Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Invite your sitting MLA and all the other candidates to join!
Voters of the NWT
ARE YOU READY?
It's Election time!
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Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Canada's Arctic a "telecommunications backwater:" report
Operation Nanook 2009 suffered communications meltdown
Arctic Canada is a telecommunications backwater and without a federal
strategy to increase bandwidth and reduce costs, the North risks falling
even further behind.
That's the conclusion of a study called the Arctic Communications
Infrastructure Assessment http://www.aciareport.ca/ , compiled on behalf
of a working group of public safety officials.
"Canadians are becoming more reliant on communication services in every
aspect of their lives, and the Arctic is no exception," the assessment
"Arctic residents must have reliable, affordable communications
infrastructure to engage in 21st century opportunities—many
communities' long term survival will depend on it."
The Arctic communications scene is riddled by high prices, slow service,
and gaps in service areas.
And governments haven't figured out ways to promote the competition that
could bring down costs.
The bandwidth situation is so bad that in Nunavut, the Department of Human
Resources struggles to fully comply with recommendations from the Auditor
General of Canada, because there isn't enough bandwidth to run needed
And the lack of bandwidth also means that Nunavut's new high-tech drivers
licenses take longer to be issued because the information can't be sent
over the internet.
The report says government workers in the communities have to send out
memory sticks containing driver data on airplanes to Iqaluit so the
licenses can be printed.
"We have a state-of-the-art vehicle pulled by a team of dogs," said
Kathleen Lausman, the deputy minister of Nunavut's Department of Community
and Government Services.
The study was originally commissioned after Operation Nanook in 2009, when
an exercise involving hundreds of soldiers and government personnel
overwhelmed Iqaluit's telecommunications network.
That incident put northern communications on the radar for police,
emergency responders and the military.
It's also on the agenda for a meeting of first responders that was to take
place in Iqaluit Aug. 30.
"Communication infrastructure in the Arctic is fragile, creating a high
level of vulnerability that can jeopardize the safety and security of
Canadian citizens," the report states.
"Information is key for responders to be prepared. Early identification of
requirements for emergency services is important to avoid 11th hour
problems accessing services."
Even though the military has its own communications networks, other first
responders still have to rely on local systems to run their own
The report calls for the creation of satellite "hotspots" that would allow
officials to use internet, data and voice systems in remote communities
during an emergency.
Monday, 29 August 2011
JOB TV/Print Producer/Writer/Photographer -- Inuvik with the The Inuvialuit Communications Society (ICS)
|Television Producer/Writer/Photographer -- Inuvik -- Inuvialuit Regional Corporation|
|Incorporated in 1985, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation ("IRC") is the parent corporation of the Inuvialuit Corporate Group and is responsible for administering the Inuvialuit Final Agreement ("IFA") on behalf of Inuvialuit beneficiaries. Through its various subsidiaries, IRC manages the lands and financial compensation received by the Inuvialuit under the IFA. The corporate office is based in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.|
|The Inuvialuit Communications Society (ICS), is an organization dedicated to sharing our people's journey, celebrating our cultures, inspiring our children and honouring the wisdom of our elders. We are dedicated to using multimedia to share our stories amongst ourselves in the regions, with all Canadians and with people around the world. ICS will produce a minimum of 3 hours of new television programming for each fiscal year with the potential of doing more hours if funding provides. The new series will feature at least six half hour episodes that will air in English and be mastered in Inuvialuktun for broadcast as well. Tusaayaksat is a newsmagazine that features news stories, articles and photo essays. Tusaayaksat mainly produced in English with the main story/article is produced in English and Inuvialuktun using one of the three dialects depending which area the story comes from. The magazine is published four times annually.|
|Reporting to the Editor in Chief, the incumbent is responsible for supervising the publication of Tusaayaksat from start to finish, ensuring the stories are of interest and relevant to the Inuvialuit communities. Responsibilities will include soliciting news submissions, proofing stories, attending meetings, securing usage rights, photographing stories as necessary and other duties as it relates to the magazine. The incumbent will also be responsible for producing the television segments as described above.|
|Qualifications: The successful candidate must have the following skills & abilities.|
|Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English or related field and two years of experience in editing, journalism, or editorial research. The ideal candidate will be an efficient problem solver, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as demonstrate a dependable work ethic and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.|
|Education Level:||University Degree|
|Apply By:|| |
|Closing Date:||Friday, September 02, 2011|
Multi-disciplinary border-crossing festival Barents Spektakel, Norway Days in Murmansk, Transborder Cafes, Barents Art Triennale
Pikene på Broen
Pikene pa Broen, established in 1996, is a company of art curators and producers, based in Kirkenes, north-eastern Norway, close to the borders of Russia and Finland.
By our art projects we create meeting places and build bridges across national borders and across art genres. Promoting the idea of «Taking the world to the Barents and the Barents into the world» we started a series of «Border-Crossing Exercises» across Barents and other European borders.
Our main projects are an annual festival Barents Spektakel, Barents Art Triennale, Transborder Cafes, BAR International artists-in-residency program and other collaborative projects.
In 2009 Pikene på Broen were awarded Eckbos Legaters Culture Prize 2009. The jury´s conclusion reads: «Pikene på Broen have contributed significantly to making Kirkenes one of the most important towns of Norway and through their art projects they have challenged understanding of geopolitics, centre and periphery».
Pikene på Broen AS
Storgata 8, PB 180, 9915 Kirkenes
Telephone: +47 78 99 38 79
Telephone/Fax: +47 78 99 38 78
Mobile: +47 91 68 17 41
Luba Kuzovnikova, Art director
Mobile: +47 91 68 17 41
Mona Danielsen, Administrative director
Mobile: +47 97 62 92 98
Inger Blix Kvammen, Advisor
Mobile: +47 95 06 45 64
Maria Rusinovskaya, Project manager
Mobile: +47 41 65 71 39
Igor Shaitanov, Project manager
Mobile: +47 47 24 08 12
Vanja Madsen, Project manager
Mobile: +47 47 24 08 13
Friday, 26 August 2011
The Portrait Society of Canada http://www.portraitsocietyofcanada.com/ is a public organization, dedicated to fostering the practice, techniques and aesthetics of
Fine Art Portraiture and Sculpture through public education.
2011 Canadian Portrait Competition
"The Miracle of the Portrait"
December 1-20. 2011
Our 7th Competition in fine art portraiture is an on-line competition and is open to all Canadian visual artists and for those interested in the art of portrait in Canada.
As the only professional Competition in Fine Art Portraiture in Canada this is a unique opportunity to establish public recognition on the specialty subject of the Portrait.
Prizes: Best Portrait $ 1000 00 CAD
Peoples Choice Award $ 500.00 CAD
Participants are eligible to submit digital images of their portrait work. Two rounds of judging and selection are involved. Round one is conducted by the Selection Committee of the Portrait Society; the 50 Top Finalists will be displayed on the Portrait Society Website from Dec 1-20, 2011. The public vote for the Peoples Choice Award, and the final judging will be held on Dec 20. The winner will be announced on dec 20 at 12 noon. The Final judging will be made by independent Judges .
Submissions will be rated for composition, technique, application and overall vitality.
Cash Awards will be mailed to the winners on December 20th, 2011
All entries must be received by November 1, 2011
Rules and Registration
August 25th, 2011
Federal budget cuts to Environment Canada will shut down nearly all water monitoring stations in the Northwest Territories. Of the territories' 23 water monitoring sites, 21 will be shut down.
"This is unacceptable, it is a slap in the face," said Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus. "The federal government has obligations through land claim agreements and the government's Water Strategy to protect water quality and quantity. How can you protect water if you are not monitoring for impacts and changes?"
The shutting down of water monitoring stations was revealed yesterday in the Legislative Assembly by Environment and Natural Resources Minister Michael Miltenberger, who received the information from the federal Cabinet.
"The Prime Minister and Cabinet are killing environmental monitoring in the name of fiscal restraint while they continue to subsidize oil companies and spend money on foreign lobbying on behalf of the tar sands," Erasmus said. "The Prime Minister is in our territory today, but he won't even tell us himself that his government is killing efforts to protect fresh water."
Dene and other Aboriginal northerners rely on fresh water systems for drinking, transportation, and for harvesting. Research has shown that upstream industry activities and climate change can impact both water quality and water quantity.
"We are downstream from the tar sands and other sources of pollution," Erasmus said. "With rapid climatic changes, and planned expansion of Alberta's tar sands, it is crucial that we step up our water monitoring regime in the north. The Prime Minister and Cabinet must reverse this move, and include Dene and other northerners in future decisions on water protection and water management."
For more information please contact: Daniel T'seleie, at the Dene National Office (867) 873-4081
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Dene Nation opposes passage of revised wildlife act
For Immediate Release
August 24th, 2011
The Dene Nation is insisting that the revised NWT Wildlife Act not be passed in the Legislative Assembly. The revised Act has met staunch opposition from Dene and other residents of the territory, and some proposed amendments in the Act may negatively impact on Treaty and Aboriginal rights. These concerns were reflected in a motion passed by Dene leadership on July 14th, 2011 at the 41st Dene National Assembly in Fort Providence, which called for consultation and accommodation with Dene on proposed amendments that could impact Treaty and Aboriginal rights.
"The Dene Nation has serious concerns about the territorial government managing caribou and other wildlife, as many of these species are culturally relevant and are important to the survival of Dene," said Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus. "These efforts by the territorial government to control and manage wildlife species are an attempt to take authority away from Dene in the communities, and this is tantamount to a violation of Treaty and Aboriginal rights."
There is particular concern that changes to the Act could impact the Treaty rights of Akaitcho and Deh Cho Dene, who have not yet completed land claim negotiations.
"Dene are still at the negotiating tables to clarify their Treaty and Aboriginal rights through land and self-government agreements," Erasmus said. "The Wildlife Act must fully recognize the rights of Treaty 8 and Treaty 11 beneficiaries to manage wildlife through appropriate processes. In addition, the proposed wildlife act would prevail over existing land claim agreements and self-government agreements if there was a conflict in law. The existing constitutionally entrenched agreements need to be recognized and implemented."
The Dene Nation is insisting that Members of the Legislative Assembly vote down the revised Act, as Dene and other territorial residents have made it clear - in meetings with the Standing Committee on Economic Development and in other venues – that they do not support the proposed changes.
In revising the Wildlife Act, the territorial government must work with Dene to identify proposed amendments that infringe on Treaty and Aboriginal rights and to change these amendments appropriately.
For more information please contact: Barret Lenoir, at the Dene National Office (867) 873-4081
Friday, 19 August 2011
|Member's Statement on Report on Homelessness in Yellowknife |
8/19/2011 3:21 PM
Member's Statement on Report on Homelessness in Yellowknife
Description: Bisaro, Assembly 17 8 11
MS. BISARO: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In June, the City of Yellowknife Homelessness Coalition launched a report on homelessness, by Mr. Nick Falvo of Carlton University. I will table the report entitled "Homelessness in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge" later today.
The findings in Mr. Falvo's report are not surprising. Findings such as: 90 to 95 percent of homeless people are Aboriginal; social and economic factors are major causes of homelessness; those with poor mental health and users or abusers of alcohol and drugs are more likely to be homeless; and that homelessness contributes to high health care costs. These are all well known to government and service providers alike.
The report doesn't just describe the state of homelessness in Yellowknife, it offers recommendations to improve the situation. Because most of the funding for homelessness programs comes from federal and/or territorial governments, these recommendations are directed to the funders. That would be this government. That would be us.
Recommendation number one: create a homelessness secretariat. The GNWT must accept greater responsibility for the issue of homelessness. There needs to be a dedicated staff position within the GNWT to oversee and manage our response to homelessness.
Number two: develop shelter standards and provide sufficient implementation funding. The conditions in Yellowknife homeless shelters create risks for both the staff and the homeless people who use them. The GNWT must develop standards for emergency homeless shelters similar to the standards that have been developed for family violence shelters.
Recommendation three: create more affordable and supported housing for the homeless. Research shows that providing permanent housing for those with mental health conditions costs far less than housing them in emergency shelters, jails, or hospitals, and that it provides a much better quality of life. The NWT must develop more affordable housing, including more independent living and/or supported living units.
Number four: strike a public health taskforce on substance use and abuse. We in the NWT have high rates of alcohol and drug use, and the rate is highest among our homeless people. To quote the report, "unsafe drug use presents a public health risk."
I seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement.
---Unanimous consent granted.
MS. BISARO: To counter the public health risk, a task force should be established to conduct a needs assessment, investigate other successful programs across the country, and then develop a comprehensive policy response with the aim of reducing disease and producing positive health outcomes.
These are all recommendations that can and should be acted upon by this government. I will have questions for the Minister responsible for homelessness later on.
MR. SPEAKER: Thank you, Ms. Bisaro. The honourable Member for Kam Lake, Mr. Ramsay.
Content: Read the full report: Homelessness in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge
Type of Resource: Government Document
Organization: Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Publication #: The Sixth Session of the 16th Legislative Assembly
Publication Date: 2011
Location: Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Tlicho Online Store
The Tlicho Online Store has recently opened its retail location in Yellowknife at the Tli Cho Logistics/ Tlicho Investment Corp Office at Bay 25 Stanton Plaza, 100 Borden Drive.
They specialize in selling traditional arts and crafts made by the Tlicho and Northerners. Their products include cardholders, moccasins, purses, mittens, phone cases, coin bags etc.
For more information about their products check out their online store at http://tlicho.ca/tlicho-onlinestore, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 867.392.6925. You can also find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TlichoOnlineStore .
Please see the attached photo files of their pamphlet and a monthly article they write about items sold on their website!
For more information, please contact:
FYI: Petition to Improve health and health care in Northwest Territories - Target: All candidates - NWT Election (Oct 2011)
Published by CACHCA on Aug 17, 2011
Target: All candidates - NWT Election (Oct 2011)
The renewed 2014 Health Accord must be a joint initiative between all provincial, territorial and federal governments and must include key provisions in order to improve the accessibility, equity, comprehensiveness and sustainability of our health system. Among these provisions is the need for action on primary health care across Canada, including increased access for Canadians to Community Health Centres.
Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been around in Canada for many years. But they've always been ahead of their times. CHCs are the only primary health care services that bring together family physicians, nurses and other health professionals under a single roof to provide team-based care, combined with a wide range of other health promotion, outreach and community development services.
CHCs are also the only model of primary health care that thoroughly address the "social determinants of health". This means that while CHC health care providers and program staff respond to people's individual health needs, they also create programs and services that reduce social and environmental problems that cause illness in the first place. All services are carefully tailored to respond to the needs and priorities of the local community that is being served. This results in high-quality, patient-centred care coupled with community care.
Unfortunately, only a fraction of NWT residents currently have access to integrated Community Health Centres. An expansion of access to CHCs in the Northwest Territories will mean accessible, high-quality, preventive health care for more individuals and families. It will also result in healthier communities and a more effective and sustainable provincial health system for all residents of the Northwest Territories!
a) A 6% increase in health transfers from the Government of Canada to the provinces/territories for the duration of the accord; and
b) A commitment to NOT subtract any of these new health transfers from other, existing social transfers; and
c) A renewed commitment to the five principles of the Canada Health Act; and
d) Adoption of the following additional seven principles for Canada's health system: "patient-centred"; "quality"; "health promotion and illness prevention"; "equitable"; "sustainable"; "accountable"; "community-oriented"; and
e) A provision within the accord identifying "access to appropriate primary health care" as a priority area for federal and provincial/territorial action.
We also call on the next Government of the Northwest Territories to commit to developing a plan to expand access to Community Health Centre (CHC) services through a combination of new resources for existing CHCs in NWT -- so that they may extend services and programs to community members most urgently in need -- and funding for new Community Health Centres in communities where needs cannot be met by an existing CHC.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Penny Gummerson at email@example.com 604-625-6911 for more information....
Penny has asked for the following call to go out...
".. I'm a Metis writer from northern Manitoba. I'm now living in Vancouver and working on a new CBC television series called "Arctic Air." I'm wondering if you know anyone who speaks Dogrib? I'm writing about a Dene character in my episode and would like him to speak his Dogrib language..."
"...The television show is a brand new one-hour CBC drama called "Arctic Air." We're still in preproduction and will be shooting in Yellowknife, NT and Aldergrove, BC. The series is produced by Omni Film Productions http://www.omnifilm.com in Vancouver. You can reach me at the production office at: 604-625-6911. I don't think there's a website for the show, yet, but below you'll find an article that gives a little more info on what it's all about..."
Adam Beach Takes Lead In CBC's 'Arctic Air' Drama
9:39 AM 6/22/2011 by Etan Vlessing
Canadian-born Adam Beach is to play the lead role of Bobby Martel in 'Arctic Air,' a CBC drama about renegade bush pilots in the country's north and set to bow in winter 2012.
TORONTO -- Adam Beach has joined the CBC's Arctic Air as the Canadian drama's lead.The series, set in Yellowknife, portrays renegade bush pilots at work and play in Canada's north.
Beach, who also stars in HBO's Big Love, will perform the role of Bobby Martel in the one hour created by Ian Weir and produced by indie Omni Film Productions.
Arctic Air is set to bow on Canada's public broadcaster in winter 2012.
On Big Love, Canadian-born Beach plays the character of Tommy Flute.
Beach's credits include the CBC's North of 60, Flags of Our Fathers and Law & Order: SVU.
Beach is also to appear in the upcoming Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig-starring movie Cowboys & Aliens.
Monday, 15 August 2011
The package information is [available at http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/62354912?access_key=key-1v8w7gd7o6632x72ykxm ]. As you can see we have regular subscriptions available for 5 shows in Hay River, and 6 in Inuvik and Yellowknife. Two special additional shows can be added to the Yellowknife package and one to the Hay River package. All packages offer high-quality entertainment in a variety of genres, from dance to jazz and classical piano, from storytelling to stand-up comedy and Shakespearean tragedy, from Latin to Quebecois music.
Please note the availability dates for the sale of these packages.
Past subscribers may purchase in advance beginning on August 24; the general public will be able to purchase packages beginning on September 1. Individual tickets for all Crossing Bridges season shows will become available on September 11. You may purchase your
package online at <http://www.naccnt.ca>, or in person at the NACC box office in Sir John Franklin High School, or by phone at
867-766-6101, during regular box office hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm).
Feel free to forward or pass this information along to your friends or relatives who may be interested.
Please email Steve Lacey, or phone after August 21, if you have any questions.
See you at the show!
Box office manager
Northern Arts & Cultural Centre
Northern Arts and Cultural Centre 2011-2012 Season Package
Sunday, 14 August 2011
RT @Northern_Clips: Range Street: video trailer for the upcoming #YZF #NWT documentary http://bit.ly/pIQCB4
"Photographer Pat Kane and filmmaker Jay Bulckaert will be tackling this project together, shooting a photo essay and documentary film over the next 365 days which will culminate into an exhibit and screening in Yellowknife. The exhibit will also be pitched to film festivals across North America and beyond. We hope to capture a year in the life on Range Street, through all seasons, with an eye towards unbiased documentation and artistic representation. The goal of this project is not to form a political or social opinion, but rather to show the daily realities of this notorious street.
While we have already started production and intend on completing it even if we go broke, projects like this cost money and we are looking for support. If you'd like to make a financial donation, please click on the Donate page. "
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
[excerpt, see URL for full details]
The first year of the program will focus on the development of storytelling through script, while the second year of the fellowship will focus on the production planning and strategizing to help the grantees successfully create solid marketing and financing plans by the end of their two-year fellowship. It is the aim and ambition of both the ISF and the Indigenous Film Circle to strengthen the indigenous film network while also helping each other support and develop strong new talent within the film industry. We hope that this global program collaboration can build a permanent network for indigenous filmmakers and supporting partners world-wide.
The Indigenous Film Fellowship seeks creative, dedicated and talented filmmakers to submit their stories to be developed with the guidance and mentorship of established filmmakers with proven success records who will provide encouragement and refine the awarded fellows talents, scripts and production plans. Our aim is to have the fellows' film projects industry ready by the end of year two of the fellowship for potential financing.
- Applicants must be of indigenous background.
- Stories submitted must convey an indigenous perspective.
- Fellowship seeks stories where the screenplay is not fully developed nor currently funded.
- Treatments must be for feature narrative films.
- Fellows must be willing to commit two years to the fellowship and complete the work as required by the deadlines.
- Applicants acknowledge that if they are accepted, they have one week to confirm their commitment to the fellowship and understand that if they do not meet their deadlines as stated in the fellowship or convey a lack of willingness to participate, can be subject to dismissal.
- Applicants must be willing to travel to annual IFF gatherings and workshops.
- Applicants must be willing and desire mentorship guidance and critique.
- Must complete all portions of the application. Any materials not provided may disqualify an application.
- Applications must be completed in either English, Spanish or Russian. If an applicant cannot complete the application in either of these two languages, please write the International Sámi Film Centre (ISF) with a rationale and request at least 30 days before submission deadline. ISF will try their best to accommodate the request(s).
- Applications must be received by September 1, 2011; 12:00 am GMT.
- Applications must be completed electronically. Do not send postal mail. E-mail only. If not able to, please let ISF know immediately and at least two weeks prior to deadline.
- The IFF seeks outstanding feature-length narrative projects which are based on strong ideas, well communicated and thoroughly thought out stories, exhibit a high level of creativity and can demonstrate the possibility of being financed for production.
- Preferences are made on stories told in an indigenous language, but not required.
- Stories must demonstrate an indigenous perspective and applications must address the relevance of their story to their community.
- Individuals or teams may apply. A majority of key crew personnel must be of indigenous origin.
- The writer or director must have at least one produced short film, feature film or appropriate television credit.
All Requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Indigenous Film Fellowship. Any requirements not fulfilled without the stated prior notice time as stated in the "Requirements" section above, may be disqualified for consideration into the Indigenous Film Fellowship.
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
...YELLOWKNIFE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 (OCTOBER)
The Categories are:
Northern Spotlight (Films & Videos from the Circumpolar Region)
Early Bird- July 30th, 2011
Regular- August 15, 2011
Late- August 25th, 2011
WAB extended- August 31st, 2011
Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ph: (867) 766-2586
Email Us via http://www.wamp.ca/contact
AddressBasement of 4916 49th Street (Kopykat North Building) Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P8
Sunday, 7 August 2011