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Question 565-12(7): Payment For Accommodation At Kitikmeot Boarding Home
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Health and Social Services, Ms. Cournoyea.

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Question 565-12(7): Payment For Accommodation At Kitikmeot Boarding Home
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, I'm not specifically familiar with this particular situation. Mr. Speaker, when an individual is brought out of the community for medical treatment, the Government of the Northwest Territories pays for the accommodation. However, I've asked the Member for the name of the individual and we'll proceed as quickly as possible to straighten out that issue. I hope that in a few minutes we'll be able to do that. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Question 565-12(7): Payment For Accommodation At Kitikmeot Boarding Home
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
Item 6: Oral Questions

June 9th, 1995

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is directed to the Minister of Health. Mr. Speaker, I've raised many issues in this House in the past as a result of constituents' concerns, and none are more important that the issue concerning the health services in my region. Recently, the Liidli Koe First Nation of Fort Simpson released a report called "Culturally Appropriate Health Services in Fort Simpson." As a result, in the beginning of May, the Minister made a visit to Fort Simpson to meet with community people with regard to this report as well as the whole issue of health.

As a result of the meeting, there were some commitments made to deal with short-term concerns and goals this report identified. I would like to ask the Minister what has been done to date, as a result of the meeting? Thank you.

Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Health and Social Services, Madam Premier.

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, at the meeting of the representatives in Fort Simpson, I committed that what we should do is take a two-tiered approach where we would make a list of the things we could do immediately and some of the issues that would take a little longer to reconcile. I said we would be willing to work with the representative group in Fort Simpson. The department has tentatively come up with a list that they felt they could deal with. However, for some reason, we haven't received the list from the representative group on the areas they felt were priorities to address in the short term. Once session is concluded, I intend to try to get together again with the representative group. Departmental officials are in continual communication to find out if we can list the issues for the short term and for the long term. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Supplementary, Mr. Antoine.

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Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank the Minister for that commitment. During the meeting, there was also discussion about Mackenzie Regional Health Services. Currently, it is headquartered in Yellowknife with a number of

employees serving the Dogrib region as well as the Deh Cho region. There have been commitments made in this House with regard to taking these positions and putting them into the regions. I would like to ask the Premier the status of Mackenzie Regional Health Services' devolution into the regions. Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Ms. Cournoyea.

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Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, that's one issue that the department has determined is possible to attain in the short term. We're proceeding to identify the positions and also talk to the people serving in Fort Simpson. We will attempt to make the necessary notifications to fulfil our obligations to the legislation governing labour standards. It is intended that those positions will be in place in early September. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Antoine.

Supplementary To Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The other issue I would like to ask the Minister about is with regard to a health board of some sort in the Deh Cho region. This has been discussed quite a number of times. The problems arising in the delivery of health services in my constituency seem to stem from lack of local decision-making with regard to health services. This comes down to the question of the board. What has the department done with regard to the development of a health board in the Deh Cho or the constituency of Nahendeh? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
Question 566-12(7): Status Of Health Services In Nahendeh Region
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Ms. Cournoyea.

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, this is not just a one-sided approach to this issue. The community has to be involved. What we discussed at the meeting is in the initial transfer of health responsibilities to the Northwest Territories, there was funding for one board. However, because the Deh Cho has committed to combining a health and social services board, we probably would be able to combine those two responsibilities and move along with a representative agency for that area. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Ballantyne.