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Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

March 15th, 2018

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there has been some confusion about Commissioner's lands and territorial lands in my riding and across the territory when you talk to people, and my questions will be to Minister of Lands. My first question is: what is the difference between Commissioner's lands and territorial land? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Lands.

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

Yes, thank you, Mr. Speaker. Commissioner's land is primarily land that is located in and around communities. It is managed through policy and regulation under the Commissioner's Land Act. Territorial land is most often the land that is in the more remote regions of the Northwest Territories. In some cases, there are some territorial lands located within communities. However, that is the exception. These lands are regulated by the Northwest Territories Lands Act and regulations.

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for that clarification. My next question: how does the government come up with an assessment for Commissioner's land and territorial land?

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

The assessed values of Commissioner's land parcels is determined by the assessors in MACA's assessment unit, which is a unit independent of the land managers in the Department of Lands. They use an approach that is consistent from community to community across the Northwest Territories to determine the assessed value of each parcel. If the occupant of the parcel disagrees with the assessed value, there are appeal mechanisms through MACA that can implemented to review the assessment.

Territorial land value is determined by an appraised value of land as required by the Northwest Territories land use regulations, which the government commissions from an independent certified appraiser. The appraised value is used because most territorial land is in very remote areas of the territory and does not require services such as water, power, and fuel delivery. It is not possible, of course, to assess each parcel, but an appraisal of raw land is completed by the representative across the NWT and applied consistently. So there are two manners in which the values are determined.

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for that answer. So my next question is: how are Commissioner's land and territorial land fees determined/calculated?

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

The department uses the assessed value which I have described to calculate the annual lease fee for each Commissioner's land parcel. This fee is based on the assessed value of the parcel each year. Some, such as seniors and non-profit organizations, may be eligible for a 50 per cent discount off the annual lease fee paid on Commissioner's land.

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the Minister for that answer. My last question right now is: what are the fees for both Commissioner's lands and territorial lands used for? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

Of course, that depends on the value of the lands as assessed by the MACA assessment unit. That is with respect to Commissioner's land. For an average-sized lot, the cost is often in the area of about $2,000 a year. However, as Members will know, we are proposing a reduction from 10 per cent to 5 per cent, and so that $2,000 lease fee would then be reduced to $1,000 per year. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 268-18(3): Land Tenure Issues
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 269-18(3): Government Of The Northwest Territories Sponsored Speaker At 2018 Ame Roundup Conference
Oral Questions

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. Earlier today I quoted a speaker sponsored by government at the recent 2018 Roundup conference. One of his messages was to not waste time on negotiations on treaties or land rights. Can our Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment who sponsored this talk tell us whether Cabinet is of the position that negotiations on treaties and land rights are a waste of time? Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Question 269-18(3): Government Of The Northwest Territories Sponsored Speaker At 2018 Ame Roundup Conference
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Question 269-18(3): Government Of The Northwest Territories Sponsored Speaker At 2018 Ame Roundup Conference
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Member knows that's not our position. The number one priority of this government is land claims and settling outstanding land claims and self-government agreements in the territory. That's a position that the speaker took. That's his position. We have our position and we work closely with all Aboriginal governments to move things along. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 269-18(3): Government Of The Northwest Territories Sponsored Speaker At 2018 Ame Roundup Conference
Oral Questions

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

I'm really pleased to hear the Minister say that. This speaker who was sponsored by our government described environmental organizations as being non-Canadian, well-funded, with large offices in foreign countries, that tried to divide communities to stop economic development and instigate violence. Can the Minister tell the public whether there is any evidence that any of these organizations operate in the Northwest Territories, and if so, has their criminal activity been reported to the RCMP?