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Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

Floyd Roland Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Along with the recognition of a few others that have already been recognized here, I’d like to welcome the chair of the Inuvialuit Game Council, Mr. Frank Pokiak, and Larry and Yvonne Carpenter as well. We have some other folks from the Inuvialuit Game Council; Steven Baryluk, Jennifer Lam and Bruce Hanbidge. As well, I’d like to extend our welcome to the grand chief of the Tlicho and the chiefs as well that have joined us. Thank you.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Roland. The honourable Member for Mackenzie Delta, Mr. Krutko.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’ll be remiss if I don’t recognize the Aklavik Drummers and Dancers, who have already been recognized. So, welcome to the House.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Krutko. If we’ve missed anyone in the gallery today, welcome to the Chamber. I hope you’re enjoying the proceedings.

Item 6, acknowledgements. Item 7, oral questions. The honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Menicoche.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

August 22nd, 2011

Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to ask the Minister of Education some questions with regard to capital planning in the communities of Trout Lake and Nahanni Butte. As I said in my Member’s statement, time and time again I’ve stood up here and I’ve asked the Minister to look at Trout Lake and their need for a school, a new stand-alone school, and I’d like to ask the Minister what he has done to date and what kind of planning is happening with regard to the community of Trout Lake and a new school. Thank you.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Menicoche. The honourable Minister responsible for Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Lafferty.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. The Trout Lake School, there’s been some work on the school itself and part of just some minor capital upgrades scheduled for the school that was slated for 2010-2011 as part of the capital plan. We talk about the new capital plans that are coming up in the 16

Assembly and on to the 17

Assembly. So

those are the discussions that need to take place with the school board, and I need to work closely with the school board and also the Members as well. Mahsi.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

Thank you very much. I know that the priority of this government and the past government in the 15

Legislative Assembly were

concentrating on big schools, and more recently like a super school in Inuvik at a cost of $100 million. I think in our small, remote communities this government should start making it a priority. There are small costs involved. Just off the top of my head, from a bird’s eye view I would estimate about $3 million and downwards for a small school to serve the needs of small communities. I’d like to ask the Minister about making this a priority of the government; put it in their transition documents, because I really foresee we’ve got to start taking care of our regions and communities. Thank you.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mahsi. This government does provide priority to those schools in the Northwest Territories as part of the capital planning process as we move forward. The super school that the Member is referring to took over 10 years from the planning stages until the final result. So sometimes it does take some time. But definitely in the Nahendeh riding we’re fully aware of the two schools that the Member is referring to, and we’ll continue to work with the school boards to identify those priorities. The work is already underway in the schools as well. Mahsi.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

With the communities of Trout Lake and Nahanni Butte, how much pre-planning work has been done? How much dedication and effort has the department put towards these communities in terms of planning, costing it out, even a Class D estimate for these two communities? Thank you.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

I don’t have the actual breakdown, but I do have the paperwork with the PWS that we work closely together with the school board to identify the needs of the community, the schools, and also the needs of the school board. So we can provide that information to the Member or Members for their information as well. Mahsi.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Lafferty. Your final supplementary, Mr. Menicoche.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. That’s the type of rhetoric I’ve been hearing, is planning, and studying, and looking at it. I’d like to ask the Minister when will the Minister and this government make the regions and small communities a priority when it comes to schooling. Thank you.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mahsi. One of the priorities is, of course, the schools, as part of my portfolio as Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. That is my priority. I have to look after all of the schools, make sure they’re well operated, and also that it meets the community’s needs as well. So those schools that have been identified for future consideration definitely will be in the work of

the 17

Assembly. So those are the discussions

that need to take place as well. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Question 167-16(6): Capital Planning For Nahendeh School Facilities
Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Lafferty. The honourable Member for Nunakput, Mr. Jacobson.