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Question 766-18(3): Aboriginal Sports Circle Funding
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Mackenzie Delta.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a few questions for the Minister of Infrastructure from my Member's statement. I'd like to ask the Minister: will the Minister include an all-weather road to Aklavik and a feasibility study that we can present to the federal government? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Infrastructure.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As the Member is well aware, in 2015, the Department of Transportation did a territorial-wide strategy on transportation. That strategy laid out a 25-year plan. We went out and consulted with the public of the Northwest Territories, Indigenous leaders, industry right across the territories, and in that plan, Mr. Speaker, the people of the Northwest Territories asked us to pursue six major projects, a number of them that have been successful in this 18th Assembly. The Mackenzie Valley Highway, the Slave Geological Province, the Tlicho all-season road, improved Highway No. 7 in the Member's riding of Deh Cho, dredging of the Hay River port, and a deep water port in Tuktoyaktuk.

Now, this has been a guiding strategy for us. It's led to our priorities of this government, and it's clearly a laid out 25-year plan for our transportation strategy across the Northwest Territories, and we've been successful on a number of these projects in this 18th Legislative Assembly to access funding. We can't even complete the ones that we have on the list. It's going to be very difficult for me to go forward and ask the federal government to support a road to Aklavik at this time.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

I have seen that plan. There is a lot of emphasis on the southern part of the territory. I think we should be looking more at the north here, Mr. Speaker, but that's just my feelings here. Will the Minister work with the community to identify the best possible route so that, if the opportunity ever arisen, we'll have that in place?

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

I will take any opportunity to sit down and discuss with the community what they believe their priority is for a road to access their community, but that's not saying that this is going to be possible in the short term. I'd advise the Member that he advise the leadership of Aklavik, if this is something they want to pursue, to certainly reach out to us so we can have those early discussions going forward. It would be a little bit premature to say that we're willing to lay out an exact route at this point because it's very complicated. There are going to be land access issues and environmental issues that would have to be distinguished on how we would do a routing on that, but we can have some early discussions of what the community thinks that they would like to see.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Will the Minister include an all-weather road to Aklavik on the red flag list that I haven't seen for some time?

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

I don't think I've seen the red flag list. I've got my hands full trying to deliver what we've got in the mandate to the 18th Legislative Assembly, but as I said, I'm willing to have a discussion with the community and see what their priorities are going forward.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Mackenzie Delta.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It sounds promising. Will the Minister provide funding to the community of Aklavik to do a feasibility study for an all-season road? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

The short answer is, no, not at this point. I'd like to sit down with the community and have discussions on what they think their priorities are. I know we're working on the Willow River gravel access road at this point with the community, but I'm glad to sit down and have a conversation, but at this time, I will not commit any funding. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 767-18(3): Aklavik All-Season Road
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

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

Question 768-18(3): Aging in Place
Oral Questions

June 4th, 2019

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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Marsi cho, Mr. Speaker. Today, I had a Member's statement on aging in place. I have questions for the Minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation because, if the houses are ready, then we can get some homecare. It takes two departments, but today, I want to ask the Housing Corporation, I'd like to ask the Minister if the aging in place program, I guess we'll call it, is included in the housing development plans that the department or the corporation is doing across the territory? Thank you.

Question 768-18(3): Aging in Place
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation.

Question 768-18(3): Aging in Place
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Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I do appreciate the question that the Member has asked. I'm pretty sure he's referring to the community housing plans that we've been promoting throughout the Northwest Territories with our leaders in all of our communities; as he's mentioned, with the 33 communities across the Northwest Territories. Obviously, these plans will take statistical and program data, as well as information from our community leaders that I've said in this House before, as well as residents and housing stakeholders, industry, tell us what each community does really need.

In terms of aging in place, we have constructed some really good developments in Aklavik, in Fort Liard, Whati, Fort Good Hope, and Fort McPherson. We'll continue to work with our other departments such as Health and Social Services, and yes, obviously, it has been part of the plans as we move forward. The more communities, the more leadership, the more people who speak up and tell us what they need in their communities, we will be able to work with them. As I mentioned as well, we do have that co-investment fund that we made an announcement about that the NWT is able to access and work with our stakeholders to provide that funding into the communities.