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FortChipasksoilsandstofundsolarpowerprojectFortChipewyanishopingoil-sandscompaniesupstreamwillhelpfundground-breakingsolarpowerprojectsintheircommunity.Seepage3.InukactorplaysclimatechangeactivistonstageNWT-bornactorRenelttaArlukstarsinSilaaplaydiscussingtheimpactsofclimatechangeontheArc-tic.Seepage27.OldTimeDanceDeltafamiliesgatherinAklavikforannualMadTrapperRendezvous.Seepage18.EarthDayeventacalltoactioninFortSmithEnvironmentalistsinFortSmithhopetheirEarthDayeventlastweekendwillen-couragepeopletoprotectMotherNature.Seepage22.SahtuMLAupsetwithanti-frackinggroupsSahtuMLANormanYakeleyaalongwiththeregionslandcorp.areaccusinganti-frackinggroupsofdisrespectingtheSahtulandclaim.Seepage7.Visitwww.norj.caAnationalawardwinningindependentnewspaperservingnorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19771.00April292014Vol.37No.50WerefailingchildrenNWTHealthDepartmentstaffMLAsmeetwithauditorgeneralByMEAGANWOHLBERGThereisnodenyingthattheNWTdepartmentofHealthandSocialServicesisfailingtosupportfamiliesandpro-tectchildrendeputyministerDebbieDelanceyvoicedagainlastweekfollowingmeetingsonarecentreportbytheau-ditorgeneralexposingmajorgapsinservices.Delanceyandotherdepart-mentalstaffmetwithMLAsandrepresentativesoftheau-ditorgeneralsofcelastweekinYellowknifetogooverthelonglistofrecommenda-tionsmadeinMarchmeanttoaddresscriticalproblemswithchildprotectionandsystem-wideaccountabilityintheNWT.Thoseproblemsincludealackoffollow-upbychildprotectionworkersoncaselesahighpercentageofunscreenedfosterhomesandalackofdepartment-widereportingamongotherkeymeasuresmeanttopreventwhatheheardatthemeetingsaboutgovernmentinactionontheissueslikeningthecur-rentchildprotectionsystemtoanextensionofthescooplongsadpolicyofremov-ingAboriginalchildren...fromtheirhomesnodif-ferentthanwhatwasdoneinthe40s50sand60sSeriousnessofcrisiswasntknownWhileDelanceysaidthede-partmentwasnotsurprisedtolearnofthesystemicshort-comingsaddingthatmanyimprovementshavebeenintheworkssincethelastleg-islativeassemblywhenaninternalreviewofchildandfamilyserviceswasdoneshenotedtheseriousnessofmanyofthendingsintheMarchreportwerenotfullyknownpreviously.WhatIthinkisimpor-tantistonotethatsomeofthendingsandconclusionsinthecurrentauditorgen-eralsreportwerenotraisedinthepreviousreportbythe16thLegislativeAssemblyshesaid.SeeDepartmentonpage2.Wehavetodotheshort-termxesinthewaywereadministeringthesystemtodaybecauseclearlyitsfailingchildrenbutitsmoreimportantthatwemakethisparadigmshiftwhereweresupportingfamiliestokeepkidsintheirhomesratherthanhavingthemcomeintocare.DeputyMinisterDebbieDelanceyNWTHealthandSocialServiceskidsfromfallingthroughthecracks-someofwhichwereknownaboutforyears.SahtuMLANormanYake-leyasaidhewasappalledatthataccompaniedCanadasresidentialschoolslegacydespitegoodintentions.Wecontinuetoseethatthisisanotherformofa-and70s-oftheresiden-tialschoolerahetoldTheJournal.Wedidamake-overandcalleditchildandfamilyservices.FromleftAuroraCollegegraduatesDeniseRobertDollyLoreenandDori-AnnLefoinoftheBusinessAdministrationcerticatecoursereceivebouquetstocelebratetheirgraduationattheannualThebachacampusspringconvocationinFortSmithlastweek.Seepage14-15formore.PhotoPaulBannistero.50