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Bill 98: An Act to Amend the Emergency Management Act, Carried
Second Reading Of Bills

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Kam Lake. The motion is in order. To the principle of the bill. I will allow the Member for Monfwi to do closing comments. Thank you.

Bill 98: An Act to Amend the Emergency Management Act, Carried
Second Reading Of Bills

Jane Weyallon Armstrong Monfwi

Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It's good to hear what my colleagues think of this, of the bill. Mr. Speaker, you know that everybody knows climate change is here. It's -- maybe it's here to stay, or it's going -- you know, it's going to be different next year. We're not too sure, you know. But at this time, we are dealing with hot and dry weather. Minister of ECC said on the news article -- in a newspaper that this year he knew it was going to be a dry and hot summer, yet we feel they did not do enough to fight the fire that went -- that, you know, like, that burned out of control. And in the process, with the evacuations and all that, it created a lot of chaos. It displaced a lot of our people. Yes, I understand about 6.4(b), the local authority, but the local authority is not Indigenous government or Indigenous organizations. So what we're trying to do is that we want to put Indigenous government, to recognize Indigenous government or Indigenous organizations to work with us in coordinations, in coordinating some kind of -- to work with our organizations -- I'm sorry, I'm just a little bit upset here because -- to work with us, to work with the Indigenous government to do a better job of coordinating a plan. Instead, what they did now is, like -- I mean, like, just like one of my colleagues says, what happened in the south. We lost some members from the North, you know, and we are worried about the vulnerable people. So that's why we wanted to put in here Indigenous government, to recognize the Indigenous government. We cannot be second class citizen anymore, and that's what you guys are doing. This is what the government is doing. We're second class. Like, all this was happening in our land and we were -- we were not consulted. Tlicho government was not consulted. Other Indigenous government were not consulted about the state of emergency and about the evacuation that was going to happen in Yellowknife because that state of emergency put our life at risk, and there's still 28 communities that we have to consider. And that 28 communities and they're still, okay, half of Yellowknife is gone, or almost all of Yellowknife population is gone, and along with the South Slave, but there's still 15,000 people here. And it is us that's going to be here, not -- we know we lost some -- some Northwest Territories residents as a result of all this, as a result of the evacuation. Some of them are not going to come back. We know that, you know.

So I wanted to say that, Mr. Speaker, in times like this, many of our elders have said, you know, we may not like each other but make an effort to work with each other to move forward. We should put our political difference aside and try to work with each other to support each other to move this government forward. This is not about us. It's not about the Cabinet. It's not about all the Regular MLAs. It is about the people of the Northwest Territories. So we don't have to go through another chaos like this, because the climate change is here to stay. And the expert that Minister keep referring to, well the expert needs help. They need to work well with the Indigenous government, Indigenous knowledge. For me, I don't consider them expert because they did not include the traditional knowledge. They did not include our elders who are the keepers of the land. And you guys, all of you, all of you Indigenous should know this. Thank you.

Bill 98: An Act to Amend the Emergency Management Act, Carried
Second Reading Of Bills

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Monfwi. The motion is in order. To the principle of the bill. Member for Thebacha.

Bill 98: An Act to Amend the Emergency Management Act, Carried
Second Reading Of Bills

Frieda Martselos Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I too want to just thank the mover of the motion and the seconder for their intent of the motion. I think a good review that will take place with the next Assembly will be -- we'll know what happened and what was wrong and what was right and -- but I'm not going to be questioning some of the -- you know, I want to remain calm because that's what my constituents would appreciate. I know for a fact as a former chief of the Salt River First Nation that I've been chief for 14 years, and Indigenous governments in the community of Fort Smith were always kept informed throughout the steps of every step until the evacuation. The mayor and council and the person in charge of EMO in Fort Smith was -- were all consulted, including myself. And I was always updated by the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Minister of ECC. I was always kept informed and, you know, I'm not a computer person. Everybody knows that. And so they either text me and then I'd look at my emails, because I know how to do that, and I was able to navigate everything that I've done for the people of Fort Smith. At this point, I really do not want to sound like -- you know, there might have been some communication gaps but those communication gaps were for me to make sure that the communication gap was addressed. Every MLA has to do that. That's my job. I was, like I said previously, the 1-800 number. I'm not going to be questioning what the first responders are doing or not doing. It's not up to me because I know they're trying to save my community, which is still at risk. Okay, when you have 30-degree -- 30-degree Celsius at this time of year, that's unusual, but I will not be saying that we have to go ahead and go ahead and do the EMO bill that -- the private Member's bill that's before us. I will not be supporting that at this time. You can't do that in the middle of the emergency. There's a time and place for everything. And in the next Assembly, or in the next sitting in September, we'll have a debate on this. And I will not be supporting the amendment of Bill 98 in the second -- in this second reading. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 98: An Act to Amend the Emergency Management Act, Carried
Second Reading Of Bills

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Thebacha. The motion is in order. To the principle of the bill.

Bill 98: An Act to Amend the Emergency Management Act, Carried
Second Reading Of Bills

Some Hon. Members

Question.

Bill 98: An Act to Amend the Emergency Management Act, Carried
Second Reading Of Bills

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Question has been called. Pursuant to Rule 10.3(1), this will be a recorded vote. The clerk shall call out each Member. Please reply with your vote either in favour, opposed, or abstaining. Mr. Clerk.

Recorded Vote
Second Reading Of Bills

August 28th, 2023

Clerk Of The House Mr. Glen Rutland

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This is a recorded vote on second reading of Bill 98. The Member for Monfwi.

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Jane Weyallon Armstrong Monfwi

I support. In favour.

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Clerk Of The House Mr. Glen Rutland

Thank you. The Member for Great Slave.

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Katrina Nokleby Great Slave

Strongly in favour.

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Clerk Of The House Mr. Glen Rutland

Thank you. The Member for Nahendeh.

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Opposed.

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Clerk Of The House Mr. Glen Rutland

The Member for Yellowknife South.

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

In favour.