Roles

Elsewhere

Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Nunakput

Won her last election, in 1991, by acclaimation.

Statements in the House

Question 590-12(7): Update On Legal Interpreting Program June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, the enhancement and maintenance of languages in that category is the role of Education, Culture and Employment. As I indicated before, in that move, emphasis was retained to move to more community-based language programs. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 589-12(7): Number Of GNWT Lay-offs Due To Language Funding Cuts June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take that question as notice.

Question 589-12(7): Number Of GNWT Lay-offs Due To Language Funding Cuts June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, in terms of the decisions, they were management decisions and they were primarily at headquarters. The intent was to make sure that the community-based education and language programs were secure. So the area was headquarters that the positions were cut in.

Question 589-12(7): Number Of GNWT Lay-offs Due To Language Funding Cuts June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, in terms of the cuts to the agreement, the individuals who were laid off term positions, some of which ended and some were vacant. In French, there was 1.5 person years cut. In the aboriginal section, there were 10.5 person years cut. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 588-12(7): Responsibility For Reviewing Allocation Of Languages Funding June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, the reason is that when we attempted to approach this very important subject, it was not as clear and easy to do mainly because we have 11 different language groups and in order to come up with a broad base of our discussions, it was much more difficult than we had anticipated. So it took us longer to establish some of those guidelines. So, Mr. Speaker, perhaps we were overly optimistic at the beginning in saying we could do this much more quickly.

As well, the Members will recognize that in the interim, the language agreement with the federal government did not bear the amounts of dollars that we thought they would and that would come through in support of this important area of government policy. So there were a number of issues that got in the way and we weren't able to deal as quickly with the issue as we wanted to. So it was a series of unplanned issues that were thrown in the way of us completing those guidelines. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 588-12(7): Responsibility For Reviewing Allocation Of Languages Funding June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, in terms of the guidelines for services by government to the public set out by Cabinet, in the scope of the exercise there has been a very narrow and intense way to try to get the different departments involved, where they felt it would be appropriate to manage. The guidelines did reflect community priorities and language groups. The guidelines also indicate that it must allow departments to be accountable, and the guidelines are being translated and will be consulted by the language groups and these will be done throughout the summer. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 588-12(7): Responsibility For Reviewing Allocation Of Languages Funding June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, there is a committee of deputy ministers that meet to do the evaluation. But in their work, they would need Cabinet and MLA decisions as part of the budget. Mr. Speaker, for the year 1995-96, the criteria were French, which meets the legal obligations and infrastructure costs; and aboriginal, which maximizes community-based maintenance revitalization. These are in the agreement. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 587-12(7): Update On Motion Re Official Languages June 13th, 1995

No, Mr. Speaker. The continuation of the handbook has not been jeopardized by the assistant deputy minister's absence. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 587-12(7): Update On Motion Re Official Languages June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, at this stage, the communities have not been consulted. They will be consulted on the guidelines and also on the Education, Culture and Employment initiatives, which would involve community-based languages. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 587-12(7): Update On Motion Re Official Languages June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, the work that would be included in the process would be what is included in vote 1 and vote 4. The focus is on services to the Assembly. It would also be the work done on interpreting/translation and the role of the language bureau. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.