Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series – #2, Autism

The second presentation of Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series will be held on July 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly Building.

The Legislative Library is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Selleck who will speak on The Inconvenient Truth About Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Selleck is the Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University.  A leader in the field of neuroscience, Dr. Selleck will discuss the current understanding of the genetics of autism, the possibility that environmental and genetic factors show significant interactions that contribute to susceptibility, and the feasibility of pharmaceutical treatment for a set of diseases that are affected by hundreds to thousands of different genes.  The lessons learned from the study of autism, Dr. Selleck suggests, have implications for research of other complex human traits, including schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease.

There will be time for questions and discussion following Dr. Selleck’s presentation.

Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series will serve as a forum for a wide variety of speakers to present current ideas, science, traditional knowledge, and issues relevant to the Northwest Territories and beyond.  Ledge Talks will also showcase research done by the many GNWT employees – often with collaborating partners – who are making substantial contributions to the world’s understanding of the North.

If you would like to do a Ledge Talk yourself (or know someone who should), the Legislative Assembly Library would like to hear from you.

Ledge Talk Guidelines:

1)      Ledge Talks are about knowledge, not politics.
2)      Ledge Talks are about issues, not government programs.
3)      Talks should generally be 20 to 30 minutes long, and presenters should be prepared to respond to questions.
4)      PowerPoint and video are welcome. Please notify the Library of your needs in advance.
5)      If you have questions or suggestions for presenters, please contact Legislative Librarian Vera Raschke at 669-2203 or Lee Selleck, Director of Research and Library Services, at 669-2213, or by email.


Vera Raschke, Legislative Librarian, 669-2203
Lee Selleck, Director of Research, Library & Information Services, 669-2213

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Update – YK Community Safety Meeting

Last month a second ‘Community Safety Meeting’ was held at Northern United Pace to continue the conversation about safety in our Yellowknife community.

A transcript of the evening was prepared by GNWT Justice and can be downloaded here.

If you would like to review the information presented on the progress made from issues raised in October, they can be viewed at this link.  The French version is available here.

Happy reading! and please send me any comments!

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National Aboriginal Education Strategy

See the GNWT press release below – follow up to the national Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC) held earlier this month.
YELLOWKNIFE (July 11, 2014) – In Charlottetown, PEI this week, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty presented a two-year strategy on national Aboriginal education to the Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC), to wide endorsement.

At the 2013 CMEC summit, Minister Lafferty was appointed CMEC Lead Minister on Aboriginal education to develop an Aboriginal education strategy that would lead the efforts of jurisdictions across Canada to ensure that education systems meet the needs of Aboriginal students.

“Research shows that effective Aboriginal education programs are key to achieving greater social and economic equality, considering that about half of the difference in labour force participation rates can be attributed to educational differences,” said Minister Lafferty. “This strategy focuses on continuing to promote and encourage the development of resources that address the legacy of Indian Residential Schools, developing curriculum and teaching resources focused on Canadian history and the legacy of Indian Residential Schools for use in Bachelor of Education and teacher education programs across Canada, supporting Aboriginal students pursuing careers in education, and sharing resources and promising practices in Aboriginal education. This is a critical need that we must address and, with the support of my colleagues across Canada, we have agreed to a unified approach that I am confident will set us on the right path.”

Education Ministers also agreed to hold the next CMEC meeting in Yellowknife in summer 2015, along with an Aboriginal Educator Summit to support Aboriginal students interested in pursuing a career in teaching. Ministers will be asked to discuss the importance of ensuring that all Canadian educators, regardless of whom they are or where they teach, possess an accurate understanding and awareness of the history and legacy of Canadian Indian Residential Schools. This development provides an incredible opportunity for ministers to expand upon this notion in the future towards a consideration of a commitment to implement mandatory Indian Residential School curriculum in all Bachelor of Education and pre-service teaching programs across Canada.

Within the second year, work will commence toward the development of a postsecondary resource on Indian residential schools and an online resource for sharing resources and promising practices on Aboriginal Education. These actions will support all jurisdictions in improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners and all Canadians. Ultimately, Ministers of Education recognize that improved educational outcomes for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) learners will benefit all Canadians, strengthen greater attachment of Aboriginal people to the labour force and support Aboriginal learners to be better prepared for an increasingly knowledge-based economy.

“We must continue to build on the tremendous work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission over the past few years to raise awareness of the legacy of Indian Residential Schools,” stated Minister Lafferty. “The Northwest Territories and Nunavut have heeded that call to action, and now include residential school resources as a dedicated part of their K-12 curricula. We must now expand our efforts to all Canadian education systems – K-12 and post-secondary. This is vital to the future of our communities, our economy and our country as a whole.”

For more information on the Aboriginal Education Proposal, visit www.cmec.ca.

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Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation July Newsletter.

Catch up on the latest news from the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation  here. including information on the NJ Macpherson fundraiser that raised $9 700 as well as the new equipment purchased for programs..

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Junior Kindergarten Update

Minister Lafferty updated the Legislative Assembly on Junior Kindergarten Implementation on May 30th.

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A Name for BETTY House

The Yellowknife YWCA has responsibility for the running of BETTY House – the women’s transitional housing complex on 54 Street – a long-running project nearing completion, and scheduled to open in September. The Y would like to find a permanent name for the building; one which represents the clients and the activities which will take place there. They are asking for help from  the public; asking you to propose individuals for consideration by a naming committee.

You can read the YWCA press release here. Below is a poster with details of this request. Deadline for entries is August 15th.
Naming poster

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Education Renewal Initiatives for the 2014-15 School Year.

On March 19th, I asked the Minister of Education Culture and Employment, Minister Lafferty, what Education Renewal initiatives would be implemented in the fall for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.  During the May/June Assembly session I received a letter from the Minister in response to my Oral Question.

The letter outlines the department’s plans for education renewal for the next little while. Click here to download the document, and feel free to share your views with me and/or ECE.

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Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series

The Legislative Assembly Library is pleased to announce the launch of Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly on July 16, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. ITI Permafrost Scientist Steve Kokelj launches Ledge Talks. Kokelj has documented significant changes in Arctic ecosystems due to its rapidly warming climate, focusing on the consequences of thawing permafrost – and what this unprecedented change means to all of us.

If you would like to do a Ledge Talk yourself (or know someone who should), the Legislative Assembly Library would like to hear from you. Please contact Legislative Librarian Vera Raschke at 669-2203 or Lee Selleck, Director of Research and Library Services, at 669-2213.


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NEW! 2014 Health Help Directory

The GNWT Department of Health and Social Services has published its 2014 Help Directory. It contains updated program and contact information on services including for seniors, pensions, addictions, counseling, mental health, hospitals and health cent-res, support groups, legal information, band offices, Métis councils and Aboriginal organizations.

It is designed to help community staff with a single source of information on Health and Social Services services, as well as the support services of other governments and agencies.

Click here to download a copy of the Help Directory.

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Canada History Week – Sharing Our History

Did you know that Canada has a Canada History Week? Started in 2013, the week around Canada Day (July 1-7) is a chance for us to discover and share stories about our country’s past. Canada’s History Society wants to highlight unique histories from all across Canada. You can share a unique history project or initiative in your community and it will be shared with others through  social media networks. Complete the form here to enhance our country’s history!

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