Wednesday, 13 December 2017

International Sámi Film Institute workshop invitation

".. Our team is pleased to announce a collaboration with International Sámi Film Institute. We are partners in this development of a series of indigenous ghost/mythical/horror films. Our First workshop is in March 2018 Kautokeino, Norway. Would you like to participate? Check out our call out!..."

Friday, 15 September 2017

New Canadian Housing and Rental Market Report with Affordability Index

1: There are TEN provinces and three TERRITORIES ...
NOT 13 provinces.

“…With Canada’s Housing and Rental Markets already having been a hot news topic for Canadians over the past decade with housing prices continued rising pricing year-over-year,  the new interest rate hikes which have already lead to higher mortgage rates, has created a very anxious environment for many Canadians, and a topic of much discussion for many economists, banking institutions, policy makers, and media commentators., one of Canada’s largest and most popular real estate listing and reporting websites, today published a new INFOGRAPHIC showing the average cost of rents and housing prices across all 13 provinces with a newly released affordability index showing how much average income per household is spent on housing.
British Colombia tops the list with 24% of income spent on housing costs, with Ontario following in close second with 23%. View all the data points for all 13 provinces below:..”

Native Women's Association of Canada Poverty Reduction survey

NWAC Poverty Reduction survey
@Native Women's Association of Canada "... NWAC has developed a survey so that we can hear directly from Indigenous women on how to reduce poverty in communities across Canada. Your answers will inform a larger Poverty Reduction Strategy. Thank you for participating!
To access the survey: ..."
This survey has been developed because we want to hear directly from First Nations and Métis women on how to reduce poverty in communities across Canada. This survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and will focus on what services you access or are available in your community. The first few questions are basic questions about you that we ask so we have a better idea of who is responding, and can better represent your answers. Your answers will inform a larger Poverty Reduction Strategy. If you would like to contribute to the larger Federal Government engagement on poverty reduction, please visit
If you have any questions about this survey please e-mail or call NWAC Policy Analyst Leah Quinlan at (613)-355-8948

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Canadian Eskimo life in the early 1940s. #NFB with the help of Robert Flaherty

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Naming the Inuvik to Tukoyaktuk Highway......

Joe Joe Nasogaluak posted on Facebook during July 5 "... A formal letter should be written to request the Hamlet of Tuk to start the process in naming the highway after these young boys, it would be an honourable thing to do, to honour the three boys. A tragedy that shouldn't have happened, they were running from the terrible situation they were in. I suggest that a name not be an individual but a name to signify the three on July the 8th 2018. This was a terrible ordeal what these three boys went through and their families. Just an example; "The Freedom Trail"...."

Saturday, 12 August 2017

NWT ECE Minister confirms policy ignoring elders’ federal right to choose

NWT ECE Minister confirms policy ignoring elders' federal right to choose
NWT Income Assistance recipients forced to take their CPP at 65 depriving seniors of an estimated 42% of their pension for the rest of their lives.
"..Thank you for bringing forward concerns on behalf of your constituent and their questions about accessing Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) benefits as an Income Assistance (IA) client. As you know, IA provides financial assistance to Northerners to meet their basic and enhanced needs to help people to make choices that are right for them, according to their personal circumstances, efforts, abilities, aspirations and health.
In accordance with the IA Regulations, applicants are not required to access pension benefits before s/he attains the age of 65 years. However, at age 65, IA applicants are required to apply for CPP benefits, which helps ensure Northerners are self-reliant as individual capacity allows and have sufficient resources to meet their needs. As a program that supports those most in need, it is essential that IA applicants apply for other financial resources that they may be eligible for in order to ensure they are accessing all income that is available to them. The Department is not considering a review or amendment of the current IA legislation at this time, but I can assure you that we will follow up with Income Security Programs (ISP) staff to ensure program requirements are clear and well-communicated with IA applicants.
According to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), applicants can begin receiving their CPP benefits at age 65. However, recipients can take a reduced CPP retirement …" Text via @Julie Green MLA Yellowknife Centre on Feb 27th, 10:04am text via Facebook Messenger from the Minister of ECE

"..Taking your pension after age 65 - If you take your pension late, your monthly payment amount will increase by 0.7% for each month after age 65 that you delay receiving it up to age 70 (8.4% per year).
This means that, an individual who starts receiving their retirement pension at the age of 70 will receive 42% more than if they had taken it at 65. […] There is no financial benefit in delaying taking your pension after age 70."

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Yellowknife, NT
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Homelessness in Yellowknife Northwest Territories

#AUDIO+ Cody Punter talks about homelessness in Yellowknife "… Cody Punter is a young photojournalist who has been living in Yellowknife for the past four years. He published last week a photo essay of 24 powerful pictures about homelessness in Yellowknife. @CKLB @Melinda Trochu met with him in #Yellowknife, on a parking lot, where he spent a lot of time talking with street people. …"

"…  Yellowknife's #homeless #crisis: Government plays catch up as people try to survive
on the street in one of #coldest cities in the world - Clayton Bearard takes a sip from a dark brown bottle before passing it around a circle of people across from Yellowknife's downtown liquor store. It's not even three o'clock in the afternoon but with a stretch of warm weather following a frigid spring blizzard, the growing huddle of street people seem happy to soak up the sun as they polish off a 26 oz. bottle of Private Stock.
Clayton, a 43-year-old originally Fort Resolution, N.T., hasn't worked a steady job since injuring his back while working construction more than a decade ago – an accident which exacerbated a painful spinal condition that's bothered him since he was a child. Between a monthly disability check and contracts for shovelling snow and other odd jobs, he manages to make enough to buy the booze and weed he needs to numb the physical and emotional pain that has come from living a hard life on the streets. …"

Ending Yellowknife homelessness would help 1,500 people but may cost $170M, says consultant - ​Specialist believes city's 10-year plan to end homelessness is worth the money  By Ollie Williams, CBC News Posted: Apr 20, 2017 - bout 1,500 people, or 10 per cent of Yellowknife's population, experience homelessness at some point each year, according to a consultant who gave city councillors an update on a 10-year plan to end homelessness that's in progress. …"