Archived News - July & August, 2007

Up Here - July & August 2007

Up Here: Explore Canada's Far North is a magazine about the people, the land and the stories of the North. To learn more, visit

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Canadian North presents Folk on the Rocks this July 13-15, 2007

Folk on the Rocks, now in its 27th year, has evolved into one of Canada's top summertime music and cultural events, drawing musicians from around the north, Canada and the World. Held on the sandy shores of Long Lake in Yellowknife, NWT, Folk on the Rocks offers more than 24 hours of programming on five stages, including a children's area, a cultural area and a beer garden. Along with music, crowds can savour international and traditional cuisine at the food fair and buy northern creative works of art in the Art on the Rocks area.

This year Folk on the Rocks is celebrating its history as one of the greatest Canadian outdoor music festivals. Themes include all that's 'Canadiana' and from the 'Great White North'. Showcasing performers from sea to sea to sea, this year's lineup is a spectacular array of musical talent like no other. Musicians performing include Juno award winner Sarah Harmer, The Sadies, Great Lake Swimmers, Hungry Hill, Silk Road Music, The Plaid Tongued Devils, Tons of Fun University (T.O.F.U.), The Bebop Cowboys, Diga and many more.

And as a special addition this year, Mr. Lahey and Randy from the hit Showcase series Trailer Park Boys will be emceeing the event, bringing a little Canadian humour to the Folk on the Rocks stage.

As the official airline of Folk on the Rocks, Canadian North is flying performers from across Canada and the North, so audiences can enjoy a wide range of high calibre performers.


The Next Big Thing - September 18-20, Yellowknife

The largest business and investment show in the North will focus on the economic potential the North holds. From gold to diamonds to the next big thing, the North is proving to be among Canada’s most exciting places to do business. Come and ensure your place in our dynamic future.

Canadian North is once again hosting a memorable opening reception for all delegates.

Go on-line at and register today!


Edmonton Oilers Rookie Camp Breaks New Ice In Yellowknife

On September 6-9, 2007, Edmonton Oilers will break new ice this season by becoming the first NHL team in history to stage their Rookie Camp in the Northwest Territories.

Canadian North is proud to be title sponsor of the event, and will make the camp accessible to more NWT residents by holding a contest in each community for flights and hockey tickets, as well as seat sales into the capital.

Bringing the Edmonton Oilers Rookie Camp to the residents of the NWT, especially our youth, is an amazing opportunity for all parties involved.

Champions for Children fundraising dinner will take place September 8, 2007 with Edmonton Oilers special guests in attendance. Proceeds go to KidSport™ and Facilities for Kids. For more information and where to get tickets visit


Celebrating a 10 year relationship!

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is proud to announce that on June 29th, 46 youth from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut travelled to Ottawa to begin their seven week adventure as participants in the Canadian and International phases of the 2007 Northern Youth Abroad program. This is the NYA's 10th program cycle and Canadian North has been there every step of the way.

This year's participants were selected from a pool of more than 175 applicants from the two territories. Participants completed four months of preparatory assignments in their home communities and spent five days together in an intensive orientation session before beginning the placement phase of the program. During placement, participants travel to, live and volunteer in a host community in southern Canada and Africa!

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) cultivates youth leadership, cross-cultural awareness and international citizenship amongst northern youth aged 15-21. The program, created in 1996, also strengthens the self-identity and personal cultural understanding of northern youth by encouraging participants to reflect on their own cultural strengths in the context of a larger Canadian society. NYA enhances student participation and success in the secondary school system by providing a life-changing and lifedirecting experience relevant to young northerner’s needs and aspirations. We now have more than 130 alumni from our program.

We would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of our participants, board of directors, and entire organization to thank, not only Canadian North, but our other funders. Here’s to 10 more years of helping to develop northern leaders.

NYA is proud and so grateful for the ongoing support it receives from:

  • Canadian North
  • the Government of Nunavut Departments of Education and Culture, Language, Elders and Youth
  • the Government of the Northwest Territories Departments of Municipal and Community Affairs, Education, Culture and Employment
  • Foreign Affairs Canada
  • the Walter & Duncan Gordon Association
  • Kakivak Association
  • Kivalliq Partners in Development
  • Kitikmeot Economic Development Corporation
  • WWF-Canada
  • CIBC
  • Sahtu Dene Council
  • Lidli Koe First Nations
  • Deh Gah Got'ie Dene Council
  • Tlicho Government


Arctic Youth Leadership Expeditions

Innovative Ideas for Youth
The first Youth Leadership Expedition was conceived in 2004 by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation in an effort to provide opportunities for leadership development for promising young people from the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. The program focuses on leadership, teamwork, communication, and organization skills in a rigorous outdoor adventure program.

Investing in the Future
This trip is both an adventure and a challenge for the young people who embark on it. It is designed to be an opportunity for learning and growth. The central goal of the program is to show the young people who participate that they can overcome challenges, find inner courage, strength and resilience, and in the process become leaders.

Believing in Yourself
Current research suggests that the biggest determinant of people's future success is their belief in themselves. Adventure-based education has a long and successful history of providing opportunities for people to learn fundamental skills – the ability to overcome challenges, to work well with others, to communicate effectively, to take responsibility for one's actions, to work towards long-term goals despite short-term inconveniences, and the ability to overcome challenges through innovation and change. These are the hallmarks of good leaders and the stated goals of the Arctic Youth Leadership Expeditions.

Canadian North’s partnership has been key in making the program successful by providing transportation for the program and providing cargo service for the necessary equipment and safety gear. For more information, visit