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Manners Lady touches down at reserve

Children’s entertainer and motivational speaker Judi Vankevich, known as Judi the Manners Lady, paid a visit to the Hay River Reserve last week, touching down at the Chief Lamalice Complex to teach children about the importance of respect and being polite. “It was a last minute sort of thing, but it’s been good,” said April […]

Frozen pipes don’t dampen spirit

Despite having to switch locales entirely for the last day as a result of frozen pipes at the Chief Lamalice Complex, this year’s K’amba Carnival was hailed as a success by its organizers. “It’s been a good year,” said Doug Lamalice, one of the members of the organizing committee. “There’s been a lot of transparency […]

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Ring the bell to remember

  The Hay River Reserve now has a unique way to remember the children who once went to residential school there many years ago. This past summer, K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) erected a monument to honour the students at St. Peter’s School, an Anglican residential school which had its origins in the mid-1890s and closed […]

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A rink for the reserve

  If all goes well, the Hay River Reserve will be getting an indoor rink with natural ice sometime around the end of the year. That’s the hope of Scotty Edgerton, the CEO of K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN), who is working to see the project create the first covered rink on the reserve. The First […]

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Groups raise awareness of violence

  Hay River residents donned purple ribbons last week to recognize Family Violence Awareness Week in the NWT, with several groups in town and on the Hay River Reserve participating in and hosting various activities. “Everything is more about taking action,” said Kim Beaulieu, the victim services worker for K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN). “It’s everyone’s […]

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Construction begins on K’atlodeeche First Nation wilderness lodge

  Members of K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) assembled at the construction site on the banks of Sandy Creek for a fire-feeding ceremony on Aug. 30 to bless the area and make it ready for the building of the community’s new wilderness lodge. “We wanted to recognize the land and give thanks for all that it […]

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Wilderness lodge set to open this fall

  Two-and-a-half kilometres past where the current dirt road ends out to Sandy Creek, K’atlodeeche First Nation is building a wilderness lodge on a site chockfull of local history. “I would come here with my grandparents,” said Ken Norn, chief operating officer for Naegha Zhia Inc., the band’s development arm. “Lots of members of the […]

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Chief agrees to create a working group to re-write declaration of sovereignty in Dene language

The K’atlodeeche First Nation will be presenting what amounts to a declaration of sovereignty over their traditional land to the territorial and federal governments, as well as to the Crown – but it’s not quite ready just yet. Members at KFN’s 2013 Assembly decided the declaration needed an overhaul after hearing a draft version on […]

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Understanding Treaty 8

Last week, K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) held a workshop to revitalize in the minds of band members what’s behind its current treaty with the federal government. Chief Roy Fabian said the First Nation now has more direction on how to move forward with self-governance negotiations. Earlier this year, KFN decided to leave the Deh Cho […]

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K’atlodeeche leaves Dehcho Process

K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) has officially withdrawn from Dehcho First Nations and the Dehcho Process to preserve its reserve and treaty rights, and to pursue its own land claim with the federal government. Chief Roy Fabian made that announcement on Feb. 11 at a meeting of Dehcho First Nations leadership in Fort Providence. “The number […]

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