This is page numbers 503 - 531 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 land.

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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, Hon. John Todd, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

---Prayer

Assent To Bills
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Good afternoon. I have a letter before me from Commissioner Norris addressed to me, dated March 3, 1994.

"Dear Madam Speaker, I wish to inform the Legislative Assembly that on Thursday, March 3, 1994, I was attended in my office by the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Mr. David Hamilton, and the Government House Leader, the Honourable John Pollard, for the purpose of assenting to bills. I wish to inform the Legislative Assembly that, as Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, I gave assent to Bill 13, Supplementary Appropriation Act, No. 3, 1993-94. Yours truly, D L Norris, Commissioner."

Item 2, Ministers' statements. Point of privilege, Mr. Gargan.

Point Of Privilege

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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of privilege concerning an incident which occurred in this House yesterday. Madam Speaker, yesterday I wrote and circulated a letter to all MLAs. This letter was not tabled in the House nor was it ever made a part of the formal records of this House.

Secondly, Madam Speaker, an interpretation was placed on the contents of this letter by you without providing me with the opportunity to debate or respond to your interpretation. This is a fundamental denial of the right to be heard before one is convicted...

Assent To Bills
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Madam Speaker

Mr. Gargan. Unfortunately, you do not have a point of privilege. I would like to remind Members and quote from Beauchesne's ruling 168(1), "Reflections upon the character or actions of the Speaker may be punished as breaches of privilege. The actions of the Speaker cannot be criticized incidentally in debate or upon any form of proceeding, except by way of a substantive motion." In addition, Beauchesne's ruling 170, "Under Standing Order 10, Speakers' rulings, once given, must be accepted without appeal or debate." Under those rulings, I indicate that you do not have a point of privilege. Item 2, Ministers' statements. The honourable Member for Sahtu, Mr. Kakfwi.

Minister's Statement 34-12(5): Renewable Resource Development Strategy
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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Madam Speaker, later today I plan to table the document Tradition and Change, A Strategy for Renewable Resource Development in the NWT. This strategy provides an approach for managing and using renewable resources for the maximum benefit of our residents today, while ensuring there is enough for tomorrow. This has been the approach of our people for thousands of years.

The current value of the renewable resource harvest is now over $55 million per year. The harvest of wildlife, primarily as food, is worth a minimum of $38 million. The value of the fish and marine mammal harvest is $12 million. The timber harvest will increase this year from $3 million to $14 million. Last year, the sale of wild furs and agricultural products provided $3 million.

The renewable resource development strategy promotes economic self-reliance, local employment opportunities and benefits and local influence over the pace of development. This is especially important for smaller communities where few other economic opportunities exist. The strategy is divided into six renewable resource sectors: fur, wildlife, fisheries, forests, marine mammals, and agriculture. The value, objectives, initiatives and constraints of each sector are described and a three year action plan is included.

Madam Speaker, a healthy economy requires a healthy environment. I believe that releasing this strategy shows our government's commitment to both increasing economic opportunities, sustainable development and maintaining productive renewable resources. This is what residents are asking for and this is what we intend to provide. Thank you.

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Madam Speaker

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

Minister's Statement 35-12(5): Meeting Of Council Of Ministers Of Education, Canada
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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, as most Members know, I just returned from a two day meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, in Toronto, and I would like to bring the Members of this Assembly up to date on developments.

First, I am pleased to announce that the council's by-laws were amended to change the status of the Yukon and Northwest Territories from observers to members...

Minister's Statement 35-12(5): Meeting Of Council Of Ministers Of Education, Canada
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Some Hon. Members

Hear, hear.

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Minister's Statement 35-12(5): Meeting Of Council Of Ministers Of Education, Canada
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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

This is for the first time in 26 years. This significant change allows us to take our place at the table in developing, directing and leading education in our nation. I would like to recognize the work of my staff for helping bring this long overdue recognition to our territories.

Secondly, the council discussed and furthered its six-point action plan to reshape education in this country. One of the steps in this process is a regular series of national forums to bring together all interested groups and organizations, including government, business, labour, educational institutions, teachers, parents and student federations and associations, to promote dialogue on expectations and needs and to exchange ideas.

The first of these national meetings will be held in Montreal this coming May. Plans for the meeting were reviewed and additional direction was given. This forum, which will focus on the quality of education is a national first, and all Education Ministers are expected to play key roles in the discussions. Special attention will be paid to current best practices and education successes across the country under the sub-themes of: goals and outcomes; accessibility and mobility; and, accountability.

The five remaining points of the action plan are:

-the establishment of a national working group to examine curriculum comparability and possible joint initiatives in curriculum development;

-the continuation and expansion of the school achievement indicators program, adding assessment in science to the existing program which includes assessment in reading and writing and mathematics;

-a new joint project between the Council of Ministers and Statistics Canada to develop pan-Canadian indicators on education performance;

-a new Canada-wide focus on open learning and distance education, particularly in post-secondary studies; and,

-the development of new links and partnerships with national and governmental organizations, and with business, labour and appropriate federal departments and agencies.

As part of the meetings, the Ministers also hosted the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Minister of Human Resources Development Canada, and discussed issues such as the continuation of the stay-in-school program, possible changes to the Canada student loans program, the planned federal reductions to the national literacy program and the implications of reform of social programs on education.

Madam Speaker, as I have done before, I will continue to keep this legislature up to date on the developments and change in education on the national scene as we work to reshape, reform and improve our system of education. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

---Applause

Minister's Statement 35-12(5): Meeting Of Council Of Ministers Of Education, Canada
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. Member for Deh Cho, Mr. Gargan.

Apologizing To Constituents And Mlas
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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yesterday, I had a terrible day and it started about 3:00 pm.

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It went on into the evening. This morning I got up at 6:00 and thought about what had happened yesterday.

I have been a good and faithful Member of this House for over ten years, under many Speakers, including the late and honourable Speaker Stewart. I believe that the work done in this House is important and each Member has an obligation to his or her constituents to be very involved in the work we do here.

Madam Speaker, yesterday, I wanted Members to be aware of some specialists who were available to assist them with taxation issues. This is the time of year when we hear concerns from our constituents regarding tax matters. In my haste to inform Members, I unintentionally chose words which offended you, Madam Speaker. I regret that these hastily chosen words caused the difficulties they did. I have always had tremendous respect for the House and it's Members, and I will always continue to abide by its rules.

I would like to apologize to the members of my constituency for being unable to represent them in this House yesterday afternoon, and to the Members of this House for being unable to participate in yesterday's debate on bills and supplementary appropriations.

Madam Speaker, in the future I will be diligent in my choice of words taking care that they not reflect badly on this House. Mahsi cho.

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Madam Speaker

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

International Women's Day
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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Tuesday, March 8, is International Women's Day. Madam Speaker, since this House won't be sitting on that day, I thought I would take a couple of minutes today to highlight the fact that that is an important day for us to celebrate.

Madam Speaker, International Women's Day has been celebrated throughout Europe, Russia and the United States since 1910. It has had its origins in the struggle of women for better wages and working conditions, as well as the right to vote in elections.

There are two symbols representing International Women's Day: red roses; red represents the struggle for economic security and roses the struggle for a better life. Madam Speaker, all Members recently received a rose lapel pin and are asked to wear this pin to demonstrate their support for this important day.

Madam Speaker, this day not only highlights the struggles and achievements but, too, serves as a reminder of the important work still to be done on behalf of women. We must celebrate the achievements of progress for what has been done. In the Northwest Territories we have some shelters, we do have some programs in the struggle against family violence, we do have some day care centres in some communities. Madam Speaker, we do have more women involved in politics and more women have educational job opportunities than was the case in the past. But, we still have a long way to go. There is a lot more change needed.

International Women's Day is a reminder that around the world and in the Northwest Territories, too many women are still living in violent conditions of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, earning less than men earn, and under-represented in politics at all levels. International Women's Day, Madam Speaker, is a reminder that work as women and mothers is not adequately valued, and needs such as child care and child support and shelters are not being adequately met.

Madam Speaker, statistics can tell just how much more needs to be done. Madam Speaker, I would seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement and to give some of those statistics.

International Women's Day
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Your time is not up yet, Mr. Dent. However, the honourable Member is seeking unanimous consent to continue with his Member's statement. Are there any nays? Thank you. There are no nays? Proceed, Mr. Dent.