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Ed Weick and Patti Black coordinated and moderated
the "NTI Roundtable" sessions of the Nunavut
Mining Symposium in Cambridge Bay. The Symposium
is an annual event attended by over 200
representatives of the mining industry,
government, regulatory bodies and land claim
organizations. The Roundtable was a lively session
that brought together high profile panelists from
both the Industry and Regulatory sectors to
discuss the challenges of working within the land
and resource regime in Nunavut. Key issues and
next steps were identified in the Roundtable
Report, to be circulated by NTI shortly.
Shannon Ward's Nearly All Grrrl team (including
honorary grrrl Terry Rudden) has submitted a
comprehensive report to the Beaufort Delta Self
Government office, setting out a range of
strategic options for transferring federal and
territorial programs to the governments and
organizations taking shape under the new
self-government structure. Working with Consilium
on this exciting project was Stephanie Fox.
Greg Smith has headed Consilium's
participation in a two-year demonstration
project to use videoconferencing for a
variety of community development purposes in
Igloolik. The other partners were the
Canadian Museum of Nature and the Inullariit
(Elder's) Society of Igloolik. The project
was a great success, with hundreds of
participants at both ends being linked for
planning, education, meetings, and family
reunions. Other sites connected to Igloolik
through the project included Yellowknife,
Washington, Quebec City and Oklahoma. Hopes
are to continue using the technology to plan
a local museum in Igloolik, and to encourage
its spread to other northern locations.
Greg Smith will head a Consilium team evaluating the
Aboriginal Languages Initiative, a national program
funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage focused on
language acquisition and retention in the home.
Announced in 1998, the program has provided $20 million
in funding over four years, and is delivered through the
collaborative efforts of the Department of Canadian
Heritage, the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit
Tapirisat of Canada and the Métis National Council.
Consilium and McLeod Farley and Associates are
assisting 11 communities in the Mushkegowuk region
in the preparation of community and regional
economic plans, and community and regional human
resource plans. The project is a joint initiative
of Wakenagun Community Futures Development
Corporation and Muskegowuk Development Corporation
and Muskegowuk Council Employment and Training
From left: Rich McLeod Farley, Patricia
Black, Fred Weihs, Peter Dixon, Ron Ryan and John
Rickard (Flo Frank not shown).
may be replacing Almonte as the Consilium vacation
destination of choice. Terry and Valerie started
the trend in '98 with a dive trip to Cozumel. Ron
Ryan spent two sun-drenched weeks at Cancun in
February: Greg and Marianne Smith just returned
from ten days touring the Yucatan and relaxing in
Playa Del Carmen, and Terry and Mehrun Forth,
fresh from the Arctic Winter Games and Tooniq Tyme
in Iqaluit, are travelling to Puerta Vallarta as
this page goes to press...without laptops or cell
excitement over one partner's 50th birthday, we
forgot to mention the cornucopia of significant
April birthdays: Marianne Smith also turned 50 on
April 18; Leslie Sutherland and Greg Smith (both
born on April 13th, a birthday they share with
Catherine di Medici, Don Adams and Thomas
Jefferson) and Ron Ryan (born on April 24th, along
with Shirley MacLaine and Barbra Streisand).
Trivia buffs will be pleased to know that Hank
William Senior's song "Lovesick Blues" was topping
the Billboard Country Charts the day Ron was born.
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