheyarenottakingintoconsiderationrealityintheregionwhichisverydramaticallydifferentshesaid.Theyconceivethistobeabluecollaredworkingtownandnoth-ingbutThatsjustnotthecommunity.WoodBuffaloRCMPsu-perintendentBobCouturehasbeeninthehotseatforoneandahalfyearsnowastheofcerinchargeofFortMac.Heconrmedthattherealityisfarfromwhatpeo-pleimagine.Thereareperceptionsandinnuendothatthecrimerateishighandtheresallkindsofbadthingsthathappeninourcommunitythatisnottrueatall.WoodBuffaloisaverysafecommunityCouturesaid.RicMcIverAlbertasIn-dustryministersaidhesbeentoFortMcMurraymanytimesandhefeelsthestigmasurroundingtheoil-sandsboomtownissimplyignorance.Thebestcureforanin-accuratestatementisinfor-mation.IdontfeelthatwayunsafebecauseIvebeenthereanumberoftimeshesaidaddingthatthecityhassomeuniquechallengesbutalsoincredibleresourcesatitsdisposal.PermanentpopulationincreasingBothBlakeandCouturesaytherapidgrowthofFortMcMurrayfromboomingin-dustrypresentsdemographicchallengesforthecitybutthekeytobalancingthatisbyattractingapermanentpopulation.Forthelastseveralyearsthecityof119000hasseenastaggeringgrowthrateofaround7percentperyearbutmuchofthosenewcom-ersarelong-termratherthantransientCouturesaid.Therearepeopleherethatarecomingtoliveworkandplay-toputdownrootshesaid.In2012theFortMcMur-rayhospitalhadarecord126livebirthsanindicationthecommunityischangingCou-turesaid.Tocontinueattractingper-manentresidentsBlakesaidthecityhasbeensteamingaheadwithplanstorebuildthedowntowninorderseeitdensiedmodernizedandbeautied.Thecityhasalreadymadehugestrideswithinfrastruc-tureincludinganewroad-waythroughthecitywithbrandnewbridgesovertheAthabascaRiver.Blakesaidthecommunityisalreadyfeelingthebenets.SouthernAlbertanTyKonschuhmovedtoFortMcMurrayayearagotoworkforapipelineoutt-tingcompany.WhenIrsthadtogotoFortMacIwaslikeHolycrapIdontdodrugsImgoingtogettornapartbutmyinitialimpressionofthecitywasWowitsreallynicehesharedwithTheJournal.McMurraynotwithoutproblemsDespitetheiroptimismleadersandresidentsofFortMcMurrayrecognizethereareuniqueproblemstolifeintheboomtown.Fly-inworkerscommut-ingtotheoilsandscampsmakeuparound80000ofthetotal200000populationofthemunicipality.WhiletheirreputationisworsethantherealityKonschuhsaidthereisadarksidethatcomeswithalargeyoungdemographicbentonmak-ingquickcash.Therearealotofdrugsthereifyoulookforitbutifyoustayawayfromititdoesntevenphaseyou.Thatseemstobemyexperiencehesaid.Aninatedcostoflivingalsopresentsachallengeforwageearnerswhodontmakethebigbucksofftheoilsandsorarebattlingothersocialissues.Wedohaveanissuewithhomelessnesswithinourcommunitybutonethatisnotsignicantandnodiffer-entthananyotherlargemu-nicipalitywithinCanadaCoutureexplained.Likeinothermunicipali-tiesRCMPinWoodBuf-faloworkwithlocalserviceproviderssuchastheCentreofHopeahomelessshelterdowntownFortMcMurray.TheCentreforHopehasbeenoperatinginFortMc-Murraysince2005servingthecommunityshomelessandworkingonstigmare-ductionandawareness.Ourcommunityhasalotofpositiveenergy.TheresalotofgrowthhappeningsaidBarbaraRexspokespersonforthecentre.Rexsaidtheydohavealotoftransientusersoftheshel-terbuttheypridethemselvesonthecommunityintegrationtheyhavefosteredoverthepastseveralyears.Ourcommunityissogiv-ing.Theresourcesthatareavailabletousintermsofacloseknitcommunityarere-allyabenetanditsreallysomethingthatweareveryfortunatetohaveshesaid.LookingtothefutureAttheendofthedayCou-turesaidpeopletendtofocusonthebadbutitstimetostartseeingFortMcMur-raysgood.WhynotfocusonwhatsthisisallaboutThiscom-munityisaboutthepeoplethataremakingthisplaceworkhesaid.Konschuhsaidhecanfeeltheatmosphereofchangeintheyoungboomtownandexpectsmoreeducatedpeo-plewithfamilieswillcomelookingforworkandchoosetorelocate.Yougivethattown10moreyearsanditsgoingtobewaymoreofasubur-banha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Snowkingreacheshigherfor19thannualSnowcastle13TuesdayMarch252014ArtsCultureFestivalsByMARIACHURCHTheSnowkinghasearnedhiscrownonceagainthisyearbybuildingthebiggestSnowcastlearound.Withacentralpentagonsoaring27feetoficeintotheskythereisntmuchcompetitionfortheKingsfamousSnowcastlewhichhasdrawnthousandsofvisi-torstoitsfrozendoorssinceitopenedMar.1.Perchedonastoolmadeoficewithhisthermosofcoffeesetonanice-blocktableinthemainroomofthesnowcastletheSnowk-ingthealiasofYellowkniferAnthonyFoliottoldTheJournalthatsnowhasalwaysbeeninhisblood.Foliotsaidhecanremem-bergrowingupinthestreetsofYellowknifeandplayinginthesnowafterschoolwithneighbourhoodyouth.NearlytwodecadesagoFoliotmadetheleapfromplayinginthesnowtobuildingaplaceforeveryonetoenjoytheuffywhitestuff.TheSnowcastlehassincebecomepartofthecollectiveYellowknifeconscienceFoliotexplainedpausingtotakeaphotowithtwolocalchildrenattherequestoftheirmother.FoliotsaidhehasalargeteamofsnowcarversandbuildersbehindhimeachyearincludingSnowJoeAv-alancheKidBaronVonBliz-zardandLadyFridaFrost.Imveryfortunatetohavethatcorporatememorybehindme.Itwouldbearealdragtohavetoteachnewpeopleeveryyear.Itsaveryinno-vativegrouphesaid.Thisisthe19thyeartheSnowkinghasbuilthissnowydomainandasthemonth-longSnowkingWinterFestivalwrapsuphesalreadythinkingaboutnextyears20thanniver-sarycastle.Itsgottobebiggerandbetterthaneverhesaid.PhotosBillBradenDonJaqueandMariaChurchThe19thannualSnowkingSnowcastleinYellowknifeisarecord27feethighatthecentrepentagonmakingitthelargestsnowstructureinNorthAmerica.TheSnowkingrealnameAnthonyFoliotsaysnextyears20thanniversarycastlemustbebiggerthanever.EightteamsfaceoffduringtheannualSnowkingPondHockeyTournamentheldonYellowknifeBaylastweekend.TheSnowkingsfrozendomainwillbetakendownwhenthefestivalendsonMar.31. 14TuesdayMarch25201414034RR1MTISTRAININGTOEMPLOYMENTSERVICESCANPROVIDESUPPORTTOMTISSTUDENTSMTISSCHOLARAWARDSGRANTMACEWANUNIVERSITYNORQUESTCOLLEGEPORTAGECOLLEGEUNIVERSITYOFALBERTAUNIVERSITYOFLETHBRIDGENAITUNIVERSITYOFCALGARYMOUNTROYALUNIVERSITYGRANDEPRAIRIEREGIONALCOLLEGEATHABASCAUNIVERSITYLETHBRIDGECOLLEGEEnteringthenaltwosemestersofauniversitydegreeacollegediplomaoratechnicalinstituteprogramEnteringtherstorsecondyearoftechnicaltraininginaRegisteredApprenticeshipTradeEnteringcerticateprogramoftwosemestersorlessNoteThenancialcontributionforeligibleclientsmayincludetuitionmandatorybooksandsuppliesandincomesupport.MtisScholarAwardsarealsoavailabletostudentsatanumberofpost-secondaryinstitutionsacrossAlberta.ContactMtisTrainingToEmploymentServicesoryourschoolformoreinformationonawardsatMTISPOST-SECONDARYFUNDINGRupertslandInstituteMtisCentreofExcellenceFundedinpartbytheGovernmentofCanadFORMOREINFORMATIONCONTACTMTISTRAININGTOEMPLOYMENTSERVICES1-888-48-MTIS1-888-486-3847WWW.METISEMPLOYMENT.CAMTISEDUCATIONFOUNDATION14034GG014033GG0Withtherightpreparationextraordinaryhappens.MacEwan.caKeepandeyeoutforourspecialsectionsinthefuturecascadegraphicsCallusat867.872.3000orEmailusatgraphicsnorj.caColouringBooksStickersBookletsPostersSignsBannersMagnetsCreatesomeclassroomfunwithcustomdesignedGwichinyouthponderfuturesateducationforumByNATHALIEHEIBERG-HARRISONThirtyGwichinyouthnowhavethetoolsneededtosuc-ceedatpostsecondaryschoolthankstoaneducationforumheldinFortMcPhersonear-lierthismonth.TheeventwhichranMar.13to16wasagreatopportu-nityforyouthtothinkabouttheirfutureafterhighschoolaccordingtofacilitatorJen-niferGreenland.Ithinkthisreallyhelpedthemgureoutwhattheywanttodoshesaid.GreenlandfacilitatedtheYouthEducationForumwiththehelpofJordanPe-tersonJordanKoeandotherGwichinTribalCouncilstaff.Greenlandcalledtheeventagreatsuccessandsaidtheyareplanningonmakingitanannualevent.ThepurposeoftheforumwastogivestudentsinGrades10to12morein-formationonpostsecondaryschoolopportunities.Itincludednumerouspan-elsandpresentationsonca-reerplanningapplyingtopostsecondaryschoolsandseekingfunding.Wehad30studentsreg-isterandthroughouttheweekendtheyparticipatedinalltheeventsaskedquestionsandbecameclosewiththepresentersfromtheUniversityofAlbertaandYukonCollegeGreen-landsaid.Inadditionstudentsweregiveninformationonvari-ouslifeskillsthatwillbe-comeusefulwhilegoingtocollegelikekeepingupwiththeirstudiesandcam-puslifebudgetinggroceryshoppingandusingthevari-oussupportsystemsinplaceoncampus.MostofthestudentsknewwhattheywantedtotakeattheUniversityofAlbertasotheyhaveagoalsetnowGreenlandexplainedaddingthatmanyGwichinstudentsareplanningonattendingYukonCollegeinWhitehorsersttoupgradecoursesbe-foreheadingtoEdmonton.Studentsalsotookpartina500-wordessaywritingcontestwithtopicslikeWhycultureisimportanttomeTellusaboutanelderwhoisarolemodeltoyouandWhyisitimportantthateldersandyouthworktogetherJordanaItsiArlynCharlieandJessiPascaleachtookhomealaptopfortheirtopentries.InadditiontotheeventsheldatChiefJuliusSchoolandthecommunitycomplexstudentswentouttoJoanneTetlichiscampalongthePeelRiveronSaturday.TheyparticipatedingamesandsatwithTetlichiasshetoldthemstoriesandsharedteaandtrie.NaomiPeterson19ofInuvikattendedtheforumforthreedays.Itookpartineverythingtheydidprettymuchshesaidaskingalotofquestionsandtalkingtoeveryone.AfterattendingtheforumPetersonsaidshenowhashersightssetonthefacultyofNativeStudiesattheUni-versityofAlberta.IreallyenjoyedthewholeweekendandIcantcom-plainonebitshesaid.IfIweretotalktoyouthaboutpostsecondaryIwouldsaycomeouttothesekindsofopportunitiesandtrynewthingstoseeifyoulikeitornot.Youllneverknowifyoudonttry.Youcantscoreifyoudontshoot.YouthgatherinFortMcPhersonfortheYouthEducationForumonMar.13-16organizedbytheGwichinTribalCouncil.PhotoGwichinTribalCouncilducationEshapingtodaysyouthSpecialSection 15TuesdayMarch252014NunavutmodelsliteracyprogramafterSouthSlaveByMARIACHURCHOnlyaweekafterthegov-ernmentofNunavutan-nouncedanewyouthliter-acyinitiativetheterritoryseducationleaderswereintheNWTlearninghowtheycansuccessfullyimplementaprogrambasedontheSouthSlavemodel.TheNunavutdepartmentofEducationislookingtocreateaterritorialliteracyprogramsimilartotheSouthSlaveDi-visionalEducationCouncilsSSDECsuccessfulLeader-ship4Literacyinitiative.ShelleyPeplerexecutivedirectorofCurriculumandSchoolServicesfortheNuna-vutdepartmentofEducationledadelegationof11Nunavuteducatorsprincipalsandad-ministratorstomultipleSSDECschoolslastweektoobservetheliteracyprogramrsthandhersecondvisitfollowingasimilartripinDecember.ThedelegationspenttwodaysinFortSmithatPaulWil-liamKaeserhighschoolandJo-sephBurrTyrrellelementaryschoolandonedayatDeninuSchoolinFortResolutiontogetasenseofhowtheliteracyprogramisimplementedintheclassroom.OurministerofEduca-tionweveapprisedhimofwhywevedecidedtocometotheSouthSlaveandwhathestoldusisPleaselearnasmuchasyoucan.HeseesusandtheNorthwestTerritoriesaspartnersinthisworktogetherPeplersaid.TheNunavutgovernmentannouncedinitsthronespeechlastmonththateducationisatoppriorityfortheterritorybutalackofliteracydatamakesitdifculttoguideeducatorsonbestpracticesPeplersaid.Wehaveperceptionsofhowwellourchildrenreadandwritebutwehavenothingwecanlookatacrosstheterritoryornoth-ingwecanlookatacrossthethreeregions.Wedontknowwhereourstrengthsareandwedontnecessarilyknowwhereourweaknessareshesaid.FromthelittledatatheydohavePeplersaidtheyknowthemajorityofNunavutstu-dentshavedifcultymakingaseamlesstransitionfromhighschooltopostsecondarywhichisindicativeofagapinliteracyskillsatthesecondarylevel.PartofthedrawofSS-DECsliteracyprogramisthecollectionofdatathroughmonthlystudentliteracyexaminations.PeplersaidmodelingtheirliteracyprogramaftertheSouthSlavemakessenseonaculturalandlinguisticlevelsinceamajorityofstudentsinboththeNWTandNunavutareAboriginal.TheNunavutministerofEducationheldapressconfer-enceonFridayannouncinganewLiteracy4LifeinitiativemodeledaftertheSSDECsthatwillbeimplementedintheter-ritoryasearlyasthe2014-2015schoolyearforKindergartentoGrade4students.SouthSlavehappytohelpSSDECsuperintendentCur-tisBrownsaidhesnotsur-prisedtheirliteracyprogramisbeinglookedatbyNunavutsinceithasbeenthefocusofotherprovincialterritorialandeveninternationalattentioninthepast.Theschoolboardlaunchedtheprogrambackin2007inresponsetodatasuggestingliteracylevelsofstudentsintheSouthSlaveweresubpartotherestofCanada.Theschoolboardthrewitselfintoimple-mentingthelatestresearchonimprovingstudentliteracywhichmeantchangingteach-ingpracticesintheclassroomBrownsaid.IfwereallywantedtogetmorestudentsmeetingtheCa-nadiannormandhavingbetterlifechancesthenweneededtohelpteachersbecomethebestthattheycanbeintheclass-roomhesaid.Theresultwastoestablishfull-timeliteracycoachesineveryschoolintheSouthSlavewhowouldworkwithteachersonadailybasistoimprovelit-eracyintheirclasses.Teacherswerealsoaskedtoinstructstu-dentsinreadingexercisesin-cludingreadingaloudsharedreadingandarevolutionaryguidedreadingapproachthathasteachersassesseachstu-dentsliteracyability.Brownsaidpartoftheschoolboardsroleintheprogramistomakesureteachersarere-ceivingduerecognitionfortheireffortsthatgoaboveandbeyondintermsofteachingliteracy.Withouttheirhardworkandwithouttheircommitmenttobeingthebestthattheycanbewewouldntbewherewearenowandwewouldntbeamodelforotherjurisdictionshesaid.IfwereallywantedtogetmorestudentsmeetingtheCanadiannormandhavingbetterlifechancesthenweneededtohelpteachersbecomethebestthattheycanbeintheclassroom.Supt.CurtisBrownSouthSlaveDivisionalEducationCouncilPhotoStevenLeeSSDECTwelvedelegatesfromNunavutseducationsystemvisitschoolsintheSouthSlavetoob-servethesuccessfulLeadership4Literacyinitiative.ducationEshapingtodaysyouthSpecialSection 16TuesdayMarch252014TheresponsibilityorNWTlandandresourcesdevolvestotheGovernmentotheNorthwestTerritoriesefectiveApril12014.DEVOLUTIONPARTOFOURPAST.KEYTOOURFUTURE.devolution.gov.nt.caEDUCATION1969SOCIALSERVICES1969HOUSING1974ALLNWTAIRPORTS1995ELECTIONS1997HUMANRIGHTS2004PUBLICLANDANDRESOURCES2014FORESTRY1987HIGHWAYS1984HEALTH1988POWER1988ByMARYWALDENNewnumbersforthemi-gratoryPorcupinecaribouherdshowitisstillontheupswingandnearingthe200000mark.Thelatestpopula-tionestimatebasedona2013post-calvingaerialphotocensuspegstheherdat197000.Thatsupfrom169000in2010and123000in2001.PorcupineCaribouMan-agementBoardchairJoeTetlichisaidhescom-fortablysurprisedbytheincreaseespeciallygiventheprecariouspositionofotherbarrengroundherdsintheNorth.WitharangestretchingfromtheMackenzieRiverDeltaacrossthenorthernYukonandintoAlaskain-cludingtheArcticNationalWildlifeRefugetheiconicPorcupinecaribouherdvar-iesitsmigrationpatternfromyeartoyearwhichisonereasonforthegoodnewsTetlichisaid.TheherdwasmostlyontheAlaskansideforthelastveyearsandtherearenotmanycariboutakenwhenitsinAlaskahesaid.About65percentoftheestimated2500caribouhar-vestedeachyeararetakenbyNWThuntersfromFortMcPhersonAklavikandInuvikTetlichisaid.TheDempsterHighwayoftenprovideseasyaccesstotheherdsowhenitstayswestofthatcorridoronlyresidentsoftheYukonsre-motecommunityofOldCrowandacoupleofAlaskanvil-lageshuntit.AnotherreasonfortheriseistherecentpushtopersuadeGwichinandIn-uvialuithunterstotakethebullsandleavethecowsaloneTetlichisaid.Wewerelookingforabull-dominatedharvesthesaidreferringtothenewharvestplanagreedtoseveralyearsagobythecommunitiesthatrelyontheherd.EvenbeforewestartedtheharvestmanagementplanthepeopleontheNWTsidewerealreadytellingtheirhunterstonottakecowshesaid.Strongadultcowsur-vivalratesareparamounttoaherdshealthsaidAlaskagovernmentbiologistJasonCaikoski.Thatsreallythemaindriveronwhethertheseherdsaregrowingstableordecliningisthatadultcowmortality-obviouslythereproductivecomponentoftheherdhesaidinatele-phoneinterview.AlthoughthePorcupinescowsurvivalratehasdef-initelyimprovedduringthelastdecadeCaikoskisaidtheyrenotexactlysurewhy.Itcouldberangecon-ditionitcouldbeadiffer-enceinpredationitcouldbepossiblysomeclimateeffectshesaid.TheherdhasalsoshifteditscalvinggroundseastintoCanadaduringthelastthreeorfouryearsforreasonsun-knownhesaid.Formostofthe80sand90sandintotheearly2000sitwasonthecoastalplainofAlaskaanditskindofbeenshiftingtotheeastandcalvingisprimarilyoccurringnowbetweentheBabbageRiverandtheYukon-Alaskaborderhesaid.Idontknowwhythatwouldchangeannualcowsurvivalmuchbecausemostofthemortalitythatoccursincowsisinlatewinterbutitpossiblycould.AlthoughthePorcupineherdsrangeoverlapsinplaceswithAlaskasCentralArcticherdbothhavebeeninagrowthmodenixinganytheorythetwomayhavemixedhesaid.TheCentralArcticherdwasalsocountedin2013.TheresultshaventyetbeenreleasedbutCaikoskiex-pectstheestimatetocomeinaround70000asitdidin2010.Alaskasothertwolargemigratoryherdsarentfaringsowell.TheWesternArcticandTeshekpukLakeherdswhichwerealsocountedlastsummerhavebeenonthedeclinehesaid.Thestatetriestocountallfourherdseverytwotothreeyears.ThenextPorcu-pinecountisslatedfor2015or2016hesaid.Theherdsarephoto-graphedafterthecalvesareborninJuneorJulywhenthecariboubunchupintightgroupstofendoffsevereinsectshesaid.ThePorcupinecaribouherdwasfirstcountedin1972.Atthetimeithad102000caribou.By1989ithadgrownto178000butthenbeganadeclinethatdidntturnarounduntilafter2001.TheNWTsothertwowesternArcticmigratoryherds-BluenoseWestandCapeBathurst-arelistedinstableconditionafterexpe-riencingdramaticdeclines.PorcupinecaribouherdhitsnewpopulationhighEnvironmentWildlifePhotoMaryWaldenCaribouracksareafamiliarsiteinGwichincommunitiesacrosstheNorthincludingthiscollectioninOldCrowYukon. USsurveyndswhoopingcranepopulationincreasingCranesontheirwaytoWoodBuffaloexpectedbyMayEnvironmentWildlife17TuesdayMarch252014www.iti.gov.nt.caByMARIACHURCHThebelovedwhoopingcraneoneoftheworldsrar-estbirdsandasummerguestinWoodBuffaloNationalParkisgrowinginnumbersaccordingtothelatestsurveyfromtheUS.TheUSFishandWildlifeServicecounted304wildwhoopingcranesinthesurveyareaa154000-acreexpanseonandaroundtheAransasNationalWildlifeRefugeinTexaswherethepopulationwinterseachyearupfrom257lastyear.ThenumbersaregoodnewsforthefragilepopulationofcranesandconsistentwithanupwardtrendrecordedoverthelastseveralyearsWadeHarrellUSWhoopingCranecoordinatortoldTheJournal.HarrellsaidAransaswashitbyadroughtoverthelasttwowinterswhichlikelyaffectedtheprevioussurveyresultsasthecranessoughtrefugeoutsideofthecoastalwet-landstheyusuallycallhome.ThisyearwedidhaveabitbetteryearintermsofrainfallandcoastalmarshconditionsandfoodresourcesavailablesowedidhaveagoodrecruitmentyearforjuvenilebirdscomingdownfromCanadahesaid.Springmigrationhasal-readybegunforahandfulofthecraneswithreportedsightingsinOklahomaandKansasalongtheirmigrationroutelastweekHarrellsaid.Iwouldexpectwithinthenextweekorsowewillstartgettingmorespring-timesoutherlywindsandmoreofthepopulationwillstartnorth-ward.YouwouldexpectmostofthecranestoleaveTexasbymidAprilhesaid.ThecraneswilllikelyreachWoodBuffaloasearlyasMayheadded.CranesfacethreatsduringwinterAsthecranesrelaxinthemarshywarmthofTexasdur-ingthewinterseasonHarrellsaidtheyfacecertainthreatsthatarecloselymonitoredbyUSbiologists.Oneofthosethreatsispeople.WedonthavethelargeroadlesspreservethatyouhaveinCanadasotherearepeoplearoundcranesallthetimewhichisnotnecessar-ilyabadthingbutitdoesproducethepossibilityofthreatsHarrellsaid.USwhoopingcranecon-servationistsmadesomeheadwayinthelasttwoyearswithnewsfromtheUSWet-landReserveProgramthatanadditional15000acresofwhoopingcranehabitatwouldbeconservedaroundtheTexascoast.AnotherthreatfacedbythewinteringcranesistheirproximitytotheGulfofMexicowherethereissig-nicantchemicalandpetro-leumshipping.Theresalwaysanout-sidechancethatyouwouldhaveaspillandthatwouldbeaverysignicantthreatthatwetryandplanforHarrellsaid.ParksCanadainTexasWoodBuffaloNationalParkstaffRobKentandJannaJaquewererecentlyinAransastopresentattheannualWhoopingCraneFestival.Thepresentationwasstandingroomonlywithsomanywhoop-ingcraneenthusiastscrowdingintohearfromtheCanadians.DeemedoneofthebesttodatethisyearsfestivalheldFeb.20to23drewmorethan700registeredparticipantsfromacrosstheworldtoseetherarebirdscloseup.PhotoSteveSykesPhotocourtesyofParksCanadaOneoftheworldsrarestspeciesofbirdtheWoodBuffalo-AransaswhoopingcranepopulationhasbeensteadilyincreasingaccordingtothelatestsurveyresultsfromtheUSFishandWildlifeService.FourthandfthfromleftParksCanadastaffRobKentandJannaJaquepresentattheannualWhoopingCraneFestivalinAransasTexaslastmonth. 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NewspeciesatriskbookcomesoutinDenelanguages20TuesdayMarch252014ArtsCultureBooksByMARIACHURCHAboriginallanguageisbeingrecognizedinabigwayintheSahtuthismonthwiththenaltouchesgoingonabrandnewbookwritteninmultipleDenelanguagesaboutspeciesatriskintheregion.UsingwordsfrommultipleSahtuDenedialectsaswellasimagesrepresentingthelandanimalsandpeoplethebookisacelebrationofcultureandaroadmapforthecommunitysinvolve-mentwithspeciesatrisksaidDeborahSimmonsexecutivedirectoroftheSahtuRenewableResourcesBoardSRRB.CalledRememberthePromisethebookisapartnershipprojectoftheGNWTdepartmentsofEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesandEducationCultureandEmploymentandtheSRRB.TheideaforthebookcameoutofaSahtuSpeciesatRiskTer-minologyWorkshopheldinDelinelastspring.BettyHarnumthelin-guistbehindtheterminol-ogyworkshopandresultingbookexplainedthatastorywasthenaturalchoicetocomeoutofthespeciesatriskdiscussionsthatweremainlywithSahtuDeneelders.Atraditionalwayofteachingisjustthroughtellingstories.YoukindofdrawyourownlessonthroughitshetoldTheJournal.ThebookweavesataleofthecommunitysrelationshipwiththeanimalsplantsandlandthatsurroundthemastoldbystoriesfromSahtuelders.RecognizingthespecialrelationshipDenepeoplehavewiththelandthebookaimstosuggesthowthecommunitiescanhelpprotectspeciesatriskintheirregion.Wetriedtoseetheworkthatneedstobedoneonspe-ciesatriskthroughthecom-munityseyesasmuchaswecouldinordertodevelopanunderstandingofhowtheycanbeinvolvedinthepro-cessinmeaningfulwaysSimmonssaid.Itwasreallytrulyanef-fortatcrossculturalunder-standingnotjusttransla-tionsheadded.TherewillbetwoversionsofthebookpublishedoneinKashoGotineandan-otherinTulitaandDelineGotine.ThemajorityofthewordsareinEnglishbutin-termingledwithtermsintheDenelanguages.ArtworkitsownlanguageBookillustratorJeanPolfussaidhergoalincreatingtheim-ageswasforreaderstomakeavisualconnectionbetweenthestoryandtheDenelanguageswhichcanhelppeoplelearnthetermsmoreorganically.Inthebookwedontde-netheDenewordnoghaHewasaprolicartistanddidsomeamazingworksoItriedtousesomeoftheideasthathehadalreadypor-trayedinhisowndrawingsbutdoitinmyownstylePolfussaid.SpeciesatriskhighlightedThesecondhalfofRe-memberthePromiseisdedicatedtothelatestin-formationfromtheNWTsSpeciesatRiskbranchoftheGNWTandincludesaterminologylistinthevari-ousDenedialects.CurrentlyfourspeciesintheNWTareofciallyontheItwasreallytrulyaneffortatcrossculturalunderstandingnotjusttranslation.DeborahSimmonsSahtuRenewableResourcesBoardforwolverinebutwesaynoghaisblahblahblahandthenonthepagethereisadrawingofawolver-inesoIthinkwhenweusemethodslikethatitmakesitalittlemoreintuitiveshesaid.BothPolfuscoverimageandoneoftheillustrationsin-sidewereinspiredbydrawingsbyAlfredMasuzumialateelderfromtheSahtuwhoseartworkiswellknowninthecommunity.SpeciesatRisklisttheborealcariboupearycariboupolarbearandhairybrayaplant.Twootherspeciesthedol-phin-unioncaribouandthenorthernleopardfroghavebeenassessedasat-riskbythespeciesatriskcommit-teeandareawaitingofcialadditiontotheNWTSpeciesatRisklist.RememberthePromiseisexpectedtobepublishedandcirculatedintheSahtunextmonth.IllustrationJeanPolfusInspiredbydrawingsbyelderAlfredMasuzumiJeanPolfussaysherartworkfortheSahtuspeciesatriskbookcomplementsthestorysuseofDenelanguages. 21TuesdayMarch252014NEWNORTHWESTTERRITORIESBIRTHCERTIFICATESWereyoubornintheNorthwestTerritoriesorwillyourchildbebornhereTheNWTbirthcertificatehaschangedshapesizeandappearance.Newlyissuedbirthcertificateswillbemadeofpolymerwithenhancedsecurityfeaturesmakingthemlesssusceptibletoidentitytheft.Previouslyissuedbirthcertificatesarestillvalid.Thecostofissuingabirthcertificateis20.RemembertoalwayskeepyourbirthcertificateinasafeplaceNOTyourwalletFormoreinformationvisittheVitalStatisticssectionoftheDepartmentofHealthandSocialServiceswebsiteatwww.hss.gov.nt.ca.March2014www.hss.gov.nt.caWESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.Billieisacuteandcuddlygirl.Sheiseasygo-ingwithothercatsandpeopleandenjoysanicenapinthesun.Billiewillmakeagreatadditiontoanyfamily.SpayedNeuteredeByMARIACHURCHEachweekinFortSmithagroupofbuddingddlersgatherstolearnsomefolksytunessharesomelaughsandplaytheirheartsout.Aroundeightstudentsregu-larlyshowuptoaddlingclasstaughtbyBartHartoponeoftheFortSmithFiddlers.TheddlingclassstartedlastfallwhentheFortSmithFid-dlersweregivenagrantfromtheNWTArtsSocietytothetuneof3500tosharetheirddlingknowledgewiththecommunity.Hartopwascho-sentoleadtheclassatAuroraCollegesThebachacampusonMondayevenings.Thegoalistokeepthetra-ditionalskillsgoingamongsttheyoungpeopleinparticulartopassiton.ThatswhatwearetryingtodointerestthemandgetthemawayfromtheiPodsandcomputersHartopsaid.Whiletheprogramfocusesonyouththeclassisopentoallagesata5drop-infeetocoverthecostofrentingddlesfromthecollege.Weddlearoundwithabitofclassicalmusictoo.MostofthepeoplewhocomeareclassicallytrainedHartopsaidaddingthatmanyclas-sicalmusicpieceshistoricallyfusedwithddlingtunes.UptotwoweeksagoHar-tophadbeenplayingsongsalongwiththestudentsbutarecentarminjuryhasputhiswinginaslingandwillkeephimfromplayingtheddleforsometimehesaid.WhenIgetthiswingxedupIcangothroughitwithyouHartoptoldtheclasslastweekholdinguphisarmwrappedinacastandsling.Despitethissetbacktheclasswasalivelylessonforthefourstudentswhoshowed.Hartoparrangedtheclasssothatthemoreexperiencedddlerswereabletoleadtheneweronesinsomeofthemorechallengingdiddies.NaomiRhymerwasencour-agedtowatchasherbrotherJoelplayedYouaremySun-shineonhisddleslowlysoshecouldmimichisngerpo-sitioningandlearntoplayither-self.Afteronly15minutestheyounggirlhitalltherightnotes.Hartopsaidthechildrenlearnmusicquicklymuchfasterthananadultlearningforthersttimebutthatshouldntdiscour-agebeginnersfromcomingout.Headdedthateventhenew-estofmusicianswillprobablylearnatleastasimpletunebytheendofthehour-longclass.TheddlerscoveredseveralsongsoverthehourincludingtheSnowWaltzandWildwoodFlowerthelatterbeingawellknownoldtimeypolkatuneinddlingcircles.Hartoptaughttheclasstoharmonizebygettingthemoreadvancedstudentstoplayasongwiththefullnoteprogressionwhilethenewerddlersplayedtheless-dif-cultharmony.Hartopsaidfiddlingisnotonlyafunactivitybutanimportantexerciseforthebrain.Ipersonallybelievethatplayinganinstrumentishealthy.Ithelpsworkthebrain.Ithelpsmemory.YoucanseelittleNaomihereiscatchingonsofast.Thekidsreallygoquickhesaid.MorganDumkeeasaxo-phonemusicianandstudentatPWKhighschoolhasbeenaregularattheddlingclassessincetheystartedlastfall.Itsfunanditalwayschangesbasedonwhosherehesaid.HartopsddlingclassisheldatAuroraCollegeThe-bachacampusinroom116everyMondayat700p.m.FledgelingFortSmithfiddlersfindtheirtuneArtsCultureMusicPhotoMariaChurchFiddleinstructorBartHartopshowsNaomiRhymerhowtoholdherbowsothatshecandrawoutthenotestoYouaremySunshineduringtheFortSmithFiddlersweeklycommunityddleclasslastweekheldatAuroraCollege. 22TuesdayMarch25201414034DA114032DA1CallforExpressionofInteresttobeaCandidateforParticipationinRegionalPlanReviewPanelsTheGovernmentofAlbertaiscontinuingitsworkondevelopingsevenregionalplansunderthedirectionoftheLand-useFrameworkforAlberta.EachplanprovidesthecontextandguidanceforlandandnaturalresourceuseineachregiontohelpachieveAlbertaslong-termsocialandeconomicgoalsbasedonafoundationofgoodenvironmentalmanagement.RegionalplansaredevelopedinconsultationwithAlbertansandbecomelegalinstrumentsonceapprovedbyCabinet.AssuchtheAlbertaLandStewardshipActALSAincludesprovisionsforrequestingareviewofaregionalplanorregionalplanamendment.TosupportthisreviewprocesstheGovernmentofAlbertaiscreatingastandingrosterofcandidatesfromwhichitwillselectmemberstoparticipateinreviewpanelsforregionalplansoncetheplanshavebeenimplemented.TheroleofthepanelwillbetoconsiderreviewrequestsandproviderecommendationstotheGovernmentofAlberta.Candidatesfromtherosterwillbeinvitedtoparticipateinpanelsbasedonthesubjectmatterofthereviewandthecandidatesareaofexpertise.Oncetherosterisestablishedcandidatenameswillsitontherosterforbetweentwotothreeyears.TherosterwillconsistofabroadrangeofstakeholdersandassuchindividualswithabackgroundorinterestinpropertyrightsFirstNationsbusinessenvironmentandruralorurbaninterestsareencouragedtoapply.ForfurtherinformationoncandidaterequirementsandtosubmityourinterestforparticipationinRegionalPlanReviewPanelspleasevisittheLand-useFrameworkwebsiteathttpwww.landuse.alberta.ca.SportsRecreationCurlingBRIEFSSPORTSFortChipewyanhostssixmushersatannualdogracesHoveringbetween-12and-10theweatherwasper-fectlastweekendforsixdogmusherstocompeteinFortChipewyansannualdograceshostedbytheFortChipewyanMushers.Theracetrailtookmushersontothefrozenlakefrontwherethehighertemperaturesandwidetrailsmadetheperfectcombinationforafastrace.Inthe10-dograceRolandCampbellcameinrstplacewithatimeof3340followedbyDavidCampbellCam-eronMcDonaldandDannySavic.Inthesix-dograceMatthewPoitrasbroughthomethewinwithatimeof1653DavidCampbelltooksecondfollowedbyRolandCampbellArchieCardinalandCameronMacdonald.YouthinYellowknifeforTraditionalGamesChampionshipsHundredsofAboriginalyouthgatheredinYellowknifeonMar.6to9toparticipateintheannualTraditionalGamesChampionships.ThegamesrunbytheAboriginalSportsCircleoftheNWTandthisyearhostedbyWilliamMac-donaldSchoolaimtoincreaseparticipationandaware-nessofInuitandDenegamesintheterritory.Eventspit-tedcommunitiesintheNWTagainsteachotherandin-cludedtheone-foothighkicktwo-foothighkickwristhangandlegwrestlingaswellasDenegamesincludingthestickraisesnowsnakepolepushandhandgames.PhotosBillBradenByMARIACHURCHHotelsinYellowknifearepushingtheirbookinglimitsthisweekwiththeCanadianSeniorCurlingChampion-shipssweepingthetown.MaureenMillerchairoftheeventandpresidentoftheNWTCurlingAssocia-tionsaidsheknewhostingthe10-daynationalchampi-onshipswouldbringalargecrowdbutwasntexpect-ingthemorethan60curl-ingfanswhowerescram-blingtondlodginglastweekwithmanyhotelsinthecityatcapacity.WeexpecteditwouldbebusybecauseweknewtheLongJohnJamboreeisgoingtogoonatthesametimebutIdontknowthatweexpectedthatitwouldbeascrazyasitisMillersaid.Some112athletesfromeveryprovinceandterritoryareinYellowknifeforthechampionshipstakingplaceuntilMar.29andmanyofthemarebringingfriendsandfamilyalongfortheirrstad-ventureNorthof60.TwoYellowknifeteamsTeamGlenHudyandTeamAnnMcKellar-Gilisareintherunningforthechampion-shipsafterbothteamswontheterritorialchampionshipsheldinYellowknifeinFebruary.YellowknifesweepsopendoorstoCanadasseniorcurlersThepre-qualiersfortheCanadianchampionshipsstartedThursdaymorn-ingwhichsawtwoteamsaddedtotheoriginal10-teamplayingeldtomakeita12-teamroundrobintournament.DefendingwomenschampionsoftheCana-dianseniorsteamColleenPinkneyopenedthegamesSaturdaywithamatchagainstOntariosMarilynBodoghalsoaformerCa-nadiancurlingchampion.Thematchwaswon8-6forBodogh.AftertwodaysofplayMondaymorningBodoghalongwithManitobasLoisFowlerandPEIsJenniferScottremainedundefeatedintheirdraws.TwoformercurlingOlym-piansGlenysBakkerandPennyShantzareinthemixofthisyearschampionshipsaswellasanumberofformerCanadiancurlingchampionsincludingCathyGauthierandKateHorne.Themensreturningchampionsdidnotwinbacktheirspotatthena-tionalchampionshipssothetitleisopentoallmaleteamsthisyear.Thetournamentswin-ningteamswillgoontorepresentCanadaatthe2015worldseniorchampionships.TheresgoingtobesomereallygreatcurlingMillersaidoftheteams.WhenYellowknifewonthebidfortheCanadianSeniorChampionshipstwoyearsagoitspitchincludedtoutingculturalhighlightsoftheNWTlikethenorth-ernlightsandtheannualdogderbyMillersaid.Wealsohaveagreatfa-cilityinYellowknifeinthatithaseightsheetsoficeandthecommunityarenaisrightnextdoorandwearegoingtobeutilizingbothvenuesshesaid.Millersaidabigincentiveforthecityisrevenuefromthegames.Arecentstudydoneonthe2011CanadianSeniorshostedinDigbyNovaScotiafoundthatthechampionshipsinfusedthelocaleconomywithmorethan500000.ThechampionshipsinYellowknifewrapupthisSaturdaywiththefinalmatches.Tokeepuptodatewiththescoresandfrontrunne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23TuesdayMarch252014SportsRecreationArcticWinterGamesSportsRecreationArcticWinterGamesByMARIACHURCHTeamAlbertaNorthmayhavesentarelativelysmalldelegationofathletestotheArcticWinterGamesinFairbanksAlaskalastweekbutneverthelesscameoutthetopCana-dianteam.AlbertaNorthbroughthomeawhopping125med-alsthisyearwith42gold49silverand34bronze.Some118athletesrepre-sentedTeamAlbertaNorththisyearasmallnumberconsideringTeamsNWTandAlaskasent271and284athletesrespectively.JerryGeorgechefdemissionforTeamAlbertaNorthsaidtheteamsstrengthgenerallyliesinalpineskiingsnowboard-ingfigureskatingandspeedskatingandthisyearseveralathletesbroughthomemultiplemedalsinthoseevents.AveryNairnfromGrandePrairiewongoldinbothsla-lomandgiantslalomCar-sonKinshellafromPeaceRivertookgoldmedalsintwospeedskatingeventsandGrandePrairiesReganBergandJackMacDou-gallbothwonthreegoldsinseparatesnowboardingevents.AlbertaNorthteamdeliversgoldperformanceatAWGsAlaskaandYukonaretypicallynorthernAlbertasbiggestcompetitorsattheAWGbothofwhomsendlargeteamstothegamesbutthisyearTeamAlbertaNorthcameinthirdfollow-ingAlaskaandthesmallbutpowerfulTeamYamalfromRussia.AlbertaNorthhostedtheAWGsin2010inGrandePrairieandGeorgesaidtheresalwaysahometeamadvantagewhichmightex-plainAlaskasmedalcountwhichwas56higherthantherunnerup.Theressomegreatfacili-tiesherebuttherearealwayscertainlysomeadvantagestoknowingthecoursesandforsureIthinkthereisalittlebitofthatthisyearhesaid.GeorgesaidtheAWGsaresometimesdubbedthefriendlygamessincetheathletesgener-allyhavenothingbutgoodwillfortheirinternationalcompe-tition.EachyeartheAWGIn-ternationalCommitteepresentstheHodgsonTrophytotheteamexemplifyingfairplayandteamspirit.ThisyearthetrophywasawardedtoGreenland.Thebigawardattheclos-ingceremonyisntaboutwhichteamwonthemostgolditsreallyabouttheteamidenti-edasshowingthemostteam-workandsportsmanshipandIthinkyoudoseethatalotmoreherewithathleteshelp-ingeachotherouthesaid.ThelevelofsportsmanshipisevenmoreapparentintheArcticsportsandDenegameseventswherethestrongathletesseemtobemorefocusedonshowingthelessexperiencedplayerspropertechniqueandculturalfundamentalsoftheirsportGeorgesaid.AlbertaNorthsjuniorfe-maleDenehandgamesteamcameinsilverandjuvenilefemalecameinbronze.FormanyoftheAlbertaNorthathletesmanyofwhomarefromremoteisolatedcom-munitiesthegamesareaonceinalifetimeopportunitytoexperienceaninternationalsportscompetitionandtheirenthusiasmreectsasmuchGeorgesaid.TheArcticGamesisthehighlightformanyoftheseathletes.Itslikelytheoneandonlytimetheywillgetachancetocompeteinaninternationalmulti-sporteventlikethishesaid.Oftenthisisareallybiggoalforthemwhentheyaregrowingupintheircommuni-tiesandplayingtheirsports.TheArcticGamesisthehighlightformanyoftheseathletes.Itslikelytheoneandonlytimetheywillgetachancetocompeteinaninternationalmulti-sporteventlikethis.JerryGeorgeTeamAlbertaNorthPhotoTeamAlbertaTeamAlbertaNorthsentoneofthesmallerdelegationsofathletesbutstillmanagedtocomeinthirdplaceattheArcticWinterGamesinFairbanksAlaska.ByMARIACHURCHSpeedskatingArcticsportsDenegamesanddogmushingaresomeoftheNWTsstrongestsportsiftheArcticWinterGamesareanyindicationandforthelattertwoitsawelcomesurprise.LastweekinFairbanksAlaskaTeamNWTtookthemostgoldsilverandbronzemedalsinthefoursportsandwhilethecoachesandstaffwereexpectingastrongshowinginspeedskatingandArcticsportstheDenegamesanddogmushingresultshaveleftthemsur-prisedanddelightedsaidTeamNWTsAWGchefdemissionDougRentmeister.WerereallyproudofalotoftraditionalsportsthatweareshowingmedalsintherethatwenormallydidntplacewellinhetoldTheJournallastFriday.Whatweareseeingisarealblendofallthesports.Weareseeingsomekidscomingthroughwithshin-ingcoloursandweareex-ceptionallyproudofallofTeamNWTdominatesintraditionalsportsatAWGSocialmediakeepshomecrowduptodateonathletesthekidsandwhattheyaredoinghereatthesegamesRentmeistersaid.TopNWTmedalistVe-ronicaMcDonaldfromFortSmithparticipatinginherfifthAWGsonceagaindominatedintheArcticsporteventsbywinningfivemedalstwogoldinthetwo-foothighkickandtriplejumptwosilverinkneeljumpandarmpullandonebronzeintheAlas-kanhighkick.FortSmithsRyanTourangeauafirst-timeAWGathletewasnamedthetopmalecompetitorintheDenegamesandmedaledinthreeevents.Hetookhomethegolduluforover-allindividualDenegameschampion.SnowshoerandbiathleteJaredBlaketherstath-leteonTeamAWGfromTsiigehtchicandthisyearsagbearerattheopeningceremoniesalsostoodoutduringthegamesinhiseventscomingascloseasfourth.DogmushingbroughtTeamNWTseveralmedalsthisyearwithYellowknifesTaylorBeckwinningasilverandtwobronzeFortSmithsBrandonTuckeybringinghomeagoldandabronzeandZackCamp-bellagoldandsilver.DominiqueBennettandLaurenEggenbergerbothjuniorspeedskatersfromYel-lowknifeeachrakedinvegoldmedalsintheirsportwhileDaphnCloutiertooktwogoldsinjuvenilespeedskating.TeamNWTwrestlersalsosawremarkableresultsandbroughthome10medalsfortheterritory.RentmeistersaidtheNWTshouldbeproudofall271ofitsyoungathleteswhowereenthusiasticandwell-behavedthroughoutthegames.Henotedthatthisyearlikelysawthelargestnum-berofNWTparentsattendthegamesthanksinparttoaprivatecharterforparentsorganizedbyHayRivermotherLouiseSchumann.Whenyoureseeingyourparentsupinthestandssup-portingandyellingforyouthatsahugehugesupportRentmeistersaid.SocialmediakepthomeconnectedSocialmediasitesFace-bookandTwitterwereabuzzwithAWGactivityoverthecourseofthegameswithmanyteamspostingofcialupdatesandathletesthem-selveskeepingfollowersathomeapprisedoftheirac-tivitiesinFairbanks.Rentmeistercalledsocialmediaakeypieceofthegamesthisyearinthatitallowedfansbackhometoshowconstantsupportfortheathletes.Itallowsthekidstobeconnectedwithpeopleathomethosethatcouldntmakethetrip.Theycanconnectwiththemonhowwelltheyaredoingandsharingthedaytodaystuffhesaid.PhotoPrestonDosedelTeamNWTsKennyDanielKennyfromDelinecompetesinthesnowsnakeeventatthisyearsArcticWinterGamesinFairbanksAlaska. NWTphotographertakesnewbieunderwingArtsCulturePhotography24TuesdayMarch252014ByMEAGANWOHLBERGAcclaimedNorthernpho-tographerDavidBroshaisofferingahanduptooneluckyburgeoningphotosnap-perfromanywhereintheworldnextmonththroughaone-yearfreementorshipprogram.Whetheritbetechnicaladvicemotivationalwordsorlessonsonself-promo-tionBroshasaidheiswill-ingtoworkwithabuddingphotographeroverthenextyeartoprovidewhateveritistheymightneedtolaunchthemselvesprofessionallyorartistically.ThereasonAfter10yearsofbuildinghimselfupasthesought-afterprobehindsomeoftheNWTsbestphotoshesaysitistimetogiveback.Theideakindofjuststruckme.Iwasthinkingaboutmyowncareerandpro-gressionandjusthowimpor-tantitwastohavepeoplethatencouragedmeandkickedmeinabuttandlookedatmyworkandwerentafraidtotellmetodothisordothatBro-shasharedwithTheJournal.PhotographysbeensogreattomeandIjustthoughtitmightbeacoolthingtohelpsomebodyelsethroughwhat-evertheyredoinghopefullymotivatesomebodyorjusthelpthemsucceed.BroshawhoisbasedinYellowknifeannouncedthecontestlastweekonhisFacebookpageencourag-ingpeopleofallagesfromanywhereintheworldandatanystageoftheircareertoapplywithabriefexpla-nationofwhytheywanttobementoredalongwithex-amplesoftheirphotos.ThedeadlinetoapplyisSundayApr.13andBro-shasaidhehopestomakethetoughdecisionbyApr.20atthelatestthoughhemighthavetoemploythehelpofhiswifeinmakingthecall.Ivealreadygotcloseto50applicantsandtheyrefromasfarawayasSouthAmericaacouplefromtheMiddleEastonefromNewZealandsoitsprettycrazyhesaid.Itsgoingtobesotoughbecauseeventhesto-riesthatpeoplehavesentinsofarhavejustbeencrazyandinspirational-justsomuchpassion.ThoughhedoesntreallyhaveanysetcriteriaBroshasaidhewillchoosewhoeversstorystrikeshimasmostauthenticandwhosephotosshowasparkoftalent.Iwanttobeabletomen-torsomeonewhoIthinkhasarealchanceofsucceedingasaphotographer.Butitdoesntmattertometheageorwheretheyreatintheircareeroranythingelse.Imjustmainlylookingforapassionreally.OvertheyearsBroshasaidhehasalwayswantedtocontributetotheongoingyouthmentorshipprogramtakenonbytheFrozenEyesPhotographicSocietybutwaslimitedbytravel.Withthismentorshiphellbeabletoassistsomeonefromany-wherearoundtheglobeoveremailandSkype.Whilehesaysheisstilllearninghimselfhehopestoimpartthevaluableles-sonsheslearnedfrommen-torsofhisownoverthepastdecadewhichhaveallowedhimtotravelaroundtheworldandfulllthedreamsofhisinnerartist.Ivemetsomefantasticpeopleandpeoplewhohavebeensoinspirationaltome.Theyvereallyhelpedmeineverystepofmyowncareer.IfIcanevenhave10percentofthatimpactonsomebodyelseitwouldbeaprettycoolthinghesaid.Forthehundredsofpeoplewhosubmitbutarentse-lectedBroshasaidnocon-testshoulddissuadethemfrompursuingtheirdreams.Indmostofthepeopleoutthereinanyeldthataresuccessfulndawaytomakeitworkhesaid.Theyloveitsomuchthattheycantimaginedoinganythingelse.Thoseinterestedinapply-ingcancontactBroshaatcon-tactmedavebrosha.com.BuffaloExpressAIRToll-free1800465-3168salesbuffaloairexpress.comwww.buffaloairexpress.comSuperService-JustthewayyoulikeitSuperService-JustthewayyoulikeitTheNWTsLARGESTcouriercompany.Overnightdoor-to-doorservice.Yellowknife-867873-2084HayRiver-867874-3307Edmonton-780455-9283PhotoScottThomsonYellowknife-basedphotographerDaveBroshaislookingtogivebackbymentoringonebuddingphotographerfromanywhereintheworldforanentireyear.