Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Thebacha
Lost her last election, in 2011, with 22% of the vote.
Statements in the House
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I listened with interest to the comments the Member for Aivilik made. I recognize that's probably how the official languages, particularly in that riding, work. They ensure the enhancement and preservation of that language in those areas. However, I do want to note for the record that in the many other ridings, particularly in the west, the struggle to maintain many of the aboriginal languages is getting more difficult because of the lack of available teachers to teach those languages. In as much as it's carried out in the eastern part of the territories, it is not as easy as it sounds in the west. That is why we're very concerned that official languages other than English are taught as part of the education program, so the students have the opportunities and choices Mrs. Thompson speaks about.
I do know that even in our schools it's very, very difficult to get Cree or Chipewyan taught as a language of instruction, mainly because of the act; we just don't have the qualified instructors to teach it.
I just wanted to make that comment that it's something that people in the west are still struggling with, and there is a valid concern that aboriginal languages are almost going to become eliminated. I look at the generation of even my parents to myself, I think of my mother having to speak about four languages and all I can speak is English. It wasn't taught at home, but it's just that I know it wasn't encouraged in the school system. It wasn't as readily available in the west as it is in the east in the school system. So I certainly hope that we can make every effort to address this concern that's happening in the west with respect to aboriginal languages. Thank you.
Mr. Chairman, I move that we defer clause 71.
Mr. Chairman, I have to ask if you could look up at the Members, because even though Members are saying agreed, you don't have a tendency to see whether or not our hands are up.
However, it's not clause 70 I am concerned about. It's clause 71.
Mr. Chairman, I would like to move that we defer clause 61.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I just wanted to make the comment that it does seem to be difficult. At times, the boards feel it is a detriment to the ability to adjust staffing, particularly with this time frame. But, I'm sure if the act allows the boards to have as much authority as it appears to, they may be able to address this at a later time. Is that possible? Thank you.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. There does seem to be some confusion going on and I apologize but I didn't quite hear fully the explanation Mr. Gerein gave the House. So, I would like to ask him if he would repeat his comments. Thank you.
He said the deputy minister.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. First of all, regarding clause 61, there is a concern with respect to the notice of transfer for a teacher to be at least 60 days before the school ends. It appears that the time frame does not give the boards adequate notice to advise teachers of transfers. It causes some problems, and I would like to ask the Minister his viewpoints on that.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Clause 53 to basically clause 57 is all with respect to the ability to transfer teachers, the ability to discipline teachers, et cetera. With regard to clause 53(2), on termination notice, the clause indicates that it be given 60 days before the day set as the closing day of the school. So 60 days prior to the closing of a school, that termination notice has to be given.
There has been concern with respect to the board's ability to transfer within jurisdiction because of the time frame, and it appeared that 60 days did not seem to give reasonable time or reasonable notice. I am wondering whether or not I can get some comment on that.
I know from the perspective of the South Slave divisional board that this type of notice should be given a little bit more than what was initially proposed. I am just trying to go back to the initial proposal which was at least 60 days. It hasn't been amended in any way throughout this amended act. Is there a method that can address this, giving reasonable notice?
Mr. Chairman, I had my hand up to address clause 53.
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