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Supplementary To Question 686-12(7): Duties Of Legal Interpreting Program
Question 686-12(7): Duties Of Legal Interpreting Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'll take the question as notice.

Supplementary To Question 686-12(7): Duties Of Legal Interpreting Program
Question 686-12(7): Duties Of Legal Interpreting Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The question has been taken as notice. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Lewis.

Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

June 22nd, 1995

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I had hoped that Mr. Todd would be in the House because I had indicated earlier on that I was interested in asking questions about co-ops, but I'll ask a related question to the Minister of Finance. I would like to ask the Minister of Finance about a related subject, and the subject is this, Mr. Speaker. For many years now we've recognized that throughout the Northwest Territories the co-op

has acted as a bank, very informally. Many Members here, I know, are aware of this. I would like to ask the Minister of Finance what progress has our government made in trying to improve banking services in the Northwest Territories. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Again, to remind the Members, if a Member isn't in the House, not to mention that fact. Minister of Finance, Mr. Pollard.

Return To Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there has been considerable progress made over the last couple of years. We've seen more automated teller machines in the larger communities. We've seen arrangements made between certain banks and certain stores in the Northwest Territories with regard to debit cards. A major bank is moving into two more communities in the Northwest Territories: the Royal Bank is going into Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay. There has been some progress made with regard to putting people who are dealing with Mr. Morin's Housing Corporation and require bank assistance, bank mortgaging, in contact with banks. We've seen good progress made in those areas.

Of course, I think Mr. Todd is actively looking right now at the co-op application they have in for assistance for a credit union. So I think there's not been as much as we would have liked, but certainly some steady progress, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.

Return To Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Lewis.

Supplementary To Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Since the co-ops have acted as the informal banks for many people in the Northwest Territories, for close to 30 years, I would like to ask the Minister of Finance if in fact he would tell us in what way attempts have been made to formalize something which has really, up to this date, only been an informal arrangement whereby a range of banking services are being provided by the cooperative movement?

Supplementary To Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Pollard.

Further Return To Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think as most Members know, the co-op movement in the Northwest Territories, for many years, has wanted to start up a credit union in the Northwest Territories. They indicated originally that they had some seed money, they had $1 million that they wanted to put into that particular venture, and they required some $5 million or $6 million from us, money that we didn't have. We made arrangements for the co-op to meet with the federal Minister. I can't recall the Minister's title right now, Mr. Speaker, but there meetings with the federal government. The federal government was not really keen on the idea, they were expressing lack of funds as well. But the co-op kept going and kept pushing and kept meeting and so on. The latest information I have is that Mr. Todd is actively working with

them right now and believes that it may come to a good resolution. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Question 687-12(7): Improvements To Banking Services In Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Question 688-12(7): Funding For Medical Interpreting Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister of Health and Social Services. This is with regard to the medical interpreter/translator program. Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, on June 13th, said that the responsibility for the medical terminology development and medical interpreter/translator training was being transferred to Education, Culture and Employment. Can the Minister of Health and Social Services please confirm that the vote 4 Canadian heritage funding, which was previously designated for health boards to do medical interpreter/translator training, will now be given to the colleges? Thank you.

Question 688-12(7): Funding For Medical Interpreting Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Ms. Cournoyea.

Question 688-12(7): Funding For Medical Interpreting Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, I'll take the question as notice. Thank you.

Question 688-12(7): Funding For Medical Interpreting Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The question has been taken as notice. Item 6, oral questions. Item 7, written questions. Item 8, returns to written questions. Mr. Clerk.

Return To Written Question 33-12(7): Resolutions Of The Nunavut Leaders' Summit On Education And Training
Item 8: Returns To Written Questions

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Clerk Of The House Mr. David Hamilton

Mr. Speaker, Return to Written Question 33-12(7), asked by Ms. Mike to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment concerning Nunavut leaders' summit on education and training resolutions.

I am pleased to respond to the written questions asked by Ms. Mike on June 15, 1995.

Further to the Nunavut leaders' summit in Gjoa Haven on January 19 to 21, 1995, could the Minister responsible for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment please advise this House of any progress to date regarding:

1. A resolution requesting that the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment review the adequacy of the present student financial assistance program for Inuit students:

The student financial assistance program is currently under review to examine all aspects of the program and will be completed by the fall of 1995.

2. A resolution recommending that the Minister collaborate with the Nunavut Implementation Training Commission and Arctic College to review the feasibility of relocating the Sivuniksavut program to Nunavut and delivering it through Arctic College:

Preliminary discussions on this matter have been held by officials of the commission and the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee, Nunavut Arctic College and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. While all parties see value in the operation of a "transition program" which prepared high school leavers for post-secondary education, training or employment, there does not appear to be consensus regarding moving the program from Ottawa to Nunavut. We intend to continue to pursue the transfer of the program to Nunavut and to encourage delivery of the program through Nunavut Arctic College.

3. A resolution recommending that the Minister implement new strategies and programs to achieve greater success in graduating grade 12 students in Nunavut:

Over the past few years, we have increased access to high school courses by extending grades into additional Nunavut communities. During 1994-95, grade 12 was offered in 10 communities in Nunavut and it will be offered in 13 Nunavut communities beginning this fall. The 1993-94 graduation rates show that 66 out of 128 students enrolled in high school programs across Nunavut graduated from grade 12. The department expects a continued increase in the graduation rates of students from Nunavut as more communities in Nunavut offer high school programs.

4. A resolution recommending that the Minister implement a strategy to ensure adult training programs meet the needs of Nunavut:

Nunavut Arctic College has now been established and is addressing training needs for the establishment of Nunavut. Community consultation has helped shape the college's plans to provide programs and services to meet these training needs. As well, planning and coordination to address these needs is continuing between organizations involved in adult training in Nunavut including: Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Nunavut Implementation Training Commission, and the Nunavut Implementation Commission. The GNWT is also currently involved in extensive analysis to assess the need for training and development of a public service in Nunavut.

5. Would the Minister indicate whether a detailed response to Nunavut leaders on each of the recommendations and their components can be expected in the near future?

The recommendations are being addressed. Some items such as the review of student financial assistance have received immediate attention. Others, which have long-term implications, require additional consideration prior to the development of a final action plan.