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Tabled Document 361-17(5): Government Of The Northwest Territories Department Of Health And Social Services Assessment And Review Of Withdrawal Management Services – Final Report – March 31, 2014
Tabling of Documents

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. R.C. McLeod.

Tabled Document 364-17(5): Follow-Up Letter For Oral Question 901-17(5): Mackenzie Delta Elders Facility
Tabling of Documents

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to tale the following three documents, entitled “Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Annual Report 2014-2015;” “Follow-up Letter for OQ 829-17(5): Public Housing Waiting Lists;” and “Follow-up Letter for OQ 901-17(5): Mackenzie Delta Elders Facility.” Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 364-17(5): Follow-Up Letter For Oral Question 901-17(5): Mackenzie Delta Elders Facility
Tabling of Documents

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Mr. Miltenberger.

Tabled Document 366-17(5): Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 For The Period April 1 To June 30, 2015
Tabling of Documents

Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following two documents, entitled “Interim Financial Statements of the Government of the Northwest Territories for the Year Ended March 31, 2015;” and “Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 for the Period April 1 to June 30, 2015.” Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 368-17(5): Summary Of Members’ Absences For The Period October 27, 2011 To October 7, 2015
Tabling of Documents

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Miltenberger. I hereby table the 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. Pursuant to Section 5 of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, I wish to table the Summary of Members’ Absences for the Period October 27, 2011, to October 7, 2015.

Item 14, notices of motions. Item 15, notices of motion for first reading of bills. Item 16, motions. Mr. Bouchard.

Motion 51-17(5): Appointment Of Chair To The Northwest Territories Honours Advisory Council, Carried
Motions

October 8th, 2015

Robert Bouchard Hay River North

WHEREAS Section 21(1) of the Territorial Emblems and Honours Act provides for the creation of a Northwest Territories Honours Advisory Council to review nominations and recommend appointments to the Order of the Northwest Territories;

AND WHEREAS in June 2015 the following members were appointed to the Northwest Territories Honours Advisory Council;

Ms. Grace Blake of Tsiigehtchic;

Ms. Sabrina Broadhead of Hay River;

Mr. Paul Delorey of Hay River;

Mr. Danny Gaudet of Deline; and

Ms. Anne Peters of Yellowknife.

AND WHEREAS Section 23(1) of the Territorial Emblems and Honours Act

provides that the Legislative Assembly, on the recommendation of the Board of Management, shall designate a member of the council as chairperson of the council;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Mackenzie Delta, that Mr. Paul Delorey of Hay River be appointed as chair of the Northwest Territories Honours Advisory Council.

Motion 51-17(5): Appointment Of Chair To The Northwest Territories Honours Advisory Council, Carried
Motions

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Bouchard. The motion is in order. To the motion.

Motion 51-17(5): Appointment Of Chair To The Northwest Territories Honours Advisory Council, Carried
Motions

Some Hon. Members

Question.

Motion 51-17(5): Appointment Of Chair To The Northwest Territories Honours Advisory Council, Carried
Motions

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Question has been called. Motion is carried.

---Carried

Mr. Blake.

Motion 52-17(5): Appointment Of Languages Commissioner, Carried
Motions

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

WHEREAS Subsection 15(1) of the Official Languages Act permits the appointment of a Languages Commissioner by the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, after the approval of the appointment by resolution of the Legislative Assembly;

AND WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly considers the appointment of a Languages Commissioner essential for ensuring recognition of the rights, status and privileges of each of the official languages and compliance with the spirit and intent of the Official Languages Act;

AND WHEREAS the term of the Languages Commissioner has expired;

AND WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly is of the opinion that the appointment of a Languages Commissioner should now be made;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that pursuant to Section 15 of the Official Languages Act of the Northwest Territories, that Ms. Shannon Gullberg of Yellowknife be appointed as Languages Commissioner for a term of four years;

AND FURTHER, that the appointment be effective immediately. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 52-17(5): Appointment Of Languages Commissioner, Carried
Motions

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Blake. The motion is in order. To the motion.

Motion 52-17(5): Appointment Of Languages Commissioner, Carried
Motions

Some Hon. Members

Question.

Motion 52-17(5): Appointment Of Languages Commissioner, Carried
Motions

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Question has been called. Motion is carried.

---Carried

Mr. Yakeleya.

Motion 53-17(5): Language Training For Senior GNWT Managers, Carried
Motions

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

WHEREAS the Northwest Territories Official Languages Act recognizes 11 official languages;

AND WHEREAS, under the Official Languages Act, residents of the Northwest Territories have the right to communicate and receive services from any regional, area or community GNWT office in any official language spoken in the area, other than English or French, where there is a significant demand for service in that language or where, due to the nature of the office, it is reasonable to provide service in that language;

AND WHEREAS GNWT Policy 71.10, Official Languages, states that a government’s ability to communicate in the official languages of the public it serves is an important part of the operation of good government;

AND WHEREAS GNWT Policy 71.10 further states that a government’s provision of services in its official languages recognizes and supports the efforts of communities in maintaining and developing these languages;

AND WHEREAS the GNWT supports a competent and well-trained public service and provision of training and development opportunities that support employees’ ability to effectively and efficiently deliver department and agency mandates to serve the residents of the Northwest Territories;

AND WHEREAS the GNWT programs and policies support government employees in pursuing relevant training and skill enhancement;

AND WHEREAS our fellow northern jurisdictions, Nunavut and Yukon, offer official language and cultural training to their employees, thereby improving public service delivery and supporting the continued health of minority languages;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable member for Range Lake, that the Legislative Assembly strongly recommends that the GNWT consider development and coordination of government-wide programs to teach official languages of the Northwest Territories to senior managers of GNWT departments, as appropriate to the regions for which they are responsible;

AND FURTHER, that the government provide a comprehensive response to this motion to the 18th Legislative Assembly by June 2016.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 53-17(5): Language Training For Senior GNWT Managers, Carried
Motions

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. The motion is in order. To the motion.