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Question 251-17(5): Support For High Performance Athletic Development
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

To the TEST program specifically, there has been no discussions; however, our colleagues over in the Yukon are tossing the idea around about a centre for sports excellence, and this is one initiative that we'll be following quite closely to see if there are opportunities for us, as the Northwest Territories, to see if that would work here.

Again, I did have an opportunity to check out the Traditional Games; I had an opportunity to check out the NWT speed skating championships that were going on, and we have some fantastic speed skaters coming up. I understand there was also the territorial ski championship, I believe, going on this week. Our athletes are quite engaged and I think, again, working with our sporting partners, the Aboriginal Sport Circle, Sport and Rec Council, Sport North and the Mackenzie Beau-Del Recreation Council, with all the programs that they're bringing to the front line, I think we're starting to see a result of that. I would say the fact that we had 27 of 33 communities represented in the Arctic Winter Games by athletes I think goes a long way to indicate that our programs are working and all the programs we're providing in the front line are paying off. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Just witnessing the Second Annual Traditional Aboriginal Games Championships over the weekend at William Mac School, I could see these young students with gleam in their eyes with all the excitement.

I would ask the Minister, when he is meeting or talking with his colleagues from the Yukon government, is that something that will come to this Legislative Assembly for some discussion on this side as to possibly looking at the concept of a centre for excellence for our northern athletes?

Question 251-17(5): Support For High Performance Athletic Development
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Mr. Speaker, as we go further into the initiative and get some information, as we normally do, we will meet with committee and provide them an update and seek some input from them.

Again, we're very early in the stages. We have to have a discussion with our colleagues over in the Yukon to see how their program is being rolled out and how it may be working. Again, everything that we do we share with committee and get some feedback from them. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 251-17(5): Support For High Performance Athletic Development
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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Final, short supplementary, Mr. Yakeleya.

Question 251-17(5): Support For High Performance Athletic Development
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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This is the beginning of planting the seed, so I look at that as the first process, is get the seed in the ground and start developing a vision for our athletes in the future. I'm not too sure the time frame of when this discussion will come to our side; hopefully, it will be done within the life of this government.

Can the Minister then sort of give some assurance that it will happen soon so we can have some discussion and start working on it?

Question 251-17(5): Support For High Performance Athletic Development
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Mr. Speaker, I believe the seed was planted a long time ago. I think we've been able to see what our athletes in the Northwest Territories are quite capable of doing with the proper mentoring, the proper training, the proper facilities, the proper funding, so it's very important to us that we not only develop our athletes - I think it goes further than that - we develop them as people. I think we see that with a lot of the TEST ski program participants back in the day.

Again, we're early in the stages. Any information that we do come up with and any feedback that we're seeking, we will have a discussion with committee and I can probably say, without reservation, that we will have a discussion before the end of this Assembly. Thank you.

Question 251-17(5): Support For High Performance Athletic Development
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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. The Member for Frame Lake, Ms. Bisaro.

Question 252-17(5): Education Renewal Initiatives For 2014-2015 School Year
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Wendy Bisaro Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. I'd like to follow up a little bit with regard to my statement. One of the things that add to teachers' workload is new initiatives and changes made to curriculum, changes made to the way that they are expected to report things, changes made with the way that they're expected to deal with students in the classroom and in the school.

I'd like to ask the Minister, right now the department is undergoing or has posted an Education Renewal and Innovation Strategy and they're working on an action plan. I know that there are some initiatives planned for the next school year, which starts in September 2014.

So I'd like to ask the Minister what initiatives are planned for schools, other than JK, we know junior kindergarten is starting, but what other initiatives are planned for September 2014 for the next school year? Thank you.

Question 252-17(5): Education Renewal Initiatives For 2014-2015 School Year
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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Ms. Bisaro. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Lafferty.

Question 252-17(5): Education Renewal Initiatives For 2014-2015 School Year
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Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. The department obviously understands the importance of teachers having adequate time to prepare for many responsibilities, including the instruction of students, working with students, assisting students' learning, engaging and also the ongoing professional development and collaboration.

As the Member indicated, the education renewal innovation is part of the process where various initiatives will be undertaken. We're at the preliminary stages right now because we are going to be developing an action plan pertaining to those highlighted portfolios within the education renewal. So, we will be coming back to the Legislative Assembly with the action plan overall and which priorities we're going to be moving forward with. As you know, there are sectors of activities that will be happening in 2014-15. Mahsi.

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Wendy Bisaro Frame Lake

Thanks to the Minister. I didn't hear a specific answer to my question. Apparently we have to wait for the action plan for the ERI Strategy to come forward. My understanding is that that's going to be, I think I've heard May, I think I've heard June. That doesn't leave much time for anybody to get ready for initiatives in a few short months.

I'd like to know from the Minister if he can tell me, if the action plan is coming out in June, are there expectations that programs or changes other than junior kindergarten that will need to be implemented in September of 2014? Thank you.

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Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mahsi. Upon receiving the action plan later this year, we will be putting that towards the business planning process for the following year, so it is a process that we have to follow. We are in the stages of developing some of the initiatives for 2014-15 this September. As the Member alluded to, junior kindergarten is a prime example of one that falls under that as well.

So, by this summer we're expecting the action plan to be developed and finalized and then put it towards the business planning process for the following year's budget. Mahsi.

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Wendy Bisaro Frame Lake

Thanks. I'm not quite understanding why the Minister doesn't really know what these initiatives are at this point. The budget for 2014-15 has been passed. Presumably there's planning in that budget under the Department of Education, Culture and Employment for new initiatives for the fall of 2014, September, for schools, for new things.

Can the Minister tell me what is in the 2014-15 Education budget that they are planning on implementing and that those changes are going to be coming in under the Education Renewal Innovation Initiative? Thank you.

Question 252-17(5): Education Renewal Initiatives For 2014-2015 School Year
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Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mahsi. I can provide the detailed list to the Member. As the Member indicated, part of it is the junior kindergarten, the wage top-up is another one. Those are just some of the examples of the activities that will be happening, but I will commit to the Members to provide the most detailed information on those activities that will be coming forward. Mahsi.

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Lafferty. Final, short supplementary, Ms. Bisaro.