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Video: The Hunt for Investigator: History and Canada's Claim on the Arctic

CPAC Special VIDEO 60 min
The Hunt for Investigator: History and Canada's Claim on the Arctic
HMS Investigator was searching for the Northwest Passage and the missing Franklin expedition when she sank 155 years ago. The ship's historic importance, plus Canada's renewed focus on Arctic sovereignty, led to a Parks Canada archaeological mission that made worldwide headlines in July 2010 after finding the sunken wreck off Banks Island in the Northwest Territories. Veteran journalist Don Martin and CPAC's documentary crew were given exclusive access as they and Environment Minister Jim Prentice joined the expedition at Mercy Bay, recording breathtaking panoramas from the land, sea and air along the way.
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#NWT's Sport North Federation

#NWT's Sport North Federation | NWT News | Scoop.it
Sport North represents the Territorial Sport Organizations of the Northwest Territories. We are dedicated to the development of sport at every level of particpation in the Northwest Territories.

Vision: Sport North Federation will be the recognized leader in sport development and will ensure that opportunities in sport, based on fair play, are accessible to all residents of the NWT.

Sport North and its member organizations meet twice per year; Annual General Meeting (May) and the Sport Forum (November).

Effective April 1, 2009, the lotteries in the Northwest Territories are administered by the NWT Sport & Recreation Council. Sport North administers 3 lottery booths in Yellowknife.
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New Training Facility to Improve Emergency Crew Training in #NWT

New Training Facility to Improve Emergency Crew Training in #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
“The contributions of Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. and BHP Billiton EKATI Diamond Mine will further support our efforts to make training for fire and emergency response crews in the Northwest Territories more available and ...
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Environmental assessment underway for Fortune Minerals' proposed #NWT NICO mine site

Environmental assessment underway for Fortune Minerals' proposed #NWT NICO mine site | NWT News | Scoop.it
An aerial view of Fortune Minerals' proposed NICO mine site, located 50 km north of Whati. The company says its project would add $128 million per year to the NWT's gross domestic product over the site's 18-year mine life. - photo courtesy of Fortune Minerals

[excerpt] WHATI/LAC LA MARTRE - The environmental assessment for Fortune Minerals' proposed NICO gold-cobalt-bismuth-copper project just north of Whati is now underway after the submission of the mining company's developer's assessment report to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.

The 3,000-page document was officially submitted to the review board in May, after the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories dismissed an application from the Tlicho Government to halt the environmental assessment of the mining project.

According to Justice Louise Charbonneau's written decision, at issue is the inclusion in the environmental assessment of two roads that do not yet exist. A 27-km all-season access road, which Fortune says the GNWT is planning to construct to connect the Behchoko, Whati and Gameti communities with Highway 3 to Yellowknife, and a spur road the mining company plans to build to haul material and fuel to the NICO mine site and transport ore out. Both access roads would be on Tlicho lands where there is currently a moratorium on land development due to work on a land-use plan in accordance with the Tlicho Lands Protection Law.

After the Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board told Fortune it was not eligible to apply for land-use permits for activities on Tlicho lands without proof of right of access, the mining company applied for an assessment inside the NICO project's claim block only, with plans to submit a separate application for its proposed all-weather road site at a later date.
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Parties pursuing 'aggressive' deadline on devolution - #NWT chief negotiator

[excerpt] June 14, 2011

Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The chief negotiator for the Northwest Territories calls it an 'ambitious' target – that the GNWT and federal government are aiming to reach a final agreement on Devolution within a year.

Martin Goldney is a legal expert working in the Devolution office since 2002.

He recently met with other parties to the agreement, and said each group is still coming up with a work plan before moving forward on transferring authority of resources and land from Ottawa to the GNWT.

"I think most will agree and the reason why it remains an objective is decisions that are made closer to the people, more directly affected, tend to be better decisions and that's really why the GNWT is pursuing devolution in such an aggressive time frame,” he said.

He said the sides have agreed to meet every four months for main-table discussions and added there will be other areas that require smaller 'focused working groups.'

Bi-lateral agreements between the GNWT and aboriginal governments need to be sorted out, including how revenues from resources will be shared and how resources will be managed after achieving devolution.
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Richard Van Camp Book Launch - Yellowknife #YZF #NWT Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Richard Van Camp Book Launch - Yellowknife #YZF #NWT Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | NWT News | Scoop.it
We are honoured to invite you to the full moon celebration, storytelling, and Yellowknife book launch of award-winning author Richard Van Camp's new book - "Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies" at The Yellowknife Book Cellar.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
7:00 - 8:00pm

Come have tea and Judith Drinnan's world famous scones (which are practically bannock!)
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Meeting of the World Archaeological Congress: “Indigenous People and Museums: Unraveling the Tensions”

Meeting of the World Archaeological Congress: “Indigenous People and Museums: Unraveling the Tensions” | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Museum Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will co-host an international Inter-Congress of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) on June 22-25, 2011, at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Many Indigenous people such as American Indians and Australian Aborigines believe their peoples are poorly represented in museum exhibits and programs. The Inter-Congress, titled, “Indigenous People and Museums: Unraveling the Tensions,” will focus on this problem and on improving partnerships between museums and Indigenous peoples.

The only archaeological organization with elected global representation, WAC has been a strong advocate supporting Indigenous control over cultural heritage and the ways it gets presented to outsiders. Museum specialists, Indigenous people, academics, and students from 11 countries will participate in more than 60 presentations, video screenings, workshops, and demonstrations addressing Indigenous control of cultural heritage and its representation. Presentations by six IUPUI graduate students have been selected for inclusion in the event.
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GNWT worker taking employer to court over affirmative action #YZF #NWT

Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The GNWT's affirmative action policy is being challenged by one of its own.

William Turner has filed a civil suit against his employer because he believes the policy giving priority to local Northerners is a breach of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Under the GNWT's affirmative action plan, so-called "indigenous non-aboriginal" applicants get preference for government jobs.

Turner said the category discriminates against people who were not born in the territory and are not long-term residents and that infringes the 'right to mobility' under the Charter.
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sonya almond's comment, June 14, 2011 11:56 AM
I don't believe that Mr Turner should not allowed to file a civil suit. I had a friend who applied for a goverment job. My friend is a aboriginal born and raised in north.My friend was just as qualified as a non aboriginal person. The non aboriginal got the job. This is the case for many aboriginal peoples of the north. This is not right so many ways
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Tlicho Summer Culture Education Program | Donate Now -SmallChangeFund.org

Tlicho Summer Culture Education Program | Donate Now -SmallChangeFund.org | NWT News | Scoop.it
This project will help protect the culture and language of the Tlicho people of the Northwest Territories by creating a summer jobs program which will focus directly on transferring land skills and traditional knowledge from Tlicho Elders to Tlicho youth.

For years, the influence of western culture has affected the traditional way of life of the Tlicho people of the Northwest Territories. In the past, Tlicho elders actively passed down ancient knowledge about the land and the people to the young in their language. Now, as young people leave their communities to pursue jobs and classroom education, this cycle of learning and teaching has become fractured. The Tlicho language and culture are now threatened. Steps must be taken to allow the Elders' knowledge to be passed on to a new generation, before this vital knowledge is lost.

Our program will create summer jobs for 30 high school and college aged Tlicho youth. By participating in this summer job program, youth will earn money while staying in the four remote Tlicho communities. They will gain hands-on experience from Elders and community mentors in traditional and modern ways of life such as, food harvesting and preparation, travel routes, canoeing, Tlicho language, first aid, GPS mapping and firearms safety. Participants in the 2011 summer program will return as coordinators and teachers in following years. In this way we will help to repair the traditional Tlicho cycle of learning.

This project has an estimated budget of $250 000. We request $5,000 for a staff person to develop the 2011 summer program curriculum, involving community leaders, harvesters, elders, and other teachers. The staff person will work with schools to identify the 30 students for the 2011 season. The costs will include staff time, development of the curriculum and staff manuals for this summer, meetings with leaders, harvesters and teachers to firm up the summer program.
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Yukon-Alaska border fossils represent a pivotal moment in evolution

Yukon-Alaska border fossils represent a pivotal moment in evolution | NWT News | Scoop.it
Photo: This is a June 2011 handout. A microscopic image of the fossil organisms discovered on a Yukon mountain courtesy of researcher Phoebe Cohen.

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A Canadian mountaintop has yielded hundreds of microscopic fossils representing, more clearly than ever before, a pivotal moment in evolution: the birth of biomineralization, a critical development for animal life that eventually allowed organisms — including humans — to exploit the Earth’s elemental ingredients to create bones, teeth or protective shells.

A team of U.S. and British scientists led by Phoebe Cohen, a geologist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, probed microfossils previously excavated at Mount Slipper, a 1,500-metre peak located near the Yukon-Alaska border that has exposed rock layers formed about 800 million years ago. Created from the sediments of a shallow, oxygen-starved sea, the Yukon rocks have preserved the remains of “armour”-like mineral plates manufactured by an ancient species of single-celled eukaryotes — possibly as protection against equally miniscule predators inhabiting the same primordial marine environment.

It was announced last year by Harvard University geologist Francis Macdonald that the Mount Slipper fossil bed was 200 million years older than previously thought, meaning the preserved remains found at the site north of Dawson City came from organisms that were living at a key moment in Earth history when animal life was in the midst of diversifying beyond its primitive, single-celled beginnings.

The latest analysis published in the journal Geology — co-authored by Macdonald and led by Cohen while she was studying at Harvard — has identified the biomineral structure as a “shield-like plate” of calcium phosphate and opened a “unique window” on the increasing complexity of life between 700 and 800 million years ago.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/technology/Yukon+fossils+represent+pivotal+moment+evolution/4932651/story.html#ixzz1P6d0UAT4
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A tribute to #NWT Author/Artist Mary Bryant … March 3, 1919 - April 4, 2011 | True North Perspective

A tribute to #NWT Author/Artist Mary Bryant … March 3, 1919 - April 4, 2011 | True North Perspective | NWT News | Scoop.it
[excerpt] From 1942 to 1944 she taught at the Indian Residential School at Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan, and from 1944 to 1948 at the Anglican Mission School at Aklavik, N.W.T.

Her 2007 book, Four Years — and then some, documents her experiences at that time. [...] The small family soon relocated to Aklavik, N.W.T. where her second child, Josephine was born. After stints living in Fort Smith, N.W.T., Aurora, Ontario and Scotland, they landed in Ottawa in 1967.

Throughout her life Mary loved to paint, write and garden. Her paintings grace many homes and the territorial museum in Yellowknife, NWT.

[...]

At Aklavik the Dick and Jane primer was the only one available so Mary wrote her own, called simply Our Book featuring people, places and events that were meaningful to arctic students. It was an immediate success.
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Yellowknife inspires more stories to tell #YZF #NWT

Yellowknife inspires more stories to tell #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
[excerpt] It didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable in the city of 20,000. I was told which street to avoid walking at night and I began to wander the city feeling the changes in temperature in different neighbourhoods and a varied pace in different parts of the city. Apartments, houses and hotels were built between the rocks while ducks and grebes enjoyed the open water just steps away.

The sun was shining when I got there and after checking into the hotel I had a few hours before I was to meet a friend from Edmonton for supper. I checked in at the StoryNorth registration desk, received my information package and was ready to spend a few days with the SC-CC, the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada.

I love exploring new places by myself and, listening to the advice of a young man in the airport shuttle in Edmonton, I headed out to the tourist information booth across from the hotel. I was pointed in the direction of Old Town and with a map in my hand I set my course for the historic section of the city.

One of the only recommendations I had been given about the city beforehand was to visit the Wildcat Café built in 1937. On the night before my airplane took off I looked up the Yellowknife homepage on the Internet and was surprised and disappointed by the news the heritage building would be closed for a year for restoration. I still wanted to see what I was missing, but as I neared its spot I could see the log structure was almost completely dismantled, the logs sorted and numbered, workmen busy at their tasks.
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#Dene craft store evicted from #YZF #NWT downtown mall

[excerpt] SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - In a small lot on the lower level of Centre Square Mall, beside a closed down card shop, just below a shut down barber shop, and across from a long-abandoned clothing store, is a colourful little Northern crafts shop being forced out by the mall's management.

With businesses fleeing the mall and the downtown core left, right, and especially centre, and taking shoppers with them, Northern Arts and Crafts owner Pauline Williah is surprised a business that really wants to stay is being given the boot.

"The mall is practically dead most of the time," Williah said. "I thought I was doing good by bringing more customers."

Just when the single mother was beginning to turn a profit from her six-month-old store, she got an unexpected visit from a mall manager, announcing he was there for a walk-out inspection.

"It was a total shock when he came in," Williah said. "All I could say was 'what? What? What?'

"I wasn't planning on going anywhere."
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Mikisew Cree First Nation - #NWT & Alberta

Mikisew Cree First Nation - #NWT & Alberta | NWT News | Scoop.it
Fort Smith, NWT – Fort Chipewyan, AB – Fort McMurray, AB – Edmonton, AB – Peace Point, AB...
Contact
Chief and Council:

780-697-3740
1-800-668-1634

Chief Marcel chief@mikisewcree.ca
Councillor Kaskamin Russell@mikisewgroup.com
Councillor Whitehead Juanita@mikisewgroup.com
Councillor Tourangeau Philip@mikisewgroup.com
Councillor Willie Courtoreille council3@mikisewcree.ca
Councillor Marten council4@mikisewcree.ca
Councillor Steve Courtoreille council5@mikisewcree.ca
Executive Assistant to Chief and Council eacc@mikisewcree.ca
Administration:

780-697-3740
1-800-668-1634

Chief Executive Officer ceo@mikisewcree.ca

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer eaceo@mikisewcree.ca

Chief Financial Officer cfo@mikisewcree.ca

Membership Coordinator members@mikisewcree.ca

Administration & Human Resources Director hr@mikisewcree.ca
Community Services:

780-697-3747
1-877-595-3444

Director dircommunity@mikisewcree.ca

Elders Coordinator elders@mikisewcree.ca

Employment Services employment@mikisewcree.ca
Education Services:

780-697-3341
1-866-572-8998

Education Coordinator students@mikisewcree.ca
Technical Services:

780-697-3556

Director dirtech@mikisewcree.ca
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Northwest Territories Fishermen's Federation #NWT

Northwest Territories Fishermen's Federation #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
The NWT Fishermen's Federation represents commercial fishers; the men and women who fish the deep cold waters of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

The majority of the fishermen on Great Slave Lake today are non-indigenous Aboriginals; either Treaty, non-status or Metis, and are originally from Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, or are their descendants. Many of those fishermen who came to the North in the early days of the fishery chose to stay and operate their fishing businesses and raise their children here.

The commercial fishing industry has an interesting history on Great Slave and fishermen take a great deal of pride in their profession. It takes a great deal of skill and "guts" to operate on the Big Lake in winter and summer where weather conditions can be extreme.
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A herd of Wood Buffalo swam across the river in front of Nahanni Butte NWT

A herd of Wood Buffalo swam across the river in front of Nahanni Butte NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
David Overall has added a photo to the pool:
A herd of Wood Buffalo swam across the river in front of Nahanni Butte NWT, before heading up the sandbar.
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Yellowknife finds commercial partner for Con Mine geothermal heating project

June 13, 2011

Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The Con Mine geothermal project has a new lease on life.

After residents voted 'no' to the city borrowing nearly $50 million to finance the project, a Canadian company is stepping forward to show its desire to fund, develop and operate the central heating system.

Corix Utilities http://www.corix.com/ has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city, and from here, the company's chief operating officer, Eric van Roon, said they'll be consulting a number of people in the community over the next few months.

"We're here to meet with people and stakeholders and do the tours, and we'll take our time to make sure we do it right," he told councillors at City Hall on Monday.

"Our approach will be a measured, staged approach to make sure the infrastructure is built up appropriately and affordably -- that's always been our approach in working with communities."

The city administrator, Bob Long, explained that Corix has agreed to finance the Con Mine project since the March referendum failed to pass.

"We don't have the authorization to borrow any money, so we won't be borrowing any money. That's why they're here (Corix). They seem willing to borrow the money or come up with their own money."

The $60 million central energy system will be brought on-line in phases using various sources of heat, including biomass and oil, with the geothermal component requiring the most research.

The city's partnership with Corix is not a final agreement; the MOU outlines the terms of moving toward a business contract.

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#NWT Youth Centres Receive $500,000 in Funding from #GNWT

#NWT Youth Centres Receive $500,000 in Funding from #GNWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Government of the Northwest Territories is investing $500,000 to assist with the operating costs of youth centres in every NWT community.

Youth Centres Initiative funding helps provide financial support so youth centres across the NWT can focus on developing quality programs that help shape and strengthen our future leaders, said Robert C. McLeod Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs and Minister responsible for Youth.

Youth centres across the NWT provide a safe, healthy environment. Giving our younger generations the tools and space they need to develop skills and good habits is key to building healthy vibrant communities.

A total of 35 youth centres received funding; a summary of the distribution of funding for 2011 2012 is attached. For more information on the Youth Centre Initiative, please visit MACAs website at www.maca.gov.nt.ca.

Through investment in youth centres the GNWT is improving positive programming for youth. Investing in youth and strengthening the programs and services available to them across the NWT helps build strong individuals, families, and communities as envisioned in the 16th Assemblys Vision of Northerners Working Together.

For more information, please contact:

David Maguire
Communications and Web Advisor
Municipal and Community Affairs
Tel: (867) 920-3092

Youth Centres Initiative
2011-2012 Funding Recipients
Each of the following communities will receive $14,285.00 to help support youth Centres.
Inuvik Region
Aklavik Aklavik Youth Centre
Fort McPherson Hamlet of Fort McPherson Youth Centre
Inuvik Inuvik Youth Centre Society
Inuvik Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre
Paulatuk Paulatuk Youth Centre
Ulukhaktok Arctic Fox Youth Centre
Sachs Harbour Ajgaliaq Centre
Tsiigehtchic Tsiigehtchic Youth Centre
Tuktoyaktuk Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation Youth Centre

Dehcho Region
Fort Liard Hamlet of Fort Liard Youth Centre
Fort Simpson Dehcho Friendship Centre
Jean Marie River Jean Marie River Youth Facility
Nahanni Butte Nahanni Butte Youth Centre
Trout Lake Sambaa Ke Dene Band Youth Centre
Wrigley Pehdzeh Ki First Nation Youth Centre

North Slave Region
Behchok Rae Edzo Friendship Centre
Dettah Dettah Youth Centre
Edzo Edzo Youth Centre
Gameti Community Government of Gameti Youth Centre
Lutselke Lutselke Youth Centre
Ndilo Ndilo Youth Centre
Yellowknife Side Door Youth Centre
Wekweeti Wekweeti Youth Centre
Whati Wha Ti Youth Centre

South Slave Region
Fort Providence Zhati Koe Friendship Centre
Fort Resolution Antoine Beaulieu Memorial Hall Youth Centre
Enterprise Enterprise Youth Centre
Fort Smith Uncle Gabes Friendship Centre
Hay River Hay River Community Youth Centre
Hay River Reserve Katlodeechee First Nations Youth Centre

Sahtu Region
Colville Lake Colville Lake Youth Centre
Deline Brian Kenny Youth Centre
Fort Good Hope Fort Good Hope Youth Centre
Norman Wells Norman Wells Youth and Elder Centre
Tulita Tulita Dene Band Youth Centre
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Up Here Business · Leave it to Weaver

Up Here Business · Leave it to Weaver | NWT News | Scoop.it
There aren’t too many businesses that manage to stick around for 75 years, but Yellowknife has one of them in Weaver & Devore Trading. Founded in 1936 by Harry Weaver and Bud Devore, the store has survived through three generations with hard work, good luck and a lot of compromises. Interview by Michael Ganley
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1-million grant for domestic violence research in rural & northern communities in Sask, Alberta, Manitoba & #NWT

1-million grant for domestic violence research in rural & northern communities in Sask, Alberta, Manitoba & #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
REGINA University of Regina psychology professor Mary Hampton has received a $1-million grant to research violence against women.

Hampton and her research team will receive $200,000 over five years to investigate intimate partner violence in rural and northern communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

Hampton hopes the project will help make communities more aware of violence against women.

Saskatchewan has the highest rates of sexual assault and spousal homicide in Canada.

According to 2007 statistics, Saskatchewan’s incidences of sexual assault were 125 per 100,000 people, while the Canadian average was 68 per 100,000 people, according to 2007 statistics.

The grant is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.
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2011 Line-up | Folk on the Rocks #YZF #NWT

2011 Line-up | Folk on the Rocks #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
Folk on the Rocks has come a long way since founder Rod Russell and his band of folkie go-getters re-booted a small outdoor gig on the shores of Frame Lake, and transported it over to Long Lake in the summer in 1980.

The four-day event includes Festival Weekend preceded by Rock the Folks, Warm the Rocks (both under separate cover) and Folk in the Park (free) on the Thursday and Friday leading up to the weekend. We are one of Canada’s top summertime music and cultural festivals, drawing musicians from the NWT, Nunavut and across the globe for the North’s biggest party under the midnight sun.

More than 24 hours of programming on six stages, including a children’s area, cultural area, and beer garden, promises fun and enjoyment for all ages. Along with the music, crowds can savour international and traditional cuisine at the food fair, and buy Northern creative works in the Art on the Rocks area.

Come delight in this musical offering and be a part of the magic as performers from all over Canada and the world create and collaborate in the biggest artistic jam in the North.
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Alaskans must set the vision for changing Arctic -Bering Strait as the world’s next Panama Canal?

Alaskans must set the vision for changing Arctic -Bering Strait as the world’s next Panama Canal? | NWT News | Scoop.it
Think of the Bering Strait as the world’s next Panama Canal. It will happen in some Alaskans’ lifetimes, and we need to start preparing.


Alaskans have long been aware of the melting Arctic sea ice, but we are only now beginning to comprehend its sweeping and profound implications. The opening and commercialization of this new shipping gateway will likely transform life for western and northern Alaskan coastal residents over the coming decades. Many of them have an uneasy sense that change may be profound, but they do not have the knowledge or resources to begin the necessarily steps to make the most of the transformation.

Policymakers who don't live in Alaska -- the leaders of the federal government, the titans of industry and commerce, and those from other nations – have even less awareness. There are vague pronouncements about the potential benefits of “adaptation to climate change.” But well-planned, onshore development in Alaska to support commerce and shipping won’t unfold spontaneously. It will take careful and inclusive planning, supported by large-scale, infrastructure funding.Alaskans have long been aware of the melting Arctic sea ice, but we are only now beginning to comprehend its sweeping and profound implications. The opening and commercialization of this new shipping gateway will likely transform life for western and northern Alaskan coastal residents over the coming decades. Many of them have an uneasy sense that change may be profound, but they do not have the knowledge or resources to begin the necessarily steps to make the most of the transformation.

Policymakers who don't live in Alaska -- the leaders of the federal government, the titans of industry and commerce, and those from other nations – have even less awareness. There are vague pronouncements about the potential benefits of “adaptation to climate change.” But well-planned, onshore development in Alaska to support commerce and shipping won’t unfold spontaneously. It will take careful and inclusive planning, supported by large-scale, infrastructure funding.
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Headlines for @NNSLOnline #NWT News North for June 13th 2011

Headlines for @NNSLOnline #NWT News North for June 13th 2011 | NWT News | Scoop.it
* Addictions healing on the land.
* Territorial government mail will be held during Canada Post strike. Residents can pick up GNWT packages from department offices or band offices
* Aboriginal Day with seven premiers. Premiers to visit Nahanni National Park Reserve and Fort Simpson on June 21
* New NWT grads help fill the nursing gap. Smaller communities suffer from shortage of health-care providers
OPINION
* Good first impressions. New visitor centre at 60th parallel a sound investment
* Students look to the future.
ENTERTAINMENT
* NorthWords Writers Festival wraps up. Celebrating established and emerging writers getting awards
SPORTS
* Another track year in the books. Diamond Jenness wins overall points title; Sir John Franklin reclaims grand aggregate title
BUSINESS
* NICO mining assessment underway. Tlicho Government bid to postpone environmental assessment thrown out
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#YZF #NWT Catholic students help local homeless

#YZF #NWT Catholic students help local homeless | NWT News | Scoop.it
Gabriel Apple, a Yellowknife resident, receives a "We Care" backpack from Dana Goldney, a student at St. Patrick High School, on June 8 near Franklin Avenue. - Heather Lange/NNSL photo

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Sometimes addressing issues like homelessness starts with a simple gesture and 12 St. Patrick High School students have an idea to help improve the lives of Yellowknife's homeless.

The students in the Leadership Resiliency Program at the school handed out "We Care" backpacks, backpacks filled with personal hygiene items, to Yellowknife's homeless on Wednesday.

Sophie Thrasher, a woman who has been homeless off and on for years in Yellowknife really appreciated the gesture.

"There is a lot of people who are homeless now and they do need stuff like this. It is good to see others who care," said Thrasher.

Kathy Lovatt, a teacher for the program, said the idea is about giving back to the community and developing leadership skills.

"The program is locally developed and it helps to increase positive factors and decrease negative risk factors like peer pressure and drinking for the students. This program is for students with potential, who may not have had the opportunity to show their leadership. The 'We Care' backpack is part of our service learning projects where we try to do good things for the community," said Lovatt.

Student Gloria Francis, 16, said it's about giving the homeless a hand up.

"I know what it's like not to have lots of things. Most of this stuff, we complain if we don't get what we want but some people don't have it at all. I hope through this project they know that somebody does care, and maybe it will motivate them to do something with their lives," said Francis.

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Preserving bison in Wood Buffalo National Park - CBC Archives

Preserving bison in Wood Buffalo National Park - CBC Archives | NWT News | Scoop.it
Preserving bison in Wood Buffalo National Park

Broadcast Date: Feb. 8, 1990
Infected with tuberculosis and brucellosis, nearly 4,000 bison in Wood Buffalo National Park are facing a mass cull. As the disease threatens to spread to nearby cattle populations, the Canadian government contends it's necessary to euthanize many of the bison and create a new herd from scratch. But scientists and conservationists oppose the plan, and native leaders say that killing the bison is "condemning the Dené-Metis way of life." In this 1990 documentary from CBC-TV's The Journal, reporter Jerry Thompson illustrates how the bison were exported from the U.S. to Canada and how government-led crossbreeding experiments in Canada led to generations of diseased herds. Includes footage from Ft. Smith NWT hearings.
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