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Oral Question 774-19(2): Hay River Homeless Shelter
Oral Questions

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Paulie Chinna Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. With the efforts with the RCMP units that we are currently constructing and the agreement that we do have, the RCMP units are issued to be completed next year but we do have a delivery throughout the Northwest Territories, and there is questions about what are they going to be doing with the federal units that are available in the specific communities. So the Housing Corporation has been in contact with the federal government as well in looking at future programming that we can offer at the community level and recognizing that -- that we do have nonprofit organizations in Hay River. This is a key for us, for the Housing Corporation that we would be able to work in partnership with this organization and hopefully be able to establish specific programming that we would be able to work with those -- work with those individuals as well.

But not only that, I also wanted to recognize that we do have other outreach as well, too, in looking at food delivery that is in the community. Like, I'm not too sure about that specific, but we're trying to work in conjunction in the community of Hay River to making sure that we do acknowledge and work with the homeless population. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Oral Question 774-19(2): Hay River Homeless Shelter
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Speaker

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary. Member for Hay River South.

Oral Question 774-19(2): Hay River Homeless Shelter
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Rocky Simpson Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I'd ask the Minister, you know, to be proactive in this, and maybe her department is, and, you know, have somebody from, you know, her district office reach out to the Department of Health, people there, like, the Hay River health centre, and some of the other groups and the mayor, I guess, and, you know, it has to be a meeting that has to take place to talk about this issue, and, you know, and to come to some resolve here before winter. So, you know, everybody talks about it but nobody makes the first move, and, you know, I've been trying to put the bug in everybody's ear to make this happen. So I'm hoping that the department can maybe, you know, take a lead on it. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Oral Question 774-19(2): Hay River Homeless Shelter
Oral Questions

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Paulie Chinna Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, that bug is in my ear. And I have been working with departments as well too and I will keep the Member informed as we go forward. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Oral Question 774-19(2): Hay River Homeless Shelter
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Speaker

Thank you, Minister. Colleagues, our time for oral questions has expired. Written questions. Returns to written questions. Replies to Commissioner's address. Petitions. Reports of committees on the review of bills. Reports of standing and special committees. Tabling of documents. Minister responsible for Finance.

Tabled Document 429-19(2): Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 for the Period April 1 to March 31, 2021 Tabled Document 430-19(2): Project Charter for Government of the Northwest Territories - NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines COVID Recovery Working Group Tabled Document 431-19(2): Funding Support for Airlines
Tabling Of Documents

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following three documents: "Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 for the period of April 1st to March 31st, 2021;" "Project Charter for GNWT-Chamber of Mines COVID Recovery Working Group;" and "Funding Support for Airlines." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 429-19(2): Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 for the Period April 1 to March 31, 2021 Tabled Document 430-19(2): Project Charter for Government of the Northwest Territories - NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines COVID Recovery Working Group Tabled Document 431-19(2): Funding Support for Airlines
Tabling Of Documents

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Speaker

Thank you, Minister. Tabling of documents. Government House Leader.

Tabled Document 432-19(2): Plain Languages Summary for Bill 33, National Indigenous Peoples Day Act
Tabling Of Documents

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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document: "Plain Language Summary for Bill 33, National Indigenous Peoples Day Act." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 433-19(2): 2019-2020 Annual Report of the Northwest Territories Equal Pay Commissioner Tabled Document 434-19(2): Addressing the Gender Wage Gap, Proactive Pay, and Equity Legislation, a publication of the Pay Equity Division of the Canadian Human Rights Commission Tabled Document 435-19(2): Electoral Boundaries Commission, 2021 Terms of Reference Tabled Document 436-19(2): Summary of Members Absences of the Period February 3, 2021 to May 26, 2021
Tabling Of Documents

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Speaker

Thank you, Government House Leader. Tabling of documents. Colleagues, pursuant to Section 40.23-2 of the Public Service Act, I wish to table the "2019-2020 Annual Report of the Equal Pay Commissioner for the Northwest Territories." I also wish to table a document, provided for information purposes, by the Equal Pay Commissioner entitled "Addressing the Gender Wage Gap, Proactive Pay, and Equity Legislation, a publication of the Pay Equity Division of the Canadian Human Rights Commission". Tabling of documents.

Members, I wish to table the "Terms of Reference for the Electoral Boundaries Commission 2021." Thank you. Tabling of documents.

Colleagues, pursuant to Section 5 of the Indemnities, Allowances and Expenses Regulations of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, I wish to table the "Summary of Members' Absences for the period February 3rd, 2021 to May 26, 2021." Thank you. Tabling of documents. Notices of motion. Motions. Member for Frame Lake.

Motion 37-19(2): Creation of a Northwest Territories Food Security Strategy, Carried
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. WHEREAS this 19th Assembly agreed in its priorities to increase food security through locally produced, harvested, and affordable food;

WHEREAS the Northwest Territories has the second highest level of food security in Canada as defined by Statistics Canada;

WHEREAS in a 2018 survey of Northwest Territories residents, 23 percent were worried about not having enough food -- money for food and in some communities, it was greater than 50 percent;

AND WHEREAS the Northwest Territories' food system is extremely fragile and dependent on global markets, which the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront, including our reliance on imported food; near complete dependence on corporately-owned grocery stores to feed residents; critical dependence on winter roads, trucking industry, and aviation sector to re-supply communities; unknown food storage in community-based freezers, fridges, and pantries; our unlimited -- or our uncertain and limited food supply chains and lack of systemic incentives that encourage territorial food solutions; whereas the federal government is yet to make the fundamental changes to the Nutrition North program that will best assist Northwest Territories residents with food security;

AND WHEREAS there are gaps in our current food security initiatives and the lack of coordination in current programs and services that cut across several departments; and whereas there is a need for a variety of programs, services, legislative and regulatory changes required to increase support for community and family renewable resource harvesting, availability of lands for agricultural purposes, support for small-scale food production; education and training in food production and storage and clear guidance for the preparation and retail of locally-produced products and more,

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Thebacha, that the Government of the Northwest Territories develop a Food Security Strategy by engaging Northwest Territories residents, harvesters, and agricultural producers, develop a coordinated and comprehensive approach to programs and services with specific targets, actions and timelines; and, further, that the Premier appoint a Minister responsible for Food Security to lead this work;

AND FURTHER, that the Food Security Strategy include the following:

The Government of the Northwest Territories prioritize the development of a Food Security Strategy based on lessons learned from community-based food security initiatives and to complete this strategy in 12 to 18 months;

The Government of the Northwest Territories begin interdepartmentally advancing food security by identifying principles for NWT food security over the next four months;

The Government of the Northwest Territories coordinate the income assistance review with the development of a Northwest Territories Food Security Strategy to ensure the most vulnerable residents have access to affordable and nutritious food;

The Government of the Northwest Territories review the effectiveness of all Government of the Northwest Territories food security funding programs as based on the principles for achieving Northwest Territories food security and to revise program funding where necessary over six to 12 months;

The Government of the Northwest Territories implement community-based food security coordinators in the most food insecure communities in the Northwest Territories;

The Government of the Northwest Territories remove all of its legislative regulatory barriers over the next 12 months to facilitate regional sharing of harvested meat or other products -- other food products;

The Government of the Northwest Territories pilot an initiative immediately that improves the effectiveness of community-based freezers, kitchens, and food preparation and food -- food -- storage programs in the highest risk communities and use this experience to inform the development of the food security strategy;

The Government of the Northwest Territories develop and implement tracking of local food production, set specific targets to improve food security; and,

The Government of the Northwest Territories develop and implement a Northwest Territories food security website with email and phone contacts immediately so there is a clear point of contact in the Government of the Northwest Territories to track community concerns and advance initiatives; and, furthermore,

That the government respond to this motion within 120 days. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 37-19(2): Creation of a Northwest Territories Food Security Strategy, Carried
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Speaker

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Motion is in order. To the motion. Member for Frame Lake.

Motion 37-19(2): Creation of a Northwest Territories Food Security Strategy, Carried
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. It's been a long week. I'm not going to take up too much time, but I just -- I want to encourage all Members of the House to support this. I've heard a couple of concerns raised about this - how much is this going to cost. I would actually ask how much would it cost if we don't do this? We need to ensure that our residents have access to food, nutritious food, affordable food, not just now during this pandemic but into the future as well. So what's the cost of not doing this?

The other concern I guess that I've heard raised is that the government is already doing this work. Well, if that work is underway, it hasn't been communicated very well to this side of the House. What we have received is a rather long laundry list of initiatives that are underway that may increase food security, but what we really need is better coordination and leadership, and what we suggest here is that there be a Minister appointed to lead this up, a Minister responsible for Food Security. So I would encourage all my colleagues to support this motion. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I request a recorded vote. Thanks.

Motion 37-19(2): Creation of a Northwest Territories Food Security Strategy, Carried
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Speaker

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Motion is in order. To the motion. Member for Yellowknife North.

Motion 37-19(2): Creation of a Northwest Territories Food Security Strategy, Carried
Motions

June 4th, 2021

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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. One of the priorities of this Assembly was to increase food security to locally produced, harvested, and affordable food. There was a number of mandate commitments made in there. And my experience as a Member is that that mandate item is presently the responsibility of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Health and Social Services, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Lands. And I've asked many questions about food security, and I've found it very difficult to try and get those departments to coordinate on the importance of this issue. And I asked this of the prior 19th Assembly. I think it's safe to say that all Members believe in food security, and we saw the fragility of our supply lines during COVID-19, and, really, we don't want to live in a territory where children go hungry because a hungry child can't be educated. It sets them up for the rest of their lives. So food security is a priority. And I believe that we've set out some clear and tangible solutions. We've perhaps asked for a couple of the timelines in the mandate to be kicked up a little faster and made this a bit more of a priority. But I'm happy to support this motion. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 37-19(2): Creation of a Northwest Territories Food Security Strategy, Carried
Motions

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Speaker

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife North. Motion is in order. To the motion. Government House Leader.