This is page numbers 4521 - 4570 of the Hansard for the 18th Assembly, 3rd Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was work.

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Question 465-18(3): Rights-Based Cabins in the Northwest Territories
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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

The Government of the Northwest Territories is aware that some of these untenured structures may be associated with an asserted right in areas with unsettled claims or Aboriginal and/or treaty rights as established through a settled claim. In all instances, the Government of the Northwest Territories is respectful of Aboriginal treaty rights and wishes to develop a respectful approach to managing rights-based cabins in order to distinguish those cabins from untenured cabins.

Question 465-18(3): Rights-Based Cabins in the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 465-18(3): Rights-Based Cabins in the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Again, I thank the Premier for his answer. Mr. Speaker, can the Premier tell us what recommendation EIA has made about effective communications with people who have traditional cabins, and how is EIA making sure these guidelines are followed? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 465-18(3): Rights-Based Cabins in the Northwest Territories
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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

The Department of Lands participates actively in an interdepartmental Aboriginal consultation working group that is led by the Department of EIA and assists departments to implement best practices for engagement and consultation. The Government of the Northwest Territories' consultation approaches are intended to support respectful government-to-government consultation and engagement and to carry out effective communications with Indigenous governments.

The Government of the Northwest Territories values its relationships with Indigenous governments. Our doors are open. If an Indigenous government has concerns over this process or any other, they are welcome to come to us and identify those, either as a specific concern or during our bilateral government-to-government meetings. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 465-18(3): Rights-Based Cabins in the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife North.

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my questions are for the Minister of Infrastructure, and it is regarding the possibility of a hotel at the Yellowknife Airport.

I would just like to ask the Minister if he can advise whether the department has spoken with representatives of the hospitality industry as part of the airport hotel study. I understood that that didn't take place in advance of this, call it, undertaking coming out. Has he spoken with the industry since? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Infrastructure.

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I couldn't tell you if the department has or not, but myself, personally, I have received letters from one of the operators about laying out their concerns. We have had an exchange of a couple of letters going forward. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

I guess, as part of that communication and for the interest of the public, as part of the study, has any land at the airport been set aside for an airport hotel?

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

The short answer is no. The work that we are doing is to inform the development of the renewed airport 20-year business plan. That is what we are looking at doing.

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you to the Minister for that reply. Does the department have a private-sector partner in mind for any potential airport hotel? Or have they been pitched by a developer about building a hotel at the Yellowknife Airport?

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

No, we have not been approached or I, personally, have not been approached about developing a hotel at the airport. What we are trying to do is come up with the long-term objectives that we need to do with this airport. Part of this planning process, this takes some serious technical review, so we have put out a separate RFP. That is the reason that has caused such a ruckus in the community over this issue.

What we are trying to do is just get a 20-year business plan and have a look at what needs to be done. If this is the long-term planning efforts to help us achieve a development plan for the next 20 years and this is going to provide information around that, that is what we need to do to come up with our plan.

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife North.

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, with respect, I think the reason why there is a ruckus is because there has been a breakdown in communication. The department met with the City of Yellowknife and their council and did a presentation to them. The committee which I chair has not even had any such presentation presented to them. I am going to ask the Minister: will the Minister at least bring the results of this study to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment before it goes to anybody else? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

I can commit to doing that. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.