Interagency Council notebook

Sept. 24, 2019

“Flowing into Right Relationships”

Jule Asterisk presented Keepers of the Athabasca workshop series “Flowing into Right Relationships.” These are presented at five Native Friendship Centres in the area. The ones at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre are on the first Tuesday of the month, the one after this meeting was the second workshop the “Kairos: Blanket Exercise” on Oct. 1.

Some of the key teaching behind the workshops are known as the seven grandfather teachings: truth, love, respect, courage, honesty, humility, and wisdom, Asterisk said. Keepers of the Athabasca, which is made up of a mixture of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, sees these as paradigms of sustainability.

These free workshops include a meal. Participants can choose between the lunch or supper meeting.

AHS Addictions

QuitCore, a free six-week program to help people quit smoking is put on by AHS Addictions. It is running and people can still join. It is Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the addictions and mental health office: room 104 in the provincial building.

Starting Oct. 23 AHS is resenting a series of five free mental health and addictions education sessions. People can attend one or all of the session. These are Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sessions are depression (Oct. 23), anxiety (Oct. 30), maintaining healthy relationships (Nov. 6), managing difficult emotions (Nov. 13), and understanding the nature of addiction (Nov. 20).

The sessions are useful for people who want general information and for people who are struggling with one of the issues.

It is best to register as sessions will only run if two or more people sign-up. However, drop-ins are also accepted. To register contact 780-849-7127.

Slave Lake Long Term Care

Slave Lake Long Term Care is still in need of volunteers for the Christmas party Dec. 17 and other events.

Many of the residents don’t have family close by, so they are quite lonely, said Blanche Chymycz, recreation therapist. “During Christmas, it really hits them hard.”

Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library

The library has a bunch of interesting events coming up in October.

Oct. 8 and 9, author Marty Chan will be launching two kids books at 4 p.m. Oct. 10 scientists and other researchers from the University of Alberta will show their research to kids from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

“What was Lost: Reflections from the 60s Scoop” will be Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. This is put on by the Library and Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta.

To wrap up the month and celebrate Halloween, the library will be turned into a haunted house on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free for all ages. RMSS Grad 2020 class will be collecting donations.

Arctic Sports and Dene Games

Tim Horsman, from AHS Health Promotion, presented Arctic Winter Games qualifying events in Slave Lake. Participants who qualify will be part of Team Alberta North. The Arctic Winter Games are in Whitehorse, Yukon March 15 to 21, 2020.

Arctic Sports and Dene Games try outs are at Northern Lakes College, Slave Lake, on Nov. 22 and 23. Registration deadline is Nov. 15.

“Often kids aren’t that familiar with the sports,” Horsman said. However, Slave Lake tends to send several kids to the games. There are two athletes who have competed in previous years, who plan to tryout again this year.

“Arctic Sports are traditional games and sports that were played to develop strength, endurance and other survival skills in the far north,” says the posters. “Dene Games are traditional games and sports that were played to develope strength, endurance and other survival skills.”

There are male and female categories. For Arctic Sports, the age groups are open – born 1997 or later ; and junior – born 2003 or later. Dene Games categories are open male – born 1997 or later; junior – born 2002 or later; juvenile female – born in 2004 or later.

To be eligible you must live north of the 55 parallel. Hondo and Smith are on the list, but Athabasca is too far south.

To register contact Michelle Deering 780-422-0779 or

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