This is page numbers 789 - 820 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 social.

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Members Present

Mr. Allooloo, Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Ballantyne, Hon. Nellie Cournoyea, Mr. Gargan, Mr. Lewis, Hon. Jeannie Marie-Jewell, Hon. Rebecca Mike, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Richard Nerysoo, Mr. Ningark, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Hon. John Todd, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Good afternoon. The Speaker recognizes that there is no quorum. Mr. Clerk, would you record the Members present.

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Clerk Of The House Mr. David Hamilton

Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Ballantyne, Mr. Gargan, Mr. Allooloo, Ms. Mike, Mr. Pollard, Ms. Cournoyea, Mr. Morin, Mr. Ningark, Mr. Lewis and Madam Speaker.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

I notice that one Member has arrived since. Please record the rest of the Members, Mr. Clerk.

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Clerk Of The House Mr. David Hamilton

Mr. Zoe, Mr. Antoine, Mr. Arngna'naaq, Mr. Nerysoo and Mr. Whitford.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

I recognize a quorum. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Baffin South, Mr. Pudlat.

The Need For A Nunavut Council For Disabled Persons
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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. Last month, a conference was held in Iqaluit, organized by the NWT Council for Disabled Persons. The name of the conference was Taking Back Our Lives and was attended by delegates from many of the communities in Nunavut. One of the things that came out of the meeting was the need for a Nunavut Council for Disabled Persons.

They have expressed concern about being able to properly fill their mandate. There is also a need for Nunavut disabled persons and care givers to have representation for their concerns closer to home, especially with division on the horizon. There is a movement now to form such an organization, but they require assistance and support to do so.

During this session, I will be pressuring the government to look into the matter and lend the required assistance and support. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

The Need For A Nunavut Council For Disabled Persons
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

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

Absence Of Ordinary Members
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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to inform the House about some of the ordinary Members who are not in the House today. Mr. Fred Koe is in Nova Scotia for a curling championship, accompanying his kids. Mr. Patterson is in Iqaluit, attending a trade show. Mr. Dent is still in Ottawa with his wife, helping out with the new-born baby. Mr. Kelvin Ng is in Cambridge Bay attending the Kitikmeot Youth Conference and Mr. Pudluk is still in Edmonton on medical leave. Thank you.

Absence Of Ordinary Members
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Baffin Central, Ms. Mike.

The Harvesting Of Seals In Pangnirtung
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Rebecca Mike Baffin Central

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, I want to add to the comments made by the Member for Iqaluit yesterday when we were discussing the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in committee of the whole. In a question to Mr. Todd, the Member stated that there were a sizeable number of seal pelts being harvested in Pangnirtung for sale to Japan.

For the record, Madam Speaker, the primary reason for hunting seals in Pangnirtung and other areas of Nunavut, is for food. It is important to recognize this fact. I wouldn't want to leave the impression in the north or in other areas of the world that the seals are being taken primarily for economic reasons. Thank you.

The Harvesting Of Seals In Pangnirtung
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Yellowknife Centre, Mr. Lewis.

Black Forest Caribou
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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Over the last several years, I've taken an interest in renewable resources, especially in northern products and ones you can eat. I recently acquired, through the good offices of Mr. Todd, a

product called black forest caribou, which is a product of the meat plant in Rankin Inlet. After several tests with visitors, it has been judged to be a superior product. One suggestion from someone who is an expert in the trade is that this particular kind of meat would make excellent pastrami, which is a wonderful, value-added product, which I'm sure will provide some extra source of income for the people involved in renewable resources. Thank you.

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Black Forest Caribou
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral question. Item 5, oral questions. The honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Antoine.