4 Million Against Six and still losing

The July 18, 2013 article (The Shard Protest) from Eye on The North highlighted an interesting phenomena.  The peoples of the Canadian north protest food prices, and the world doesn’t hear it.  Six Greenpeace activists climb a building in London to promote their views of the Arctic, and it is all over the news.  What’s wrong with this picture??

The author Mia Bennett paints an interesting picture of how some environmentalists are getting more attention for Arctic issues, than the people who live in the Arctic.  You can read the entire article here:  The Shard Protest:  Are Environmentalists Trampling Indigenous Views on Arctic Development?


Canada wants permanent fix for EU seal hunt dispute: Aglukkaq

NunatsiaqOnline reported on May 16, 2013 that “Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, the head of Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship, told reporters May 15 that she wants to seek a permanent resolution to the dispute between Canada and the European Union over the EU’s ban on the importation of seal products.”

The seal ban dispute arose in 2011 after the European Parliament voted to impose a ban on seal products.

Terry Audla, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami said in a statement:  “I believe we have been provided with an opportunity to educate the EU members on the sustainable hunting practices of Canadian Inuit, lessons sorely needed for a group who has clearly based past decisions on political pressures from animal rights groups rather than on more reasoned options and objective scientific facts.”

The permanent participants of the Arctic Council includes international aboriginal organizations like the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North.  To learn more, visit:  NunatsiaqOnline.


Arctic Sovereignty Needs A Practical Strategy

Mark M. Miller, Special to The Vancouver Sun, published June 10, 2013:  A Practical Approach to Arctic Sovereignty, states:  “The only reasonable approach to Canada’s northern development and Arctic sovereignty is to focus initial efforts on the Port of Churchill on the west coast of Hudson Bay, and secondarily on Rankin Inlet, which is further up the same coast.”

With the a new focus on the Arctic, fueled by the Conference Board of Canada Reports on Canada’s Arctic region, and recognition from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce that looking north is the necessary for the future of Canada’s economic prosperity, many pundits are urging a comprehensive strategy for accessing and protecting the assets of the north.

To read more:  http://www.vancouversun.com/news/practical+approach+Arctic+sovereignty/8506330/story.html#ixzz2ZUvE2DUz


Conference Board of Canada:  Security in Canada’s North Looking Beyond Arctic Sovereignty (Nov, 2010)

Conference Board of Canada:  Canada’s North Beyond 2011

Conference Board of Canada:  The Future of Mining in Canada’s North (Jan, 2013)



WSCC NAOSH Week Events

Every year, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) celebrates North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week.  Find out what we’re doing this year to celebrate! Need more information or want to know how you can help, contact us!

Iqaluit Safety Street
May 6 & 7
May 6 – Safety Street Game Show
Location: TBA, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Come out and participate in the WSCC’s Safety Game Show and correctly answer questions to lead your team to victory! Register teams of four by contacting Gwen Mahaney. BBQ lunch provided by the Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL).
May 7 – Story Time
Join us at the Iqaluit library to hear safety stories and colour safety activity sheets! Spot the hazards on your colouring sheet and get a Safe T. Sam doll. Submit your finished colouring sheets into our Colouring Contest (see Youth Challenge).

Inuvik Safety Street
Tuesday, May 7
Midnight Sun Recreational Facility, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Join us for a day of safety! Participate in a Safety Program Development and Occupational Health and Safety Committee Awareness session in the morning, enjoy lunch courtesy of the NTFL, hear guest speakers in the afternoon, and mingle at a meet-and-greet and trade show at the end of the day. Door prizes drawn throughout the afternoon!

Yellowknife Safety Street
Friday, May 10
Yellowknife City Hall, 11:55 am – 1:00 pm
We have an exciting timed challenge planned to put your safety skills to the test. Register your team of four people to go through the Safety Street circuit and compete for great prizes. Visit our Safety School safety education learning stations. Stay for lunch, provided by the NTFL.
Register your team today!

Toolbox Minute Challenge
Deadline Thursday, May 9
Open to all employers registered with the WSCC
Go Safe logoSubmit your toolbox minutes to the WSCC to enter a draw to win a SPOT Messenger!
Contact usfor more details!

Youth Challenge
Deadline Wednesday, May 15
dban logoShare Your Story
Video Challenge – Use the NAOSH 2013 theme Are You as Safe as You Think? to create a short 1-2 minute video. Submit your video by email, or send a copy to the WSCC’s Yellowknife office. Win an iPad Mini, or a gift card of equivalent value!
Writing Challenge – Visit Don’t Be A Number and Share Your Story using the NAOSH theme, Are You as Safe as You Think?. Tell us a true story about a safe or unsafe experience you’ve had and help spread the word about being safe! Win great gift cards!
Colouring Contest
Colour one of the WSCC’s colouring pages (One Life LoganFire House, Safety House, Restaurant House, or School House) and identify the hazards to win great prizes!
One Life Logan Tournament
Play One Life Logan during NAOSH Week, May 5-11. The highest score that week in each of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut wins an iPod!
Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut

YMCA High Demand Youth Internship Program

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver has received Federal funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for the High Demand Youth Internship Program (HD-YIP) offered to Private Sector Employers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Yukon.

The initiative of this program is to provide post-secondary graduates (college and university) the opportunity to build skills, develop confidence and benefit from the guidance and support of a workplace mentor.

Internships are full-time practical, broadly based assignments that help motivated graduates develop transferable skills needed to be successful. Internships are expected to run either 26 or 40 weeks.

Employers are reimbursed $8.00/hr from the Federal Government; for instance, the minimum an Intern can make is $16.00/hr, which means that 50% of the Interns wages are subsidized.

Currently, we have 35 Internship/Employer spots available for the 40 week Internship starting May 27th, 2013 and 94 Internship/Employer spots available for the 26 week Internship starting September 3, 2013

For additional information, please visit www.ymcaimpact.ca.

DOWNLOAD BROCHUREHigh Demand Youth Internship Program 2013 – Informational Brochure

 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:

 Priya Sharma
Regional Recruitment Coach, High Demand Youth Internship Program
Monitrice de Recrutement Régional, Programme de Stages pour les Jeunes dans les Secteurs en Demande
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
P: 604.685.8066
E: mailto:yael.drinkle@vanymca.org


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