This is page numbers 793 - 819 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 services.

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Supplementary To Question 394-12(7): Guidelines For Provision Of Services In Official Languages
Question 394-12(7): Guidelines For Provision Of Services In Official Languages
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is very informative to know of all of this work that is going on and why progress has not been made but I guess the problems remain, Mr. Speaker, for members of the public. We're dealing with an act that was passed five years ago by Members of this Assembly, a legal obligation on the part of the Government of the Northwest Territories, with amendments, and we still today don't have any concrete guidelines explaining how it is to be implemented.

As a result, government departments have no direction on how they should conduct themselves under the act. Members of the public have no idea of their specific rights to deal with government offices in their own languages. I would like to ask the Premier, will she commit to publishing specific concrete guidelines and regulations immediately so that government departments and members of the public will know where they stand? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 394-12(7): Guidelines For Provision Of Services In Official Languages
Question 394-12(7): Guidelines For Provision Of Services In Official Languages
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Madam Premier.

Further Return To Question 394-12(7): Guidelines For Provision Of Services In Official Languages
Question 394-12(7): Guidelines For Provision Of Services In Official Languages
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, as I outlined earlier, the guidelines are presently being reviewed once again so we don't overlook any issues or make priorities different than what people are recommending. The booklets on the Official Languages Act have been produced. That was an earlier question. I know it is not definitive, but it does give general guidelines about what individuals can expect.

The language brochure is in all written languages and is widely circulated. Along with that, we realize we have to provide those guidelines and we'll do them as quickly as we can. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 394-12(7): Guidelines For Provision Of Services In Official Languages
Question 394-12(7): Guidelines For Provision Of Services In Official Languages
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

April 4th, 1995

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, yesterday in response to a question, the Premier indicated that the community futures program may be on the block and we may lose it. I believe there are four areas which host community futures program: Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Hay River and Inuvik. I would like to ask the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, what is the status of the community futures program in the Northwest Territories?

Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Todd.

Return To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I was recently in Ottawa meeting with Mr. Axworthy and our MP for Nunavut, Jack Anawak, on this issue. The community futures program was and is, I believe, at the national level, going to be transferred to the western diversification organization. We have asked Mr. Axworthy if he would consider transferring the current community futures program in the four areas Mr. Koe spoke about to the GNWT, and at this time he's agreed to initiate some discussions to see if there is a possibility that this transfer could take place. Thank you.

Return To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Koe.

Supplementary To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Thank you. The current community futures program, I believe, are all managed and directed by boards of directors. These boards are made up of people from the surrounding communities that the program services. If the programs are taken over by this government, will the existing boards be reappointed or will they be in place to continue to direct these programs?

Supplementary To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Todd.

Further Return To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I know this program very well. I initiated it in the Keewatin a number of years ago. It's not our intent to change anything in this program. It is my understanding, at least from my experience, that it is highly successful in the NWT. It certainly is in the Baffin and Keewatin and I believe it is also in Inuvik and Hay River. While the discussions are somewhat preliminary at this time, I'm reasonably confident that as we move forward, we will have to do so in consultation with the community futures program groups in those four areas. The transfer, if and when it takes place, will be done in a manner that would keep the boards, their lending and administration, as independent as they currently are. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Supplementary, Mr. Koe.

Supplementary To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Fred Koe Inuvik

I also believe the current managers of these programs are federal public servants. Will there be discussions, for the ones who wish, for them to transfer to the GNWT if that happens? Will they be allowed to do that?

Supplementary To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Todd.

Further Return To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In my preliminary discussions with Mr. Axworthy, we talked about the possibility of transferring some of the jobs that are directly related to service in community futures program. That will all be on the table in our discussions with the federal Minister. Thank you.