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Four men – one dead – will drive from Chicago to Inuvik for a round of golf - All 10 pounds of a cremated Mike Allen and his cherry-wood urn will travel along with his golf buddies Vic Zast, Dan Johnson and Jim Thompson on an epic road trip from Chicago to Inuvik. Allen introduced the men to each other, the four of whom golfed together every Saturday morning for 25 years until Allen's death from diabetes two years ago.
Why then, this 16-day trip through three time zones, seven US states, two provinces and two territories, and more than 6,500 km to golf at a course that only has three holes? Why not?
"We're doing it because we haven't done it before," Zast, the instigator of the trip, said. "And we're the kind of people who like adventures."
The Opportunity: The Town of Fort Smith has an exciting opportunity for a seasoned and highly qualified individual to take on directorship of the Town’s finance, taxation and lands divisions. Reporting to the Senior Administrative Officer, as a key member of the senior management team, the Director will assume complete responsibility for the overall financial management of the municipality and provide support to the Town’s management team and their departments in budgeting, internal financial controls, financial reporting, taxation, personnel administration and risk management. The incumbent will also direct the management of land administration in order to ensure that Town land is used in an appropriate manner.
OTTAWA, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief for the Northwest Territories Bill Erasmus, who is also the Dene Nation National Chief, is in Washington, D.C. today with Chief Roxanne Marcel of Mikisew Cree First Nation and Canadian environmental leaders to meet with senior officials in the Obama administration regarding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. A Republican bill in Congress could force the Obama administration to approve the project before the end of 2011.
"We are here to ensure the Obama administration and U.S. officials fully understand the views and concerns of First Nations regarding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project and other major projects," stated Regional Chief Erasmus. "First Nations are often the first to feel the impacts of projects in our territories and we have a right to be heard and involved in the planning of any such projects. There are First Nations along all points of the proposed pipeline and Dene people and communities downstream of the Mackenzie River Basin who will be affected by any pipeline problems that occur upstream of the Basin. There should be no approval or decision on the pipeline until the U.S. government has considered all of the issues including upstream impacts. Canadian and U.S. governments must respect the standard of free, prior and informed consent of First Nations in any projects, consistent with standards established in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."
The Northern Review is interested in receiving articles that examine issues and present discussions about tourism and travel in the Circumpolar North, including but not limited to how tourism engages with:
- Economic, regional, community, and sustainable development
-Business, entrepreneurial and product development
- Place-based and other planning approaches
-Identity (e.g., place making, tourism marketing)
-Northern and Indigenous cultures and communities
-The social economy and creative economies
- Methodological innovation and experience
Manuscripts received before midnight August 15, 2011 will be considered for publication in Number 36 (Spring 2012). Send submissions or queries to Guest Editor Suzanne de la Barre, PhD care of managing editor, Deanna McLeod, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the website http://www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/review for submission guidelines.
My name is Thomas Koidhis. I am a 22 year old photographer from Fort Smith, NT Canada. I do not have a specific style of photography, although at this point I shoot mostly astrophotography, landscapes and wildlife. I do personal and collaborative portraits, and plan on working more with models in the future. I photograph to discover myself and the world around me. Fort Smith and the surrounding ...area is a beautiful and unique place, on the doorstep of the vast Wood Buffalo National Park and Slave River. I feel that it is fitting, and a blessing, that I have had the opportunity to begin my work here. I do run it as a business at times, and I do sell prints. In special circumstances I will do creative portrait sessions and commissioned work. I have been published in numerous northern publications newspapers and had my work presented in art shows, gallery, museum and traveling exhibition.
An international agreement developed to protect the environment and prevent bio-piracy escalated into a rights war over genetic resources between pharmaceutical companies, governments and Indigenous peoples before it was even adopted.
The Nagoya Protocol is a United Nations (UN) agreement developed by those who were also involved with the Convention on Biological Diversity, which was held in Nagoya, Japan last October.
Through the protocol Canada assumes sovereign jurisdiction over natural, biological and genetic resources within Canadian borders, without explicitly acknowledging Aboriginal rights.
At Prelude Lake Marina and Rentals we make the outdoors affordable to you by offering Pontoon Boats, Fishing Boats & RV’s for rent. You don’t have to invest in an expensive RV or Boat, just give us a call us and we can provide the basic equipment and advice to get you outdoors.
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The Yellowknife Watercolour Society is hosting their annual Spring Show!
This Saturday, May 28
10:00am - 4:00am
Northern United Place Auditorium
Come and see what the Society has been up to this year and try painting a watercolour postcard!
For more information, contact email@example.com
Travis Mercredi, son of Down To Earth Gallery founder Rosalind Mercredi, cuts a slice of birthday cake to celebrate the gallery's five-year anniversary on Saturday. - Adrian Lysenko/NNSL photo
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Down To Earth Gallery celebrated its five-year anniversary on the weekend with various events.
Apart from offering birthday cake and coffee, the gallery had a fused-glass magnet workshop taught by Rosalind Mercredi, founder of the gallery, a reed fish workshop with Cathie Harper, as well as many in store specials.
From pottery to photography to paintings, the gallery in Old Town has featured work from Northern artists since its opening.
"It's amazing," said Mercredi. "I can't believe it's been five years."
Mercredi, an artist and glass sculptor herself, said when the gallery started it had featured works by five artists as well as her own.
"We wanted a gallery that sold local people's art," she said.
Now the gallery features work from over 60 artists, including some from the Yukon, Nunavut and many from all over the Northwest Territories.
Born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, I grew up being inspired by the natural world. My photography is a direct reflection of my upbringing in the beautiful landscape that is Northern Canada. I am Gwich’in First Nations, and my family is from Inuvik, NT far above the Arctic Circle. I have had a lifelong passionate relationship with photography and it has continued to be an outlet for creative, artistic and personal visions. I have traveled extensively throughout the world, but to this day, not enough.
I will be offering my services as a photographer this summer: art, wedding, product, band and musician photography and anything else you can think of! I am currently working on building my commercial portfolio so prices will be fair!
You can check out my work at http://www.nigitstil.com and if you are interested send me a quick email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your idea
* Canine sleuth hits the streets. New RCMP dog on duty in Yk
* MLAs ponder rainy day fund. Finance minister says territory needs to set aside cash for the future
* No longer worst in protecting animals: report. After two years tied with Nunavut, NWT moves into third last
* Social issues impasse resolved. GNWT bureaucrats worried about conflicts of interest sitting on city's Social Issues Committee
* Essential service or frill? Proponents of midwifery services have to make a strong economic case
* You are worth $27,000.
May 26, 2011 Next Friday Kremski will be having her first solo exhibition titled Becoming, at The Gallery on 47th Street (previously the Dawn Oman studio).
"It's fantastic," said Colin Dempsey, owner of the gallery. "For something that's so chaotic in nature, it comes together in such a complete way that has really struck me."
Last February Kremski's art was featured at a celebrity party during the 2011 Academy Awards and will also be at the 2011 Emmy Awards ceremonies in August.
Her work was also featured in the Ayr Space gallery in Southern Ontario among 100 pieces of art from women around the world to celebrate the100th anniversary of International Women's Day in March.
From left, Alannis Mckee of Aklavik, Annika Krizan of Inuvik and Rachel Watters of Inuvik represented the NWT at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Toronto. - photo courtesy of Rachel Watters
Rachel Watters, 14 and in Grade 9, and Annika Krizan, 14 and in Grade 8, travelled to Toronto from May 14 to 21 with their winning science fair projects to see the best from the rest of Canada. While the students didn't place at the fair, they're not complaining. It's hard to compete with the best in fair winner, who took home $16,500.
This fall, teachers will be schooled on Dene culture and traditions.
The Dept. of Education, Culture and Employment has created a new tool to help teachers, particularly those coming from the South, understand the history of the Dene.
ECE is launching an interactive game called Dene Kede: Trails to Becoming.
The Director of Early Childhood Education, Rita Mueller, said players pick a character in the game and he or she will be exposed to different aspects of traditional Dene life.
I’m in Yellowknife all week attending events relating to the launch of a policy report on homelessness. The report is one of several articles coming out of a multi-year research project looking at affordable housing and homelessness in the Northwest Territories. The project is being supervised by Dr. Frances Abele (Carleton University) and our community partner is Arlene Haché (recent recipient of the Order of Canada and Executive Director of the Centre for Northern Families). The main sponsor of the research is the Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada (SERNNoCa).
The full policy report (along with a summary) is available at the following web site: http://www.homelesshub.ca/yellowknife/
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.
Top 10 Things I Learned About Research While Preparing a Report on Homelessness in Yellowknife by Nick Falvo
Yukon Geoscience Forum
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Map
Start Date: November 20, 2011
End Date: November 23, 2011
We are excited to present Yukon's Geoscience Forum, which features updates on exploration development and mining activities for Yukon Geosciences!.The conference grows bigger and bigger each year with the annual increase in activity and mining.
Yukon based service and supply, geologists, prospectors, oil & gas representatives, as well as quartz and placer mining companies are present at this conference and trade show. There will be ample opportunity's to meet with delegates!
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The St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council (SCC) will once again oversee the 3rd Annual International Indigenous Leadership Gathering in Xaxl’ip, St’át’imc Territory from May 30th to June 5th, 2011 (at 10,001 Fountain Valley Road, Fountain, B.C., 30 minutes from Lillooet. B.C., Canada). The gathering is free and takes place in an outdoor arbor. All are welcome across the globe, meals are provided (please bring your own plates & cutlery & cooking gear). People from all over camp and gather throughout the days to share messages, witness and partake in scheduled discussions and ceremonies by various Indigenous speakers from around the world and locally. The theme of theme of the gathering is "Protecting the Sacred”.
Throughout the 1st and 2nd IILG we have heard shared-teachings from the Hopi, Lakota, Maya and other Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island and throughout the world who say that the time for reconnection is now. Time is short for restoring the balance. The children need us to move with truth, love, and discipline. We have been instructed to come together for real reflection. Unlike other meetings, this gathering will take place at a sacred site (near Swena7em), in the heart of an Indigenous Nation’s ancestral territory.
The Gathering has brought together elders, ceremony keepers, & mandated leaders from the 4 directions including: Asia, Africa, the America’s (including the Arctic), Australia, & the South Pacific to discuss issues of common concern, based on territory, as well as visions for honouring the shared responsibilities.
Vancouver-based Tyhee Gold Corp., has named Brian K. Briggs as VP engineering and project manager for the Yellowknife gold project in the Northwest Territories. He holds both a BSc and MSc degree in engineering from the University of Wyoming.
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Thirty groups have volunteered to clean up the winter's litter, recently unveiled by the melting of the snow.
The city is giving out $970 to each group for their efforts in cleaning Yellowknife up, but Mayor Gord Van Tighem said the cleanup is about more than a way for organizations to make some cash.
"The cleaner it is, the more pride in the community and the more welcoming to tourists. A lot of groups are young people and they are earning an investment in their own interest," said Mayor Gord Van Tighem.
The groups had one week – May 22 to May 29 – to get their specific areas clean of litter, glass and lumber. Usually the cleanup starts a week earlier but due to one last spell of winter in May, the cleanup was slightly behind schedule.
A new chapter in the modern history of Hay River was written Saturday afternoon as the 58th patrol of the 1 Canadian Rangers Patrol Group held their opening ceremony in front of the community and dignitaries.
The distinctive red and green flag is now raised over the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 250 and a copy of the charter signed by Mayor Kelly Schofield, GNWT Commissioner George Tuccaro, Brig.-Gen. Guy Hamel, Sgt. Warren Gibb and Maj. Jeff Allen Commanding Officer of the 1 CRPG will hang on the wall.
Capt. Steve Watton was Master of Ceremonies for the event.