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Further Return To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Bell. Supplementary, Mr. Miltenberger.

Supplementary To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, it's still not clear to me what type of incentive is envisioned to hunters to make them spend the extra time and effort to skin the moose, make sure they do it properly so they don't damage the hide, and then pack the hide up along with the moose meat to drag it back out of the bush onto their boats. It's heavy and it takes up a lot of space. So does the Minister have any idea, at this point, of some of the detail of what kind of incentive is going to be there in the next number of weeks to hunters to encourage them to bring those hides back? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Miltenberger. Mr. Bell.

Further Return To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

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Brendan Bell Yellowknife South

Mr. Speaker, our people are going to work with the hunters and with the HTAs to ensure that everybody is aware of the types of hides and the care that is required. We're also going to sit down and negotiate a guaranteed price. I don't have, at this point, what that guaranteed price will be, but the hunters will know, going out, the range of the price for the hide, know that it's dependent on condition and understand that there is an incentive to make sure that it's properly handled. So they will have this information before they go out, I'm sure. I don't know what the guaranteed price will be. We've discussed, this morning in discussion at Cabinet, the typical range for a moose hide in terms of pricing, but I don't have that information with me and I think it will be dependent on condition. I can assure the Member that our staff will work with those hunters before they go out and they will know the range of the guarantee in terms of price. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Bell. Final supplementary, Mr. Miltenberger.

Supplementary To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The final question is in regards to the chain of this production. So could the Minister indicate if there's going to be arrangements made with the hunter, there's going to be a middleman or if the hide is going to go to the producer who is going to tan it, and then from there it's going to be sold at cost to the people doing the arts and crafts that require this? Is that how this is envisioned? So there's going to be a number of steps along the way with the resource, some dollars changing hands, there's going to be some value added to the point where it finally hits as a tanned product onto the cutting tables of the artists and artisans that use this? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Miltenberger. Mr. Bell.

Further Return To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

August 22nd, 2007

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Brendan Bell Yellowknife South

Mr. Speaker, that's exactly how we envision the program working so that there is some incentive for the hunter who can make sure that these hides are properly tanned and that we have access to raw materials. I know Members in the House have been talking for some time about the raw materials required for craft production, the fact that we don't have a consistent supply. That is the piece and the link in this chain that has been missing that we are trying to deal with here and I hope very much that this can be successful. I know there have been past attempts at doing this and for a number of reasons it's been difficult. It is difficult work; it's very heavy; many of the hides were left to rot. I think the problem has been the financial incentive and the training and those are the two issues that we are hoping to address here, make sure it's worth people's while to provide these hides for craft production. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Question 172-15(6): Traditionally-tanned Moosehide Program
Item 7: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Bell. Oral questions. The honourable Member from the Sahtu, Mr. Yakeleya.

Question 173-15(6): Social Housing Rent Assessments
Item 7: Oral Questions

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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. I want to commend the Minister in terms of some of the hard work that his department, plus Members from this side, worked on the review of the Income Support Program review. The question I have for the Minister is in terms of supporting the goal of this government to provide meaningful tools to have our people be self-reliant. Is there sufficient flexibility within his department to have eventual assessments to look at the rent assessments to phase-in approach to people who are using these social housing units for their well-being? Is there a phase-in approach and is there flexibility? Thank you.

Question 173-15(6): Social Housing Rent Assessments
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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. The honourable Minister responsible for Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Dent.

Return To Question 173-15(6): Social Housing Rent Assessments
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Charles Dent Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As rents are changed by local housing authorities, that should have no significant impact on the amount of money that it costs a family to live in that house if they are in financial need, because the amount of subsidy that is provided through the Income Support Program or through the public housing rental subsidy will change according to the family's assessment. So as rents change, the subsidies might change as well so that there's an offset. We would hope that that would allow the sort of phase-in that the Member is talking about.

Return To Question 173-15(6): Social Housing Rent Assessments
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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Dent. Supplementary, Mr. Yakeleya.

Supplementary To Question 173-15(6): Social Housing Rent Assessments
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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It should change, but it's not. So I want to ask the Minister, if a constituent of mine working a secure job wants to contribute to society and to family, the rent is $1,100 from nothing from last month. The rent is maximum right now $1,100. How can this program here help this constituent of mine in terms of being self-reliant, because nothing has changed? So again, is there some flexibility in looking at a phase-in approach to assessing the rent to allow them to come to a point where they feel that they could, with confidence, paying with confidence their rent at $1,100? Right now this person can't. Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 173-15(6): Social Housing Rent Assessments
Question 173-15(6): Social Housing Rent Assessments
Item 7: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. Mr. Dent.