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Income Outcome: A poem about income assistance in the NWT By Miranda Currie

Income Outcome: A poem about income assistance in the NWT
By Miranda Currie January 2012
NWT MLA Bob Bromley read this poem in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. P.O. Box 1320 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2272 Fax: 867-873-0276 bob_bromley@gov.nt.ca

 

 

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MR. BROMLEY in NWT's Hansard of March 12, 2013
"…I’d like to turn to the main focus of my comments today, and I’d like to begin by acknowledging again, Ms. Miranda Currie, who’s in the gallery today. Thanks for coming out, Miranda. I’d like to read a poem that Ms. Currie has written to describe her experiences in seeking disability income support, and it’s obviously germane because of the Auditor General’s focus, and I know the Minister is focusing on this situation right now as well. Once again, thanks to Miranda for graciously sharing her personal story through the art of this poetry.
But, first, a little bit of background. Ms. Currie suffered a very serious head injury in an accident in November 2011. She later suffered multiple injuries again, head injuries, as a result of the ill effects of her original injury. To this day, she is continuing to strive to regain her health. She’s a very spunky person and I know she will achieve that. However, she has been unable to carry on her daily life in a normal way. She has been in and out of hospitals and has received extensive neurological treatment since then, and she does suffer impairment of her speech and many motor skills. Miranda was self- employed before the accident, and she must now rely on public income support to meet her basic subsistence needs. She lives very modestly. Her ordeal with income security has hardly been a positive contribution in her effort to regain her health, and that’s the topic today.
Just a few of the difficulties that she has experienced in trying to access income assistance include:
• A case worker refusal to provide accommodation assistance based on the subjective judgement that she lives in substandard housing.
• Receipts to document her rental, electrical and fuel costs were obtained with great physical difficulties and expense and visiting offices to obtain stamped and certified copies.
• Income assistance staff say they have lost the receipts she has supplied to their offices. This has happened four times. Imagine if you were saddled with this situation.
• Despite severe mobility problems and risk of re-injury, she has repeatedly been told she must come to the income assistance office for interviews, which could easily be conducted over the phone.
• She has been refused reimbursement of costs for loans received from friends in the interim to pay her fuel, power and living costs, and given the explanation that those are considered gifts. Nice of them to make that decision on behalf of her friends.
• Treatment that lacks compassion and sensitivity to the realities of her situation, again, not a single instance, such as a caseworker hanging up on her after saying I’ll see you tomorrow when Ms. Currie has said she is physically unable to attend appointments due to the effects of her injuries.
• And, finally, a late payment of support have at times left her huddled in her bed to stay warm, unable to pay oil bills and living in a home well below zero. We know what this winter has been like.
That’s enough background. Her words really do speak for themselves, and once again, I want to express my appreciation to Miranda Currie for her willingness to share this very personal story…" From -
http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/_live/documents/content/hn130312.pdf

Poverty and social services in the NWT on the eve of devolution
By George Lessard| March 8, 2013
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/mediamentor/2013/03/poverty-and-social-services-nwt-eve-devolution
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An Interview on CBC North Radio's Trailbreaker morning show on income assistance
Me talking with Peter Skinner about the Auditor General's report on NWT's social services and income assistance programs
https://soundcloud.com/user6763978/trailbreaker-income-assistance

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Atsumi Yoshikubo, missing woman in Yellowknife, presumed dead

Atsumi Yoshikubo, missing woman in Yellowknife, presumed dead | NWT News | Scoop.it
Yellowknife RCMP say that Atsumi Yoshikubo, a Japanese tourist reported missing one week ago, ‘arrived in Yellowknife with a plan to go into the wilderness alone and become a missing person.’ She’s now presumed dead.
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Ottawa agrees to independent oversight for Giant

Ottawa agrees to independent oversight for Giant | NWT News | Scoop.it
It took more than six years of intense lobbying, but Yellowknifers have a commitment from the federal government on key issues affecting the $1-billion remediation of the former Giant gold mine site.
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"...Bernard Valcourt, minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, pledged to create an independent body to oversee the project, but stopped short of establishing a research centre dedicated to finding an alternative to the indefinite storage of Giant’s most lasting legacy – 237,000 tonnes of deadly arsenic trioxide...."

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New Aboriginal Canadian partnership draws mixed response

New Aboriginal Canadian partnership draws mixed response | NWT News | Scoop.it

A new partnership of chiefs, former politicians, lawyers and professionals from across the country is promising a new partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada, but so far the response has been a mix of support and skepticism.

Former prime ministers Paul Martin and Joe Clark were joined by former premier Bob Rae, former auditor general Sheila Fraser, Justice Murray Sinclair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Aboriginal leaders like Ovide Mercredi, Phil Fontaine, Mary Simon and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, among others, to announce Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP) in Ottawa last Thursday.

 

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Canadians for a New Partnership "...The organization, being chaired by former NWT premier Stephen Kakfwi, is focused on uniting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians in building “a strong economy and values-based society” for present and future generations...."

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Feds approve Giant #Mine 237,000 tonnes of #arsenic trioxide #cleanup plan #YZF #NWT

Feds approve Giant #Mine 237,000 tonnes of #arsenic trioxide #cleanup plan #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
The federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development approved the plan to clean up Yellowknife's Giant Mine this week, after deliberating over the review's final report for more than a year.
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"...The plans include freezing 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide, a byproduct of decades of mining gold. It also involves filling in underground tunnels and cleaning up tailings areas. There are about 95 hectares of waste on the surface of the site.

The minister's approval makes changes to eight of the 26 conditions the review board put on its approval of the project. ..."

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#Timelapse - Yellowknife, August 11 2014 - #YZF #NWT #YouTube

#Timelapse - Yellowknife, August 11 2014 - #YZF #NWT #YouTube | NWT News | Scoop.it
Some scenes of Yellowknife captured August 11, 2014. Music: “Raro Bueno” (by Chuzausen) http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chuzausen/Awesome_Is_Grey/06_chuzau...
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Timelapse - Yellowknife, August 11 2014
 Published on Aug 12, 2014
Some scenes of Yellowknife captured August 11, 2014.

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Randy Sibbeston still refuses to move Yellowknife houseboat

Randy Sibbeston still refuses to move Yellowknife houseboat | NWT News | Scoop.it
After refusing to move his houseboat from Yellowknife’s waterfront, Randy Sibbeston says the Northwest Territories government should pay him $1,000 a day in damages for taking him to court.
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Sibbeston says Willow Flats is traditional Métis territory and that, as a Métis man, he has the right to use the area.

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Cabinet appoints industry minister as head of new NWT regulator

Cabinet appoints industry minister as head of new NWT regulator | NWT News | Scoop.it
The government of the Northwest Territories has opted to model several other Canadian jurisdictions in appointing its energy minister as head of the new NWT regulator. As of Apr.
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Federal study confirms oilsands tailings leaching into Athabasca

Federal study confirms oilsands tailings leaching into Athabasca | NWT News | Scoop.it
New federal research confirms what residents downstream of the oilsands have been saying for years, that tailings ponds along the Athabasca River are seeping into the waterway via groundwater.
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Fort Smith, Fort Chip fishing derbies cancelled

Lakes that typically host dozens of happy anglers each year during the Fort Smith and Fort Chipewyan fishing derbies will be left alone this year due to unsafe conditions and health problems, according to organizers.
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MLA suspects ‘chill’ on #NWT #fracking petition

A “chill” has befallen the various sectors of government bureaucracy in the NWT, preventing employees from signing onto a petition that asks leaders to forward future fracking applications to environmental assessment, says MLA Bob Bromley.
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One man's journey from the #NWT to the Welsh Coast Path

One man's journey from the #NWT to the Welsh Coast Path | NWT News | Scoop.it
One man's journey from the north west territories to the Welsh Coast Path WalesOnline He left Wales in 1967 to run a school in the remote north west territories of Canada.
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MP pitches international cooperation at Arctic conference

MP pitches international cooperation at Arctic conference | NWT News | Scoop.it
Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington was in Finland over the weekend to advocate for international cooperation among Arctic states in light of the current trend toward nationalism and sovereignty in Arctic politics.
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Study finds high levels of contaminants in wild foods near Fort Chipewyan

Study finds high levels of contaminants in wild foods near Fort Chipewyan | NWT News | Scoop.it
A high level of contaminants detected in wild animals harvested around Fort Chipewyan is once again linking the downstream oilsands industry to potential health impacts if people in the community consume too much of certain wild meats.
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Getting Ready for Oil & Gas Development in Canada's NWT: Aboriginal Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

Getting Ready for Oil & Gas Development in Canada's NWT: Aboriginal Entrepreneurship & Economic Development | NWT News | Scoop.it

Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2012 

Abstract:     

This case study uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine Inuit and First Nations perspectives and initiatives to foster sustainable entrepreneurship and economic development related to the forthcoming Mackenzie Gas Pipeline in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The 1,220-kilometer pipeline will connect the Mackenzie Delta to the Alberta Oil Sands and North American markets. These findings will be of interest to business, government and Indigenous leaders involved in resource development. Key aspects include self-government and land claim agreements, approaches to entrepreneurship and economic development, sustainable development, human resource development initiatives, business service support and increased participation of women and Aboriginal peoples.
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Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Indigenous; Aboriginal; Northern America; Canada; entrepreneurship and economic development; oil and gas; resource management and sustainable development; corporate social responsibility; globalization; Arctic

Accepted Paper Series

 

 

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Meis Mason, Aldene and Dana, Léo‐Paul and Anderson, Robert B., Getting Ready for Oil and Gas Development in Canada's Northwest Territories: Aboriginal Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (September 13, 2014). Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2012. Available at SSRN:  http://ow.ly/BBRDj
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Pine Lake fire base moved to Fort Smith NWT airport

Pine Lake fire base moved to Fort Smith NWT airport | NWT News | Scoop.it
It’s common for drivers to watch for bison as they speed along NWT highways, but last week, those near Fort Smith had to be extra cautious as a full building was hauled down the road.
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The building was transported over the course of two days, first from Pine Lake to a point just outside of Fort Smith along Pine Lake Road on Sept. 3 and to its final destination the next day.

According to Morin, WBNP officials decided to move the old building because it was the more cost-efficient option, with the actual cost being around $130,000 compared to the $400,000 it would have cost to build a new fire base from the ground up...."

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AFN commission on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women; RCMP policing in the NWT | rabble.ca

AFN commission on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women; RCMP policing in the NWT | rabble.ca | NWT News | Scoop.it

Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus on the AFN thinking of setting up a commission of inquiry about the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and RCMP policing. NWT RCMP Sgt. Barry Ledoux also speaks on what the NWT RCMP is doing about the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and also policing issues in the NWT's smaller communities at the Native Women's Association of the NWT AGM

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"Self-plagiarism is style." Alfred Hitchcock: 10 quotes on his birthday

"Self-plagiarism is style." Alfred Hitchcock: 10 quotes on his birthday | NWT News | Scoop.it
10 memorable quotes from Alfred Hitchcock, master of cinematic suspense.
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"Self-plagiarism is style." Alfred Hitchcock: 10 quotes on his birthday http://ow.ly/AhxD1

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Oilsands asked to finance Fort Chip solar project

Oilsands asked to finance Fort Chip solar project | NWT News | Scoop.it
After living in the shadow of the oilsands for over four decades, people in Fort Chipewyan are hoping the giant fossil fuel industry located upstream near Fort McMurray will help shed a more positive light on the community by funding a...
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The Road is Gold The Road is Gold #Dog #Mushing on #NWT's #GreatSlaveLake #turninglight #photo

The Road is Gold The Road is Gold #Dog #Mushing on #NWT's #GreatSlaveLake #turninglight #photo | NWT News | Scoop.it
Late day dog run on McLeod Bay on Great Slave Lake.
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#NWT The Road is Gold - #turninglight has added a photo to the pool: Late day dog run on McLeod Bay on Great Slave Lake. http://ow.ly/2EF0r2 #mushing
The Road is Gold #Dog #Mushing on #NWT's #GreatSlaveLake #turninglight #photo

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Visiting scholar urges college students to break the ‘sovereignty crisis’ mindset

Aurora College students in Fort Smith were given a challenge by one of Canada’s foremost Canadian circumpolar historians: Set the country straight on Northern sovereignty.

Whitney Lackenbauer, a history professor at the University of Waterloo, was in the NWT last week to launch his latest book, The Canadian Rangers: A Living History in Yellowknife. The author’s visit included a stop in Fort Smith where he held several lectures for students at Aurora College’s Thebacha campus.

During Lackenbauer’s lecture on Northern Canadian sovereignty on Wednesday, which chronicled Canada’s historical interest in the North, he urged students to be the force that breaks the cycle of government interest waxing and waning in the North.

“I hope all of you will be in the forefront of making sure we don’t allow southern Canadians to get caught up in that sovereignty crisis mindset that, when the crisis doesn’t come true, people just forget about the North,” he told the class.

Canadian understanding of sovereignty needs to move away from the vision of an Arctic military threat that has coloured the media in the last several years to rest on the people who occupy the land, Lackenbauer said.

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"...Canadian understanding of sovereignty needs to move away from the vision of an Arctic military threat that has coloured the media in the last several years to rest on the people who occupy the land, Lackenbauer said...."

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Queen won’t interfere on #NWT #devolution bill

The Queen of England has declined action requested by the Dene Nation on the NWT devolution bill now before Parliament.
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Fort Resolution governments to work with GNWT on forestry

Fort Resolution governments to work with GNWT on forestry The Fort Resolution Métis Council and Deninu Kué First Nation have agreed to work with the GNWT to manage the forestry industry, signing a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) last...
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Yellowknives, De Beers sign deal on Gahcho Kue

The Yellowknives Dene are the most recent to sign off on the Gahcho Kue diamond mine project following the completion of their impact benefit agreement (IBA) with De Beers last week.
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Third in a row: Northwest Territories budget predicts $200M surplus - Macleans.ca

Third in a row: Northwest Territories budget predicts $200M surplus - Macleans.ca | NWT News | Scoop.it
Third in a row: Northwest Territories budget predicts $200M surplus Macleans.ca That means Miltenberger's population goal could bring in as much revenue to the territory as its entire net take from getting control over its natural resources.
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Government blackballing lives on

Government blackballing lives on | NWT News | Scoop.it
It was roughly 10 years ago when Dr. John O’Connor, a locum doctor serving Fort Chipewyan, first brought forth concerns that there might be higher than normal cancer rates in the community.
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