Prince William greets a young boy in a wheelchair as he and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, depart Yellowknife, North West Territories, July 6, 2011.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton play hockey in the Northwest Territories of Canada as they continue their first overseas tour as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William and Kate have been showing their love across Canada, and today they enjoyed a ceremony at the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife. See more pictures of the royal couple as they meet local residents and enjoy traditional native performances on the sixth day of their 12-day tour of North America.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can expect a warm welcome when they start their day in the land of the midnight sun, which has a reputation for treating British royalty like old friends.
This visit is "really big because we have a treaty with the Crown," said Bobby Drygeese, a member of Treaty 8, which was signed almost exactly 112 years ago between Drygeese's ancestors and William's great-great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. William and Kate "are part of that treaty, the newcomers to the Crown."
Drygeese, one of the Dene drummers and singers who will welcome the royal couple with music, said this visit will strengthen that link with the Crown.
"That's what my dad and them are saying -- we're meeting them again and they're coming to our land again. We're obliging them and accepting them. That's good, my dad said."
Former #NWT Corrections Officer @NNSLonline'r writes book about experiences
I think the system is worse now than when I worked there.
"Inmates are getting to be an elite class of citizen. They get more benefits than many other citizens," he said, citing the arrival of swimming pools at prisons as a sign things have gone too far.
Those changes became increasingly apparent to Campbell, particularly after he transferred to the corrections system in the Northwest Territories, where he worked for four years.
His time there was what started him on the writing path, and he said he actually started writing his book many years ago but threw away an entire first draft after some negative experiences led him to depart corrections.
At the time, he had done some freelance photography and writing for Northern news Services, and that put the writing bug in him.
While responding to a fire at the landfill last week, water bombers scooping water in Back Bay had some close calls with boats full of spectators, raising the question of who has the right of way.
Peter Arychuk, a pilot and former co-owner of Air Tindi, said generally, an non-motorized watercraft has the right of way over a motorized vehicle - boat or floatplane - because of the difference in manoeuvrability between the watercrafts. But in the case of an obvious emergency, like a fire, he said it's a little different.
"You have to be aware of your surroundings," he said. "When you see an ambulance coming down the road, you don't park cross-ways in the road. So why would you go out and pull out in the middle of Back Bay when there's water bombers fighting?"
Arychuk said boaters should know it's an emergency if water bombers are landing on Back Bay.
"They don't normally take off and land on Back Bay or East Bay - there's obviously an emergency around - so absolutely the water bombers, if they're working, they should get the right of way."
Yellowknife celebrates its diversity in advance of the royal visit... [excerpt] Gloria Reyes had been preparing for this day for weeks.
It wasn’t nerves that fueled her determination – Ms. Reyes is something of a parade veteran and had seen Canada Day celebrations come and go since moving North nearly 40 years ago.
This year, however, was different.
There’d be no float in Friday’s Canada Day Parade for Ms. Reyes and fellow members of Yellowknife’s Philippine Cultural Association. They had chosen to avoid it, and the traditional trappings of the city event. Instead, amid the changing face of the region, they unveiled something new to the North – an ages-old Filipino indigenous cultural celebration, known as Ati-Atihan. To prepare, local Filipinos toiled over costumes, hand-making traditional gowns, using hot glue and brooms to make traditional hats and crafting artificial spears.
They debuted it at the parade, with its theme of “My Canada.”
“We wanted to show our culture, and be a proud Canadian as well,” says Ms. Reyes, 63. “Look at all these people. It’s fun. It’s great.”
A great horned owl sits atop a tree at the now-defunct Ptarmigan gold mine. On Sunday, the same bird attack Ian Vaydik, the paper's photo coordinator. - Nicole Veerman/NNSL photo
I was at the mine along with Ian Vaydik, the Yellowknifer's photo co-ordinator, on Sunday evening in hopes of taking pictures of old rusting mining equipment strewn about the site.
It was on the way to the old machinery shop that we first saw a great horned owl - the territory's most common owl - sitting atop a tree.
Having never seen one before, I quickly pulled out my camera to snap a few shots of the majestic predatory bird. It was clearly agitated, hooting and swooping from tree to tree, but I didn't think much of it and continued taking photos before entering the dilapidated skeleton of a building that was once part of the mine's infrastructure.
Looking up, we noticed dozens of birds flying around the rafters and figured there must be a number of nests hiding out of sight.
While discussing what to check out first, Ian stepped out onto a platform free from the cover of walls.
It was there, not even a minute later, that he was struck on the right side of his head by the talons of the silently swooping yellow-eyed beast. Dazed by the impact, Ian grabbed his head as I stood in disbelief with a gaping mouth, watching and listening to him say over and over again, "We just talked about this."
As the situation sank in, I looked at the side of his head and found blood seeping out of three small wounds, one on his jaw, one in his ear and another behind his ear. To show him the damage, I took a photo and placed the digital screen in front of his face. He said he felt like he had been struck with a powerful punch.
[excerpt] An area around Giant Mine is being eyed as a possible site for a wind farm.
Det'on Cho Earth Energy, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., the territorial government and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) announced Friday they have partnered to conduct a "green energy study" to look at the potential of harnessing wind energy for powering the Giant Mine Reclamation Project and Yellowknife.
A weather monitoring tower, donated by Diavik Diamond Mine, has already been installed near Giant Mine, which will collect information on wind speeds at various heights over the next few years. If the results look good, they will look at building a wind farm to power the Giant Mine clean up, and possibly Yellowknife as well.
"We are optimistic that the data collected will indicate that renewable energy from the wind can supplement the current energy requirements of Yellowknife," said Ric Bolivar, director of Det'on Cho Earth Energy in a press release.
If the results of the feasibility study promising and the project passes environmental review, the area could see from seven to 16 turbines, producing 12 to 14 megawatts of power per hour, reaching 50 metres into the sky. That much energy would be enough to cover half of Yellowknife's power needs, said Bolivar, citing statistics that show Yellowknife power usage peaks at around 25 megawatts per hour.
The turbines would come at a cost - roughly $120,000 each, including installation, according to Bolivar.
"They don't have to be put up all at once," said Bolivar. "We could put them up one or two at a time."
Bob McLeod, minister responsible for the Public Utilities Board, said he welcomes the idea of a wind farm.
"In the NWT we talk about quite a bit (about) the need to develop alternative renewable energy, because a lot of our communities rely on fossil fuels," said McLeod. "Partnerships like this ... is the way to go, to provide a greener future for the Northwest Territories."
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Hay Days Festival
July 8, 9 & 10, 2011
Our Constitution: To promote and advance music, art and culture in Hay River.
Our Direction: A society representing multi cultures, building opportunities for a better artistic community.
The The Athabasca Advocate, your source for Athabasca news, events, and more... The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Kate, took a detour on their Canadian honeymoon Wednesday to visit Slave Lake. See the full story and photos in next week’s Town & Country.
Departing from Blachford Lake Lodge on Tuesday, William and Kate, both 29, were snapped paddling and grinning ear to ear as they headed out to the breathtaking island. The area is so far north that it never gets dark, with the sun disappearing for a brief moment at dusk in what is known as the slowest sunset on earth. William hatched the getaway plan himself after their Northwest Territories plans were finalized. See more pics of the royal couple's canoe trip.
Titled lots are a rare find on Yellowknife’s Ingraham Trail and this property includes three lots in a row in an out-of-the way area of Prelude Main. The main house (Lot 5) is located in a beautiful birch grove and you can glimpse Prelude Lake through the trees. Great sunsets in spring and fall when the leaves are off the trees. You have a better view of the lake from the Summer Guest Cabin (Lot 6). Lot 4 is vacant.
Two minute walk to Prelude Territorial Park Beach and Boat Launch.
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CALGARY (MarketWatch) -- Oil companies bid C$536 million (US$558 million) for oil exploration leases in Canada's Northwest Territories, a Canadian government development agency said, with Husky Energy Inc. [...] for two oil exploration leases in the Mackenzie Valley, just south of the Arctic Circle.
Generations reconnect to showcase NWT’s rich heritage, culture... [excerpt] Through the drums, dance and hand-stitched traditional dress of the Inuvialuit, William and Kate will get a glimpse of life on the remote shores of the Beaufort Sea. On the hockey stick of a teenager from a remote outpost, a taste of the northern birthplace of Canada’s sport. And in the twigs wagered and lost by Dene youth, a feel for the aboriginal culture of Great Slave Lake.
Premier Floyd Roland will accompany the royal couple. “Clearly, for the North, it will be a memorable occasion, an opportunity to showcase our unique cultures and the environment we live in,” he told The Globe and Mail. “And I think it strengthens the relationship the Royal Family has had with the North over these many years.”
That relationship includes visits from the Queen and other royals dating back decades, tours that left an impression on the people of the vast, sparsely populated territory. Some aboriginal leaders here feel a connection to the Crown they say is closer than that of Canadians in the south, one forged by the signing of treaties.
Most of our communities lack the capacity to implement the changes required by the Canadian Human Rights Act... [excerpt] On June 18, the Canadian Human Rights Act came into effect on first nation reserves. This will affect more than 633 first nation communities and more than 700,000 first nation citizens who reside on reserves.
When the act was introduced in 1977, Section 67 prohibited individuals on reserves from filing claims against the government for acts of discrimination. This exemption was used by successive governments to enact policies and regulations that effectively discriminated and impoverished first nation people and governments. It allowed the federal government to strip first nation peoples of their citizenship and status and provide substandard education and medical and social services in first nation communities. The underfunding of first nation governments led to poor housing, dangerous drinking water and crumbling infrastructure.
Players At The Yellowknife Golf Course Always Have A Good Lie No Matter Where Their Ball May End Up, As They Lug A Piece Of 'Grass' Around With Them To Set Their Ball Upon From Which To Play Every Shot - Photo Credit: Gord Montgomery
[excerpt] Trust me, this golf tournament isn’t for the faint of heart or for those looking for an easy round to boost their ego - but it is a 'must-do' for any player who likes a challenge.
Trust me, this golf tournament isn’t for the faint of heart or for those looking for an easy round to boost their ego - but it is a 'must-do' for any player who likes a challenge.
Undoubtedly the Yellowknife (NWT) Golf Course isn’t the prettiest 18-hole track you’ve ever seen but at the same time it has the best lie for every shot, every time, that you’ll ever see.
That fact was played out time and time again this year at the club’s biggest event of the season, the Canadian North Midnight Classic golf tournament and we “outsiders” that teed it up to play under the Midnight Sun found the course is, if nothing else, somewhat of a nightmare for the short game-challenged among us.
You see, while the course plays to a par 71, few if any make that number, unless of course your name is Dave Barr and you’re a Canadian golfing legend and one of two celebrity guests at this year’s edition of the popular play-all-night tourney.
After she'd packed her things and it was time to go, sentimentality punched one southern transplant in the gut.
Selling the bus was hardest. I mean, sure, a 1975 Volks-wagen camper the colour of mushy peas is not the most practical of rides. Duct tape criss-crossed the seats to keep the springs from popping through, the sliding door followed a third-slam’s-the-charm rule, and it was loud. OK, it was really loud. After each “under the hood” tinkering session, my soon-to-be husband Andrew and I would spend hours discussing the finer points of the bus’ unique pop-kapow-putt symphony. Or, rather, Andrew would say something like: Listen, when I switch gears now, that gunfire noise sounds more like a lawnmower. And, I’d respond with something like: Mmmm, I’d say closer to a rocket launcher. Then, we’d agree that at night, it was still best to turn off the engine and roll silently into the parking lot outside our apartment. [...]
But, really, we loved that bus. We ka-blammed over half the territory in it, blasting pre-millennium music, stopping for roadside bison. I swear, we even started a V-dub renaissance. Soon, in Yellowknife, there was a shriveled-orange coloured bus; a rotten-yellow-banana coloured bus. It wasn’t a hipster thing; it was a Northern thing. It was a be-proud-to-drive-whatever-ugly-vehicle-you-want thing. But when we made the difficult decision to move back to Ontario, we knew the Funky Green Pickle wouldn’t make it. We said goodbye and sold it to a good home. And then, we said goodbye to everything else.
Aisling Dunn, Mira Mercer and Brooklynn Macki practice a French folk song at J. H. Sissons School on Wednesday. The school's choir is performing for the royal couple at he legislative assembly on Tuesday. - Katherine Hudson/NNSL photo
The ceremonial events include youth ambassadors from across the territory demonstrating Dene handgames and Inuit sports, youth from the SideDoor Youth Centre playing a game of street hockey and the Paulatuk Moonlight Drummers and Dancers and the Dettah Drummers performing on the green park.
Bobby Drygeese, a drummer and organizer of the Dettah group, said 10 drummers will perform a welcoming song and dance and opening prayer.
He said the relationship between the Akaitcho Dene and the Crown has history which is why it's important that the Dene culture be represented at the welcoming.
"It's important because we signed a treaty in 1900 (Treaty 8) and a lot of people still honour that treaty. We honour that treaty. That's why we're a part of this," said Drygeese.
The treaty outlined the preservation of rights of the Dene to continue living in their culture on their lands.
From dancing and drumming to songs and fiddling, children from Yellowknife and across the NWT will be giving musical gifts to Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Alexander Legaree, who recently launched Coal Photography, said his picture, "I Was Here" holds a special place in his heart. - photo courtesy of Alexander Legaree
Alexander Legaree launched Coal Photography on June 19, with the goal of showing ordinary things in new ways.
"What motivates me is my innate desire to explore the ordinary and make it extraordinary," said Legaree through e-mail. "I want to look at things through a new lens and show someone something they have seen a million times before, yet have never seen."
This vision also applies to the name of his company.
"The name has a bit of a story … Carbon is one of the most common elements in the universe and is present in all known life and can take several forms – the most notable? A diamond," Legaree wrote. "Atoms so tightly packed together under intense heat and pressure that they form the hardest material known and something truly breathtaking to behold ... and another form of carbon is coal."
As part of the launch, Legaree is donating $2.50 to the NWT SPCA for every "like" Coal Photography received between June 19 to June 28 on its Facebook page.
David Reid, the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association president, presents Di Ann Blesse with the national Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award and a painting at Sir John Franklin High School on June 7. - photo courtesy of the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association