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Further Return To Question 132-13(7): Vacancies On Nwt Development Corporation Board Of Directors
Question 132-13(7): Vacancies On NWT Development Corporation Board Of Directors
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. There is nothing there to impute motive. Again, perhaps the Member is overreacting. These are normal questions and normal responses by the Minister. In all jurisdictions the Members ask questions, they are fishing, or they might not be fishing, but normally that is the principle of question period is to ask, to fish and to do whatever you can to get the fish. There is no point of order. Oral questions. Mr. Krutko.

Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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April 27th, 1999

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Miltenberger. It is in regard to the Member's statement that I made where the community of Tsiigehtchic find themselves in a pretty grave situation, where they have lost their principal and also a teacher because of a medical emergency. The individual was medevaced out of Tsiigehtchic along with his wife, and who may not be returning because of the emergency. Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister exactly what can his department do to assist the community of Tsiigehtchic? They have not heard anything back from the divisional board of education in Inuvik, they have not gone into the community to see how they can assist, so I would like to ask the Minister what can he do as the Minister of Education to assist the community of Tsiigehtchic in this grave time of emergency, especially in consideration of the quality of education and the welfare of the children of Tsiigehtchic to conclude this school year? Can the Minister state exactly what he can do to assist the community of Tsiigehtchic?

Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Miltenberger.

Return To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I first became aware of this issue as the Member was making his statement and what I can tell the Member is that, in fact, senior officials from the department here are in contact with the DEC. We are aware of the situation and we are attempting to locate teachers as we speak until at least the end of the school year. We will see what happens with the medical emergency that my colleague mentioned and we are going to be making every effort to try to find from a rapidly shrinking pool, mind you, of teachers, to go in to fill in as soon as we possibly can so that, in fact, there is no loss of any educational time in the community. Thank you.

Return To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Krutko.

Supplementary To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am glad to hear that from the Minister, but I would like to get some assurances from the Minister that the individuals that they do send into the community are qualified and do have their doctorate in education, or whatnot, so we do have qualified teachers in the community to assist at this time.

Supplementary To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, this is a fast-breaking issue. My latest note is, in fact, that there are a couple of teachers being interviewed tonight about possibly going up to the community. We are hopeful that we can get teachers in there in the next day or so to address this issue. I will make a commitment, as well, to keep the Member fully apprised of all and any developments that are happening in this regard, now that I am aware of it. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Krutko.

Supplementary To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in regard to this incident, which is an emergency, I believe that no one knew that this would happen, I would like to ask the Minister since the community was without a principal and a teacher for two weeks, does the department have a policy to deal with such emergencies, so when there is an incident such as this in Tsiigehtchic that the government can respond a lot faster to fill in these vacancies?

Supplementary To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Mr. Miltenberger.

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I must confess I am not aware of a policy, if one exists. I know that our intent is that when an emergency arises we bring all of our resources and forces to bear to try to deal with it. We do not have a pool of teachers that we can just tap into that are on a sort of casual substitute basis, unfortunately, but the department, like all departments in the government, wants to respond as quickly and expediently as it can to any emergency that arises, such as this. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Krutko.

Supplementary To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I believe this is an incident where I would suggest maybe we consider, or the Minister considers, looking at such a policy so that when other emergencies do occur in the future that this department is prepared and ready to deal with the incident, and that we have some contingency plans in place so that we are able to react a lot sooner.

Supplementary To Question 133-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Mr. Miltenberger.