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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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Headlines for NWT News North for May 30th 2011

Headlines for NWT News North for May 30th 2011 | NWT News | Scoop.it
* The power of a million. South Slave school project to challenge for world record
* Checkpoint cleanup continues. Testing continues to reveal remaining contaminants at former highway maintenance area
* Hay River resident decries sandbag limit. Mayor argues sharing would have ensured proper dispersal
* GNWT hoping to save for slow times. David Krutko says portion of fed's royalties from Norman Wells oilfields should be deposited in heritage fund

OPINION

* A parting shot. How will Floyd Roland be remembered?
* Farewell to Premier Roland.

ENTERTAINMENT

* The Northern literary scene lights up. NorthWords Writers Festival returns with 28 authors and special guests

SPORTS

* Boxer Bernard Hopkins makes fighting history. And goodbye to Macho Man

BUSINESS

* $10 million slotted for Courageous Lake. Seabridge Gold aims to improve upon 11 million ounces discovered at NWT site
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Press Release - #NWT's ECE hosts Labour Force Development Symposium

Press Release - #NWT's ECE hosts Labour Force Development Symposium | NWT News | Scoop.it
The GNWT’s Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is hosting a Labour Force Development Symposium this Wednesday and Thursday, where it will launch the Northwest Territories Labour Force Development Framework – People, Partnerships, Possibilities.

“We are working with our partners to help people achieve their goals and contribute to a strong Northwest Territories,” says Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty. “By making significant investments in skills training and employment development, we ensure that NWT residents can meet the demand of northern employers, therefore maximizing opportunities for our residents.
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Russia: The Concept Of Sustainable Development Of Indigenous Peoples Of The North Ugra - Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

Russia: The Concept Of Sustainable Development Of Indigenous Peoples Of The North Ugra - Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources | NWT News | Scoop.it
Russia: The Concept Of Sustainable Development Of Indigenous Peoples Of The North Ugra

Translated from Russian [excerpt]

Today, 27 May 2011, the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug - Ugra approved the concept of sustainable development of the indigenous peoples of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug - Ugra. The project concept was developed by the working group headed by the Deputy Governor of the Autonomous Region Gennady F. Buhtina with representatives of the NGO "Save the Ugra" Assembly of the autonomous region.

At the meeting of the Okrug Government Gennady F. stressed in his speech: "Indigenous Peoples - Khanty, Mansi and the Nenets living in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District, are a special part of our domestic policy. According to the Statute of the Autonomous Okrug, the protection of their rights - a fundamental feature of the Autonomous Okrug, public authorities are called to carry out activities to restore, preserve the identity and the free development of these peoples (according to art. 63). The said provisions, as well as the traditions of the sensitivities of the authorities to the northern peoples, established in Khanty - Mansiysk Autonomous District, and incorporated in the preparation and approval of the Concept of Sustainable Development of Indigenous Peoples.
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#NWT's Great Slave, Prosperous & Prelude lakes water levels continue to drop

#NWT's Great Slave, Prosperous & Prelude lakes water levels continue to drop | NWT News | Scoop.it
PHOTO: Great Slave Fish Products owner Brian Abbott and employee Sheila Frise stand across the lake from their slanted barge on Jolliffe Island. The barge used to float on the water, but one side has been banked on dry land since the water level dropped last summer. - Thandiwe Vela/NNSL photo

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - It may be another rocky fishing season, as Environment Canada water surveys have shown water levels so far this year even lower than last year, when Yk area lakes reached record lows.

"People boating are going to start seeing rocks and reefs showing up that they hadn't seen before," said Bob Reid, head of the Indian Affairs and Northern Development's water management and planning section. "There's a saying," Reid joked, "there's two kinds of people that fish in Great Slave Lake - those that hit rocks and those that are about to hit rocks."

For the month of May this year, the Water Survey of Canada recorded water levels in Great Slave Lake at about 156.4 meters above sea level, about 20 centimetres lower than May last year. Overall, water levels so far this year have been well below average, near minimum water levels recorded since 1934.

Full Text at
http://nnsl.com/northern-news-services/stories/papers/may27_11wat.html
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@CBCNorth video report: homelessness in Yellowknife #YZF #NWT

A new report shows rates of homelessness in Yellowknife are five times higher than other major cities in Canada.
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Full fire ban in effect for Yellowknife #YZF #NWT

If you were looking forward to that campfire this weekend, you're out of luck -- at least in Yellowknife.

Fire Chief Darcy Hernblad said no fires are allowed anywhere within city limits because of the dry land conditions.

He stressed that the fire ban affects people or homeowners with approved fire pits in their yards.

"We don't want anyone in the city of Yellowknife doing any kind of burning. Basically we're shutting down all burning," he said. "Burning will be affected in Fred Henne Park, Yellowknife River Park, because they're both within city limits."
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Emma Pullman | Alleged Coverup Of Yellowknife #NWT Giant Gold Mine Arsenic Leaks

Emma Pullman | Alleged Coverup Of Yellowknife #NWT Giant Gold Mine Arsenic Leaks | NWT News | Scoop.it
A naturally forming ice dam caused water to leak into and overflow a toxic gold tailings pond in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on May 14. The water is now draining back into the creek, which feeds to Back Bay on Great Slave Lake a few kilometres downstream. Great Slave Lake is the second largest lake in the Northwest Territories, the deepest in North America, and the 9th largest in the world.

Originally one of the most pristine bodies of water in the world, the lake water was rendered undrinkable by pollution from the mining industry. The people of Yellowknife have sourced their water elsewhere, until now. City officials have tabled a proposal to source Yellowknife's drinking water from Yellowknife Bay, which encompasses Back Bay, connected to the recent leak.
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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.

[excerpt]

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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#YZF #NWT JOB - Chief Pilot (Airline 702/703/704/705) / Operations Manager

#YZF #NWT JOB - Chief Pilot (Airline 702/703/704/705) / Operations Manager | NWT News | Scoop.it
Job Description

Administrative

* The incumbent plans and manages the Flight Operations Departments activities, including Safety, Budgeting, and Operations.
* Leads and mentors, the Chief Pilot, Flight Attendant Manager and other personnel within the department.
* Ensures company compliance in accordance with the company QA program.

Technical

* Manages the activities of the air operator in accordance with the Company Operations Manual and Transport Canada Regulatory Requirements.
* This position oversees all activities of a company's Air Operator Certificate.
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YouTube - Homeless in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge - Report Launch - #YZF #NWT

Homeless in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge
Report Launch at Yellowknife City Hall
Part No. 01
See part No 02 here
http://youtu.be/xI0HtdMjJ-A

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/
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Release of the Northwest Territories Energy Report #NWT #GNWT

Government of the Northwest Territories | May 19th, 2011

The Northwest Territories (NWT) Energy Report was released today by the Ministerial Energy Coordinating Committee (MECC). Highlights of the report include: opportunities to develop alternative energy sources, reducing the high cost of energy in the territory and an overview of GNWT energy projects and programs.

Early in the mandate of the 16th Legislative Assembly, our government made an unprecedented $60 million commitment to address energy issues in the NWT, said Minister Bob McLeod, Chair of the MECC. The NWT leads the country in the installation of commercial wood pellet boilers, we have invested millions of dollars in energy conservation and efficiency programs, and we continue our efforts to develop local sources of energy supply for communities.

The NWT Energy Report includes current information regarding a number of initiatives outlined in the NWT Energy Plan (2007), the NWT Greenhouse Gas Strategy (2007), and the Energy Priorities Framework released by the MECC in 2008. Also included in the report is an environmental scan of energy resources, development, and use in the NWT, as well as details on GNWT investment in energy programs and initiatives.

MECC is comprised of Minister Bob McLeod in his role as Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Premier Floyd Roland, as Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, Minister Michael Miltenberger in his role as Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, and Minister Michael McLeod, Minister of Public Works and Services.

By reducing imported fossil fuels and mitigating the environmental impacts of energy use, the GNWT is taking action to maintain an environment that will sustain present and future generations, a key goal of the 16th Assembly.

For more information, contact:
Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
(867) 920-8696
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Call for action on homelessness: Report provides recommendations on how to address issues in Yellowknife #YZF #NWT

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - When a report outlining five policy recommendations for addressing homelessness in the Yellowknife was presented to members of the community at city hall Thursday, people asked for action.

"Just do something," pleaded Kate Wilson, director of transitional housing for the YWCA. "I always say, we judge our communities by how they take care of their poor and we're not doing a good job.

"We need action, so please let's put a sense of urgency on this."

Wilson was one of many men and women to ask questions and provide comments to Nick Falvo, a researcher and doctoral student at Carleton University, who wrote Homelessness in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge. The report, prepared in co-operation with the Centre for Northern Families, looks at programs and funding for homeless people in the city, policy issues and recommendations.

During his presentation, Falvo outlined the five major recommendations that stem from his report.

full text here
http://nnsl.com/northern-news-services/stories/papers/may27_11hme.html
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New #NWT Devolution Chief Negotiator Appointed

Martin Goldney has been appointed as Chief Negotiator for the Government of the Northwest Territories on the Devolution of Lands and Resources.

Mr. Goldney is a lifelong northerner and a lawyer with extensive experience in Aboriginal and Constitutional Law. Mr. Goldney joined the Department of Justice in 2000, where he has played a supporting role in a number of GNWT self-government and land claims negotiations. He has been an important part of the GNWTs devolution team since 2002, serving as legal counsel until his recent appointment as Executive Director, Office of Devolution.

Mr. Goldney replaces Dr. Hal Gerein, who led negotiations since 2002 and will retain a role with the GNWTs negotiation team as a senior advisor.

The signing of an AiP between the GNWT, Canada, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and NWT Mtis Nation, represents a major step forward in achieving a decade-long goal for NWT residents, Premier Floyd K. Roland said. It was only possible with the dedication and hard work of our devolution team, admirably led by Dr. Gerein.

In announcing the new appointment, Premier Floyd K. Roland says the milestone signing of the Agreement-in-principle on Devolution in January and plans to move forward with final negotiations dictate that leadership for the negotiation team be located in the NWT.

I am very much a proponent of this change; this is the right thing to do and a good time to do it, Dr. Gerein said. Mr. Goldney and I have worked together for nine years; he is an exceptional individual with excellent leadership skills.

For more information, contact:
Victoria Velez
Press Secretary for Premier/Cabinet
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 669-2302
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Homelessness is a visible problem in Yellowknife & the NWT #YZF #NWT

PHD candidate at Carleton University, Nick Falvo, has released a report on homelessness in Yellowknife, which he said is a disturbing picture.

Falvo's research states that on any given night in the city, there are at least 100 homeless people staying in shelters, the RCMP detachment or outside and 90 to 95 per cent of those people are Dene, Métis or Inuit.

The doctoral student has made five key recommendations to mitigate homelessness, including establishing standards at emergency shelters to address staffing issues.
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