This is page numbers 1945 - 1984 of the Hansard for the 15th Assembly, 3rd 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 program.

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Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

Page 1953

Some Hon. Members

Whoa.

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

If I had a billion dollars, I wouldn't forget the arts and crafts. Artists need raw materials and supplies and they need them fast because in Yellowknife tourism is getting to critical mass.

If I had a billion dollars, I'd support the trappers and their traditional lifestyle by buying everyone a fur coat, and that really isn't cruel. I'm not just thinking about the Sahtu, I'd buy for all the MLAs and their communities.

---Applause

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

Page 1953

Some Hon. Members

Hey, hey.

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

If I had a billion dollars, I'd give Nahanni a real gym.

---Applause

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Some Hon. Members

Ho ho ho.

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Cause they don't have one yet, and Granny needs to dunk basketballs too.

---Laughter

And Dene K'onia staff would stay in Hay River and feed their children too. If I had a billion dollars, I'd build new courthouses in all the NWT communities.

---Laughter

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

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An Hon. Member

Whoa, no way!

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Mr. Speaker, if I had a billion dollars, we'd all be rich. Mahsi.

---Applause

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

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An Hon. Member

Alright.

---Applause

Spending Priorities
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. Your Speaker is certainly glad that this could be the last day.

---Laughter

Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Premier, Mr. Handley.

Broadband Business Alliance
Item 3: Members' Statements

March 10th, 2005

Page 1954

Joe Handley Weledeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm not going to sing. I'd like to, but I won't. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to congratulate an aboriginal owned corporation with their offices in Weledeh. This afternoon I was told that because of the efforts of this company, that all communities in the NWT will, by the end of this year, have broadband Internet services.

---Applause

Mr. Speaker, the Denendeh Development Corporation is a community champion of the Broadband Business Alliance, and will be signing a contribution agreement with Industry Canada as part of an overall project worth $16.7 million. This is the culmination of two years of effort by Denendeh Development Corporation and its five partners in the Broadband Business Alliance. The other partners in the alliance, Mr. Speaker, in addition to the Denendeh Development Corporation, are the Dogrib Treaty 11, Deline Land Corporation, Tetlit Gwich'in Council, Deninu Kue Development Corporation and Deh Cho Economic Corporation.

The Broadband Alliance will be using state-of-the-art satellite and wireless technology to connect 31 communities across the Territories. The benefits are many. This includes the support of value-added applications such as tele-health, tele-education and remote video conferencing. Training and capacity building will be provided by the Broadband Business Alliance.

Mr. Speaker, I'd like this House to congratulate the Broadband Business Alliance and its community champion, the Denendeh Development Corporation, for its efforts and perseverance in putting forth and making this technology available to the benefit of all northerners. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Broadband Business Alliance
Item 3: Members' Statements

Page 1954

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Handley. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Thebacha, Mr. Miltenberger.

Fort Smith Volunteers
Item 3: Members' Statements

Page 1954

Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, starting today in Fort Smith we will also be launching our annual carnival, the Wood Buffalo Frolics, and they'll be starting off with a feast tonight. I'll be home tomorrow to take part in the festivities over the weekend.

As Minister McLeod mentioned, the weekend after next we're having the first Northern Games in Fort Smith. I'd like to thank the Minister for his leadership on that issue but, most of all, like every community, I'd like to recognize the many volunteers that work tirelessly to make these events possible, that raise the quality of life for all of us and to give us activities that we would never have if we didn't have their services. So I invite everyone to come to the first NWT Games next weekend and all of you with your carnivals, have nothing but fun and today was obviously the best Member's statement day of the session.

Fort Smith Volunteers
Item 3: Members' Statements

Page 1954

Some Hon. Members

Hear! Hear!

---Applause

Fort Smith Volunteers
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Miltenberger. Item 3, Members' statements. Item 4, reports of standing and special committees. Item 5, returns to oral questions. The honourable Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Mr. McLeod.