National Geographic : 1968 Jul
With an Indian interpreter (left), Mounted Police Cpl. Joseph Roenspies visits an ill and elderly Indian of Arctic Red River. Besides dispensing welfare payments and collecting taxes as the gov ernment's sole representative, the officer also serves as radio operator, mailman, veterinarian, and druggist to the town's 87 residents. Behind bars but not forgotten, inmates of the new Yellowknife Correctional In stitution benefit from an exemplary pris on program. Some 90 percent of the offenders, both men and women, were intoxicated at the time of their crime, so anti-alcohol therapy plays a major role in their rehabilitation. The reformatory also provides job training, basic education, and counseling.