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News Briefs: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Candidates talk art

The Artist Run Community Centre is holding a forum for candidates in the upcoming territorial election to speak about the arts.

The public event will be held Sept. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the ARCC, located in the old Pentecostal Church on 49 Street.

- Nicole Veerman

Trash to treasure

Kids are invited to turn everyday items into treasure Saturday afternoon in a Trashformation for Kids workshop. The free event will be taking place at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre from 12 to 4 p.m.

Parents are encouraged to drop by with their kids and bring along some recycled materials to take part. There will also be materials provided onsite.

- Nicole Veerman

Out-read Nunavut

The NWT Literacy Council is challenging the NWT to out-read Nunavut. The challenge is to see how many people will register with the council to read for 15 minutes on Sept. 28.

The challenge is part of celebrating NWT Literacy Week, which runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

Contact the council to register as an NWT reader.

- Nicole Veerman

KidSport benefit

NHL hockey players, Darryl Sittler and Yvan Cournoyer, will be the speakers at this year's Champions for Children fundraising dinner on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Explorer Hotel. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the dinner is at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at Top of the World Travel and because it is a licensed event, only those aged 19 and over can attend.

- Heather Lange

Voters list being revised

The voters list is being revised and will be finalized at 1 p.m. today. Residents must be accurately registered with Elections NWT by contacting their returning officer in their riding before their ballots can be cast in the territorial election Oct. 3.

- Katherine Hudson

Commission to visit

Baker Lake - Former residential school students and their families in Baker Lake will have the chance to speak to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission when it visits the community on Nov. 15.

There are upwards of 50 former residential school students estimated to be living in the Baker area.

The commission gathered almost 500 statements during its Northern tour of almost 20 communities in Nunavut, the NWT, the Yukon and Quebec earlier this year.

Big day in Whale Cove

Whale Cove - The Hamlet of Whale Cove will be hosting its first Community Economic Development Day tomorrow, Sept. 15.

The hamlet is expecting more than 15 organizations to travel to the community to promote their services.

A trade show for the entire hamlet and a community feast will also be held during the event. For more on the proceedings, please see the Sept. 21 edition of Kivalliq News.

Bird study

Kivalliq - Anyone finding dead birds in the region is asked to contact the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre, so the birds can be collected for a study on migratory birds which is currently underway in Nunavut.

The study is part of a global survey to track the spread of potentially dangerous viruses.

Although it hasn't turned up in Canada to date, health officials are worried about a new, highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 (bird flu) possibly making its way to the country.

The scientists are planning to study 3,000 dead birds from across Canada, and another 2,000 samples from live birds in Nunavut, Quebec and the Maritimes.

Teacher travels

Coral Harbour - Sakku School's Lisom Tam-Eveleigh of Coral Harbour was selected to join a fivemember team with Project Overseas to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Caribbean, to conduct math workshops for two weeks with teachers of St. Vincent and the surrounding islands.

Project Overseas had 52 teams travel to different countries around the world this year for anywhere from two to six weeks.

For more on TamEveleigh's trip to the Caribbean, please see the Sept. 21 edition of Kivalliq News.

Coral grads

Coral Harbour - A total of seven graduates received their Grade 12 diplomas at Sakku School in Coral Harbour earlier this month.

Earning their diplomas were Kelvin Kalai, Davidee Adams, Saul Netser, Kayla MacLean, Norman Jr. Nakoolak, Jalen Ell and Alex Duffy.

Photos from the Coral grad will be featured in an upcoming edition of Kivalliq News.

Hockey pool time

Kivalliq - Kivalliq hockey lovers are reminded they can start on the path to attending an NHL game by entering the annual Northern News Services Ltd. hockey pool.

Entry forms and rules for the contest can be found in the weekly edition of Nunavut News/North.

Poolies can also enter online at