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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Chair. During our travels in the South Slave, we've learned that campaign schools were relatively well-known, and people who had attended them had found them useful. The regret was that there were some communities which have not yet hosted campaign schools, or had not hosted them in many years. The intention behind this motion is to ensure that there are more campaign school-type initiatives offered to women throughout the Northwest Territories, and that they be offered by individuals or organizations who are at arm's length from the government, such as the Status of Women, the Native Women's Organization, and others. What we're asking for here is to increase the training available to women so that one of the barriers they face, which is knowledge of the position and how to obtain it, is overcome through education. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. To the motion. Minister Cochrane.

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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. As the Minister for the Status of Women, this is a huge concern of my own. The campaign schools have been very successful. I think that can be vouched by MLA Green, who attended some of them, and by the voices of women throughout.

This motion, I did actually ask to change a bit originally because what I'd learned is that traditionally our pilots are currently being done by the Native Women's Association here in Yellowknife and the NWT Status of Women Council here in Yellowknife, recognizing that they're territorial. However, in my travels, not only on this campaign but through many engagements with community members, I've met many qualified facilitators in all the regions, so we are looking at getting the money out in different ways. The majority of costs have been to bring up people to the northern communities from Yellowknife, paying for the accommodation, for them to travel. Spreading the money out more to the communities means that we could actually save money and actually provide more campaign schools, and that is the goal of this motion, is to provide more to communities, and my personal goal is to support community development more so. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. To the motion.

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Question. Ms. Green.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I appreciate the Minister's support for this motion. What we're trying to do here is take a good thing and make it spread further around the Northwest Territories. I would like to request a recorded vote. Thank you.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

The Member has requested a recorded vote. All those in favour, please rise.

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Deputy Clerk Of The House Mr. Ball

The Member for Yellowknife Centre, the Member for Deh Cho, the Member for Nunakput, the Member for Inuvik Boot Lake, the Member for Range Lake, the Member for Great Slave, the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes, the Member for Hay River South, the Member for Thebacha, the Member for Mackenzie Delta, the Member for Sahtu, the Member for Yellowknife North, the Member for Kam Lake, the Member for Nahendeh, the Member for Frame Lake.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

All those opposed, please rise. All those abstaining, please rise. The motion is carried. The results are: 16 in favour, zero opposed, zero abstentions. The motion is carried.

---Carried

Ms. Green.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Mr. Chair, I move that this Assembly recommends that the Legislative Assembly provide to the public a better understanding of the work of a Member, and make available a video and other visual and written materials, including information on the prerequisites, roles, and responsibilities, as well as the benefits available to Members. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Ms. Green. There's a motion on the floor. To the motion. Ms. Green.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Chair. In our travels, we discovered that there was very little information available to the people who attended our sessions about the roles and responsibilities of MLAs. They are often familiar with the work that we do in this House because they see the televised proceedings, or they may also read Hansard, but they have little understanding of the work that we do that is not televised, specifically the work of standing committees, special committees, constituency work, and the like. There was a request that we attempt to create a job description for the role of MLAs so that people who are interested in this work have a better idea of exactly what's involved with it.

Likewise, we found that people were not well-informed about the pay that is offered to MLAs, and the other benefits that are available to them such as living allowance if they are living in Yellowknife during the session and they are normally resident elsewhere, as well as travel allowances for themselves and their families. The committee feels that making this information more available to women will answer questions they have about what they're getting into if they decide to run for office. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. To the motion. Minister Cochrane.

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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. This motion is one that I hold dear to my heart and I really do support it. I hope everyone will support it. I just want to share that women are well-known within their communities as leaders; however, they tend to be on the ground in providing services that stay in the communities, and they don't usually get to the higher levels such as being an MLA or a Minister or Premier. My own experience is I worked for over 20 years with homeless women and low-income women. I came into the government not because I wanted to be a politician, but because I felt that our needs weren't being heard, and so I wanted to make change and have the power to do that. In fact, I apologize to Joe Hanley, a previous Premier. I was so unaware of politics in general that I didn't even know who Joe Hanley was. That is an embarrassment, and I should have known.

The first thing I asked when I became a Minister was, "What is my job description?" I was told, "You are a Minister. You have no job description. You can do what you want." From then on, very quickly, I was told, "But you can't do that. But you can't do that. But you can't do that." I am a firm believer that this motion is critical to not only women, but to all Members, so that we have a clear idea of what we can do and what our limitations are. I hope that all of my fellow colleagues and female colleague will support this motion. Thank you, Mr. Chair.