This is page numbers 677 - 710 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 7th 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 chairman.

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Return To Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Pudluk.

Supplementary To Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
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Ludy Pudluk High Arctic

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This is a supplementary to my question. How are you going to respond to the letter you say that you have received regarding the concerns that are being raised in Nanisivik? Will you just pass it on to the Baffin Divisional Board of Education, or are you going to give a response directly to the local education council in Nanisivik. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Supplementary To Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Nerysoo.

Further Return To Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. What I will do is respond advising the CEC of the present responsibilities the department holds in terms of me, as Minister; and, secondly, the responsibilities that are held by the board. This Assembly and previous Minister, including myself, have tried to move away from the day-to-day business operational affairs of schools and have tried to put it in the hands of the communities. I think the debate that the honourable Member is raising is one that should occur within the divisional board and the arguments put forward because, in my view, it's the responsibility of the board to make the final determinations.

Further Return To Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
Question 346-12(7): Concern Re Reduction Of Teaching Positions In Nanisivik
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Ballantyne.

Question 347-12(7): Status Of Trans-boundary Water Agreements
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Renewable Resources. Mr. Speaker, it wasn't that long ago that the whole issue of waters flowing into the Northwest Territories from Alberta was a big environmental issue facing us all. We spent a lot of time and a lot of effort worrying about Daishowa and worrying about pulp mills being built in Alberta and the effect that that would have on our water basin here in the Northwest Territories. It seems that that environmental issue is no longer on the front pages. People seem to be concerned about diamonds today and they don't really have time to deal with more than one issue, perhaps.

What has actually happened with the trans-boundary water agreements? I'll ask that first. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 347-12(7): Status Of Trans-boundary Water Agreements
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Minister of Renewable Resources, Mr. Arngna'naaq.

Return To Question 347-12(7): Status Of Trans-boundary Water Agreements
Question 347-12(7): Status Of Trans-boundary Water Agreements
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March 29th, 1995

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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Mackenzie River Basin master agreement, which I believe the Member is referring to, came to my office as an agreement which would be signed by all jurisdictions affected by the Mackenzie River. I had passed on the agreement to some of the Members who had raised concerns about it, and asked for their opinion. I received positive remarks on the agreement. I also wrote to the chief of the Dene national office, Mr. Erasmus. And on August 11, 1994, I signed the master agreement and passed it on back to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs.

I haven't heard anything more recently from the Minister, but I'm willing to find out exactly where that stands. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 347-12(7): Status Of Trans-boundary Water Agreements
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Ballantyne.

Supplementary To Question 347-12(7): Status Of Trans-boundary Water Agreements
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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Thank you. When the Minister receives that information, I'm sure Members in this House would like to hear the ultimate disposition of this matter.

My supplementary question to the Minister; as part and parcel of the issue of effluents in the Mackenzie River system, there was a commitment by the federal government, I believe that our government was involved, to have a fairly comprehensive monitoring system put into place. I wonder if the Minister could inform this House as to what are the results of that monitoring.

Supplementary To Question 347-12(7): Status Of Trans-boundary Water Agreements
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Arngna'naaq.

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Question 347-12(7): Status Of Trans-boundary Water Agreements
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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The responsibility of water quality monitoring still lies with the three federal departments: Indian and Northern Affairs, Environment Canada; and, Fisheries and Oceans. I believe they are still monitoring the quality of water within our jurisdiction in the Northwest Territories. I have not received a recent update about the quality of water in the Northwest Territories, but I will find out and get back to the Member. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Dent.

Question 348-12(7): Erosion Of Official Languages Principles
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Premier. Mr. Speaker, yesterday I asked the Minister of Justice a question about the principles of justice agreement for crime victims. I was very surprised when he responded to me and I quote from page 1544 of unedited Hansard, he noted that we have lots of principles that we believe in, "Members know that we are all committed 100 per cent to the principle of aboriginal languages and we have, after years of wrangling on it, decided to put it to legislation, making financial commitments. Even those principles are being eroded at this time by the federal government reducing their financial commitments to them."

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Premier, is this, in fact, the case that the principles enshrined in our official languages legislation are being eroded, they are not being honoured by this government.

Question 348-12(7): Erosion Of Official Languages Principles
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Madam Premier.