1. Proposed Changes to the Ecology North Constitution
  2. Gardening Camp for Youth
  3. A Grim Precedent Set for Community Consultation Process
  4. Help Feed and Billet Participants at the Young Leader’s Summit
  5. YWCA GirlSpace & Ecology North organize a Bike Workshop
  6. Capital Area Development Plan –  Online Survey now open!
  7. Ecology North teaches about water at SideDoor
  8. Fall Harvest Fair 2015 – Save the Date! - Sept. 5th
  9. Transportation Issues Committee meeting this Friday - Aug 21st
  10. Fort Simpson: Community Trade Show & Garden Workshops
  11. Ain't she a beaut?! A near perfect pile of compost!

1. Proposed Changes to the Ecology North Constitution

Well its almost that time again.  Once again we are going to make some minor tweaks to our constitution.  This year we would like to make minor changes to the term of our memberships. Currently members only have the option of an annual membership which renews each year at the AGM.  This makes it difficult to recruit members all year, and to keep members signed up. have you ever asked yourself  "am I a member of Ecology North still?"  The big change will be allowing three-year and lifetime memberships.

We will also be removing some outdated text on associate memberships and a line on our new investment account, in which we have the $100,000 donation from the Ritchie Family for a new EN home.  Finally we will discuss the line item j)  under DIRECTORS which outlines contracting opportunities for board members.

Please take a look through the EN constitution document that is attached. Red text is to be removed, green is to be added and blue is to be discussed.  These changes will be passed at our AGM on Sept 24th.

Read the document here: [B2] Ecology North Constitution Aug 2015

 

2. Gardening Camp for Youth

On August 12 and 13, Rose and Jade represented Ecology North with a session at the Yellowknife Community Garden Site #1 (across the street from the Multiplex)

Ecology North partnered with ITI (Growing Forward Program), ENR and the Yellowknife Community Garden president Dave Taylor to present sessions called "The Travelling Tomato" and "Meet the Rot Squad".  The Travelling Tomato session engaged the children in thinking about how far the majority of our food travels and how gardening provides us with fresh, tasty, local food.  Meet the Rot Squad showed the children how to turn organics into black gold and included checking out the organic (red) bin, smelling organics in various stages of being transformed into compost and the chance to see red wigglers (vermicompost).  This event was offered free of charge to children and youth groups in Behchoko, Ndilo and Dettah and Yellowknife. Ecology North would like to acknowledge the financial support of ITI and the City of Yellowknife which made our sessions possible.

The youth from YKDFN enjoyed their chilly but fun visit to the Yellowknife Community Garden.  They enjoyed tasting the fresh garden produce the most!
The youth from YKDFN enjoyed their chilly but fun visit to the Yellowknife Community Garden. They enjoyed tasting the fresh garden produce the most!

 

Tomatoes travel a very long distance to reach us in Yellowknife!
Tomatoes travel a very long distance to reach us in Yellowknife!

 

Jade shows children a sample of finished compost at the Ecology North booth during the Youth Garden Camp.  (Note: red bin in the background - a great source of authentic learning about composting!).
Jade shows children a sample of finished compost at the Ecology North booth during the Youth Garden Camp. (Note: red bin in the background - a great source of authentic learning about composting!).

 

3. A Grim Precedent Set for Community Consultation Process

Clyde River has lost its case to halt a seismic drilling program off the coast of Baffin Island.  The Inuit of Clyde River have support from all Baffin Island communities, regional and Territorial Inuit groups and the Nunavut Marine Council, yet they still don't have the ability to control damaging seismic testing off their waters.  Inuit say that arctic wildlife will be damaged by this program by the NEB.  In her decision "Justice Eleanor Dawson says the board fulfilled requirements to consult with local Inuit and that consultation doesn't necessarily mean agreement."

A sad day for Belugas!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/clyde-river-loses-fight-to-block-seismic-testing-1.3195176

 

4. Help Feed and Billet Participants at the Young Leader’s Summit

On August 24 – 28th, a group of young people from ages 18 - 30 from NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut are joining a travelling road trip conference through the Northwest Territories to experience on-the-land learning. We will be visiting communities along the way (Yellowknife, Bechoko, Fort Providence, Kakisa, and Hay River) and learning from scientists, elders, and other community members. Activities may include camping, canoeing, hiking, and more!

We are looking for assistance from the community to help us with feeding participants local food one night, and billeting on Aug 28th-31st while participants await their flights home. Here are the details:

  • Help Feed Us

We are looking for food donations from local gardeners to be brought in by this Friday (Monday at noon at the latest, but only if you email in advance to let us know – admin@ecologynorth.ca )

  • Billet Us

We are looking for residents with extra beds or couches that may be interested in housing some of the participants for a maximum of 3 nights, starting on the night of August 28th and ending on the evening of August 31st. Many of the participants will only need to be housed for one or two days!

Your help is much appreciated! If you are interested in donating food, billeting, or would just like more information, please email admin@ecologynorth.ca

 

5. YWCA GirlSpace & Ecology North organize a Bike Workshop

Ecology North was excited to team up with YWCA to host a bike workshop for youth girls on Monday August 17th! A tie dye, bike themed activity was paired with a fun bike repair workshop for about 12 participants. Thank you YWCA GirlSpace for inviting us to help with this workshop!

Bikes were repaired with the help of volunteer Robert Sexton, and EN’s Executive Director Craig Scott. EN coordinator
Bikes were repaired with the help of volunteer Robert Sexton, and EN’s Executive Director Craig Scott. EN coordinator

 

EN Coordinator Katherine Thomas organized the bike t-shirt tie dye as part of the bike workshop!
EN Coordinator Katherine Thomas organized the bike t-shirt tie dye as part of the bike workshop!

 

6. Capital Area Development Plan –  Online Survey now open!

Have a say about the Yellowknife Capital Area with an online survey. There will also be public engagement sessions in the coming months (dates have not been announced on the City's website, but keep checking back!).

For more info and to provide your input through our survey, visithttp://www.yellowknife.ca/en/doing-business/capital-area.asp

Aug 19 Capital Area Development Plan

 

 

7. Ecology North teaches about water at SideDoor

Kat and Jenn visited SideDoor last week to talk about water! The watershed model (which resembles the Yellowknife River watershed) was created for Water Week earlier in 2015 and has been frequently put into action ever since. It's been a hit with kids and adults alike!

Kat starting the flow of water through the Yellowknife River watershed. The blue food colouring makes the water easier to spot. We also emulated pollution with red food colouring to show how a spill can travel through the water.
Kat starting the flow of water through the Yellowknife River watershed. The blue food colouring makes the water easier to spot. We also emulated pollution with red food colouring to show how a spill can travel through the water.

 

8. Fall Harvest Fair 2015 – Save the Date! - Sept. 5th

Mark your calendars, Ecology North and the Community of N'dilo will be hosting the 2015 Fall Harvest Fair on Saturday Sept 5th, in N'dilo.  This fun family oriented event will include kids games, tours of local gardens, a petting zoo, workshops on food, a veggie-show off, and a harvest feast. Yellowknive's Dene First Nation and the community of N'dilo will once again proudly host this event which will celebrate the harvest, and the amazing gardens that have sprung up around Yellowknife and the YKDFN communities.

This year N'dilo will also inaugurate their new greenhouse with a ceremony honouring Doug Ritchie (who made the greenhouse happen).  There will be pony rides, a bonfire as well as lots of food.  Ecology North, in partnership with the Arctic Institute of Community-Based-Research will also be hosting a full day workshop with community gardeners from around the Territories on the Friday, Sept 4th.  These gardeners will be celebrated at the Feast on Saturday as examples of sustainable living.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming days!

 

9. Transportation Issues Committee meeting this Friday Aug. 21st

All are welcome to join the Ecology North Transportation Issues Committee meeting this Friday. We will be planning Car Free Day which is taking place on Sept. 21st, and will also be looking at the ongoing issue of consultation and adequate trails around the new Twin Pine Hill condo development. We would love to hear your thoughts on these or any other issues, and also welcome new members to the Transportation Issues Committee.

The meeting will take place this Friday August 21st, 12pm noon, EN Office (5013 51 Street). For more information o please email admin@ecologynorth.ca

 

10. Fort Simpson: Community Trade Show & Garden Workshops

On Aug. 13th & 14th , ITI invited Ecology North to host soil fertility, and compost workshops at Ft. Simpson's Community Trade Show. Equipping herself with worms, and "fresh" samples of composting organics, our Waste Reduction Program Manager, Jade Cambron, took on the task with glee. While there she met and worked with over two dozen people; playing a variety of educational food-related games with the kids, and offering 1-on-1 composting advice to gardeners of all ages. After Saturday's workshop, Jade visited Andy and Rolande Norwegian to take a look at their compost & garden with them. It was a wonderful evening spent playing with dirt! Masi Cho Andy & Rolande for the invitation and your excellent company.

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ThePerfectPile

 

11. Ain't she a beaut?! A near perfect pile of compost! 

This is big. This is worth celebrating. During the last year and a half, I have personally hand-picked through almost every. single. delivery. of organics sent to the City's compost facility. Some of you may have seen the video I uploaded last December (if not, click here). But, for the first time in my experience, yesterday's 2 tonnes of organics from the Institutional, Commercial & Industrial sector (IC&I) was near perfect! Less than 10kg of contamination (mostly straws and plastic utensils).

A big THANK YOU to the folks working at participating restaurants, pubs, grocery stores, farmer's market, prison, coffee shops, and other community-based organizations!

I raise a cup of compost tea in your honour.

Here's to you!

-- Jade