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Question 933-18(2): Boarding Home Patient Services
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, we do have contracts with a number of providers, both here, and in Yellowknife, as an example, as well was in Edmonton. These homes provide incredibly valuable services to the residents of the Northwest Territories who do need to receive care and/or assessments and diagnosis outside of their home communities. We are always monitoring how the contract is being adMinistered. I will commit to having a conversation with the department to find out where we are now, when the last sort of review was done, and any information I get, I am certainly happy to share with Regular Members.

Question 933-18(2): Boarding Home Patient Services
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Daniel McNeely Sahtu

I will provide a couple of examples that can be included on the checklist of the inspection. It would be wheelchair access, one of these automated buttons is not on there during my last visit; and another checklist item could be, what are the options for the overflow of people over and above what the room capacity is actually designated to have? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 933-18(2): Boarding Home Patient Services
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Mr. Speaker, I always appreciate getting some suggestions and ideas from the Members. I will certainly share that information with the department as we are looking into our current contracts with our providers. I have been to the different facilities that we do support by way of contract here in the Northwest Territories, and they are wheelchair accessible. There are spaces for people that do have limited mobility, but certainly interested in following up on the Member's suggestions.

Question 933-18(2): Boarding Home Patient Services
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Sahtu.

Question 933-18(2): Boarding Home Patient Services
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Daniel McNeely Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Will the Minister provide that information after gathering the inspection results to my office and to my colleague from Nahendeh, please? Thank you.

Question 933-18(2): Boarding Home Patient Services
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

As we’re looking into our contract, if there are any irregularities or changes coming, I’m certainly happy to share that information with members. Thank you.

Question 933-18(2): Boarding Home Patient Services
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Oral questions. Member for Deh Cho.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
Oral Questions

October 4th, 2017

Michael Nadli Deh Cho

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today, I spoke about the vital role the Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre plays in Fort Providence and the uncertainty of funding commitments to the Northwest Territories friendship centres. My questions are to the Premier today. My first question is: when the Northwest Territories’ group of friendship centres sought core funding from Cabinet last spring, what was the outcome of that meeting? Mahsi.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The Honourable Premier.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I’ll thank the Member for the question. I just want to point out that friendship centres provide a very important service to the communities, and the friendship centre movement I believe is a very unifying force in the communities. Having said that, the friendship centres are core funded by the federal government and the Government of the Northwest Territories is not privy to those fiscal arrangements.

I do know that the federal government has been looking at a broad range of fiscal arrangements with Indigenous organizations and this may include friendship centres. Our understanding from the friendship centres is that they have a concern over possible funding reductions, and just recently you’ve been made aware that they’ve reached an agreement but there are delays in the flow of funding. When we met in May, a request for core funding was not made. The only request that was made was to establish a process whereby we could work with them so that they could fundraise on a more effective basis. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
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Michael Nadli Deh Cho

I’d like to thank the Premier for his reply. My second question is: in the absence of core funding, will Cabinet consider bridged funding for the Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre to ensure they can stay in operation until their federal funding comes through? Mahsi.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
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Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I said, the friendship centres provide a very important service. I’ve recently seen some correspondence where we’ve been asked to lobby on their behalf with regard to having the funding flow more quickly from the federal government. This is certainly one of the areas where the federal government and the friendship centres can work together to help advance and facilitate the aims of the friendship centres. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
Oral Questions

Michael Nadli Deh Cho

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In my years as MLA, I have witnessed many occasions where Cabinet has found funding for urgent projects and supplementary initiatives. This suggests to me that the funding is there and can be found if there’s a political will to find it. Will the Premier be hero for the Northwest Territories’ friendship centres and work with his Cabinet colleagues to find funding for them?

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

We’re always looking at ways to becoming heroes, but I should say that over the past three years the friendship centres have accessed funding from the territorial government. We’ve provided over $900,000 to the friendship centres for program delivery. The friendship centres provide a lot of important programs and services on our behalf, and they also are able to access, on an application basis, other funding pots that are available. As I said, I expect to be able to respond to the friendship centres with regard to trying to find a way to work with them and to improve their ability to fundraise.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Oral questions. Member for Deh Cho.