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Tuesday August 25 2015 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... West Channel Bridge opened An ofcial ceremony was held Aug. 14 to open the new West Channel Bridge in Hay River. The new 3.5-mil- lion structure is a two-lane 130-metre-long open con- crete deck on steel girders with a sidewalk for pedes- trians and bicycles. It is the only bridge in the NWT to feature streetlights. Issue August 22 2000 20 Years Ago... Canadian North reshapes routes Effective October 29 Canadian North will be discon- tinuing some services within the Eastern Arctic in a bid to return to protability. Services between Montreal and Iqaluit Nanisivik and Resolute Bay as well as ights between Iqaluit and Ottawa will cease. Issue August 23 1995 30 Years Ago... Inuvik wants campus People in the Inuvik region are very keen to have Arctic College programs with an emphasis on academic upgrading a consultant told the Arctic College Board of Governors last week. Dick Hill the consultant hired by the GNWT to study the possibilities of establishing an Inuvik campus said 80 per cent of people in Inuvik have a strong desire for basic upgrading. Issue August 22 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK President Bill Enge of the North Slave Mtis Alli- ance NSMA whose members live mainly to the north and east of Great Slave Lake has spoken out against the agreement-in-principle signed by the NWT Mtis Nation NWTMN whose members mostly reside in the South Slave region with the territorial and federal governments. North Slave Mtis ling lawsuit over NWT Mtis Nation claim Sebastien Bourke I honestly dont get the signicance to 1921 at all. Why is that date specically There are plenty of Metis families who have lived in this area after 1921 including mine and our names are still being used as membership into the NWTMN but we will never see or get to use any of the settlement. I agree with Mr. Enge to le this law suit. Video game to teach NWTs indigenous languages 8 people like this. By DAWN KOSTELNIK I love being in Mr. Adams class. Heteachesusthatthere is an exciting world beyond the boundaries of sea ice and snow. It is cool to learn new things I feel free to be curi- ouswithoutbeingcondemned as trying to be teachers pet. Mr. Adams wants to teach us about the world he likes to teach. My classmates are in- terested in learning as well. Sometimes the questions get crazy everyone talking at oncesoexcitedaboutthenew things Mr. Adams is saying. He laughs not often but he knows he has stirred up all of these kids. It is such a beauti- ful big world that we live in. Quiet quiet back to work students Heads bend over books we are curious to see whatthebookssayaboutthese crazy Romans. How their greed for power and stuff crashestheirworld.Onehand goes up then another. Mr. Adamswhytheyrenothappy toliveinawarmplaceandeat them sweet dates growing on trees They are warm they cant freeze or run out of bul- lets whats wrong with them peoples that they ghts all the time P-s-st anyone see fruit growin on trees must be magic huh Whas dates anyways At lunch hour and recess wegetaccesstothegymwhen it is colder than -30F. If it is warmer than -30F we eat lunch in our classrooms and are herded outside for exer- cise.Scrappiecesofcardboard arehordedtobeusedassleds. These are stashed under the school steps and get smaller andsmallerasweabusethem sliding over rocks and gravel. At -30F and with access to the gym we slam bodies and walls with volleyballs in ex- treme dodge ball. The ceiling of our gym is too low to play basketballorvolleyballsowe compromise. This is a spare classroom with wire mesh to protect the windows. Bells ring and we return to classes. Oftenkidsfromother classrooms sit in the hallway reading comics and National Geographic until they have learnedtoadjusttheirattitudes. Iftheyhadbeenoldenoughto read the words I suppose that reading the National Geo- graphic would have been an education in itself they have great pictures. All the boys wanttoseethepicturesofhalf naked women in the far away south.Somekidsspendmost oftheschoolyearinthehallway adjusting their attitudes. In Mr. Adams class we learned he did the adjusting cause he thought we were worth it. An Inuit Elder arrives in the afternoon to teach us In- uktitut. We are learning both writtenandspokenlanguage. WrittenInuktitutwasadapted from the Cree syllabary in the 19th century by British missionaries. I do not have the keys to show you what the words look like. They are triangles and boxes with circles and accents. I nd the written words easy to learn but I struggle with the lan- guage. Annunciation seems to originate in the throat I am not good at this. In my embarrassment at my accent I learn to read the words but my development in speaking the language is limited. To be continued White Girl Settling into a polar winter By LONE SORENSEN Rain has nally arrived in theYellowknifeareainthelast fewdaysandforthersttime this summer it has rained for an entire day. The air is fresh and the soil is drinking up this nectar of the Gods much needed moisture for the land and the gardens. It eases my weekasInowgetabreakfrom the many hours of watering in my three gardens. It is a relief toknowthereisenoughrainto penetrate the dry layer of soil toreachtherootsoftheplants. It is so nice to breathe humid airratherthandustandsmoke from the forest res. Thereisanincredibleabun- danceofvegetablesinthegar- dens to pick from peas to beans green and purple cau- liower and much more. This week I have been again eating all local meals fresh sh from the Great Slave Lake caribou hunted this spring by MacKay Lake by skilled Dene hunt- ers potatoes of various kinds banana red skinned yellow eshed white skinned and I havestuffedmyselfwithfresh carrots. One can never have enoughcarrotsaskidsfriends and many others would like somecarrotsfrommygarden. I continue to pick the carrots as if I was still thinning them takingonehereandtherealong the row which allows the re- maining ones more room to keep growing. There likely is another couple of weeks of growing time for carrots es- pecially with this warm rain that is currently falling. Carrots are my favourite of allvegetablesandovertheyears I have grown many varieties always experimenting and having fun with it. One carrot thatIhavegrownforalmost20 years is called Healthmaster anditishighinbeta-carotene. Itgrowswelleachyearaslong as it is thinned well and wa- tered consistently. Carrots do not like to be dry and thirsty ever. My other favourite one is called Rainbow mix and is a lot of fun. These carrots grow nice and big and come in different colours from whitish to various shades of yellow and orange to purple. My favourite way to eat them is simply picked and washed or made into a salad by grat- ing them nely and making Gardening with Lone Summer turns to fall a simple dressing of lemon juice and honey. Sometimes the simplest things are the best And right now with so manyexquisiteandavourful ingredients there is no need for fancy recipes as the food in itself is more than enough to please the taste buds and nourish the body. ThisweekIalsohadafeastof yellowbeetsandwhatabeau- tiful experience that is. These yellow beets are sweet more subtle in avour than the reg- ular red beet and are a great colour on the dinner plate. It is an incredible satis- faction to feed myself and franklyitisalotofhardwork. OverthelastcoupleofweeksI picked many pounds of fresh vegetables and herbs from my garden and not only has it fed my household but also provided ahealingfoodbox each week for someone with an illness that wants to be on an all-vegan diet as a way to heal.Iamhonouredtobetak- ingpartinthishealingprocess by providing the best clean- estbeyondorganicrealfood. As fall arrives some of the food plants are done such as the green beans. I still leave them in the ground and by themiddleofSeptemberwhen I do the nal harvests of root vegetablesandgenerallyclean up the garden I will leave the roots of peas and beans in the ground as they have bound nitrogen into the soil a nu- trient in the natural form that isgoodforotherplantsinnext yearsgarden.Ratherthanpull- ing these plants out I cut the stems about above ground with scissors. This is a great way to plan the crop rotation in advance. My beloved car- rotswilllikegrowingnextyear where the beans or peas grew this year so they can be nour- ished by the yummy nitrogen left over from this year. Isnt nature amazing And heres a vegetable joke of the month Why do pota- toes make good detectives Thereareseveralsillyanswers a because they work mostly underground b they have eyes everywhere and c they keep their eyes peeled. Lone Sorensen is the founder of Northern Roots andhaslivedandgrownfood in Yellowknife for 27 years.