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Tuesday August 18 2015 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... RCMP detachments accepting unwanted guns The RCMP in the Northwest Territories is accept- ing unwanted rearms. As of Jan. 1 2001 all persons who possess rearms must be licensed in order to keep them legally. In a news release Sgt. Phil Johnson of G Divisions Community Policy Section in Yellowknife explains that the service is for people who do not wish to become licensed. Issue August 15 2000 20 Years Ago... Fishing harbour dredged The channel to the Moraine Bay commercial shing harbour on Great Slave Lake is going to be re-dredged. The channel which allows shermen to off-load their catch at the Moraine Bay sh plant for shipment to Hay River has been lling up slowly for the last 10 years. Issue August 16 1995 30 Years Ago... Ranch gets general support Opposition to a proposed bison ranch by local native organizations has diminished following an agreement that some of the animals will eventually be released for hunting purposes. Jim Bourque the assistant deputy minister of Renewable Resources met with represen- tatives last Friday to see if there is general support for the proposed bison ranch. Issue August 15 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK Fort Smith author Richard Van Camp has dreamt for years of bringing his stories to life through lm using his hometown as the set. First of several lm productions start rolling in Fort Smith Arliss Arbeau I dont blame Richard for not having The Lesser Blessed lmed in the NWT I blame the GNWT for not giv- ing tax breaks to the lm and TV indus- tries 32 people like this. By DAWN KOSTELNIK Our school continues to Grade 8. Grade 8 and Grade 7 share the same classroom. If we were still living in Fort Good Hope NWT I would have to go to the hostel in Inuvik for Grade 7. I now live in Coppermine which is located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean in the North- west Territories of Canada. It is also known as Kugluk- tuk and is today located in the newest Canadian terri- tory of Nunavut. Grades 7 and 8 have one teacher Mr. Adams. Mr. Adams is a legend amongst his students he arrives at this stature in a short time. He is British and has a deci- sive and clipped accent he comes to school in pressed shirts and demands our full attention at all times. If you do not pay attention or ad- dress your classmates and teacherwithrespectthereare consequences. The dreaded dictionary was common punishment.There is also the opportunitytogettheslipper but it was a dire situation that dictatedtheboysbendoverin the classroom and get their butts smacked with a run- ning shoe. Girls had to hold out their hands and get the slipper across their palm. It was more a punishment of humiliation rather than corporal the application of the slipper. The punishment of dictionary was torture ab- solute and pure torture give me the slipper Gossiping in class may constitute having to copy two pages of diction- ary which is two pages but really four sides out of the Oxford Dictionary. We were made to copy the dictionary pages word for word accents hyphens all of those piddly squiggly things part for part and sometimes he checked it Othertimeshewouldstandin front of the class and without a glance at the work rip it in pieces. You never knew what he would do the chance was not worth the possibility of having to do it over again in triplicate. Jonah is in my class. His dad is Charlie Avakana Klen- genberg a famous carver of soapstone he had some of his work on display in Mon- treal at Expo 1967. Jonah is an artist as well he traces and draws out picture of the Roman Empire which we are studying. Jonah grids out squares and re-constructs his pictures into huge post- ers that line the walls of our classroom. Mr. Adams takes a lot of time with him we can all see that Jonah is gifted. To be continued www.thewhitegirl.ca White Girl Settling into the darkness of a polar winter By ANGELA SLADEN Trythatasatonguetwister Berries are everywhere there is no shortage of them and they have been called the worlds healthiest foods You can pick them wild or choose specic ones to grow in your garden. Not only are they de- licious and nutritious they are colourful and add a lovely decorative touch to your yard. According to my research thereare15knownedibleber- ries. Many of them have tra- ditional uses and should be considered medicinal so you should always seek profes- sional medical advice before consuming them for medici- nal purposes. Many of them however are safe to consume in any quantity - moderation being the key of course with everything we eat. Here is a quick run-down of four dif- ferent berries that surround you and some things you should know about them - I will continue with more ber- ries in my next article. Bearberry. Imsureyouve seentheseberriesgrowingall overthegroundinthewoods. They are small red berries that grow under small shiny waxy leaves. The berries are kind of powdery inside and dont taste very good. Thats because they are not meant to be munched on for their taste they are a well-known natural treatment for kidney stonesandotherurinarytract illnesses.Womenwhoarepreg- nant and children should not eat these berries. Black Currant or Prickly Currant. These areprettypurpleblackberries that grow in shrubs usually no higher than 2 metres tall. They are quite sour and their seeds are especially nutri- tious. A lot of people use them tomakejamalthoughImnot sure that is such a good idea as too many of these pretty berries can cause diarrhea or cause nausea unless of course you are constipated in which these berries will help alleviate this condition. These berries have also been traditionallyusedtohelpease labour and childbirth. Blueberry.Finallyonewe recognizeandcantseemtoget enoughofinthesummer. Ev- eryoneknowswhatblueberries looklikeandthesweetyummi- nessofblueberryjamblueberry pieandblueberrycrisp.Didyou knowthatblueberrieshavealso beennamedinthetop5listof the most nutritious foods in the world They are plum - or berry - full of vitamins ber manganese iron and antioxi- dants and low in calories so eat up Traditionally blueber- rieshavebeenusedtohelppre- ventdigestiveillnesshelpwith circulation enable eye health and reduce swelling and in- ammation. They have also been known to help decrease the risk of cardiovascular dis- ease alzheimers high choles- terolandcancer.Blueberriesare acontinualresearchprojectin the scientic world because of theirimmensehealthbenets. And to think they grow wild and free Blueberries would be a GREAT addition to your garden. Bunchberry.Theseberries are a pretty red berry set in themiddleofbiggreenleaves. They are fairly mild tasting and have a hard edible seed. Again too many of these ber- riescancausetummycramps so be sure to eat slowly and a little at a time. These lovely berries have a long history of traditionalusesbyAboriginal peoplesacrossNorthAmerica. Historically they have been used for treating colic in ba- bieshelpingtoeasemenstrual crampsandhelpinglittleones holdtheirpeeuntilthemorn- ing.Theyarealsousedtohelp bringhealingtocoldsandus. Like Bearberries they were also used to help treat kidney stonesandrelievestomachin- fections. If you eat too many of them though youll be running to the toilet Bunch- berries grow well around the base of the trees in your yard and are often combined with other berries in pies jellies and jams. They help thicken the lling too. Three of these berries re- quireattentiontoyourtummy while you eat them. Listen to yourbody.Theyallhavegreat benetsforyourhealthsodont hesitate to eat a few at a time. Blueberriesontheotherhand arejustplainoldgoodforyou so ll up that piewith very little sugar of course. Until we meet again eat well live well and love well Angela Sladen is a nu- tritionist and member of the Tahltan First Nation in northern B.C. Beautiful bountiful benecial berries Patricia Sepp Dreams happen Betty Gunn Thats so cool...way to go and Dreams can come to life... Bryce Fraser good for you .....Richard