This is page numbers 91 - 116 of the Hansard for the 13th 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 aboriginal.

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Member's Statement 49-13(7): Negotiated Contracts Policy
Item 3: Members' Statements

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James Rabesca North Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Over the last while, Mr. Speaker, I have sat here and listened to my colleagues discussing the topic of negotiated contracts. I have a hard time

supporting a move away from the position that the government has taken on this.

Smaller communities see capital projects as a way to train local residents, develop good business practices and ensure that the local companies and residents get the most benefits that can be achieved, either by employment directly or indirectly with the communities own companies. In most small communities the following is true and I quote from a letter the Chief of Gameti, Henry Gon sent:

The process of negotiated contracts is essential to the survival of economic development in the smaller aboriginal communities. We rely on capital projects as our main source, and often the only source, of economic activity.

In larger centres there are many companies to bid on contracts and all have the expertise and staff to provide for the best prices to be submitted. I do not see the reason to allow for negotiated contracts in larger centres but the smaller communities are where the concentration of these contracts originally came from and that is where they should be used.

Our smaller communities should continue to be supported in their pursuit of economic development and self-reliance. Through negotiated contracts we are supporting these smaller communities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--Applause

Member's Statement 49-13(7): Negotiated Contracts Policy
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Mr. Antoine.

Member's Statement 50-13(7): Funding For Fort Simpson Families
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Two families in Fort Simpson in my constituency of Nahendeh are going through a very difficult time right now with members of their families having to be sent out on medevacs to Edmonton within the past couple of weeks on two separate occasions.

Community members organized a fund-raising loonie auction to assist these families in coping with expenses. There were approximately 96 local businesses and individuals, and ten outside businesses which were all from Yellowknife, and individuals some of whom, I am proud to say, are honourable Members of the Legislative Assembly, that donated numerous gifts and other items to be auctioned off.

I am proud to say that due to the enormous support and the numerous items received for the auction, which took two evenings to conclude, they raised $12,000 to be divided up evenly between the two families. I would like to thank all the individuals, especially the Members of this Legislative Assembly and the Deh Cho First Nations who helped organize this successful event. I would also like to thank the community of Fort Simpson for coming together to provide tremendous support to its members through their difficult ordeals. I would also like to express my sincere compassion for the families and the individuals involved in these tragic circumstances. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Member's Statement 50-13(7): Funding For Fort Simpson Families
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is a pleasure today to recognize from my community an aboriginal leader, Mr. Paul Harrington.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Welcome to the Assembly. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Miltenberger.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to proudly recognize from Fort Smith, Chief Jerry Paulette from Fort Fitzgerald Band.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Welcome to the Assembly. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Morin.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Mr. Speaker, it gives me pleasure today to recognize Grand Chief of the Akaitcho territory, Felix Lockhart, Treaty 8.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Welcome to the Assembly. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Ootes.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize Marina Devine, the executive director of the Aboriginal Summit.

--Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Welcome to the Assembly. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. I would like to also welcome anybody else that has not been recognized. Welcome to the Assembly. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Ootes.

Question 35-13(7): Administration Of Federal Gun Law
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, yesterday I had the opportunity to review the gun law situation and the fact that the territorial government has handed back responsibility for the administration of the gun law back to the federal government. I dealt with the question of who is administering and issuing permits in the communities. My question would be for the Minister of Justice, are the RCMP issuing permits and handling the gun legislation in the communities? Thank you.

Question 35-13(7): Administration Of Federal Gun Law
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Justice, Mr. Arlooktoo.

Return To Question 35-13(7): Administration Of Federal Gun Law
Question 35-13(7): Administration Of Federal Gun Law
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Yes, thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would be very pleased to provide the Member and all Members of the House with the latest information on the exact administration procedures occurring in the communities presently. What I can pass on also right now is that the Government of the Northwest Territories has joined as we announced during the last session the Government of Alberta, who was taking the issue to the Supreme Court. We have joined

the Yukon Territory, the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario in supporting Alberta in opposing certain parts of the gun law as it relates to the division of powers and responsibilities in administering such a law, and that this issue will be going to the Supreme Court in the not too distant future. Unfortunately, on the administrative areas I do not have that information on hand, but I will be more than pleased to fax it to all Members of the House.