Sunday, 27 March 2011

#NWT's Bevington on the Cons "funding" the building of a highway from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk.

NWT's Bevington on the Cons "funding" the building of a highway from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk.

From his FaceBook page

Statement by Dennis Bevington in the House of Commons March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the government announced they were going to partially fund the building of a highway from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. A project I've personally supported for a number of years and one that is in Environmental assessment at the request of Northerners. Great project, where's the money?

Unfortunately Mr. Speaker there is no money assigned to do this….nowhere in the government's detailed spending estimates is there a budget line for this highway. What do we find in the main estimates……

a cut of 70 per cent to funds for the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resources.

A 58 per cent cut to funding to promote the political, social and scientific development of the three territories.

Mr. Speaker Northerners remember how they promised Iqaluit a port but never delivered. We remember the armed ice-breakers now shelved and we remember a food-mail program which caused prices to climb.

Hollow promises all around. Northerners won't be waiting for this new hollow promise to come true. 

If the Conservatives really want to help Northerners build this road then it should be in the detailed spending estimates.

Frozen Eyes in Norman Wells... ends... on to Colville Lake

Approximately 14,000 images shot by 16 students over five days.... (that's a lot of gigabytes!)... an exhibition of the 40 or so prints made is in the works.. organized by the students themselves... and a 25min slide show of the selected best images has been produced... and is now on YouTube here...

An additional mini-workshop was also offered from 1:30pm to 5:00pm Friday afternoon for two teachers by yours truly... on "How do I use my digital camera... and what the heck is this button for?"

Frozen Eyes Photographic Society in Norman Wells Northwest Territories (the video)
Photos by - Kevin Kivi, Konrad Grandjambe, Heather Pope, Joshua Rose, Siobhan Quigg, Abby Small, Laura Wall, Cora Mccoy, Tamara McDonald, Shara Rose, Christine Desjarlais, Nate Greggy, Dakota Miller, Hunter Gray, Madi Gray, Nigel Gregory and Emily Barta

George Lessard and Pablo Saravanja

Thanks to
Renee Closs, Principal and Thomas Aikiman

very special thanks
Heritage Hotel, James W. Ulch (867) 587-5000
NWT Arts Council

Frozen Eyes Photographic Society of the NWT


Frozen Eyes photography workshp in Norman Wells, NWT

©2011 Tamara McDonald
Konrad Grandjambe, student (Left) with George Lessard, trainer (Right) at a digital photography workshop in Norman Wells, NWT

Saturday, 26 March 2011

HarpMocracy: The Canadian Way

Frozen Eyes Photographic Society workshop at the MACKENZIE MOUNTAIN SCHO...

Frozen Eyes Photographic Society DSLR training workshop at the MACKENZIE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL in Norman Wells NWT. Funded by the NWT Arts Council

Friday, 25 March 2011

"Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths" video screens in Toronto at ReelWorld

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ole Gjerstad <>
Date: 25 March 2011 09:46
Subject: "Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths" screens in Toronto

Please post/distribute:

From Clyde River, NU, Piksuk Media's most recent feature documentary,
"QIMMIT: A CLASH OF TWO TRUTHS" will be screened in Toronto, at the
ReelWorld Film festival.  After festival runs from Russia and Norway
to the US, and in many places across Canada, the film will soon be
officially released by the NFB. You'll see the ReelWorld festival
write-up below.

The festival events are happening at the Canada Square Cineplex, on
Yonge near Eglington.  Qimmit screens on Friday April 8 at
12:30 pm and one on Saturday April 9 at 8 pm.


To be perfectly honest, when I heard the film was about Inuit sleigh
dogs, I sort of rolled my eyes. "Here's another hour of my life I'll
never get back."

Boy was I wrong.

Continuing the long tradition of excellence the National Film Board of
Canada has rightfully earned, this film is absolutely fascinating.
It's the story about an ongoing historical conflict between the Inuit
and white RCMP officers. RCMP officers were accused of slaughtering
20,000 Inuit sleigh dogs – in order to basically destroy their way of
life and facilitate assimilation into mainstream Canadian culture.
This film is as much a legal drama as it is a horrifying account of
Inuit-Canadian history.

I think my favourite part about the film is that it never gets overly
didactic one way or the other. While the instinct in documentaries
like this is often to side for the underdog – and subsequently vilify
the RCMP – I feel this film does a balanced job of providing empathy
for the heartbreaking accounts by the Inuit, while still leaving room
to understand the intellectual position of the police. This
documentary feature is a tender and erudite look at one of the most
controversial conflicts in Canada today.

See film clips and more festival info at

Ole Gjerstad
Words & Pictures Videos
Vidéos mots & images
Piksuk Media Inc.

(+1) 514-281-8320

See my work at:  and at

Skype: Ole.Gjerstad

"We lead lives of chaotic improvisations, bawling for peace while
plunging recklessly into fresh disorders."
Paraphrased from Edward Abbey.

New Book: Exploration History and Place Names of Northern East Greenland

New Book: Exploration History and Place Names of Northern East Greenland

A new book entitled "Exploration History and Place Names of Northern East Greenland" is available. It was written by Anthony K. Higgins and is issued by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).

The book is an account of nearly all expeditions to northern East Greenland from 2400 BC, when the first humans visited the region, to AD 2008. It contains a list of 5,650 place names, supplied with descriptions of the origin and information about the names of those who 'baptized' the locations. All names are indicated on detailed maps.

For further information or to obtain the book in either printed or electronic format, please go to:

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin 21, 2010, 368 pp. + 2 maps

The book also exists in electronic form, which can be read at GEUS homepage:
Exploration history and place names of northern East Greenland

More than 3000 place names were officially approved by the Place Name Committee for use in northern East Greenland up to the end of 1984, after which responsibility passed to the Home-Rule government at Nuuk in Green- land. More than a third of these place names were proposed by members of the expeditions led by the Danish geologist Lauge Koch. The post-war expeditions led by Lauge Koch were almost entirely geological in nature, and the place names given reflect in part geological characteristics of the features named, the animals encountered and events during the expeditions, as well as commemorating the mountains, lakes and other features of the home countries of the participants.


  • Colophon, abstract, introduction, official place names in Greenland
    nr21_p001-016.pdf (pdf-file ~1 Mb)
  • Exploration history of northern East Greenland
    nr21_p017-116.pdf (pdf-file ~3 Mb)
  • Catalogue of place names in northern East Greenland, including references
    nr21_p117-368.pdf (pdf-file ~9 Mb)
  • Download the entire Bulletin nr21_001-368.pdf (pdf-file ~13 Mb)

Call for Papers on Indigenous Health - AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

Call for Papers on Indigenous Health - AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples
Colonization and health have an intricate relationship for indigenous peoples. For many indigenous groups, colonization brought with it diseases that proved devastating for peoples without immunity, but it also brought with it ideas of health that were different from those carried by the more than 5,000 groups that identify as indigenous today. With traditional approaches to health standing alongside mainstream structures in many nations today, health becomes a sphere where the politics of indigeneity and race are negotiated.

AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples seeks submissions for a special issue to be published on health later this year. Submissions are welcome which examine concepts of health through an indigenous focus, from traditional practices to issues facing mainstream approaches to indigenous peoples today.

AlterNative is a multi-disciplinary journal which presents indigenous worldviews from indigenous perspectives. The scope of this call for papers is therefore open to all practitioners working in branches of health, science, medicine and the social sciences, providing that the work has an indigenous focus. Potential topics may include (but are not limited to): health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples, healthcare provision, biopolitics, past and present customs surrounding health, self-determination, colonization and medicalization, epidemiology and substance abuse. Editors particularly encourage indigenous scholars working in health to submit.

Submissions and deadline details:

AlterNative primarily accepts substantive articles (5000 – 7000 words) that address a particular indigenous topic or theme. We also accept short timely commentaries (2000-3000 words) that address critical issues. Reviews of indigenous books are also welcome.

Author guidelines for submitting articles, including formatting and referencing styles, are available on our website. All submissions are subject to the peer review process. Please upload your paper through the online portal:

This special volume on indigenous health is scheduled for publication in 2011, but journal editors are happy to receive papers for consideration and publication in general issues all year round.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Waipapa Marae Complex
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142

Thursday, 24 March 2011

CRTC Demande présentée par Société Radio Taïga Yellowknife #YZF #NWT

36Yellowknife (Territoires du Nord-Ouest)
Demande 2011-0105-5

Demande présentée par Société Radio Taïga en vue d'obtenir l'autorisation d'acquérir de L'Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife, l'actif de l'entreprise de programmation de radio FM communautaire de type A de langue française CIVR-FM Yellowknife.

La requérante demande également une nouvelle licence de radiodiffusion afin de lui permettre de poursuivre l'exploitation de l'entreprise suivant les mêmes modalités et conditions que celles en vigueur dans la licence actuelle.

La requérante est un organisme à but non lucratif contrôlé par son conseil d'administration.

Il n'y a aucune valeur monétaire attachée à la transaction selon le Contrat de cession d'entreprise.

Adresse de la requérante :

Casier postal 456
Yellowknife (Territoires du Nord-Ouest)
X1A 2N4
Télécopieur : 867-873-6663
Courriel :

Examen de la demande :

5016, 48th Street
Yellowknife (Territoires du Nord-Ouest)


5102, 51st Street
2ième étage
Yellowknife (Territoires du Nord-Ouest)

Participation du public

Date limite d'interventions

15 avril 2011

L'intervention doit être reçue par le Conseil et par la requérante ou la titulaire au plus tard à la date susmentionnée. Le Conseil ne peut être tenu responsable des délais occasionnés par la poste et n'avisera pas un intervenant lorsque son intervention est reçue après la date limite. Dans un tel cas, l'intervention ne sera pas considérée par le Conseil et ne sera pas déposée au dossier public.

L'intervention doit comprendre l'un des énoncés suivants dans le premier ou le dernier paragraphe:

  1. Je demande à comparaître à l'audience.
  2. Je ne désire pas comparaître à l'audience.

Le Conseil examinera les interventions reçues et elles seront versées au dossier public de l'instance sans autre avis de sa part, pourvu que la procédure ci-dessous ait été suivie. Le Conseil communiquera avec un intervenant uniquement si son intervention soulève des questions de procédure.

Les interventions écrites doivent être acheminées au Secrétaire général du Conseil selon une seule des façons suivantes:

en remplissant le
[formulaire d'interventions/d'observations - radiodiffusion]


par la poste à l'adresse
CRTC, Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0N2


par télécopieur au numéro

Une copie conforme doit être envoyée à la requérante ou à la titulaire et la preuve d'un tel envoi doit être jointe à l'intervention envoyée au Conseil.

Le Conseil recommande à toutes les personnes qui déposent un document ou un avis et en signifient copie par voie électronique de se montrer prudentes lors de la signification par courriel, car il peut être difficile de prouver ensuite que la signification a bel et bien eu lieu.

Avant de signifier copie par voie électronique, les parties doivent s'assurer de pouvoir prouver au Conseil, sur demande, que l'avis a été signifié.

Les mémoires de plus de cinq pages doivent inclure un sommaire.

Les paragraphes du document devraient être numérotés. Pour les interventions soumises par voie électronique, la mention ***Fin du document*** devrait être ajoutée à la fin du document, pour indiquer que le document n'a pas été modifié pendant la transmission électronique.

Toute intervention doit clairement mentionner la demande, faire état de l'appui ou de l'opposition ou, si l'intervenant y propose des modifications, présenter des faits et des motifs à cet égard.

Advenant que la demande passe à l'étape comparante de l'audience et qu'une partie désire comparaître, celle-ci doit expliquer pourquoi son intervention écrite ne suffit pas et pourquoi une comparution est nécessaire. Le Conseil n'invitera à comparaître à l'audience que les parties dont il a déjà accepté la demande de comparution.

Les personnes qui requièrent des auxiliaires de communication comme les dispositifs techniques pour malentendants et l'interprétation gestuelle voudront bien en aviser le Conseil au moins vingt (20) jours avant le début de l'audience afin de lui permettre de prendre les dispositions nécessaires.

Avis important

Tous les renseignements fournis par les parties dans le contexte de ce processus public, qu'ils soient envoyés par la poste, par télécopieur, par courriel ou au moyen du site web du Conseil à, seront versés à un dossier public et seront affichés sur le site web du Conseil, sauf ceux qui font l'objet d'une demande de traitement confidentiel. Ces renseignements comprennent les renseignements personnels tels que le nom, l'adresse courriel, l'adresse postale, les numéros de téléphone et de télécopieur ainsi que tout autre renseignement personnel que les parties fournissent.

Les renseignements personnels ainsi fournis seront divulgués et utilisés aux fins auxquelles ils ont été recueillis par le Conseil ou compilés initialement ou pour un usage qui est compatible avec ces fins.

Les documents reçus en version électronique ou autrement seront affichés intégralement sur le site web du Conseil, tels qu'ils ont été reçus, y compris tous les renseignements personnels qu'ils contiennent, dans la langue officielle et le format d'origine dans lesquels ils sont reçus. Les documents qui ne sont pas reçus en version électronique seront disponibles en version PDF.

Les renseignements fournis au Conseil dans le cadre de ce processus public sont déposés dans une base de données impropre à la recherche et réservée exclusivement à ce processus public. Cette base de données ne peut être consultée qu'à partir de la page web de ce processus public. En conséquence, une recherche généralisée du site web du Conseil, à l'aide de son moteur de recherche ou de tout autre moteur de recherche, ne permettra pas d'accéder aux renseignements fournis dans le cadre de ce processus public.

Le Conseil encourage les parties intéressées à examiner le contenu du dossier public et le site web du Conseil pour tout renseignement complémentaire qu'elles pourraient juger utile lors de la préparation de leurs interventions.

Examen des documents

Les demandes sont disponibles en format électronique en sélectionnant le numéro de la demande énoncé dans le présent avis.

Une liste de toutes les interventions sera également disponible sur le site web du Conseil. On peut y accéder en sélectionnant « Liste d'interventions/observations » sous la rubrique « Instances publiques » du site web du Conseil.

Les documents sont disponibles pendant les heures normales du bureau à l'adresse locale indiquée dans le présent avis et aux bureaux du Conseil et aux centres de documentation concernés par ces demandes ou bien, sur demande, dans un délai de deux (2) jours ouvrables, aux autres bureaux et centres de documentation du Conseil.

Bureaux du Conseil

Tél. sans frais : 1-877-249-2782
ATS sans frais : 1-877-909-2782

Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
Édifice central
1, promenade du Portage, pièce 206
Gatineau (Québec)
J8X 4B1
Tél. : 819-997-2429
Télécopieur : 819-994-0218

Bureaux régionaux

Place Metropolitan
99, chemin Wyse
Bureau 1410
Dartmouth (Nouvelle-Écosse)
B3A 4S5
Tél. : 902-426-7997
Télécopieur : 902-426-2721

205, avenue Viger Ouest
Bureau 504
Montréal (Québec)
H2Z 1G2
Tél. : 514-283-6607

55, avenue St. Clair Est
Bureau 624
Toronto (Ontario)
M4T 1M2
Tél. : 416-952-9096

Édifice Kensington
275, avenue Portage
Bureau 1810
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
R3B 2B3
Tél. : 204-983-6306
Télécopieur : 204-983-6317

2220, 12e Avenue
Bureau 620
Regina (Saskatchewan)
S4P 0M8
Tél. : 306-780-3422

10405, avenue Jasper
Bureau 520
Edmonton (Alberta)
T5J 3N4
Tél. : 780-495-3224

858, rue Beatty
Bureau 290
Vancouver (Colombie-Britannique)
V6B 1C1
Tél. : 604-666-2111
Télécopieur : 604-666-8322

Secrétaire général

CRTC Application by Société Radio Taïga #YZF #NWT

36.  Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
cation 2011-0105-5

Application by Société Radio Taïga for authority to acquire from L'Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife the assets of the French-language Type A community FM radio programming undertaking CIVR-FM Yellowknife.

The applicant also requests a new broadcasting licence to continue the operation of the undertaking under the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the current licence.

The applicant is a not-for-profit organization controlled by its board of directors. 

There is no financial value linked to this transaction, as per the Business Transfer Contract.

Applicant's address:

P.O. Box 456
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
X1A 2N4
Fax: 867-873-6663

Examination of application:

5016 48th Street
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories


5102 51st Street
2nd Floor
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Public participation

Deadline for interventions

15 April 2011

The intervention must be received by the Commission and by the applicant or licensee on or before the above-mentioned date. The Commission cannot be held responsible for postal delays and will not notify a party whose intervention is received after the deadline date. The intervention will not be considered by the Commission and will not be part of the public file.

The intervention must include one of the following statements in either the first or the last paragraph:

  1. I request to appear at the public hearing.
  2. I do not want to appear at the public hearing.

Interventions will be considered by the Commission and will form part of the public record of the proceeding without further notification to intervening parties, provided the procedure set out below has been followed. Parties will be contacted only if their submissions raise procedural questions.

Written interventions should be submitted to the Secretary General of the Commission in only one of the following formats:

by using the
[Broadcasting interventions/comments form]


by mail to
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2


by fax at

A true copy must be sent to the applicant or to the licensee, and proof that this has been done must accompany the intervention sent to the Commission.

The Commission advises those who file and serve by electronic mode to exercise caution when using e-mail for service of documents or notification, as it may be difficult to establish that service has occurred.

Parties must ensure that, before initiating service through electronic mode, they will be able to satisfy the Commission, upon request, that service of the notification was completed.

Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary.

Each paragraph of the submission should be numbered. In addition, where the intervention is filed by electronic means, the line ***End of document*** should be entered following the last paragraph of the document, as an indication that the document has not been damaged during electronic transmission.

Interventions should clearly identify the application referred to and indicate whether parties support or oppose the application, or, if they propose changes to it, include the facts and grounds for their proposal.

In the event that the application is brought to the oral phase of the hearing, and if parties wish to appear, they must provide reasons why their written interventions are not sufficient and why an appearance is necessary. Only those parties whose requests to appear have been granted will be contacted by the Commission and invited to appear at the public hearing.

Persons requiring communications support such as assistance listening devices and sign language interpretation are requested to inform the Commission at least twenty (20) days before the commencement of the public hearing so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Important notice

All information that parties provide as part of this public process, except information granted confidentiality, whether sent by postal mail, facsimile, e-mail or through the Commission's website at, becomes part of a publicly accessible file and will be posted on the Commission's website. This information includes personal information, such as full names, e-mail addresses, postal/street addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers, and any other personal information parties provide.

The personal information that parties provide will be used and may be disclosed for the purpose for which the information was obtained or compiled by the Commission, or for a use consistent with that purpose.

Documents received electronically or otherwise will be put on the Commission's website in their entirety exactly as received, including any personal information contained therein, in the official language and format in which they are received. Documents not received electronically will be available in PDF format.

The information that parties provide to the Commission as part of this public process is entered into an unsearchable database dedicated to this specific public process. This database is accessible only from the web page of this particular public process. As a result, a general search of the Commission's website with the help of either its own search engine or a third-party search engine will not provide access to the information that was provided as part of this public process.

The Commission encourages interested parties to monitor the public examination file and the Commission's website for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their interventions.

Examination of documents

An electronic version of the applications is available from the Commission's website by selecting the application number within this notice.

A list of all interventions will also be available on the Commission's website. To access the list, select "Lists of interventions/comments" under "Public Proceedings" from the Commission's website.

Documents are also available during normal office hours at the local address provided in this notice and at the Commission offices and documentation centres directly involved with these applications, or, upon request, within two (2) working days, at any other Commission offices and documentation centres.

Location of Commission offices

Toll-free telephone: 1-877-249-2782
Toll-free TDD: 1-877-909-2782

Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
Central Building
1 Promenade du Portage, Room 206
Gatineau, Quebec
J8X 4B1
Tel.: 819-997-2429
Fax: 819-994-0218

Regional offices

Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road
Suite 1410
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3A 4S5
Tel.: 902-426-7997
Fax: 902-426-2721

205 Viger Avenue West
Suite 504
Montréal, Quebec
H2Z 1G2
Tel.: 514-283-6607

55 St. Clair Avenue East
Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1M2
Tel.: 416-952-9096

Kensington Building
275 Portage Avenue
Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 2B3
Tel.: 204-983-6306
Fax: 204-983-6317

2220 – 12th Avenue
Suite 620
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 0M8
Tel.: 306-780-3422

10405 Jasper Avenue
Suite 520
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3N4
Tel.: 780-495-3224

858 Beatty Street
Suite 290
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 1C1
Tel.: 604-666-2111
Fax: 604-666-8322

Secretary General

Sunday, 20 March 2011

CFP: Canada & Russia: Facing Northern & Arctic Challenges - 10th Biennial International Conference of the Russian Association for Canadian Studies

Call for Papers:
Canada and Russia: Facing Northern and Arctic Challenges
10th Biennial International Conference of the Russian Association for Canadian Studies
St. Petersburg, Russia
23-25 September 2011
Proposals are now being accepted for the 10th Biennial International Conference of the Russian Association for Canadian Studies. The conference will take place in St. Petersburg from September 23 - 25, 2011. The theme of the conference is "Canada and Russia: Facing Northern and Arctic Challenges."

Presentations on the following topics will be of interest:

1. Promoting peace and security in the Arctic, developing natural resources, providing economic prosperity in the North, improving Aboriginal life, protecting the natural environment, learning from Northern cultural heritage, and enlarging international cooperation in the North and the Arctic.

2. Canadian Studies: domestic policies, economy, social and cultural developments, history, literature, higher education.

Presentations on other Canadian topics will also be considered. Proposals should be forwarded to by June 15, 2011.

Call for Aboriginal Singers: Diverse As This Land - Voice Intensive Workshop

Call for Aboriginal Singers

Aboriginal Arts

Call for Aboriginal Singers: Diverse As This Land - Voice Intensive Workshop

Program dates: June 27, 2011 - July 03, 2011
Application deadline: April 04, 2011

Aboriginal Arts will present the Diverse as This Land vocal intensive residency at The Banff Centre in the heart of Blackfoot and Stoney territories June 27 to July 3, 2011.

At the heart of the project is an exciting week-long voice intensive residency for 12 Aboriginal singers led by two outstanding vocal instructors. Participants have the opportunity to perform live as a group at the Diverse As This Land concert series during the Banff Summer Arts Festival.

Participants will explore singing as physical experience, breath control, capacity and resonance, understanding the vocal apparatus, care of the voice, and solo and group composition. Participants also receive hands-on development that enhances performance skills and career strategies in the music business.

We invite all interested singers to submit their applicati on to the Diverse As This Land program before April 4, 2011.

Sandra Laronde
Director, Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre

Here's What Past Participants Had to Say.
"My life as I 'knew it' has changed. I have learned so much about singing and about myself as a singer. I feel very grateful for this week's intensive learning."
- Participant from 2010 Diverse As This Land vocal intensive

"To be so inspired by nature itself, to be in the middle of something that's so big and beautiful, feels so good. The experience of being in the mountains at The Banff Centre is something you keep forever."
- Participant from 2010 Diverse As This Land vocal intensive

More information

A Place for Artists

The Banff Centre puts the needs of artists above all else, providing time and space for inspired creativity and intense productivity (plus bacon and dessert every day!)
Watch the Video

For more information please contact:
1.403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989

Contact the Centre
The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Box 1020, Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5, Canada

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Global Union Video Contest

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Derek Blackadder <>
Date: 19 March 2011 04:53
Subject: Global Union Video Contest

Online videos are becoming pretty common in the union world, as elsewhere.  If you have produced one or if you have enjoyed a union video that you think deserves wider attention, nominate it for the LabourStart Video of the Year award.


Info on how to nominate, as well as last year's winners and this year's current nominees can be found here:




Derek Blackadder

LabourStart Canada


Skype, Flickr and Twitter: dblackadder

Do you really have to print this email?



Friday, 18 March 2011

Seeking Nominations: Business for the Arts Awards

Kate Zagorskis [] on behalf of
Business for the Arts has distributed the following call for

>Seeking Nominations: Business for the Arts Awards
>Business for the Arts is making a final call for nominations for six
>of Canada's most prestigious awards for business leaders who support
>the arts. If you know of any cultural organizations in the Northwest
>Territories who have received outstanding support from a business or
>business leader, we would love for you to forward this email and the
>ad attached so that they can nominate their sponsors and donors for
>a Business for the Arts Award.
>The Award winners will be announced later in the spring, with the
>celebration gala taking place in Toronto in October.
>The Edmund C. Bovey Award is given to an individual business
>professional who has demonstrated exemplary leadership support of
>the arts. Business for the Arts makes a $20,000 donation to an arts
>organization(s) chosen by the winner. Last year's winner was Gail
>Asper and the recipient arts organizations were many, as she matched
>the award funds.
>The Arnold Edinborough Award recognizes an individual young
>professional under the age of 40 who has demonstrated exceptional
>leadership and volunteerism in the arts. Business for the Arts makes
>a $5,000 donation to an arts organization(s) chosen by the winner.
>Last year's winner was Mélanie Joly and the recipient arts
>organization was Musée d'art contemporain.
>There are also four Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards
>which recognize companies demonstrate outstanding commitment to the
>arts in Canada. Last year's winners were Power Corporation, TD
>Financial Group, Husky Energy and Ana's Cake House for the small
>business award.
>Nominations can be made at
>More Information:
>Kate Zagorskis
>National Program Manager
>Business for the Arts
>tel: 416.869.3016 x222
>fax: 416.869.0435
>Follow us on twitter!

Yellowknife's Aurora Arts Society "Arts Walk Map" info update request #YZF #NWT

Yellowknife's Aurora Arts Society

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Monique Robert <>
Date: 18 March 2011 13:21
Subject: AAS Arts Walk Map info update request
To: Monique Robert <>

Hello members!

We are getting the Artswalk map together and we now need your updated info if anything has changed. New members who are interested in getting your studio info onto the map are encouraged to get it in asap.  We need your confirmation by March 25th to be included on the map. 


Contact info
Studio location and hours (also whether you want to show 'by appointment only' etc.)
Short blurb about your work (100 words)
One photo of your work and one of your studio exterior if you choose

You do not have to send your images right away, but we at least have to have your information for the designer to incorporate you into the brochure.

Please send your information to: 


Monique Robert
Board Member
Yellowknife's Aurora Arts Society

#YZF #NWT Pilot Project of The Artist Run Community Centre

Pilot Project of The Artist Run Community Centre

FaceBook Group @ The YK ARCC

For decades now Yellowknife has had a large gap in the Arts community - An affordable space that encourages art for art's sake, that does not censor the artists voice nor emphasize art as commodity.   A space which will expose contemporary art on National and International level to new emerging audiences in Yellowknife. Images we have yet to see, concepts we have yet to grasp will reshape the city of Yellowknife and pave way to a more expressive and richer culture.  

A recent act of goodwill by a local supporter of the arts has brought this dream for a space one step closer to reality.

The Old Pentecostal Church on 49th Street has been given temporary use to the Arts Community until its fate to be demolished, or possibly relocated.  

Since then an ad-hoc committee has developed The Pilot Project of the Artist Run Community Centre (ARCC)

Our Mission:

To create an affordable venue for visual art, multi-media, dance, theatre, music, artist exhibition, art discourse, and to foster partnerships and collaboration between local artist groups.

#NWT's Hay River Music, Arts and Culture Society is pleased to introduce its new board



Hay River Music, Arts and Culture Society is pleased to introduce its new
board committee.

A step forward to make this community stronger

Hay River, March 18th - The Hay River Music, Arts and Culture Society (HR MACS) is planning to celebrate the second annual 'Hay Days' festival of music, arts and culture. To make this event happen, a new board had been elected on Wednesday, March 2nd.

The HR MACS is pleased to announce that James Constable will continue to be our vice-president, Shirley King returns as our treasurer, François Lamy will be responsible for fundraising, Anne Boudreau as a secretary, Karen Gelderman wall act as visual arts liaison, Mark Lyon will coordinate memberships, Édith Vachon-Raymond will be the public relations representative, and finally, Jayne Haywood and Susan Lalonde will share the volunteer coordinator position. The position for the president is still vacant. HR MACS welcomes any nominations.

HR MACS wants to bring the community together to plan the 2011 festival. Thrilled with last year's experience, we hope that this year will be even better. For that reason, we are inviting people to join us at our next meeting, at the Royal Canadian Legion, on March 23, 2011, at 6 :30pm.

HR MACS has existed since May 5, 2010 as an official society. The founder and former president, Randy Randle, had been a strong pillar during the organization of the first festival. Unfortunately, he has had to resign from this position due to his moving out of the Northwest Territories. ''Good luck in 2011 to whomever becomes your new president. I hope the society we built, continues to grow and that music, arts and culture thrive in Hay River. Mahsi cho", says M. Randle on our Facebook group page, "Hay River Music Arts and Culture Society".

The main goal of this society is to promote and advance music, arts and culture in Hay River. We are working with the community to represent the variety of cultures in the North and to build opportunities for a stronger arts community.


Contact : Édith Vachon-Raymond
Press / Media Contact – HR MACS
Cell. : (867) 876-1076 | Fax. : (867)874-2687
E-mail :

7 ways the cable company's trying to screw you in Canada

7 ways the cable company's trying to screw you in Canada #CdnPoli With
their hidden fees, Internet metering and shape-shifting, don't put it past
the cable company to bend you over and have their way with your 'box'

RabbleTV's Video Archives of The Status of Women Council of the #NWT's "Celebrating Northern Women Conference"

@rabbleca RabbleTV's Video Archives of The Status of Women Council of the #NWT's "Celebrating Northern Women Conference" celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

Produced by for RabbleTV

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Water Policy: The Ripple Effect Workshop: Theme 1: Wastewater: How is the Gov of Nunavut preparing to meet new federal guidelines for wastewater, given the challenges in Canada’s far north?

From: Megan Kot []
Water Policy: The Ripple Effect Workshop
Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 27 – May 1, 2011
Water Policy: The Ripple Effect will provide graduate students and young professionals with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the origins of water and wastewater policy in the Canadian context, and use this knowledge to understand new and emerging national strategies in these fields. The particular challenges faced by rural and remote communities in the successful implementation and enforcement of national policies will be an area of focus.
Hands-on workshops, field trips and case studies comprise this week-long interactive event, which takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from April 27 - May 1, 2011. Case studies will provide a particularly rich source of information for participants, with leading experts from across Canada providing context to each discussion.
Case Study Themes:
Theme 1: Wastewater: How is the Government of Nunavut preparing to meet new federal guidelines for wastewater, given the challenges in Canada's far north?

Theme 2: First Nations Communities: What are the issues faced by First Nations communities with respect to water and wastewater regulation, regulatory enforcement and compliance?

Theme 3: Drinking Water: How is Nova Scotia addressing the need for a new approach to source water characterization for water treatment?
For more information and to apply, please visit:

Conference: Frost, Ice, and Snow: Cold Climate in Russian History, German Historical Institute, Moscow

From:Angelika Möller []


German Historical Institute in Moscow, 16-18 February 2012
Sponsored by : German Historical Institute (Moscow), Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Munich)

Conveners: Julia Herzberg (Rachel Carson Center München), PD Dr., Andreas Renner (Universität Tübingen), Prof. Dr. Klaus Gestwa (Universität Tübingen)

Russia was and remains especially associated with cold. Not only do terms from recent history—like "Cold War" and "thaw"—stand metonymically for Russia and the Soviet Union, the discourses about
the Russian cold stem from existential experiences. Due to its geographical location, extreme weather influences reign in Russia. In Russia and the Soviet Union, the cold was a constant cultural challenge, a phenomenon that influenced actions, everyday experiences, and mentalities, and determined both external and self-perceptions.

Focusing on the factor of climate, this conference will discuss and connect new approaches to Russian environmental history. The goal of the conference is to explore the relevance of environmental historical
research questions for Russian history on the basis of climatic conditions. Furthermore, the conference will establish a network of colleagues who work on the environmental history of Russia and the Soviet Union.

The goal of this conference is to discuss the cold primarily under four aspects:

 1. Environmental Perspectives in Russian History
The first section asks about the significance granted to the human-nature relationship in historical works on Russia and the Soviet Union. To what degree have economic explanatory models in the pre-revolutionary and Soviet historiography impeded environmental historical research questions? Why has the category of space determined the historical perception of Russia, while climate has played only a subordinate role in the historical representations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? How could one write a history of Russia in which climate is a central factor? This consideration of previous approaches will facilitate the location of gaps in the research.

 2. The Cold in Everyday Life
Although cold and frost had a central importance for Russian history, there are only a few studies that have systematically explored how people reacted to the adverse climatic conditions in Muscovite and Tsarist Russia, as well as the Soviet Union. The second section investigates the practices with which people in Russia reacted to negative temperatures. The focus here is on the adaptive achievements that manifested themselves or were negotiated politically, socially, aesthetically, and economically. What role did climate play in the settlement, agricultural, technological, and transportation history of Tsarist Russia or the Soviet Union? How did religion, industrialization, urbanization, and literacy influence dealings with the cold? Contributions for this section could, for example, contrast long term adaptive practices with short term efforts to overcome, temper, or utilize the cold. In this section, adaptive strategies that were implemented or reconstituted as a result of military conflict could also be analyzed.

3. Scientification and Climate Engineering
The third section explores scientification processes. Which sciences focused on the cold, and what did they believe was worthy of research? How did their representatives develop and advance their scientific disciplines by speaking about climate and cold. In this section, polar research will play a central role. What value was accorded to polar research in Tsarist Russia and Soviet Union? To what extent was polar research a "weapon" in the Cold War and at what point did questions of nature protection and climate change enter the discussion? Even if the Cold War must be viewed above all as a confrontation of systems, the transnational aspects of this history should not be neglected. Research on cold can also be seen as a history of transfers. It will be investigated, if the topic of "cold" permitted the formation of strategic alliances that transcended the system conflict. This section also focuses on those world climate utopias of the 1960s and 1970s, conceived by both American and Soviet scientists, as a reaction to the fear of global cooling. Conversely, what role did the debate about global warming play in the 1970s and 1980s in the Soviet Union, a country that strongly identified itself with a narrative of coldness?

4. Narratives, Media, and Visualization of the Cold

The fourth section should provide an opportunity to discuss how communication about cold produced individual and collective identities, and what significance these representations of the harsh
climate possessed for external and self-perceptions. The section is devoted to the narratives and media that have conveyed communication about climatic conditions in Russia. What discourses, metaphors,
narratives, and iconographies did actors refer to when discussing experiences with snow and frost? When and how did cold and frost become a national symbol? How did visualizations of cold help establish new discourses about knowledge in polar research, for example. What role did cold, ice, and snow play in novels and films about Russia? Looking at media and discourses, can the Russian winter and the Siberian cold be understood as Russian and European sites of memory?

The conference "FROST, ICE AND SNOW. COLD CLIMATE IN RUSSIAN HISTORY" will take place at the German Historical Institute in Moscow. Travel costs will be covered by the Rachel Carson Center in Munich; accommodation costs are provided by the GHI Moscow. Abstracts (500 words) and a short CV should be submitted by 30 June 2011 to the following address:

Applications must be composed in one of the two conference languages, English or Russian.

Notification of conference participation will be delivered by 1 August 2011. The conference will be based on the discussion of pre-circulated contributions. These should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words (incl.
footnotes) and must be submitted by 15 December 2011. To permit ample discussion time, presentations should not exceed fifteen minutes. Selected contributions will be published in the Rachel Carson Center publication series.

For questions, please contact:

Julia Herzberg
Rachel Carson Center
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Leopoldstrasse 11a
80802 München


Ingrid Schierle
German Historical Institute
Nakhimovski Prospekt 51/21
117418 Moscow

The Rachel Carson Center is a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum, supported generously by the German Ministry for Education and Research. The GHI Moscow is part of the Stiftung Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (DGIA), which is governed under public law and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

@Northwestel ISP admits asking for a Facebook takedown to stifle #Yukon #NWT & #Nunavut rate protest

@Northwestel ISP admits asking for a Facebook takedown to stifle #Yukon
#NWT & #Nunavut rate protest without court order MP3
more background at and

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

#JOBS: @NNSLonline Northern News Services Ltd. Seeks #Arctic #Reporter / #Freelancers #YZF #NWT #journalism

#JOBS: @NNSLonline Northern News Services Ltd. Seeks #Arctic# Reporter / #Freelancers #YZF #NWT #journalism

Yellowknifers propose to turn former church into an artist-run community centre

Yellowknifers propose to turn former church into an artist-run community centre The proposed centre would allow artists and musicians to rent performance, practise, studio, and gallery space as well as use the space to host community events. "Creating affordable space is a real strong need," said Matthew Grogono, chair of the Ad Hoc committee

Monday, 14 March 2011

In Yellowknife, Yes we Con

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Subject:        Yes we Con
Date:   Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:21:21 -0600
From:   David Prichard <>


During the run up to the referendum to the Con Mine energy proposal a
group of Yellowknife citizens led by Mr. Andrew Robinson, formerly
Director, Arctic Energy Alliance, set up a Facebook page called Yes we
Con in order to promote the proposal. While Mr. Robinson and his
associates are to be congratulated for attempting public engagement, it
also sadly proved the pitfalls of social media.

While the site claimed no affiliation with the City of Yellowknife, a
number of City employees, contractors and elected individuals used the
site to comment on, promote and endorse the project. Those running the
site seemed to believe that such individuals were only offering their
opinions. Where this site may have served to better inform the public of
the issues, the moderators chose instead to delete the postings of some
of those critical of the proposal, advancing alternate plans or leaving
citizen's questions unanswered claiming it served as a pro proposal site.

It is intolerable that civic officials can advance a proposal publicly
without citizens having the right of reply. While citizens should be
free to challenge their governments, to allow officials to advance a
cause while denying all citizens a voice subverts the democratic
process.  Consequently the current council need pass a resolution
prohibiting employees and elected officials from commenting on civic
affairs via third party sites over which the City of Yellowknife has no

David Prichard
34 Trail's End

Sunday, 13 March 2011

CFP: The European Union, Canada & the Arctic: International Policy on the Arctic

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Date: 10 March 2011 08:26
Subject: CFP: The European Union, Canada, and the Arctic: International Policy on the Arctic

From: Frances Abele [



The European Union, Canada, and the Arctic: International Policy on the Arctic
Ottawa, Canada, 22-23 September 2011 (please note corrected date)

The Carleton University Centre for European Studies (European Union Centre of Excellence) will host a conference considering transatlantic relations in and comparative policy towards the Arctic, with particular attention to the role of Canada, the EU, and the EU's member states, as well as the interaction of these actors with other Arctic countries or players. The themes of the conference will include the following, and proposals for papers are invited on these or related topics: the environment; energy development; natural resource management; international security; borders and ocean boundaries; the regional governance regime; indigenous peoples as participants in Arctic policy and governance.

Submission of proposals

Authors should submit an abstract, details of affiliation and a brief curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages) by April 10, 2011 to the Centre for European Studies ( with a subject line "Arctic conference". Authors will be notified whether the proposal is accepted by May 1, 2011. This conference is supported, in part, by a grant from the European Commission. A limited number of small grants to partially cover expenses associated with participation in the conference may be offered, based on financial need. If you wish to apply for such funding, please submit an additional letter indicating your financial need.

For further information you may contact Prof. Inger Weibust ( or Prof. Joan DeBardeleben (


Over the last several years, the Arctic has received increased international attention and been a source of some diplomatic tension as a consequence of apparently accelerating climatic change
and a fluid geopolitical environment. The shrinking polar ice cap is a barometer of the changes being wrought by global environmental change. The claims and counter-claims to jurisdiction by the various coastal states as well as the controversial contention that the Arctic is a regional rather than a global concern illustrate the strategic jockeying for positions in the international community.

While the Arctic is part of the Canadian geographical imagery, Canadian government policy in the region has tended to be disarticulated and nearly as sparse as the communities that dot the Arctic landscape. The present Canadian government has sought to change that impression and to address the North in a variety of policy initiatives as well as high profile visits by the Prime Minister and Governor General.

While the European Union now has a Northern Dimension policy and member states with territory in the Arctic Circle, the EU has, until relatively recently, lacked a strategic approach to the region. Yet, it is now a concern, for the EU, for certain member states and for the EU's immediate neighbours.

This is because the Arctic contains within it a host of international and transnational issues, pertaining to, inter alia, the global environment, the rights of indigenous communities, management of the oceans and their resources, the exploitation and distribution of the resultant wealth of the natural resources under the ocean floor, as well as the military strategic and commercial implications of the opening of the Northwest Passage.

While in some regards Canada and Europe have similar yet competing interests in the region in terms of control and regulation of resources or management of the physical and diplomatic environment, they also share common concerns such as regional development, the viability and prosperity of local communities, and the role of indigenous peoples in these changes and the regimes intended to manage them.

This international conference on the Arctic, sponsored by Carleton University's EU Centre of Excellence in Ottawa, solicits papers on topics relating to these matters which may also address: legal and other jurisdictional disputes; economic analysis of the development potential in the region; governance at the local, regional and global level, including the Arctic Council; strategic concerns and the comparison of national interests in the Arctic; comparative analyses of national policies towards the Arctic; and transatlantic relations with regard to the North.

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

A New Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre #YZF #NWT

Matthew Grogono [] has requested distribution of the following announcement:

ARCC PSA & Press Release



for immediate distribution
Friday March 11th

Silk Screening Workshops, March 13th from 1 - 5 p.m.
Seize the opportunity to learn how to silk screen your shirt (byo shirt optional).
Have a tour of the proposed venue for an Artist Run Community Centre (ARCC) and share your ideas.
Donations will be accepted, proceeds going toward the development of an ARCC.
Find us at 5013 49th Street (former Pentecostal Church)

More info contact:

Matthew Grogono
cell: 867-445-5995
tel: 867-669-7645
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Attached is a Press release with additional background info.


Matthew Grogono
"Ad Hoc" Group Chair,
Artist Run Community Centre (ARCC)
cell: 867-445-5995
tel: 867-669-7645

March 7, 2011    

Contact: Matthew Grogono      

Cell: 867-669-7645


New Opportunity

Recycling the old Pentecostal Church into a Artist Run Community Centre (ARCC). 

Recently, a benevolent patron of the Arts offered the former Pentecostal Church downtown for temporary use.  With only a short window of opportunity, an "Ad Hoc" group has been struck and is looking into the possibility of taking advantage of the site as an all-ages community venue.  

Matthew Grogono, well-known recycler is Chair, and is joined by an Ad-Hoc working group of respected educators, musicians and artists.  Other capable parties are also showing strong interest in helping develop the group's mission. 

The Ad-Hoc working group intends to create a business plan modeled around the celebrated success of concert promoter Bill Graham with his venues, Fillmore West and Fillmore East.  "It is our hope," says Grogono, "that this pilot project will demonstrate the viability of a multipurpose community centre."   More particularly, it will focus on practice and performance space for artists from a diversity of disciplines.  

A trial run to test the idea is currently under review by the group.  If the business plan proves viable, a test event is being considered for within weeks.  If the test proves successful an enlarged program could be undertaken during the March break.  "We intend to bring the city's artistic community, both young and established artist, to the forefront particularly during the March break," says Grogono. 

The group is turning to the community for their ideas.  If you could be a World Leader in Art Promotions for a day, what you would do with a large hall down town in YK? What type of activities would you create for our community?  Come share your vision with us. 

Please email your ideas to the address below. 

If you would like more information about the topic, please contact:

Matthew Grogono at 669-7645


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New Report on Yellowknife's Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector: A Portrait of a Northern Social Economy

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Yellowknife's Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector: A Portrait of a Northern
Social Economy

A new report looking at the state of Yellowknife's Voluntary Sector has been
released. It was completed by the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation,
in partnership with the Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada.
The report argues that both federal and territorial governments are failing
to provide an adequate public support system for the northern social
economy. This creates a universe of lost opportunity in a territory where
the cost of social provision remains high and the needs distinctive.

Questions and comments can be directed to Jerald Sabin, PhD Candidate at the
University of Toronto. His email is

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LIVE WEBCAST: Crazy Yukon ritual to end winter "Burning Away the Winter Blues"

How we celebrate winter's end:

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From: Arlin McFarlane
Date: 12 March 2011 17:51
Subject: Crazy northern ritual to end winter - please forward EVERYWHERE

Ok, it's time to let go of WINTER and we know how to do it in Whitehorse AND not only are you invited, participating is possible from your own armchair.

On March 19, starting at 8:30 Pacific Time, we have an event called Burning Away the Winter Blues. It is a torch lit procession that snakes along the Yukon River to Robert Service Campground where we have a HUGE bonfire. Usually around 350 come.

We create a giant effigy that represents the winter blues and we send it up in smoke along with hundreds of slips of paper on which people have written their blues.

And you can come along because we LIVE WEBCAST the event. The image may be grainy and we may sometimes lose sound but that doesn't stop us from broadcasting without any power or any cable connections.

I won't be hosting because I'm organizing the event, but you'll likely see me.

If you've got blues you can either send them to me and I'll burn them. Too sensitive - post them in an envelope that says do not open (but send it fast), OR, you can text them in on the night and well scroll them onto a piece of paper and burn them right up.

We're passionate about symbolic action here and I'll tell you, we're in a -30 cold spell and we're ready to burn away those winter blues.

Tune in, the event starts at 8:30; the procession 9:00; the effigy burns around 9:30. Set the computer up beside whatever you do on a Saturday night in your time zone, get a beer, and come visit the north. 

Check out our website

Hope to see you!!

124 Valleyview Dr.
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 3C9


Arlin McFarlane
124 Valleyview Dr.
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 3C9
Ph: 867 633-4844 

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