This is page numbers 2493 - 2524 of the Hansard for the 19th Assembly, 2nd Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was care.

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Question 661-19(2): Caribou Emergency
Oral Questions

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Key habitat is identified through a collaborative process with our Indigenous governments and organizations, and it helps us identify key areas that could be considered for habitat protection under the wildlife act. ENR has a series of workshops with partners to identify and prioritize areas of protection, and we are completing input from our partners and will collaboratively work on the plan to clarify key areas to be considered for habitat protection. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 661-19(2): Caribou Emergency
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Great Slave.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
Oral Questions

March 11th, 2021

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Katrina Nokleby Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My questions are for the Minister of Health and Social Services. Can the Minister tell me how patients get from the health centre to the medevac flight in communities with no ambulance service? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Great Slave. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Yes. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I am sure the Member can appreciate, with 33 different communities, there are a number of different ways of getting there. One possibility is local emergency service providers, such as the fire department or the RCMP. In some places, there are ground transportation contracts that are available through a competitive bid. In some cases, community governments provide that service, and in some cases, in fact, people do it themselves with whatever equipment they have available. Thank you.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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Katrina Nokleby Great Slave

It would be great if the Minister could send me the breakdown of the different communities and their response plans for ground transportation. For question number two: when will paramedics be licensed in the Northwest Territories, and when will adjustments be made to the act in order to enable this service?

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I welcome the opportunity to clarify the fact that paramedics are licensed in the NWT, and no changes are required to the act.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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Katrina Nokleby Great Slave

That is great to hear. Thank you. My next question may be redundant, but: community-based paramedics programs have clinical evidence of their success in Northern Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. Why was the community-based paramedicine program discontinued here in the Northwest Territories, considering that the Canadian Armed Forces was willing to partner with the Northwest Territories?

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I appreciate the opportunity to clarify here, as well. In fact, what took place in Tsiigehtchic was a pilot program to train local community members as first responders beginning in 2019. The good news about this pilot program is that 16 community members did receive emergency response training. That work, however, has not progressed from that stage. It is in the health Department's work plan to engage with MACA to discuss next steps on how we can build on this pilot, and the next steps are due by September of this year.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Great Slave.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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Katrina Nokleby Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I guess I have my facts wrong, but I will check back with my research and take a look at that. My last question is: would the Minister tell us her position on whether or not she finds the discrepancies in our healthcare system due to systemic racism? Thank you.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I am not going to offer an opinion. Thank you.

Question 662-19(2): Provision of Emergency Health Care Services in Communities
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you. Oral questions. Member for Nunakput.

Question 663-19(2): Elders' Facilities in Nunakput Communities
Oral Questions

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Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today, I brought up my Member's statement in regard to elders staying home. You know as well as I do: we take care of our own, and we take care of our elders. I want to know: what care facilities are currently available in our communities of Paulatuk and Ulukhaktok right now? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 663-19(2): Elders' Facilities in Nunakput Communities
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Nunakput. Minister of Health and Social Services.