This is page numbers 1374 - 1400 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 assembly.

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Members Present

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

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Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mrs. Thompson. Good morning. Orders of the day, item 2, Ministers' statements. Ms. Cournoyea.

Minister's Statement 96-12(7): Minister Absent From The House
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, I wish to advise the Members that the Honourable John Todd will be absent from the House today to attend meetings in Rankin Inlet.

Minister's Statement 97-12(7): Absence From House To Meet In Iqaluit With Prime Minister And Host German Chancellor Kohl
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

As well, Mr. Speaker, tonight I'll be travelling to Iqaluit for a number of important functions which will involve two world leaders.

On Saturday, Iqaluit Mayor Joe Kunuk and I will officially welcome German Chancellor Kohl to Iqaluit and Nunavut. The Chancellor, who will be joined by Prime Minister Chretien, expressed an interest in visiting the Canadian Arctic following the G-7 meetings this week in Halifax.

In addition to their presence in Iqaluit, the Chancellor and Prime Minister will visit Cape Dorset on Sunday, and Pangnirtung on Monday. Baffin Central MLA, Rebecca Mike, will be in Pangnirtung during their visit.

Mr. Speaker, both world leaders will have the opportunity to meet residents of all three communities; to spend some time on the land; and, according to the Prime Minister's office, to view Inuit art and meet some of Nunavut's world-famous artists.

Chancellor Kohl has expressed a particular interest in Inuit art. On Sunday evening, the Government of the Northwest Territories will be hosting a dinner for the Chancellor, Prime Minister and a number of guests from Iqaluit.

Mr. Speaker, Members should also be aware that I will take this opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss a number of territorial issues. I will travel back to Yellowknife on Monday and will be present in the House on Tuesday. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Minister's Statement 97-12(7): Absence From House To Meet In Iqaluit With Prime Minister And Host German Chancellor Kohl
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Raven Mad Daze And The Midnight Golf Tournament
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to talk about the celebration in Yellowknife of the arrival of summer and, soon, the longest day. It is marked by the occasion of Raven Mad Daze and the 1995 Canadian North Yellowknife Midnight Classic Golf Tournament.

Mr. Speaker, for Raven Mad Daze tonight, there will be over 70 events on the streets downtown, which is a record number. Everything from a merry-go-round to street vendors to a food fair will be there. There will be four stages with five bands and even more musicians in the talent contest. There will be entertainment for the entire family between 7:00 pm and 12:00 am on the downtown streets and I would encourage everyone to get out and take part. Hopefully, the rain gods are finished with us today and it will be a sunny evening.

The other celebration that marks this event tonight, Mr. Speaker, is the golf tournament, as I mentioned; the Midnight Classic. I would just like to make sure everyone knows that you don't have to be golfing in the tournament to go to the golf course and take part in the fun. There will be courtesy buses leaving from Ndilo and going through the town on a regular basis out to the golf course. Entertainment starts at 7:00 pm tonight with the Chief Jimmy Bruno school drummers from Rae Edzo and also appearing out there will be the Gumboots and Tracy Riley and, at midnight, the pipe band.

Mr. Speaker, I would also like to encourage people to get out and take part in the festivities at the golf course, to watch the tee-offs, ranging in time from 3:00 pm this afternoon to 3:00 am. Every three hours, there will be tee offs, as the golfers battle not only the mosquitoes but ravens, who are well-noted ball thieves. With that, Mr. Speaker, I would also like to wish best of luck to the representative who will be holding up the banner for the Legislative Assembly. I understand that our colleague, Mr. Fred Koe, will be golfing in the tournament and I know we would all like to express our best wishes to him on his success. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Raven Mad Daze And The Midnight Golf Tournament
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Whitford.

Nursing Profession In The Nwt
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in March of this year, when we had a lot of legislative matters still ahead of us, Members passed amendments to the Nursing Profession Act. As we near the closure of this Assembly, it is rewarding to look back and view the positive effects our legislation has had on various members of the nursing profession in the NWT.

In fact, passage of the amendments to the Nursing Profession Act has enabled our aboriginal people to realize a long-held dream of being able to receive the training and education to care for their own people. The nursing education now available to students in the Northwest Territories is tailored to meet national standards, thereby giving our graduates the freedom and ability to work anywhere in Canada. Once equipped with these highly-regarded qualifications, our students may well be in demand in countries throughout the world.

The majority of our first students are looking forward to finding work in or near their home communities. Over the years, our nurses have worked in every community in the NWT, winning people's admiration and respect. Initially, the nurses' role was to respond to the communities' health needs. As always, however, the nursing profession evolves to meet changing needs and the role of nurses in the north is always changing.

I am confident that the nurses' future role will be that of informing and assisting community members to take more responsibility for their own health. As members in the communities gain more autonomy and authority, the nurses will help them gain more control over their well-being. In this capacity, nurses will work with the communities to identify their health needs, define methods of approaching problems and to utilize available resources. Therefore, while nurses fill key positions in community development, they will also continue to promote good health standards, restore the sick to health, and lead cooperative campaigns to prevent illnesses.

As the departments of Health and Social Services become amalgamated, the face of health care systems will change. But one thing is certain, and that is the ongoing need...

Mr. Speaker, I seek consent to conclude.

Nursing Profession In The Nwt
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Nursing Profession In The Nwt
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you, colleagues. As the departments of Health and Social Services become amalgamated, the face of health care systems will change. But one thing is certain, and that is the ongoing need for nurses to become an integral part of the new health system.

One of our national slogans is "nurses make the difference." And anyone who has been ill can attest to the truth of that statement. Although we are all in the midst of change, we can be sure that we will always need nurses in our lives and in our communities. They have won a special place in our hearts and a great deal of respect in our communities. So, as our nursing students prepare to graduate, I would like them to know how welcome they will be and how proud we are of them. Thank you.

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Nursing Profession In The Nwt
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Opposition To Federal Gun Control Legislation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I don't have the usual Friday statement today, unfortunately, but I do want to make a few comments about the activities in the Nunatsiaq riding concerning Bill C-68. The Nunatsiaq Coalition Against Gun Control had a meeting last night, and I was asked to convey to Members of this Assembly the fact that members of the coalition are very impressed with the statements and the work that has been done by this Assembly on this issue. They're pleased that at least one level of government seems to be adequately representing the very strong concerns of constituents of my riding and others in the Nunatsiaq riding.

I would like to also announce that they're still working on the petition that I tabled the other day, collecting more names. There are well over 2,000 names that have now been collected, and it is still growing. The plan is to present this petition to the Senate committee and other persons to make them aware of the strength of feelings and the unanimity of feelings on this very important issue in the Nunatsiaq riding.

I would also like to say, Mr. Speaker, that I'm very grateful to have been given the honour of representing the Caucus, through the Caucus Subcommittee on Bill C-68. We have, as you know, some plans to continue our work in Ottawa next week with aboriginal organizations and Senators in a low-key way, but I think it's very important this work continue. So this will be my last day in the House, perhaps my last day this session, perhaps my last day in this House forever. But more about that when I make my reply to the Commissioner's Address, Mr. Speaker. Thank you very much.

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Opposition To Federal Gun Control Legislation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Importance Of Mlas' Team Unity
Item 3: Members' Statements

June 16th, 1995

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Mr. Speaker, I listened with interest last Friday to the discussion that we had on Bill 33, An Act to Amend the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, No. 3. An act that has also been referred to by some to make the Premier into a queen or an empress or a deity; all kinds of uncomplimentary words, in my opinion.

Mr. Speaker, everyone has an opinion on this bill, and various people recall that we have had people in the past who were deities. I refer, of course, to the first northern-resident Commissioner, Mr. Hodgson, who was sometimes referred to as the emperor of the north; sometimes referred to in...(inaudible)...

Mr. Speaker, there has been some interest in the last while in what's been referred to as team politics. Team politics being a word to describe those people who can, in fact, work together. The alternative to teams, Mr. Speaker, is gangs. If you recall, Mr. Speaker, this week when I was discussing this issue of sport; I raised it as a statement that sport was a very important thing. I found that when I worked in the poorer parts of London and England, as I was a young man very interested in sport, I was asked, why don't you try to get these young people interested in sport; because the alternative to being on a team is really to become part of a gang, and gangs really do terrible things. They get into trouble. Their objectives are not always good objectives. I see that happening in all the urban areas throughout the world. People operate as gangs, and they can cause mayhem, problems, trouble.

So, Mr. Speaker, I'm suggesting today that if we really want to advance, we should think about teams and teamwork; otherwise the result will be gang warfare. Gang warfare, as we all know, is very unpleasant. It characterizes many of our cities throughout the world. And I don't see anything wrong with being part of a team, because that's how you get things done, that's how you move, that's how you become a winner. Gangs never win. They may succeed in the odd battle but, in the long run, they will be divisive, destructive and will get you nowhere. This system is in danger of, in my opinion, descending to gang warfare until we do something about it.

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to complete my statement.