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Restrictions on Kakisa bridge

Since Aug. 3, truck traffic crossing the Kakisa bridge has been required to slow to five kilometres an hour and drive down the centre of the bridge to minimize vibrations.

The department of transportation is warning drivers of passenger vehicles to yield to truck traffic already on the bridge.

The restrictions are meant to reduce stress-related impacts on the existing bridge until construction of the new bridge is complete.

-NNSL staff

RCMP corporal retiring

Cpl. Jim Forsey of the RCMP detachment in Hay River retired from the force on Aug. 3.

Forsey, a 35-year veteran of the RCMP, served in Hay River for four years.

The 54-year-old is planning to stay in Hay River, and has found new employment as a protective services officer with the De Beers diamond mining company.

No replacement has yet been named to take over his role as corporal at the detachment.

-Paul Bickford

Fraud hearing

A former manager of the Aklavik Housing Association is scheduled to appear in Aklavik court Aug. 21.

Mary Ann Elanik, 45, managed the association between August 2004 and January 2005.

She has been charged with fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust.

The crimes are alleged to have happened while Elanik was manager, though exact details have not been made public.

The charges were originally laid in February 2007.

-Philippe Morin

Sealed and delivered

Fort McPherson's main streets should be a little less dusty, thanks to a chip-sealing process.

On Aug. 1, the hamlet's mayor, Rebecca Blake, said workers were almost finished in McPherson, and would be painting lines on the gravel road.

She added chip- sealing had never been done in the hamlet, and was paid for by the GNWT Department of Transportation.

While the process is not a permanent solution to dust, Blake said she hoped it would work better than calcium treatments, which have recently happened on the Dempster Highway.

"It's not as good as pavement, but we'll have to see how it holds up," she said.

-Philippe Morin

Drowning prevention

Lli Goline/Norman Wells

Lifeguards from the Penguin Palace Pool put on a day's worth of activities in Norman Wells in recognition of drowning prevention day July 28.

Around 15 youth from town came out to Jackfish Lake for lessons on water safety. The lifeguards set up three stations teaching boat safety, hypothermia prevention, and general water awareness.

The youth also completed a swim to survive challenge, where they had to first somersault into the lake, then tread water for one minute and swim 50-metres.

- Christine Grimard

Jeweler draws crowd

Aklavik jeweler Robert Buckle was one of many artisans working at Inuvik's Great Northern Arts Festival, which happened July 20 - 29.

The festival offered a chance for visitors to watch traditional art being made, and ask questions of artists.

Buckle's workbench certainly attracted a lot of interest, as he created detailed metal raven pins.

He was seated in Inuvik's Midnight Sun Recreation Complex, where artists frequently worked into the early hours of the morning.

- Philippe Morin

Storm leaves communities without long distance

A severe lighting strike in the early morning hours of July 31 left the communities of Whati and Behchoko without long distance service or internet access.

After a bad storm, workers at the Behchoko hamlet office came to work July 31 to find they had no long distance service or internet.

Luckily, Cecile Desjardins, assistant SAO for the hamlet, had Vonage, a memory stick type of device that can plug into a computer and give instant internet access. Desjardins was then able to call Northwestel to let them know the service was out.

Crews went to fix the line, at approximately 25 kilometres from Yellowknife. The lines were up and running in the afternoon. The outage also affected the community of Whati.

- NNSL staff

Midway Lake festival

Two officers from the Fort McPherson RCMP were scheduled to travel to Midway Lake for the music festival on the August long weekend.

Const. Amy Appleby said the officers would use the detachment's camper vehicle and do patrols.

"I've never done this before, so I'm looking forward to it," said Appleby of attending the music festival.

She added the Midway Lake music festival is a dry event, and RCMP will be working alongside other security personnel.

- Philippe Morin

Poetry night in Hay River

A poetry night is being hosted by the public library in Hay River.

On Aug. 9 beginning at 7:30 p.m., books of poetry will be displayed at NWT Centennial Library.

People are also bring invited to bring along their own poetry or works by their favourite writers to read.

"They can read out loud or read to themselves or listen," said Rayna Hiebert, a student working for the summer at the library.

- Paul Bickford

Camping for youth

Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre in Hay River is planning a four-day camping experience for youth.

Ten young people, aged seven to 14, will enjoy overnight stays at Hay River's Mountain Aven Campground on the edge of Great Slave Lake from Aug. 13-16.

As of last week, eight young people had signed up to take part in the camping, which will include such activities as swimming, storytelling and horseshoes.

The camping experience is funded by the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centres (UMAYC) initiative.

- Paul Bickford

Successful caribou hunt

The caribou hunt has been good to at least one Holman man.

On July 30, hunter Jack Akhiatak said he's harvested three caribou about 90 miles from the hamlet.

He had spent almost six days on the land, waiting patiently for his chance.

"It's beautiful country, very peaceful," Akhiatak said of the land around Ulukhaktok.

He added the caribou meat will be frozen, and shared with local elders.

- Philippe Morin

Drowning prevention

Lifeguards from the Penguin Palace Pool put on a day's worth of activities in Norman Wells in recognition of drowning prevention day July 28.

Around 15 youth from town came out to Jackfish Lake for lessons on water safety. The lifeguards set up three stations teaching boat safety, hypothermia prevention, and general water awareness. The youth also completed a swim to survive challenge, where they had to first somersault into the lake, then tread water for one minute and swim 50-metres.

- Christine Grimard

Barge arrives

Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour - The NTCL barge arrived in town July 25, carrying heavy supplies such as vehicles, fuel tanks, and boxes of canned foods.

Since the barges only arrive a few times a year - and this year's barge was delayed a few days due to mechanical failure - resident Joe Kudlak said it was highly anticipated.

"It's a big event, because we get our yearly supplies. All the heavy gear you can't load on an aircraft," he said.

Asked if he was getting anything from the barge, Kudlak replied "Oh, no, everything I need is out on the land."

- Philippe Morin

Heading to B.C.

Students from Fort Good Hope planned to leave for Vancouver Aug. 3 as part of a youth exchange program.

The students aged 13 to 18 are staying with families of other youth who are coming up to Fort Good Hope in October.

A lot of sightseeing is on the schedule for the group, according to Cara Manuel, 15.

"We're going to be spoiled," said Manuel. She looks forward to seeing a concert the most. This will be her first visit to Vancouver.

- Christine Grimard

Canoe races coming

Tsiigehtchic/Arctic Red River - Anyone interested in the canoe races should call James Cardinal, because the deadline for registration is approaching.

The races are scheduled for Aug.17 to 19, and will be held on the Mackenzie River. Teams will compete for prize money.

The races are set to coincide with a meeting of the Gwich'in Tribal Council in the hamlet, which will be the first official meeting of the council with new Gwich'ya Gwich'in Chief Frederick "Sonny" Blake Jr.

- Philippe Morin

Territorial court visits

Tuktoyaktuk - The territorial court was scheduled to visit Aug. 1 for a four-day session.

As a result, some accused residents will be flown back from Yellowknife, where they are awaiting trial for violent offences.

RCMP Sgt. Charlie Gauthier said the Tuktoyaktuk holding cells are not appropriate for long stays, so residents are often flown to Yellowknife to await trial.

"During the territorial court, our cells are going 24-hours a day," he said. "It is for people who are remanded into custody, and usually in cases of repeat offenders," he said.

- Philippe Morin

Activities for Hay River kids

Growing Together in Hay River is offering a couple of special activities in August for youngsters aged 4-6.

From Aug. 13-17, a Little Critters Camp will offer activities in the mornings, including art, playing outside and a field trip to the swimming pool.

The children can also learn some skills in the kitchen during Kinder Krunchies. On Aug. 23, they will make pizza, and they will also learn how to decorate a cake on Aug. 30.

Growing Together is a program which offers year-round activities for children and their parents in Hay River.

- Paul Bickford

Nominations call for National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation is accepting nominations for the 15th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.

Each year the foundation honours 14 individuals of Inuit, Métis or First Nations heritage, who have excelled in categories health, law or culture.

One lifetime achievement award will be presented, and one youth recipient will be given $10,000 to further education.

An award gala will be held in Toronto in March of 2008, with featured aboriginal entertainers.

Deadline for nominations is Sept. 10.

-Karen Mackenzie

Family reunion

Ruth Siakuluk, 81, of Hall Beach, will be reunited with members of her extended family during a ceremony at Nattilik Lake on Aug. 9. Siakuluk is the only survivor of the Qangualuk family, who went missing on the land in June 1943. After 64 years, a plaque containing her family members' names is to be erected this week.

"It is to help Ruthie, the only sibling that was left, to help her put a little bit of closure on her family's disappearance," said Thoretta Iyerak, policy analyst and IQ researcher with the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (CLEY).

Extended family members will be flown to the site.

It will be the first time all of them have been together out on the land, Iyerak said.

-Stephanie McDonald

Arson suspected in cabin fire

A suspicious fire destroyed a cabin in the Grenier Lake area near Cambridge Bay on July 28.

"The fire department could not respond to the fire due to the fact that our fire trucks are too big and too heavy to cross the bridge going across the river," fire Chief Derek Elias said of the call for assistance, which came around 2 a.m.

"There's a strong possibility (the blaze) was deliberately set," he said.

An emergency response team did go to the cabin, but it was already engulfed in flames by the time they arrived, and it couldn't be saved.

The cabin was used as a weekend retreat for a member of the community.

-Stephanie McDonald

Kimmirut gets a visit from a polar bear

A Kimmirut resident got a bit of a surprise last week, when she spied a polar bear outside a neighbouring home.

"I woke up this morning around five, and I saw someone close to our house looking at something, so I got curious," said Pudloo Akavak on July 31. "And there it was, just outside someone's house."

The polar bear made its way down toward the water, where it lay down, "just relaxing himself, after being scared away from the town," Akavak said.

"When the tide was getting high, he decided he was going to swim down by the bay."

A number of townspeople then tracked it in their boats, she said.

- Karen Mackenzie

Nets full of fish

Sanirajak/Hall Beach - The fishing has been very good for those with boats, resident Jake Ikeperiar said.

"My wife and I went out to our cabin last night and caught 13 fish in our net," Ikeperiar said last Tuesday.

The two of them dried the fish until 1 a.m., food that they will share with other community members.

"High tide is the best time for net fishing," he said.

Ikeperiar has noticed several fishers on the shore having lots of luck.

The weather has been nice, but "the mosquitoes are bothering."

Community members are awaiting caribou-hunting season, which will start in one to two weeks.

- Stephanie McDonald

Volunteers train

Volunteer firefighters from across Nunavut were in Rankin Inlet recently to take their Nunavut Level 1 Firefighters Course.

A total of seven Kivalliq firefighters were among the 13 volunteers who completed their Nunavut Level 2 Firefighters Course in Rankin the previous two weeks.

Listed below are the names and communities of the firefighters who successfully completed their Level 2 training: Moses Kiblakoot (Arviat); Stanley Komakjuak (Arviat); George Anirniq (Baker); Michael Aksadjuak (Rankin); Henry Innukshuk (Rankin); Jonathon Sammurtok (Whale Cove); Ricky Alikashuak (Whale Cove); Gerald Iqaqrialu (Arctic Bay); Vincent Ningark (Kugaaruk); Norman Qavvik (Kugaaruk); Dan Hatogina (Kugluktuk); Desmond Angivrana (Kugluktuk); Jackie Keyookta (Qikiqtarjuaq).

- Darrell Greer

Iqaluit air cadet in British Columbia

A 15-year-old air cadet from Iqaluit was in Victoria, B.C. for three weeks in July to attend the Albert Head Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Zachary Cousins, a student from Inuksuk high school, took the Introduction to Instruction course to learn how to teach classes at his home unit, the 795 Iqaluit Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

Cousins also participated in a course in confidence-boosting and toured the city. He returned last week.

One air cadet from each of the territories was chosen to attend the program.

- Karen Mackenzie

Bike safety

Kugluktuk/Coppermine - Motorists can now rest assured that more of the town's cyclists will be riding around safely, thanks to a bicycle rodeo for youth that took place on July 28 in the arena. The event was organized by Const. Elliot Chubak and run by the RCMP detachment, their spouses, and community bylaw officers.

The 30 youth who attended, ranging in age from four to 14, learned safe handling, shoulder checks, hand signals, obstacle avoidance, and the importance of wearing a helmet while riding a bike.

"It was excellent, well attended, and well organized," said Sgt. Christopher Bewsher. "It was a good opportunity for members to interact with the kids in the community."

- Stephanie McDonald

New vessel in the fleet

Sealift cargo coming to the Kivalliq will be delivered aboard a new ship. Desgagnes Transarctik Inc. has acquired the M/V Rosaire A. Desgagnes, a Beluga F-240 Series with a capacity of about 20,000 cubic metres per voyage. The sealift company holds the Government of Nunavut's dry-cargo contract for the Kivalliq in partnership with Nunavut Sealink and Supply Inc. (NSSI).

The ship will help the company deliver more than 2.1-million cubic feet of cargo over the three voyages she's intended to make a season.

- Darrell Greer

Local youth to perform for cruise ships in Pang

Pangnirtung is expecting a cruise ship blitz, with landings planned for Aug. 8, 10, 12 and 18.

"It's going to be hectic, but it's going to be fun," said Ooleepeeka Arnaqaq, manager of the Angmarlik Visitor Centre.

As well as watching demonstrations of Inuit games, the tourists will watch throat singing performances by local youth with a modern flair.

"There's a newer version, by kids who are doing beat-boxing and throat singing, mixing the two together," Arnaqaq said.

The fusion was inspired last year, when visiting hip hop artists from Ottawa performed in the hamlet, according to Arnaqaq.

- Karen Mackenzie

In memory of Pujjuut

Elder Pujjuut Emmanuel died 50 years ago, but his descendants came together in his memory in Repulse Bay in July.

Among the generations of relatives to attend the event were members of the Kusugak, Tulugak, Mapsalak, Nanordluk, Kaunak, Tinashlu and Manitok families.

"This was not easy to organize because our family has grown to be so big," said Lorne Kusugak.

Ice conditions prevented the family from visiting White Island and areas where their ancestors grew up and spent much of the season on the land outside of Repulse.

Elizabeth Kusugak said while there could have been twice as many people there were it not for bad weather and some sickness in the family, the 100 or so who made it to Naujat really enjoyed the event.

"When the sun finally came out for awhile, everyone got to go down on the shore and watch the narwhal hunters right in front of them."

The gathering was extra special for Pujjuut's four surviving children, Jacqueline Tulugak, Alexina Nanordluk, Charlie Tinashlu and Paul Manitok.

Elizabeth said when the families visited Pujjuut's gravesite, his oldest living son, Charlie, addressed the crowd.

She said nobody can repeat what Charlie said because he spoke about things he had held inside for many, many years.

"He let it all out, like a healing session for him. The two sisters (Jacqueline and Alexina) also spoke and talked of things they had never told anyone before," she said. "It was emotional, yes, but in a very good way."

- Darrell Greer

Out on the land

Kinngait/Cape Dorset - Lots of community members are out on the land, despite cloudy and rainy conditions.

"The town's pretty quiet," said recreation co-ordinator Cheryl Constantineau.

For kids still in town, Constantineau has been offering a summer camp, with sports activities and crafts. The turnout hasn't been what she had hoped for, but a couple of kids have been coming out each day. Constantineau anticipates that the programs will pick up in the fall, when throat singing and cooking lessons will be offered.

- Stephanie McDonald

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