@oldtownyk’s Old Town Ramble And Ride at The Woodyard, #Yellowknife, #NWT, 🇨🇦 July 15, 2020 at 10:21 PM

The Woodyard, Yellowknife, NWT, 🇨🇦 July 15, 2020 at 10:21 PM

Also available at https://www.facebook.com/mediamentor.ca/videos/281434596251606/

14th Annual Old Town Ramble & Ride
The Virtual Edition
July 10th-August 2nd 2020

Web
https://oldtownrambleandri.wixsite.com/oldtownrambleandride

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/OldTownRambleAndRide/


YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4Kx9VROR59OWQCzHPKBXnw

The Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System (NWT&Y)…or how we got to Northwestel …

Map of “the system” via http://www.nwtandy.rcsigs.ca/map_system.htm

… or how we got to Northwestel

“…In 1922, the vast Canadian north, from Hudson Bay to the Alaska border, comprising of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory, had no means of communication with civilization, or “outside” as it was known, except a limited mail service by boat in summer and dog-team in winter. In addition to this limited mail service Dawson City, YT was served by a telegraph line from Hazelton, BC operated by the Dominion Government Telegraph Service. The telegraph line was none too reliable due mainly to maintenance difficulties as it ran for hundreds of miles through uninhabited wilderness and over extremely rugged terrain. […] The story of the Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System (NWT&Y) is a virtually unknown saga in the history of the development of northern Canada. The contributions of the men who staffed the stations are largely unheralded. In his post-script to the official history, WO1 Cal Vince says: “Northerners will also remember Signals primarily as magistrates, Airways and Transportation agents, acting minions of the law and prime movers in community affairs. It is the unmistakeable fact that the fine reputation built by the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals during 37 eventful years of service in the north country was not the result of the efforts of one, two or even three individuals, but rather the results of the combined efforts of every officer and man who served on this now non-existent arm of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.” These are not the normal roles of soldiers on active service. But there in the Canadian northland they were engaged in unusual circumstances and eventful times. Not only was Canada’s northern frontier and its resources in the early stages of exploration and development, but the science, technology and practical applications of global telecommunications and air transportation were also probing new frontiers. The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals was asked by the Government of Canada to step into the breach and fill the void in long-distance telecommunication to serve those industries and the embryonic communities in the northern territories. In the process the Signallers found themselves, perforce, fulfilling duties far beyond anything they had learned at the School of Signals in Vimy Barracks. In enthusiasm, ability, dedication and inventiveness they were not found wanting. In the nearly four decades (1923-59) that their System operated they left behind them a proud and impressive legacy…”
See the full story at….
http://www.nwtandy.rcsigs.ca/

#BlackLivesMatter #BLM Demonstration: Yellowknife, NWT, 🇨🇦

BlackLivesMatter Demonstration #BLM, Yellowknife, NWT, 🇨🇦

Ambe Chenemu, Ndilo Chief Ernest Betsina, Cynthia Mufandaedza (Yellowknife city councillor), Gerri Sharpe and more speak….
Jun 09, 2020

“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

OPINION | Why we are not exempt from racism in the North : Ambe Chenemu
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/racism-in-north-canada-exists-1.5613513

“… Hundreds gather for Yellowknife demonstration in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
People marched from Multiplex Arena to RCMP station downtown in demonstration against anti-Black racism Jun 09, 2020 […]
The protests were peaceful with those gathered remaining quiet while speakers made their remarks, except for when being led in chants.
While the mass of people did not maintain two metres distance from one another, nearly everyone was wearing a face mask.
“While I understand it, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, so is the rest of the world [and] everybody else is marching,” said Graham.
“Yes, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but a lot of people view racism as a pandemic. Racism is a real pandemic. And people are upset.”
Clarifications – A previous version of this story said that PSAC North organized this event. Although the organization promoted the event, it was organized by different community members and activists. Jun 09, 2020 8:38 PM CT …”
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yellowknife-blm-demonstration-anti-racism-1.5604916

“…Organizer Ambe Chenemu addressed the crowd first, speaking about racism in Canadian society, both past and present. He also called on allies to no longer ignore racism when they see it.
“People have died for this, people continue to die for this and those lives were not wasted,” Chenemu said. “Are you going to speak up when you see racism? Are you going to do something when you see racism?”. […]
Ndilo Chief Ernest Betsina spoke of the racism he has faced as an Indigenous man.
“As an Indigenous man I represent a people who suffer and continue to suffer because of residential schools,” he said. […]
Yellowknife city councillor Cynthia Mufandaedza spoke about the importance of embracing diversity.
“The world is ready to change,” she said. “As a community we must recommit to changing ourselves.”
Also in attendance was Mayor Rebecca Alty as well as several RCMP officers. …”
https://cklbradio.com/2020/06/10/hundreds-attend-yellowknife-anti-racism-demonstration/

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