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Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First of all, I want to remind this House this is the first ever agricultural strategy of the Northwest Territories. We tabled that in March. We were working towards this budding industry to bring local production of food to residents of the Northwest Territories. Yes, the issue of lands is one that we’re working on. It’s an interdepartmental working group working on this. It’s myself, ITI, health and social services, ENR, the Department of Lands. We’re assessing this stuff. We’re looking at other jurisdictions and what’s going on. We’re continually talking with the federal governments so we’re not having the roles and responsibilities mixed up. We will continue to work on that, but yes, the issue of lands is a liability. This is one of the biggest things we have to implement in the strategy. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

R.J. Simpson Hay River North

About half of the agricultural funding in the Growing Forward 2 program is spent internally on ITI by things such as promoting agricultural awareness, community gardens, and other non-commercial ventures so why does the Minister of Industry prioritize the socialist programs instead of flowing the money directly to the commercial producers?

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

When we tabled this strategy, we went out to consultations to develop the strategy across the Northwest Territories of people that are interested in agriculture. That fed in into how we developed this strategy going forward. That was their strategy along with ours that we put forward in this house. We are finishing up our Growing Forward 2. They’re the last year of our five-year growing forward plan. We’re going to be moving forward with a new plan with a federal Minister, but right now we’re out doing a survey to see feedback on what we can do in the strategy. How can we make things work better and listen to what residents in the Northwest Territories have to say about implementing this strategy. To clearly answer the Member’s question, the strategy was developed in consultation with all of the farmers in the Northwest Territories.

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Speaking of the strategy, many of the recommendations in the agricultural strategy relate to training, specifically during the community consultations it came to light that communities outside of the regional centres support train the trainer approach and a focus on experiential learning so that they can gain and develop agricultural skills within the community.

Nifty has been successful in providing both of these. He had residents or regularly denied funding to attend Nifty in favour of brief community-based workshops which offer no real experiential learning and which are no match for spending weeks on a working farm. Why over the past two years has ITI systematically denying residents the funding they require to train with the northern farm training institute?

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

. I have never heard that concern. If that Member has that type of information, I’d gladly sit down with him and discuss it.

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Hay River North.

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I guess I’ll take that up with the Minister later. I’ll fill him in. How about this? Why does ITI believe they’re better positioned than the northern farm training institute because ITI has been the one who has taken over the role of deciding what residents need to know if they think they know better than a farm training institute. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

I don’t believe that’s the case. The strategy that we put forward, as I said, is in consultation with the people that want to do farming in the Northwest Territories. We’re back out doing a survey with them right now to see what we can do to implement to make this thing better going forward. We will continue to do that. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 937-18(2): Nahendeh Residents Accessing Cancer Treatment
Oral Questions

October 4th, 2017

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my questions are to the Minister of Health and Social Services. During my visit to communities, I noticed that there seems to be a high rate of cancer in my riding. Can the Minister please tell me how many people from Nahendeh are being sent out for cancer treatment presently? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 937-18(2): Nahendeh Residents Accessing Cancer Treatment
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 937-18(2): Nahendeh Residents Accessing Cancer Treatment
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I can say that there are residents of Nahendeh being sent out for cancer treatment. Some of those are in Yellowknife. Some of those are going south for radiology services or chemotherapy but at this point in time, I’m not prepared to actually give the number. The number is low. Given how low it is, I don’t want be in a position where we might be able to identify individuals by articulating the number but I will certainly discuss that with the member later today. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 937-18(2): Nahendeh Residents Accessing Cancer Treatment
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for that answer and I look forward to having a conversation with him. Can the Minister please tell us if there are support groups available for patients with cancer and if these patients are told about this type of program?

Question 937-18(2): Nahendeh Residents Accessing Cancer Treatment
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Yes there are all sorts of different support groups that exist throughout the Northwest Territories. In addition, we have a cancer care coordinator who works out of Stanton Territorial Hospital and does provide outreach to support NWT cancer patients throughout their entire cancer journey. When the cancer coordinator is aware of a cancer patient via healthcare provider or by a self-referral, she does let patients know about the supports that are available to them that are appropriate and does work to connect them with those resources.

Mr. Speaker, the medical travel guide also lists a number of the different organizations and groups out there whether they are community groups, national groups, or groups supported by different societies. That is in the medical travel guide with all the contact information. I can certainly provide a comprehensive list to the member. I would list them off all here but we would be going for an extended period of time which I know makes the members unhappy when I go for long periods of time and don’t tend to, yes.