Up Here - April 2006

Up Here - April 2006

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 www.uphere.ca.

Scroll down to read the articles in the latest issue of Canadian North's official in-flight magazine, now online.

Canadian Lunch Box Learning

 Canadian North’s three-year priority sponsorship of the Food First Foundation is one expression of our commitment to healthy communities.

Food First Foundation, NWT, is a volunteer board dedicated to promoting, supporting, educating and advocating for the nutritional health of school-age children in the NWT. Food First’s primary goal is to ensure that all children entering the classroom are well nourished and ready to learn. Numerous studies show strong correlations between student hunger and poor academic performance, disruptive behavior in the classroom, and poor attendance. School nourishment programs, increase the likelihood that at-risk students will show up, listen and learn.

For more information on Food First Foundation, go to www.foodfirst.ca.

Did you know? In the NWT and Nunavut 30% of kids’ lunches include over-processed, high sugar foods. 20% of kids go to school with no lunch.

Canadian North Comes On Board With the Butthead Campaign

Canadian North is proud to announce a new partnership with the Don’t Be A Butthead campaign. NWT youth who are Smoke Free cardholders will receive discounted flights with Canadian North. To encourage youth to say what they think and know about smoking through music and the arts we are also supporting the Create the Smoke Free Future contest. For more information on either of these initiatives, check out www.dontbeabutthead.ca, or call 1-866-353-0338. Committed to making our north a better place for all northerners, Canadian North is pleased to encourage NWT youth to live a healthy, smoke free lifestyle.

Supporting the Banff Centre Aboriginal Leadership Program

Canadian North recently announced their co-sponsorship of Chevron Canada Ltd. scholarship program in support of the Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Leadership and Management Program.

Chevron Canada Ltd. has agreed to sponsor three scholarships per year for the next three years. Canadian North will provide the scholarship recipients with complimentary air transportation from our northern destinations.

The Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Leadership and Management program area has a 33-year track record of providing some of Canada's best Aboriginal leadership education programs.

Their capacity-building programs develop the kind of leadership Aboriginal communities and organizations need to gain economic strength, socio-cultural viability and stability, and political clarity. Rooted in traditional ways yet attuned to transformation and change, the mandate of the program is to deliver innovative learning experiences that inspire possibility and vision.

Mr. Paul Hussey, Economic Development Officer, Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and a recent recipient of this prestigious scholarship, said "The quality facilitation and professionalism of the Best Practices in Aboriginal Leadership and Economic Development program is highly recommended to the leaders and economic development practitioners in Aboriginal communities. Continue the good work."

Representatives from many of the communities served by Canadian North have benefited from the Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Leadership Development programs. Since 2000, over 135 participants from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have attended the high-level programs. Alumni include representatives from the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Gwich'in Tribal Council, NWT Development Corporation, Katlodeeche First Nation, Sahtu Land & Water Board, West Point First Nation, Sahtu Oil Incorporated, and many other councils and organizations.

Chevron Canada Limited commented, “We are pleased to partner in this initiative that encourages nation building, leadership and community and economic development.”

Brian Calliou, Director, Aboriginal Leadership and Management, The Banff Centre said, “The scholarships provided by Chevron and Canadian North have addressed the issue of accessibility – these scholarships have been instrumental in making it possible for participants from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to come to The Banff Centre to benefit from our programs.”

For more information on the Banff Centre Aboriginal Leadership Programs please see http://www.banffcentre.ca/departments/leadership/aboriginal/programs/ or call 1-888-255-6327.

Yellowknife Aurora Festival ‘Jazzes Up the Lights’

Ten days of fun-filled aurora excitement marked this year’s second annual Yellowknife Aurora Festival (YAF), February 17-26.

It featured a full week of music, art exhibits and special presentations in the Diamond Capital of North America! This year’s theme, "Jazzin' Up the Lights" featured three great jazz groups: Inuvik's Razzamajazz, Northern Skies from Yellowknife and the Alterations band from Edmonton. They joined over a dozen additional folk, rock and blues performances playing under the aurora!

As a strong supporter of arts and culture, Canadian North was proudly unveiled as the new title sponsor of the Yellowknife Aurora Festival. Canadian North is excited to be a sponsor of this event and agrees with James Pugsley, general manager of the event, who said, “The festival is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the city of Yellowknife, attract new tourists and new interest in the north and showcase the amazing aurora above our city.”