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Fire At Fort Mcpherson School
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Krutko. Item 4, Members' statements. Mr. Enuaraq.

Member's Statement Paying Tribute To Etuangat Aksayuk
Item 4: Members' Statements

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Tommy Enuaraq Baffin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise to pay tribute to a man from Pangnirtung who was respected throughout the North, but was known elsewhere as well.

Mr. Speaker, I speak of Etuangat Aksayuk who died at his home in Pangnirtung, surrounded by his adoring family on Tuesday, January 16, 1996. Etuangat was elevated to the Order of Canada in November 1995 and made his first and only journey to southern Canada to receive an award from the Governor General.

Mr. Speaker, Etuangat's very long life was remarkable in many ways. Those who knew him, knew he was a man who was remarkable for his spirit, love and compassion for his fellow human beings. Etuangat was a true Inuk: an able hunter, a loving parent and a respectful, humble man. He dedicated most of his life to working with people who needed help, and with the many doctors who have served in Pangnirtung since the early 1930s. He also worked as a guide, translator, hunter; he also hunted for families who were too old to hunt for themselves during the many periods of sickness and epidemic that swept the area.

As Mr. Pearson noted, he was paid very little money for his work, but money never bothered him. He saved many lives. Etuangat made a video tape in which he told stories of his memories of the early whaling days in Cumberland Sound.

Member's Statement Paying Tribute To Etuangat Aksayuk
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

I'm sorry, Mr. Enuaraq.

Member's Statement Paying Tribute To Etuangat Aksayuk
Item 4: Members' Statements

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Tommy Enuaraq Baffin Central

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

Member's Statement Paying Tribute To Etuangat Aksayuk
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member for Baffin Central is seeking unanimous consent to conclude his statement. Are there any

nays? There are no nays. Conclude your statement, Mr. Enuaraq.

Member's Statement Paying Tribute To Etuangat Aksayuk
Item 4: Members' Statements

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Tommy Enuaraq Baffin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, these amazing interviews can be seen at the Angmarlik Visitors' Centre in Pangnirtung. I am very happy that Etuangat received such a high honour as the Order of Canada for his public service, in the last year of his life. He had an extraordinary visit to Ottawa. The visit gave him a chance to visit two dear friends who he hadn't seen for many years. He also visited a farm and witnessed the birth of a cow which was named in his honour. He also saw a tree for the first time. Etuangat was also given a tour of the Senate and House of Commons by Senator Willie Adams. He enjoyed the visit, but was anxious to return to his lifelong home after it was all over.

I think that Mr. Pearson, one of his many friends and admirers, wrote very well in a recent tribute to Etuangat published in Nunatsiaq News. Etuangat will be missed, but he would not want us to be sad and mourn his passing. His life was a great one, Mr. Speaker, and in its final chapter he was thanked and honoured by the country that he served and loved as we knew him and also loved him. Mr. Speaker, thank you.

---Applause

Member's Statement Paying Tribute To Etuangat Aksayuk
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Enuaraq. Perhaps on behalf of the Assembly, we will ask the Clerk to send out our condolences to his family, his relatives and his friends. Mahsi cho.

Item 4, Members' statements. Mr. Barnabas.

Need For New Airport Terminal In Resolute Bay
Item 4: Members' Statements

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Levi Barnabas High Arctic

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I wish to speak about the need for a new airport terminal in Resolute

Bay. The replacement of this aging passenger terminal in my constituency is a very high priority for me and the community I represent. Our airport is very important to us in several ways. It is a vital facility for our growing tourism industry. Tourists and other visitors to Resolute Bay and the High Arctic must have a good impression when they arrive.

Resolute Bay is the gateway to the Arctic Islands, the new national park on Ellesmere Island, it is also the hub for the polar scientific activities. It is also the hub for employees' rotations and supplies for the Polaris Mine. It is also the terminal through which we receive the supplies we require from the South. There have been times, in the recent past, when Resolute Bay Airport was one of the busiest in Canada. It is my belief that in some time in the future when world-wide demand for natural gas and oil pick-up, this airport will once again become a very busy stage ground for oil and gas activities.

The current airport terminal was built in the early 1950s. One end is owned by Kenn Borek Air and the other end has an addition which was built by Pacific Western Airlines. The building is small and worn out. Mr. Speaker, I understand that the Government of the Northwest Territories took over responsibility for the Resolute Bay Airport and other A airports last year. I also understand that funding was built into the transfer agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories to allow the construction of the new terminal.

Mr. Speaker, I'm also looking forward to working with the Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Jim Antoine, and other Members of the Assembly to ensure that this very important, long-awaited project which has been built into the funding for the transfer of Arctic A airports proceed in a timely manner. Since the new Nunavut government is due to be established on April 1, 1999...

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to conclude.

Need For New Airport Terminal In Resolute Bay
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Mr. Barnabas is seeking unanimous consent. Do we have any nays? There are no nays. Mr. Barnabas, complete your statement.

Need For New Airport Terminal In Resolute Bay
Item 4: Members' Statements

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Levi Barnabas High Arctic

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Since the new Nunavut government is due to be established on April 1, 1999, I believe that it is important this project be concluded well in advance of the establishment of the Nunavut government. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Need For New Airport Terminal In Resolute Bay
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, Members' statements. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Environmental Review Panel Hearings
Item 4: Members' Statements

February 14th, 1996

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I had a prepared text today for a Member's statement, but I've decided to diverge from that and wing it, so to speak, on another subject.

I was at the Environmental Review Panel hearings just before I came here today, and a presenter went before the panel and made a very passionate plea on behalf of the land, the wildlife and the environment of the Barren Lands. It was a very passionate plea and it resulted in the presenter breaking and becoming very emotional, and people in the audience also breaking down and becoming very emotional during his presentation. But when I heard that, I wanted to stand in the House today to say that I haven't heard all the other presentations to the Environmental Review Panel, but I hope that someone has stood before that panel and made an equally impassioned plea on behalf of the youth of the Northwest Territories who are without hope, in many cases, of finding employment in their home territory. I guess it's my hope that we will find a balance between protecting our beautiful land and our wonderful wildlife, but also taking care of our very most valuable resource, that being our young people in the Northwest Territories. Thank you.

---Applause

Environmental Review Panel Hearings
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mrs. Groenewegen. Item 4, Members' statements, Mr. Roland.

Application Of Affirmative Action Policy
Item 4: Members' Statements

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Floyd Roland Inuvik

Mr. Speaker, honourable Members, before I get into my statement, I would like to say hello to my children back home and wish my wife, Shawna, a Happy Valentine's Day.

---Applause

Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a comment about the affirmative action policy. If the government is to have a policy, it should be applied across the board evenly and should be fair to all people. If you call the North your home and you have the qualifications and show the initiative, you should be given the opportunity to prove yourself. I believe when the Government of the Northwest Territories is looking for employees it should be looking from within, not from outside sources.

Mr. Speaker, I say this because it has been brought to my attention that good people are being passed over when employment opportunities arise within the Government of the Northwest Territories. Once again, Mr. Speaker, if this government is to have a policy in place, it must be applied evenly across the Territories. If it cannot accomplish this, then it should seriously look at removing it.

Mr. Speaker, I do not think that we, as a government, should be creating barriers for the people of the Northwest Territories. Instead, Mr. Speaker, I think we should be trying to encourage people to make the North a better place to live. Thank you.

---Applause

Application Of Affirmative Action Policy
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, Members' statements. Mr. Miltenberger.