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Question 86-12(6): Status Of Smouldering Forest Fires
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Renewable Resources, Mr. Arngna'naaq.

Question 86-12(6): Status Of Smouldering Forest Fires
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I do not know the answer to the question. I'll take the question as notice. Thank you.

Question 86-12(6): Status Of Smouldering Forest Fires
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Question is being taken as notice. Item 6, oral questions. The honourable Member for Inuvik, Mr. Koe.

Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Madam Speaker. On August 24th, an agreement on an NWT infrastructure program was signed. This was a $10.8 million arrangement designed to meet the infrastructure needs and priorities of local communities. The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment is responsible for administering and implementing the agreement on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories.

My question is directed to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. What is being done to implement this program in the Northwest Territories?

Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Nerysoo.

Return To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Madam Speaker, the question requires a somewhat lengthy response. Just so there is no confusion about the whole management structure, first of all, because it is part of the process, the management committee that is the central agency responsible for managing and approving the project applications are the ADMs of Education, Culture and Employment, Municipal and Community Affairs, the regional director and the associate regional director of Indian and Northern Affairs.

Just to advise the honourable Member with regard to what has already been done, we have already worked at advising all the superintendents in the region. We've run workshops with the staff in the region so that they can be apprised of the program itself. Also, I've sent letters to most municipalities, most band councils and most aboriginal organizations in the communities to advise them about the project and the general terms of the project or the program itself.

Return To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Koe.

Supplementary To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, the focus of this program is on communities. Just some short quotes from the press release, "It's to create short and long-term employment through investment in local communities. Program funding will be allocated to communities" and, "Program design is flexible so as to allow communities to determine their own priorities." So my supplementary is what consultation has been done with communities to ensure their involvement in the implementation of this program?

Supplementary To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Nerysoo.

Further Return To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Just to advise the honourable Member that all communities have been advised of the program. What is clear, Madam Speaker, is that we're using the same process that we used for the community works program last year. All communities and aboriginal organizations are aware of the process and we're continuing with that process because it was successful. It was very simple and in many respects it offered the opportunity for the communities to determine their capital priorities. So that same process is being used for this particular project.

Further Return To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Koe.

Supplementary To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Madam Speaker. One of the unique features of this program, again I quote, "blending of the national infrastructure program allocation and First Nations infrastructure initiative allocation into one group, and community consultation to ensure that all affected local governments and communities and aboriginal groups are represented and involved in the process of developing local community projects." My supplementary is, how can aboriginal groups get involved and receive program funding?

Supplementary To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Minister of Education, Mr. Nerysoo.

Further Return To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. The process to be used is to work with the municipal council to identify priorities of infrastructure. Just to advise the honourable Members of this House that the important component to what we are trying to accomplish is to ensure that there is some consensus that is reached in terms of the priority of projects. Otherwise there is no need for communities to be duplicating initiatives that would contradict one another. I think the important thing for us is to ensure there's some consistency and support for the projects that are being proposed. The idea would be for the communities to work together to come to an agreement on the priorities.

Further Return To Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of Nwt Infrastructure Program
Question 87-12(6): Status Of Implementation Of NWT Infrastructure Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Final supplementary, Mr. Koe.