Thursday, 30 January 2014

Protest Walks for #Peel River #Watershed held in Aklavik, Inuvik, Fort McPherson #NWT

Protest Walks for Peel River Watershed [Jan 30, 2014] Peaceful protests were held yesterday in Aklavik, Inuvik, Fort McPherson in the NWT and Whitehorse, Mayo, Dawson City and Haines Junction in the Yukon, rallying against the Yukon government's decision to open 71 per cent of the Peel River Watershed to development. The Peel River watershed is one of the largest undisturbed freshwater ecosystems in Canada. It spans across parts of Alaska, the N.W.T. and Yukon. Aklavik resident and hamlet councilor Bobbie Jo Greenland Morgan organized the community's protest walk from Moose Kerr School to Hansen Road along the banks of Peel River, to the water treatment plant area. She was pleased with the turnout. “We had a really good turnout, with a mixed group, both aboriginals groups (Inuvialuit and Gwich'in) and non-aboriginal groups. We also had a lot of calls from people who wanted to come who were out of town for work. Just seeing how our community comes together is very encouraging to us. Thank you to the elders for their prayers, stories and advice. Thank you to everyone who came out. We just wanted to send a clear message about human rights, about our health rights, about our land rights.” “We came together as a community to demonstrate that the Peel River is very important to us as it runs right by our community and is our drinking water source, we fish out of it as well. Our community along with many others are impacted directly and we are the last community on the Peel River. Whatever development that takes place will effect the water and eventually it all flows down to us. The Final Recommendation Plan that our people was involved in along with other First Nation Groups called for 80% protected area and 20% open to development. In the end, the Yukon Government decided on 79% open to development and 21% protected. They totally disregarded all the work and time and money that went into the community consultations and rejected the recommendations. We along with many others are going to do these rallies and protest walks to send the message back to the Government that we are not in agreement with their decision. It is unethical and immoral that they ignored the Land Use Plan that the First Nations and other groups had worked together on and supported. Lawsuits have been launched. We need to make some noise and show our stand on this matter.” After the walk, protestors debriefed and discussed next steps including submission of a petition to the Yukon government the next day, and welcomed letters and suggestions from protestors who wanted to add their voices to protect the Peel. (Zoe Ho, Tusaayaksat) Photos courtesy of Wyatt Morgan and Eugene Pascal
An online petition is available at:

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Call for #Performing #Artists #NWT #Wellness Society #Artist Collaboration #Workshop & #Performance

Call for #Performing #Artists
Artist Collaboration Workshop and Performance, #NWTWellness Conference
#Deadline to apply: January 31, 2014
Together with the second annual NWT Wellness Conference (February 21-23, 2014 in #Yellowknife), the #NWT Wellness Society invites performing artists of the NWT to apply to participate in an Artist Collaboration Workshop and Performance led by keynote speaker, Music Therapist Jennifer Buchanan and facilitated by local performing artist, Pat Braden.
The goal of this project is for performing artists to explore the healing properties of music and how it can be used, at a personal and community level, as a pathway to healing. In this interactive workshop setting, artists will work together to create a 30-minute musical collaboration to be performed at the close of the second annual conference, Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM.
Selected artists will be given a pass to the conference ($30 value) but more importantly, have the opportunity to learn from each other and directly from Music Therapist Jennifer Buchanan. It is the Society's hope that participating artists will incorporate these teachings in their own musical experiences and continue to apply them in a way that benefits their community.
Chosen artists will be asked to attend the following events (Sunday, February 23, is the only mandatory commitment, however attendance to all will be encouraged to get the full benefit of this project):
- An introductory meeting, Thursday February 20 (time TBD)
- Jennifer Buchanan's keynote address, Friday February 21 (7:00 - 8:30)
-Jennifer Buchanan's workshop Saturday February 22 (time TBD)
- The Artist Collaboration Workshop and Performance, Sunday February 23, (12:00 - 6:00)
To apply, artists are asked to submit the following in a email:
Contact info (phone, email and community)
Type of Performing Artist
If you have any performing experience
If you have any community work experience
Why you would like to be a part of this project
How you might use this experience to continue musical healing in your community
Please note: Artists outside Yellowknife are encouraged to apply, however travel and accommodations are not included in this opportunity.

#Deadline to apply: January 31, 2014
#Submit to:
For more information, #contact the
Artist Collaboration Coordinator, Johanna Tiemessen at
NWT Wellness Conference:
Jennifer Buchanan:

Friday, 17 January 2014

Norway's rising oil costs hit Arctic output hopes

RT @Northern_Clips: Rising #costs & #taxes, falling #oil prices scuttle #Norway 's #Arctic oil & #gas projects Reuters

Norway's rising oil costs hit Arctic output hopes


* Cost rise, tax hike squeezes margins

* Frontier projects, small developments at risk

* Oil prices seen coming down

* Investment growth to stop, then fall

By Henrik Stolen, Gwladys Fouche and Joachim Dagenborg

OSLO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Delays to flagship Arctic projects due to sharply higher costs and taxes, and lower oil prices, will hamper Norway's efforts to revive oil output stuck at a 25-year low, officials and companies say.

The development of several smaller fields, which often fly under the radar, is also either delayed or in doubt, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) told Reuters.

Cost in Norway's oil sector have roughly doubled between 2005 and 2012 and a tax hike unveiled last year pushed several projects over the edge just as oil firms around the globe increased efforts to reduce spending to save cash for dividends.

Norway expects oil investments to grow just 2 percent this year and next, a big drop from a decade of double-digit growth rates. It also cut its oil output forecast for the year.

"The problem is that we (as an industry) are too expensive and make too little profit," Mads Andersen, the Norwegian country chief of oil services firm Cameron said...."


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2nd Session, 41st Parliament

2e session, 41e législature



Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Comité permanent des affaires autochtones et du développement du Grand Nord

Meeting No. 10

Séance no 10

Monday, January 27, 2014

Le lundi 27 janvier 2014

8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

8 h 30 à 18 heures

Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Yellowknife, T.N.-O.

Explorer Hotel

Explorer Hotel

Room Katimavik

Pièce Katimavik

4825, 49th Avenue

4825, 49e Avenue

Orders of the Day

Ordre du jour

Bill C-15, An Act to replace the Northwest Territories Act to implement certain provisions of the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement and to repeal or make amendments to the Territorial Lands Act, the Northwest Territories Waters Act, the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, other Acts and certain orders and regulations

Projet de loi C-15, Loi remplaçant la Loi sur les Territoires du Nord-Ouest afin de mettre en oeuvre certaines dispositions de l'Entente sur le transfert des responsabilités liées aux terres et aux ressources des Territoires du Nord-Ouest et modifiant ou abrogeant la Loi sur les terres territoriales, la Loi sur les eaux des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, la Loi sur la gestion des ressources de la vallée du Mackenzie, d'autres lois et certains décrets et règlements



Panel 1

Groupe 1

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

8 h 30 à 9 h 30

Government of the Northwest Territories

Gouvernement des Territoires du Nord-Ouest

To be determined

À déterminer

Panel 2

Groupe 2

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

9 h 30 à 10 h 30

Gwich'in Tribal Council

Gwich'in Tribal Council

To be determined

À déterminer

Sahtu Secretariat Inc.

Secrétariat du Sahtu

Ethel Blondin-Andrew, Chairperson

Ethel Blondin-Andrew, présidente

Tlicho Government

Tlicho Government

Grand Chief Edward Erasmus

Le grand chef Edward Erasmus

Bertha Rabesca Zoe, Legal Counsel

Bertha Rabesca Zoe, conseillère juridique

Panel 3

Groupe 3

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

10 h 45 à 11 h 45

As an individual

À titre personnel

Neil McCrank

Neil McCrank

As an Individual

À titre personnel

John Pollard

John Pollard

Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board

Office des terres et des eaux de la vallée du Mackenzie

Hagen Willard, Chair

Hagen Willard, président

Zabey Nevitt, Executive Director

Zabey Nevitt, directeur exécutif

John Donihee, Legal counsel

John Donihee, conseiller juridique

Panel 4

Groupe 4

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

13 h 30 à 14 h 30

NWT Treaty 8 Tribal Corporation

Société tribale du traité no 8 des Territoires du Nord-Ouest

Chief Edward Sangris

Chef Edward Sangris

Don Balsillie, Chief Negotiator
Akaitcho First Nations

Don Balsillie, négociateur en chef
Premières nations de l'Akaitcho

Panel 5

Groupe 5

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

14 h 30 à 15 h 30

Katlodeeche First Nation

Katlodeeche First Nation

Chief Fabian Roy

Chef Fabian Roy

North Slave Metis Alliance

Alliance métis North Slave

Bill Enge, President

Bill Enge, président

Christopher Devlin, Legal Counsel

Christopher Devlin, conseiller juridique

Acho Dene Koe First Nation

Acho Dene Koe First Nation

Chief Harry Deneron

Chef Harry Deneron

Fort Liard Metis Local #67

Fort Liard Metis Local #67

Ernest McLeod, President

Ernest McLeod, président

Panel 6

Groupe 6

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

15 h 45 à 16 h 45

NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines

NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines

Tom Hoefer, Executive Director

Tom Hoefer, directeur exécutif

Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce

Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce

Kathy Gray, President

Kathy Gray, présidente

Michael Bradshaw, Executive Director

Michael Bradshaw, directeur exécutif

Northern Territories Federation of Labour

Fédération du travail des Territoires du Nord

Mary Lou Cherwaty, President

Mary Lou Cherwaty, présidente

Panel 7

Groupe 7

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

17 heures à 18 heures

Northwest Territories Association of Communities

Northwest Territories Association of Communities

Tina Gargan, President

Tina Gargan, présidente

Sara Brown, Chief Executive Officer

Sara Brown, chef de la direction

Town of Inuvik

Ville d'Inuvik

Floyd Roland, Mayor

Floyd Roland, maire

Alternatives North

Alternatives North

Kevin O'Reilly

Kevin O'Reilly

Le greffier du Comité

Jean-Marie David (613-996-1173)

Clerk of the Committee

2014-01-16 2:52 p.m.

2014-01-16 14 h 52


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Residency / Yukon Arts Centre / Chilkoot Trail Residency 2014 / Whitehorse, YT

Residency / Yukon Arts Centre / Chilkoot Trail Residency 2014 / Whitehorse, YT / Deadline Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014

Together, the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are seeking three visual artists - one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaskan residents) to participate in a cross-border creative journey within Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Alaska and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in British Columbia. The partner organizations are thrilled to offer this one-of-a-kind residency once again in 2014, its fourth consecutive season.

Selected artists will follow the infamous Chilkoot Trail "once trod by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders" for two weeks. Average hikers take four to five days to complete the trek, whereas with support from Trail staff and from a friend or family member of their choice, artists are able to take time to interact with hikers, make art, and soak in the natural and historic beauty of the Trail.

The residency program holds a joint goal for the US National Park Service and Parks Canada: to increase public awareness of the Chilkoot Trail, particularly in major cities. By creating art during and after the hike, and by leading workshops and/or art talks on the trail and in nearby communities, artists inspire Canadians and Americans to appreciate the legacy of the Chilkoot Trail. For the Yukon Arts Centre, the residencies are a way of fostering the Yukon's creative and cultural economy by developing ties with tourism, bringing new and broader audiences into contact with contemporary artists; providing a stimulating working experience for artists; and encouraging art making that explores and even challenges ideas and issues in landscape art.

All submissions must arrive by February 1st, 2014. All applicants will be reviewed by a committee consisitng of representatives from Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada, US National Park Service and the Skagway Arts Council. Selections will be made within four weeks after the deadline.

For more information and to apply, visit

Yukon Arts Centre

ATT: Chilkoot Trail Residency 2014

Box 16, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 5X9

Tel: (867) 667-8460

Fax: (867) 393-6300



Wednesday, 8 January 2014

CARFAC Ontario and Work in Culture Webinar Series for Visual Artists Across Canada

Webinar Series for Visual Artists Across Canada
CARFAC Ontario and Work in Culture are launching a webinar series that will be available to professional artists right across Canada. Join them every other Wednesday over the lunch hour for a seminar pertaining to your art practice given by leading professionals in the province.
These webinars are unlike other online lectures, in that they are meant to be interactive and customised to attendees' needs. Participants will be able to ask questions in advance by email as well as in real time via Twitter and email.

Topics include:
January 8: Finances and Self-Employment NOW ONLY AVAILABLE AS A RECORDING
January 22: Marketing
February 5: Negotiating Contracts and Public Art Commissions
February 19: Insurance for Artists
March 5: Copyright and Moral Rights for Visual Artists
March 19: Issues for Established Artists

Member discount applies to current members of CARFAC afflilates across the country.
Visit the Eventbrite posting for details.

CARFAC Ontario and Work in Culture are proud to present Taking Care of Business: a webinar series for professional artists.  Join us every other Wednesday over the lunch hour (12 – 1pm EST) starting 8 January for a seminar pertaining to your art practice given by leading professionals in the province.

Participants may join our virtual classroom by accessing a video stream of the seminar online or the audio feed by teleconference. This webinar is unlike other online lectures, in that it is meant to be interactive and customised to attendees' needs; participants will be able to ask questions in advance by email as well as in real time via Twitter and email.

Sign up on Eventbrite for the number of webinars you'd like to participate in and then email Claudia at listing the names of the seminars you'd like to attend and your preferred method of access (online or telephone).  We'll write back with access code in the days before the seminar.

If you have any questions contact us at the CARFAC Ontario office:  1-877-890-8850 or 416-340-7653 or email

Member discount applies to current members of CARFAC Ontario, as well as members of CARFAC afflilates across the country (including CARFAC BC, Visual Arts Alberta (CARFAC), CARFAC Saskatchewan, CARFAC Manitoba, RAAV, CARFAC Maritimes, and VANL (CARFAC)).