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Last in the Legislative Assembly March 1999, as MLA for Amittuq

Won his last election, in 1995, with 32% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Member's Statement 70-13(7): Task Force On The Future Of The Baffin Summit March 26th, 1999

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I just want to inform the House that the Baffin leaders created a subcommittee last July, 1998. The Baffin leaders held a conference in Iqaluit and they made a motion that they would create a subcommittee to oversee the operations of the Nunavut area. Mr. Goo Arlooktoo and myself were selected for this subcommittee. Our job was to review what would happen in the Baffin region if this motion went ahead.

During the past week, March 2nd, to be exact, they held another meeting in Iqaluit and considered three options as to how the subcommittee will operate and this will be on the agenda of the next annual meeting. I have sent out a letter to all the mayors in the Baffin region notifying them of the subcommittee meeting; I also sent out copies to some organizations within Baffin; and a letter to the divisional board of education and health boards in each region, to inform them that we would have a next meeting which will be very important to the people of the Baffin region. I wanted to notify the people. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. (Translation ends)

Member's Statement 68-13(7): Farewell To Western Colleagues March 25th, 1999

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do not have much to say but I would like to say farewell to my colleagues as well as to thank them for having been their colleague. Even though I might forget the names of some of the people, it is not that I do not wish them the best whether you are aboriginal, Inuk, Indian, woman or a man, all of you, I would like to thank all of you and I will say farewell to you. Also, our clerk, Mr. Hamilton, I called Davidee. We owe Mr. Hamilton, I have read his letters as well as the songs that he wrote and he was a very capable leader. He was even able to hit Goliath, a giant, that is the story we have heard many times and he is just as capable as that David and I would like to thank him very much.

Also our colleagues too, I would like to thank them as well, their wives, husbands and children. Their support is the only reason we are capable of doing our jobs and also our constituents as well as my children and my wife have supported me. That is the reason why I am capable of holding this position so I would like to thank them, as well, if I can remember correctly, I would like to thank all the people that we have worked with, Joe Arlooktook, Ipeelie Kilabuk, former MLAs James Arreak, as well as Moses Appaqaq and all those other MLAs that were from the western Arctic. I remember especially John Steen, Vince Steen's older brother, I remember him well. Also I would like to say farewell to him. Any time we will be able to meet one another in the future, although it is difficult to predict the future, I can say, I am pleased at times and I am sort of sad at times that we have to deal with some difficult issues for our constituencies.

Also our relatives who have died during the years we have been meeting here in the Legislative Assembly in our absence. Also their relatives, there are many things that we are capable of handling, with the help of God, as I have read in the Bible, I would like to thank the people who were capable of dealing with their situation and being able to deal with their grieving and been able to survive through the hardships.

I would like to also thank everyone from the western Arctic who has welcomed us with open hands. I would also like to say that it is very difficult to work on the division procedures, we had to travel through our communities to get their support for the division of the Northwest Territories. Now it is going to be a reality soon. I would like to thank everyone from the Northwest Territories as well. Thank you.

Question 24-13(7): Firearms Regulations Implementation March 23rd, 1999

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to direct my question to the Minister of Justice. This winter I gave him a question on the firearms regulations, and I have not received an answer to this point. We were given a statement that the firearms regulations were implemented in December, 1998, to the year 2000. They were going to have information programs for the general public.

We were told in Igoolik the RCMP is responsible for the firearms implementation in our region. For that reason, we will have to pay some fees, maybe approximately $25. At first, it started off as $150, and then it came down to $50, and then when you pay that fee we will be given a workshop in our area, after we have paid for the workshop fees. I do not believe this is required in our region. We are told to learn how to handle our rifles. These people are not from the Northwest Territories and they seem to be more knowledgeable about how to handle firearms. I would like to know exactly what kind of arrangements there are for firearms regulations. Thank you. (Translation ends)

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery March 23rd, 1999

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I recognize the Amittuq constituents sitting with the people from Iqaluit and the elections officers from Hall Beach, also.(Translation ends)

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery March 22nd, 1999

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize Mr. Bill Lyall, he was a former Member in 1975 and he has also been a member and president of ACL and I have also been a member with him. I just wanted to recognize him in the House. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. (Translation ends)

Member's Statement 29-13(7): Acknowledgement Of Support March 16th, 1999

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and your Honour. I think I have to also thank, first of all, people that we had just heard, the aboriginal organizations that have been developing in their regions since the 1970's. I knew the people when I was representing ACL, some of the Dene people are represented in the cooperative movement. Also for a federation of cooperative federation had membership from the Dene regions, as well as the Inuit regions. They are very well represented and have good representation from the Dene areas. I would like to thank them very much for helping me out.

I would like to thank, as well, my constituents from Igloolik as well as Hall Beach who have elected me, even though I was not elected in majority. I would like to thank the people who voted for me. Also all of my fellow Inuit, even though I will not be attending the Nunavut Legislature, we are always involved in the decision-making process, so I will be helping both sides of the western Legislature as well as the eastern Legislature. Our representatives who are going to be representing us from my region, I will be helping and supporting them in regard to financial matters. The financial situation in Nunavut will have to be taken care of and even though we are not going to be right at the legislation part, we will support the MLAs in that region from the eastern Arctic. I will be seeing them in that area, I am sure. Thank you.(Translation ends)

Question 271-13(6): Community Nursing Services December 8th, 1998

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to thank the Minister for his response but I would also like to see his response in writing. I will thank the Minister in advance and let him know that there is more of an adequate number of staff in Igloolik right now, as it is. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. (Translation ends.)

Question 271-13(6): Community Nursing Services December 8th, 1998

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think the Minister has misunderstood my question. I was talking about policies concerning ratio and the number of nursing staff required in the communities. That was the policy that I was asking about and I think he will remember that correspondence. Thank you. (Translation ends.)

Question 271-13(6): Community Nursing Services December 8th, 1998

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question will be directed to the Minister of Health and Social Services. For a number of months past, possibly closer to a year, the Mayor of Igloolik had written correspondence to the Minister concerning health and social services and what the policies are regarding programs. I wrote to the Minister myself, requesting that he make a response to the Mayor of Igloolik. I am wondering if the Minister will be able to respond either to myself or the hamlet, prior to the end of this session. I am assuming that the Minister understands my request because I

did give him a letter earlier this month. Thank you. (Translation ends.)

Question 250-13(6): Relocation Of Hall Beach Grave Sites December 4th, 1998

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, during my Member's statement, I referred to an old issue which should not just die without any result arising from the concern. My question will be directed to the current government leader, who was the Deputy Premier during the tenure of our prior Premier, and I am sure he is aware of issues ongoing within this government and the responses which I have not received regarding the relocation of the grave sites in Hall Beach.

I want to know how he can help me pursue this matter with the federal government if the need arises. What is the process that I need to follow? For example, if there is an alleged crime or matter that was carried out, which the people are not happy with eventually you have a means of taking it to the courts to have it resolved. Does the Deputy Premier have any answers to solving this issue? Thank you, Mr. Speaker. (Translation ends)