Friday, 30 July 2010

Second Frozen Eyes Photographic Society workshop in Fort Liard

Second photography workshop in Fort Liard

The Frozen Eyes Photographic Society of Yellowknife will be offering a digital photography workshop in Fort Liard from Aug. 16 to 20.

The workshop will be open to youth ages 12 and over. A similar event, which was held last year, proved to be very popular, said Roslyn Gardner Firth, the manager of wellness and recreation for the Hamlet of Fort Liard. Approximately 12 youths finished the workshop and had their work displayed in an exhibition in the cultural room at the hamlet office.

"It was fantastic," said Gardner Firth about the workshop.

Participants will be supplied with digital cameras to use for the week.

"The census is a vital part of data for the Northwest Territories"

Census change baffles critics, experts

Jack Danylchuk
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, July 29, 2010

[excerpt]

http://nnsl.com/northern-news-services/stories/papers/jul29_10cens.html

INUVIK - The Harper government's decision to make response to Census Canada long-form questionnaires voluntary could interfere with how programs and services in the Northwest Territories are developed and delivered.

"The census is a vital part of data for the Northwest Territories," said Vishni Peeris, territorial statistician. "Any changes to the availability of that information is going to be have quite an effect on the territories."

There appears to be significant public opposition to the change that prompted government-appointed chief statistician Munir Sheikh to resign last week. Eighty-one per cent of 12,000 respondents to an online poll in The Globe and Mail oppose the change.

Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington, called the move "really strange" and added, "it will have a big impact on predictability for government and business that want to determine where the needs of people are moving and how they can better respond.

"In the Northwest Territories, with our mix and the need to understand that, it's essential to get the information to really understand how things are going here in 33 communities over four million square kilometres."

Northern Canada Includes Both The Wealthiest And Poorest Regions In The Country

Northern Canada Includes Both The Wealthiest And Poorest Regions In The Country

Friday, 30 July 2010 10:52
Ottawa, July 29 — Canada's North is home to both the wealthiest and the poorest regions in the country, a stark dichotomy that illustrates both the challenges and opportunities in the North. The Conference Board of Canada illustrates this disparity in its first Here the North map, released today as part of the launch of the Centre for the North's web portal.
The first map in the series, Money Talks, shows that the census divisions with the top three median incomes in Canada are resource-rich northern regions (based on the 2006 census). They include northern Alberta (centered around Fort McMurray), the Fort Smith Region in the Northwest Territories (including Yellowknife) and Northern Rockies in British Columbia (centered around Fort Nelson). In each of these three communities, median income – the midpoint of the income distribution in the region – exceeds $35,000.

On the other hand, the five census divisions with the lowest median income are also in the North. Division No. 19, known as Northeast Manitoba, has a median income of just $9,822. The other four census divisions with the lowest median incomes are:

•Division No. 18 (all of northern Saskatchewan, including La Ronge)
•Central Coast (around Bella Coola in northern British Columbia)
•Division No. 23 (Churchill-Northern Manitoba)
•Division No. 22 (Thompson-North Central in Manitoba)

The "North"—as defined by The Northern Development Ministers Forum and adopted by the Centre for the North—consists of the three territories and the Northern regions of seven provinces.

"It can be argued that the North-South boundary is the most significant division in the country. The socio-economic conditions in northern communities is much different – and for the most part, significantly more difficult – than in those below the line," said Gilles Rhéaume, Vice-President, Public Policy of The Conference Board of Canada."

"Here the North" is a series of maps designed to illustrate similarities and differences between Canada's North and South and among northern regions. The first 10 maps will be published bi-weekly and available through the Centre for the North's portal, which is intended to provide a forum and resource on northern issues.

"This portal provides an internet-based resource for Northerners – and everyone interested in the North – to communicate and share their knowledge and perspectives on issues that impact northern regions, and the policies and strategies that will help achieve sustainable prosperity in Canada's North," said Rhéaume. "The portal is also a vehicle for the Conference Board to inform Northerners about the latest research findings coming out of the Centre for the North, and to elicit their feedback."

Powered by IGLOO Technologies , the portal includes:

•Centre for the North research publications (available to registered users);
•an opportunity for anyone to comment on the Centre's research and northern issues; and
•a monthly question for web visitors, the Northern Poll.

"The first question that we are asking northerners over the next month is what are the key factors that define a thriving community," said Rhéaume. "The answers provided will help us get northern perspectives on the issues that we are investigating."

About the Centre for the North
The Centre for the North is a Conference Board of Canada program of research and dialogue. Its main purpose is to work with Aboriginal leaders, businesses, governments, communities, educational institutions, and other organizations to achieve a shared vision of sustainable prosperity in the North. Over its five-year mandate, the Centre for the North will help to establish and implement strategies, policies and practices to transform that vision into reality.


For more information contact
Brent Dowdall
Senior Communications Specialist, Marketing, Sales and IT
613-526-3090x448
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Mon camion Sur la route de Fort Simpson

26 juillet 2010 http://alisonmccreesh.canalblog.com/

Sur la route de Fort Simpson

simpson

Chose promise, chose due.  Voici mon deuxieme dessin realise a l'aide de ma nouvelle tablette graphique.   Je suis assez contente de mon progres.  C'est comme si j'avais fait une peinture... mais a l'ordi.   Il y a de la lumiere et de la profondeur et on ressent assez bien l'endroit. Je me inspiree d'une photo que j'ai prise lors du voyage que nous avons fait a Fort Simpson.  On suit le pick-up a qui? (question seulement pertinente pour les amis tenois).

Arctic Circle comic strip

Arctic Circle logo
you are in the sample strip section

 

 

this is my personal favourite

Click here to see today's Arctic Circle on Comics Kingdom
go to next comic strip
     

http://www.arcticcirclecartoons.com/index.htm


Thursday, 29 July 2010

New #NWT Wildlife Act or Just Another Empty Attempt ?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chris Robson <chrisrgrow2@hotmail.com>
Date: 29 July 2010 12:05
Subject: New Wildlife Act or Just Another Empty Attempt ?
To: wildlife@gov.nt.ca


dear Susan Fleck,
 
well we certainly do need to change the wildlife act and peoples attitude, but what we don't need is more rhetoric, legal compromises and procrastination of justice surrounding this grave issue! I am appalled,horrified and insulted by what the GNWT are proposing for the new wildlife act! No i am not native , or an outfitter for sport hunters, not even a developer with grandiose plans and projects for the rest of the world to marvel at! I am a resident of 25 years in the NT and yes it is my responsibility to express my concern over these issues of wildlife protection from encroaching industry, wasteful hunting practices and egotistical ideologies claiming personnel rights over all living creatures! It is evident that the present NT Gov. and resident populations don't have a clue how to manage the wild life of this land during these changing climate conditions which are possibly destined to only worsen! Please don't use that redundant lie that the Elders are all wise steering us into a brighter future! The fact is that most of those elders who did have valuable knowledge concerning this land are mostly all  gone, leaving behind a spoilt and jaded generation that wants their cake and eat it too! It doesn't work that way! This horrific and greedy plundering of natural resources will be our only epitaph to future generations if we continue on the path we now tread! What is the answer, you wont like my opinion i'm sure, but i am obligated to tell you anyway!
1.  BAN ALL SPORTS AND TROPHY HUNTING
2.  STOP WASTEFUL HUNTING/FISHING PRACTICES AS YOU ARE NOT SHOPPING AT THE LOCAL SUPPER STORE MEAT DEPARTMENT PICKING OUT ONLY THE BEST CUTS AND DISCARDING THE REST
3.  PROTECT YOUR WILDLIFE AND LAND FROM INCONSIDERATE DEVELOPERS WHOM APPEAR TO BE ABOVE ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN IT COMES TO SAFE ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES AND PROJECTS
4.  MAKE A DILIGENT AND HONEST EFFORT TO MONITOR THOSE THAT INSIST ON HUNTING/FISHING/GATHERING AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO SHOPPING AT THE LOCAL QUICKIE MART AND MAKE INFORMATIVE EXAMPLES OF RESTITUTION FROM THOSE THAT BREACH THESE GUIDELINES OF SUSTAINABILITY AND PROTECTION
5. BE SURE TO INCLUDE EVERYONE CONCERNED OF THESE ISSUES HAVE A DEMOCRATIC INPUT INTO THE OUTCOME OF THIS HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL PLAN OF PROTECTING AND SUSTAINING OUR RESOURCES, INDEED THERE IS NO ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHOM ARE PRIVY OVER ALL OTHERS CONCERNING THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES, WE ARE ALL INCLUDED IN THIS STORY OF HUMANITY AND WHAT WE CONTRIBUTE TO IT!
There i have spoken and i knew some of you wouldn't like my opinion! Common sense must prevail and intervene over false and destructive economic enterprises and practices, we are not here to play the blame game as a means to achieve our objective but rather to avoid having to use blame as our only and last resort to correct or protect what is here for all to share,enjoy and make constructive user friendly use of! I hope this will be of some use to developing a long term plan for sustainability protection and hope that everyone will make a conscientious attempt to express their personnel opinion on this topic.
respectfully,
Matsi cho,
 
Chris Robson <chrisrgrow2@hotmail.com>

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Inuktitut (the language of the Inuit) dialect map

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Inuktitut_dialect_map.png

English: Inuktitut dialect map with labels in Inuktitut inuujingajut or local roman alphabet. Data from various sources.
Français : Carte des dialectes d'Inuktitut avec étiquettes en Inuktitut inuujingajut ou en alphabet latin standard. Les données utilisées proviennent de diverses resources


File:Inuktitut dialect map.png

Friday, 23 July 2010

Re. Up Here Magazine Photo Contest "... not because we need photos. We're not News North here." Re: Facebook



On 23/07/2010, Patrick kane <patrick@uphere.ca> wrote:
Hi George - referring to our facebook site, it would be great if you kept
your negative comments to yourself. We're not in the business of stealing
photos from people - we run a photo contest because our readers enjoy it,
not because we need photos. We're not News North here.

Not entirely sure what your beef with Up Here Magazine is but you come off
as petty and immature when you write this kind of stuff. And this isn't the
first time we've had to remove your commentary either. Thanks,

Pat

--
Patrick Kane
Photography, Up Here Publishing Ltd.

Suite 800, 4920-52nd Street
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
X1A 3T1
(w) 867-766-6710 ext. 312
(c) 867-445-3212

www.patkanephoto.com





Got an Amazing Annual "Up Here" Magazine Ripoff Photo Contest ?

"Up Here reserves the nonexclusiveright (SIC) to publish any entry and/or use any entry in promotional material"

Enter Our Annual Photo Contest Today!
http://www.uphere.ca/photocontest2010

Contest Rules: Maximum four (4) entries per category per entrant • Clearly print your name on each image; also print on each image the category in which you are entering it and the place where it was taken. • Include a cover letter with your name, address, daytime and evening telephonenumbers. Include any stories you have about a particular image, such as the amusing or difficult circumstances under which you took it. •Photographs must have been taken in Northern Canada • Photographs may be in slide, print or digital format. For digital images, the image must be at least 300 dpi when at 8x10 inches, in JPEG or TIFF format. Please, no paper printouts of digital images. • Winners' names and photographs will be published in a future issue of Up Here and on http://www.uphere.ca. Up Here reserves the nonexclusiveright to publish any entry and/or use any entry in promotional material. Deadline is September 1, 2010. Good luck!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs087.ash2/37682_412459793079_212491983079_4432622_4501627_n.jpg
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4432622&id=212491983079


Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Two Nunavut media producers get approved for funding by the Canada Media Fund

Aboriginal Program
On July 2, the CMF approved the funding for 15 Aboriginal Program applications, including 15 television components and 11 digital media components.
Of the total, 4 of the television components were children's and youth projects, 10 were documentaries and 1 was a variety project. The digital media components approved for funding were all websites, except for one mobile device application. Approximately $4.4 million was committed to the television components and $1.0 million to the digital media components for a total of $5.4 million.
These decisions and funding commitments are preliminary, as all requests must undergo a contracting process. Funding is not final until contracts are signed. An updated list will be published once contracting is complete.

Aboriginal Program Funding Decisions (2010-2011)

[excerpt]

Kingulliit - The Next Generation (1-3)
TV: Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc./ Kunuk Cohn Productions Inc.
DM: Isuma Distribution International Ltd.

Documentary Website TV: NU/MTL
DM: MTL

and

Quest, The I (1-6) Piksuk Media Inc Documentary Website NU

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Canada Media Fund / Fonds des médias du Canada <info@cmf-fmc.ca>
Date: 2010/7/21
Subject: CMF Funding Decisions / Demandes approuvées par le FMC





CMF Funding Decisions

The Canada Media Fund has published its 2010-2011 funding decisions for the Aboriginal Program and the Francophone Minority Program (first closing date), which are part of the Convergent Stream. For more information, go to Funding Decisions under Innovate on www.cmf-fmc.ca.

Demandes approuvées par le FMC

Le Fonds des médias du Canada a publié la liste de certaines demandées approuvées en 2010-2011 visant le Programme autochtone et le Programme de production de langue française en milieu minoritaire (première date de clôture) dans le cadre du volet convergent. Pour en savoir davantage, visiter le site www.cmf-fmc.ca et consulter la page Demandes approuvées sous Innover.





Sunday, 18 July 2010

Fairbanks has fabulous street signs.....

. Fairbanks has fabulous street signs
This sign is near Ray and Rebecca's home:

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

DENENDEH: by director Kent Morrison & Karin Yeske wins at the HUMAN RIGHTS DOCFEST 2010

Playing on SATURDAY, JULY 24 @ 6 pm

Winner of Smaller Budget (under $1000)

http://hrdocfest.com/what-is-jhr/

DENENDEH

Director: Kent Morrison and Karin Yeske

Forced isolation and assimilation of aboriginal peoples stole their identity and independence, leaving them at the mercy of the 'superior culture.' This system has failed, creating turmoil, suspicion, and dysfunction. Outsiders have again injected themselves into La Loche in an attempt to solve the problem, one originally of their making. The European attitude of "we know best," shrouded in best intentions, is not working and no one is talking about it.

A national documentary film festival, which serves to highlight human rights issues in Canada and abroad.


When? July 23 and  24, @ 6pm
July 25 @ 1pm

Where? the NFB Toronto Mediatheque
@ 150 John Street (at Richmond St. W, Osgoode Subway Stn)



See you then!

Human Rights Docfest 2010 aims:

• To showcase the work of both new and established talent
• To create a dialogue between filmmakers and the community on human rights
• To raise awareness about domestic and international human rights issues
• To celebrate the human spirit and to engage the community in learning and dialogue

Check out this Interview with THIS Magazine for more info!

http://networkedblogs.com/3VHHm



Sunday, 11 July 2010

Ram 2500 Diesel soaking in the swamp



A few buddies rescuing a lifted Diesel Dodge Ram 2500 from drowning in the yellowknife sandpit's swamp!

#YZF Power Ram Getting an Arctic Soaker

#YZF Chevy and Dodge taking on a bog

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Cartoons from Yellowknife's alison mccreesh #YZF #NWT

http://alisonmccreesh.canalblog.com/

TNO à l'appareil

terre_neuve

02 juillet 2010

Bilinguisme

bilinguisme

Bulldog Flies

mouches



Thursday, 8 July 2010

Hay Days 2010 videos #haydays #NWT

Karen Gelderman Artist & Teacher at Hay Days 2010
http://youtu.be/XeSlBFi8whc

Jennifer Walden, Musician at Hay Days 2010 my be reached at (867) 765-8281 or waldenpaintATyahooDOTca Website http://waldenpaint.blogspot.com
http://youtu.be/ZtfzFLCx4T8

Krystal Mateus, Artist at Hay Days 2010 may be reached via e-mail at Mateus_neivaAThotmailDOTcom
http://youtu.be/DGpGmhsV7f8

Jennifer Walden, Visual Artist at Hay Days 2010
http://youtu.be/IemMIj2j5BQ

Caitlind Oteiza, Aritist, may be reached at (867) 876-0272 CaitlindOteiza550AThotmailDOTcom
http://youtu.be/67AuYvcTJps

Marissa Oteiza, Artist at Hay Days 2010 can be reached via e-mail at MxOteizaAThotmailDOTcom
http://youtu.be/jdJGTWHiYsg



Thursday, 1 July 2010

#Inuit #Circumpolar Council acclaims new leader, 63 yr elder & former chairperson

[excerpts]

NEWS: Around the Arctic July 01, 2010 - 11:54 am
Inuit Circumpolar Council acclaims new leader
ICC general assembly gives "unanimous consent" to Aqqaluk Lynge
NUNATSIAQ NEWS

[...]

According to an ICC biography, Lynge started his professional career as a social worker after graduating from the National Danish School of Social Work in 1976.

For several years, he was a radio broadcaster, until he entered Greenland politics.

Lynge, one of the founders of the Inuit Ataqatigiit Party, was first elected to the Greenland parliament in 1983 and has served as a member of parliament and as a minister of various portfolios.

Lynge is also an author, having written books of poetry and essays, and has also contributed to several works and anthologies written in the English, Greenlandic, French and Nordic languages.

Lynge was instrumental in bringing Russian Inuit into the ICC family when, as early as 1985, he travelled to Moscow in the former Soviet Union to lobby for their inclusion into ICC.

Lynge is a member of the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues.

He lives in Nuuk, Greenland with his Erna and their two children.

Speaking to the ICC meeting on June 1, Lynge vowed to help Inuit realize their destiny.

“Our destiny is in our hands,” he said, outlining his vision of a future with healthy and happy children, clean water, respected and involved elders, “a modest and sustainable economy,” and a “strong social fabric.”

Lynge called on Inuit to ensure that companies who want to develop Arctic resources keep the environment clean, train local workers and respect Inuit rights. He urged everyone to make sure their political leaders develop projects that are “good for Inuit.”

As Lynge finished speaking, he thanked his family, who joined him on stage, and then invited everyone in the assembly to hold hands.

“We stand together now…let’s take our hands and be given strength… we are Inuit and we will always be there.”

Before the assembly ended, Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, received the Bill Edmunds award, the highest award ICC hands out during its general assemblies.

ICC meets again in 2014 in Canada.

As one of its last orders of business, delegates at the ICC assembly also passed the Nuuk Declaration, which outlines its objectives for the next four years.

Quoted from the Nuk Declaration:

"...Recognizing that universal human rights instruments including the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide, including those of Inuit are still not fully acknowledged nor implemented and Inuit must continue to work alongside others to achieve the goal of full recognition of Inuit rights;
Noting the recent increased developments at the international level affecting Inuit, and the rapid and exponential growth of interest and external activity in the Arctic by powerful states, industry, researchers, and special interests over the past four years will undoubtedly continue and will require considerable attention and vigilance from ICC into the next four years;
Recognizing the disaster unfolding from off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and further recognizing the fragility of the Arctic environment and how any significant oil spill would be catastrophic for Inuit and finally that resource extraction industries are increasingly aiming to exploit offshore and onshore resource development:...:

Read the full Nuuk Declaration, posted below by NUNATSIAQ NEWS:
Nuuk 2010 Declaration