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Member's Statement Re Congratulating Cabinet And Thanking Constituents
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 6, Members' statements. The Member for Hay River, Mrs. Groenewegen.

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to thank the honourable Member for Yellowknife for arriving today and asking for an extension on Members' statements because I don't feel I have had enough air time yet this week.

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I would like to take this opportunity, first of all, to congratulate the Speaker, our new Premier and the Cabinet Members. I would also like to say thank you to the people of Enterprise, the corridor and Hay River for entrusting in me this role that I have come here to fulfil. I would like to thank my colleagues in the House for the friendship they have shown and their supportiveness and kindness during this first week we have been together. I would like to thank the Clerk and his staff for all their guidance and assistance to the new Members since we have arrived. I would like to thank my family: my sons, Jordan and Jeffrey; my beautiful daughter, Jillian; and, my husband, Rick, for his support and faith in me. I would also like to thank the honourable Member for Hay River, John Pollard, who served in the preceding eight years in this House.

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Lastly, I would like to thank my father, who is not here today but I am sure he would love to be. He has given me confidence in that he gave me what we, as parents, need to give our children and that is our approval and our love. That is what has enabled me to do some of the things I have done. When I was a child when I would go to him and say "I can't," he would make me say I can if I try. I think that is what we all need to say here as we endeavour to serve the people of the Northwest Territories. Thank you.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, Members' statements. The Member for Kivallivik, Mr. O'Brien.

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Kevin O'Brien Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I, too, wish to congratulate Mr. Morin on his election to Premier and also yourself, Mr. Speaker, as well as all the new Ministers we elected yesterday. I wish to give a special thanks to my family and friends for all their support during the campaign and, most importantly, to the people of Kivallivik.

My election and my victory was somewhat bittersweet. In the middle of my campaign, my biggest supporter passed away, my father. I would like to say thank you to him for his support. I know he's watching over me.

In closing, a special thanks to my children, Jaren and Kelsey for all their support, and my apologies for being away so much during the campaign. Matna, mahsi.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. O'Brien. Item 6, Members' statements. The Member for Mackenzie Delta, Mr. Krutko.

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November 22nd, 1995

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Congratulations on your election. Congratulations also to the Premier and Cabinet. At this time, I'd like to thank my constituents for electing me to this position. It's an honour and I will serve them well.

At this time, I would also like to recognize a former MLA, Mr. Richard Nerysoo, who has served 16 years to the people of the Mackenzie Delta.

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I would like to thank him for that. I would also like to recognize the other leaders in the communities who serve on hamlet councils, settlement councils, bands, Metis locals and in the other activities that go on within our small communities. Thanks to the people who serve at the present time and the people who have served in the past.

We have some big issues in front of us over the next four years and I'm glad to see that the people we have here have endorsed the idea of working cooperatively and working with regard to the issues that are facing us. The main issues that we have in front of us are the question about division, the constitutional development process that is happening in the West and also the outstanding question of aboriginal claims that have not been settled and those that have.

The biggest issue we have to face is the deficit. I would like to say that it's going to be a challenge to deal with the deficit, but we also have to keep in mind the have and have-not communities. From the statistics that we've looked at, it would seem that the biggest impact will be on smaller aboriginal communities that do not have an economic base with regard to an industry such as oil, gas or minerals. The biggest impact that we've seen, especially in the aboriginal communities, is with regard to the fur question.

We have to somehow stimulate the economy so that everybody benefits, not just in the larger centres, but also in the smaller communities by looking at things such as economic opportunities in the non-renewable resources; looking at using natural products such as caribou meat, fish, forestry products and also look at the tourism potential that we have in the North.

One thing that I would like to make the House aware of at this time is that from the Gwich'in perspective, we are also facing an international problem that you may not be aware of; that's the question about the 10-02 lands in Alaska. We have, for thousands of years, depended on the Porcupine Caribou herd, whose calving grounds are in the Arctic National Refuge in Alaska. The Gwich'in have been fighting this battle for a number of years and it's presently in the hands of the President of the United States. That is an issue that is close to our hearts and has to be resolved for the protection of the Gwich'in culture and lifestyle.

I would like to thank my colleagues who have supported the initiatives that we are working on. I see that there will be a change in this government and a change with regard to how we do business. I look forward to working along with you over the next four years. Thank you.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 6, Members' statements. The Member for Yellowknife Frame Lake, Mr. Dent.

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, congratulations again on your election as the Speaker. I would also like to congratulate the Honourable Don Morin on his election as Premier-elect and extend congratulations to the other Members of the new Cabinet.

Mr. Speaker, before we get down to the challenging business of looking after the affairs of northerners, I would like to take a couple of minutes to acknowledge a number of people. First of all, I would like to publicly thank the constituents of Yellowknife Frame Lake for their overwhelming vote of approval in returning me to office. I knocked on nearly every door in the constituency and met more than 1000 people during the campaign and I was pleased that many took the time to discuss their concerns with me. There are some strong opinions among my constituents on a variety of issues and I want to assure all of them that I will do my best to make sure that their views don't go unheeded during this Assembly.

I would also like to offer congratulations to you, Mr. Speaker, and to the rest of my fellow Members for the individual election victories that you were able to celebrate. We all know that there's a great diversity among our constituents and across the North as a whole. Social, cultural and educational diversity; our challenge is to find unity within that diversity.

I would like to express my thanks to all of you for the confidence you've shown me in giving me the honour and privilege to serve on Cabinet. It's clear that people in the Northwest Territories expect a change in the way decisions are made. We now face the challenge of defining a new way of managing the government. I've been pleased to hear a lot of comments by Members in the past week or so about cooperation and working collectively. It's what residents of the North expect and what we must deliver. Mr. Speaker, I'd like to promise the Member for Yellowknife North that my office door will always be open to him and to the other Members in the House.

Mr. Speaker, most of all I'd like to thank my wife, Eileen. Not only has she been a constant source of encouragement and advice, she's provided unwavering support throughout the last four years. My young son, Tyler, also deserves some recognition for his patience and understanding about just how busy his dad has been.

Mr. Speaker, the road ahead of us is undoubtedly going to be a bumpy one. We face numerous challenges, some of which we're already aware of, some of which haven't yet become apparent. I want to assure the people of my constituency of Yellowknife Frame Lake and all residents of the Northwest Territories that I will do my best to provide leadership, honesty and integrity and meet those challenges head on. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 6, Members' statements. The Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Antoine.

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to congratulate you on being elected the Speaker. You have been in the position before, you are not new to this position and we rely on your direction. Congratulations on your position.

Congratulations to the Government Leader, Don Morin, on his appointment. It's hard to say congratulations in Slavey, so I'll say it in English. You also know the business of the House because you've been here before. I would like to congratulate the ones who have been Ministers before and the new Ministers as well.

We have already promised each other that from now on we will work together. I would like to thank my constituency: Nahanni Butte; Trout Lake; Jean Marie River; Wrigley; and, Fort Simpson. I would like to thank all the people who elected me and have allowed me to return to this position. (Translation ends)

saying that I had zero votes and I was leading by a little dotted line. After a while somebody in the crowd suggested that we should take a vote in the room and phone it in. Winning by acclamation, Mr. Speaker, was a gift from my constituents. It means to me that I have to work just as hard in this Assembly as I did in the last, or even better, and I am committed to that. It is a great mandate. For that, I would like to thank everybody in my constituency.

The biggest thank you and recognition is to my family: my wife, Celine, for her strength and support; to my daughter, Melaw; and my sons, Denezeh, Sachey and Tumbah; as well as to my father and my extended family. Mahsi.

I would like to thank the Members of this Assembly for the confidence that they showed by electing me to this Cabinet. I will continue to follow the teachings of my elders into the position by being fair and open and listening to everyone, as I have learned as a leader in the communities. One of the things that I've learned, Mr. Speaker, is that as a community leader, you develop a lot of patience by listening to people. This, I will try to do in this Assembly.

To the incumbents who did not succeed in coming back here, I would like to thank you all for the last four years that I have worked with you. I have to say that you have contributed to the people in the North. For that, I would like to thank you.

(Translation) I would also like to thank all the people in the communities. We are elected to be sitting here for the next four years, and I promise to work to the best of my ability with all of you. There was one elder who had written who told me at one time, if you work on something there are a lot of things that you're not going to agree with but, if you work hard on it and work well with the people, everything will come out in the end.

Right now, I would like to promise you again that I will work to the best of my ability for the next four years. Thank you.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, Members' statements. The Member for Nunakput, Mr. Steen.

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Vince Steen Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to take this opportunity to thank those people in Nunakput who have chosen me to represent them in this House. I wish to thank my family for their continued support as well.

Mr. Speaker, I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your election as Speaker; Mr. Morin as Premier; and all those elected to the Executive Council.

On behalf of the people of Nunakput, I wish to thank Nellie Cournoyea for the many years she has dedicated to the riding of Nunakput.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Steen. The Member for Natilikmiot, Mr. Ningark.

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you, my colleagues. First of all, I would like to congratulate the Honourable Don Morin for being chosen as leader of this government, and you, Mr. Speaker, as being Speaker for the next three years and a half, and all those candidates who were successful in being selected for the Executive Council of this government, and all those people who ran and were not successful. I know you will all put all your effort into making this government a better government and the system a better place for all the people of the NWT.

Mr. Speaker, I have never done this publicly before, but I would like to thank my natural mother who passed away when I was too young to get to know her. I would like to thank her. Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my father who passed away -- my natural father -- when I was six years old. I never really got to know either of them. I know they are up there somewhere where there are no restraints.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my wife, Celine, for her support during the past six years when I have served as a Member of the NWT Legislature; my children; my stepfather who is now up there sitting in the public gallery. He taught me three basic principles of life: He told me to know when to hold back. He also told me to know when to go forward. He also told me when to retreat. I live by those three principles that he taught me.

Mr. Speaker, whenever there was a time for collaboration and cooperation between the family, between the people of this particular jurisdiction, the time is now. Mr. Speaker, whenever there was a time to seek wisdom from the elders, from the public, the time is now.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to quote some quotations from a very famous man by the name of John F. Kennedy, when he first became President. Whenever there was a time to quote something like that, I think the time is now. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." I think we should remember that in these difficult times. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Ningark. The Member for North Slave, Mr. Rabesca.