Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As we are all aware, there is a lot of work to be done in the NWT to improve literacy levels in all of our official languages. I am very pleased to tell the Legislative Assembly that Peter Gzowski, the host of CBC's Morningside show, will once again hold a golf tournament in the NWT to support community literacy projects. The community of Fort Providence will be hosting the third annual NWT Gzowski tournament.
The first two tournaments, held in Yellowknife in 1990 and Pond Inlet in 1991, became the focus of a number of community events to celebrate literacy. This year's tournament in Fort Providence will be no exception. Although the tournament will be held on Saturday, April 4, events leading up to it begin on Thursday, April 2. The band council, the hamlet council, Metis Nation Local No. 57, Arctic College, Elizabeth Ward School, the Zhahti Zue Teaching and Learning Centre, and Zhahti Koe Friendship Centre are working together to put on a series of events to show off Fort Providence to the visitors. Several of Fort Providence's local businesses are also providing support, including Sonny's MiniMart, the Northern Store, the Snowshoe Inn and Northland Utilities, NWT, Ltd.
Community events include a bannock and chowder lunch with the elders, reading and traditional crafts demonstrations in the Slavey language centre, the grand finale of a reading contest in which children have tried to read 1100 books in one month, a community feast, entertainment and drum dance.
This year southern celebrities include two singers, George Fox and Shari Ulrich, actors Sarah Polley and Cynthia Dale, journalist Victor Malarek and Avie Bennett, chairman, president and chief executive officer of McClelland and Stewart Inc.
Northern celebrities include Government Leader Nellie Cournoyea, Education Minister Titus Allooloo...