2 Wednesday February 3 2016 ARTS CULTURE FAITH NEWS BRIEFS GNWT to conduct public consultations on junior kindergarten After wrapping up a 150000 independent review of the controversial territorial junior kindergarten program halted last year after numerous complaints the govern- ment has announced it will now commence with a series of public consultations. The action is one of the top recom- mendations to come from the report which emphasizes that the program should be holistically examined and rolled out according to the individual needs of communi- ties in the territory. Territorial government takes Sport North to court over Cooper building TheGNWThasledaclaimwiththeSupremeCourtasking ittoenforceacontractthatwouldseeSportNorthFederation andLexBorealisLtd.handovertheCooperBuildingwhere acollectiveofterritorialsportsorganizationsarehoused.A statement of claim notes that Sport North and Lex Borealis Ltd. entered into the Cooper House Agreement acknowl- edging that once all mortgages were paid on the property the building was to be transferred to the NWT Sport and Recreation Council SRC the territorys sports body. Canadian transport ministers introduce road safety strategy A collective of federal provincial and territorial ministers responsiblefortransportationandhighwaysafetygathered inOttawaonJan.28tolaunchCanadasRoadSafetyStrat- egy 2025 - Towards Zero The Safest Roads in the World. DevelopedbytheCanadianCouncilofMotorTransportation Administrators the plan outlines a decade-long timeline to addressimportantroadsafetyissuesincludingenhancing enforcementofroadlawimprovinginfrastructuresupport- ing research leveraging vehicle safety tech and increasing public awareness of factors contributing to collisions. Bursary Program The Northwest Territories Power Corporation is dedicated to developing a skilled committed and professional northern workforce and encourages residents to further their education in order to develop a sustainable workforce in the NWT. NTPC.combursaries The Northwest Territories Power Corporation offers one post secondary bursary in every community that we serve going to a student studying in any eld that we employ staff. Application deadline is February 22 2016. For eligibility criteria and more information please visit C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 2016 Scholarship Ad Qtr Page new copy v2 smaller.pdf 1 1252016 91009 PM Andre Airut Anyone knowing the whereabouts of please contact Annie Bellemare at 613 747-7800 ext. 2058. By CRAIG GILBERT Catholics across Canada will have to pick up the bill after six dioceses were reclas- sied by the Vatican. The Mackenzie-Fort Smith Diocese which serves 32 communities in the North- west Territories and ve oth- ers including Keewatin-Le Pas Churchill-Hudson Bay Moosonee Grouard-McLen- nan and Whitehorse now fall under normal or common law status. The change means they are no longer missionary dio- ceses referred to formally as parts of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peo- ples and will lose nancial support from the Vatican. Bishop Mark Hagemoen told the Journal that means the rest of the dioceses in Canada will chip in to make up the dierence which is about 50000 per year. Its a drop in the bucket whenyoutalkaboutserving32 communitieshesaidviaphone from Fort Simpson where he wasmeetingwithlocalstode- velop a plan to get the church there rebuilt. The 90 year-old Change cuts Vatican support for NWT Catholic diocese Sacred Heart Church was deemedunsafeanddemolished infall2013.TheMackenzie-Fort SmithDiocesereceivesnancial support from outside groups including Catholic Mission In Canada which was founded in1908astheCatholicChurch Extension Society of Canada to help dioceses in areas with limited means. Three years earliertheCatholicChurchin Canada and the United States had gone through a reclassi- cation of their own declared independent and similarly cut off from Vatican fund- ing. For years the society took money raised in the east and builtsmallparishesacrossthe prairies and in the mountains to serve the thousands of set- tlersinWesternCanada.Later itencouragedpriestsintheAt- lanticprovincestogowestand serve in remote and priestless parishes and as the demand for missionaries grew began to train seminarians. More than a century later the NWT remains an area of limited means. Two of our churches are capable of supporting them- selves he said. By compari- sonbeforeIwasmadeabishop I came from the Archdiocese ofVancouverwherethereare 82 parishes and theyre all self-supporting.Theeconomic situation in the NWT is not getting any better its getting worserightnowsothingsare getting a little leaner for us. Many churches now relics liketheformerchurchinFort SimpsonortheTulitachurch which is sinking due to melt- ingpermafrostarefallinginto disrepairasmaintenanceisde- ferredyearafteryear.Withthe high cost of demolition in the NWT each is a nancial time bomb for the diocese. If we dont attend to those in the next couple of years some will be beyond the point ofnoreturnHagemoensaid. Thats creating anotherchal- lengebecauseinmanycases you would have been better o if you maintained it prop- erly. When you demolish a building all of the material has to leave the NWT so it becomes very costly. The Fort Simpson project is a new endeavour because the diocese has never had to rebuild a church itself. The dynamic between each church and its community is changing too. In the old days the oblates OblatesofMaryImmaculate areligiousorderofpriestsand brothers who built and man- aged the churches did every- thing they designed it they built it and they maintained itthebishopsaid.Nowwere doing what everybody else doescomeupwithaplanand fundraise try to tender it and come up with the most cost- eective way to build it. Then there are the pastoral needs whicharehugeincludingcon- tinuing to support the family and youth stu and elders. We have a number of calls to action that address healing support. So we have to make a pastoral decision and come upwiththeresourcestotryto deal with it. StillHagemoensaidheun- derstands the Vatican sees a greaterneedforitssupportin the developing world where dioceses across India Africa and southeast Asia remain under missionary status. The reason it came about is there are greater needs in the world than ever he said. WehavechallengesintheFar North too but there are dif- ferent challenges from parts of the world that dont have running water and kids are dying of hunger. Its a worthy issue. Pope Francis is trying to attend to parts of the world that dont even have country contexts a working govern- ment where anybody can even step in for them. CourtesyofBishopMarkHagemoen The Tulita Church is sinking as permafrost melts.