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Supplementary To Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Mr. Speaker, here in this Assembly we've been given the results of alarming studies where toxins in mothers' milk in some areas of the eastern Arctic is many times the acceptable norm and where sea mammals haven't been nearly as healthy as they should have been. There is a lot of concern and a lot of documentation about it. I'm not talking about what monitoring is being done right now. I assume that the situation is being monitored. What I'm asking is what is the government doing about the facts that we already know. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Supplementary To Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Arngna'naaq.

Supplementary To Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Item 6: Oral Questions

March 29th, 1995

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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'll have to take that question as notice. Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 6, oral questions. Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Question 352-12(7): Td Re Fort Smith Aircraft Maintenance Facility Chronology
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We didn't run out of questions. I have a question here for the Premier. Mr. Speaker, some time ago, the Premier tabled Tabled Document 40-12(7), History of the GNWT's Decision With Regard to the Fort Smith Aircraft Maintenance Facility and the Communications with Fort Smith. In that document, there appeared to be documents missing, as Mr. Pollard indicated in the House. They were going to review this and possibly table additional information. I would like to ask the Premier whether or not she's considering tabling additional information which should have been in Tabled Document 40-12(7). Thank you.

Question 352-12(7): Td Re Fort Smith Aircraft Maintenance Facility Chronology
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Madam Premier.

Return To Question 352-12(7): Td Re Fort Smith Aircraft Maintenance Facility Chronology
Question 352-12(7): Td Re Fort Smith Aircraft Maintenance Facility Chronology
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Yes, Mr. Speaker. We have looked at the document to make sure it contained all the relevant information. We also looked at stamped correspondence that was not originally signed. A document will be tabled by the Honourable Don Morin today at the appropriate time. Thank you.

Return To Question 352-12(7): Td Re Fort Smith Aircraft Maintenance Facility Chronology
Question 352-12(7): Td Re Fort Smith Aircraft Maintenance Facility Chronology
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Antoine.

Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister of Health and Social Services about the announcement that the Minister made yesterday with regard to the federal/territorial health care billings dispute. Mr. Speaker, over the last three years plus of this Assembly, I have been pursuing this issue in the House to see how it was going. This announcement has become public and I've been aware of the developments of this for some time. The concern here is with regard to the health services to be provided to the aboriginal people; mainly treaty, Dene and Inuit people.

In 1988 when administration of health services was transferred to the territorial government from the federal government, people in my constituency were concerned about it. As a result, we have an unresolved situation of no health boards in my area which I think is beneficial to the government in that we're not spending that much money in the health board administration area.

The Minister said at the conclusion of the third or fourth year, the escalated amount will be added to the gross expenditure base of the territorial government and increased thereafter under the terms of the formula financing agreement. What this agreement does is roll the $33.5 million and the six, three, three percentage increases from the first, second and third years into the formula agreement. Later on, the Minister stated that the terms cannot be interpreted to prejudice treaty and aboriginal rights or future self-government arrangements. How can that be if you're going to be rolling the funding for treaty Indians and Inuit into the base after the fourth year? Thank you.

Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Health and Social Services, Madam Premier. Mr. Pollard.

Return To Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Mr. Speaker, with regard to the rolling of funds into the base, already there is the base funding for aboriginal health care in the Northwest Territories. We're not setting a precedent by rolling it into the base. Specifically

in the agreement the Premier signed, it says that this won't prejudice self-government arrangements that may come into force, that may be negotiated, treaty rights, land claim rights or any other rights that aboriginal people feel they have. It doesn't comment on the fiduciary responsibility either, Mr. Speaker, so we believe that we've kept it contractual and have not gotten into those areas so as to prejudice some claim. Thank you.

Return To Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Antoine.

Supplementary To Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Supplementary to the same Minister, I guess, the Minister of Finance. This agreement is quite a step in taking over all health care services for everybody. If you're going to roll it into the base eventually, there's no identification for treaty Indians and Inuit in it. The original agreement of 1988 was that the territorial government would administer health services programs for treaty Indians and Inuit. So, there, it is separately identified. In other jurisdictions, the aboriginal groups are looking after those services themselves. But in this case, this territorial government is administering the programs and services to treaty Indians and Inuit people. But if you roll it into the base, then what sort of protection do they have so they'll have the types of guarantees for program services and health that are in treaties and aboriginal agreements with these aboriginal groups? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Pollard.

Further Return To Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Question 353-12(7): Health Care Billings Agreement With Federal Government
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Mr. Speaker, by definition, we still have to provide Ottawa, for the next few years, with those billings that go through Stanton, Fort Smith or the Hay River hospitals. So within those particular areas, as well, there are catchment areas like the Dogrib area, Providence, Kakisa and Resolution in the Hay River area. So we are accounting and keeping separate those bills that we send to the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. When people see the agreement, they will see in there that it specifically does recognize that there are treaty rights and this agreement does not deal with treaty rights. Those treaty rights are still between the First Nations and the Government of Canada, and this agreement will not interfere with those. I think it says that specifically in the agreement, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.