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Tuesday June 2 2015 17 ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE NWT MINING WEEK 2015The NWT mining sector employs more than 3000 people and spends about 800 million a year. Come celebrate the rich history and contributions of this important part of our territorys economy. Events are taking place in Yellowknife to mark this special week. All events are free and open to the public. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - YELLOWKNIFE Mon. June 8 1200pm-200pm Tues. June 9 1210pm-1250pm 100pm-500pm 600pm-900pm Wed. June 10 1000am-200pm Thurs. June 11 1000am-200pm 600pm-800pm Fri. June 12 1200pm-200pm Sat. June 13 800am-400pm 1200pm-300pm Cutting and Polishing Open House NWT Diamond Centre 5105-49 St. Downtown Rock-Walk with ITI Geologist and Staff Meet at Yellowknife City Hall mining exhibit NWT Mine Training Societys Mining Simulator Aurora College 5004-54 St. next to Lahm Ridge Tower. Limited space sign up by e-mail mts or at NWT Nunavut Chamber of Mines Scotia Centre 5102-50 Ave. Public Talk on Mining Heritage Ryan Silke Yellowknifethe founding of a gold town Northern Frontier Visitors Centre Bring your rocks for a geologist to identify NWTNU Chamber of Mines Open House with NWT Mining Heritage Society Scotia Centre Lobby 5102-50 Ave Rock and minerals display Meet a geologist NWT Mine Training SocietyAurora CollegeECE Career Awareness Opportunities Mine Training Society building 5110-49 St. Laptop mining simulators Prospectors Trail Walk Fred Henne Park. Meet at the Prospectors Cabin Partial route with ITI Geologist interpreting the local geology Rocks Minerals Display Displays by CanNor Industry Tourism Investment NWT Geological Survey - Greenstone Building Lobby 5101 50th Ave Mine Rescue Competition Hosted by Workers Safety Compensation Commission Yellowknife Community Arena parking lot Miners Picnic Hosted by NWTNU Chamber of Mines Yellowknife Community Arena parking lot Free barbecue and activities for all ages CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 684-111 NNSL NJ NGO Stabilization Fund The 2015-2016 application deadline is Friday June 19 2015. The NGO Stabilization Fund provides special funding to help NGOs that deliver critical GNWT funded programs or services to the public to stabilize or develop their capacity to manage programs and services. Support can be granted for eligible one-time general management governance organizational development and extraordinary general operations costs related to the delivery of critical GNWT funded programs or services. Collaborative projects that build the capacity of more than one NGO are encouraged. For more information and to obtain an application form please go to Phone 867 873-7329 Fax 867 920-6467 E-mail By DALI CARMICHAEL An environmental organization based out of northern Alberta is working to ensure in- digenous groups dont get left behind as the solar revolution and local harvesting move- ments expand into the province. To keep communities in the loop Keepers of the Athabasca - a collective dedicated to protecting the Athabasca Delta ecosystem - hosted the We Are The Land Energy and Food Sustainability Conference in Edmon- ton on June 1 to 2. Weve done so many events on water on tar sands mining on all of that and its al- most like people are zoned out to it said Jesse Cardinal one of the conference coor- dinators. Were creating new conversations which cover our current issues of the solar energy and food security but also talking about outstanding issues that havent gone away that are linked. Misconceptions about the North and its ability to harness solar power for energy and food production are rampant Cardinal said but through the conference and additional information campaigns the Keepers hope to change that attitude. Harnessing the power of the sun What we want to do with the conference is make sure that First Nation and Mtis people have the same opportunities as everybody else when it comes to the solar revolution Cardinal said. Weve been working on en- ergy solutions for about ve years now going into communities and telling them about the issues. We also thought as a board that if were telling people about the harms of oil coal and diesel in energy production what are we telling them to use instead Notonetostandinthewayofenvironmentally sustainable progress the group turned to the burgeoningsolarpowermarketastheiranswer. In the past year alone there has been a huge dramatic shift to solar energy Cardi- nal said. It has become more accessible to learn about with online education and more accessible to buy because theres more solar manufacturers. With interest by the freshly ushered-in NDP towards increasing Albertas energy ef- ciency Cardinal hopes that new provincial policies will serve to drive that market fur- ther creating a new green economic niche for indigenous entrepreneurs. We want Aboriginal communities to not only be a consumer of solar power but to be a business owner a manufacturer an en- ergy provider she said. We want to make sure that they have equal opportunities as this revolution unfolds. Getting growing in the North At the same time the Keepers want to high- light food insecurity a problem that impacts many remote areas. Again rather than just pointing out the problems they hope to offer real solutions. the natural resources being depleted we need to go back to locally providing our own food and eating in season. A lineup of almost 30 guest presenters in- cludingtheNWTsowntravelinggardenerand Northern Journal columnist Lone Sorensen discussed topics related to food security and sustainableenergy.Keynotespeakersincluded ChiefGordonPlanesofTSou-keNationdirec- tor of the Lands Advisory Board for the BC re- gionCarrielynVictoraXmontltartistand traditional plant practitioner and Dr. James MakokisanorthernAlbertanfamilyphysician from Saddle Lake Cree Nation who integrates traditional Cree medicines into his practice. The rst evening of the event closed with a concert and a book launch for A Line in the Tar Sands a collection of essays about the im- pacts of the oil industry. The show featured Fawn Wood Dallas Waskahat and Drezus among others and raised funds for the Atha- basca Chipewyan and the Beaver Cree First Nations. Cardinal said it was also included in the program to encourage youth attendance. InthefutureKeepersoftheAthabascahope tobringasimilargatheringtotheNWTtoen- couragethepushforagricultureinthefarNorth. For a full list of speakers and to learn more about the We Are The Land conference head to Keepers of the Athabasca host sustainability conference We Are The Land takes place in Edmonton June 1-2 There was a report by the United Nations that said its not even enough to buy organic weneedtostartgrowingourownfoodCardi- nal said. Were introducing this conversation to communities that arent doing any kind of community gardening and providing support for the ones that are. Traditional harvesting methods the use of food to improve health food preservation and proper growing techniques for the climate were all touched on during the conference. A hundred years ago growing your own food was just a way of life Cardinal said. With all of the demands on water and all of We want Aboriginal com- munities to not only be a consumer of solar power but to be a business owner a manufacturer an energy provider. Jessie Cardinal Keepers of the Athabasca