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Return to Written Question 1-19(3): GNWT Participation in the Association for Mineral Exploration Roundup in January 2020
Returns To Written Questions

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Clerk Of The House Mr. Tim Mercer

Mr. Speaker, I have a Return to Written Question 1-19(2), asked by the Member for Frame Lake on February 5, 2020, related to the Government of the Northwest Territories' participation in the Association for Mineral Exploration Roundup from January 18 to 23, 2020, in Vancouver.

This year's Roundup presented a timely opportunity for the GNWT to confirm and action the 19 Legislative Assembly's stated priority to increase resource exploration and development.

Cabinet Members, Indigenous governments, and government officials represented and promoted the Northwest Territories and used this opportunity to highlight that the GNWT recognizes the critical economic importance of realizing new mining projects.

The NWT delegation to this year's Roundup was led by myself in my role as Premier and Ministers Nokleby and Thompson. Senior officials, geoscientists with the Northwest Territories Geological Survey, marketing professionals, and support staff rounded out the delegation of 22 GNWT representatives. The total cost of air travel, accommodations, meals, incidentals, and transportation for the GNWT delegation was $70,753. No allowances were paid. All travel was economy class except in two flight segments where business class flight prices were lower by $130 and $277 respectively than available economy class seats.

Additionally, the GNWT supported the participation of 16 NWT regional Indigenous government representatives at a cost of $99,611 that includes $65,000 in air travel, accommodations, meals, incidentals, and transportation. Ensuring that Indigenous governments are represented at Roundup supports the NWT Mineral Development Strategy goal of enhancing Indigenous engagement and capacity and provides Indigenous governments with an opportunity to demonstrate their support for responsible resource development alongside the GNWT.

Roundup offered an opportunity to showcase to industry that support exists in the NWT for mineral exploration and mining, particularly within Indigenous governments and jurisdictions.

It also provided an opportunity to highlight that key infrastructure and mining projects are advancing and succeeding in our jurisdiction.

The NWT's trade show presence is an important component of GNWT participation at this event. Three booths showcasing the NWT's geology and geoscience, exploration and investment potential, and public infrastructure initiatives, along with four adjacent booths showcasing Indigenous governments and organizations, were part of the NWT trade show presence. The strategic location and positioning of these booths created a 'gathering place' which acted as a venue for networking opportunities, meetings and media events.

GNWT exhibition costs and affiliated registration fees totaled approximately $37,157. No consultant fees were paid. Registration costs totaling $1,124 were also paid for affiliated professional development opportunities that staff attended at the conference.

The GNWT supported and took part in a number of media and networking events to increase industry awareness of the NWT's investment environment and to promote the potential of NWT mineral resources. These included:

  • The annual NWT Night reception at which the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Indigenous leaders had an opportunity to address and network with 334 registered attendees, including industry representatives and other stakeholders.
  • The launch of regional mineral development strategies completed by the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and the Gwich'in Tribal Council.
  • The signing of a commercial agreement for Det'on Cho Corporation to become the contracted miner for the Cheetah Resources Ltd. Nechalacho rare earth elements project.
  • An Indigenous business panel discussion focused on capacity building and participation in the exploration and mining sectors.
  • A coffee gathering with NWT leaders.
  • A lunch for NWT students enrolled in post-secondary education programs in the British Columbia lower mainland area.
  • The launch of the Invest Canada North Campaign (a partnered three-year marketing and promotion initiative in collaboration with Canada, Yukon, Nunavut, and companies investing in the North).

The costs associated with hosting or supporting these events totaled $52,842.

The total GNWT cost, including supporting Indigenous participation at Roundup, was $261,488. This is a decrease compared to the previous years' expenditures of approximately $286,389 in 2019, and $277,530 in 2018.

Roundup is regarded as Canada's premier gathering event for individuals, companies, and jurisdictions interested in advancing exploration and mineral development projects. It is well attended by the mining sector's junior exploration companies and their financiers and is heavily leveraged by competing mining jurisdictions.

Roundup continues to be a core event for the GNWT to convene valuable face-to-face meetings with key industry representatives, Indigenous governments, and leaders and officials from other jurisdictions. The event helps to advance a key pillar of the mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return to Written Question 1-19(3): GNWT Participation in the Association for Mineral Exploration Roundup in January 2020
Returns To Written Questions

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Mr. Clerk. Returns to written questions. Item 11, replies to the Commissioner's address. Item 12, petitions. Item 13, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 14, reports of standing and special committees. Item 15, tabling of documents. Minister of Finance.

Tabled Document 43-19(2): Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2020-2021
Tabling Of Documents

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document, "Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2020-2021." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 43-19(2): Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2020-2021
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Tabling of documents. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Tabled Document 44-19(2): Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Northwest Territories: A Policy Review
Tabling Of Documents

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to table the following report card, "Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Northwest Territories: A Policy Review." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 44-19(2): Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Northwest Territories: A Policy Review
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife Centre. Tabling of documents. Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh.

Tabled Document 45-19(2): Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority Medical Travel Expense Claim Form
Tabling Of Documents

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Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thought I was going to do this tomorrow, but I will do this now. I would like to table the medical travel expense claim form for the record. Mahsi cho.

Tabled Document 45-19(2): Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority Medical Travel Expense Claim Form
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh. Tabling of documents. Item 16, notices of motion. Item 17, motions. Item 18, notices of motion for first reading of bills. Item 19, first reading of bills. Minister of Finance.

Bill 2: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2019-2020
First Reading Of Bills

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Sahtu, that Bill 2, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2019-2020, be read for the first time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 2: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2019-2020
First Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister of Finance. The motion is on the floor and is non-debatable. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Bill 2 has had first reading. Item 20, second reading of bills. Minister of Finance.

Bill 2: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2019-2020
Second Reading Of Bills

February 27th, 2020

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Sahtu, that Bill 2, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2019-2020, be read for the second time. This bill makes supplementary appropriations for operations expenditures of the Government of the Northwest Territories for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 2: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2019-2020
Second Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister of Finance. To the principle of the bill.

Bill 2: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2019-2020
Second Reading Of Bills

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Bill 2: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2019-2020
Second Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Bill 2 has had second reading. Item 21, consideration in Committee of the Whole of bills and other matters: Tabled Document 12-19(2), 2019-2023 Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories; Tabled Document 30-19(2), Main Estimates 2020-2021; and Tabled Document 43-19(2), Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2020-2021.

By the authority given to me as Speaker by Motion 1-19(2), I hereby authorize the House to sit beyond the daily hours of adjournment to consider the business before the House, with the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes in the chair.

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

I will call the committee to order. We will take a short recess. What is the wish of the committee? Sorry. Mr. Norn.