This is page numbers 679 - 714 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 community.

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Members Present

Mr. Allooloo, Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, 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, Hon. John Todd

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Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

I would to express, on behalf of the Legislative Assembly, our heartfelt condolences to the families and many friends of the eight people who tragically lost their lives recently while travelling in the waters off Iqaluit. Our prayers are with you, and I would request that all Members remain standing for a minute of silence.

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Item 2, Ministers' statements. Madam Premier.

Minister's Statement 48-12(6): Sympathies
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, on behalf of Cabinet, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the eight people who drowned in the tragic boating accident near Iqaluit, and to the two survivors whose lives have been irreversibly altered by this experience.

Madam Speaker, there are no easy answers to help us understand why something like this happens, Madam Speaker, there are no easy words to help heal the wounds created by such a loss.

I just want to say that the hearts of all northern residents go out to the families and friends of those lost in this horrible tragedy. We offer to them our most profound condolences and our strongest support in their time of deep personal suffering. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Minister's Statement 48-12(6): Sympathies
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. The honourable Member for Mackenzie Delta, Mr. Nerysoo.

Minister's Statement 49-12(6): Implementation Of The Infrastructure Program
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. On August 24th, the governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories signed a Canada/NWT infrastructure program agreement. The program is intended to create short and long-term employment through investment in local communities, while meeting the need to enhance physical infrastructure in those communities.

Recognizing the unique situation in the NWT, the national infrastructure program and the aboriginal infrastructure program have been combined into a single program. Through the agreement, the federal government and the Government of the Northwest Territories will each provide $5.4 million over the next two years. A further potential contribution of up to $2 million from the tax-based communities will increase the total fund to approximately $12 million.

The infrastructure program follows the model of the successful NWT workers' training fund program, allowing communities to determine their own priorities and administer the projects. Communities may develop one major project or several smaller ones.

All communities in the NWT have been assigned a funding allocation, based on the number of working age people who are not employed. A maximum and minimum level of funding has been set to allow sufficient funds for small communities to develop projects of a reasonable size.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is responsible for implementing and delivering this program, with assistance from Municipal and Community Affairs. A management committee has been established to administer and manage the program, headed by Mr. Mark Cleveland, assistant deputy minister of culture and careers and Mr. Warren Johnson, NWT regional director of Indian and Northern Affairs for the federal government.

Madam Speaker, the NWT/Canada infrastructure program allows participants to undertake and invest in worthwhile infrastructure projects. The program assists the government in achieving its goal of increased control at the local level, while it helps my department reach its goal of providing increased training and work experience opportunities at the community level. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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Minister's Statement 49-12(6): Implementation Of The Infrastructure Program
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. The honourable Member for Keewatin Central, Mr. Todd.

Minister's Statement 50-12(6): Community Access Roads
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John Todd Keewatin Central

Madam Speaker, I would like to take a few minutes today to talk about some positive developments in the Department of Transportation's community access roads program. As Members are aware, the idea for a community access roads program came from the advice of Members of this House and, in particular, the honourable Member for Natilikmiot. If progress made this year is any indication, I am

pleased to say that it seems to have caught on. The intent of the program is to develop local roads to nearby areas of importance.

I want to emphasize that, from start to finish, community access roads are largely community initiatives. The Department of Transportation funds the projects through contribution agreements with the communities. The community gives the department a proposal and, from the proposal, the community and the department work out the material, financial and human resources they will jointly contribute to the project.

Madam Speaker, in Taloyoak, the hamlet and the department made a 50/50 cost sharing agreement to hire 18 students who repaired the ATV trails to Netsilik Lake and Redfish Lake. The community of Igloolik completed a two-year project to fix a five-kilometre trail to Igloolik Point. Cap Mountain Ventures of Wrigley improved a three-kilometre access road to the boots camp on the Willowlake River. In Arviat, the hamlet built two kilometres of road past Landing Lake towards the Maguse River. The hamlet of Resolute worked to improve the road to Sight Point. The community of Jean Marie River upgraded seven kilometres of winter road to all-weather quality. Baker Lake added two more kilometres to the Whitehills Lake Road. And, the material for a bridge over the Kuruluk River arrived in Broughton Island this summer. The community will move the pieces to the river by snowmobile and komatik and assemble the bridge by hand next spring.

As the Minister of Transportation, it is rewarding to see the effort and commitment that communities are willing to invest in their access roads. The contribution agreement is a flexible way to match community resources with the scope and scale of the project. I have said before that I wanted to see community access roads become a larger part of the transportation portfolio. As a goal, I imagined a program with an annual budget of $1 million. For next year, the Department of Transportation is already examining proposals worth $700,000 and it expects to receive as many as 10 more new proposals.

With the growing interest this year, I am pleased to say that the community access roads program is quickly becoming one of the Department of Transportation's most successful programs. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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Minister's Statement 50-12(6): Community Access Roads
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Kitikmeot, Mr. Ng.

Phase-out Of Flight Support Services
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Madam Speaker. The Government of Canada, through their national airports policy, is significantly downgrading services to airports operated by Transport Canada throughout the country by disposing of federally-owned airports to regional and municipal airport authorities. Our government, through the Department of Transportation, is

actively involved in negotiating the transfer of the nine Arctic A airports from Transport Canada.

There are four communities targeted for closure in the 1995-96 fiscal year: Cambridge Bay, Hay River, Fort Simpson and Fort Smith. There will be a loss of approximately 24 full-time positions in these communities. The hamlet council of Cambridge Bay and I have been requesting the Honourable John Todd, Minister of Transportation, to establish a community aerodrome radio station known as CARS in lieu of eliminating the flight service stations.

The establishment of the CARS program will result in retaining some employment in the community but, most importantly, will provide a dependable human component to the aircraft advisory service that cannot be performed by an automated system. The airline industry is apprehensive about the establishment of a CAATS system in our northern environment where reliable, up-to-date weather and operating conditions are critical to their operations.

Although Cambridge Bay, Hay River, Fort Smith and Fort Simpson are planned for phase-out next year, when will the remaining communities with flight service stations be phased out? Our communities cannot afford to lose the staff positions or the air support services currently offered by Transport Canada. Our government must intervene to ensure that adequate levels of employment and flight support services are provided within communities currently designated for phase-out by Transport Canada.

Madam Speaker, once again, the government of Canada is arbitrarily cutting back services to the NWT which directly affects services to our constituents. Although it may be inevitable, given the fiscal situation in Canada, our government must interject now to minimize the disruption and impact in our communities. Thank you.

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Phase-out Of Flight Support Services
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Natilikmiot, Mr. Ningark.

Prayers And Condolences Offered To Families Of Lost Hunters
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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, I stand before this House offering my prayers and condolences to the families of hunters who were tragically lost at sea near Iqaluit. Madam Speaker, no pain is more painful than when one experiences the loss of life of a loved one. Madam Speaker, no heart is heavier than when one experiences the loss of life of loved ones.

Madam Speaker, but only God can offer relief and comfort to the families of those people who are lost. May God provide relief and comfort to the families of hunters who have passed on to a life of peace in eternity. Thank you.

Prayers And Condolences Offered To Families Of Lost Hunters
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

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

Condolences To Families Of Lost Hunters
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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. I also would like to rise today to speak about the pain and suffering of the families who have been left behind. We are all are affected by this tragedy that occurred just recently. We can only look to God for comfort, and I pray that the people who are immediately affected by this tragedy are in the arms of the loving God.

All these people who have perished have many relatives across the territories and we send our sincerest condolences to the families. They are in our thoughts and prayers. Only God can give you relief and comfort and he knows exactly what is going on in the minds and hearts of those people who have been left behind. I'm sure he will keep them in his care and love.

On behalf of my constituents, we send our sincerest condolences and prayers to the families, relatives and friends. Although this tragedy has occurred, we have to look to God for comfort. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Condolences To Families Of Lost Hunters
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.