This is page numbers 459 - 477 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 6th Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was make.

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Members Present

Mr. Allooloo, Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Arvaluk, Mr. Ballantyne, Hon. Nellie Cournoyea, Mr. Dent, Mr. Gargan, Hon. Stephen Kakfwi, Mr. Koe, Mr. Lewis, Hon. Jeannie Marie-Jewell, Hon. Rebecca Mike, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Richard Nerysoo, Mr. Ng, Mr. Ningark, Mr. Patterson, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Pudluk, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

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Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Good afternoon. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Madam Premier.

Minister's Statement 33-12(6): Minister's Absence From The House
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I wish to advise Members that the Honourable John Todd will be absent from the House for the remainder of the week to attend the Nunavut Tunngavik economic development conference in Rankin Inlet.

Madam Speaker, may I make another statement, please?

Minister's Statement 34-12(6): Appointments To The NWT Water Board
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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, Mr. D'arcy Arden and Mr. Glen Warner have served as members of the NWT Water Board since 1978. Their term of office expired on October 1st. Under the federal Northwest Territories Water Act, the Government of the Northwest Territories is responsible for nominating three members of the nine member board. Mr. Arden and Mr. Warner were two of the three members of the board nominated by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development recently asked me for advice with respect to the nomination of two members for appointment to that board. After seeking input from MLAs and Cabinet, I have recommended to Minister Irwin that Mr. Robert Hardisty of Fort Simpson and Mr. David Ittinuar of Rankin Inlet be appointed to the NWT Water Board to fill the vacancies created when Mr. Arden and Mr. Warner's terms expire on October 1, 1994.

At this time, I would like to acknowledge the significant role which Mr. Arden and Mr. Warner played in the management of the water resources here in the Northwest Territories. Their participation on the NWT Water Board has been invaluable and very much appreciated. I would also like to thank those Members of this House who provided me with advice respecting possible nominees as well as those individuals who kindly agreed to let their names stand for nomination.

Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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Minister's Statement 34-12(6): Appointments To The NWT Water Board
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 2, Minister's statements. The honourable Member for Tu Nedhe, Mr. Morin.

Minister's Statement 35-12(6): Engineer And Architecture Program
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I am pleased to announce that the introduction to the engineer and architecture program was a success this past summer. The program is a joint effort between the Departments of Transportation, Municipal and Community Affairs, Northwest Territories Housing Corporation and Public Works and Services, and encourages grade 10 and 11 students to consider university and technical school training in engineering and architecture.

This summer, 18 students from all the regions participated in a one-week orientation in Yellowknife and then returned to their home community for a five-week work assignment. Seven of the participants were aboriginal northerners and five were women. This program will continue next year. It is one way we are encouraging young people to stay in school, get trained and work in the Northwest Territories. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Minister's Statement 35-12(6): Engineer And Architecture Program
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for North Slave, Mr. Zoe.

Affirmative Action Policy
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Henry Zoe North Slave

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, it has now been nine years since the Government of the Northwest Territories first put into place the native employment policy. The native employment policy was replaced in 1989 with a new policy, the affirmative action policy.

Madam Speaker, in 1989, the Special Committee on Northern Economy published a report entitled "The Government of the Northwest Territories Native Employment Policy: A Review and Assessment." One of the principle recommendations of this report was that the Government of the Northwest Territories conduct an evaluation of a native employment policy. Madam Speaker, this evaluation never took place.

The government, without evaluating the program, went ahead in 1989 and extended the principles of the old policy by including women, disabled persons and indigenous non-aboriginal people and renamed it the affirmative action policy.

Madam Speaker, over the past nine years, the territorial government has spent millions of dollars on affirmative action initiatives, with the primary goal of making the territorial public service competent and representative of the population it serves. In the context of the northern aboriginal population, this would mean a territorial public service made up of over 50 per cent aboriginal people.

Madam Speaker, after nine years of operation and millions of dollars of expenditure, the proportion of aboriginal people in the territorial public service is only about 35 per cent, a percentage increase of approximately five per cent over almost a decade. In terms of aboriginal people in management positions, the proportion is only about 12 per cent.

Madam Speaker, a full scale evaluation of the affirmative action program is long overdue. This evaluation should be carried out by a reputable, independent, third-party consulting firm. Mahsi.

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Affirmative Action Policy
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Amittuq, Mr. Allooloo.

NWT Air Jet Service To Hall Beach
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Titus Allooloo Amittuq

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, the aviation industry will make history again this week with the inaugural flight of NWT Air's 737 jet service to Hall Beach. NWT Air flight 967 and 968 will be the first and only direct service linking Hall Beach to western Canada.

Tomorrow at about this time, Madam Speaker, the jet, which will have originated in Winnipeg, will be leaving Rankin Inlet and will be arriving in Hall Beach in the afternoon. The flight will then leave Hall Beach and return to Winnipeg via Rankin Inlet, arriving in Winnipeg tomorrow evening. Passengers from Edmonton and Yellowknife will also now be able to make same day connections to Hall Beach via Rankin Inlet.

Madam Speaker, this flight will benefit my constituents in several ways. Many of the people in Hall Beach have family members in Rankin Inlet and those people have expressed their appreciation for this improved service. The plane has larger access doors which means that, not only will freight be transportable to Hall Beach and more frequently, larger items such as cars and trucks can now be delivered to the community by air.

NWT Air recognizes Hall Beach as a strategic location, being at the geographical centre of Nunavut. Thanks to NWT Air and also to First Air, which operates flights from Hall Beach to Iqaluit and Taloyoak and Igloolik, Hall Beach now has convenient access to almost every community in Nunavut.

Madam Speaker, on behalf of my constituents, I would like to thank NWT Air for their past and continued commitment to the service of the people of the north. Thank you.

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NWT Air Jet Service To Hall Beach
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Yellowknife Frame Lake, Mr. Dent.

Mammography Screening In The Nwt
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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, last week, the Minister of Health and Social Services responded to my question about a policy on mammography screening by saying, "A policy is not practical in an evolving field which may require rapid changes to medical practices."

Madam Speaker, it is distressing that the Minister's department seems not to have recognized that a growing number of jurisdictions are developing policies for mammography screening because the medical research proving the value of screening programs is, in fact, overwhelming.

Madam Speaker, broadly speaking, mammography has proven effective, particularly for women aged 50 to 69 and significantly reducing mortality. But only, Madam Speaker, where there is a policy which ensures uniform access to women. When there is a policy of providing the service in a coordinated, programmed manner for women without other symptoms of disease, more lives are saved in the most cost-effective manner.

Madam Speaker, the national workshop on the early detection of breast cancer has proposed that high quality screening be made available to all appropriately aged women throughout the country, including indigenous women and those living in rural areas through programs and dedicated screening sites. This recommendation has been taken seriously in other jurisdictions and, Madam Speaker, I think it is shameful that we, in the NWT, have not.

Madam Speaker, I will be posing further questions to the Minister of Health and Social Services this afternoon on this important issue during question period. Thank you.

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Mammography Screening In The Nwt
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Baffin South, Mr. Pudlat.

Funding For Arctic Winter Games
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise today to speak of the Arctic Winter Game trials and summer game trials. It is obvious that these games will continue in the future. Madam Speaker, I urge the government to find some more funding for these Arctic Winter Game and summer game trials that take place in communities. The smaller communities are not often able to raise their own funds for this. I urge the government to look into finding some more funding for this purpose. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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