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Last in the Legislative Assembly February 1995, as MLA for Aivilik

Won his last election, in 1991, with 35% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question O77-12(2): Participation Of Communities In Housing Issues February 18th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. When I was ready for my supplementary question, question period was over. My question is going to be to the Minister of the Housing Corporation. I appreciated his response; however, it was approximately six minutes ago that the government made an indication to my colleague for High Arctic that they are liable to make an agreement and withdraw it at their own will. Will the Housing Minister ensure to the communities that because we do not have a Board of Directors of the Housing Corporation, we are politically liable -- we have to appear half intelligent when we come to the communities, and I will not be able to tell them that the government has changed its mind after they signed the agreement. Will there be some sort of protection for the communities in the amendment that the type of thing that my friend here is talking about will not occur when the amendment to the Housing Corporation Act is made to eliminate the board of directors?

Question O74-12(2): Elimination Of NWT Housing Corporation Board Of Directors February 18th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation. He recommended that the Housing Corporation Board be eliminated to save the government some money. However, the Housing Corporation Board of Directors was formed to protect the interest of the people, especially in the Eastern Arctic, which is very far from government headquarters, so that we would have an independent board and have delivery of housing programs more equitable everywhere. In order to eliminate the Housing Corporation Board, there will be a requirement for an amendment to the NWT Housing Corporation Act. Will he be putting an amendment forward to protect the small communities who will have to deal, once again, with a housing corporation which is very far from their communities?

Question O70-12(2): Fishing In The Cumberland Sound Area February 18th, 1992

Mr. Speaker, there is a great concern. There was a report yesterday about the problem in the Newfoundland cod fisheries and, here we go again, we are planning to do exactly the same thing in the Arctic. In Pangnirtung the fishing is very small and the individual groups are depending on the fish in that very ocean. Cumberland Sound is not very large, and if we are going to have the same practice which they have in the Atlantic Ocean, for the cod fisheries off Newfoundland, would the Minister have a long-term, futuristic attitude toward the issuing of the licences? We are hoping that there will be other considerations made and that he will participate fully in that, other than waiting for the federal government to decide unilaterally.

Question O70-12(2): Fishing In The Cumberland Sound Area February 18th, 1992

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The eastern people are going to be fishing in the near future. Are we going to be involved in the hearings regarding this fishery? While they are requesting the licences in the Eastern Arctic, are we going to be involved in this process? Thank you.

Question O70-12(2): Fishing In The Cumberland Sound Area February 18th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Renewable Resources. You probably know about the request for fishing licences in the Cumberland Sound. I do not know the exact zone numbers, but the Makivik Corporation and Qikiqtaaluk Corporation jointly are planning to use the bottom-scraping method. Something is

apparently quite environmentally dangerous. But I have not yet received anything, and being from the Eastern Arctic, being community-based, I have not received any information from the Minister's office as to what the federal department's intentions are in that respect. We have not received anything on how we might participate in the hearing or any other forum. Will the Minister be supplying us, from the federal government, information as to how we will be able to participate in that decision-making?

Question O65-12(2): Philosophy Of Education System In Teaching Survival February 18th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. A few years back the government introduced a $10 per day fine for a child not attending school who was under the age of 16. Looking through the books of CEC, otherwise known as the community education council, I have never seen a receipt that indicates a $10 fine to the parent whose child is not attending.

How can you introduce anything like that? There are two ways you can do it. One is campaigning very aggressively for the children to succeed. The other one is, that you can use the form of punishment which has been introduced in legislation, to have a fine of $10 per day for a student who is not attending. I have never seen anything like that yet. Will the department, when reporting to the Member for Keewatin Central, include how aggressively they are pursuing that?

Question O65-12(2): Philosophy Of Education System In Teaching Survival February 18th, 1992

My question is not what curriculum is being used in the school system, whether in the high school or Arctic College. My question is the philosophy of the Education department in regard to the survival of the society with dignity and pride. The survival with dignity and pride means that you have become a success independent from assistance required from the government or any other means. Can he include that philosophy of education, and how they could make it successful, in the report asked for by the Member for Keewatin Central?

Question O65-12(2): Philosophy Of Education System In Teaching Survival February 18th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Education. Traditionally the education system of the Inuit has been very aggressive and very thorough to ensure that the young adults become knowledgeable of the environment, the climate, the marine mammals, the land mammals, and everything else that survival requires when you become an adult; and not only survival but livelihood, happiness and security. Otherwise I think we would have all perished. My question to the Minister is, in his report to the Member for Keewatin Central, would he include how aggressively the Department of Education is also pursuing that type of principle?

Question O47-12(2): Delay Of Court Hearings Resulting In Suicide February 17th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Justice. (Translation) As you heard the Member for Amittuq speaking about Neevee Allianak who committed suicide -- I have found that the people in my constituency who are waiting to go through the court process have a very difficult time in that it causes them to commit suicide because they are dreading the moment they have to go through the court system. (Translation ends)

They wait three or four months, and it becomes psychologically and emotionally difficult for young people to deal with this. In a lot of cases they commit suicide or attempt to commit suicide. Will the Minister look into a community-based judicial system in the aboriginal communities in order to prevent undue delay for people accused of small crimes?

Question O4-12(2): Problem With Water Reservoir, Chesterfield Inlet February 12th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs. A letter was sent to the Minister from Titi Kadluk, mayor of the hamlet council of Chesterfield Inlet, regarding the problem they had with the water reservoir. Has the Minister responded to that letter? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.