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 664-19(2): Devolving Powers to Municipal Governments
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Paulie Chinna Sahtu

To have a submission brought forward that is going to separate, and looking at the Indigenous groups within the City of Yellowknife, as well, this is a really sensitive topic, and I would have to bring this back to my department in order to make sure that we are productively moving along. Also clarifying, is this a priority for the City of Yellowknife and the Indigenous groups within the city, as well? Then it would change the approach of MACA and our involvement, as well, to better support what are the priorities for the city.

Question 664-19(2): Devolving Powers to Municipal Governments
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

Question 664-19(2): Devolving Powers to Municipal Governments
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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. A head's up: during the Property Assessment and Taxation Act, I am going to be requesting the ability for municipalities to implement vacancy taxes, to have land value taxes, to have different tax tools that the department won't let them. Can I get the Minister to commit that they can go away and educate themselves on what city charters and these fiscal arrangements look like in other jurisdictions, in preparation for further questions? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 664-19(2): Devolving Powers to Municipal Governments
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Paulie Chinna Sahtu

I hear the Member's passion, as well. This is not the first time he has brought this up with the charter for the City of Yellowknife and reflecting and elaborating on the taxation, as well. I want to really emphasize that this is a very sensitive issue, and it involves more parties than just the City of Yellowknife. I will provide the Member with a current update and the current status of the ongoing conversation with the Department of MACA and the City of Yellowknife. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 664-19(2): Devolving Powers to Municipal Governments
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Thebacha.

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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Frieda Martselos Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The 2017 NWT Midwifery Stakeholder Engagement Report was 75 pages long. Can the Minister tell us if her department is ready to implement all 10 recommendations to ensure that all communities have access to births in their home communities within the life of the 19th Assembly? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you for the question. As I said in February, we, the Department of Health and Social Services, have been successful in completing five out of 10 recommendations. The department continues towards moving to the completion of the remaining five recommendations, and we previously committed and continue to commit to coming up with a preliminary plan on how to implement these recommendations in June of 2021. The next phase of this plan is phase 2. If it has funding, it would provide four midwives in Yellowknife, one in Hay River, and one in Fort Smith. It would not provide a way for women who live in small communities with health cabins to have their children in their own communities. Birthing is really a centralized process. Thank you.

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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Frieda Martselos Thebacha

Can the Minister tell us how her department will implement all 10 recommendations of the 2017 midwifery report?

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

The plan is now four years old. We have committed to reviewing it. We have committed to costing out the remainder of the five recommendations, and we have said that we will provide that information by June of 2021.

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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Frieda Martselos Thebacha

Can the Minister provide a timeline for when her department expects more communities to have midwifery services in the NWT?

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Hay River and Fort Smith have midwifery services at this point, and the idea of hiring one additional midwife for each of these locations is to stabilize the program. The next community on the list for midwives is Yellowknife, and as I already said, that would require the hiring of four midwives. There are some conversations going on about how the program could be expanded beyond that. Today, this very day, there is consultation going on with Fort Resolution community members and healthcare workers to find out whether they are interested in having midwives, whether they would prefer to have a doula program or an Indigenous caregiver program. Those are the kinds of things that we would like to hear, not only in Fort Resolution, but in the Deh Cho and in Behchoko, as well.

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary. Member for Thebacha.

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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Frieda Martselos Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Can the Minister tell us when her department expects to enter into phase 2 of the midwifery service expansion? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 665-19(2): Northwest Territories Midwifery Services
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

As I've said previously in this House, phase 2 of the midwifery program does not have funding in the current budget. Thank you.