This is page numbers 743 - 763 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 housing.

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Members Present

Mr. Allooloo, Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Ballantyne, Mr. Dent, Hon. Samuel Gargan, Hon. Stephen Kakfwi, Mr. Koe, Mr. Lewis, Mrs. Marie-Jewell, Ms. Mike, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Richard Nerysoo, Hon. Kelvin Ng, Mr. Ningark, Mr. Patterson, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Pudluk, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

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Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Nerysoo. Good morning. Orders of the day. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Mr. Pollard.

Minister's Statement 54-12(7): Ministers Absent From The House
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Good morning. Mr. Speaker, the Premier will be absent from the House today to attend the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards in Vancouver. Mr. Todd will also be absent from the House today to attend a meeting in Ottawa with the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy on the future administration of community futures and business development centres programs.

I will be absent from the House Monday, April 3rd, and Tuesday, April 4th to attend a meeting with the Honourable Paul Martin in Ottawa to discuss the formula financing agreement and federal transfer payment reductions that were announced in the federal budget. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Minister's Statement 54-12(7): Ministers Absent From The House
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Mr. Ng.

Minister's Statement 55-12(7): Charter Community Status, Fort Good Hope
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am pleased to announce that the settlement corporation of Fort Good Hope will become a charter community on April 1, 1995 and will be known as K'asho Got'ine. Fort Good Hope is the third community to become a charter community under the Charter Communities Act. The words "K'asho Got'ine," Mr. Speaker, is North Slavey for "Big Willow People."

Mr. Speaker, many individuals from the community were involved in achieving charter community status for Fort Good Hope. I particularly wish to commend Chief Isidore Manuel, along with members of his council, and Mr. Everett Kakfwi for their dedication and hard work in leading the community to achieve this goal.

The community charter developed by the settlement council and approved by the residents of the community is very progressive. The community charter allows council to enact a variety of by-laws provided for within the Charter Communities Act; however, a provision has been provided that permits council to seek the approval of the band assembly prior to voting on any motion or making any by-law. Mr. Speaker, this is truly an example of public participation in local government decision-making and an example of the flexibility for community government provided for under the Charter Communities Act.

I am pleased, Mr. Speaker, to advise the Members of this House that the community charter of Fort Good Hope also adopts the provision of zero tolerance of violence against people. The charter requires that community council members conduct themselves in accordance with the zero tolerance declaration or risk being removed from council. Again, this provision is very progressive of the community.

Mr. Speaker, the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs continues to offer assistance to community councils who wish to explore the options available for becoming a charter community. As a further example of the department's support to interested communities, I am pleased to announce that the residents of Deline recently approved amendments to their community charter. These amendments allow for the number of appointed members to increase from four to five; change the name of "The Council" to the "Deline Dene Council;" and recognize that the band is known as the "Deline Dene Band."

Mr. Speaker, as Members will note, this department continues to place a priority on assisting in the political development of community governments. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Minister's Statement 55-12(7): Charter Community Status, Fort Good Hope
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Dent.

Caribou Carnival
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, this weekend the city of Yellowknife celebrates Caribou Carnival. For over 40 years now, Yellowknifers have been participating in a wide variety of carnival events such as the caribou capers show, the ice sculpting contest, snowmobile racing and I understand this year there will even be a skydiving competition. There have also been various individual sporting competitions and I understand that the honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Antoine, has demonstrated some particular skills at Caribou Carnival in the past. I expect we'll see him out there defending his good efforts, in the past again this year in log sawing and so on.

Caribou Carnival
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

The caribou king.

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Caribou Carnival
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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

As some Members have no doubt already discovered, the Caribou Carnival cops have been making arrests for the past couple of days and I encourage Members not to take these arrests too seriously. It is one of the main ways that the Caribou Carnival raises its funds for operation, through fines charged by the caribou cops. Mr. Speaker, Caribou Carnival is a unique northern event which provides northerners with an entertaining break towards the end of our long winters. The carnival is also enjoyed by visitors from outside of the city as well.

Mr. Speaker, the highlight of the carnival has always been the Canadian Championship Dog Derby. This race requires a special combination of strength and endurance from derby competitors and I would like to extend my best wishes to all those competing in the dog derby this weekend.

I would also like to recognize members of the Caribou Carnival association and all of the carnival volunteers for their efforts in organizing this year's events. Chief among the carnival organizers is Vic McLeod, president of the carnival board. Other board members are Donna McLeod, Donna Bunt, Gerry Seaward, Lois Grabke and Lisa Staples. These people, in particular, have worked hard to put the carnival together but there have been countless other volunteers who have dedicated themselves to putting this year's carnival together and I would like to acknowledge a great debt of gratitude on behalf of all Yellowknifers for the work they have done.

Mr. Speaker, it appears that I will need a few more seconds to conclude my statement so I seek unanimous consent.

Caribou Carnival
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member for Yellowknife Frame Lake is seeking unanimous consent. Are there any nays? There are no nays. Please proceed, Mr. Dent.

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, with the number of visitors in town and the events taking place, this year's carnival promises to be a tremendous success. I encourage everyone to join in the weekend's festivities. Get out, participate and have fun. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Caribou Carnival
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Koe.

Career Fair Days
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, last week in Inuvik there was a major event which involved a lot of companies, corporations and government agencies. This event is one that has become an annual event in Inuvik and in the surrounding communities and it is a career fair day. Companies set up booths and invite students from high schools, senior students of elementary schools and colleges. It is also open to the public. Every year, they seem to get bigger and better and this year was no exception.

The career fair day was held in the Inuvialuit building in downtown Inuvik and they took up most of the space available on the main floor. There were companies, corporations and government agencies from both federal and territorial levels. They all had very professionally designed and developed booths and provided a lot of information. Parts of these displays were then moved on to Tuktoyaktuk, Aklavik and Fort McPherson.

I would just like to thank all of the organizers and people who participated in career fair days because it gives our students an opportunity to look at jobs that are available and the types of training and development they need to be able to obtain and achieve these jobs. I would like to thank, again, the people involved and the students for attending these career fair days. Mahsi.

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Career Fair Days
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Koe. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Patterson.