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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
GNWT noted for diversity programs

The territorial government has been recognized as one of the country's top employers for its diversity and inclusion programs.

The GNWT was one of 100 selected in the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition run by Mediacorp. The GNWT's Diversity and Inclusion Unit and two advisory committees were among the reasons for the selection.

The GNWT has more than 5,900 employees, according to a publication about the results of the competition.

- Shane Magee

Public invited to meeting on reduced class time

Residents can voice their concerns about proposed reductions to class time in the NWT at a public hearing Friday.

The Standing Committee on Social Development will host an open meeting on Bill 16: An Act to Amend the Education Act in Committee Room A of the legislative assembly at 1:30 p.m.

The bill would reduce the minimum number of hours NWT students must spend in class per year and reduce the age for kindergarten from five to four-years old.

The changes are needed to uphold a collective agreement between the GNWT and Northwest Territories Teachers' Association that included a pilot program to reduce class time across the territory this fall.

- Kirsten Fenn

Learn to run

The Yellowknife Women's Society is offering two running programs in April.

The Couch to 5 km is taking place Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. The aim is to work up to five kilometres gradually by both running and walking, states a blog post on the Society's site. The 10k Training Group began yesterday and the group is meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

- Robin Grant

Easter skate

The City of Yellowknife is inviting all residents to a free Easter skate on April 12. The event is being held at the Shorty Brown Arena in the Multiplex.

Residents can bring family and friends and have the chance to spot the Easter bunny, states the city news release.

- Robin Grant

Amauti program

Baker Lake

A beaded amauti program is meeting with solid reviews in Baker Lake.

The program, which began this past February sponsored by the Baker Lake Wellness Committee and Agnico Eagle Mines, is being led by two elders and program facilitator Janet Nungnik.

An open house was held at the wellness building in Baker to promote the program this past Thursday, March 30.

For the complete story on the beaded amauti program in Baker Lake, please see the April 12 edition of Kivalliq News.

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