Tuesday May 5 2015 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... New computer course offered at Yellowknife campus Demand for entry-level computer programmers has led to the creation of a new certicate program at Au- rora Colleges Yellowknife campus. Kerry Robinson program development manager for the college says the year-long course is designed to prepare students for careers in computer specialties and the informa- tion technology eld. Issue May 2 2000 20 Years Ago... MLAs want power for premier A recent motion passed in the Legislative Assembly is paving the way for new legislation to give the pre- mier the power to re as well as hire cabinet ministers. The legislation would enable the Commissioner of the NWT upon recommendation of the Premier to make appointments to Cabinet. Issue May 3 1995 30 Years Ago... South Slave Regional Council nally brought to life The South Slave Regional Council is here to stay. The regional council held its rst meeting April 26-27 in Hay River and as a council with six communities 19 voting members and input from the Dene Nation Mtis Association MLAs and Hunters and Trappers Associa- tions it may prove to be not only a council of action but a council with clout. Issue May 2 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK For almost two decades one Fort Smith trapper has passed on the traditional land-based lifestyle to high schoolers taking them for week-long trips in the bush where they learn skills for wintertime survival. Trapper celebrates 19 years of teaching youth on the land Kelsey Miller Had the opportunity to do trapper training with Louie in my last year at Mildred Hall. I was an idiot and wore thin cotton socks the rst day until my feet froze. Finally had the gall to tell him they hurt like hell and he made a re on the trail and gave me a pair of thick woolen socks to wear. Hes a kind and generous soul with innite patience for introducing youth to bush skills. It was denitely one of the most memorable ex- periences from growing up north. If any- one can put me in touch with him I owe him a new pair of socks. Kim Emerson I was able to take part in winter camp with Louis when I was in high school. I made some amazing memories that I will remember forever. Bless you and the work you do Louis its awesome. Marvin Champagne Well done giant More of the trappers should be recog- nized By DAWN KOSTELNIK Out with the old and slide into the new. My two broth- ers and I stand shivering at the school door. Winds howl off the snow swept rock that stands guard above the school.Willywagswindgusts of powered snow into the cor- ner where we huddle. Frigid ngers tear and tug at our faces and pull on our cloth- ing. Powdered snow clings to our stroud Indian parkies. The school bell rings but the door refuses to budge. One more pull on the door our very best attempt still no movement. We can hear voices laughing and calling in the distance. How in the hell do you get into this place We cannot gure it out but this is perfect we can go home. We have done all that we can to access what we really dont want entry to anyway a new schoolatalmosttheendofthe school year. It just doesnt get any worse than this Yes it does. We arrive at the door to our new school clad in the clothing of the Inuits tra- ditionalenemiestheDeneIn- dians of the Mackenzie River in the NWT of Canada. From experience we know that its not good to be different. It is April in the High Arc- tic. We have just moved to Coppermine which is in the NWT at this time. It is now located in Nunavut Canadas newest Northern territory. The year is 1969. In three days we have gone from living in the boreal for- ests which are home to the Dene of Fort Good Hope to the High Arctic tundra the hunting grounds of the once nomadic Inuit. Cop- permine has a population of 1200. There is a mix of families here. School goes all the way to Grade 7 in Coppermine. If there are enough students and a teacher is available Grade 8 will be offered next year as well. This year there is Grade 7. Had we stayed in Good Hope I would have to leave and stay in a hos- tel to attend public school this fall in either Grollier Hall in Inuvik or Akaitcho Hall in Yellowknife. Classes only went to Grade 6 in Fort Good Hope. Our move to Coppermine was not pre-determined by our schooling. If there were no classes we would have to go with the other kids to the hostels. There was a govern- ment policy that they did not want white people in their employment to stay more than two years in one com- munity people got too at- tached and became native if they stayed too long in one place. We had spent more than two years in Fort Good Hope. We were way behind in their schedule. To be continued www.thewhitegirl.ca White Girl From Indians to Eskimos Mental Health Week Five Ways to a Better You BySARAHCOLEBSWRSW HealthPromotionFacilitator Alberta Health Services According to notmy- selftoday.ca which is a campaign focused on re- ducing stigma and sup- porting mental health at work 500000 Canadians miss work each week due to mental health concerns. This year during Men- tal Health Week which is May 4-10 Alberta Health Services is focusing on The Five Ways to Wellbe- ing. These are five simple activities that you can do in your everyday life. The Five Ways to Wellbe- ing are Connect Be Active Take Notice Keep Learn- ing and Give. The Five Ways to Well- being were developed by the New Economics Foun- dation NEF from the UK Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. They are a set of evidence-based actions which promote peo- ples wellbeing. Albertans are encouraged to take on the Five Ways of Wellbeing in their life Connect with your fam- ily friends coworkers and neighbours at home work school and in your com- munity. It is important to invest time in developing these relationships. Build- ing these connections will support and enrich your life every day. Be Active. Go for a walk run dance or play a game. Exercising makes you feel good. Spend time outside and do activities that you enjoy such as gardening or cycling. Find an activity you enjoy and one that suits your fitness level. Take Notice Be curi- ous. Take in things that are beautiful and unusual. Notice the seasons as they change. Be in the moment on your way to work while eating lunch or talking with people you know. Be aware of the world around you. Be mindful of how you are feel- ing. Reflect on your experi- ences to help you appreciate what is important to you. Keep Learning Try something new or take up a previous interest. Sign up for that course you have been looking at. Take on a new responsibility at work. Fix up that old bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to make a new meal for dinner. Set a challenge you would like to achieve. Learning new things will make you more confident -and its fun too Give Do something nice for someone else it can be a friend or someone you dont know. Thank some- one. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be very rewarding and cre- ates connections with oth- ers around you. Evidence suggests that making a small improve- ment in your wellbeing can help decrease mental health concerns. It can also help you grow. For more information go to www.albertahealthser- vices.ca. For the full report on The Five Ways to Well- being go to www.foresight. gov.uk. For information about mental health in the workplace visit www.not- myselftoday.ca. For general mental health information visit the Canadian Mental Health Association website at www.cmha.ca.