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Question 347-18(3): Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

I was waiting for that. I was waiting for that. Well, this is a herd that is extremely important to the people in the Western Arctic and in the Yukon and Alaska. When we do our work on some of our own projects, all of the best science will go into it. We will obviously take the preservation of any species into consideration. The issue that we are faced with here with the Porcupine caribou herd is that we are dealing with an administration in Washington. That will open up to the wild west without much thought given to the preservation of the caribou herd.

This is a very passionate issue for the people of the Western Arctic, in the Yukon, and in Alberta. For a lot of these people, it is a hill that they will die on. It is something that is very important to them. As far as our policy, we will do all of our scientific work when we have projects, and some of that work that we do will go into the decision-making process. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 347-18(3): Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

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

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today, I made a Member's statement on public service. Going through the annual report, I have questions for the Minister of Finance. I would like to ask the Minister if all of the Ministers have looked at the Priority 1 numbers in the various departments. Thank you.

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Finance.

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, we have Priority 1 as our priority within the Government of the Northwest Territories, and we follow those numbers very closely. As you are able to see in the report that we released a little while ago, I believe that our Priority 1 candidates were quite high, and actually, the Priority 1 women candidates were a lot higher than the men.

We are aware of those numbers, and we continue to monitor them. We are developing a GNWT-wide resource plan with the departmental implementation plans as well. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

The Priority 1 candidates have hardly increased for 10 years. I would like to ask the Minister if anything is actively being done to increase the number of Priority 1 candidates in the GNWT.

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

As I said, we are developing a GNWT-wide human resource plan with the departmental implementation plans. We expect that work to be done over the summer. As far as trying to increase the numbers, obviously, we want to see those numbers go up, and I have always been a firm believer that, based on merit, those numbers will go up.

I think the Member and I are both from an era where it was harder for P1 candidates to get into the government system, and maybe the numbers have not gone up much in the last 10 years, but I think the numbers are quite high, and I think they are continuing to improve, and they will continue to improve. As we see our younger people graduating and going off to university, getting the knowledge from there and bringing it back and working in the communities, I think we will see those numbers continue to rise.

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

I think part of the increasing numbers at the graduation level to give their parents jobs.

Mr. Speaker, can the Minister tell me if direction was given specifically department by department on the development of human resource plans?

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

As I said, we are working on a GNWT-wide plan. As far as specific directions given to each individual department, I would have to follow up with the Department of HR, but the government knows, and we also recognize the fact that we want to see more P1 candidates. We are starting to see a lot of P1 candidates that are moving into positions based on merit and what they bring to the job. We will continue to work on that.

I had the opportunity just a couple of months ago to take part in a workshop that was actually being sponsored by ENR. It was an Indigenous women's workshop. What they did was they brought in a lot of Indigenous females from across the Northwest Territories that work within ENR, and I spoke at that. The first thing I said is, "I am excited about all of the potential I see in this room." We will see a lot of those girls that were there moving through the system based on what they bring to the position.

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

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

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. That is certainly not what I am seeing in the GNWT, and I have been around for over 40 years, in the GNWT, not just been around, period.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister if the department is developing a plan that the departments are working on, a plan that advances Indigenous people in the GNWT. I have found that the most effective method was to have managers and directors that were from the Northwest Territories, whether they be Priority 1 or priority candidates, and they seem to be able to attract and retain people from the Northwest Territories to work in the public service.

I would like to ask if there is an actual plan to developing Indigenous employees for advancement in the GNWT. Thank you.

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

There are a couple of programs. A new gateway program is being rolled out to support more training positions within the GNWT, a regional recruitment program to provide opportunities for residents not quite meeting job requirements to develop into positions.

We have our summer students that we hire every year, and about 58 per cent of those are Indigenous. We changed the intern program so that we could end up doubling the number of interns, so that northern students have the opportunities to gain experience and hopefully become permanent employees. The Indigenous management program is being revised to better support more Indigenous people to move into management positions.

There are a number of initiatives on the go. As we prepare for our fall session, I would be more than pleased to have the department put a briefing together that we can provide to committee and answer any questions that they may have. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 348-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy and Human Resource Planning
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 349-18(3): Taltson Hydro Expansion
Oral Questions

June 1st, 2018

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I am very concerned about the ongoing power increases that are affecting my constituents. I see the Taltson hydro expansion as a potential for resolving this situation as a transformative piece of infrastructure. I would like to ask the Minister of Infrastructure what his vision for hydroelectricity is in the Northwest Territories. Is this just something we would like to have or is this something we are going to have and put the resources behind to make it a reality? Thank you.

Question 349-18(3): Taltson Hydro Expansion
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Infrastructure.