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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 2019, as MLA for Nunakput

Lost his last election, in 2019, with 19% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 113-18(2): Cost Of Living In Nunakput March 3rd, 2016

Quyanini, Mr. Speaker. In my Member's statement today I spoke to the fact that the communities in Nunakput, especially those with only barge and airline services, face the highest cost of living in the NWT. There are federal programs like Nutrition North that are supposed to help, but the program is flawed and it is hard to see the benefits to Nunakput residents. Can the Minister of Finance tell the Assembly what this government is doing to engage with the federal government on changes to programs like Nutrition North that will benefit my constituents? Quyanini, Mr. Speaker.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery March 3rd, 2016

Quyanini, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome my new constituency assistant Ora Williamson-Mercredi. Welcome to the gallery. Also, Mr. Denny Rodgers who works for the Inuvialuit Development Corporation in Inuvik. I don't see him but I sense he's back there. ---Laughter

And also to everyone in the gallery, welcome. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Cost Of Living In Nunakput March 3rd, 2016

Quyanini, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to talk about the costs of living in Nunakput. Nunakput communities have among the highest community price index in the Northwest Territories. Prices are almost twice as high as in Yellowknife, and Nunakput communities do not benefit from highway or infrastructure. Goods are barged or flown into the communities. Still, labour and professional services are not always available. For example, doctors and tradespeople are flown in. People fly to Inuvik or Yellowknife for medical treatment. A flight from Inuvik to Ulukhaktok in one of our northern carriers costs as much as $2,700, and a flight from Inuvik to Yellowknife around $900. A southern vacation is out of the reach for a typical family. Medical travel costs are a serious burden to our healthcare system in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. Fuel prices are set by the government’s Petroleum Products Division. They are fixed based on the rate that was paid in annual bulk fuel price purchases. People in communities served by the PPD are protected from spikes in the price of fuel, but they do not benefit when prices go down. The high cost of living has a devastating effect on elders and other people on fixed incomes. It is hard to encourage people to stay in their own homes when they struggle to pay for home heating fuel and groceries. The price of fuel to go out on the land harvest traditional foods can be prohibitive. If you're unsuccessful in hunting, should you have spent that money at the store? Some people have to take this avenue as there are no guarantees when hunting, and if you are successful, would you still share with an elder who was not part of your family? As we continue to debate the mandate of the 18th Legislative Assembly and begin our work as MLAs, we must be mindful that people in Nunakput and all of our ridings are struggling to have a comfortable place to live and enough food to eat. We must work together to find ways to reduce the cost of living for people in the Arctic such as developing alternative energy sources and engaging in federal government improvements through the Nutrition North program, while looking at creative ways for larger centres to assist smaller communities. At the appropriate time, I will have questions for the Minister of Finance. Quyanini, Mr. Speake

Question 104-18(2): Suicide Prevention And Awareness Programs March 2nd, 2016

Quyanini, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, can the Minister provide some examples of things being done in the Nunakput riding to address suicide? Quyanini, Mr. Speaker.

Question 104-18(2): Suicide Prevention And Awareness Programs March 2nd, 2016

Adding to that, is the department doing anything to build on these programs?

Question 104-18(2): Suicide Prevention And Awareness Programs March 2nd, 2016

There is no single cause of suicide, but one of the warning signs is withdrawal from family and friends. What resources are available to directly support someone who might be thinking about suicide if they are withdrawn from those who might have intervened to help them?

Question 104-18(2): Suicide Prevention And Awareness Programs March 2nd, 2016

Quyanini, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today my question is for the Minister of Health and Social Services. Suicide is a major concern in the NWT and particularly in the Beaufort Delta region where we have the highest rates of suicide in the territory. Suicide is preventable and most people who die by suicide show warning signs. What is the department doing to prevent suicide and raise awareness of the issue in the NWT? Quyanini, Mr. Speaker.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery March 2nd, 2016

Quanani, Mr. Speaker. I would also like to acknowledge Geoff Ray in the gallery. I was with Geoff Ray when his team won the $600,000 of the Arctic Inspiration Prize, so welcome, Geoff.

Question 85-18(2): Social And Economic Commitments Related To The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway Project March 1st, 2016

Quyanainni, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, can the Minister provide assurance that the department is implementing its environment stewardship responsibilities for this project? Quyanainni, Mr. Speaker.

Question 85-18(2): Social And Economic Commitments Related To The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway Project March 1st, 2016

During the environmental assessment for the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway project, the Department of Transportation made many commitments about reducing its impacts on the environment and the people of the Inuvialuit settlement region. My question is: how does the department track its progress on these commitments, and how is the department measuring its performance against those commitments?