More help for hungry Arctic Food Bank opens doors at Midnight Sun Mosque Volume 51 Issue 11 THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015 75 CENTS Cautious greeting for offshore drilling Students learn to clean up some reindeer Shooting team hits the mark in Yellowknife Publication mail Contract #40012157 Talk through the hand Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo Ventriloquist Mark Crocker was the headline performer May 3 at the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex at the annual Children's Party sponsored by Inuvik firefighters. community 2 INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 School recognizes its volunteers Honours those who help out with Eagles and Wolves designation by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services If you can fly like an eagle or run like a wolf, East Three might have a place for you. B o t h wings of the schools have been selecting "honorary Eagles and Wolves" for the last two years or so. It's a way of recognizing some of the nonstaff members who are helping to shape the school into something special, according to principal Deb Reid, who introduced the program. The volunteers who help out at the schools in various capacities would be virtually impossible to replace, Reid said, and they deserve the recognition the program gives them. She began the local program by naming several honorary Eagles – the mon- COFFEE Break iker of the school's athletic teams – before expanding it to the elementary side's Wolves. It's a model she worked with at a previous position in the NWT, and one that met with enormous success. "The honorary Eagle and honorary Wolf awards are given out to people in the community who help our school," Reid explained. "They are nominated by staff members and students." The nominees are "given a little certificate and a posting on Facebook," she said. "Last year we honoured members at the assembly and we try to honour them at an assembly as well." The latest inductee to be announced as an honorary Eagle is Stacey Christie, one of Inuvik's best all-round athletes and a regular volunteer at the school. She joins other notables as an honorary Eagle, including Steve Cockney and Donald Kuptana for their work promoting the Northern Games, respected Gwich'in elder Winston Moses and Charlie Kasook. The first honorary Wolves were Emma Dick, and Angus and Frieda Alunik. The Aluniks are particularly well-known for their work in providing opportunities for the students to learn traditional skills, in which they are masters. They've also worked with various other organizations doing the same kind of work. photo courtesy of Deborah Reid Sports enthusiast Stacey Christie is welcomed to the secondary school's ranks of honorary Eagles on May 5 by East Three principal Deb Reid. The program provides recognition to some of the many volunteers who offer their services to the school. Reid said the selection of Winston was also a personal favourite. He spoke to the students in an end-of-school address last year that "went over very well." Stacey was a bit reluctant to do an interview, but said her nomination "was a very pleasant surprise." "I am happy to help out and volunteer and to see the youth participate in sports," Christie added. "I have been coaching here since 2009. I personally enjoy the skill development part over coaching." She's been especially focused on coaching and teaching volleyball, which has been her favourite sport over the years. "I've been working with the youth in the gym... and it's a lot of fun and it helps keep me active," Christie said. "Volleyball in particular has been my passion sport. I simply enjoy it." Reid said she expects to make one more selection of a honorary Wolf before the end of this school year. feature news INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 3 Correction The federal government is now asking companies doing offshore drilling to pay a $1 billion security deposit. Incorrect information appeared in an Inuvik Drum story April 23 ("Review board talks offshore drilling"). The Inuvik Drum apologizes for any confusion or embarrassment the error may have caused. NEWS Briefs Council won't cross Hay River picket line Inuvik town council members will not be attending the NWT Association of Municipalities conference at Hay River this week. Mayor Floyd Roland said the prospect of crossing a picket line to get to the conference as the ongoing strike of the Hay River municipal employees continues was enough to convince council to cancel. Roland said he surveyed the council members by telephone over the issue, since the last council meeting was cancelled due to lack of quorum. The members he was able to reach all agreed it would be best not to attend. The conference was moved to the Hay River Reserve in a bid to avoid any picketers, but the municipal employees are planning to set up picket lines at the conference site. Searchlight bid ends Inuvik musician Abe Drennan has failed to make it to the fourth round of a nation-wide music contest. Drennan announced last week that he didn't get past the third round in the CBC Searchlight contest for new Canadian musicians. "It was super fun though, and great exposure." Peer retreat upcoming The Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (FOXY) program is accepting applications for summer retreats planned for July 23 to 31 and Aug. 6 to 14. "We will be holding two peer leader retreats this year for young NWT women," said executive director Candice Lys. "We are super excited to announce that this year participants will receive two high school credits for their active participation in the retreat, and two additional credits for their completion of a community project when they return to home communities." All expenses for participants, including travel from their home communities to Yellowknife, is covered through the generous support of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Arctic Inspiration Prize and other sponsors. Women aged 13 to 17 can apply. Greenhouse meeting The Inuvik Community Greenhouse will hold its annual general meeting on May 9. The board has been struggling to recruit more members to serve as directors for at least the last two years, and also has been unable to pass some amended bylaws, said chairperson Kristen Callaghan. The board is also likely to face questions about the fees it charges members as well as compulsory volunteer hours for gardeners. Last week, a debate on those issues erupted on Facebook. Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo Mayor Floyd Roland, Abdallah Mohamed of the Inuvik Muslim Association and Muhammad Ali of the Muslim Welfare Centre, help open the Arctic Food Bank May 1 at the Midnight Sun Mosque. Second food bank opens up in town Muslims reach out to community from Midnight Sun Mosque by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services After more than a year of effort, Inuvik's second food bank officially opened May 1. The members of the Midnight Sun Mosque have been working for months on the food bank, which has been set up in a converted trailer on the same site as their place of worship. More than a year ago, recognizing the existing Inuvik Food Bank was stretched to its limits trying to cope with the town's needs and had no realistic prospect of expanding, the Muslim association reached out to the Muslim Welfare Centre organization located in Toronto. The plan then was to open a second, complementary food bank, with plans to also begin offering selections of country foods provided by donations from local harvesters. The initial estimates said it would require a budget of about $100,000 to open the centre. After representatives of the Muslim Welfare Centre toured the area in April 2014, the organization readily agreed to pitch in, said project manager Abdallah Mohammed and centre spokesperson Muhammad Ali. Originally, the members hoped provide traditional foods could run the food bank could open during afoul of government regulations. the winter, but were unable to keep McLeod said, though, that new to that schedule. harvesting regulations introduced Maurice Williams, a board late last year allow for harvesters member at the mosque who also to donate some of their catches, serves regularly as the imam for which will likely provide a way for services, said "it is indeed a beauti- the centre to operate within the ful day that, finally, one year after rules. trying to put everything together, Along with the hoped-for country foods, the food we are able to open bank, which has two and go into operation. large freezers, will "We are going to be bringing in other try out best to provide meat staples such as the traditional foods chicken and beef from in terms of fish and Edmonton, Williams caribou and meats said. like that," he said. Currently, the Such foods are freezers are empty, often craved by the Margaret Miller but Williams said that indigenous population, particularly won't be the case for elders who have a long. consistent preference for the foods That's something the Inuvik of their youth. Food Bank hasn't been able to offer That's an ambitious plan and the due primarily to space restrictions. food bank may have to negotiate "I wish we had this much food," around some government restric- Margaret Miller, a member of the tions to be able to offer it. Inuvik Food Bank's board of dirMunicipal and Commun- ectors said a bit wistfully as she ity Affairs Minister Robert C. toured the Arctic Food Bank. "We do the best we can with McLeod, one of the MLAs for Inuvik, attended the opening ceremon- what we have," Miller said. "We've ies and acknowledged the plan to been working with them since they "We do the best we can with what we have." first approached us. We showed them what we offered our clients and they've been to our board meetings. We're not in competition, we're serving the same people." The centre also features traditional staples such as rice and canned goods, which it has in ample supply. "We know that the cost of living in the North is very expensive," Williams said. "And even though many people may have jobs, some, especially those with families, the elderly, those who are disenfranchised from us (have more problems). "We thought we could make life easier for those people. The food bank is open for everyone who needs help," Williams added. Arlene Jorgensen, the CEO of the Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority, called the Arctic Food Bank "a great asset to our community." "We can always use more organizations that are working to support the community and those that are in need. And I think it's a great thing for people in the community who want to support an organization supplementing the needs in our community." 4 INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 news Inuvialuit sign new agreement Discussions planned to continue with Government of the NWT by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services A dialogue between the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and the GNWT on matters of mutual concern will continue in a formal fashion after a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed last week. Premier Bob McLeod and some cabinet members met privately with IRC chairperson and CEO Nellie Cournoyea and other board members on April 27 to sign the intergovernmental agreement on programs and services co-operation and coordination. The agreement is to begin to jointly negotiate on a range of topics including health and social services, culture and language, income support, housing, economic development and policing and justice. The IRC is the latest BOB MCLEOD: Premier says, "We are committed to working together." to sign the MOU, which follows similar agreements struck with five other aboriginal groups including the Gwich'in Tribal Council. "These talks have been going on for a couple of years," said Clayton Balsillie, director of aboriginal consultations and relations for the GNWT. engaging aboriginal govern"Last year, they were ready ments." It's too soon to speculate to sign, but for some reason on what specific policies the timing just wasn't right." and details "It's basically a process might come out document which of the talks, allows both parBalsillie said. ticipants to get That's for the together on a negotiations to regular basis." establish. That's in Bob Simpson, the interaccordance gover n ment a l with GWNT affairs direcpolicy to consult tor with the extensively with IRC, said talks aboriginal governments, Balbetween the Clayton Balsillie sillie said. IRC and the "This is to GNWT have set the stage been ongoing for each respective gov- for several years on an ernment to sit down informal basis. and discuss priority issues," He said the MOU is similar in scope and nature to he said. "It's a forum for discuss- agreements on resources ing these various topics. It's struck earlier. part of our commitment to The agreement simply strikes a formalized partnership specifying a framework as to how those talks will continue, he said. The meeting was organized on a somewhat lastminute basis, he said, and wasn't technically a closed session. The discussions continued well into the evening before the MOU was truck, Simpson added. "This agreement will formalize the GNWT's government-to-government relationship with the IRC and identify areas of co-operation for improving programs and services in the Inuvialuit Settlement Area," McLeod stated in a news release. "We are committed to working together as partners for the benefit of the Inuvialuit." He was not available to comment directly on the issue. "Inuvialuit have battled for appropriate and effective delivery of government programs as far back to the beginning of residential schools," said Nellie Cournoyea in the same release. "The IRC is looking forward to implementing this agreement that clearly identifies Inuvialuit priority programs, projects and improvements to program areas." The agreement is for a four-year term and commits IRC and GNWT elected leaders to meet at least once a year to consider items for discussion. "Last year, they were ready to sign, but for some reason the timing just wasn't right." NEIGHBOURLY News Meagan Leonard is a reporter with News/North. Send your ideas to [email protected] Betting on breakup Aklavik The arrival of spring in Aklavik is being marked with the 18th annual David Husky memorial ice pool. Community members are invited to come down to the hamlet office and make three guesses as to when the ice on the river will move past the marker. Whoever gets the closest time will be awarded $100 and a plaque. Participants have until May 20 or until the ice moves to place their bets, said recreation coordinator Mary Gordon. All the mothers in town will be spoiled on Sunday with a stew and chili lunch at the community hall, complete with games, cake and prizes. Everyone is welcome. New Mountie welcomed Aklavik The Aklavik community justice is hosting an open house May 9 at the RCMP detachment starting at 2 p.m. The group's Facebook page invites the community to welcome the new corporal and get updates on what the community justice, RCMP and other organizations have to offer the community. Hot dogs, cup cakes, cookies, coffee, tea and juice boxes will be available. Busy with fishing Ulukhaktok/Holman Residents of Ulukhaktok community are making the most of the short fishing season that started in April and lasts until June when the ice will become too thin, according to the hamlet office. Many families have traveled to nearby lakes and set up camp hoping to bring home some tasty lake trout for fish fries and family gatherings. The season overlaps with the peak time for geese hunting so members of the hamlet will be busy out on the land for the next few weeks. Cultural lesson at school Tsiigehtchic/Arctic Red River Students at Chief Paul Niditchie School will be taking part in a cultural lesson, learning how to make the most of a reindeer kill by stripping meat from three heads, said principal Darcy Douglas. The heads were donated to the school by the community. Senior students will learn how to dress the heads and all the meat will afterward be donated to the elders. Each year the school teaches how to dress a different animal. In the past the lesson involved beavers, geese and rabbits. Travelling science show Tuktoyaktuk Students at Mangilaluk School have had a busy week leading up to spring break, said principal Agnes Cudmore. Children in all grades were treated to science presentations demonstrated by the University of Alberta DiscoverE program. Students from the university traveled to Tuktoyaktuk to help out with experiments and other classroom activities. Science Rendevous also visited the school this week to work with students in the classroom with sessions on different topics. After the break, the focus will shift to mental health month, with community co-ordinators visiting classrooms and highlighting some of the main issues and letting students know what resources are available to them. sunwatch Date April 30 May 1 May 2 May 3 May 4 May 5 May 6 Rise 5:53 a.m. 5:38 05:38 05:33 05:28 05:23 05:18 Set 11:55 p.m. 12:00 a.m. 12:04 12:09 12:14 12:19 12:24 Sunlight 18:01 18:16 18:26 18:35 18:45 18:55 19:05 Information from timeanddate.com opinions INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 5 Sad to see the need for second food bank Northern News Services points raised in its recent economInuvik now has two food banks ic strategy report, which seeks fresh ideas on how to bolster the open. While that's good news in economy. some quarters, there's an arguIt's not quite clear whether the ment to be made that it's both territorial government has quite shameful and embarrassing. the same understanding, The members of the although Industry, TourMidnight Sun Mosque, ism and Investment Minwith some help from the THE ISSUE: FOOD BANKS ister David Ramsay reiterMuslim Welfare Centre ated the need to diversify in Toronto, opened the WE SAY: the economy during a Arctic Food Bank over the SHAMEFUL recent visit. weekend. THAT INUVIK So it's not at all surThe official opening NEEDS TWO prising that there's a came May 2. huge need for services Without doubt, those such as a food bank. two organizations should be The long-established Inuvik applauded for stepping forward Food Bank has done its best to after recognizing the need for keep with the demand, but it's another food bank here in town. been a Herculean task It's the need for a to manage that with second food bank that's modest funding. disturbing. Margaret Miller, one With a population of of the directors of the a bit more than 3,000 Inuvik Food Bank, said people, and being a she is very happy to see regional government the Arctic Food Bank sub-capital, it seems open. astounding that there "We're complimentary should be the kind of services, not competsocial needs such as SHAWN ing," she said. "I only those demonstrated in GIILCK wish we have this much Inuvik. But no one who food at our location." lives here should serWhile there's no easy solution iously argue that there isn't. to all of this beyond a total reThe economy in town has imagining of the town's economy, been in a flat line for some time it's clear that Inuvik residents will now, perhaps a couple of years continue to rally together to assist or more. Energy costs have one another while they wait for increased precipitously over the better days. same period as employment has fallen and businesses have closed. The high cost of transportation to reach or leave Inuvik is also a compounding factor. Chances are there are some people who might DO YOU THINK OFFSHORE DRILLING IS GOING TO BE AN want to leave to look for more ECONOMIC BENEFIT TO THE REGION, opportunities who don't feel they OR DO YOU THINK IT'S TOO can afford to, and thus are left in DANGEROUS? limbo. It's a hellish existence if No, I don't think there are enough you can't afford to live where you safeguards. are and you can't afford to leave either. 100% While people are accustomed We need the jobs and money it will bring. to a boom and bust economy here, many are saying it's perhaps 0% the lowest ebb they can remember. HAVE YOUR SAY The municipal council is well Do you think there a need for a second food aware of how precarious the situa- bank in town? Go online to www.nnsl.com/ tion is becoming. That's one of the inuvik to vote in this week's poll. NNSL WEB POLL INUVIK OFFICE: Shawn Giilck (Editor) Deanna Larocque (Office assistant) 169 Mackenzie Road, Box 2719 Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0 Phone: (867) 777-4545 Fax: (867) 777-4412 Toll free: (855) 873-6675 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.nnsl.com/inuvik Published Thursdays PUBLISHER: J.W. 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While there was relatively little new information in the presentation, it was clear the company was garnering no real support from residents, even though they wouldn't be as directly affected by the drilling as some of the coastal communities. It didn't take long for questions to come bubbling up from the audience and for the meeting to become emotional for some people. One woman tearfully told the panel that she hoped the company was thinking about the impact of its actions and the lifestyle of people who live along the coast in particular. "What about us?" she said. "This is how we eat!" Evan Birchard, one of the Imperial Oil representatives, responded with reassurances. "I understand your concerns," Birchard said. "We want to prevent accidents and incidents." Birchard said the main danger from any drilling activities is the fearsome power of the Arctic ice and its unpredictability. That's why the equipment is being designed with a "quick disconnect" system that will allow the drilling ships to Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo Evan Birchard of Imperial Oil was one of the presenter April 23 during a public information session on the company's plans to establish an offshore drilling site northwest of Tuktoyaktuk by approximately 2020. move as necessary, he said. The company is also working on a system to track ice movements in "real time" to have the most up-to-date information possible. However, he also said plainly it's the company's position that a same-season relief well isn't feasible for even an exploratory well. That means if something went wrong at an exploratory drill site, such as a blowout, the company would have to use alternate methods to try to contain the spill in a timely fashion, something which is already technically challenging due to Arctic conditions. That's something that didn't sit well with most of the people in attendance. Members of the Inuvik Hunters and Trappers Committee were some of the most vocal people in the smallish audience of perhaps 25 or 30 people, many of them government employees. "At the end the day we're the ones (who will be) without a culture," Richard R. Gordon said. "That's what we're trying to protect." Jerry Lennie asked whether "anyone has had any experience with blowouts in the Arctic." Birchard said no. Patrick Gordon was also openly critical, telling Birchard and the other Imperial Oil representatives they were talking as if "the project is going ahead," rather than still waiting for several levels of regulatory approval to rule on whether any drilling will be permitted. Shirley Kisoun was openly sceptical of the company's claims that many jobs and economic benefits will be created by even an exploratory program. People in the area have heard such claims before, she told the Imperial Oil panel, and "the employment stats haven't changed." The company is holding similar meetings throughout the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, the representatives said. photo stories INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 7 A trip to reindeer station ON-THE-LAND Feature by Deborah Reid Northern News Services Several classes at East Three Secondary School have been visiting Reindeer Station over the last month or so as part of the school's on-the-land and cultural activities program. During some of the trips, the students had the chance to interact with and observe the domestic reindeer herd up close, and try their hand at some related traditional activities. Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo Makayla Kikoak was a study in concentration during the field trip. Lauren Ross and Gabrielle Nogasak couldn't resist a little clowning around while learning how to rope a reindeer. There was time for a little fun during the trip, as Chris-Lin Hvatum demonstrates. East Three Secondary School student Harry Kaglik shows off his culinary skills. Baily Simard tries her hand at cleaning a reindeer carcass. alternatives 8 INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 STREET talk Horoscopes May 7 to 14 Are you excited for the kid's party being thrown by the fire department? with Shawn Giilck [email protected] ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 You are a mystery lately, Aries. No one is quite sure what you will do next and you may like to surprise. But share your plans every so often with those closest to you. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, surround yourself with positive people who maintain optimistic outlooks. Many opportunities will open up if you keep a positive attitude. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you may resist social activities this week at first, but soon you will get swept up in the fun and lose your inhibitions. Use social activities as a way to network. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, if you are thinking about a career move, it's about time you put your plans in motion. This week you may find you are full of energy and ready for a new challenge. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, a renewed sense of enthusiasm has you eager to get started on future plans. Perhaps a new course of study will suffice and pave the way for new experiences. Sabrina Crawford "I'm excited to see the puppet." Namira Kovacs "It's nice to see them do this." VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 A chance encounter with an old flame stirs up feelings you didn't realize you still had, Virgo. Even if these feelings are less dramatic, you're still tempted to act on them. Marina Penner "It's pretty good." LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, it is up to you to initiate action in a situation that leaves you somewhat uncomfortable this week. Don't hesitate to step up and take charge. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 A difference of opinion may be highlighted at work this week when you are confronted by a coworker, Scorpio. Act with integrity, but be firm with your resolve. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, others may try to stop you from having fun, but you are determined to enjoy yourself. Your entire week is focused on having a good time with friends and family. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, although you cannot control all of the changes in your life, you do have firm control over your personal health. Don't put off revamping your diet and exercise plan. Malakai Drennan "It's great when there's a party." Jaxon Sommerfeld "It's great. I'm looking forward to the bouncy castle." Deanna Moses "I'm looking forward to the ventriloquist." Having trouble with trust It was a normal Saturday and my boyfriend was playing on my cellphone. So I grabbed his phone and as I did, a flirty text appeared from another woman. I was in complete shock. I asked him who the woman was and he said she was someone he dated back in college. On occasion, he said, they still speak, and on occasion "she likes to flirt." I told him I did not find that acceptable. I asked if he flirted back and he admitted he did. I asked if he ever did anything sexual with her behind my back. He swore he never did in the two years we've been together. To make a long story short, there was a huge confrontation. I threatened to leave him and move back home with my parents. He begged me not to go. He was apologetic and even cried. In front of me he told her not to contact him again and she agreed. I forgave him, but now I'm having a hard time trusting him. Whenever I see him texting, I wonder who it's with. I have an urge to check his phone whenever he steps away. In October we moved in together. I agreed to stay because I love him, but there are days I want to jump in my car, drive away and never look back. My emotions are like the weather. I could talk to my family about it, but they like my boyfriend, and if I tell them what happened, they will not trust him again. I know he made a mistake. I know deep in my heart he is very sorry. I don't want to be angry and resentful anymore at all. I want to trust him again, but I just can't. Amber Amber, when Iago, one of Shakespeare's villains, says "oft my jealousy shapes faults that are not," is he describing you? We ask because the evidence against your boyfriend is weak. One flirty text is bantering, not betrayal. In the absence of established ground rules between the two of you, this doesn't constitute a violation. Or is this where you are coming from? Holding this over his head makes you feel superior. Henceforth, you can carry him around like a dog with a bone in its mouth. People are not bones. We would not subject him to your suspicious gaze for the rest of his life. Unless you can accept his explanation this time, end the relationship. Wayne & Tamara AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, close friends will keep you pretty busy over the next few days, but you can handle it. Let off steam with a few different fun activities when time allows. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Use caution when making decisions this week, Pisces. You can be prone to impulsive behavior, and you don't want to find yourself in trouble. DIRECT Answers with Wayne & Tamara Mitchell [email protected] Said I wouldn't tell tell, but it's driving me crazy. What should I do? Pam My fiancé and I are getting married this year. My future sister-in-law just told me she slept with her brother's (my fiancé's) best friend who is also our best man. Our best man is married and not only married, but married to a woman who is one of our close friends. She was in a relationship when she did this, and not only did they sleep together, they slept together several times. His wife and I are close friends, and she disclosed to me that her doctor told her that her husband, our best man, gave her an STD! Genital warts! I feel I should tell my fiancé what his sister and best man are up to, but I also feel it could be a very bad idea! My sister-in-law swore me to secrecy. I told her I wouldn't Pam, your fiancé's sister gave you a wedding gift: she made you an accomplice to adultery. Having compromised her own ethics, she wants to compromise yours as well. But when she's found out, what will pop out of her mouth? Pam knew. She will deflect as much blame on you as she can. She got to unburden her soul and what did you get? Nothing. Nothing from nothing is nothing. Go ahead and tell. Wayne & Tamara If you have any questions or comments for Wayne or Tamara, please forward e-mail to [email protected] or write to Wayne & Tamara Mitchell, Station A, Box 2820, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2R1 Student of the week PARIS WAINMAN AGE: 12 GRADE: 7 Paris is one of the members of the Student Leaders Council at East Three Secondary School. It's her first year with the organization, which plans dances and activities for the students. "I thought it'd be fun, and it is," she said. sports & recreation INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 9 photo courtesy of Chris Garven Jozef Semmler, left, Christine Day, Chris Garven, Jaylene Ruben and Renee Theoret travelled to Yellowknife recently to represent Inuvik at a territorial shooting competition. Ruben and Theoret both won medals. Straight shooters are homecoming winners Snipers from Inuvik take two medals at territorial event by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services The partnership between the Top of the World Sportsmen's Club and the Inuvik Youth Centre paid off with two medals at a recent championship in Yellowknife. Jaylene Ruben, a new shooter, and Renee Theoret, the outgoing executive director of the centre, won bronze and silver medals April 18 at the Northwest Territories Federation of Shooting Sports Territorial Airgun Competition in Yellowknife. Chris Garven, one of the instructors from the sportsmen's club, said he was more than pleased with the results, which have grown out of weekly sessions held at the youth centre for interested participants. "It's a great facility," Garven said enthusiastically. "We can set up in 10 minutes and then take it down in 20 minutes or so ... we have to gather up the pallets afterwards." The program has been running for approximately three years, beginning under previous leadership at the centre. Garven and Rick Lindsay are the primary instructors, and 2015 marks the third year they've held qualifying competitions for the tournament. Ruben, the sole youth competitor on the team to win a medal, said she is excited about the progress she's made. "I think shooting is fun because when I get good at it, I can go hunting," she said. She's never been hunting, but is enthusiastic about the idea. Needless to say, she plans to continue working with the program at the youth centre. "It's a very valuable partnership," Theoret said, "and a cultural project as well for us and the gun club." Theoret said she has some small experience with shooting, but attributed her success to the chance to practice at the weekly sessions with Garven and Lindsay. "I was in the army cadets but only for a month when I was 14," she explained. "I did go to army base camp where I came in second place for target shooting, but I haven't shot since then." Garven said that most people's idea of airgun shooting likely doesn't match up with the reality of the competition. "People are using $1,000 guns at this," he said. "It's serious shooting." He said the partnership with the centre was vital for the development of the sport in town. It gives the participants a set time and location, providing the consistency needed to work at developing their shooting skills. "We've done very, very well with it," he said. "We're building on it every year, and getting a little bit better. "We're going to keeping working on it, and we're changing the program up a little bit, We're going to start a separate time for the really interested shooters, likely before the others come in, so we can have a progression instead of everyone shooting at once." He finished not far out of the medals himself, even while battling an arm problem he called "frozen shoulder" that restricts his mobility and steadiness. The five members of the team all placed in the top eight in the categories they competed in, which Garven said was remarkable. "It was very close on the selection process," he said. "There were maybe half-adozen points between the ones that qualified and the ones that were eliminated. That's astounding. I'm very pleased with the performance." Ruben and Theoret shot in the "high 300s and low 400s," Garven said. The official scores haven't been released yet. "It was a combination of the coaching and the kids being dedicated enough to come out regularly. That really made a difference. The kids that show up once in a while did not shoot as well, and it was obvious why. It was because they weren't getting the practice in." "With the ones who show up regularly, we can correct the mistakes they're making little by little. If we have to start from scratch every week, it makes the job a lot harder." Seven people vied for the five spots, which Garven was pleased with. He said the Yellowknife team sent either six or seven shooters, and considering the difference in population, "we're doing pretty good." SPORTS CARD SOCCER BEAU LAROCQUE AGE: 17 GRADE: 11 Beau was one of the members of the East Three Secondary School Eagles who won silver at the Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife over the weekend. He's a forward/striker who has played the sport about as long as he can remember. "I love everything about it," he said. 10 INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 Check out the NNSL DELTA MARKETPLACE “Job Bank” online at www.nnsl.com! 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The committee members held a public hearing at Ingamo Hall April 28. Proposed bills discussed Child care dominates conversation by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services The GNWT's proposed changes to the Child and Family Services Act dominated the discussion at a public meeting April 28. The meeting at Ingamo Hall, led by the Standing Committee on Social Programs, was held to solicit public input on both Bill 47, which deals with children and families, and Bill 44, which would consolidate health services into one super board from the current eight regional organizations. Inuvik Boot Lake MLA Alfred Moses, who is the chair of the committee, is leading a tour by the members and government representatives to discuss the bills. The committee, he told the audience, oversees "four large departments including Health and Social Services" representing about 63 per cent of the GNWT budget. "We've been having some really good discussions at the meetings already," Moses said. "Bill 47 does touch on the sensitive subject of child apprehensions. Especially in the small communities, people might speak from passion, from previous experience with Health and Social Services, or from within their own families." He encouraged people to stay "on topic" during those discussions. The discussion was slow to start among the smallish audience of less than 20 people, but there was no shortage of opinions once it did start rolling. Alana Mero, a former social worker from British Columbia, had the most to say about Bill 47. "I think these are very positive changes," she told the committee during her extensive comments. "They reflect what was done in B.C. years ago with very positive results." Though that doesn't mean there still isn't room for improvements, she added. Mero said one thing she would like to see is a clearlydefined limit for the time children can be left in the care of child services after apprehensions. "What we found in B.C. is that there were some parents who weren't able or willing to basically parent their children. And what we've found is that the longer children stay in care, the more likely they are to remain in care for the rest of their lives. Having a timeline says to the parent that this is important, and here are the changes you need to make." Winston Moses, along with Helga and Jim Sawkins, who have extensive experience as foster parents, mostly in Ontario, said the amendments to the bill also need to be focused more on the potential role that grandparents can play in the process. "There's a very close relationship between grandparents and grandchildren," Winston told the committee members. "And it seems like there are rules that shouldn't be there." It's common knowledge that for Northern indigenous peoples in particular, extended family such as grandparents play a huge role in raising children. It's not at all uncommon for grandparents to outright raise their grandchildren, or at least be deeply involved. That's the kind of cultural sensitivity that needs to be shown by the government, Winston said. Helga said it's "very important" to keep children with grandparents, and by extension, other family members if possible. The government needs to recognize that benefits of those familial ties and encourage it, she added but it must also take into account the financial stresses that involvement can also cause. While most grandparents would be willing to take in their grandchildren if necessary, many aren't in a position where they can easily afford to do so. If the government were to provide some avenues for assistance in those circumstance, it would ease the stress and burden tremendously, she said. Jim was less complimentary about the proposed changes. "It seems like we're trying to reinvent the wheel," he said bluntly. The committee will continue touring the communities before its findings are submitted to the GNWT for future consideration and debate.
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