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oral question 857-19(2): Restriction on Bathurst Caribou
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Again, I'd like to thank the Member for the question. I know it's very important to her. We've had numerous conversations in the hallways, on the phone, and I thank her for that. It's -- this is an opportunity.

First and foremost, again, I need to reiterate the Bathurst herd is, you know, very small right now. We've seen a, I think, 98 percent decline in the population of the herd. However, the Beverly herd is all right. It's still being able to hunt there. But the most important aspect of it is with this mobile zone and non-hunting and -- in this mobile zone is -- been through our co-management partners, the Wek'eezhii Renewable Resource Board. So we've had those conversations with them. Again, it's about using local, traditional, and scientific knowledge to see how we can try to increase this herd's population so that then we can be able to get that back on to the opportunity to hunt. But, again, I have to reiterate there is the opportunity to hunt Beverly. It's a little further away but -- and last year we had the unique situation of the Beverly and the Bathurst interlinking together. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

oral question 857-19(2): Restriction on Bathurst Caribou
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Jane Weyallon-Armstrong Monfwi

Thank you. We all know that limiting and the restrictions on the caribou has been hard on our people. So limiting the harvest was based on caribou declines, and the process is in the Tlicho Agreement. So I want to ask the Minister, can he provide an update, based on the most recent population survey of both herds on Tlicho land within the Wek'eezhii and Monfwi Gogha De Niitlee? Masi.

oral question 857-19(2): Restriction on Bathurst Caribou
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, we have completed the survey with the herds there. We are -- we've tabulated a report. We are now just working with our Indigenous governments and leaderships, including the Wek'weezhii Renewable Resource Board. We are in the process of setting up the opportunity to meet with them to share the report. We also will be sending it to committee. As well once that is done, we will get it out into the public and sharing that. But, yeah, it's been done, and we've been able to get the surveys done this year even despite of COVID. Thank you, Madam Chair.

oral question 857-19(2): Restriction on Bathurst Caribou
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Jane Weyallon-Armstrong Monfwi

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I recognize there are technical working groups to support the management and recovery of caribou -- caribou species. Can the Minister commitment to update myself and Tlicho leaders on a regular basis regarding the discussions and decisions occurring at the technical working group meetings? This is to ensure -- this is to ensure that Tlicho Agreement is respected and recognized. Thank you.

oral question 857-19(2): Restriction on Bathurst Caribou
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yes, I'll make that commitment. We've already been sharing this information with Tlicho leadership, with the Wek'weezhii Renewable Resource Board. So we're very much about sharing the information and making sure we respect the agreement with the Tlicho government. So I again thank the Member for that. And, again, we will share that information on a regular basis. Thank you.

oral question 857-19(2): Restriction on Bathurst Caribou
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

The Speaker Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife North.

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Madam Speaker. My questions were for the Minister of Housing but I've noticed she's stepped out. So I'm going to have an impromptu question for our Premier.

There's been some previous discussion about corporate restructuring, and I'll note that the -- some of that discussion is centered around the departments of ENR, MACA, and Lands, who all tend to have one Minister right now. I'm just wondering if this is still on the table in the life of this Assembly, whether the Premier is going to look at corporate restructuring and how different departments are structured?

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

The Speaker Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member. Madam Premier.

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Sometimes I wonder if people are flies on the wall because we just had that conversation yesterday. So absolutely, yes, it's still on the table. We're talking those talks now. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

The Speaker Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Madam Premier. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife North.

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Madam Speaker. This week, I asked the Minister responsible for MACA when the seniors facility in Fort Good Hope would open, and he told me to ask the Minister of Housing. So my question for the Minister of Housing, I know she is intimately familiar with that facility, having been the one who opened it in her community, when will that facility open, Madam Speaker.

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

The Speaker Lesa Semmler

Thank you. Minister responsible for Northwest Territories Housing Corporation.

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Paulie Chinna Sahtu

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I just -- I received an update from my department. So the electrical assessment is to be complete and finalized and the engineering and structural assessment are underway by professional engineer and architectural firm. The Housing Corporation is highly engaged with architectural and engineering consultants to finalize the remaining remediation requirements to ensure safety occupation as soon as possible. Based on the assessment to date, the Housing Corporation is targeting to have the building ready for occupancy March 2022. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I'll note that March 2022 is a full year after the Minister opened the building officially. Can someone just explain to me what is going on here? Thank you.

oral question 858-19(2): Corporate Restructure
Oral Questionsoral Question 852-19(2):united Nations Declaration On The Right Of Indigenous People And Land Rights

December 2nd, 2021

Paulie Chinna Sahtu

Thank you, Madam Speaker. The Member is correct; we did officially open the building last year in February 2021. The inspection was completed by a professional engineer of the Office of the Fire Marshal in 2021, found that further work was needed to ensure safety occupancy of the building. One example, the requirements for the fire separation between the units. When we have a multi -- a multiplex unit, the fire separation is the current -- is in the current building does not meet the code requirements, and this is a safety consideration. We want these buildings to be designed in a way to protect and give adequate time for a neighbor to get out of their unit should a fire occur in one of the other units. Thank you, Madam Speaker -- yeah, thank you, Madam Speaker.