Traditional medicine booklet created by Brandi Corris in Fort Good Hope NWT

Traditional medicine booklet created by Brandi Corris in Fort Good Hope, a product of their “Grandmother Walks”.
Please feel free to share to anyone that might be interested!
Let me know if you have any questions,

Carly Aasen
Director of Educational Programs for Older Adults
NWT Seniors’ Society
102, 4916 46th Street
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 1L2
867-920-7601 (fax)
1-800-661-0878 Toll Free




Bill Braden's photo on the cover of NNSL's News North

Bill Braden’s photo on the cover of NNSL’s News North

“… When the NWT’s Deh Cho Bridge opened just two years ago, on November 29 2012, it brought to a close over 50 years of crossing the Mighty Mackenzie by ice bridge and ferry.  Here is a book for anyone who has ever floated on or driven across Canada’s longest river.

Bridging the #Dehcho chronicles the history, colour and drama of the Mackenzie River Crossing at Fort Providence.  From the days of the ancient Dene to the establishment of the community in 1870, to the arrival of the highway in 1960 and completion of the Deh Cho Bridge in 2012, the book also paints a contemporary portrait of the historic community of Fort Providence today.

The hardcover, 92-page book presents over 200 photos and illustrations with principle photography and writing by Yellowknife author Bill Braden, and an opening essay by adventure writer Jamie Bastedo.  It is published by the Government of the NWT, Department of Transportation, to commemorate the project.

The public is invited to the official launch at the Fort Providence Community Hall on Wednesday Dec 3 at noon, with Transportation Minister Tom Beaulieu, Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli and author Bill Braden.   The book will go on sale (suggested retail $30) that day the Big River Service and Snowshoe Crafts in Fort Providence, and at the Yellowknife Book Cellar and Northern Frontier Visitors Centre.

For More Info:
Bill Braden 445 8953
email: …”

Deh Cho Bridge

The Deh Cho BridgeWiki
“…This is an unofficial information site about the Deh Cho Bridge. Much like the Bridge, it is perpetually under construction. Mainly a place to organize things for myself, but there are some more generally useful bits:
– Bridge Costs – the various costs of the Bridge, including an interactive calculator.
– Bridge Summary – a basic overview of events. There’s also a timeline of the bridge project.
– Dramatis Personæ – you can’t tell the players without a scorecard. …”

We’re finally connected to the rest of Canada’: NWT residents celebrate Deh Cho bridge by JOHN ALLEMANG From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail (Includes correction) Published Monday, Dec. 03 2012, 9:49 PM EST Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 04 2012, 10:23 AM EST
‘Deh Cho Bridge ends North’s reliance on ice road – After years of controversy, delays and cost overruns, the Deh Cho Bridge opens Friday, linking Alberta and the N.W.T. ‘We’re finally connected to the rest of Canada’: NWT residents celebrate Deh Cho bridge – The Globe and Mail  “…1,045-metre Deh Cho structure towers over the flat Arctic landscape near Fort Providence, NWT, and provides the first year-round road passage across the Mackenzie to and from Yellowknife…”

After years of controversy, delays and cost overruns, the Deh Cho Bridge opens Friday, linking Alberta and the N.W.T. – Deh Cho Bridge ends North’s reliance on ice road | Toronto Star

First Prime Minister to visit any part of Canada north of the Arctic Circle, July 21, 1961? | Flickr – Photo Sharing!


Who was the first Prime Minister to visit any part of Canada north of the Arctic Circle?

First Prime Minister to visit any part of Canada north of the Arctic Circle, July 21, 1961 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Bio | maia lepage photography, Inuvik, NWT

[Excerpt] “…In 2008, I became the editor of Tussayaksat Magazine, an Inuvialuit News and Culture magazine based in Inuvik. I have had the great pleasure of spending many years traveling around the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in Canada’s Western Arctic and enjoying the freedoms of the North.

I have also had the great pleasure of working with many other companies and individuals, such as CBC, National Post, Globe and Mail, Canadian North Airlines, First Air, Parks Canada, Smithsonian Museum, Alfred Moses: Inuvik Boot Lake MLA, and The Inuvik RCMP. My work has also appeared in many other publications and newsletters.

In 2010, I began teaching a continuing education Photography course at Aurora College in Inuvik. Since then, I have fully developed 2 original courses. The first is an 8-week introduction to Digital Photography. This is a beginner course and used to help students learn more about their digital cameras. The second is a 6-week introduction to digital editing, where students learn about colour correction and simple editing tricks to help enhance their photos. In the future, I plan to expand my courses to intermediate and expert levels….”

via Bio | maia lepage photography.

Strategic framework sets priorities for the elimination of poverty in the NWT

Strategic framework sets priorities for the elimination of poverty in the NWT
YELLOWKNIFE (June 6, 2013) – A new strategic framework for the elimination of poverty outlines the GNWT’s commitment to ensuring all residents of the NWT have the chance to enjoy the benefits of living in a prosperous, well-governed territory and to participate fully in a healthy, just society.  “Building on the Strengths of Northerners” is an integrated approach that will position NWT residents to achieve long-term economic and social sustainability. PDF of document here

Video of presentation here

“Poverty is complex, and there is no single solution,” said Glen Abernethy, Chair of the Social Envelope Committee of Cabinet. “Social policies that help our residents achieve their full potential make our communities attractive and welcoming. Those communities create a strong, diversified economy that shares its benefits and keeps residents healthy. We know that investments in healthcare and education pay off in our economy. Investments in our economy make our people and the programs and services they rely on flourish. We hope that people in every region and every sector will want to partner with us to achieve a poverty-free NWT.”The strategic framework identifies five main priorities for action:
– Children and Family Support
– Healthy Living and Reaching Our Potential
– Safe and Affordable Housing
– Sustainable Communities
– Integrated Continuum of Services
The GNWT will now develop an action plan to address these priorities in partnership with community and regional agencies.
The priorities for action identified in Building on the Strengths of Northerners align with the 17th Assembly’s goals and priorities of supporting residents to be healthy, educated people free from poverty; addressing housing needs; ensuring sustainable, vibrant, safe communities; and effective and efficient government.
Above from:
Original URL for “Building on the Strengths of Northerners” PDF

For more information:
Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 669-2302


Income Outcome By Miranda Currie

Income Outcome By Miranda Currie
January 2012  NWT MLA Bob Bromley read this poem in  the Legegislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2272
Fax: 867-873-0276
MR. BROMLEY in NWT’s Hansard of March 12, 2013
“…I’d like to turn to the main focus of my comments today, and I’d like to begin by acknowledging again, Ms. Miranda Currie, who’s in the gallery today. Thanks for coming out, Miranda. I’d like to read a poem that Ms. Currie has written to describe her experiences in seeking disability income support, and it’s obviously germane because of the Auditor General’s focus, and I know the Minister is focusing on this situation right now as well. Once again, thanks to Miranda for graciously sharing her personal story through the art of this poetry.
But, first, a little bit of background. Ms. Currie suffered a very serious head injury in an accident in November 2011. She later suffered multiple injuries again, head injuries, as a result of the ill effects of her original injury. To this day, she is continuing to strive to regain her health. She’s a very spunky person and I know she will achieve that. However, she has been unable to carry on her daily life in a normal way. She has been in and out of hospitals and has received extensive neurological treatment since then, and she does suffer impairment of her speech and many motor skills. Miranda was self- employed before the accident, and she must now rely on public income support to meet her basic subsistence needs. She lives very modestly. Her ordeal with income security has hardly been a positive contribution in her effort to regain her health, and that’s the topic today.
Just a few of the difficulties that she has experienced in trying to access income assistance include:
• A case worker refusal to provide accommodation assistance based on the subjective judgement that she lives in substandard housing.
• Receipts to document her rental, electrical and fuel costs were obtained with great physical difficulties and expense and visiting offices to obtain stamped and certified copies.
• Income assistance staff say they have lost the receipts she has supplied to their offices. This has happened four times. Imagine if you were saddled with this situation.
• Despite severe mobility problems and risk of re-injury, she has repeatedly been told she must come to the income assistance office for interviews, which could easily be conducted over the phone.
• She has been refused reimbursement of costs for loans received from friends in the interim to pay her fuel, power and living costs, and given the explanation that those are considered gifts. Nice of them to make that decision on behalf of her friends.
• Treatment that lacks compassion and sensitivity to the realities of her situation, again, not a single instance, such as a caseworker hanging up on her after saying I’ll see you tomorrow when Ms. Currie has said she is physically unable to attend appointments due to the effects of her injuries.
• And, finally, a late payment of support have at times left her huddled in her bed to stay warm, unable to pay oil bills and living in a home well below zero. We know what this winter has been like.
That’s enough background. Her words really do speak for themselves, and once again, I want to express my appreciation to Miranda Currie for her willingness to share this very personal story…” From –
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Poverty and social services in the NWT on the eve of devolution
By George Lessard| March 8, 2013


It’s time for a new conversation.

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Income Outcome: A poem about income assistance in the NWT By Miranda Currie


Max Ward’s DHC-3T Landing in Yellowknife | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Max Ward’s DHC-3T Landing in YellowknifeTime lapse of Max Ward’s turbo Otter landing on Yellowknife’s Back Bay. Back in the 1950’s, Max Ward founded Wardair in Yellowknife flying DHC-3 otters, then acquired DHC-6 Twin Otters and eventually moved on to Boeing 707’s and 727’s. Wardair was sold to Canadian Airlines in 1989.For this image, 11 photos were combined in PTGui. There some seam lines and color variations in the final product – mental note, always have a tripod and shoot in manual exposure.Nikon D700

via Max Ward’s DHC-3T Landing in Yellowknife | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.


Media Habits of Francophone Communities in the NWT, Nunavut & the Yukon

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Media Habits of Francophone Communities in the NWT, Nunavut & the Yukon

Information is lacking on the expectations and media consumption habits of official language minority communities.
What do they read? What do they watch and listen to? What do they expect from the media that serve them in their language? How important do they consider the French and English languages in their everyday lives?
The Let’s Talk Media survey was conducted to answer these questions and provide members of the Alliance of Official Language Minority Media with reliable and credible data on their target customers.
The survey objectives were to determine the following:
-Consumption patterns for print and electronic media

-Patterns of Web and social network use

-Readership of local Francophone weeklies and readers’ perceptions of these newspapers

-Community Radio Audience and perceptions of these radio stations

-Profiles of their target customers

The survey was conducted by telephone with 102 respondents,18 years of age or older whose native language is French, or who use the French language in their daily lives, and who live in the Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut.
In addition to the telephone survey, 39 respondents participated in the survey via the Internet, for a total of 1,095 respondents. Web participants were recruited through :

-Several organizations (socio-cultural associations, school boards, etc.) which promote language diversity and invited their members and partners to participate
-Announcements and invitations published and disseminated in the media and on AMM member websites

-Respondents from the Leger Marketing Web panel in some markets where the concentration of eligible
clients was less than 30% of the population
Data Collection
Telephone interviews were conducted from March 23 to July 6, 2011, whereas the Web interviews were conducted from November 28, 2010 to April 25, 2011.
Weighting and Margin of error
Final survey data were weighted according to age, gender and native language to ensure a representative sample of the Francophone population of the territories studied. Since the presented results combine Web and Telephone respondents, it is not possible to assign any margin of error to the figures.
Due to differences in the measuring instruments, target populations and data collection methods, the results of this report are not directly comparable to other readership or audience studies such as those by ComBase, NADbank or BBM.

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