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Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 3rd 2011 #YZF #NWT

Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 3rd 2011 #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
* Yellowknifer wiped out. NWT contestant's short stature her downfall in game show
* Window smasher gets 30 days in jail. Judge accuses 68-year-old man of vigilantism against auto body shop
* Wall built against hunger. Call made for canned food in conjunction with World Hunger Awareness Day
* People in NWT live shorter lives. Life expectancy rates in Canada drop as one heads north, but Yk might be an exception

OPINION

* Layton throws Bevington a bone. Opposition leader appears to be ignoring NWT nonetheless
* Route 51 leads to success.

ENTERTAINMENT

* The ARCC is getting organized. Centre elects board and sets goals for the future

SPORTS

* NWT hits the track. Yk athletes begin their quest at NWT Track and Field Championships
* Denise Ramsden gets robbed. Yk cyclist loses Vermont road race in controversial fashion
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#YZT #NWT dog killer gets one year in jail

#YZT #NWT dog killer gets one year in jail | NWT News | Scoop.it
Thrasher was arrested by the Yellowknife RCMP at 12:08 a.m. in an area between 46 and 47 Street near 50 Avenue. He had blood on his jacket, gloves and shoes, along with Garlic's dog hair on the inside of his jacket and on his backpack. The police found Garlic lying in a pool of blood in a dumpster about 30 metres from where Thrasher was arrested. Footprints found at the dumpster matched Thrasher's footwear, said Praught.

Garlic died from a collapsed lung from a blow to the chest and stab wounds to the neck, chest, rectum and anus, said Praught. It wasn't revealed in court what Garlic was stabbed with, nor was it revealed why Thrasher killed the dog.

Thrasher was also sentenced to 45 days in jail after being caught in possession of a stolen van in Behchoko on Nov. 27, 2010, 30 days for being in possession of a stolen Sanyo cell phone, and 45 days for being in possession of a stolen DVD collection of the cartoon Family Guy.
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#YZF #NWT 'Community of writers' NorthWords Writers festival returns with 28 authors & special guests

#YZF #NWT 'Community of writers' NorthWords Writers festival returns with 28 authors & special guests | NWT News | Scoop.it
Rene Fumoleau performs at the first-annual NorthWords Writer's Festival in 2006. He is expected to rejoin the festival this year. - NNSL file photo

The organizers of the NorthWords Writers Festival are providing opportunities to participants that normally not available to them elsewhere.

"We are small festival and we are a small town and so you get a chance to hang around with these authors," said Annelies Pool, executive director of the festival.

"So that's what happens with the festival we form a four-day little community of writers."

With 28 authors and special guests, the festival returns this year with various events this week in the city.

"There is so many things to be excited it about," said Pool. [...]

Along with Reichs, other guest authors include Canadian novelist Susan Juby, aboriginal writer Gregory Scofield, Canadian historian and author Charlotte Gray, author Ted Staunton, Northern author Amberlee Kolson, as well as a special appearance by Kevin Hanson, president of Simon and Schuster Canada.

"We just have so much writing talent coming this year," said Colin Henderson, vice-president of the festival.

The festival will also feature Northern authors Jamie Bastedo, Myranda Bolstad, Bill Braden, Marianne Bromley, Albert Canadien, Dawn Curtis, Randy Freeman, Rene Fumoleau, Cathy Jewison, David Malcolm, David Miller, Annelies Pool and Richard Van Camp.

Along with five different workshops and mentoring sessions, there will be two open mic events taking place during the festival, encouraging writers to hit the stage and share their words.
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$10 million slotted for Seabridge Gold's Courageous Lake #NWT site

$10 million slotted for Seabridge Gold's Courageous Lake #NWT site | NWT News | Scoop.it
Seabridge Gold aims to improve upon 11 million ounces discovered at NWT site

The program will include environmental, engineering and exploration activities on a deposit located approximately 280 km northwest of Yellowknife, according to Seabridge Gold president and CEO Rudi Fronk.

To date, Seabridge has identified 11.3 million ounces of gold in the area.

"When we acquired the project in 2002 we believed that there was considerable upside," Fronk wrote in an e-mail. "At the time of acquisition gold resources (on site) stood at 5.7 million ounces."

The deposit was discovered by Noranda in the early 1980s.

By comparison, Agnico Eagle has 3.5 million ounces of proven and probable gold at its Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, Nunavut.

Gold prices topped $1,520 an ounce last week.
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YouTube: Pt. 1 Int'l Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

Meet the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, introduced by Janet Weber, Assistant to the Grandmother's Council. Janet has been affiliated with the Center for Sacred Studies since the mid-1990s, and is an Interfaith Minister. Her work is in support of native elders and teachings of the Sacred Hoop.
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Indigenous grandmothers to hold conference at Vermont College of the Fine Arts

Indigenous grandmothers to hold conference at Vermont College of the Fine Arts | NWT News | Scoop.it
The 13 members of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, also known as the grandmother think tank, are coming to Vermont.

The Vermont College of Fine Arts will host the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers starting today for a series of seminars, talks, workshops, prayer groups and a blessing for the Council of All Beings first convention.

The grandmothers will come from Africa, Asia, North and South America. Seven of the 13 spiritual elders will be in Vermont this week, fulfilling an ancient prophecy: “when the Grandmothers from the four directions speak, a new time is coming. ”
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Stephen Kakfwi to speak on boreal forest

Stephen Kakfwi to speak on boreal forest | NWT News | Scoop.it
The UNESCO bid to preserve the boreal forest on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is the subject .. Stephen Kakfwi, a gifted and passionate speaker, former premier of the Northwest Territories and President of the Dene Nation, will speak about the challenges and opportunities for First Nations working to conserve and develop their boreal homelands.
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Peru in shock move to abolish uncontacted tribe’s reserve

Peru in shock move to abolish uncontacted tribe’s reserve | NWT News | Scoop.it
Peru wants to abolish the Murunahua reserve. So much for working with Brazil to protect Indigenous Peoples in voluntary isolation.

The survival of the uncontacted tribe whose images caused a worldwide sensation in February is in jeopardy, after Peruvian government plans to abolish a reserve that protects their territory were exposed.


The Indians live inside Brazil, close to the Peru border. The Murunahua reserve protects neighbouring uncontacted Indians on the Peru side, but has been invaded by illegal loggers in recent years.

Following Survival’s release of the photos and footage in February, Peru’s government said it would work with the Brazilian authorities to protect the area. But now its Indian Affairs Department INDEPA is planning to abolish the Murunahua reserve completely – because it ‘does not believe there are uncontacted tribes living there.’


Please direct a tweet at Peru’s Indian affairs department on Twitter asking them not to abolish the reserve:

@INDEPA_PERU Uncontacted tribes need your protection. Abolishing their reserve may wipe them out http://t.co/BqLJVIo
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Bevington named NDP's northern critic @CBCNorth

Bevington named NDP's northern critic @CBCNorth | NWT News | Scoop.it
NDP Leader Jack Layton has appointed Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington as the official opposition critic for northern development.

[...] As northern development critic, Bevington is also the critic for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). He has also been nominated by the party as vice-chair of the House of Commons standing committee on aboriginal affairs and northern development.

"I plan on continuing the work I have been doing to improve the lives for Northerners," Bevington said in the release.

"Over the next several years the North will see major changes, and I will continue to ensure all Northerners are heard and not just those favoured by the Conservatives."
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"The North This Week" @CBCNorth Podcast- #Nunavut #NWT #Yukon

CBC Radio podcasts. Discover programming that tickles your curiosity, feeds your brain and sparks your emotions!

The North This Week features the best stories from the past seven days from Whitehorse to Yellowknife to Iqaluit. Expect to hear all kinds of great features from shows like A New Day and The Trailbreaker and many others. Updated Sundays.
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#YZF #NWT's NorthWords Writers Festival returns with 28 authors and special guests

#YZF #NWT's NorthWords Writers Festival returns with 28 authors and special guests | NWT News | Scoop.it
The return of NorthWords Writers Festival brings 28 authors and special guests this week in Yellowknife.

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One of the guest writers featured in this year's festival will be American crime writer Kathy Reichs.

Like the heroine in her books, Temperance Brennan, Reich is a forensic anthropologist. Her first book, Deja Dead, became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her novels are also the inspiration of the popular Fox Television series Bones.

"We've been talking for years about wanting to going up North so we heard about the festival and thought it would be great," she said.

Other than the festival, a reason for the author's trip up North is research for her next book she plans to set partly in Yellowknife.

"I've read a lot about it and I really think it would be an interesting setting to take my heroine and I'd just really like to see it myself," said Reichs. "So I need to go and see what it's like."

Along with Reich, other guest authors include Canadian novelist Susan Juby, aboriginal writer Gregory Scofield, Canadian historian and author Charlotte Gray, author Ted Staunton, Northern author Amberlee Kolson as well as a special appearance by Kevin Hanson, president of Simon and Schuster Canada.

"We just have so much writing talent coming this year," said Colin Henderson, vice-president of the festival.

The festival will also feature Northern authors Jamie Bastedo, Myranda Bolstad, Bill Braden, Marianne Bromley, Albert Canadien, Dawn Curtis, Randy Freeman, Rene Fumoleau, Cathy Jewison, David Malcolm, David Miller, Annelies Pool as well as Richard Van Camp.
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The Tyee – 'Number One Tool' for First Nations? Facebook

The Tyee – 'Number One Tool' for First Nations? Facebook | NWT News | Scoop.it
Photo: Harley Chingee, campaigning for Chief of McLeod Lake Indian Band, uses Facebook 'to stay connected'.

In the recent federal election, a number of candidates boasted of the amount of ground they covered while campaigning. For instance, Andrew Cash, in the Toronto riding of Davenport, claimed that he walked over 500 kilometres during the five-week campaign.

First Nations politicians can relate -- except in their case, campaigns often cover thousands of square kilometres, reaching out to constituents scattered in communities that span regional and provincial boundaries. This means that for First Nations, politics increasingly relies on social media.
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Billy Joss Golf Course - Ulukhaktok, #NWT

Billy Joss Golf Course - Ulukhaktok, #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
Billy Joss Golf Course - Ulukhaktok NWT - Consider this our invitation to you and others to an experience of a lifetime in Ulukhaktok(Holman). Golfers from across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Southern Canada have come to participate in the Billy Joss Open held the 3rd weekend in July annually. We also invite you to come and golf anytime during June, July and August. This golf course, mostly on tundra and the most Northern 9-hole course in North America complete with artificial greens, has designated tee off markers, boxes complete with ball washers and towels and course layout signs.
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Indigenous Peoples strengthen claim of Right to Water

Indigenous Peoples strengthen claim of Right to Water | NWT News | Scoop.it
[excerpt] 2 June 2011 [MediaGlobal]: Water is the lifeblood of health, livelihood, and culture, particularly in indigenous communities where water provides not only sustenance, but often serves as a vital link to people’s ethnic heritage. In many countries however, the indigenous perspective on water is being disregarded, putting communities in grave economic and environmental risks.

“There is a fundamental link between access to water and living in dignity,” Valmaine Toki of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2011 – 2013 told MediaGlobal . “Indigenous peoples claim not only a human right but also an environmental right to water.”

There has been a heightening clamor in recent years for the indigenous peoples’ right to water as more indigenous communities are excluded from the governance and management of water resources within their localities.

“The greatest manifestation of the violation of the rights of indigenous peoples is the failure by the state to recognize aboriginal or customary rights to water,” said Toki.
In many rural settings, indigenous populations are inadequately informed on water management. As a result, they become poorly represented in developing water policies that involve their cultural domains.

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Yellowknifers take on the Dragons' Den

Yellowknifers take on the Dragons' Den | NWT News | Scoop.it
Mark Brown and Aaron "Godson" Hernandez were two Yellowknifers who were offered the chance to appear on the show when Dragons' Den producers were in town last March.
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High arsenic levels in Baker Creek Yellowknife #NWT

High arsenic levels in Baker Creek Yellowknife #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
Water samples taken from Baker Creek two weeks ago show arsenic levels 10 times the acceptable level for drinking water after the stream overflowed into a tailings pond earlier this month. - Ian Vaydik/ NNSL photo

Public Works insists public health and safety not at risk; grayling might not be so lucky

Arsenic levels in Baker Creek are 10 times the acceptable level for drinking water and 20 times the acceptable level for protection of aquatic life, according to samples collected at the Giant Mine site just over two weeks ago [...]

The city of Yellowknife is currently toying with the idea of changing the city's drinking water source to Yellowknife Bay, although its water treatment plant would be outfitted with an arsenic treatment system.

See also
Yellowknife's water supply
City wants to draw drinking water directly from Yellowknife Bay, but there are concerns the bay used to be a mining waste dumping ground.
http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Canada/North/1305554399/ID=1960394860

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International: Indigenous Mothers Against Mercury Open Letter - Petition - Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

International: Indigenous Mothers Against Mercury Open Letter - Petition - Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources | NWT News | Scoop.it
We, the undersigned Indigenous mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and daughters, the life givers and caregivers of our current and future generations of children, are united in our profound concern for the contamination of our natural environment by MERCURY, a heavy metal and neurotoxin. We know that mercury is released into the environment and our homelands by coal-fired power plants, historic and current gold mines, medical wastes and other sources.

Mercury contaminates our air, water, lands and traditional foods, in particular the fish upon which so many Indigenous communities depend, producing serious health impacts for persons of all ages. But the gravest danger is to the health and development of our children. Exposure to Mercury impairs the neurological development of infants, babies and children, including those still in those mothers' wombs.

This violates our human rights to health, cultural practices, Treaty rights, subsistence, Rights of the Child, and our Right to Free Prior and Informed Consent as recognized by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other international human rights instruments, norms and standards.
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International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers | NWT News | Scoop.it
We represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come.

We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.

We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children
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JOB: Pumphouse and Liftstation Tradesperson - City of Yellowknife

JOB:  Pumphouse and Liftstation Tradesperson - City of Yellowknife | NWT News | Scoop.it
Posting Expires: Friday, June 10, 2011 at 4:30:00 PM

Under the general supervision of the Assistant Superintendent, Water & Sewer, and the Pumphouse Trades Supervisor, the incumbent is required to perform maintenance, repairs and conduct a preventative maintenance program for City facilities. These duties include, but are not limited to, maintaining proper water temperature, pressure, chlorine and fluoride level in the City water lines and providing emergency power and water supply. The incumbent may be required to act as the Trades Supervisor in his absence. This position may involve being on standby, shift work and training apprentices.
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#YZF #NWT Invitation to a free crepe lunch to celebrate tourism week on June 7th

#YZF #NWT Invitation to a free crepe lunch to celebrate tourism week on June 7th | NWT News | Scoop.it
Invitation to a free crepe lunch to celebrate tourism week on June 7th at Sombak'e Park next to Yellowknife City Hall
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Yellowknife Association for Community Living #YZF #NWT

Yellowknife Association for Community Living #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Yellowknife Association for Community Living (YKACL) is a non-profit organization that supports families, children, youth, and adults with intellectual disabilities so that they are included and are able to contribute to community life in Yellowknife. Inclusion activities are part of all our programming and the focus of the Association and we often forget to celebrate the daily events that promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in our community and the signs that our community cares and supports inclusion.

Our Mission

To help those with intellectual disabilities and their families to live meaningful lives in supportive communities.
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#YZF #NWTNeighbourhood surrounding Shaganappy & Ptarmigan apartments joins forces to fight development

#YZF #NWTNeighbourhood surrounding Shaganappy & Ptarmigan apartments joins forces to fight development | NWT News | Scoop.it
Mayor Gord Van Tighem speaks to about 40 concerned residents at a 54 Street home. The homeowners asked the mayor to join them during a neighbourhood meeting to discuss how to stop the city's largest landlord from developing 58 new units next to the Shaganappy and Ptarmigan apartments. -
Nicole Veerman/NNSL photo

Residents in the area surrounding Shaganappy and Ptarmigan apartments have joined together to fight Yellowknife's largest landlord's attempt to further develop the area with more apartments and townhomes.

NPR Limited Partnership, formally Northern Properties REIT, is proposing to put in 58 more units -- a 28-unit apartment building and five six-plexes. The property management company has submitted a development permit application for the project to the city.
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#YZF #NWT - Homeless in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge - Pt. 02 - Questions & Comments

Homeless in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge
Report Launch Audience Questions & Comments at Yellowknife City Hall
Part No. 02
See Part No. 01 here http://youtu.be/eqUDFXmLlVo

There is a considerable amount of visible homelessness in Yellowknife (NWT), yet very little third-party analysis of the situation. This report begins by briefly discussing who is homeless in Yellowknife and then outlines program responses, including emergency shelters and various models of housing. An overview will then be provided of major funding initiatives from the federal and territorial governments, as well as various forms of homelessness assistance provided by the City of Yellowknife. The report concludes by making policy recommendations with respect to the need for increased accountability, shelter standards, more housing options for the homeless, and a public health response to alcohol and drug use.
From / Thanks to:
http://www.homelesshub.ca/yellowknife/

Video produced as a community service by:
http://mediamentor.ca
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Local Government Administrators of the Northwest Territories (LGANT)

Local Government Administrators of the Northwest Territories (LGANT) | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Local Government Administrators of the Northwest Territories (LGANT) is a professional organization comprised of senior administrators within local community governments in the Northwest Territories. The Mission of LGANT is to promote excellence and professionalism in the field of local government administration in the Northwest Territories through education and career development programs and to create awareness of the Local Government Administrator’s role in the community.

Aslo "The Community Finder" links to information about every NWT community http://lgant.ca/community-selector
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Golfing @ Fort Smith #NWT with the only #RCMP golf course in the world

The Pelican Rapids Golf and Country Club flanks the banks of the Slave River on the outskirts of Fort Smith. After a game on the grass fairways, relax in the licensed clubhouse or on the deck for a view of pelicans and kayakers on Slave River. Swing away from May through September.

The licensed clubhouse is situated to view the ninth green and the number one tee box. The first tee box also features a large deck overlooking the Slave River where you can relax and watch pelicans and kayakers. Green fees are $15 for 9 holes or $20 for 18. Club and cart rentals are available. There are no tee times to book; there is a friendly ‘walk-on’ policy. For more information phone (867) 872-GOLF.

The Blue and Gold Golf Course is par 27 and is situated right in downtown Fort Smith on the RCMP grounds. Built in the 1940s, this is the only RCMP golf course in the world. Members of the RCMP are responsible for the upkeep of this unique course. Admission is free, and course scoresheets are available at the RCMP detachment during regular business hours.
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