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Question 558-19(2): Making a Holiday in February
Oral Questions

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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

It's about three months without a statutory holiday, depending when Easter lies, and it is a dark time of the year for many people. Are there any plans to add a statutory holiday in between New Years and Easter?

Question 558-19(2): Making a Holiday in February
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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

No.

Question 558-19(2): Making a Holiday in February
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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Is there anything preventing the Minister of Justice passing a holiday? Legislatively, is there anything preventing us from creating another statutory holiday?

Question 558-19(2): Making a Holiday in February
Oral Questions

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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Creating a new statutory holiday would go through the same legislative process as amending other pieces of legislation, so it is within the power of the government and the Assembly working together to make something like that happen. No, there are no barriers.

Question 558-19(2): Making a Holiday in February
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary. Member for Yellowknife North.

Question 558-19(2): Making a Holiday in February
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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Has any work been done to consult the people of the Northwest Territories about whether they would like another holiday? I really have a hard time believing that, if we listen to the will of the people, they would not want a Family Day, so my question: has the department done any work reviewing the number of holidays and asked the people whom we serve whether they want a Family Day, Mr. Speaker?

Question 558-19(2): Making a Holiday in February
Oral Questions

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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

We have about as many holidays as other jurisdictions. We do not have Family Day. We have Aboriginal Day, which is not a holiday outside of, I believe, the NWT and Yukon. We have the same number of holidays as everyone else, and, no, we have not gone out and asked, "Should we have more holidays?" Thank you.

Question 558-19(2): Making a Holiday in February
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. My questions are for the Minister of Justice or, sorry, now the Minister of Holidays. I am wondering: how many inmates have participated in the FASD diagnostic clinic from any of our correctional facilities in the Northwest Territories? Thank you.

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Kam Lake. Minister of Justice.

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As the Minister of Holidays, I give the Member the rest of the day off.

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I do not have that number, but that is something we can find and provide to the Member. Thank you.

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

I would rather ask the Minister questions. What FASD support services are available within North Slave Correctional Centre, or any of our other correctional facilities, for inmates who receive a diagnosis or who are diagnosed already with FASD?

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Of course, inmates can be referred to the FASD diagnostic clinic, and they do not need a diagnosis to access individualized supports or supports for individuals with complex need. Perhaps I can offer to provide the Member with some comprehensive written information, because there are a number of supports and I just do not have them at my fingertips.

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

I am wondering: what supports are provided to inmates upon release, to reduce recidivism?

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Upon release, former inmates work with their case managers and they identify what is available to them in their community and work with them to do everything they can to ensure that they do not come back. It does not always work, obviously, and there are differences across the territory. It often depends on who you are working with and in what community you are, but, again, I can provide this information to the Member.