This is page numbers 399 - 427 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 community.

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

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Madam Speaker

Good afternoon. Item 2, Ministers' statements. The honourable Member for Hay River, Mr. Pollard.

Minister's Statement 28-12(5): Ministers Absent From The House
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John Pollard Hay River

Madam Speaker, the Premier will be absent from the House today and part of tomorrow to attend the aboriginal achievement awards in Toronto.

The Honourable Richard Nerysoo will be absent from the House today to attend a Council of Ministers of Education meeting and tomorrow to attend a meeting of Labour Market Ministers in Toronto.

The Honourable John Todd will be absent from the House today on personal business.

Minister's Statement 28-12(5): Ministers Absent From The House
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 2, Minister's statements. The honourable Member for Sahtu, Mr. Kakfwi.

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Madam Speaker, a special ceremony will be held in Ottawa tonight to honour 12 Canadians chosen to receive a national aboriginal achievement award. Premier Cournoyea, along with five other northerners, will be receiving an award. Other northern recipients are Rosemarie Kuptana, Bill Lyall, Cindy Kenny-Gilday and Susan Aglukark.

The concept of a national aboriginal achievement award was initiated by the Canadian Native Arts Foundation last year to honour the outstanding achievements of aboriginal people. A ceremony to present the awards will be held in the National Arts Centre. I understand the event will be packaged by the CBC into a 60 minute television special to be broadcast nationally on March 3.

Madam Speaker, I'm sure Members will want to join me in congratulating the award winners.

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. The honourable Member for Kivallivik, Mr. Arngna'naaq.

Minister's Statement 30-12(5): 1994 Arctic Winter Games Clothing
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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to remind Members that a ceremony for the official unveiling of the team NWT Arctic Winter Games clothing will take place tomorrow at 12:00 noon in the lobby of the Legislative Assembly. All Members are welcome to attend and join me in showing appreciation for the fine work produced by several of our Northwest Territories clothing manufacturers.

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Madam Speaker

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

Minister's Statement 31-12(5): Telephone Services For Everyone
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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Recently there was an announcement about a new communications system for schools. It said that all NWT schools would be able to use computers to send messages to each other. This announcement reminded me again of the problems of those seven communities without phone services. Schools in those communities can't use this latest technology.

When the CRTC held hearings last summer, I spoke about the great need for full telephone services in all NWT communities. Mr. Kakfwi also spoke at those hearings on behalf of people in Colville Lake.

As I reported to you by letter, the CRTC's decision in December requires NorthwesTel to file a plan for providing full services in the unserved communities. This plan is due by June 20. In January, I wrote to the president of NorthwesTel. I said that we looked forward to their renewed efforts to extend services to all communities as soon as possible. It is important for us to keep this issue in front of the public. I will continue to encourage NorthwesTel to fulfil their commitments.

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Member's statements. The honourable Member for Frame Lake, Mr. Dent.

The Absence Of Minister Of Education, Culture And Employment
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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, I rise today on behalf of the Ordinary Members' Caucus to express concern to the government over the actions of the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. Madam Speaker, last Thursday and Friday in this House we discussed the budget of Education, Culture and Employment and we were under the impression on Friday that Mr. Nerysoo would be here on Monday. As a result, we left that department in the middle of the review. Actually, we had only started general comments.

Madam Speaker, we only learned this morning that Minister Nerysoo would be away for part of this week. Now in committee of the whole we are faced with the decision as to whether to proceed with the departmental review of that budget or to stand the budget down.

Madam Speaker, our understanding is that the Council of Ministers of Education meeting and the Labour Market Ministers meeting in Toronto were not planned at the last minute. The Minister should have been aware of the fact that these meetings were on.

During the mid-term review, it was pointed out to the Minister in the ordinary Members' report card, that Members particularly felt that Mr. Nerysoo needed to make more of an effort to "treat Members with respect." Madam Speaker, leaving in the middle of the budget process without advising this House that he was about to do so or advising Members that he was going to have to be away before we started consideration of his budget, we don't think, shows respect for the Members or the process.

Madam Speaker, we are concerned that this demonstrates, once again, an example of his cavalier attitude that we commented on following the mid-term review. We would hope, Madam Speaker, that the government will, in future, make sure that Members of this House are advised when Ministers will not be present so that we can plan properly to deal with their budgets in committee of the whole without having to go through the process of standing departments down and skipping around. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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Madam Speaker

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

Member's Statement Re Resolutions From Kitikmeot Inuit Association's Agm
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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Madam Speaker. During the week of February 14-18, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association held their 1993-94 annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay. There were a total of over 40 delegates representing all hamlet councils, all hunters' and trappers' associations in Kitikmeot, the Arctic Cooperatives Limited, the Kitikmeot Regional Council, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Inuit Tapirisat of Canada and, of course, all the executive and directors of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association.

During the annual general meeting, delegates had presentations from Metall Canada, Northern Transportation Company Ltd, community economic development organizations, Echo Bay Mines, Canadian Coastguard, NTI, KRC and the honourable Member for Natilikmiot and I, as MLAs for the region. The honourable Don Morin, Minister of Public Works and Services and the Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation, also answered questions for many of the delegates. On behalf of KIA, I thank him for taking up the invitation to attend the annual general meeting and dealing directly with the concerns of the delegates.

Madam Speaker, the delegates of the annual general meeting passed 12 resolutions, of which eight resolutions dealt with non-internal matters which affect the majority of residents in Kitikmeot. These resolutions included cooperative sectoral funding for community economic development organizations, a code of conduct for Kitikmeot leaders, lowering the cost of gasoline and heating oil prices in the region, NTCL employment training programs for the Kitikmeot, holding a Kitikmeot leadership conference, reaffirmation of support to establish credit unions, the improvement from DIAND of funds and program delivery levels to CEDOs through the CAEDS strategy, and restoration of federal funding for social housing.

Madam Speaker, the ever-increasing importance of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association is evident from the large turn-out of delegates attending and making presentations at the conference. Members of the KIA are to be commended for their hard work and the resulting success of their 1993-94 annual general meeting. Thank you.

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Deh Cho, Mr. Gargan.