This is page numbers 4571 - 4620 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 yellowknife.

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Question 472-18(3): Implementation of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Oral Questions

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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories is engaged in self-government negotiations with the Gwich'in and the Inuvialuit.

Inuvialuit self-government negotiations concluded an agreement in principle in 2015. Negotiations to conclude an Inuvialuit final self-government agreement are under way. Gwich'in self-government negotiations are presently set to restart following recent decisions by the Gwich'in on how they wish to move forward.

The Government of the Northwest Territories conditions to fulfill its obligations under both the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. Obligations to both are either complete, ongoing in nature, or being addressed by the parties through tripartite implementation committees.

The Gwich'in Implementation Committee meets three times per year to discuss, plan, and initiate activities that support the implementation of the land claim. The GNWT meets two times per year with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, the Inuvialuit Game Council, Canada, and the Yukon Government to discuss activities related to the implementation of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 472-18(3): Implementation of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Oral Questions

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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

What direction has the Premier given his Cabinet to foster government-to-government relationships in the department's regular business?

Question 472-18(3): Implementation of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Oral Questions

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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Through respect, responsibility, and recognition of the Government of the Northwest Territories' commitment to collaborative and cooperative relationships with Indigenous governments, this government has worked to advance positive working relationships at all levels. Ministers are active partners in the bilateral meetings between the Government of the Northwest Territories and Indigenous governments. They are fundamental to our government-to-government relationships.

Question 472-18(3): Implementation of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Oral Questions

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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Can the Premier commit to providing me with a written briefing on the status of the implementation of both the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement?

Question 472-18(3): Implementation of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Oral Questions

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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

I would be pleased to provide the Member with a written briefing on the implementation of both the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.

Question 472-18(3): Implementation of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh.

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
Oral Questions

October 30th, 2018

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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, part of my Member's statement was talking about daycares. I have questions for the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

In April 2018, the federal government announced $7 million dedicated to childcare in the NWT. I'm wondering if there are any plans yet for where some of that money will go and if any of that money would be allocated to communities in Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh. Thank you.

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
Oral Questions

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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, the Canada and Northwest Territories Early Learning and Childcare Bilateral Agreement was signed. Within that agreement, it's not really designated for communities as much, but within the terms of early childhood development where they have extra money to top up our money, we will be using that for providing things like we are doing ECD, or early childhood development. There used to be a certificate program. We are now doing a diploma program with Aurora College. We have increased our scholarships for people trying to get into early childhood development. It used to be 10 with the territorial funding. Now it is 30 with the federal funding. We have improved our training, as well. We have allocated the monies to areas in early childhood development, but we haven't actually allocated per community. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

I would like to ask the Minister if there are any plans toward creating a universal daycare program in the NWT?

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
Oral Questions

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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

At this time, no, we are not looking at a universal daycare program. I want to say that we actually have really subsidized, and I need to actually do some more work on the breakdown of how that looks like. We give money to the daycares directly to subsidize for it, so that they can have lower costs for children. That's based on if they are infants, or the age of the children. The younger the child, the more money daycare providers actually get. We give money to parents. If parents can't afford the daycare or subsidies or the daycare costs, they can come in if they are lower-income and actually get subsidies on top of that from the Education, Culture and Employment. We give money to the workers on a quarterly basis. They provide their attendance sheets. They provide their work, and actually we provide the daycare workers with a subsidy as well to top up their wages.

We are subsidizing both the daycares, the parents, and the workers. I'm not sure, Mr. Speaker, but I think we are doing a lot.

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
Oral Questions

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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

I would like to ask the Minister if the department has a group or groups of people who are working for the department who will assist community groups in establishing daycares for it where daycares don't currently exist.

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Yes, absolutely. Actually, getting daycares into the communities is a priority. It's a mandate within this government, the 18th Legislative Assembly. We have 11 communities that don't have daycares, although we are working with a couple of them. Some of them aren't in the Member's ridings. Yes, we have regional coordinators who will go in and support anyone in the communities who is looking up to open up a daycare. We have start-up money. We have health and safety money.

Like I have said, we provide subsidies for the daycares directly. There's a lot of support. We need daycares. There's lot of research that says that, if we can provide early intervention, we have better success for children, so we will do whatever we can to support communities that don't have daycares to get them into their communities. Yes, ask, and we shall help.

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Oral questions. Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh.

Question 473-18(3): Daycare Programs
Oral Questions

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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. That's good news. Mr. Speaker, within that specific area where we have individuals working for the department who can establish daycares, we have a daycare and we also have some other programs for individuals where children go to, similar to daycares. I'm wondering if that money could also be used where those people could also be to assist daycares that currently exist to enhance the programs that the current daycares are offering. Thank you.