Headlines for Nunavut News/North for October 1st 2012

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NEWS

Court hears Bishop appeal. Defence lawyer argues jury heard testimony that shouldn’t have been admitted

Nunavut celebrated on coin. Royal Canadian Mint issued a $300 coin depicting territory’s coat of arms

Mayors tackle the issues. Lack of progress frustrating for some at annual meeting

Man dies in RCMP cells.

OPINION

Forged in iron. Nunavut’s economic growth hinges on projects like Baffinland’s Mary River

Midget hockey might never return.

ENTERTAINMENT

No trade-off on talent for musical trio. Iqaluit rockers launch debut album

SPORTS

Skate club offers new program. Addition of adults expands offerings at Iqaluit club

BUSINESS

Sahtu gets set for exploration. Industry, government and community leaders hold readiness session

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Throat Singing for Prince Edward and Countess Sophie in Iqaluit Nunavut

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Published on Sep 30, 2012 by Teirersias

“… Prince Edward and Countess Sophia were treated to a performance of Inuit music and games when they visited Iqaluit the capital of Nunavut, Canada on September 13, 2012. This was some of the best throat singing I have ever heard live. Performers were Madeleine Allakariallak and Sylvia Cloutier.

The Parish Hall was packed so please excuse the shaky parts in the video….”

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40 Scholarships for Journalists to Change the World – Applications Due November 18, 2012

40 Scholarships for Journalists to Change the World
Applications for the April 2013 School of Authentic Journalism Are Due November 18, 2012
By Al Giordano
Founder, School of Authentic Journalism
September 26, 2012
The next School of Authentic Journalism, April 17 to 27, 2013, in Mexico, will mark ten years since we held the first one in 2003. More than 300 journalists, independent media makers, community organizers and social movement leaders have passed through these doors since we began.
This will be the sixth session of the school but it also might (or might not) be the last one for some time to come, for reasons I’ll explain before this invitation is done. My point is that if you have ever thought about attending but never got around to actually applying: don’t lose this opportunity. It might (or might not) be the last for a while.
At the 2013 school we will hear from a leader of South Africa’s anti-apartheid boycott and general strike, a union organizer who strategized Bolivia’s “water war” that stopped the privatization of that resource, an organizer who helped – this year – stop the deportation of 800,000 undocumented immigrants from the United States, a strategist who launched the global movement to end nuclear power, a writer and journalist who became a movement leader when her town was threatened by a nuclear waste dump, a young organizer whose creativity and humor helped topple his country of Serbia’s dictator, and two legendary theorists and organizers who worked alongside Martin Luther King to end racial segregation.
This ten-day intensive program is for the following kinds of people: Journalists and communicators who report on and alongside social movements, community organizing and civil resistance campaigns, and also for those participants in those movements who write, blog, photograph, create and manage websites, make video, radio, graphic design or political cartoons about them. In previous schools we have accepted some applicants with little experience but whose raw talent and urgent desire to make change in their communities and in the world impressed us, and a good number of them have gone on to do great works. Some are even professors of the School of Authentic Journalism today.
More information at
http://narconews.com/Issue67/article4626.html

People of a Feather | Documentary Sanikiluaq, the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay Nunavut

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Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Recreations of traditional life are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America. The eyes of a remote subsistence culture challenge the world to find energy solutions that work with the seasons of our hydrological cycle.
(90 minutes)

Trailer:::: http://youtu.be/a7scI8F7Now

YELLOWKNIFE, NWT
Yellowknife International Film Festival
FRI, Sept 28th @7:00PM (Q&A with Director)

SEATTLE, WA
Local Images, North West Film Forum
Sept 30

QUEBEC, Val-Morin (Theatre du Marais)
Oct 04, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC
Musequeam First Nation UBC Screening
Oct 10th

BRISTOL, UK
Wildscreen Film Festival, IN COMPETITION
Nature Conservancy Environment and Conservation Award
Oct 14-19, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Colby Sawyer College
Oct 23, 2012 7PM – Clements Hall (Q&A w/Director)

QUEBEC
Sutton (CINÉ-CABARET)
Oct 25, 2012

KAMLOOPS / KELOWNA, BC
Fresh Outlook Foundation – Reel Change Sustainability Film Festival
Oct (TBA) / Nov 23

WEST VIRGINIA
American Conservation Film Festival
Nov 1-4, 2012 (TBA)

QUEBEC
Gaspé (Cinelune)
Nov 06-07, 2012
Dawson College, Westmount QC
Nov 8th, 2012

MINNESOTA
Arctic Film Festival, North House Folk School
November 14-18, 2012 Grand Marais

QUEBEC
L’Assomption (Cine-club)
Nov 19, 2012
Ste-Genevieve
Nov 26, 2012

Lavaltrie (Café Cine)
Dec 2, 2012

RECENT SCREENINGS

ESTONIA, Matsalu Nature Film Festival
Winner! Best Direction
Sept 15th, 11:00

WYOMING, Grand Teton National Park
Sept. 15

CALIFORNIA, St. Helena Public Library
Sept 20th

FILM AMBIENTE, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Sept 1st, 2012

NORTH AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL CONGRESS, VANCOUVER BC
August 15th, 2012

GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL, GIMLI MANITOBA
July 25-29th, 2012 [Dates TBA]

GREAT NORTHERN ARTS FESTIVAL, INUVIK
July 16, 2012 [8:30pm]

ADAKA CULTURAL FESTIVAL, WHITEHORSE NWT
MON June 25, 2012, 5:00pm

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL BIARRITZ, FRANCE
June 22, 2012

SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
June 21, 2012

RIO THEATRE, VANCOUVER BC
June 9th & 10th, 7pm and 9pm
EXTRA SCREENINGS ADDED
MON June 18th, 7pm and 9pm (Cheap night!)

MONTREAL, QC
April 27th-May 10th, 2012 Cinema du Parc

WATERLOO, ON
MAY 6-10th, Princess Theatres, Canada Film Days

PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND
SAT May 12th, 8:00PM – Reel Earth Film Festival
WINNER: BEST FEATURE FILM & SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AWARD

SEOUL, KOREA
Green Film Festival in Seoul
WINNER: BEST FEATURE FILM JURY AWARD

TORONTO, ON
FRI Apr 20 – TUE Apr 24th, Bloor Cinema

OTTAWA, ON
April 20th-22nd & 25th-26th 2012 Mayfair Theatre

MONTREAL, QC
APR 24th, 7:00 IPY Polar Film Festival, Imperial Theatre

SASKATOON ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
APR 22nd, 4:00PM Roxy Theatre

VANCOUVER, BC
March 2nd-5th, Vancity Theater
March 6th-9th, Denman Cinema
March 17th & 18th, RIO Theatre 3pm Matinees
Mar 30th – Apr 5th, 5th Avenue Cinemas

VICTORIA, BC
March 2nd-5th, Cinecenta Theater
FRI Mar 30th – THR Apr 12th, Empire Theatres Capitol 6

SANIKILUAQ, NU
SAT March 24th, 8:30

WINNIPEG, MB
WED Apr 4th – THR Apr 5th, Winnipeg Film Group

WASHINGTON, DC
SAT March 17th, 2:00 PM – SMITHSONIAN

CLEVELAND,OH
TUE Mar 27th & WED Mar 28th
Cleveland International Film Festival

SALTSPRING ISLAND, BC
SUN March 4th, Saltspring Film Festival

EDMONTON, AB
SUN March 4th, Global Visions Film Festival

ANTIGONISH, NS
MON March 12, 7:00PM @ Empire Theaters

WOLFVILLE, NS
WED March 14, 7:00PM, Al Whittle Theater

HALIFAX, NS
THR March 15, 7:00 PM Ecology Action Centre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
WINNER! Environment Award
SAT, March 10th San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

PARIS
International Environmental Film Festival
Feb 8&9, Cinéma des Cinéastes

VANCOUVER, BC
Vancouver International Film Festival
WINNER! Best Environmental Film / Top 10 Canadian Films
Oct 3rd, 5th, 9th, 14th Empire Theatres

TORONTO, ON
HOTDOCS International Film Festival
World Premiere! Programmers Pick
May 5th, 7th, 8th, 2011

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RMR: Rick’s Rant – Polling #cdnpoli @rickmercer

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Published on Sep 26, 2012 by MercerReport

Rick’s Rant for September 25, 2012.

 

 

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NorthWords Anthology Coming Home: Stories from the Northwest Territories is now on sale at the Yellowknife Book Cellar, online at Amazon, Chapters

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The NorthWords Anthology Coming Home: Stories from the Northwest Territories is now on sale at the Yellowknife Book Cellar, online at Amazon, Chapters, Great Plains Publications and at select book stores across Canada. We hope to have it in other northern book stores soon.

The official launch of the Coming Home will take place November 16, 2012, 7 pm at the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre Cafe in Yellowknife. Come and meet the authors, listen to readings and more!

This anthology, published by Great Plains Publications of Winnipeg, under its Enfield and Wizenty imprint, with funding from De Beers Canada, is the first of its kind. It features stories by seventeen NWT writers that express the diversity of the territory. Included are stories of teenage angst in small communities; connection with the land; the Giant Mine strike of 1992; relationships both failed and renewed in Yellowknife; getting lost in the bush; Europeans shipwrecked and saved by Inuit; Inuit taken on board by Europeans; learning from elders and other cultures; a wonky tourism outing; going to jail for breaking a dog bylaw and many more. The anthology also includes a foreword by well-known NWT Author Richard Van Camp.

Anthology authors are: Marcus M. Jackson, Richard Van Camp, Cathy Jewison, Colin Henderson, Rebecca Aylward, Cara Loverock, Shawn McCann, Patti True, Annelies Pool, Jordan Carpenter, Christine Raves, January Go, Jamesie Fournier, Amber-Lee Kolson, Karen McColl, Jessie MacKenzie, Brian Penney.

NorthWords would like to thank De Beers Canada for their generous donation to fund the project, Great Plains Publications for putting the stories together in a fabulous book, Judy McLinton and John Mutford to judging the stories received in response to our call for submissions and Dave Brosha for the fabulous cover photo. And congratulations to all the authors whose stories appear in the book. You all rock.

For more information and author bios go HERE.

http://northwordsnwt.ca/anthology/

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Northern Lights captured on camera by Yellowknife’s Valarie Pond – Video

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Video on msnbc.com: A Canadian photographer took beautiful pictures of the stunning display in the sky, 25 minutes from her home in Yellow Knife. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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Rick Mercer: Why I rant. and he says Canadians don’t do it enough

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Ranting is a ‘skill’ the comedian learned from his mother—and he says Canadians don’t do it enough…

[excerpt]

Rave on: Mercer thinks Canadians don’t rant enough, with dire consequences

I didn’t come out of the womb ranting but chances are I heard a few good ones while I was in there.

Indeed, if my instinct to rant comes from anywhere it’s my mother.

One of my earliest life-defining memories as a kid was being dragged against my will to the bank because Mom had a meeting.

[…]

If you in your capacity as a Canadian citizen, taxpayer or Grade 10 student doing a social studies project ask any questions about any pipelines anywhere in Canada, you will be branded by the government as a dangerous radical or a vicious cruel monster in the same league as Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi, or David Suzuki.

This is a pretty effective strategy but I doubt it will last for long. Hopefully it will dawn on Canadians that the one thing we shouldn’t care about is what the government thinks of us or what names they call us. Prime ministers, premiers and cabinet ministers aren’t our friends; they are just people in bad suits who work for us.

We are the boss. And if they want to work for us they have to listen to us, answer our questions and occasionally, like all employees, listen to the boss rant.

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Portrait of a place trying to wear me down: A blogger working in Igloolik Nunavut confronts the bewildering social dysfunction

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Global Native Networks

Investigating Indigenous Use of Digital Technology Around the World

 

[Update 9/23/12: I published this piece last night. This morning I was awoken with the news of the suicide of a local youth, a friend of friends, someone involved in several of the town’s most successful initiatives and films. I cannot describe to you how I feel, other than to say this post feels more important, more real, and more inadequate than ever. Here’s to those of us who keep choosing life, who keep pressing on, in spite of it all.]

[excerpt]

I am struggling with how to write about the bad parts of this place. I have touched on the amazing strengths of the North: the shared values of family and community, the breathtaking natural beauty, the resourcefulness and survival skills of the Inuit, a people rich in both culture and history.

But I want to write about the bad parts, the parts that floor me – not with the paternalism of a social critic, not with the agenda of an activist or the analysis of an anthropologist. I want to write about the bad parts as a human who lives them and chokes in the waves of their wake.

So let me tell you a story of a place trying to wear me down. Let me tell you about a place that throws sucker punches like handshakes. Let me run my fingers over the rough parts of this cold small world for you, the parts impervious to my touch. Let me invite you to watch as Nunavut grinds holes in my sealskin mittens until my fingers bleed through.

Who am I but a qallunaat who can’t cook or sew or hunt? What can I make with my hands but bloody fists?

[…]

Found thanks to: RT @RadicalOmnivore: A blogger working in Igloolik confronts the bewildering social dysfunction: http://t.co/0FW2j6Es ; #Nunavut

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Yellowknife city council candidate MacKenzie wants to deprive ex-inmates of mobility rights by forcing them out of city

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A candidate running for city council in Yellowknife is promising that if elected, he will send inmates from out of town back to their home communities once they are released from jail.

[excerpt]

Beaton MacKenzie said it’s part of his plan to reclaim the downtown core. He added that it’s what business people want.

“They have people that [are] defacing on their buildings, or urinating, or they may be passed out. You walk into the public post office and you’ll smell the alcohol, you may have somebody asleep on the floor. You have to walk over them to get to your post office,” he said.

Under the N.W.T.’s Corrections Act, inmates are not forced to go back to their communities if they are not from Yellowknife. However, they do have the option to get transportation back to the place where they were convicted.

Kate Wilson, with the Yellowknife YWCA, said she doesn’t see much demand on housing from people who are recently released from jail.

 

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