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 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As far as I am aware of, there was no consultation done with my department. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

It's like the old days all over again when Ottawa was calling the shots up here. Since this decision was announced just last week, has the Minister inquired about DFO's plans and if they plan to move operations to Yellowknife?

Question 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
Oral Questions

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

As this announcement just came out lately, and we have been in session and I have been travelling, I have not had a direction conversation with the federal Minister about moving any of their operations or any discussion about this new position.

Question 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Can I get the Minister to commit to having those conversations so that he can share that information with the House?

Question 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
Oral Questions

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Yes, when this announcement came out, I am looking forward to having a discussion with the Minister of DFO and see what their long-term plans are around moving any types of operations around and this new position as well, and having a discussion about this new Arctic region.

Question 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Hay River North.

Question 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is always a challenge to stop the flow of centralization to Yellowknife. We need jobs in our other communities as well. In addition to chatting about the future of this, can the Minister also commit to supporting keeping those positions in Hay River? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Of course, we are committed to keeping what we have in Hay River around the marine facilities as well. There has been much debate in this House lately about how we operate MTS and what our long-term plan should be around that. It makes sense to keep MTS and the Coast Guard located in Hay River. That is both of their headquarters, and we will continue to work collaboratively with the federal government. If there are any plans of changing anything and updating the committee, I will do so. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 464-18(3): Assistant Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region Position
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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

October 29th, 2018

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Last week you heard me ask about rights-based cabins to the Minister of Lands. I am going to actually move my questioning to the Premier. Can the Premier advise what consultation has been done by the Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs with Indigenous governments about the process of determining what cabins in their area are rights-based cabins? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 465-18(3): Rights-Based Cabins in the Northwest Territories
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The Honourable Premier.

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

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Department of Lands is leading the Government of the Northwest Territories' efforts to identify legal rights-based cabins on public land in the Northwest Territories. Lands is currently engaging, on a government-to-government basis and at the working level with Indigenous governments, to discuss how rights-based cabins can be identified and managed in a way that is respectful of Aboriginal and treaty rights.

The Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs is not directly conducting the consultation or engagement on this initiative but has provided advice on the approach used by Lands to ensure that it is consistent with the Government of the Northwest Territories' engagement principles, negotiations, efforts, and our processes for consultation. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 465-18(3): Rights-Based Cabins in the Northwest Territories
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I appreciate the answer from the Premier. Can the Premier advise this House if there has been any feedback from the Indigenous governments that is affecting the government's now proposed identifying of rights-based cabins?

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 recognizes and respects Aboriginal and treaty rights, including the rights of Indigenous peoples to build and use a cabin on public land that supports their rights to hunt, fish, and trap.

The Department of Lands is out engaging with Indigenous governments to discuss how best to identify and manage rights-based cabins. It is premature to say specifically how the feedback will affect any future process. The Department of Lands will use the feedback from the current engagement process to ensure that any future actions related to unauthorized occupancy will respect Aboriginal treaty rights and will not adversely impact rights-based cabins.

Question 465-18(3): Rights-Based Cabins in the Northwest Territories
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I appreciate the response from the Premier. Mr. Speaker, how, if at all, has the approach for identifying and registering rights-based cabins differ in regions with settled claims and unsettled claims?