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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 16-18(2): Supporting A Local Workforce February 19th, 2016

My follow-up question is: How are local people involved in the Skills 4 Success Initiative Action Plan. Quyanini, Mr. Speaker.

Question 16-18(2): Supporting A Local Workforce February 19th, 2016

My second question is: When will the NWT labour market forecast be available to the public?

Question 16-18(2): Supporting A Local Workforce February 19th, 2016

How did Education, Culture and Employment determine which areas of employment to focus their efforts on?

Question 16-18(2): Supporting A Local Workforce February 19th, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Residents of Nunakput are leaving the region to work in other parts of Canada around the world. Recruiting Northern residents is key to keeping our language and cultures in the workplace strong. I believe that we need to start implementing northern education for northern residents. Land claim agreements and on-the-land programs are important programs that need to be part of the curriculum in everyday life in schools in the North. The NWT is one of the most diverse regions in Canada and around the world. Take a look at the fur industry. This is a great example. The Junior Kindergarten Program is an effective way to give children in the North an opportunity to assert a good education and I encourage this program to continue. By the tone of my voice, you probably know who I'm going to ask this question. This is towards the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. Are there any programs in place to ensure that our new graduates and skilled workers stay in the NWT? Quyanini.

Recognizing The Cultural Contribution Of Gerald Kisoun February 19th, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Welcome everybody. Good morning. During my statements, I'm going to celebrate people who have contributed to our society, both in the Gwich'in and Inuvialuit regions of Nunakput and Inuvialuit. Today I'm going to commend Mr. Gerry Kisoun. I'm going to speak a few notes on Gerry right now. Gerry was born in the Mackenzie Delta during 1953. Gerry grew up as a trapper, like myself, and growing up on the trapline you realize the hardships of life and then you celebrate the rest. Gerry moved to Inuvik and Aklavik in 1956, today known as Inuvik, the East-3. Gerry attended Sir Alexander Mackenzie School and then attended Samuel Hearne Secondary School during his high school years. Gerry, in 1971, joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After seeing service in Alberta and the Yukon, Gerry eventually worked back to the Northwest Territories in the RCMP and retired in 1996. After retiring from the RCMP, Gerry took a position with Parks Canada and the Western Arctic Field Unit working with visitor services, which today is known as the Parks Canada Western Arctic Field Unit, which he retired from in 2013. Today, Gerry guides with the tourism company called Tundra North Tours, guiding and sharing many great stories of the people of the Mackenzie Delta. Gerry is from Inuvialuit and Gwich'in background. With his wife Rosa, Gerry has four children and five grandchildren. Gerry has been involved in many, many areas that pertain to our people. Gerry took part in northern games since his teenage years, and continues to do so today. Gerry volunteered many hours with our Muskrat Jamboree, northern games, and other activities in our region, including the Northern Dene Games Summit, which is going on its fourth year now in Inuvik. Gerry sits on a number of boards, which take a good portion of his time. Also, Gerry is a recipient of the RCMP Long Service Medal in Canada, the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen's Jubilee Medal and, most recently, the Polar Medal. During 2011, Gerry was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of Northwest Territories and was reappointed to another three-year term in 2014. Today, I just want to commend Gerry and thank him for keeping the Gwich'in and Inuvialuit culture strong and respectful. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 5-18(2): Addressing Homelessness In The Nunakput Constituency February 18th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, my question is: given the cost in transportation in the Northwest Territories and especially in Nunakput where transportation is the furthest in the North, I'm asking the Minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation if they would consider building modular homes in the community due to the window of opportunity to transport and construct in the fall season? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 5-18(2): Addressing Homelessness In The Nunakput Constituency February 18th, 2016

My question is: would the NWT Housing Corporation consider building single units in Nunakput communities?

Question 5-18(2): Addressing Homelessness In The Nunakput Constituency February 18th, 2016

Are there any specific projects the NWT Housing Corporation is supporting in Nunakput?

Question 5-18(2): Addressing Homelessness In The Nunakput Constituency February 18th, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister responsible for housing. The constituents in Nunakput raised the issue of the lack of housing which is linked to homelessness for many young adults who are single and also raising families. My question is: how is the NWT Housing Corporation addressing homelessness in Nunakput?

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery February 18th, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to welcome a couple of members from Nunakput, Laila Noksana, Whitney Carpenter, and also William Greenland, who's in the House, and also Chief Ernest Betsina, and also everyone in the gallery, welcome. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.