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Question 840-17(5): On-The-Land Rehabilitation Programs
Oral Questions

David Ramsay Kam Lake

I’ve given that commitment in the past and I’ll give it again today, that we are committed to seeing the wilderness camps established here in the Northwest Territories. We’re going to continue to work with folks to ensure that that happens.

We had intended to issue an RFP this month, but after the expression of interest process and the discussions that we’ve had with respondents to that process, further changes to the design of the program is what are needed and what are required, and we’re currently working toward that. From the

discussion with interested groups, we concluded that the Wilderness Program needs to be more flexible so that different community groups and organizations can be successful in providing that programming. Not everyone is in the same place or has the same interest when it comes to wilderness programming.

We also want to make changes to the approach in order to encourage more communities to become involved in this, recognizing that wilderness programming can help offenders prepare for a successful return to their home communities upon release. We will continue to work with the communities and leadership in those communities to build a program that reflects the needs of the participants and the program partners, taking the time to do this properly – and I’m a big proponent of that; if you’re going to do something, you have to make sure it’s done right – that we will have a successful program here in the Northwest Territories. Thank you.

Question 840-17(5): On-The-Land Rehabilitation Programs
Oral Questions

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

I want to ask the Minister if he would clearly state and entrench within this department that this is what needs to happen at his highest officials, to make the on-the-land programs a success and provide them with strong resources to make it, and look at the flexibility of having these programs, these camps in Fort Good Hope, Fort Smith, wherever their interests are.

I want to ask the Minister, as part of the review of these wilderness camps, is his department willing to look at providing training courses for these operators, because it certainly would be conducive to what they’re going to be doing in these wilderness camps.

Question 840-17(5): On-The-Land Rehabilitation Programs
Oral Questions

David Ramsay Kam Lake

We’ll continue to move on that path of getting a wilderness camp established here in the Northwest Territories. We will continue to work with partners, communities, leadership in the communities, as I mentioned earlier. I am committed. I know the department is committed to seeing this happen. We will find a proponent. The Member talks about training. We’ll work with somebody. We just have to find the right fit for the department. There are a number of safety and liability concerns, things of that nature. We have to ensure that it’s going to be done right, and we have to find the right fit for the department in a proponent.

We still are trying to make that fit and make that match, and hopefully soon we will have accomplished that. Thank you.

Question 840-17(5): On-The-Land Rehabilitation Programs
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

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

Question 840-17(5): On-The-Land Rehabilitation Programs
Oral Questions

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

The Auditor General’s report, again, states that point 41 of the recommendations…the department said they will review the records, and that’s their marching

orders. So, I wanted to state clearly that the directive, that the Minister would, through his review, look at the cost of camp operators, camps that pay a daily rate for the inmates. It has to be reasonable. They have to eat, also. You know, they’re up against a facility that also covers… You know, it’s a different operation at the Yellowknife Correctional Centre. So, I want to make sure that the camp operators, if they’re going to go through this agreement, they need to be sure that it’s going to be a success and that there’s a strong commitment from this Minister to make it a success.

Will the Minister ensure that his officials strongly get the marching orders that these camp facilities would be a success?

Question 840-17(5): On-The-Land Rehabilitation Programs
Oral Questions

David Ramsay Kam Lake

Having served on the other side of the House for eight years, the department did get the message loud and clear about the Auditor General’s report and the steps that we need to take in the area of wilderness camps. We are moving forward; we’re going to get a fit; we’re going to make it happen; and I’ve impressed upon the department to do just that. Thank you.

Question 840-17(5): On-The-Land Rehabilitation Programs
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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Ramsay. Member for Mackenzie Delta, Mr. Blake.

Question 841-17(5): Elders Housing Facilities In Mackenzie Delta
Oral Questions

May 29th, 2015

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In follow-up to my Member’s statement, I have a few questions for the Minister of Housing.

As I mentioned, there are elders who are patiently awaiting the opening of a new elders home in Aklavik, and I would like to ask the Minister if they are on schedule. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 841-17(5): Elders Housing Facilities In Mackenzie Delta
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Blake. Minister of Housing, Mr. McLeod.

Question 841-17(5): Elders Housing Facilities In Mackenzie Delta
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thanks very much, Mr. Speaker. We’re very pleased with the progress on the new Joe Greenland Centre in Aklavik, and I can report to the Member that it is on schedule and they’re looking at planned completion of June of this year. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 841-17(5): Elders Housing Facilities In Mackenzie Delta
Oral Questions

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

That’s good to hear. How soon can we have our elders moving into that facility? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 841-17(5): Elders Housing Facilities In Mackenzie Delta
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

As I said, we plan for completion in June of this year. There would always have to be some work done as to inspections and making sure that it’s ready for the elders to move in. But, again, the completion date is in June and I’m assuming it would be shortly after that that the elders can start moving in. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 841-17(5): Elders Housing Facilities In Mackenzie Delta
Oral Questions

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

We also have plans for a new facility in Fort McPherson. I’d like to ask the Minister, how

soon can we expect the construction of this building and has it be awarded yet? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 841-17(5): Elders Housing Facilities In Mackenzie Delta
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

The contract has been awarded for the construction of the seniors centre in Fort McPherson. We have planned for completion in December of this year. So, they would be doing a lot of the construction this summer, and if it goes according to plan, it should be completed by December of this year. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 841-17(5): Elders Housing Facilities In Mackenzie Delta
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

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