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Steering more students to the trades in Fort Smith The board of governors took atouroftheThebachaCampus trades labs last week as the school aims to drum up interest and enrolment. See page 6. Catching up with the Guardians The toxic legacy of the Giant MineheadframeinYellowknife is the subject of a new feature- length lm that premiered in the capital last weekend. See page 20. ANOTHER KIND OF REMEMBRANCE Do you know the signicance of the tulip See pages 10-11. Chasing best practices in food security in Toronto KimRapatisharedthewisdom she has havested in the NWT at the Canadian Food and Drink Summit in Toronto. See page 19. Fort Smith museum gathering Christmas relics for exhibit The Northern Life museum is assembling a stockpile of seasonal decorations photos andevencookbooksforafestive holiday exhibition. See page 9. V IS IT W W W .N O R J.C A A national award winning independent newspaper serving northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories since 1977 1.00 November 11 2015 Vol. 39 No. 28 By CRAIG GILBERT Within hours of United States President Barack Obama formally snufng out the 8-billion proposed Keystone XL pipeline Alberta Pre- mier Rachel Notley had Prime Min- ister Justin Trudeau on the phone. On Trudeaus second full day on the job Obama announced the United States would not grant a cross-border permit for the proj- ect a 1900-kilometre pipeline that would have delivered bitumen from the oil fields in northern Alberta to the Gulf Coast in part by tap- ping into existing TransCanada infrastructure south of the border. The president said he agreed with the State Department which con- cluded the project would not serve their countrys national interest. Based on statements issued by Notley and Trudeau the leaders agree that Alberta and Canada need to focus on the clean jobs of tomorrow. Canada can be a global source of environmentally responsible en- ergy through better environmental policies and Alberta will act to help make that happen in part- nership with Canadas new fed- eral government Notley said. And then we hope that future en- ergy infrastructure projects will be debated on their own merits. Notley said she stressed the im- portance of the federal government playing its role in the building of infrastructure of national impor- tance. She said Obamas decision highlights the need for Alberta to improve its environmental re- cord and reputation. I am disappointed by the way the U.S. government chose to characterize our energy ex- ports she said. Canada cur- rently exports over three mil- lion barrels a day to the U.S. and those exports will continue. White House closes door on cross-border permit for Keystone XL pipeline If Congress is serious about wanting to create jobs this was not the way to do it. President Obama Our trading relationship with the United States is of fundamental importance to Alberta and we will work to build on it. Trudeau took a broader view invoking his campaign promise to improve relations with the White House. We are disappointed by the decision but respect the right of the United States to make the decision he said. The govern- ment of Canada will work hand- in-hand with provinces territo- ries and like-minded countries to combat climate change adapt to its impacts and create the clean jobs of tomorrow. Obama agreed relations with Canada are about more than oil. We both agreed that our close friendship on a whole range of issues including energy and cli- mate change should provide the basis for even closer coordination between our countries going for- ward he said. And in the com- ing weeks senior members of my team will be engaging with theirs in order to help deepen that cooperation. The leaders will have a chance to chat at the much anticipated United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris at the end of the month. See Pipeline on page 18. Aboriginal leaders from the NWT joined dozens of others in front of the White House in Washington D.C. in 2011 to protest the Alberta oil sands and the Keystone XL pipeline. Dozens of people including Gitz Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and author Naomi Klein were arrested. PhotoShadiaFayneWood 2 Wednesday November 11 2015 ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE NEWS BRIEFS ACFN chief reacts to making residential school les public Chief Allan Adam from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation reacted strongly to news that the Truth and Recon- ciliationCommissionofCanadaTRCandtheGovernment of Canada have taken the position that documents related to residential school claims for sexual and physical abuse including survivors testimonies should be preserved and made public at some point in time. Once again survivors werenotconsultedonthisissuebeforeitwasbroughttothe courts he said. The consequences of making such docu- ments public could have devastating effects on individuals families and communities. Watch for voter information card ElectionsNWTismailingoutVoterInformationCardstoall registered electors. These cards contain information about whereandwhentovoteandhowtocontactReturningOf- cersbutitcannotbeusedasproofofidentityandresidence at the polls. If an elector receives a card addressed to them but with incorrect information they can correct any errors when they attend their poll. If an elector does not receive a VoterInformationCardtheycanregistertovotewhenthey attend their poll. Sufcient proof of identity and residence willberequired.Alistofidenticationoptionscanbefound at www.electionsnwt.cavoter-identication. Alberta government plans roads consultations in 2016 Funding for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Pro- gram STIP cut in 2013 by the previous government is to be restored by the New Democrats who plan to make 100 millionavailablebetween2017and2019.InadditiontoSTIP Budget2015invests4.6billioninroadandbridgeprojects throughout Alberta according to the province. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail infowescleannwt.com web www.wescleannwt.com Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. 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Yay A happy ending The Fort Smith District Education Authority has rescheduled its Annual General Meeting to Thursday Nov. 26 2015 700PM at JBT Room 113 Delegates wishing to address the authority may do so by contacting our office in writing 72 hours prior to the meeting at P.O. Box 131 or by fax at 867-872-2448. The public is welcome to attend. Ideas.Action.Community Why Choose Don Jaque for MLA Because I will focus on community. I want to work with the new mayor and those dynamic young women on town council not just to be available to help them if requested but to actively pursue goals and objectives with them. I want to work with other agencies and groups as well especially Mtis and First Nation governments. There is much to be done in the community yet it seems stuck. It is an amazing opportunity for a small riding to have its own MLA someone in a leadership role who can facilitate projects bringing the power of the ofce connections and resources to make things happen but that is not the way it is done now. That work is carried out by the constituency of- ce while the MLAfocuses on matters of governance in the capital. It should not be that way. Dont get me wrong I would ght the good ght in the Legislature. I am a social activist. In my forty-year career as a newspaper owner and business person I have advocated for in- digenous issues equal status for women respect for the environment youth opportunities education healthy living and much more. I would be vocal and tenacious in the role of MLA in Yellowknife. My priority however would be at home building a stronger community. Outside my work as an entrepreneur running multiple businesses hiring and training staff and offering different services my free time has been spent volunteering on projects that enhance the quality of life and support the economy in Fort Smith. I brought the TransCanada Trail to the NWT and set up the downtown park. I moved the ski club to its current location set up the trail system there and continue to play a support role to this day. When the museum was gutted and closed I took on the challenge modernized the building and worked with volunteers to set up new displays. I served on the College Board of Governors and was on the design team for the Thebacha Campus academic building. The creation of the college research centre was my idea as was the college store so that the student council would have a permanent source of revenue. I have worked with the kayak club for decades and was president of the NWT Kayak Association for over 26 years. In doing all that my focus was always on community. Now I would like to take it to the next level to dedicate myself to community projects full time to strengthen the economy improve infrastructure and make Fort Smith better. In doing that I would strive to unite the community in common purpose. I am an organizer manager and facilitator. My business experience has trained me to be efcient and effective. I get the job done by bringing people and resources together. Elect me and I will do that full time for the Thebacha riding. Please vote for Don Jaque for Thebacha MLA on Monday November 23rd. Authorized by Sandra Dolan 867 445-1447 ofcial agent for Don Jaque By CRAIG GILBERT In what could be a case of one step forward two steps backAboriginalgovernments and environmental groups celebrated a partial victory last week at the Yukon Court of Appeal. A three-judge panel Chief Justice Robert Bauman Madam Justice Lynn Smith and Justice Richard Goepel agreed with a trial judges ruling that the Yukon govern- ment failed to meet its obliga- tion to consult on a land use plan that could have opened up more than 70 per cent of one of Canadas most pristine and signicant ecosystems to development. Less welcome news was their decision that the pro- cess should be returned to the point at which the Yukon government breached the land-use planning provi- sions of the Umbrella Final Agreement UFA with First Nations. They found this took place back in February 2011 when the government proposed modications to the Commissioners Recom- mended Plan. Partial victory for protectors of Yukons Peel watershed Gill Cracknell executive director of the Yukon chap- ter of the Canadian Parks and Wildlife Society CPAWS said they are already work- ing on next steps after a Nov. 3 decision sent the plan back to the drawing board. Setting the process so far back effectively wiped out an enormous amount of time andtaxpayermoneyalreadyex- pendedwhichhasCPAWSbal- ancingoptimismwithcaution. Sendingitbacktothattime sets the question of the whole way the government will do this process Cracknell said. The public deserves better than a do-over. We wanted the process sent back to the point where they had to con- sultcorrectly.Thegovernment consulted on their own ideas instead of the plan produced by the commission. ApleasedGwichinTribal Council GTC welcomed news that the appeal court agreed the Yukon govern- ment failed to honour the letter and spirit of its treaty obligations related to the Peel Watershed Land Use Plan but echoed CPAWS concern. The bulk of the Peel water- shed sits in traditional Tetlit Gwichin lands and the GTC was granted intervenor sta- tus in the lawsuit filed by the Trondek Hwechin and Na- Cho Nyak Dun First Nations along with CPAWS Yukon and the Yukon Conserva- tion Society with Thomas Berger as their legal coun- sel in May. Representatives and legal counsel from the GTC were given the oppor- tunity to speak to the plan at the appeal hearing in late August. We are disappointed that thecourthasorderedthepro- cess to be returned to a much earlier stage than requested disregarding four years of ne- gotiated bilateral work GTC President James Wilson said in a written statement. We share the concerns of the lead proponents that this decision may open the door to the Yukon government to be able to implement their original plan. The GTC is worried the long-fought concessions realized under Section 11.6.2 would be lost. Chief Roger Kyikavichik of the Vuntut Gwitchin wants to see the Peel Land Use Plan through to completion ac- cording to a statement. This is not nished until weve concluded a nal land use plan that we can all agree to he said. We must ensure the integrity of this pristine ecosystem is protected for all time. Lets be clear we are not against development but it must be done in an en- vironmentally sensitive way. The water land environment and the animals have to be protected for our children. Berger said the judgement represented a major step in guaranteeing that land use planning in the Peel and elsewhere in Yukon proceeds according to the process laid down in the UFA. However We must con- sider the question of whether sending the matter back to an earlier stage in the process may allow Yukon govern- menttoeffectivelyimplement the Government of Yukons plan a plan which the court has held is a nullity by the back door. 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Y IN ends 27 Flooring Area Rugs Paint w Coverings rial Supplies interior design headquarters Let the sunshine in Alberta expands public sector salary disclosure to boards and agencies By CRAIG GILBERT The shadows are scattering in Alberta as the NDP government moves to expand the reach of its sunshine legislation. On Nov. 5 the government introduced the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act or Bill 5 which expands the sunshine list to people who work for agencies boards and commissions ABCs public post-sec- ondary schools ofces of the provincial leg- islature and health service entities. The bill will result in salary disclosure pri- marily for those earning more than 125000 per year putting the focus on higher-income earners and managers a departure from the disclosure rule in place for government employees which sets the threshold at just below 105000. Bill 5 enshrines that Trea- sury Board directive into law but doesnt in- crease the threshold which the Opposition Wildrose Party was less than impressed with. In January the party released data it ob- tained through a Freedom of Information request that showed the number of public servants who earned more than 100000 doubled between 2009 and 2013 to almost 10000. Wildrose welcomes the step to bring more openness and transparency into government and its agencies its something we have long calledforWildroseaccountabilitycriticJason Nixon said in a press release. However the 20000 discrepancy between the disclosure limit for government employees and for pub- lic sector bodies doesnt make sense. He said outrageous bloated salaries for high-ranking executives in ABCs have been a hallmark of the Alberta government. The government argued in a press release that Bill 5 would lay the groundwork for it to regulate the disclosure of fee-for-service revenues and other payments to doctors and other medical practitioners. Municipalities and school boards meanwhile will be en- abled but not required to disclose compen- sation paid to employees. Parties impacted by this legislation will be consulted to help determine how to imple- ment the act as the regulations are drafted according to Kathleen Ganley Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. The legislation will include a provision to allow individual exemptions for safety reasons for example Crown prosecutors. According to the government exemptions for entities can be addressed through regulation. This government has committed to in- creasing transparency and we are keeping our promise Ganley said. This legislation will allow Alberta taxpayers to see where their dollars are spent. We are also commit- ted to working closely with those affected by this legislation to support compliance. More where that came from The province also announced last week it intends to proceed with a review of all ABCs to ensure bang for taxpayer buck. The prov- inces 301 arms length agencies boards and commissions including the Alberta Energy Regulator the boards of governors of pub- licly funded colleges and universities and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commis- sion direct almost half of all provincial spending or about 20 billion. First up for review are the 136 agencies subject to the Alberta Public Agencies Gov- ernance Act including the Workers Com- pensation Board Travel Alberta and the Alberta Transportation Safety Board. To be completed by March that work entails ministers reviewing organizations associ- ated with their departments considering their role and mandate board membership and governance and pointing out areas of duplication and potential cost savings. An outside consultant will advise gov- ernment on rationalizing and standardiz- ing compensation levels. The second phase of the review will in- clude 141 agencies that are not governed under the act concluding next summer. The third and nal review phase to be completed in late fall 2016 will focus on boards of governors at public post-second- ary institutions. Not all the pursestrings are tightening As the ABC review is nearing completion students across the province will be step- ping into a summer job thanks in part to the province. Premier Rachel Notley announced Nov. 3 her governing New Democrats planned to reinstate the Student Temporary Employ- ment Program STEP in 2016 and provid- ing employer subsidies to help create more than 3000 student positions. It was cut by the Tories three years ago. It will for the rst time allow small busi- nesses to take part as well as municipali- ties not-for-prot groups school boards and publicly-funded post-secondary institutions. Students are pleased to see the STEP re- turned for summer 2016 Council of Alberta University Students chair Romy Garrido said in a press release. It will make a big impact in the many communities across Alberta that previously relied on the program. 4 Wednesday November 11 2015 The Northern Journal is an independent newspaper covering news and events in the western Arctic and northern Alberta. The Northern Journal is published weekly by Cascade Publishing Ltd. Printed at Star Press Inc. Wainwright AB. Publisher................................................................................. Don Jaque 867-872-3000 ext.21 donnorj.ca Editor..................................................................................... Craig Gilbert 867-872-3000 ext.24 newsnorj.ca Reporter....................................................................... 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Opinions expressed in letters and columns are not necessarily those of the publisher or editor. EDITORIAL LETTER TO THE EDITOR 2013 CCNA BLUE RIBBON CANADIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER AWARD 2013 C M C A AUDITED Advertising Deadlines Display ad deadline is Thursday at 400 p.m. Classied ad deadline is Thursday at 500 p.m. Email adsnorj.ca Subscription Rates Prices include GST. 47.25 in Fort Smith 52.50 elsewhere in Canada 105 in the USA overseas 164.30. The Northern Journal acknowledges the nancial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund CPF for our publishing activities. The too-high cost of war Lt.GenretdRomeoDallaireledtheUnited Nations Peacekeeping force in Rwanda dur- ing the genocide of 1993. He attempted sui- cide four times before seeking help for the mental injury he suffered there. Dallaire the former Liberal senator who once chaired the Senate subcommittee on Veterans Affairs briefed Prime Minister- designate Justin Trudeau on the portfolio before the election according to the Globe and Mail. The same newspaper recently published an exhaustive investigative piece that uncov- ered at least 54 soldiers had died by suicide either during or after serving in Afghanistan. Days later the military updated that gure to at least 59 with the caveat that since deaths by suicide among reservists are not tracked by the military or the Department of Veter- ans Affairs the real number is almost surely higher. A total of 158 Canadian soldiers died in-mission during the conict in Afghanistan. With another Remembrance Day upon us the storys headline The Unremembered cuts to the quick pointing to the invisible but not unknown enemy quietly inating the already too-high cost of war. Stigma associated with the ravages of post- traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is slowly falling away as the efforts of people like Lt.- Gen Dallaire and organizations like the Tema Conter Memorial Trust and its ivegotyour- backsocialmediacampaignforrstresponder mental health gain traction. The 158 number was a scandalously er- roneous number Dallaire told the Globe. There was absolutely nothing said about the horrible sacrices and cost to the families of those who kill themselves after the mission due to the injury of the mission. Based in Ontario the Tema Conter Trust offers scholarships to students taking rst- responder training across the country in- cluding those at the Royal Military College and draws attention to the suicide epidemic in the emergency services. According to the group 19 military personnel died by suicide in 2014. Between Apr. 27 and Dec. 31 27 rst responders died the same way. Another 18 rst responders and ve military members died by suicide in the rst half of 2015. The Royal Canadian Legion too has called The borders of their homeland are not being challenged their minds are not theatres of war and no number of mental inju- ries amongst our veterans can be deemed an acceptable loss. for a renewed commitment to veterans in a pre-election position paper posted online ti- tled Veterans Matter which calls on the fed- eral government to include the Veterans Bill of Rights in a new Veterans Charter and in turn for that to be enshrined in the Pension Act. The Legion includes RCMP and other peace ofcers in its denition of veteran. Interestingly the Legions paper mentions mental health and PTSD precisely zero times focusing for the most part on reducing red tape for the veterans and their families who are trying to access nancial and medi- cal benets. A study led with the Library of Parliament however paints a grim statistical picture for post-service military personnel. With respect to veterans the percent- age of deaths attributable to suicide is 45 per cent higher than for the general popula- tion and currently serving members Jean- Rodrigue Par wrote in 2011. He found 23.6 per cent of all military personnel released between 1998 and 2007 reported an opera- tional stress injury as dened by the federal government including PTSD depression anxiety mania dysthymia and bipolar dis- order. For veterans who applied for disability benets after 2006 when the new Veterans Charter came into effect that gure jumps to six in 10. Three-quarters of veterans tak- ing part in VAC rehabilitation programs fol- lowing a release for medical reasons suffer from a mental health disorder. More than a quarter of the deaths were sui- cide out of 2620 male soldiers who enrolled in the regular force after 1972 and were re- leased before the end of 2007. Among women the gure was 14 per cent or 29 of 204. The problem is not going away. Between 2011 and 2016 25000 to 35000 more Ca- nadian soldiers were expected to be released from service as many as 10000 for medical reasons and at least 5900 of them suffering from a mental health disorder. At least 2750 will suffer from a severe form of PTSD which can result in intrusive upsetting memories of an event or events ashbacks nightmares irritability hypervigilance depression and suicidal ideation. The borders of their homeland are not being challenged their minds are not theatres of war and no number of mental injuries among our veterans can be deemed an acceptable loss. This is a national crisis that deserves the attention of Prime Minister Trudeau and his newly minted cabinet including at the very least Veterans Affairs Minister and Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr and Minister of Health Jane Philpott. In the minds of our leaders Remembrance Day should be every day. Editor Finally A candidate taking a truly vision- ary - and gutsy - stand on how the NWT is governed I applaud Yellowknife Centre challenger Julie Greens call for a broad and public re- view of our consensus system of govern- ment as she told the Dene Nahjo forum last Thursday. She is right on in her assessment that regular MLAs her opponent included rarely get it together enough to truly hold the cabinet to account and to use their major- ity weight to balance cabinets increasingly remote and executive style. I saw this during my term as Great Slave MLA from 1999 to 2007 and it has become even more so. Bob McLeod is also correct in saying that from one consensus assembly to the next their job is at least in part carrying forward good ideas. The Dehcho Bridge and achieving devolution are examples of multi-assembly work toward an end. But a huge and funda- mental ingredient of democracy has been missing over the past decades the voice of the people. Consensus politics only gives us the choice of who we want to govern. It de- nies us the choice at the voting booth to say what it is we want them to do. That is what party-style government would bring to the NWT. And for all its aws it would be worth it. Bill Braden Yellowknife Candidate took gutsy stand on consensus former MLA Police are investigating after not one but two vehicles were stolen from the airport park- ing lot in Norman Wells Nov. 6. Both were left unlocked with keys inside the vehicle. One vehicle was recovered undamaged. The other vehicle was located at the scene of a crash and sustained extensive damage. Norman Wells RCMP would like to remind people that vehicles that will be parked and left unattended should be locked and secured. This in- vestigation is continuing. CORRECTION In the Nov. 4 issue a news brief on page 2 Inmate medevaced from Fort Smith cor- rections dies incorrectly reported that the deceased inmate was being held in the River RidgeCorrectionalFacilitywhenhewaspicked up by emergency medical services. In fact he went into distress at the RCMP cell block in Fort Smith. The Journal regrets the error. PhotocourtesyofRCMP Wednesday November 11 2015 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... SUPERNET Albertas reputation as one of the most wired juris- dictions in North America is moving ahead at 21st- century speed with the creation of Alberta SUPERNET - a high-speed broadband network to every hospital school library and government facility in the province within three years. Issue November 7 2000 20 Years Ago... Nunavut to go to polls over capital In a little over a month the people of the future ter- ritory Nunavut will be heading to the polls to decide which community should be capital following division on April 1 1999. Which of these communities do you want to become the capital of Nunavut - Cambridge Bay Iqa- luit or Rankin Inlet The question will read on Dec. 11. Issue November 7 1995 30 Years Ago... Expo buying northern meat Expo 86 will be spending between 325000 and 350000 in Northern communities so that Expo tour- ists in Vancouver next year can feast on everything from Arctic char and whitesh to musk-ox burgers and cari- bou steaks. Issatik food plant of Rankin Inlet has al- ready shipped 7600 pounds of vacuum-packed Arctic char on a contract worth 30000. Issue November 7 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK A free program that helps Fort Smith seniors get ac- tive has been highlighted as a bright spot in the North- west Territories - but dont call it yoga. A bright spot for seniors to get moving in Fort Smith Ron Gwynne Bea Lepine and Mela- nie Kearley like this. Vancouver Aquarium Marine Research Centre is try- ing to drum up interest in the changes taking place in the Arctics ecosystems. Vancouver aquarium to highlight plight of Arctic ice Tusaayaksat shared this. By DAWN KOSTELNIK Left right left and right girls girls keep your eyes to the front dont look at your feet And once again left right left right and split. NoNOBynowthescratchy old 45-vinyl record has run out of brass instruments and drums. Round and round the needle scratches out chalk- board screechie noises that are amplied throughout the emptycommunityhall.There isnothingthatbenetsacous- tics in this vast open space. We stand with hands cover- ing our ears. Girlswewillberepresent- ing our community when the Governor General of Canada White Girl Soldiers of God Roland Michener and his lady come to visit. We will do ourselves proud we are the marching soldiers of God Now once again from the top With her authoritive British accent Mrs. Priest is Commander-in-Chiefofgods army in our Inuk village. She is the Pentecostal missionary that is taking charge of the Girl Guides in Coppermine NWT in northern Canada. In her British heart she thrills to the discipline of a marchingband.WhyonEarth amissionaryinCanadasArc- tic has such a vast collection of marching military band musicisbeyondanyone.Buta collection of vinyl records she has indeed. A stack of old 45 vinyl records sits in the place of honour beside the portable record player. No one is al- lowed to touch any of these treasures. Should the needle onthearmgetbrokengetting areplacementneedlemaynot happen for six months and by then it would be too late. The Governor General would have come and gone Shesensesthatsheislosing our attention we have been promenading for almost two hours. In full Girl Guide uni- form we march left right leftthen right wheel left wheel. Gracie slope the co- lours My friend Grace has theprestigiouspositionofag bearer. We wheel right and encounteroursistermarchers wheeling left we are to pass through each others march- ing line in cross section and with perfect precision. When done right we are impressive. In an attempt to keep us focused Mrs. Priest has put on a livelier version of the same brass and drums. In quick time we proceed Mar- garet is approaching me from the left with the devil in her eye. She is to pass in front of me but instead grabs my arm and swings me in a quadrille. Let the square dance begin InexasperationMrs.Priest watches her formation of blue break into laughing girls doing an Inuk square dance to British marching drums Our fearless leader softens from Commander-in-Chief to Mrs. Priest the childless missionary who has a group of silly daughters whooping around the oor of the pa- rade ground in front of her. It is months till the Gover- nor General shows up after all. She smiles at our antics. Clapping her hands girls my girls this is enough for today. Join hands we will sing O Canada and say the LordsPrayerbeforeyouleave for home. Voices rise to the roof as we honour our coun- try singing in high girl voices the prayer is more subdued. At the end we turn and shake hands with each other yelling in exuberance Good night Girl Guides To be continued www.thewhitegirl.ca ByDR.ANDRCORRIVEAU Here is yet another rea- son to get your flu shot extra protection is offered in this years flu vaccine The flu shot for most peo- ple will be quadrivalent meaning four types of flu strains will be included in the vaccine as opposed to three strains trivalent in previous years. This new quadrivalent vaccine will be available to those from six months up to 64 years of age. This year all seniors 65 years of age and older will have the opportunity to re- ceive the special adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine. In the past this vaccine was only offered to those elders liv- ing in long term care facili- ties. This vaccine yields the best immune response for seniors. Getting your flu shot is a smart way to not only reduce your chance of get- ting sick with influenza but also of passing the virus on to those who are at risk of getting a more serious illness. That includes in- fants seniors and people with chronic disease such as diabetes asthma or can- cer. Protecting yourself pro- tects others. The flu is a serious in- fectious disease. Regard- less of how healthy you are it is quite easy to catch and it can bring on serious symptoms causing you to be bedridden for days un- able to eat and have respi- ratory problems. For those with weakened immune systems it can mean hos- pitalization or even death due to complications. Some people have reser- vations about getting the flu shot for fear that it will cause more serious side ef- fects or even the flu itself. However the vaccine can- not cause the flu and side effects are rare with the most common side effect being a sore arm for a day or so. This pales in compari- son to the serious symptoms the flu brings on. There are other ways to help prevent the flu as well. These include washing your hands often in warm soapy water coughing and sneez- ing in your sleeve as op- posed to your hands and cleaning and disinfecting common areassurfaces frequently. If you do have the misfortune of catching the flu stay at home to pre- vent the spread of germs to others. Did you know the only portal of entry for germs from viruses such as the flu is the T-zone the mouth nose and eyes By avoid- ing touching these areas and by washing your hands frequently you could greatly reduce your chances of catching the flu. For more information on the flu and its symptoms visit the department of Health and Social Services website at www.hss.gov. nt.ca. A good resource for children to learn about hand washing etiquette to help stop the spread of germs www.henrythehand.com has a number of fun re- sources designed to teach children about germs and proper hand washing. The Health and Social Services website lists the dates and times of flu clinics across the Northwest Ter- ritories. There is no charge for the flu shot in the NWT. Remember get the flu shot not the flu. Dr. Andr Corriveau is the Chief Public Health Officer in the Northwest Territories. Flu shot now has extra protection 6 Wednesday November 11 2015 EDUCATION TRADES CDETNO is attending Destination Canada November 17-21. Employers contact us to promote your job opportunities Audrey Marceau emploiscdetno.com En recherche de main-duvre Le CDTNO peut vous guider On the lookout for skilled workers CDETNO can guide you Le CDTNO soutient les employeurs tnois dans lembauche de travailleurs qualifis pour combler les emplois aux TNO. Lorsque des emplois qualifis ne sont pas combls localement limmigration peut rpondre aux besoins des entreprises tnoises. CDETNO supports NWT employers in the hiring process of skilled labor. When skilled positions cant be filled locally immigration can help NWT businesses thrive. By CRAIG GILBERT Aurora College threw open the doors last week part of a continued effort to attract students flying over its Thebacha campus in Fort Smith to train in the trades elsewhere. Thebacha campus Apprenticeship pro- gram head Duane MacDonald led the col- leges board of governors on a tour prior to a regular meeting held in conjunction with an open house Nov. 4. MacDonaldstartedteachingintheplumbing program in 2008 and was promoted to pro- gram head in 2012. He toured the governors and guests including Mayor Lynn Napier- Buckley and Councillor Erika Bell through the observer-communicator plumbing heavy equipment operator and technician carpen- try and welding shops. Programs offered at Thebacha campus in- clude Apprenticeship Carpentry Electrician Heavy Equipment Technician Housing Main- tainer PlumberGasfitter and Oil Heat Sys- tems Technician Heavy Equipment Operator and Observer-Communicator. Yellowknifes North Slave campus is home to Underground Miner Training. Community and campus- based programming includes such courses such as Camp Cook Building Trades Helper Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Introduction to Underground Mining Mineral Processing Operator and abridged Heavy Equipment Operator. Aurora campus in Inuvik uses the Mobile Trades Training Lab to deliver trades training in the Beaufort-Delta region. MacDonald said instructors spend time between the schools three eight-week deliveries each year staying current with changes to best practices and regulations in their respective trades and updating the cur- riculum to reflect them. Ever-evolving expectations Its constantly evolving MacDonald said. Technology has to be incorporated into the curriculum. Our instructors teach full days from eight in the morning until four oclock up to 11 courses each depending on the pro- gram for eight weeks straight. He said a more detailed tour would have revealed a lot more yellow referring to the distinctive paint job on Caterpillar equip- ment millions of dollars worth including a new excavator dump trucks graders and bulldozers. The college has 26 heavy vehicles in all to provide campus-based training for enrolled students as well as members of the community. Whenyoucomparetheamountofseattime they get in even the shortest program we offer its more than what they get in other areas of the country MacDonald said. Donated or discounted equipment is every- where. In the plumbing shop 5000 worth of heating controls provided by manufac- turer Taco lets students run pieces of equip- ment through their paces the same way they would in the field. The open house is part of a broader effort to improve enrolment in trades programs. For us apprenticeship numbers have been going down in the last few years and yet the number of apprentices in the territories is pretty steady MacDonald explained. So it doesnt take a scientist to figure out students are flying over us. I wish there was a way we could fill these seats because were sometimes running with half a class or less or were can- celling classes. Thats hard because you end up having to scramble to keep your staff busy. One carpentry delivery in the fall was can- celled for that reason. The team also has a series of videos in the works created to give those potential students in remote communities an up-close look at Auroras trades facilities. I would love to have more people from the community come through here MacDonald said. I want to do another open house at the same time as the towns trade show in the spring and even coordinate shuttles from the arena to the campus. A substitute teacher by day Bell was so im- pressed with MacDonalds tour she is think- ing about trying out a trade. I love how they stress safety and sanitation and it is evident in each room we visited she said. We were informed that the electrician instructor installed a few solar panels that the students study throughout the year and I found this quite interesting. I discovered that the majority of the trades instructors are from Fort Smith and are also Aurora College alumni. It is great that they hire local North- ern workers. Aurora College puts trades on display at Thebacha campus open house Fort Smith mayor and member of the Aurora College Board of Governors Lynn Napier- Buckley tries her hand at driving a virtual dump truck on a simulator in the heavy equipment operatortechnician lab. PhotoCraigGilbert Wednesday November 11 2015 7 ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE Campaign Contest Rules 1. Entries will consist of writing your name and phone number on the back of a receipt from local participating retailers in the amount of 30.00 or more and placing this in a designated ballot box. 2. Ballot boxes will be placed at participating retailers and emptied weekly for the draw. 3. There will be five weekly draws with the first draw on November 18 for prizes donated by local businesses. 4. The grand prize of two tickets to Edmonton will be drawn from all of the weekly entries on December 23. 5. Winners will be notified by phone and prize winners will be posted on Facebook. 6. Chamber Executive members are not eligible for prizes. Thank you to the following businesses for their kind donation of prizes for the Shop Local Campaign Thebacha Chamber of Commerce Northern Stores Kaesers Stores TDC Shear FunStreet Treats Northwestern Air Lease Bank of Montreal Wallys Drugs Hobart and Mum Please remember that each purchase from a local business provides employment for residents as well as offering services for residents and visitors alike. On November 23 2015 ELECT LOUIS SEBERT MLA Thebacha Authorized by Patti Haaima Official Agent for Louis Sebert 867 872-0908 Contact Information Website www.louissebert.com Email lsebertnorthwestel.net Phone 867 872-2199 Office Cell 867 688-7703 Campaign Headquarters McDougal Center Record of Community Service Town Councillor for 14 years and Deputy Mayor for six years Past President of Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce Practising lawyer in Fort Smith for 31 years and Treasurer of the NWT Law Society for two years Served on the Board of Directors of NWT Power Corp. for seven years Instructor at Aurora College for 30 years Served as a NWT Human Rights Adjudicator for the past three years Supporter of Amnesty International for 25 years Member and later Chair of the Legal Services Board of the NWT from 2009 to 2015 Former member of the Fort Smith District Education Authority I look forward to bringing this experience to benefit this community in the Legislature of the NWT. Thank you for your support. By DALI CARMICHAEL In an effort to collaborate on management responsibilities regarding the Bluenose East caribou herd the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board SRRB and the Wekeezhi Renew- able Resources Board WRRB have signed a memorandum of understanding MOU. Signed Oct. 27 the MOU also allows the two boards to establish a framework where each party is able to exercise its respective jurisdiction over wildlife management mea- sures including total allowable harvest and allocation of that harvest for the herd. The agreement comes following an ENR population survey conducted over the sum- mer showing declines in the herd. In 2013 there were an estimated 68000 animals. Following the study estimates are 35000 to 40000 caribou. Data also indicates the number of breeding cows - often used by scientists as a measure of herd growth potential - has dropped by 50 per cent from 34000 in 2013 to 17000 in 2015. With the MOU in place the SRRB and WRRB expect to have a management proposal for the herd from the territorial government before the end of December. Everything sort of hinges on that man- agement proposal said Jody Pellissey executive director for the WRRB. Were waiting for that to come before we get down to the actual logistics and planning and how things will proceed from there. This was just a part of pre-planning and trying to be as strategically ahead of the game as possible. The document outlines that both boards will conduct their own proceedings - includ- ing public hearings in each region - however a cooperative framework will increase the effectiveness of those proceedings by mini- mizing the duplication of processes and in- creasing consistency between the two boards. Representatives from each board are ex- pected to attend the others hearings to en- sure the same information is heard and evi- dence is witnessed by both sides. The Sahtu Dene and Mtis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement - which the SRRB is beholden to - as well as the Tlicho Land Claim and Self-Government Agreement - and in turn the WRRB - state that the two boards must hold a public hearing when the board considers establishing a Total Allow Harvest TAH for a wildlife population that has not had a TAH within the past two years. Almost a year ago in November 2014 the Taking Care of Caribou the Cape Bathurst Bluenose West and Bluenose East Barren- groundCaribouHerdsManagementPlanwas submittedtogovernmentsforimplementation. Action plans for the three herds are cur- rently being developed by government with the intent to submit to governments by the end of March 2016. The Journal reached out to the SRRB for comment but did not receive a response before deadline. Sahtu Wekeezhii renewable resources board sign MOU over Bluenose East caribou herd The Sahtu and Wekeezhii renewable resources boards await a caribou management plan to act on their newly signed memorandum of understanding. PhotoscourtesyofENR 8 Wednesday November 11 2015 ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE On Remembrance Day please pay tribute to the many veterans who have courageously served those who continue to serve and the sacrifices that have been made for all of us. www.rmwb.ca Scientists public come together over South Slave wildlife ENR announces three new studies on caribou wolves By DALI CARMICHAEL Wolves and caribou and moose oh my A mix of wildlife managers scientists and the public came together in Fort Smith last week for the biannual South Slave Regional Wildlife Workshop hosted by the local office ofEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesENR. Over the course of three days the group discussed ongoing initiatives to track and protect a wide range of animals with special attention to those that are harvested. The different regions have their own inter- ests some are interested in the bison some are more about the caribou some are inter- ested in the barren ground caribou said ENR wildlife technician Karl Cox. We certainly heard a lot about predators that was a big thing actually said wildlife biologist Ashley McLaren. The low water levels on the Slave River got a lot of atten- tion because that was a big thing this sum- mer. People were seeing the low levels on the river right here in town even so a lot of people brought this up as being a concern for aquatic furbearers. New studies from ENR During the informational sessions wildlife resource managers described three new up- coming studies prepared by ENR. The first will be a genetic study of the bo- real caribou that move within the South Slave region to measure the relatedness of the ani- mals starting this winter. Wemanageourprogramsbyadministrative boundaries so this genetic project may find a different way that we can manage these based on how related groups are and get at some of those lineages and as well look at howany habitat disturbance may impact their move- ment McLaren said. I think I brought up the example about a river or a road. If youre having individuals on one side that are geneti- cally different than the other well then that landscape feature - whether its human-made or natural thats creating a barrier to them. Two new studies on wolves have also been prepared. The first is a study of the wolf diet conducted through necropsies of animal carcasses. Wolf samples have already been collected though tissue from other animals still needs to be sourced to act as compara- tive tissue. The second study will examine the move- ment of wolves within the study range of the boreal caribou the Hay River lowlands. Pend- ingapprovalfromregionalIndigenousgroups scientists will use five GPS tracking devices as well as aerial surveys to keep tabs on the wolf population in the area. The more wolves there are in the area the morepressurethereisontheharvestspeciesof the bison moose and caribou Cox said. You hear sometimes that there are more wolves on the land but its hard to say. According to McLaren no similar wolf studies have been conducted in the region previously. It will be good to have that baseline data for future studies she said. Hearing concerns from the public Aswiththe2013meetingENRstaffersworked diligentlytoensurethepublicsneedswereheard. Weliketohavethesediscussionsandcollect informationfromthepublicbecauseitcanactu- allyhelpusprioritizeourfuturestudiesMclaren said noting that the 2013 meeting led to an in- crease in moose bison and predator studies. The meetings are also a welcome effort to increase communications between ENR and those who live off the land. This is a great opportunity said Stanley Beck a long time harvester and representative from Deninu Kue First Nation in Fort Resolu- tion. Its great to be able to take this informa- tionbacktomycommunity.Ionlywishwecould hear from them more often. A follow-up report documenting proceed- ings and scientific findings is expected to be compiled and prepared for distribution by the end of this year. PhotoDaliCarmichael A mix of wildlife managers scientists and the public came together in Fort Smith last week for the biannual ENR South Slave Regional Wildlife Workshop. Wednesday November 11 2015 9 Lest We Forget Lest We Forget the toWn oF Fort smith remembers and recognizes aLL veterans and active service members oF the canadian armed Forces. the toWn oF Fort smith remembers and recognizes aLL veterans and active service members oF the canadian armed Forces. The Town of Hay River RemembRance Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation. It is about coming together to honour those who gave their all. Northern Life museum preparing for a very Fort Smith Christmas with classic memorabilia By DALI CARMICHAEL The shelves of Halloween candy and deco- rative gourds that mark the autumn season are packed up making way for an onslaught of Christmas memorabilia. The Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre NLMCC is hopping aboard the train of festivities and asking Fort Smith residents to contribute to its cause. Museum staff are busy putting together a different kind of Christmas event. The last few years the museum has done a Festival of Trees with quite a bit of suc- cess said curator Rachel Dell. We wanted to do something different this year and we thought it would be fun to do an exhibition. Its going to be called A Very Fort Smith Christmas and we are trying to collect pho- tographs and memories and stories and fa- vourite Christmas recipes. The museum is asking citizens to dig into their old stockpiles of seasonal decorations toys photographs and even cookbooks to put together an idea of what a local Christmas would have looked like in the past. Wed love to go back as far as we can if we can get images from the 50s or earlier from families that have been here that long that would be amazing Dell said. Im in- terested in taking images from last year and recent years as well. The museum has some elves contributing to the effort. Students from PWK High School have agreed to help collect items and stories for the archive. Weve been really fortunate in that Jody McMahons class is going to be participating with us and helping us put on this exhibition so Im looking forward to that partnership to begin Dell said. Theyre supposed to be going out and interviewing someone and bringing in at least one image. Museum volunteer and avid local historian Ray Currie has also been helping the cause. Weve been trolling through the back looking for a few extra artifacts that we can bring out Dell said. Weve got some an- tique Christmas ornaments and toys that might have been gifts at Christmas some years back. Expect to nd many tales of local lore in- cluding the history of the towns Santa Claus oat the story behind the ever-glowing ev- ergreen - otherwise known as the Schaefer tree - the longest-running Santa in Smith and the heartwarming memory of John Minutes brilliantly-decorated house complete with hundreds of gurines and certainly almost as many lights. The NLMCC has set a soft deadline of Nov. 20 in order to have the different elements ready to go for Dec. 6 the ofcial launch of the holiday season in Fort Smith and the debut of the exhibit. ARTS CULTURE CHRISTMAS PhotoscourtesyofNLMCC Kelsea Donovan and mom Christie Soucy enjoy Christmas in 1996. Ray Currie unwraps a giant gift in 1985. 10 Wednesday November 11 2015 has been a time for Canadians to pay tribute to our war veterans and to respectfully remember the many sacrifices of those who died in the line of duty. Every year November 11th LTD. November 11 is a day on which the poppy is proudly worn over our hearts. Remember and pay tribute to our fellow citizens who have lost their lives. By CRAIG GILBERT A symbol of the life that would never have seenthelightofdaybutfortheirsacrificemil- lions of poppies live or otherwise blow in the windaroundtheworldonRemembranceDay. In Ottawa though a different flower takes over the city in May paying tribute to one of the most unique stories from the Second World War and a special friendship born be- tween Canada and the Netherlands. A million tulips bloom in Ottawa during the annual Canadian Tulip Festival a legacy from the Dutch royal family kept alive for the past four years by executive director Laura Brown-Breetvelt and her husband the fes- tivals chair David Luxton. Its like putting on 70 weddings Brown- Breetvelt told the Journal. Its a year-round job. It is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world and we have about 400 volun- teers helping out during the festival in May. In May of 1940 following the Nazi Invasion of the Netherlands Queen Wilhelmina and the Dutch Royal Family were spirited out of the country to rule in exile from the United Kingdom. The following month Princess Juliana brought daughters Princess Beat- rix and Princess Irene to the safe harbour of Canada arriving by ship in Halifax be- fore proceeding to Ottawa where mother and children were housed at Stornoway now the official residence of the Leader of the Opposition. January 19 1943 while in exile in Can- ada Princess Juliana gave birth to daughter Princess Margriet at the Ottawa Civic Hos- pital which was temporarily declared extra- territorial by the Government of Canada to ensure the princess would hold exclusively Dutch rather than dual nationality. The latter would have affected her status in the line of succession for the Dutch throne Princess Margriet remains the only royal per- sonage ever to be born within North Amer- ica. At the news of the princesss birth the Dutch flag was flown atop the Peace Tower and Dutch music rang out from its carillon. Overseas the princesss birth was seen by the Dutch as an important symbol of hope and source of inspiration. 10 days in May The endurin lips The festival features a number of live performances. Upwards of a million tulips bloom during the annual Canadian Tulip Festival each May a reminder o ARTS CULTURE REMEMBRANCE DAY Wednesday November 11 2015 11 Trooper Richard George Hardisty son of Chief Factor Richard Charles Hardisty and Elizabeth Victoria McDougall. Andrew Robert Flett former North West Mounted Police Special Constable born on the Deh Cho north of the Arctic Circle in 1864 had been a mail courier with Colonel Steele in the Yukon. Ambrose Boyer was born in Duck Lake in 1880. He was five years old when his father William Boyer fought alongside Gabriel Dumont in the Resistance of 1885. LEST WE FORGETMtis fought in the South African War Most of the Mtis who participated in the South African Boer War were members of the various regiments of the Canadian Mounted Rifles. Two hundred and forty-two Canadian soldiers were killed. One of these Charles Edgar Hallett was a Mtis born in St. Charles Red River Manitoba. He died in South Africa of wounds on May 31 1901 at Reitfontein. Other Mtis who fought as members of the Canadian Mounted Rifles N.W.T. MTIS NATION We honour those who have given their lives serving Canadians and defending the values and freedoms that we hold so dear. REMEMBRANCE DAY George Tuccaro Commissioner of the NWT On May 2 1945 following five years in exile in Canada Princess Juliana and her children were reunited with Queen Wilhelmina in the liberated part of the Netherlands. As a show of gratitude for her stay in Canada and for Canadian sol- diers role in the liberation of her home- land Princess Juliana presented to the people of Canada a number of gifts in- cluding 100000 tulip bulbs. The fol- lowing year an additional 20500 bulbs were received in Canada with a request to plant them on the grounds of the Ot- tawa Civic Hospital. Juliana who became Queen of the Neth- erlands in 1948 continued to send a gift of thousands of tulip bulbs to Canada each year during her reign which ended with her abdication in April 1980 and the beginning of the reign of Queen Beatrix. An artist originally from Elliot Lake Brown-Breetvelt unveiled a new bronze sculpture of Dutch Princess Juliana with newborn Princess Margriet at the Shaw Centre in May for the 70th anniversary. Her first husband was Dutch and her two children are at least 50 per cent so Brown-Breetvelt feels she has a close con- nection to the story of friendship. I grew up listening to the stories of their Oma and Opa grandparents in Dutch she said. It was very dear to my heart the fes- tival as well as what the tulip symbolizes which is friendship. Thefestivalfeaturesamilitaryencampment and display which attracts a lot of veterans. It is a way of connecting on a first-hand basis with veterans in a really relaxed and educational format. Canada has made 17 friendship countries through the festival and will be hosting the World Tulip Summit in 2017. The tulips themselves are a spectacular riot of colour Brown-Breetvelt said. They are something to behold. Its one of a few festivals where you can see every region and every race represented and everybody is happy. No-one is on their cellphone. There is something quite engaging and magical about the Tulip Festival. ng legacy of Ottawas tu- Artist Laura Brown-Breetvelt unveiled her sculpture of Princess Juliana in Ottawa in May. of the post-Second World War gift from the Dutch royal family. PhotoscourtesyofCanadianTulipFestival 12 Wednesday November 11 2015 Support our veterans who dedicated their lives. Support our local Legion. POLITICS NWT ELECTION Editors note After the deadline to le nomi- nation papers for the Nov. 23 election passed on Oct. 30 we sent candidates in all 19 rid- ings except Mafwi where Alfred Moses was acclaimed the same four questions 1 Why are you running 2 What are the issues facing your riding 3 Why should voters cast a ballot for you 4 What do you do in your spare time We had received responses from 28 of the 59 candidates running by our press deadline on Nov. 9. They have been edited for length and presented here in hopes it will help vot- ers make an informed decision. We priori- tized ridings for which we have received all or most candidates responses and hope to be able to print answers from the balance of candidates next week. By CRAIG GILBERT Kam Lake Yellowknife David Ramsay incumbent 1 I am running in this election because I feel that I can continue to make a difference in how our territory develops. It has been an honour to serve in the Legislative Assembly the past 12 years and being there to help my constituents continues as my primary goal. 2 The most important issues from my rid- ing are the cost of living and doing business. 3 I have an established track record as a reliable accessible and hard working MLA. I am educated experienced and have built solid relationships with leaders around the territory and throughout Canada. 4 In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife Michelle my children Malachi 8 Elijah 6 Adeline 2 and Donovan three months. I also play hockey and golf. Kieron Testart 1 I want to give back to my community and bring an ambitious and optimistic vi- sion to the next Legislative Assembly. Ive made listening to the concerns of Northern- ers my number one priority and I will be a strong voice for Kam Lake. 2 Northern businesses operating in Kam Lake are feeling the strain of high operat- ing costs and limited competitiveness in Northern markets as our economy contin- ues to decline. Kam Lake residents like all Northerners are also concerned with the dramatic increase in our cost of living in recent years the serious problems stem- ming from addictions poverty and home- lessness affecting Yellowknife and the lack of economic opportunities in the North. 3 My experience as a public servant single parent and someone who lives and works in the North gives me a clear un- derstanding of the most important issues to Northerners. Most importantly I have a real plan that will deliver results for the residents of Kam Lake. 4 I enjoy lm and community theatre and I am a big supporter of the arts. In 2008 I was the lead actor in an independently produced short lm in the NWT called Teenage Wasteland that was screened at several lm festivals in Canada. Thebacha Louis Sebert 1 I am a longtime resident of Fort Smith 31 years have served the community in several capacities lawyer town councillor for 14 years part-time instructor at Aurora College and believe I could make a positive contribution as a MLA. 2 Cost of living cost of power govern- ment transparency future of Aurora College. 3 I have a wide experience in dealing with community issues most recently as deputy mayor. 4 Reading and tennis. Michael Miltenberger incumbent 1 I am running for a sixth term because there are still important things to get done in regard to program services budgets leg- islation and the environment all of which are important to Fort Smith. 2 Continued delivery of high quality ser- vices strong economy building of key in- frastructure facilities like the womens goal and the re centre. Also key is the balance between the environment and development. 3 20 years as MLA 14 years in cabinet strong possibility of being returned to cabi- net and 20 years of dedicated service to indi- viduals the riding and the NWT as a whole. 4 Golf in the summer walk and read. Don Jaque 1 I have skills experience tenacity and the ability to bring resources together to get things done. I would love to serve my com- munity bringing new ideas and energy to the role of MLA. 2 Fort Smith is facing critical issues that needactionandleadership.Thecollegeisvital to our economy but too often the classrooms sit empty making it vulnerable to the grow- ing demand for a university in Yellowknife. The local economy needs to be broadened and strengthened-dependingonlyongovernment positionsthatmaybegoneinthenextroundof cuts is not the way to assure a positive future. 3 My focus would be community rst and governanceinYellowknifesecond.Iwouldwork closely with Fort Smith Town Council with monthly meetings and common goals along with Mtis and First Nation governments. I would facilitate cooperation with the town of Hay River between MLAs town councils and other leaders to bolster the economies of both communities-tousethewastedpoweratTalt- sonDamtobringdownpowerratesandtopave Highway 5 to enhance tourism - working to- gether to build a strong South Slave economy. 4 My free time is spent volunteering on projects that enhance the quality of life of Fort Smith residents. I brought the TransCanada Trail here and set up the downtown park. I moved the ski club to its current location set up the trail system there and continue to work on it to this day. I served on the college Board of Governors and was on the design team for the academic building. The creation of the re- search centre was my idea as was the college store so that the student council could have a source of revenue. NWT votes 2015 MLA candidates have their say Pelican Rapids Inn 152 McDougal Road Fort Smith X0E0P0 867 872-2789 We RemembeR The men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war conflict and peace. Wednesday November 11 2015 13 Hay River Ford Remembers THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEN WOMEN OF THE CANADIAN FORCES TF 1-800-661-0716 PH 867-874-7700 saleshayriverford.ca www.hayriverford.com SAME GREAT PEOPLE. SAME GREAT SERVICE. SAME NORTHERN COMMITMENT Remembrance Day We shall not forget C M Y CM MY CY CMY K NORJ - 2015 Remembrance Day Ad Qtr Page v1.ai 1 1192015 120105 PM POLITICS NWT ELECTION Continued from page 12 Yellowknife North Sean Erasmus 1 I am running in this election because real positive change is needed. I see a lot of social issues that need addressing here in YK and I know with my business education work ex- perience and innovative ideas that I can help them. I also have to try to change a law or two that has the potential to negatively af- fect home owners. 2 Homelessness work-related barriers barriers to start up business the Con head frame which I have a plan to save the harbour plan food security fracking water the high cost of living in which I have some ideas for each household to help them reduce a couple of bills. I also have a couple of ideas for the federal government on how they could re- duce some of their costs and how to increase the overall GDP. 3Ihavedonemanydifferentjobsinmylife- time. Some of them are cement truck driver at Giant Mine working on the stabilization project haul truck operator eight years of experience as an HEO for BHP and NUNA archeologist assist security guard curators assistant roofer data entry clerk safety su- pervisor at the Beaulieu mine clean up ber- glasser drywalling commercialresidential buildings a mover roughneck at Norman Wells labourer maintenance man at camp antler for free when I was 12 and 13 years old. I also have a business diploma and a little over a year of credits towards my degree in busi- ness at Athabasca University. 4IspendmyfreetimewithmykidsIalways take them to the parks and play with them. Cory Vanthuyne 1HavingservedYellowknifersfortwoterms asacitycouncillorandhavingcontributedtoa number of non-prot boards and volunteering for many local charities as well as operating two small business I have reached a time in my life where I want to be involved in the pro- cess of effecting positive change. As a 38-year resident of Yellowknife and a 22-year resident of Yellowknife North I want to be the repre- sentative that protects my neighbours best interests. I have a passion for helping others and I believe I can help set our territory on the right course for a better future. 2 Residents rank healthcare the health of their families neighbours and those in need as generally the biggest concerns. Folks at the doors have told me they believe government has a key role to play in building supportive environments but also in helping northern- ers help themselves. I think they prioritize these issues because without our health we cant take on the many other issues we are facing with the economy cost of living and the environment. 3 As Northerners its important that we unite in a common vision for a great territory. With your support I want to lead the NWT intoaprosperousfuturecapableoffacingnew realities while valuing our past accomplish- ments and the richness of our diverse history and culture. I want to see us pursue new op- portunities and initiatives. I believe there is a better way and with your guidance I will dem- onstrateleadershipandcondenceinmanaging ourfutureandIwillbeprofoundlycommitted tothepursuitofasustainablequalityoflifefor all while protecting our pristine environment. 4 In my spare time I enjoy playing golf in the summer and curling in the winter. I travel when Icanandenjoyreadingbooksonhistory.I alsospendquiteabitoftimeonhikeswithmydog at Tin Can Hill or out on the trails near V Lake. Ben Nind 1 I never thought I would ever run. It was never in my personal plan but I was prompted toactionthisyearbecauseIfoundmyselfcom- plaining a lot about the lack of leadership in the Legislative Assembly and an inability of Members to be able to work together to move the NWT forward on fundamental issues. In my family we have always said shut up or put up. In other words dont complain unless you do something about it. 2 The key issues that we have identied are also territorial in scope - cost of living diver- sication of our economy to move out of the boom bust cycle and depending on resource extraction projects protection of our land air water and wildlife catching up to the lack of housing investing in education as well as in the arts and cultural sector healthwellness streetsmartprogrammingtransparentgover- nance and keeping Northerners in the North. 3 I trust the voters in Yellowknife North. They are intelligent articulate active well-travelled and forward thinking. They will recognize a strong platform that works for protecting not only their own issues but those that are of concern for other constituen- cies. They are concerned about protection of the environment diversifying our economy investing in renewable and sustainable en- ergy strengthening our multicultural iden- tity investing in health wellness and educa- tion and celebrating effective and transpar- ent leadership. 4 My time is always full with travel adven- tures with my partner engaging in activities withmychildrenspendingqualityfamilytime on the land. I also share a creative printmak- ing space still am active in professional the- atre and spend as much time as I can cooking in the kitchen. Edwin Castillo 1 My children family my northern friends and neighbours are my priority. Therefore I would like to become an MLA to be more ac- tive and involved in the decisions affecting our livelihoods especially in the YK North area. In the 47 years that I have lived in the riding I have seen how the uncertainties of change political priorities and choices to important issues can greatly affect our life plans and neighborhoods. I can relate rst-hand as a single parent to the demanding challenges of raising a family in the North. Further I have many years professional experience in Public Service including 30 years with the GNWT and eight years on the YK2 school board. See page 14 Issues include cost of living infrastructure jobs 14 Wednesday November 11 2015 POLITICS NWT ELECTION Kaesersisproudtosalute thosewhokeepourcountrysafe bothinthepastandtoday. Kaesersisproudtosalute thosewhokeepourcountrysafe bothinthepastandtoday. Kaesersisproudtosalute thosewhokeepourcountrysafe Remembrance Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation. It is about coming together to honour those who gave their all. 68 Breynat Street Fort Smith 867 872-2134 WALLYS Drugs Continued from page 13 2 Constituency residents have expressed a wide range of signicant issues to me in- cluding affordability the effects of climate change population growth government consensus. However of primary concern is cost of living and having the economic means especially for low-income earners to be able to access and afford adequate shelter includ- ing mortgage rent fuel power maintenance and the nutritious food to feed and sustain the person and familys well-being. It is im- portant for growth and development to have the revenue base to support infrastructure programs and services that will attract and encourage people to remain such as our re- tired seniors and students off to school out- side to remain and live here. We need to en- courage responsible economic development from the mining sector which is the back- bone of our economy promote and support small business expand opportunities to de- velop our own food sources reduce the tax burden on individuals and businesses and offer more support for educationtraining for trades and professional development in order to increase local capacity. 3 Like most of you I am concerned about the costs and our governments ability to make the right decisions that will ensure us a good quality of life and sustainable future for our family self friends and neighbours. We only have a limited amount of resources available to allocate between all the competing priori- ties during the life of the 18th Assembly so we need to ensure that whatever is done the work continues to build on the positive foun- dations established by previous Assemblies. The core government foundation right now is crumbling. There is disenchantment and it is said to have become dysfunctional. We need again leaders to start repairing that fractured foundation of consensus based on trust integrity and accountability. 4 I make an effort to take time to reect on the many things I have been blessed with and especially make some time available for family including my dog and dear friends who have been so giving with their support. Dan Wong 1 Im running because there is a lot at stake. Living in the Northwest Territories it is ob- vious to me that people are hurting. They are trying to do the right thing to work hard and care for their families. But too often this is not enough. Too many are struggling to keep up with rising costs while others are battling the realities of addictions and homelessness. 2 Building a healthy community includ- ing Housing First projects with mental health and addiction supports affordable housing especially for seniors and a University of the North based in Yellowknife. Creating clean energy jobs by enabling homeowners to ac- cess low interest loans for energy retrots to lower heat and power bills aggressively investing in renewable energy generation including solar wind and biomass and supporting creative nancing for northern mines to build clean energy infrastructure. 3 Because I have designed a blueprint to address our challenges. We can transition to strong local economy by investing in clean energy jobs building healthy communities and supporting a responsible mining sector alongside small and local businesses. The transition to a strong local economy is not only about reducing our cost of living and building a sustainable economy it is about improving to quality of life and protecting the land air and water for families in Yel- lowknife North. 4 What is free time Frame Lake Yellowknife Jan Fullarton 1 I have always believed in giving back to my community. In my 10 years as Executive DirectorofSkillsCanadaNWTIhavetravelled throughout the NWT and spoken to residents about their needs. As MLA I can inuence positive change for everyone in the NWT. 2 I have heard concerns about government accountability and service cost of living in- cluding cost of energy homelessness educa- tion and balancing economic development withenvironmentalprotection.Ibelievethese issues are not unique to my riding but are also importantforYellowknifegenerallyandmuch of the NWT. 3 While there are many important issues across the NWT my priorities are education health care especially supports for mental healthandaddictionsandbalancedrespon- sibleeconomicdevelopment.Ialso workhard domyhomeworkandalwaysstrivetobebetter. 4 When I am home in Yellowknife I enjoy taking my dog Oliver to places where he can play with other dogs. I also enjoy reading pho- tography movies gardening sailing doing home renovations as well as woodworking although I dont have much time to do it. Roy Erasmus 1 Im running because I see too many prob- lems that are persisting with the current ap- proach to government. Things are being done in ways that are not in the best interests of Yellowknife and NWT residents. Its time for a fresh approach. 2 The key issues in my riding are decreas- ing the cost of living creating jobs and im- proving the economy and increasing educa- tional opportunities for children and adults. I want to support healthy living healthy people and healthy families and protect our environment. 3 Because I will be able to inuence change in programs policies and procedures. I know how the GNWT operates very well through my experience as an MLA and 12 years as a GNWT senior manager including four years as Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Culture and Employment. I am also on a rst name basis with just about every MLA which will make it easier for me to build consensus on things we may want to change. 4 Read exercise spend time outdoors eat healthy food learn about healthy habits and pursuits play and help people who contact me for assistance. See page 15 As many as seven candidates running for one seat Wednesday November 11 2015 15 WeRememberWeRemember They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. Excerpt from Ode of Remembrance by Lawrence Binyon Contracting Ltd. 1 Breynat Street Fort Smith NT 867 872-4567 POLITICS NWT ELECTION Those elected will join rst post-devolution assembly Kevin OReilly 1 This is an important time for residents of Yellowknife and the NWT. Devolution has empowered us to make signicant decisions that will determine the future of the North. Renewable energy can reduce the cost of liv- ing and create jobs. Lets build a northern economy for the 21st century and bring everyone along. 2 Reducing the cost of living retaining the benets of resource development diversify- ing our economy and homelessness. Invest- ment in renewable energy strong oversight of the new Stanton hospital reviewing how we manage resources support for diversify- ing our economy and Housing First are all part of my platform. 3 I have lived in the Frame Lake dis- trict for 24 years 30 years in Yellowknife. I have political experience from serving on Yellowknife City Council 1997-2006. My work experience with Aboriginal fed- eral and territorial government agencies on land use and resource management will serve me well as an MLA. I have a strong track record of working together with diverse interests and achieving re- sults like the Giant Mine Environmental Agreement. I have also volunteered with Alternatives North Ecology North Wade Hamer Hockey League and Canadian Crossroads International international development. 4 Avid gardener hockey player photog- rapher and postal historian. Range Lake Yellowknife Caroline Cochrane 1 Like many of us I am worried about the high cost of living unstable economy implementation of devolution and land claims lack of community resources and climate change. I also believe the GNWT needs more transparency and constituents need more say in GNWT decisions. I bring a strong background in nancial and busi- ness management policy development and a knowledge of social issues and current best practices. 2 Knocking on doors has been very en- lightening. I have been keeping track of each persons concerns and as such the most cited issues are cost of living people are concerned with the high costs to live in Yellowknife and many talk of moving support for children and youth parents are concerned with the lack of services and the cost of childcare the future of the mines many residents are worried about the future of the mines and the need to nd ways to entice people to staymove here and education concerns have varied from the implementation of Junior Kindergarten to the need for more post-secondary education. 3 I have proven leadership skills in busi- ness and nancial management as well as over 15 years managing non-prot social or- ganizations. I believe my professional skills will be an asset in assisting our government to prioritize issues of concern develop and adhere to a long term strategic plan and ensure that we are able to maintain a bal- anced budget. 4 Running a non-prot agency does not allow much free time. But during the warmer months I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors. I love gardening landscaping and renovating our home. Daryl Dolynny incumbent 1 I believe people are looking for those with experience and condence to deal with issues affecting our everyday way of life. I am seek- ing a second term so that I may continue to advocate with common sense for those areas important for ALL NWT residents. 2 Like I am sure no different than any- where many of my Range Lake residents are concerned about our stagnant economy and are unsure of our scal health. This has translated with equal distress to the lack of good paying jobs and a cost of living that is outrageous. In essence many are consider- ing the greener pastures in southern Canada. Then if you add the issues of health care edu- cationhomelessnessaddictionstransparency and a more accountable government into the mix and now you have a full recipe of misery. 3Ensuringourfuturerequirestherightlead- ers and I believe I can build a better tomorrow. 4 Nothing is free on the perpetual Honey- do list at my house. Hay River North Robert Bouchard incumbent 1 The past four years as MLA for Hay River North has been a steep learning curve for me. I nd the job very challenging and extremely rewarding as well. I believe that we have worked on some good initiatives midwifery program decentralization of GNWT jobs new sh plant regaining ex- tended care beds. Over my four years I see that there are a lot of areas that still need to be improved in our government. We need to be more responsive to the public and their needs. 2 Dredging - Ensuring the Hay River wa- terways are open for business Economic Development - continue to support and develop manufacturing tourism and the shing industry Team Work - Hay Rivers two MLAs must be a team and we must work as a team with Town Council Educa- tion Authority Chamber Persons with Dis- abilities Council and all great community organizations. 3 As I indicated there are many issues with our territorial government. Our gov- ernment has to be more responsive to our public. Now that I have one term under my belt I feel Hay River needs representation on cabinet and we cannot afford to start over. This next Assembly will have tough choices. We have a lot more work to do and I am com- mitted to continuing to work for Hay River. 4 I enjoy golng and camping in the summer. My camper is positioned right on the shore of the Great Slave Lake where we get to watch the sunset. Snowmobile in the winter. 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Units will be subject to inspection before acceptance by the Town of Fort Smith. For more information on minimum acceptable requirements and features and to receive a Bidder Form please contact Jim Hood Director of Corporate Services Town of Fort Smith Email jhoodfortsmith.ca Award will be made on the best value offered as determined by the Town of Fort Smith. The Town of Fort Smith reserves the right to reject any or all bids waive any informality in bids and accept in whole or in part such bid or bids as may be deemed in the best interest of the Town of Fort Smith. The Town of Fort Smith expects delivery as soon as possible. Time is of the essence and will be a critical evaluation point. All bids must be received by 300 PM Friday November 13 2015 at the Town Office at Box 147 Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0. All bids must be on an original form complete with original signatures. Email bids will be acceptable subject to the same closing time as above. All email bids must be sent to the following address jhoodfortsmith.ca. Fax bids will not be accepted. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY GROUNDS MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR Yellowknife NT Description Outdoor work in winter and summer and requires Organize and direct planting of trees gardens and lawns Work under pressure Handling heavy loads Physically demanding Manual dexterity Attention to detail Tight deadlines Duties Plan and estimate labour and materials Maintain work records and logs Hire supervise and schedule staff Read blueprints and drawings Remuneration 17 per hour Area of Specialization Landscape construction Grounds maintenance Design Specific Skills Resolve work related problems Requisition or order materials equipment and supplies Repair and maintain equipment Plan and direct grounds maintenance Organize and direct construction of fences decks and walls Establish work schedules and procedures Plan manage and supervise landscape construction work Position will require ability to supervise 3-4 people and requires excellent oral communication. Permanent position - 5 years experience required. Contact Joncavo.ca for more information. NORJ.CA EMPLOYMENT TENDERS AND LEGAL NOTICES Wednesday November 11 2015 17 Need to advertise E-mail adminnorj.ca EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FINANCIAL ANALYST HAY RIVER NT Reporting to the Manager Budgeting and Regulatory Affairs the Financial Analyst is a key member if the Finance team that compiles and prepares capital and operational budgets develops the Corporations various forecasts and conducts variance analyses for both management and regulatory purposes. Also provides advice to in- ternal and external customers regarding rates and the Corporations Terms and Conditions of Service. Qualifications Bachelors Degree in Business or Economics and related experience or a Diploma in Business andor Economics with several years work experience. Professional Ac- counting Designation CPA CMA CGA CA or currently enrolled in a professional designa- tion program with 2 years experience con- ducting budget forecasts and variance analysis preferably in a regulatory environment. Any regulatory experience or knowledge of electrical rate regulation will be considered an asset. Must undergo a successful criminal reference check. Salary starts at 46.35 per hour plus location accommodation allowances of approximately 7773 per annum. We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes defined benefits pension plan. Send resumes to Human Resources Northwest Territories Power Corporation 4 Capital Drive Hay River NT XOE 1G2 Fax 867 874-5229 or email careersntpc.com Competition 31-HR-15 Closing date Open until suitable candidate found. Affirmative Action Employer - Candidates must clearly identify eligibility status in order to receive priority consideration. We thank all those who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Empowering Communities EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Town of Fort Smith has an opportunity for a seasoned and highly qualified individual to take on the role of Equipment Operator with the Towns Public Works Division. Reporting to the Works Supervisor the Equipment Operator will participate in the delivery of municipal services that are vital to the health and safety of the Town. Successful completion of a recognized heavy equipment operator training program is required as is a valid NWT Class Drivers License with air brake endorsement. Salary Benefits Pay Level 18 60992.38 to 70120.44 per year. The Town also provides a Northern Allowance of 7715.79 annually comprehensive health dental benefits and a pension plan provided by Northern Employees Benefits Services. Closing Date November 13 2015 To view job descriptions please visit our website at www.fortsmith.ca Qualified candidates are invited to forward their resume to Senior Administrative Officer Town of Fort Smith Box 147 174 McDougal Road Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 Fax 867 872-8401 Email receptionfortsmith.ca Town of Fort Smith Equipment Operator EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Education and Training Coordinator Smiths Landing First Nation SLFN an Alberta Band located near the town of Fort Smith NT is inviting applications for the position of Education and Training Coordinator. The successful applicant will report to the Band Manager and be responsible for the following Ensure students have pertinent information required for student financial assistance under the SLFN Education Policy Assist members to apply for funding under the ASETS program Assist members to establish career goals and to develop education or other plans Assist members with job search strategies and writing resums Assist members to prepare for job interviews Assist and develop the summer student cultural program The Education and Training Coordinator would normally attain the required knowledge skills and aptitudes through completion of a Diploma or Degree in Business Management with 1 to 2 years experience. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are an asset. Equivalen- cies will be considered based on experience. A job description is available upon request. A Criminal Record Check must be completed and an Oath of Confidentiality will be taken. A valid drivers licence is required. Closing Date November 27 2015 at 500PM MST Salary Negotiable based on education and experience. Please mail or e-mail your resum and cover letter to Lynda Martin P.O. Box 306 Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 Phone 867872-2945 Email wlmartinnorthwestel.net EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Social Development Officer Smiths Landing First Nation SLFN an Alberta Band located near the town of Fort Smith NT is inviting applications for the position of Social Development Officer. The successful applicant will report to the Band Manager and be responsible for Completing Client Assessments and maintaining accurate client records Preparing and reporting monthly financials and statistics using a data base system Must become familiar with AANDC Income Support Policy Manual Required to do intake appointments and interviews to assess clients Providing and identifying areas of assistance under the Income Support Program Assist in developing appropriate client support systems within the community Maintain a tracking system and database Secure funding for wellness activities The Social Development Officer would normally attain the required knowledge skills and aptitudes through completion of a Diploma or Degree in Social Work or Human Services with 2 to 3 years experience. Excellent written and verbal commu- nication skills are an asset. Equivalencies will be considered based on experience. A job description is available upon request. A Criminal Record Check must be completed and an Oath of Confidentiality will be taken. A valid drivers licence is required. Closing Date November 27 2015 at 500PM MST Salary Negotiable based on education and experience. Please mail or e-mail your resume and cover letter to Lynda Martin P.O. Box 306 Fort Smith NT X0E 0P0 Phone 867872-2945 Email wlmartinnorthwestel.net 3 wide version 3.75 wide version Our Core Values Safety Our People Integrity Our Customers Communication Trust Accountability www.cedagroup.com CEDA IS HIRING WearecurrentlyseekingAlbertalocalsfor SHUTDOWNLABOURERSOPERATORS Shutdown start date of February 2016 Assist with the operation and maintenance of vacuum trucks high pressure water equipment and dredges. 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Qualifications include Ability to perform physically demanding work Clean drivers abstract Ability to travel within Alberta and work flexible shifts daynight Class 1 or 3 drivers license and Pleasure Craft License are assets Interested and qualified candidates are invited to learn more about these opportunities and submit their resume online by visiting 18 Wednesday November 11 2015 ENVIRONMENT KEYSTONE XL Continued from page 1. Despite claims the pipeline wouldhavecreatedthousands of jobs in both countries ObamareasonedKeystoneXL would have failed to make a meaningful long-term con- tribution to our economy. He said the project has occupied an overinflated role in U.S. political discourse for years a campaign cudgel more thanaseriouspolicymatter. So if Congress is serious about wanting to create jobs thiswasnotthewaytodoithe said.Iftheywanttodoitwhat weshouldbedoingispassinga bipartisaninfrastructureplan that in the short term could create more than 30 times as manyjobsperyearasthepipe- line would. Pipelines projected impact a pipe dream president Obama said the project would have undercut Amer- icas role as a global climate change leader. Republicanopponentswith the 2016 presidential election in their crosshairs including the partys nomination front- runnerDonaldTrumproundly criticized Obamas decision. Thousands of jobs good fortheenvironmentnodown- side the former host of The Apprentice tweeted. Environmental groups ap- plaudedthedecisionincluding Greenpeace which tweeted it wasahugewinfortheclimate. This is a very good day everyone tweeted Naomi Klein who was arrested at protests in Washington in 2011. A defeat for the Koch Bros a win for peoples movements. AthabascaChipewyanFirst NationissuedastatementMon- day thanking Obama for his leadership. President Obamas rejec- tionoftheKXLpipelinesends aclearmessagetoCanadaand the rest of the world Chief Allan Adam said. Now is the time to act and not just to talk about climate change. He said the ACFN is not against development or economic growth but that it must not come at the ex- pense of the environment. Now more than ever the PM must follow President Obamas leadership and im- plement aggressive action to address Indigenous peoples rights shift our economies and curb our dependency on fossil fuels here in Canada. Tories TransCanada cling to Keystone Interim federal Conserva- tive leader Rona Ambrose herself only a day into her new role said in a statement Friday she had already urged theprimeministertocontinue to advocate for market access for the energy sector includ- ing the Keystone XL project. The rejection of Keystone will not stop Canadian oil ex- ports to the United States she said. It simply means we will continue to rely on transportation alternatives likeshippingandrailbutthe Official Opposition urges the newgovernmenttoopentalks with the U.S. government as soon as possible. The prime minister must continue to voice Canadas position that this pipeline can create jobs on both sides of the border andstrengthenoureconomies while being environmentally sustainable. TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling said in a statement the company re- mains committed to the proj- ectwillreviewObamasdeci- sionanditsrationaleandthat submitting a new application for a presidential permit is an option. Todaymisplaced symbol- ism was chosen over merit and science rhetoric won outoverreasonhesaid.Itis disappointingtheadministra- tion appears to have said yes to more oil imports from Iran and Venezuela over oil from Canada the United States strongest ally and trading partner a country with rule of law and values consistent with the U.S. Girling said the State De- partmentsowndatasuggests transportingtheoiltotheGulf Coast by rail would generate 42 per cent more greenhouse gases than utilizing the Key- stone XL pipeline. Keystone XL would help replacethehigher-risktrucks trains barges and tank- ers currently carrying oil to market and would provide the U.S. with energy supply security by connecting U.S. and Canadian producers to American refineries with a pipeline running four feet under the ground he said. KeystoneXLwouldput2200 skilled Canadians to work al- most overnight with thou- sands more workers benefit- ing along the full value chain. We believe KXL is in the best interest of the United States and Canada. Opponents of the oil sands gathered in Washington in 2011 to rally against Keystone XL. PhotoChristineIrvine Wednesday November 11 2015 19 OP-ED AGRICULTURE The deadline for winter applications is November 15th Late applications are accepted but payment is not guaranteed for the start date of winter classes. www.nwtsfa.gov.nt.ca Student Financial Assistance NOW ONLINE www.facebook.comnwtsfa Like us on Facebook for updates reminders tips and to APPLY ONLINE APPLY ONLINE By KIM RAPATI Climate change is calling all people to action. Ive been thinking about this a lot since IattendedtheCanadianFood andDrinkSummitinToronto Oct. 26-27 with assistance from Hellmanns Canada. It wasaninterestingconference with lots of business people nutritionists and corporate brand managersPR teams. There were only six booths setupandtheNorthernFarm TrainingInstituteNFTIhad the one right across from the main conference hall so ev- eryonewalkingoutsawNFTI We really caught the atten- tion of people who were in- terested in the North and I talked to them about what we are doing to restore local food systems here. The conference had many themes about food insecurity and climate change. Some of the answers people tend to give when talking about global food insecurity revolve around countries like ours providing more cheap seeds or more food aid. What I have seen in my experience is that a more long-term solution to food insecurity has to come from the local people who are being affected and has to em- power them to be in control of their own system to have food sovereignty. When we were in Zimba- bwe for Savory training we visited a village called Siz- inda that was on the verge of abandoning their homes just ve years ago. The food aid and new-tech crops had not helped. Their land was still desertifying gradually becoming more arid and the riverwheretheygotwaterwas dry.PreciousPhiriacommu- nity trainer from the Africa Centre for Holistic Manage- ment HM worked with the communitytoimplementHM using the cattle that were al- ready owned by people in the village. They had nothing left to lose so they tried this new technique and brought their cowstogethertomimicawild herd and planned where they would move based on the re- covery time of grasses and other local factors. We visited them ve years after they had implementedthiscommunity- wide project and now their river runs for 11 kilometres all year long and they have increased their crop pro- ductions by more than three times The people of Sizinda were so excited and proud to tell us about what they have learned and how they have created this successful pro- gram themselves. It was truly an eye-opening experience. How does this work How does a river come back to life just because people move the cows differently There are a lot of exciting things happen- ing right now around soil car- bon. Plants growing on the surface of earth suck in C02 and use it to build roots and grow leaves. When planned properly you can use a grass- land like a C02 pump by put- ting cattle onto the grass at the right time to spur more growth more root develop- ment and more C02 seques- tration. They are also add- ing fertilizer moisture and helping to compost the old dead leaves without animals tramplingdeadleavesintothe ground leaves oxidize and the carbon will go back into theairinsteadorbesuscepti- bletoreswhichalsoputsthe carbon in the air. There are lots of exciting projects right now that are predicting that if we can regenerate some of the worlds vegetationwe can achieve pre-industrial levels of C02 in the atmosphere Very exciting Some of the other answers around climate change and food were that we need to limit peoples diets to not in- clude meat and dairy. This is based on carbon calculations around the industrial feedlot system and does not consider wildanimalsoranimalsman- aged holistically on regener- ating soil. To me their meal recommendationsdidntseem tobesustainableforpeoplein the North in Zimbabwe and inotherplacesthatdonthave abundant vegetables nuts and fruits where we rely on animals to convert things we cannot digest grasses and forbs into densely nutritious food that our ancestors have survived on for all of time. Hellmanns has it right They have wonderful insight to spot the trend that people are interested in going to farmersmarketsandcooking nutritiousmealsfromscratch with real food. They looked across the country and found our program a grassroots initiative that truly strives to empower people to restore our local food systems. We want to say a big thank you to Hellmanns for sponsoringourgeodesicdome greenhouseandalsoforsend- ing us to the Canadian Food and Drink Summit where we had the chance to network with city people we normally wouldntandshowoffwhatwe are doing here in the North- west Territories to empower ourselves to have the freedom toeatlocalnutritiousfoodand worktoreverseclimatechange andprotectournaturalecosys- tems and wildlife. The Savory Institute is an international organization thatpromoteslarge-scaleres- toration of the worlds land- scapes.NFTIreceivedSavory training to become Canadas rstSavoryHubinOctobera networkallaroundtheworld that promotes regenerative farming. Kim Rapati is the operationsmanagerofNFTI. Chasing food sovereignty ghting climate change Kim Rapati took the NFTI trade show booth to Toronto at the end of October. Precious Phiri a community trainer from the Africa Centre for Holistic Management HM with NFTI operations manager Kim Rapati at a conference in Toronto in October. PhotoscourtesyofKimRapati How does this work How does a river come back to life just because people move the cows differently Kim Rapati NFTI Activists share toxic legacy of Giant Mine in lm ARTS CULTURE FILM 20 Wednesday November 11 2015 6.8103 in x 6.3125 in By DALI CARMICHAEL NotevenamonthaftertheGiantMineCshaft head frame was pulled down folks in the city were considering how to preserve its legacy for future generations. In actuality a team of researchers and activ- ists have been working with community mem- bers in Yellowknife for several years to com- memorate the operations through workshops and partnerships between community groups and governments alike. Theseeffortsofoneparticulargrouphavebeen captured in the lm Guardians of Eternity a full-lengthdocumentaryaboutthetoxiclegacy of Giant Mine which premiered in Yellowknife on Saturday to an audience of over 100 people. Thislmissevenyearsinthemakingsaid regionallmmakerFranceBenoit.Ivebeenin Yellowknife 25 years so this is something Ive been following all along. I care about the envi- ronment and so my rst look at it was from an environmentalpointofview.ThenIwantedto become more aware of the Yellowknives Dene FirstNationYKDFNpointofviewofGiantMine because we almost always hear from the City of Yellowknife or from a mining point of view. The lm captures the YKDFNs struggle to communicate the dangers of what lies under- ground to future generations and features el- ders Mary Rose Sundburg and Fred Sangris. Figures from the Giant Mine Remediation ProjectEnvironmentalAgreementindicatethe GiantMinesitecontains237000metrictonnes ofarsenictrioxidewastefrozenundergrounda byproductoftheroastingprocessusedtosepa- rate mined gold from ore. This lm is going to get a discussion going saidBradHeathalongtimeresidentofthecity. Justtheconceptofdealingwithforevertryand think about what you know about your great grandparents lives - you know virtually noth- ing.Howdoyoucommunicatewithgenerations to come about the toxic legacy Its really scary and I dont know what the answer is. I think it was very well put together said Cathy Overvol a life-long Mtis citizen of Yel- lowknife. It expresses the same concerns that theMtisofYellowknifehaveexpressedforever thatthemineisabighazardandwasandalways willbe.Asfarasthereleasingofthislmitwas veryappropriatethetimingwasrightandthat head frame couldnt come down fast enough. I pity the people that have fond memories be- cause... we just dont share them. Thelmisjustonecomponentofseveralproj- ects spanning over the last few years focused on the future of the mine site. We had originally done a project under a different grant called the Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada Project that ran from 2009 to 2013 said John Sandlos an associate pro- fessor of History from Memorial University. During that process we - from sort of becom- ing aware of the issues at Giant Mine - we got connected with some people locally. Alterna- tivesNorthsKevinOReillyFranceBenoitand several people who are YKDFN members and basically through a number of conversations thatoccurredatsocialeventswecameupwith the idea that there could be really good public outreach and community-based projects to be perused in Yellowknife around commemorat- ingthelegacyofarsenicpollutionatGiantMine. We called the project Toxic Legacies. Thatprojectexaminesthehistoryandlegacy of arsenic contamination at Giant Mine with partnerships from Memorial and Lakehead Universities the Goyatiko Language Society and Alternatives North. The breadth the proj- ect covers is expansive. Were in the process of designing curricu- lummaterialfortheNorthernStudiesprogram weretryingtoproducehighwaysignageforthe newhighwaypulloutthatoverlookstheoldgiant minesite.Weveheldworkshopslocallyonhow youwouldcommunicatewithfuturegenerations about the toxic hazard at Giant Mine he said Theturnoutatthelmpremiereseemstodem- onstratethoseeffortshavenotgoneunnoticed. I took a language class from Mary Rose SundburgsaidKerryWhelerayoungmother. The YKDFN used to not live in this area spe- cically because it was so bountiful and that made a really big impression on me. Know- ing the reality of our landscape and how af- fected it is by the mine and the devastation that will exist for years and years and years is really profound. I hope that science continues to play a role and that this idea of keeping our critics arsenic tracks frozen is going to work and that a potential plan of actually having it xed at some point I like that idea because its scary that it would have to be frozen forever. Canada and the GNWT have become co- proponents to undertake a site remediation project. At the Guardians premiere Yellow- knife mayor Mark Heyck also announced a new related oversight partnership between the YKDFN the city of Yellowknife the terri- torial and federal governments as well as Al- ternatives North. Thisisanincrediblyimportantstorytotell and not just for current generations but most certainly for future generations Heyck said. PhotoBillBraden The Giant Mine headframe in Yellowknife was nally collapsed last month.