Runway woes return Canadian North cancels Inuvik flight due to uneven surface at airport Volume 51 Issue 10 THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015 75 CENTS Slip-sliding away East Three brings home skills gold Firth sisters set for national hall of fame Gwich'in Day a time of reflection Musician makes it to third round of national contest Publication mail Contract #40012157 Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo Children's First Centre staff member Doreen Esagok and youths Rowan McInnes, William Rodger and Carson Burns enjoy what's likely to be one of the last slides of the season April 23 on a gravel-covered hill near the Inter-agency building on Kingmingya Road. 2 INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 community Online gamers gather together Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo Shaomek Bernhardt is one of the 15 or so members of the new East Three Secondary School Gaming Club. Grassroots club formed at East Three Secondary School by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services When school closes for the day on Tuesdays, it's game on for a small group of students at East Three Secondary School. The Gaming Club likely isn't quite what you might think of when it comes to after-school activities, but it's a grassroots initiative that's slowly garnering more attention among the students. The idea has been germinating for some time, but it took root about two months ago when its founding mem- bers, Chance Clarke-Kuzman and Dalton McLeod, approached school staff with the idea. "Our idea was just to have fun after school," ClarkeKuzman said. In particular, the concept was to make gaming paraphernalia available to fellow students who didn't have ready access to equipment, he added. "We didn't know if there was going to be a market for it, so it was a (pleasant) surprise," he added. "We didn't know what the school's reaction was going to be." In fact, Clarke-Kuzman said he thought the school administration would most likely turn it down, so he was also pleasantly surprised when they embraced the idea. The members play a var- iety of video games, all rated suitable to be played in a school environment, with Guitar Hero being a favourite amongst them. The rating system, casually supervised by staff liaison Abe Drennan, rankles the club members, but only a little. They also play a variety of other games, including cards and sometimes board games. The social aspect is the main motivator, said club members Kai Cardinal and Lane Voudrach. "We just like to hang out," Cardinal said. It's one of only two clubs at the school that were formed following requests from the student body themselves, said one of the members. The second is the chess club, which has fewer members. Drennan said he's impressed by the initiative shown by the students. He's had to do very little direct super vision, other than ensuring the games remain "non-violent" and suitable for being played at school. "This is really cool," he said. "The kids self-organize and operate tournaments playing non-violent video games like Super Mario, Rock Band, etc. They also play cards and socialize. "I just say, 'No violent games,' and that's all," Drennan said. COFFEE Break "At first, I was paying too much attention, and then I saw one game they had brought in. I told them I didn't think the school administrators would like that kind of game, and since I've restricted them to games with general rating. They respect that, and that's fine. "I think it's more the social aspect anyway for them. All I've done is given them some space, and that's all that they need. Sometimes that's all kids need." The club members have also run bake sales to fundraise and buy themselves snacks like popcorn and juice. McLeod and Clarke-Kuzman bring in some equipment, such as an Xbox, every week along with storing some games with Drennan. feature news INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 3 Did we get it wrong? Inuvik Drum is committed to getting facts and names right. With that goes a commitment to acknowledge mistakes and run corrections. If you spot an error in Inuvik Drum, contact the editor at (867) 777-4545 or e-mail [email protected] NEWS Briefs Bears on the move A sighting of five bears, apparently grizzlies, across from the boat launch was the talk of the town April 24. One person used Facebook to state there was a the sighting late in the afternoon on the shores of the East Channel. Several photos were posted, although it was difficult to discern much detail. That brought people flocking to the boat launch to catch a glimpse of the bruins over the weekend. They are common enough in the area, but are generally not seen very often, much less in such numbers. Many people wrote they were concerned about having the bears so close to town. Several people on snowmobiles patrolled the riverbank while many others parked their vehicles and watched for a glimpse of the bears. Ice roads close for season As expected, the ice roads leading out of Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik are now closed for the season. After a spate of unseasonably warm weather for more than two weeks, the Department of Transportation made the decision to close the ice roads at 3 p.m. on April 28. That's about an average date for closures according to department statistics, although in 2013 the roads were open until the first week of May. So far, there is no indication as to when the ice crossings at Tsiigehtchic and Fort McPherson might close, cutting the Mackenzie Delta off from highway traffic for its typical six weeks or so until a ferry can be pressed into service. College graduation on tap The Aurora Campus will hold its annual graduation ceremony on May 8. The ceremony will return to its usual spot at the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex after being bumped to Ingamo Hall in 2014. The convocation ceremony this year will feature graduates from the environment natural resource technology program, the personal support worker program, and the bachelor of education program. The public is invited, and the ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m. Soccer teams travel Soccer teams from East Three School were shut out of the medals at the first round of the territorial Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife over this past weekend. Both teams from East Three Elementary qualified for the finals, but suffered lopsided losses that ended their tournament play. The junior girls team from East Three Secondary School also made it to the playoff round before bowing out with a 4-0 loss in the quarterfinals. The senior round of the tournament will be held this coming weekend. Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo East Three Secondary School student Karis DeKwant, left, took home a silver medal from the Territorial Skills Competition, in the baking category. Amy Badgley, right, won a gold medal for photography. Kristen Elias, who was absent from the photo, also won silver in hairstyling. Students bring back bling Territorial Skills Competition rewarding for East Three competitors by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services Three students from East Three Secondary School returned home from the Territorial Skills Competition bearing some bling. Amy Badgley, a Grade 12 student, won gold in the photography division. Karis DeKwant, a Grade 9 student at her first competition, won silver in baking after being edged out by one point. Kristen Elias brought home silver in hairstyling. Badgley, an avid photographer who operates a part-time photography business, said she was very pleased with the win. "It was cool," she said, not showing much excitement, although she definitely looked satisfied. "I really want to go to nationals." A scheduling conflict with her graduation ceremony is conflicting with that, but she is trying to find a solution to the problem. All of the photos were taken the day of the competition in Yellow- knife, Badgley explained. "I took a bunch of photos and I wound up editing nine or 10," she said. "You could only submit five, so I had to go through them and pick which ones I wanted." One of them was paint peeling off the side of the building, and it was an orangeish colour. "The reason I chose it was because it was Earth Day and the paint slowly peeling off reminded me of how the Earth is slowly deteriorating and no one really notices until it's too late." She began experimenting with photography when she was "nine or 10," she said, quickly moving from an inexpensive model to a digital camera. "I got a digital camera for Christmas when I was 12. Last year, when I won at the Arctic Image Festival, I bought a new camera and lens." While she enjoys photography and has an obvious talent, Badgley said it "won't be a career." "It'll just be a hobby after university," she said. "I find there isn't any money in it. Anyone can go out and buy a digital camera and take pictures. No one really calls a professional photographer anymore to take their photos as much as they used to." DeKwant said she was a little disappointed with her finish in the baking category, but she's using it to motivate her for next year. "I could have won with one more point, and I would have had it if I had baked the bread longer," she said. "I was pretty happy with how I got second, and I also competed against a student in Grade 12, and I'm only in Grade 9, so I was surprised I got that close to winning gold." "I'm going to be doing it again next year, and I'll be looking for the gold medal," she added. She baked shortbread cookies, French macaroons cookies, a bread and had to decorate a cake with fondant. "I've been baking since I was six or seven. I was always helping my mom in the kitchen. I've always loved to bake." DeKwant said she moved from working from prepared baking mixes to working from scratch fairly quickly. Her best dish is her cupcakes, Badgley interjected. "Try one and you'll know why," she said, her eyes almost glazing over as she spoke. DeKwant blushed a little at that, but didn't argue the point. She seemed fairly confident that she would win eventually, with potentially three more trips to the competition before she graduates from high school. She said she is considering baking as a career, but also has a "couple of other options I'm looking at." "It's definitely one of them," though. Deb Reid, the principal of the school, said "we're really impressed with their performance at the territorial level." "I think it indicates we're running quality programs at the school. We're very proud of them, and they've worked really hard." 4 INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 news photo courtesy of Nick Hurst This small dip on the Inuvik airport runway caused Canadian North to cancel a flight to Inuvik last week until it could be evaluated. The problem is expected to be fixed this summer. Airport hit with runway problem Repairs planned for future after Canadian North flight doesn't land by Shawn Giilck "It's not a sinkhole, it's a slight depression," she said. A problem with land set- "Sinkholes generally have tling at the runway at the no soil underneath them. I Mike Zubko Airport has explained that a number of returned after a two-year times." The runway issue promptabsence. Periodically, the runway ed Canadian North airline to "dips" during warmer weath- postpone landing a passenger er, said Delia Chesworth, the jet in Inuvik until it had a director of airports for the chance to take a closer look at Department of Transportation the issue. Kelly Lewis, the manager (DOT). "We have a 6,000-foot of communications for Canrunway in Inuvik and we adian North, said the company had been have an area advised of the in that runway issue on April that is subject 21, and made to a little bit of the decision to settlement," she fly only to Norsaid. "Essenman Wells the tially, that's the following day situation we're until it received currently in." more informaA decision Delia Chesworth tion. has been made Pa ssenger s to restrict the heading for Inurunway to 4,900 feet while the DOT considers vik were told of the postits options to fix the depres- poned leg of the flight before sion and for the weather to boarding, Lewis said. Flights resumed on April improve. The remaining 1,100 feet can be used for taxiing, 23 after the company determined the runway was still she said. The last time the problem fully serviceable, he said. "We're only going to operrecurred was in 2013, and a temporary fix was done at ate flights if it's absolutely safe. We chose to cancel the that time. "We understand this is a flight (into Inuvik) yesterday problem that predated our so our flight operations could ownership of the airport," she review the situation," Lewis said. "We took on the airport said. "They looked at the in 1995." Chesworth said other revised length of the runway media reports about the situa- that was available, and they tion contained several errors. determined it would fit well Northern News Services "It's not a sinkhole, it's a slight depression." within our operating requirements. So we are resuming our 737 flights." Lewis said "We've known for some time that there is a dip on the runway, and up until now I guess it hasn't been much of an issue. It crossed the threshold yesterday of where we wanted to take a look at it, so that's what we did." The runway problem didn't affect any other flights. "Canadian North decided not to fly into Inuvik (on the 23rd) and they did so for business reasons," said Chesworth. "We gave them the parameters that the runway was open to, and based on their business operations they chose not to fly in there. "It's a problem that needs to be addressed," she said. "It's a manageable issue, and it's an important issue. It's one we take very seriously. Right now, the best solution is to fix it from time to time. We are continuing to investigate it, and we expect that we will have some geo-technical equipment on the ground very shortly to do some extra work." Chesworth said a temporary solution will be in place once again this summer. In 2013, similar work at the airport cost around $200,000. The latest round of repairs will have to be tendered before an estimate of how much the repairs will cost this time. opinions INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 5 Preparing students for the real world guarantee of a well-paying, satisfying career, if it ever did. The staff and students at East Trades, including professions Three Secondary School are owed such as baking and hairsome congratulations styling, offer many more after an impressive showconcrete chances for anying at the Territorial Skills THE ISSUE: one with talent and vision SKILLS Competition last week in in those fields, and they COMPETITION Yellowknife. should be encouraged to A team of six students WE SAY: move into them if that's from the school qualiDOING IT their wish, rather than folfied for the competition, RIGHT lowing the conventional with three bringing home path. medals and others not Examples such as the missing by much. Skills Competition contenders are Of the three students who won good role models for other stumedals, two in particular, Karis dents to think a little outside the DeKwant and Kristen Elias, were box. competing in disciplines They also show the and skills that could easvalue, and good work, ily translate into careers the school is doing with in town if they choose to its alternative course do so. offerings, such as its Elias won a silver in food program and coshairdressing, while DeKmetics courses. want won a silver in bakSchool principal Debing. Both of those skills orah Reid said she isn't are in high demand in too surprised to see the Inuvik, which has a disSHAWN good showing by the tinct shortage of hairstyl- GIILCK students. Elias, she said, ists and bakers. Tiara had already been turning Modeste performed heads with her styling skills, while admirably in the cooking event. Badgley has been demonstratWith the proper resources, ing her photography expertise for these young women could likely more than a year. set up their own business in town These students need to be conand be successful. They certainly gratulated by town residents, as could join existing businesses does the school. quite readily. Clearly, something is being done Amy Badgley, who won gold in photography, recognizes she's in a right at East Three. slightly different situation. Showing a practicality beyond her years, Badgley realizes that photography will be a challenging and difficult choice to pursue as a WHEN WILL THE ICE ROAD CLOSE FOR THE YEAR? career. "There's no money in it, because By the end of April everyone has a digital camera," she said wisely. 50% That's a testament to both common sense, and the way in Early in May which the school is preparing its students for life beyond the class50% room. 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Searchlight bills itself as "a hunt for Canada's best new musical artist," according to the contest's website. It's open to bands across the nation who duel for spots to represent 16 different regions, Drennan said. He's hoping to snag one of those spots and he's stumbled on an innovative way to do it. In the early rounds, competitors move along based on the number of public votes they receive. In the later rounds, they face a panel of celebrity judges who also have a vote. "Musicians enter one song," Drennan said. "You create a profile and then it goes to voting." His song Middle of Everywhere has gotten "all kinds of plays" so far. "The song started from the thought of me trying to figure out what the meaning of life is, like so much of myself," he said with a bit of a self-conscious chuckle. "It's like so many of my songs. It's a question of place, where am I, and how do I fit in. A lot of my songs tend to go around a certain theme like that," he said. "I think there was like 3,000 entries in the first round," he added. "So it's up to the artist to kind of promote themselves, and what they do encourage is collaboration." In the first round, he teamed up with seven more artists that he selected to form what he called "the Searchlight Seven." Each artist encouraged his or her supporters to also vote for the others in the group, on the basis of "we're stronger together than apart," Drennan said. "What I did was started to reach out to groups from across Canada to get as much representation as possible. And it was bands and music that I really liked. The Royalty crowned Aklavik It was a busy week for the young and young at heart here as the kiddie carnival got underway on Monday with the crowning of the prince and princess. The rest of the week was punctuated by fun outdoor games such as rubber boot races, egg in spoon and a jigging contest. Participants also enjoyed a talent show, barbecue and cash raffle. Events finish up April 30 just in time for a relaxing weekend. Silver medal in soccer Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo Inuvik musician Abe Drennan has made it into the third round of a national music contest with a little help from his friends. idea was to collaborate with each other to share our music, not unlike a co-op." Combined with some social media savvy, Drennan said it's proven to be a very successful strategy so far. "And it's worked, man it's worked." Three of the original seven members, including himself, have made it through to the third round of the five-round competition. Twice, he's recruited more members to keep the complement of seven, which he said has required hours of work. "I'm posting several times a day," he said during an interview April 27. Drennan, who also teaches at East Three Secondary School, says its becoming increasingly more difficult to keep up the pace with his work obligations and busy family life with young children, but he's persevering because he knows that winning the contest, or even placing high, could be the boost he needs for his music career. He's played in a band for many years, he said, achieving some modest success, and has hovered around the fringes of the business without ever truly breaking through. "It would mean the world to me to win, to have my music out there. It's a dream to me." Drennan was waiting April 28 for the results of the third round to come in to see if he could extend his lucky streak. "It's been fun, it's been incredible, and I've had a great time doing it," he said. Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson Students from Chief Julius School competed in the 12 and under Super Soccer championships last week at William McDonald School in Yellowknife. The girls played hard in the eight-game series, coming out on top in most cases, with one especially impressive win against Mildred Hall, sweeping the game with a score of 23-0. The girls made it to the finals but were defeated by William McDonald 4-2 in the championship game, taking home a silver medal. Principal Amber Hill said Super Soccer is one of the highlights of the school year for students. "These kids eat, sleep and breathe soccer," she said. "It gives them an opportunity to travel and see other communities." Spring picnic planned Ulukhaktok/Holman Folks are busy this week with a number of activities. On the evening of April 30, a community meeting was to be held at Helen Kalvak School to discuss recent budget cuts handed down by the Beaufort Delta Education Council and how the school plans to address them. On a lighter note, the annual school spring picnic will be held May 1 in Okpilik. Participants planned to enjoy a day out on the land, fishing and eating delicious cooking from the elders. Big anniversary upcoming Paulatuk Things have been relatively quiet in Paulatuk lately as the community prepares for its 50th anniversary celebration on the first weekend in June. This will signal the end of the spring goose hunt and also Inuvialuit Day. The afternoon will feature a barbecue and variety of outdoor activities and in the evening a dance and gathering will be held indoors. Dignitaries are expected to visit to share stories and memories of the hamlet's history. Students learn oil drilling photo courtesy of Fraser Pearce AS FAST AS A JACKRABBIT The Inuvik Ski Club wrapped up another successful Jackrabbits Junior Ski Program this past weekend. Each of the 15 skiers who participated over the duration of the program received their souvenir Jackrabbit Toques. Program participants ranging from age three to nine took part in the weekly program that began in late February. Among them are Rebecca Blakeston, left, Lexi Gilmour, Tessa Jenks (standing), Olivia Gilmour (sitting), Cooper Jenks, Karis Gilmour, Madison Parsons, Rachel Blakeston, Sam Pearce and Naomi Pearce. The early spring melt meant that there was not enough snow for skiing on the last session, but the kids still had fun sledding on the patchy slush of the ski club hill, roasting marshmallows and talking about the season. Tuktoyaktuk Students at Mangilaluk School were given the unique opportunity to learn about oil drilling and its environmental impacts in the North during a presentation by Imperial Oil last week. Principal Agnes Cudmore said, for the first time, younger students were included in the activities and introduced to a variety of hands-on learning stations designed to teach them about rock formations. She said students particularly enjoyed one activity that used cake to show how rock layers are formed. Presentations were also given to the high school students along with the opportunity to ask questions about environmental implications and what is going on in the media. Cudmore said the students were very engaged and enjoyed the experience. photo stories INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 7 Youth centre goes mushing Northern News Services they way they travelled," said The Inuvik Youth Cen- youth centre executive director Renee Theoret. tre hit the trails "They learned with the sled dogs from Arctic Cha- SLEDDING how to hook up the dogs and drive let at just the right their own four-dog time April 20. Feature sled team for an The unseasonably warm weather by Rene Theoret hour on the land. "I believe this meant this was was an amazing likely to be one of the last trips of the year for the cultural and learning experience for our youth. We learned chalet staff. "With funding from the a lot, laughed a lot and had lots NWT Arts Council, eight of fun. Hopefully funding will local youth got to experience be available next year to gave an hour-long seminar learn- more youth the chance to go ing about their ancestors and dog sledding." Christine Day made a few new friends on the dogsledding trip with the centre. Justin Amos took to the woods during the trip. Angie Edwards looked like a natural while driving the dogs down the trail. Derrien Firth was all smiles as he worked with the sled dogs. Jayden Clarke looked as if he's quite at home with the sled dogs. 8 INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 news Gwich'in Day draws dozens for celebration Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo James Wilson, the president of the Gwich'in Tribal Council, was on hand for Gwich'in Day on April 22 at the GTC offices. Dozens of people attended the celebration, which marks the anniversary of the nation's land claim agreement. Mixed sentiments at ceremony to mark signing of historic land-claim agreement by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services ities, the private sector and other governments" he said. "I'm also looking forward to advancing education, and our economic development is a priority. We've got a list a mile long of everything I'd like to accomplish." "We have to recognize that we're in a very (economically) depressed area," Wilson added. "I think our board needs to consider all their options." While Gwich'in Day was celebrated on April 22 with mostly happy sentiments, the anniversary didn't come without some ambivalence. Dozens of people turned out for the festivities under mostly cloudy skies and cool temperatures to enjoy some free food, but also to mark the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Gwich'in nation's historic land-claim agreement. James Wilson, the new Self government draft president of the Gwich'in agreement coming Tribal Association, said he was down the pipe gratified to see so many people Wilson also revealed the out marking the momentous negotiations for a self-governoccasion. ment agreement with the fed"It's great to see almost eral and territorial government the whole community out," he are going so well that a draft said. agreement could "The recepbe released this tion has been fall. very good. This To be ratiis one of my first fied, such an times seeing agreement this." requires the per"I think for mission of a full most of us it's a slate of reprechance to celesentatives at an brate the landannual general claims agreemeeting, Wilson ment. It's a major said. He's hoping accomplishment it could be ready for us, and it's for the August a reminder (of session. that)." "We hope Wilson said to have it done there's still a "big by then, but it's Ruth Wright agenda" for the going to take a Gwich'in nation lot of work," he and its leaders to said. fulfill. It wasn't only "We need to build a strong- Gwich'in turning out for the er organization and improve celebration, which turned out relationships between the to be a bit of a multicultural organization and the commun- event. "We know a lot of mistakes have been made, and darn-tooting we'll never make them again." Ruby Edwards, an Inuvialuit resident, dropped by with some family members. "It's a proud day for the Gwich'in," said Archie Inglangasuk. "We enjoy the company, and we love the Gwich'in. It's a good day to celebrate with them." Ruth Wright said "it's good to be able to talk to people about it," she said. "Whether they're Gwich'in or not, it's good see all the people come out." Teaching the youth about their culture One of the first things she does on Gwich'in Day, Wright said, is talk to the children in attendance. Many of them, she said, especially if they come from mixed marriages, tend to know rather little about the family lines, much less culture, and she likes to give them an introduction. She was less enthusiastic when asked if, 23 years after the land-claim agreement was signed, things have improved that much for the Gwich'in nation. "In 20-20 hindsight, there are lots of things we could have done differently and it's been a learning curve of sorts." "We know a lot of mistakes have been made, and darntooting we'll never make them again. Or if we do make them again, people will bark and roar about it. We watch our leaders a lot more, we talk to them a lot more, and to regular people a lot more get their opinion." alternatives INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 9 Horoscopes April 30 to May 6 STREET talk With the nice weather here, what are you looking forward to doing this spring? with Shawn Giilck [email protected] ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, now is a great time to take a chance and try something new. Something different may be just what you need to get back in the swing of things. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 A big change may be looming, Taurus. Think about leaving your comfort zone and trying an adventure. You never know what the experience will bring. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 There's a lot to accomplish right now, Gemini, but distractions seem to turn up just when you get on track. Try to keep your attention focused on the tasks at hand. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 You tend to gravitate toward leadership roles, Cancer. That can pack on the pressure, and sometimes you need a break. Choose this week to stand on the sidelines. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, even though you're excited about a planned getaway, you're also a little apprehensive about leaving home for long. Shake off such feelings and enjoy the time away. Trudy Marks "I love this time of year, especially the sun." Anna Bailey "I'm looking forward to seeing some flowers bloom." Jane Dale "I'm looking forward to the leaves coming out and having no snow." VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, trust your own instincts when an unusual situation arises. Others will offer advice, but you will be most satisfied if you go with your gut. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, a friend reenters your life this week and you are better for it. Enjoy this rekindled friendship and set aside some time to catch up and share a few laughs. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, be alert at work this week, as a great opportunity may be coming your way and you want to be prepared. Supervisors will like that you're on your toes. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, your excitement over an upcoming revelation has you wondering how long you can keep a secret. Hang in there a few more days, and all will work out just fine. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, it is finally time to take a well-deserved rest. Make the most of this time to get some R&R as your schedule might be hectic once more in just a few days. Jennifer Rafferty "I really like having bonfires out in the sun and having no bugs around." Sheri Burke "Playing outside with my daughter." Kathleen Fair "I'm looking forward to hiking." AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, put yourself first this week, even if you have a lot of things on your plate. If you're not at your best, you will not be able to help others, so take some time for yourself. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, an unlikely source provides all of the inspiration you need this week. Be thankful to have such a person in your life. Striking out in search of a girl A dozen years ago I wrote you about my impending divorce. You gave me great advice at the time, but now I have a different problem. I've been everywhere locally, to all the dating sites and even overseas searching for nice women to date. I am told on the first or sometimes second date, there is no chance for romance. I am told we don't click. Some women offer to introduce me to friends. I understand they are trying to be helpful, but I feel insulted because my interest is in the person I asked out, not her friends. I am polite and well-mannered. I have a professional career and am moderately successful. I clean up well. I have all my teeth and most of my hair. I was overweight a while after my marriage, but have trimmed up in the past year. I only date women my age (within six or seven years), but rarely get past a first date before being sent to the "friends only" category. I was married six years to the wrong person. Even though I loved her I was not the right man for her. Once I paid off her credit card debt and student loans, she divorced me. I admit to being misguided at times, like looking for women overseas. To be honest, I am an introvert, but I have no problem with socializing one-on-one or in small groups. From friends and acquaintances I often hear, "You're such a great guy, why don't you have anyone?" Trevor Trevor, you strike us as the quintessential nice guy. There's nothing wrong with you, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. What is the you plus something? A passion, an interest, a hobby, a quest. Something you can share. Some painters didn't begin to paint until late in life. No person is guaranteed a relationship. You may not find your one for awhile. It may not be fated for you. It wasn't fated for Grandma Moses to start painting early. It wasn't in her stars. If we told you this person will not show up for seven or eight or 10 years, what would you do now? Life is not a waiting room where we wait for someone to DIRECT Answers with Wayne & Tamara Mitchell [email protected] make our life what it should be. We have a friend like that. Good-looking, smart, savvy. And hopelessly in love with a woman who doesn't love him. A woman he will never have. He's waiting for his life to begin and it never will with her. You have to breathe life to the fullest. Travel, scuba dive, kayak, learn to cook. Join Toastmasters. Change careers. Dive in and start doing it. Be fearless. If you feel defeated, you won't show enough to be attractive. We need passions in life. Sitting around and waiting for someone to show up is not an attractive quality. The more you focus on what you don't have, the more you can't see you are pumping out despair. What did you tell us? You want something from them. Attractiveness. They will judge you, too. Since there is nothing wrong with your wallet or your looks, it must be your appetite for life, your awareness of life, your activities in life. The woman you are interested in won't be bought, she has to be won. Even if we are wrong about you, how could improving your life not make you more attractive to a woman. If there weren't more to this than looks and money, any two people could pair up. There has to be something inside both people that brings them together. Let out the human being within you. Make the most of every day you have on the planet. Don't pick up a magazine in the waiting room of life. When that person comes along, she will be an enhancement to what you already have. Wayne & Tamara If you have any questions or comments for Wayne or Tamara, please forward e-mail to [email protected] or write to Wayne & Tamara Mitchell, Station A, Box 2820, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2R1 Student of the week MAX HARLOW AGE: 18 MONTHS Patricia Davison of the Children's First Centre said Max has a very sunny disposition. "He is always smiling. He learns things very fast. He greets everyone with a wave and a, 'Hi when they enter the program." sports & recreation 10 INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 Darren Horn photo Shirley Firth Larsson, left, and Sharon Firth, seen during the NWT Sport Hall of Fame induction ceremony November 2012, were announced as inductees into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame on April 22 in Toronto. Top honour for famous sisters Canadian Sports Hall of Fame inductions planned for Firths by Shawn Giilck Northern News Services The most famous twins to have come out of Inuvik are heading to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Skiing dynamos Sharon Firth, and her late sister, Shirley Firth-Larsson, were among the athletes nominated for the 2015 class of inductees into the hall of fame. The announcement was made April 2 in Toronto, with an ecstatic Sharon Firth in attendance. The sisters are already among the inaugural members of the NWT Sport Hall of Fame in 2012. They've also received the Order of Canada and a Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal. So there's an argument to be made that their inclusion in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame should have occurred long ago, but Sharon shrugged that off and was more than happy to accept the honour. "Things come in time," she said during a telephone interview April 27. "I didn't expect it myself, because I had never thought about being inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame. "It's a huge honour, one of the highest you can receive in sports. And it's just not only about us. It's about sports in the NWT in general, and how one can reach for the top." The twins were born in Aklavik, but spent much of their childhood in Inuvik training with the Territorial Experimental Ski Training (TEST) program initiated by Father Jean-Marie Mouchet in the 1960s. SPORTS CARD RUNNING AGE: 19 MONTHS Patricia Davison, the executive director of the Children's First Centre, says William loves to play ball and run. "He is an avid climber and outdoors person," she added. WILLIAM COLE Both sisters competed in overwhelming," Firth added. four Winter Olympic Games "Canada's Sports Hall of – from 1972 to 1984 – and Fame ... sounds beautiful, amassed an incredible total doesn't it?" she said. "What a thrill for me and of 79 medals for my sister." across several The Firths competitions. will be the They will third and fourth be joining foraboriginal mer NHL athletes to be star Paul Cofhonoured by fey, five-time entering the Olympic speedhall, which is skater Susan also a momenAuch and the tous moment. iconic hockey "Shirley and player Danielle Sharon Firth I were always Goyette when aware of our they're officially heritage (as inducted Oct. 22 Gwich'in) and we were proud in Toronto. Sharon said she was also to promote it to people," Sharmore than gratified that Shir- on said. Keeping the announceley, who died of cancer at 59 in 2013, was entering the hall ment a secret for so long was perhaps the toughest part of with her. "It's only fair," she said. the entire moment. "I wanted to tell everyone "This way, with both of us, it's natural. When I found out, right away," said Sharon. "I was so proud to be told and I was shocked," she said. "I first I wanted everyone to be as thought of Shirley's passing excited as I was. This doesn't and thought about how big happen all the time. There's so many people who share this is. "The reaction has been this with me – the GNWT, "It's a huge honour, one of the highest you can receive in sports." the Gwich'in, the Inuvialuit. They're the ones who believed in the TEST program and made it last for so long." Firth was in Inuvik only two weeks ago, helping to coach ski clinics with local participants. It's one of the many ways she continues to give back to the sport and the territory. "The Board and Members of the Inuvik Ski Club want to congratulate the Firth sisters on their nomination to the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame," said spokesperson Fraser Pearce. "It is a longoverdue honour and our only disappointment is that it did not come in time for Shirley to receive the honour in person. "To this day, they continue to have an enormously positive impact on cross-country skiing in Inuvik, and the entire NWT. Sharon was just recently in town hosting a technical and coaching clinic. We can not think of more deserving recipients of this nomination." – with files from James McCarthy INUVIK DRUM, Thursday, April 30, 2015 11 DELTA MARKETPLACE Check out the NNSL “Job Bank” online at www.nnsl.com! NWT ADVERTISING HOTLINE • PHONE: (867) 777-4545 OR (867) 873-WORD(9673)• FAX: (867) 777-4412 NNSL WORD CLASSIFIEDS NOW RUN IN 5 NWT PAPERS Inuvik Drum • Deh Cho Drum • NWT News/North • Yellowknifer • Weekender • PLUS NNSL classiﬁeds online: www.nnsl.com Book your classiﬁed online or email to: classiﬁ[email protected] 20•Announcements 20•Announcements 20•Announcements 140•Misc. For Sale 140•Misc. 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