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

Another aspect of capacity building is in delivering training opportunities to residents in the region. Can the Minister detail the training opportunities available to residents?

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

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my questions are for the Minister of Transportation regarding the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, specifically about the progress the department has made to fulfill the social and environment commitments made before construction began. Quyanainni, Mr. Speaker.

Best Wishes To Nunakput Athletes Participating In 2016 Arctic Winter Games March 1st, 2016

Quyanainni, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I'd like to wish the Team NWT athletes participating in the upcoming Arctic Winter Games in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Nuuk, Greenland all the best as they gather to display sportsmanship and fair play during the circumpolar celebration. I'd like to commend the following athletes from Nunakput who are attending Arctic Sports: Gemma Gruben, Agnes Kregnektak, Cassandra Kuptana, Sophie Dufour, Dawson Elias, Jacob Pokiak, Blaine Pingo, Robin Raddy Jr., Mikayla Jacobson, Jewell Kuvik, my nephew Joel Thrasher Jr., and their coach Mr. Charles Komiak. I'd also like to commend the following athletes for the snowshoe biathlon: Lucy Anokina and Jacob Klinkenberg. I would like to wish all the athletes safe travels to and from the Arctic Winter Games. Quyanainni, Mr. Speaker.

Question 73-18(2): Medical Travel Benefits Policy February 29th, 2016

Medical travel escorts is something I hear a lot of concern about from my constituents, especially for elders. Could the Minister explain how decisions are made about escorts and how the process is being improved? Quyanini, Mr. Speaker.

Question 73-18(2): Medical Travel Benefits Policy February 29th, 2016

The Minister mentioned that the department is working to modernize the medical travel program. Could he please tell us more about the project, and what progress has been made?

Question 73-18(2): Medical Travel Benefits Policy February 29th, 2016

Quanani, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I have questions for the Minister of Health and Social Services. Medical travel is an important part of health care in the NWT, especially in Nunakput where all communities are fly-in communities, so accessing services outside the community requires air travel. This is a necessary but significant expense. Could the Minister tell us what the cost of medical travel is for the NWT, and if you're going to look at ways to reduce that cost? Quanani, Mr. Speaker.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery February 29th, 2016

Quyanini, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I'd like to recognize the Pages who are here working at the Ledge this week. Welcome all of you. Welcome to Mitchell Inuktalik who is a grade 8 student in Helen Kalvak School in Ulukhaktok. Also, welcome to Kolton Inuktalik who is a grade 9 student from Helen Kalvak School in Ulukhaktok. And also to their chaperone, Gary Okheena, who may be in the gallery. I do not see him on the other side. Gary has spent time volunteering and was recently at the Northern Dene Games Summit in Inuvik two weekends ago. Thanks, Gary, for volunteering your time towards youth and keeping our culture strong. Quyanini, Mr. Speaker.

Nunakput Health Care Services February 29th, 2016

Quyanini, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my last point: Midwifery education is important as mothers-to-be are being brought to Inuvik during the most vulnerable time before giving birth, while this should be the very strongest part, as women need support from their families during their last month of pregnancy. This concludes my statement. Quyanini.

Nunakput Health Care Services February 29th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement.

---Unanimous consent granted.

Nunakput Health Care Services February 29th, 2016

Quyanini, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I'm going to talk about the healthcare system in Nunakput. The Nunakput region is served by the Beaufort Delta Health and Social Services Authority based in Inuvik. Pharmaceutical products are flown into the community health centres from the hospital pharmacy in Inuvik. Medical travel allows people in the Beaufort Delta to access the same quality and standard of care enjoyed by most Canadians. The services in the communities: each community has a health centre, two nurses, except for Tuktoyaktuk which has a staff of five nurses who typically work a six-week rotational shift consistent with hiring practices in remote communities across Canada. This practice helps the Northwest Territories recruit and retain staff, but it does not necessarily build consistency and some people's perception of continuity to care. Some people feel nurses are very dedicated to their community and know their people, but others feel like there is a lot of turnover. This perception often varies between communities. An Inuvik-based doctor visits each community every four weeks for one to three days. Extending doctors' visits will help improve the lives of elders and youth. Each community has a designated physician in Inuvik who the nurses can call to discuss clients' issues, continuing care plans, and emergent needs.

Medication: medication is prescribed and dispensed in communities according based on the products nurses are allowed to administer. Many types of antibiotics vary, and a variety of other medications may only be prescribed by a doctor or a nurse practitioner during the visits. Requests for medications are faxed to Inuvik from outlying communities. It is among the responsibilities of the nurse in charge to monitor, including medication and operations of the health care centre.

Medical travel: As much as possible, practitioners try to arrange medical travel to achieve the most efficiency. Medical travel escorts may also be assigned by a physician and requests must be justified. Elders who require assistance, Mr. Speaker, should be accommodated to ensure that they get the best care possible while travelling. Medevacs are most frequently sent to Inuvik.

Birthing and other obstetrical services take place in Inuvik. Since 2014-2015, a nurse practitioner with midwifery training has been providing educational, prenatal and post-natal care in the Beaufort Delta region.