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Question 84-18(3): Historical Case Unit Within The RCMP
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

The main difference will be that this small unit within the RCMP will be looking specifically at these historical cases that remain unresolved.

Question 84-18(3): Historical Case Unit Within The RCMP
Oral Questions

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Can the Minister advise us: of the 63 open cases in the NWT, how many of them have been resolved in the last five years?

Question 84-18(3): Historical Case Unit Within The RCMP
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

I understand that there are 63 open investigations, which I took to mean that those were ones that had not yet been resolved.

Question 84-18(3): Historical Case Unit Within The RCMP
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 84-18(3): Historical Case Unit Within The RCMP
Oral Questions

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Mahsi. I appreciate that clarification from the Minister of Justice. Of course, those case are ones that need to be resolved. I wonder about the rate at which historical cases have been resolved in the last five years and, related to that, how success will be measured in this historical case unit. Mahsi.

Question 84-18(3): Historical Case Unit Within The RCMP
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

As I mentioned earlier, this unit will be dedicated to looking at these historical cases and presumably will be providing me with updates that I could also provide to this House. Thank you.

Question 84-18(3): Historical Case Unit Within The RCMP
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

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

Question 85-18(3): Mental Health And Addictions Facility
Oral Questions

February 12th, 2018

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Marci cho, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in my Member's statement, I talked about addictions and mental health. I would like to ask the Minister of Health and Social Services questions around the treatment. I would like to ask the Minister if there have been any discussions about re-opening a cultural-based treatment facility in NWT. Thank you.

Question 85-18(3): Mental Health And Addictions Facility
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 85-18(3): Mental Health And Addictions Facility
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, at this time there is no plan to open a treatment facility in the Northwest Territories. I can say that K'atlodeeche have been working closely with the Department of Health and Social Services on utilizing the old Nats’ejee K’eh facility as a traditional wellness centre to focus on healing and other supportive activities for Indigenous people in the Northwest Territories. I can also say that the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation is looking at providing wellness-type centre services here in the Northwest Territories located in Yellowknife. We have made space available for them on the Stanton campus, where they are currently working on an interim measure, some tents and other things, so that they can begin some of their wellness-type programming. Although there is no treatment centre or treatment facility, there is progress being made on different wellness centre options available in the Northwest Territories. Thank you. Mr. Speaker.

Question 85-18(3): Mental Health And Addictions Facility
Oral Questions

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

I would like to ask the Minister if any of that work is going towards trying to create mobile treatment possibilities or mobile treatment programs, whether it be out of Stanton or Nats’ejee K’eh or anywhere, just something that is mobile where counsellors can go into communities as opposed to the community members going into a treatment centre.

Question 85-18(3): Mental Health And Addictions Facility
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Mobile treatment is one of the options that we have pursued and continue to pursue here in the Northwest Territories. It hasn't made the type of progress that I or any of my colleagues would like to see. We did run a pilot in Fort Resolution a year and a half ago. We haven't delivered as a government since that time, but we are continuing to monitor it and look at options to deliver.

I can say that we should really applaud some of our partners like Salt River First Nation and Chief Martselos, who actually stood up and met with southern partners and provided a local mobile treatment option in Fort Smith, certainly an option for many of our partners to explore. I know that there, a partner has reached out to some of the other Indigenous governments in the Northwest Territories to see if they are delivered. We want to continue to be very supportive of that work. Things are happening, not quite as much as I think any of us like to see, but we are continuing to try to make more progress in that area.

Question 85-18(3): Mental Health And Addictions Facility
Oral Questions

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Something that appears to go well with mobile treatment is on-the-land treatment. I would like to ask the Minister if there are opportunities or if there are some initiatives where the departments working with the communities provide on-the-land treatment near the communities or just outside of some of the communities that we have where there are cultural camps and so on near the communities?

Question 85-18(3): Mental Health And Addictions Facility
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

This government makes $1.2 million available through the Department of Health and Social Services to support on-the-land programming that is led by different Aboriginal governments across the Northwest Territories. That money flows every year. I can say that there are a number of on-the-land programs that are available. They are all different. Every one of the Indigenous governments has indicated their own way of doing things. They have some specific things they are trying to accomplish at the regional level.

We have said we would make our clinical staff available to them. Some of them have taken us up on that. Others have not. We have also been pursuing an on-the-land collaborative with organizations outside of the Government of the Northwest Territories like Tides Canada to support more options.

One of the things we have done with our Indigenous partners is we have started to work on the development of evaluation criteria for on-the-land programming. It has never been done before. We have worked closely with different governments like the Tlicho government and others to develop those. We are making progress in that area, as well.

Question 85-18(3): Mental Health And Addictions Facility
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

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