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MtisCouncilpresidentacclaimedinFortSmithKenHudsonwillservenaltwo-yeartermbeforeretiringWhatipartakesinrst-everNorthernresilienceproject17TuesdayApril82014ByMARIACHURCHKenHudsonwillonceagainserveasheadoftheFortSmithMtisCouncilafterrunninguncontestedforthecouncilspresidencyduringthebiennialelectiononMar.29.Electionswerealsoheldforthecouncilsvicepresi-dentboardmemberssec-retarytreasurerandelderandyouthrepresentativesallofwhomwillservetwo-yearterms.Inapoolofninecandi-datesforsixboardposi-tionsLynnNapier-BuckleyandMaryEllenPichewerenewlyelectedwhileAllenHeronGordonPischingerVanceSandersonandJoshTordiffwerereelectedtotheboard.EarlEvanswasonceagainvotedinastheelderrepresentativeforthecoun-cilandJeremyBeamishwaselectedastheyouthrepresentative.DarylLoutitaformerboardmemberwaselectedasvicepresidentandBettyVillebrunwasvotedinassecretarytreasurer.PoliticsAboriginalPresidentsayslasttermWhileheislookingfor-wardtooverseeingseveralnewprogramsandinitia-tivesoverthenexttwoyearsHudsontoldTheJournalthiswillbehislasttermaspresidentoftheFortSmithMtisCouncil.Ivebeentherealongtime.FifteenyearsIvebeentheresince1999asthepresidentHudsonsaid.Imkindoflook-ingforwardtorelaxing.ImbuildingacabinoutinthebushmywifeandIandjustlookingforwardtoretiring.The64year-oldsaidhespleasedwiththecoun-cilslatestinitiativesinthecommunityincludingthemuch-praisedpilotprogramTAASTEorTime-honouredAboriginalActionsSustain-ingTraditionalEatingthatprovidesfreshmeatandshtoeldersinFortSmithandthesurroundingarea.Hudsonsaidthepro-gramwhichisfundedbyagrantfromtheGNWTdepartmentofHealthandSocialServiceshasbeengarneringinterestfromsurroundingcommuni-tiessinceitwaslaunchedlastfall.IgotoHayRiverandpeoplearetalkingtomepeoplefromFortResap-proachmeandaskhowtheycangetthesameprogram.IkeeprepeatingthatitsapilotprojectsohopefullyonceweproveitsbeensuccessfulitwillbedoneacrosstheNorthonabig-gerscalehesaid.Thepilotprogramin-cludesaplantobuildagreenhousefacilityattheNorthernLightsSpe-cialCareHomeandsup-portforyouthon-the-landactivities.TheyouthaspectoftheprogramhasbeentakenonbyGordMcSwainandSandersonwhorecentlyledagroupoffiveyouthintothebushtosnarerabbits.WhiletheprogramsfundingdrieduponApr.1thecouncilwillcontinuedistributingmeatorderedoverthelastfewmonthsandwillstartbuildingthecarehomesgreenhouseinthespring.ItsnotuptoustosayitisgoingtocontinuebutthesuccessoftheprogramiscertainlythereasfarasFortSmithisconcernedHudsonsaid.CounciltobuildrentalhomesTheMtisCouncilhasalsobeenworkingonalong-termplantodeveloprentalhousesinFortSmithcapitalizingonthehighdemandforrentalpropertiesinthecommunity.Thecouncilrecentlypur-chasedsixlandplotsnearthetrailercourtandplanstobuildtwohouseseachyearstartingthisspring.Hudsonsaidthecoun-cilwillbetakingonthecarpentryworkinternallywhileallotheraspectsofconstructionwillbecon-tractedouttolocalbusi-nessesinFortSmith.Youneedaplumberandyouneedelectricianssoitsgoodforthecommunityforustoemploypeopleandbuylumberandallthatotherstuffhesaid.PhotoMariaChurchAcclaimedFortSmithMtisCouncilpresidentKenHudsonsaysthisishislastterm.EnvironmentDisasterPreparednessByMARIACHURCHThecommunityofWhatiisfeelingalittlemoresecureandreadytorollwiththepunchesafterreceivingtheresultsfromitsparticipationintherst-everNorthernRuralDisasterResilienceProject.ForthesmallTlichocom-munitysoontobedirectlyaffectedbythedevelopmentofFortuneMineralsNICOminedevelopingaresiliencetochangecouldntcomeanysooner.YouvegotapeopleherethathavebeenonthelandinthisareaforhundredsofyearsLarryBarransenioradministrativeofcerwiththegovernmentofWhatitoldTheJournal.Theyhaveawayofdeal-ingwiththingsthattheter-ritorialgovernmentorthecommunitygovernmentmightsayThisisthewayitshouldbedonebuttheculturalnormwillsayNowedontdoitthatway.Theresiliencyplanstepsbackabitandlooksatthatbiggerpicturehesaid.DevelopedbyprofessorsfromRoyalRoadsUniversitythecommunityresilienceprojectusesaweb-basedquestionnairetoolthatas-sessesacommunitysprepa-rationtorespondtodisastersbyfactoringinuniquecul-turalnormsandexpectations.EricBusseya30-yearNorthernerandretiredterri-torialdirectorofemergencymanagementwasbehindbringingthepilotprojecttoWhati.BackedbytheCentrefortheNorthBusseybroughttheideatoWhatischiefandcouncilwhereitwasagreedtheywouldbecometherstcommunityintheNorthtoparticipateandactasamodelforadaptingthetooltouniqueNorthernculturesandchallenges.TheprocessbeganinFeb-ruaryof2013whenBusseyalongwithRobinCoxanassociateprofessorfromRoyalRoadsUniversitymetwiththeleadersofWhatiandthecommunitytoconductthequestionnaire.Usingtheirresponsesthetoolcalculatedmultiplewaysthecommunitycanprepareforscenariosthatwerehigh-lightedasofconcerntoWhati.Busseysaidresiliencecanrefertopreparednessforanarrayofsituationsincludingnaturaldisastersfromenvi-ronmentalchangesduetoglobalwarmingandhuman-madedisastersfromindus-trialincidentssuchasoilorchemicalspills.Academicresearchintheeldshowsthatacommunitythatisresilienttoanykindofshockorchangecanberesil-ienttorecoveringfromadi-sasteraswellhesaid.BarransaidtheresiliencyprojectwasalsobenecialbecauseitforcedtheWhatigovernmenttoreassessandreorganizeitscurrentemer-gencyplans.Oneoftheadvantagesofgoingthroughthisresil-iencyprocesswastoseenotonlyhowresilientthecom-munitywasbutatthesametimelookatalltheplansthathavebeenoatingoutiniso-lationofoneanotherandseewhatwasrequiredtobringeverythingintoalignwithoneanotherhesaid.Afteramorethanyear-longprocesscrunchingthedatafromthequestionnaireBusseyandCoxwerebackinWhatiinMarchtopresentthedraftcopyoftheresiliencydocumenttothecommunity.Barransaidtheadministra-tionwillnowlookatcreatingave-yearstrategicimple-mentationplanforthesug-gestionsandgoalsidentiedintheresiliencydocument.Academicresearchintheeldshowsthatacommunitythatisresilienttoanykindofshockorchangecanberesilienttorecoveringfromadisasteraswell.EricBusseyWhaticommunityresilienceprojectPhotoEricBusseyTheresilienceprojectdraftispresentedtothecommunityofWhatiinMarch.