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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jamboree coming up in Fort Simpson

The coolest celebration in the Deh Cho is starting in Fort Simpson on March 2.

Beavertail Jamboree is kicking off the month with a full week of events beginning with a family sliding party at 2 p.m. and fireworks at 8 p.m. For youth, early in the week there will be a handgames tournament on March 3 at 6 p.m. and a talent show the following day at the same time.

Returning annual events for adults include the singles crib tournament on March 3 and the doubles tournament on March 7 both at 7 p.m., as well as the adult traditional games, talent show and dance, all on Saturday. The feast and opening ceremonies, including the crowning, will be on March 6 starting at 6 p.m.

Friday is a big day for the jamboree with a community barbecue at noon, followed by youth games and the corporate challenge.

Fort Providence hockey tourney a go

Despite delays in the creation of an ice surface in the Fort Providence arena, the annual Kingland Ford Hockey Tournament is going ahead.

The tournament will be held from March 1 to 2 in the hamlet. In addition to the Fort Providence Bulls, a team from Yellowknife has confirmed they will be competing.

A team from Hay River may also attend and Fort Providence may field a second team.

Youth gather

Thomas Simpson School is hosting the Mackenzie Regional Youth Conference next week in Fort Simpson.

Youth in Grades 7 to 12 from almost all of the Deh Cho communities are expected to attend from March 4 to 6.

Approximately 20 presenters will be working with the the youth on a variety of topics.

The youth are also expected to participate in a number of Beavertail Jamboree events, including the handgames, talent show and Much Music dance.

Making muskox horn jewelry

Artist Jamie Look is leading a two-day jewelery making workshop in Fort Simpson.

Participants in the free workshop will learn how to carve and finish muskox horn, use power and hand tools and do basic jewelery assembly. The workshop will also touch on how to produce and sell jewelery commercially.

Limited seats are available for the event that will take place from March 1 to 2 in the recreation centre.

Participants must be 18 or older.

Festival this weekend

The first Arctic Image Festival will run from Feb. 28 to March 2 at East Three school.

The idea for the festival originated with several local photographers, such as Terry Halifax, who wanted to bring a "world-class" celebration of Arctic visual images to Inuvik.

The festival will host a series of workshops with professional photographers, along with several competitions.

Exhibitions of images of the Arctic will also be on hand.

For the purposes of the festival, the Arctic is being defined as the Arctic Circle, to ward off the often-controversial debate on what constitutes the Arctic.

Halifax said several well-known professional photographers, notably Dave Brosha, Michelle Valberg and Don Weber, will be conducting some of the workshops, along with local photographers.

These workshops will range from an introduction to photography for youth, to photographing the aurora, portraiture and wildlife photography, he said.

Gwich'in Cup underway

The hockey season in Inuvik may be starting to wind down, but there will be another full weekend of hockey on hand as the Gwich'in Cup rolls into town this weekend.

It's the second time in three weeks that hockey will dominate the Inuvik sporting scene, following on the heels of the IRC Cup two weeks ago.

"There are currently 15 teams entered in the tournament from Tuk, Paulatuk, Fort McPherson, Inuvik, Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic and Norman Wells," said Carolyn Hunter, the president of Inuvik Minor Hockey.

The tournament is for players from five to 18 years of age.

The Gwich'in Cup opens Feb. 27 and runs until March 2.

Talk about park

The town of Inuvik parks and recreation advisory committee is sponsoring a public meeting about Chief Jim Koe Park March 5 in the Midnight Sun Complex.

Steve Krug, the recreation co-ordinator for the town, said the meeting is for residents to provide their input on the restoration and rehabilitation of Chief Jim Koe Park once Sir Alexander Mackenzie School is demolished.

"We're looking for ideas from the public on what to do with this space," he said.

Possibilities might include the construction of some kind of multi-use sports facility, Krug said.

"Community residents are asked to help the Town of Inuvik identify recreation priorities at a planning meeting," stated a media release from the committee.

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