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8TuesdayJanuary1320152014THEYEARINREVIEWMARCH4MARCH11MARCH18MARCH25WEATHERPLAGUESFORTSMITHWITHWATERSEWERPROBLEMSTerritorialMLAsvotetoextendtheirtermsForthefirsttimeincab-inetshistoryMLAsvotefortherighttoextendtheirtermsbyuptooneyeartoquellconcernsoverthepos-sibleoverlapofthe2015fed-eralterritorialandmunici-palelectiondates.FilmputsMackenzieRiverinnationalspotlightShotslmedbylocalsmakeupColdAmazona22-minutedocumentaryabouttheMack-enzieRiver.ThelmproducedbytheWalterandDuncanGor-donfoundationmakesitsdebutatthePrinceofWalesNorthernHeritageCentre.Delinevotesover-whelminglyinfavourofselfgovernmentThepeopleofDelinebe-cometherstselfgovernedAboriginalcommunityintheNWTwith85.2percentofvoterssayingyestotheDe-lineFinalSelfGovernmentAgreement.NWTannouncesnewapproachtohealthcareDeputyministerofHealthandSocialServicesDebbieDelancyannouncesthattheNWThealthcaresystemwillmoveawayfromtheestab-lishedtop-downmodeltoonethataddressestheso-cialdeterminantsofhealth.FinanceministerresignationleavesNWThangingFederalFinanceMinisterJimFlahertyresignsfromhispo-sitionwhiletheNWTcabinetawaitsapprovalofarequesttoincreasetheterritorysdebtceil-ing.TheactionleavestheNWTinlimboatacriticaljunctionwithdevolutionapproaching.LetsCelebrateFormoreinformationvisitwww.nwtwaterstewardship.caWhatdoestheSlaveRiverandtheDeltameantoyouWeinviteallagescommunitymembersandorganizationstowriteorusevariousartformsincludingphotosmusicanddrawingstotellyourstorySubmissionswillbeshowcasedattheResearchOpenHouseorganizedbySlaveRiverandDeltaPartnershipFortSmithJanuary26RoaringRapidsFortResolutionJanuary28-29AntoineBeaulieuMemorialHallPleasesendyoursubmissiontonwtwaterstrategygov.nt.cabyJanuary23rdTherewillbeaprizedrawandopportunitytopresentyoursubmissionattheResearchOpenHouses.SlaveRiverandDeltaPartnershipResearchOpenHousesDevolutiondampenedbyomnibus-sparkedcourtactionByMEAGANWOHLBERGWiththemajorityofAboriginalgovern-mentshavingsignedontotheNWTdevolu-tionagreementpriortoitseffectivedateonApr.12014thingswerelookingprettyrosyforthefederalandterritorialgovernmentsinmovingforwardwiththenalhistorictrans-ferofpowersfromCanadaas2013ended.ThatwasofcourseuntilnewsbrokethatBillC-15theNWTDevolutionActwasnotasstraightforwardasFirstNationsintheNorthhadbeenledtobelieve.Inkeepingwithitspreferredmethodofintroducinglegislationthefederalgov-ernmentdecidedtoputthedevolutionbillforwardinomnibusstylelumpingconten-tiouschangestotheregulatorysystemoftheNWTinalongwiththelargelyagreed-upontransferofpoweroverlandswaterandresources.BillC-15wasnolongersolelyaboutdevo-lution-anagreementthatitselftookyearstohavemostAboriginalgovernmentscomearoundtosupporting.As2014kickedoffAboriginalpartiestothedevolutionagree-mentquicklyrealizedthattheirsupportfordevolutiontacitlylinkedtheirapprovaltomanyopposedamendmentstotheMack-enzieValleyResourceManagementActMVRMAchangesthatincludeaxingre-gionallandandwaterboardsestablishedthroughsettledlandclaimsinfavourofonesuperboard.Atoncethecelebratoryspiritbehinddevo-lutiondeated.HearingsheldbyAboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevelopmentCanadainYellowknifeinJanuaryweredominatedbyangryFirstNationsfeelingsofbetrayal.Federalofcialswereblastedwith30pre-sentationsbyAboriginalandmunicipalgovernmentsalongwithnon-governmentalorganizationsmostlyinoppositiontotheMVRMAchanges.Themoststronglywordedcall-outcamefromtheTlichoGovernmentwhodecidedtotaketheissuetocourtclaimingthattheregulatorychangesthatwouldseetheelim-inationoftheregionsWekeezhiiLandandWaterBoardviolatetheirlandclaimwithCanadaandweredonewithoutpropercon-sultation.TheTlicholawsuitwasheardincourtonDec.3and4.TheSahtuSecretariatInc.fellinlinewiththeTlicholaterintheyearalsovowingtogotocourtovertheproposedMVRMAamend-mentswhicharestillinprocessinOttawa.DespitedevolutiontheMVRMAremainsunderfederalauthorityforveyearsfollow-ingeffectivedateoruntilApril2019.Attemptstoprotectregionalboardsattheterritoriallevelwereunsuccessful.AmotionputforwardinMarchbyWeledehMLABobBromleywasvoteddownbycabinetwhoar-guedthatthenewsuperboardwouldincludeampleregionalrepresentation.OnParliamentHillNWTMPDennisBev-ingtonalsowenttobatforthefrustratedFirstNationshopingtohaveBillC-15splitintotwoseparatepiecesoflegislation-oneenactingdevolutionandtheothermakingchangestotheNWTsregulatorysystem.DespitefullsupportfromtheOppositionBevingtonseffortstoamendthebillwereunsuccessfulandBillC-15waspassedbytheSenateonFeb.27andachievedroyalassentonMar.25justintimetotakeef-fectonApr.1.DevolutionDaycameandwentasjustanotherdayofworkformostwithintheGNWTthoughPremierBobMcLeoddidtaketimeApr.1towelcomethe130federalemployeestransferringovertheterritorialgovernment.LaterinMayfouradditionalAboriginalgovernments-theFortLiardMtistheAchoDeneKoeFirstNationSaltRiverFirstNa-tionandDeninuKuFirstNation-wouldsignontothedevolutiondealmakingtheDehchoFirstNationstheKatlodeecheFirstNationandtherestoftheAkaitchogovernmenttheonlypartiesyettosignontotheagreement.ConsultationcontinuesonthemanypiecesofmirrorlegislationwhichMLAsintheNWTfeltwerepassedquicklywithoutthepropertimeallottedforreviewinordertohavethempassedintimeforApr.1.ChangestothereviewboardstructureintheNWTarescheduledtotakeplaceinApril2015pendingresultsfromtheTlichoGov-ernmentslegalaction.Atoncethecelebratoryspiritbehinddevolutiondeated.HearingsheldbyAboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevelopmentCanadainYellowknifeweredominatedbyangryFirstNationsfeelingsofbetrayal.PhotoDonJaqueMonthsofconstructionatabusyFortSmithintersectionbeginwhenthetownexperiencessimultaneouswatermainandsewerlinebreakages.Thebreakwasattributedtoafaultyvalveundertheintersection.