This is page numbers 367 - 397 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 5th 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 education.

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Supplementary To Question 215-12(5): Privatization Considered For Akaitcho Hall Rather Than Closure
Question 215-12(5): Privatization Considered For Akaitcho Hall Rather Than Closure
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

Since the direction with Akaitcho Hall is not really clear, is the government moving in the direction of creating regional community residences?

Supplementary To Question 215-12(5): Privatization Considered For Akaitcho Hall Rather Than Closure
Question 215-12(5): Privatization Considered For Akaitcho Hall Rather Than Closure
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Minister of Education, Mr. Nerysoo.

Further Return To Question 215-12(5): Privatization Considered For Akaitcho Hall Rather Than Closure
Question 215-12(5): Privatization Considered For Akaitcho Hall Rather Than Closure
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. In those communities where we can justify the need for regional residences, yes we will consider it. But, it's all part of the

capital planning process and we will address the needs based on the requests and the priority given by the community.

Further Return To Question 215-12(5): Privatization Considered For Akaitcho Hall Rather Than Closure
Question 215-12(5): Privatization Considered For Akaitcho Hall Rather Than Closure
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 5, oral questions. The honourable Member for Natilikmiot, Mr. Ningark.

Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Item 5: Oral Questions

February 25th, 1994

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, education is a priority of this government, as I see it. I know the closure of Akaitcho Hall which will take place on June 30, 1994 is very painful, especially for people like myself whose kids have gone through that education system. They have taken their training at Sir John and at St. Patrick's. I think cost is of little significance, given the fact that quality education has been attained through Yellowknife. The Minister is a fine example of someone who has gone through the system here.

My question to the Minister follows the same line as Mr. Gargan, the Member for Deh Cho. I'm wondering if any effort has been made to approach divisional boards. Perhaps there could be a joint operation between the system and the divisional boards within this jurisdiction. I think every region has the opportunity to have their kids going to school here in Yellowknife. I mentioned earlier that education at Sir John and at St. Patrick's is one of the finest in the system. I'm wondering if the Minister has considered approaching divisional boards for joint operation. Thank you.

Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Minister of Education, Mr. Nerysoo.

Return To Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Actually, the requests that have been made by most divisional boards have been to develop the high school programming in the communities within their regions. It is a bit of a deviation from the initiatives that have been undertaken by the divisional boards. The suggestion could be considered and I could convey it to the divisional boards to see what the response is. But, so far, the position has been to develop high school programming in our communities. That has been the direction they've undertaken.

Return To Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Ningark.

Supplementary To Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Item 5: Oral Questions

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I mentioned earlier that I'm not one to argue with divisional boards. In some cases, given the number of students who are ready to attend high school in some regions, the high school system in the region is not able to take that number of students ready to go through the system. I'm wondering, in the event that we're not able to accommodate the number of students in the region, perhaps the Minister should seriously consider usage of Akaitcho Hall for accommodation for the overflow of students who should be coming to Yellowknife. Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Minister of Education, Mr. Nerysoo.

Further Return To Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Earlier, I indicated to the honourable Members that there are still a great number of potential home boarding opportunities here in the community. We have not utilized the home boarding situation here. I think it can accommodate our students. There are some advantages to that situation where there are families taking direct care of children and becoming responsible for them.

There are also disadvantages. I agree with my honourable colleague, Mr. Gargan, who has raised the point a number of times of whether there are enough aboriginal families in the community that can take care of aboriginal students from smaller communities. I think that's something that has to be considered. In our discussion and our decision, we are also going to establish two counsellors to take care of our students so that we have someone taking a personal interest so if students have problems and concerns about where they're located, we can address that immediately.

At the same time, I'm not opposed to the idea that the honourable Member has raised and that is to address the potential overflow concerns regions might have. But my view is, as long as we can develop the regional high school programs and offer the services necessary, I think we will be in a better position in the future with our children. I accept the comments that have been made by the honourable Member.

Further Return To Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Question 216-12(5): Consideration For Operation Of Akaitcho Hall By Divisional Boards
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 5, oral questions. The honourable Member for Yellowknife South, Mr. Whitford.

Question 217-12(5): Impact Of Alberta Budget On Nwt
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I have a question I would like to direct to the Minister of Finance. Madam Speaker, yesterday, not too far on the heels of the federal government's budget being tabled, the Alberta government -- our sister province to the south -- handed down its budget. It appears, at least at first glance, that there are going to be substantial cuts to education and health, among other things. I would like to ask the Minister of Finance if his department has had an opportunity to review this budget, and to determine if there will be any positive or negative effects on the Northwest Territories, given the fact that we're so closely related to them.

Question 217-12(5): Impact Of Alberta Budget On Nwt
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Minister of Finance, Mr. Pollard.

Return To Question 217-12(5): Impact Of Alberta Budget On Nwt
Question 217-12(5): Impact Of Alberta Budget On Nwt
Item 5: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I didn't keep the staff up all night last night looking at the Alberta budget, but we will have some numbers next week to see if it does impact us. Our main area of concern was health because we were making a new arrangement with Alberta. Alberta was kind enough to tell us what they were going to do in advance

of their budget in the Department of Health and in the area of health. The arrangements that we're making health-wise haven't affected us. But we will look at the issues in their budget to see if there's something that's going to impact some of the services that they do provide to us, and report back to the House. Thank you, Madam Speaker.