Mar 30 2015

NWT Minister of Education hosts sessions on innovation in Aboriginal education

BANFF, AB (March 27, 2015) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty hosted sessions on new and innovative approaches to education in the North at the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Professions (ISTP) in Banff, Alberta on March 29-30, 2015.

On March 28th, Minister Lafferty took part in discussions surrounding the critical changes that we must make to ensure that education is relevant and equitable for Aboriginal students.

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Mar 27 2015

Regional Tourism Stakeholder Conference puts focus on communities

HAY RIVER (March 27, 2015) – Raising awareness of the economic and social benefits of community-based tourism was the focus of a two-day Regional Tourism Stakeholder Conference last week in Hay River.

Over 30 community government representatives and 10 tourism operators from the South Slave and Dehcho Regions attended the conference. The event was hosted by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) and Northwest Territories Tourism (NWTT) and was supported by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).

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Mar 26 2015

GNWT energy functions to be consolidated in PWS

Yellowknife (March 26, 2015) – On April 1st 2015, the Government of the Northwest Territories will be consolidating energy related functions within the department of Public Works and Services (PWS).

The new energy activity will be comprised of functions currently in the departments of Public Works and Services, Environment and Natural Resources, Industry, Tourism and Investment and the Northwest Territories Energy Corporation that deal with energy policy and planning, research, programs and project delivery.

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Mar 26 2015

Public input sought to develop the NWT Oil and Gas Strategy

YELLOWKNIFE (March 26, 2015) – The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) invites residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) to provide input into the development of the NWT Oil and Gas Strategy through an online survey.

“The NWT Oil and Gas Strategy will provide a plan to develop the territory’s vast petroleum resources in a safe and responsible manner while encouraging lasting economic growth and opportunities for the people of the NWT,” said ITI Minister David Ramsay.  “To ensure the priorities of all communities are reflected, I encourage the public to provide their input and help us shape the future of the petroleum industry in this territory.”

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Mar 24 2015

Fly fishing television show provides tourism exposure for NWT lodge

YELLOWKNIFE (March 24, 2015) – Millions of households across North America will get a glimpse of the excellent fishing opportunities and spectacular tourism adventures available in the Northwest Territories (NWT) on the popular television show, The New Fly Fisher.  The show featured Hearne Lake Lodge in an episode that first aired on March 21, 2015 on the World Fishing Network (WFN) and will continue to air on other networks later this year.

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Mar 24 2015

Nearly 85% of decentralized positions staffed

YELLOWKNIFE (March 24, 2015) – Figures released today show that the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has successfully filled 108 of 128 positions decentralized during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years. Another 22 positions scheduled to be established during the next two fiscal years are currently vacant.

“Increasing employment opportunities where they are needed most by decentralizing positions is a priority for this government,” said Minister of Finance J. Michael Miltenberger. “New jobs in communities will improve services to those communities and strengthen their economies. These positions will make our government more effective and efficient by providing more services closer to the people who need them.”

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Mar 24 2015

Premier McLeod announces senior management appointment

YELLOWKNIFE (March 24, 2015) – Premier Bob McLeod announced today that Mr. David Stewart has been named as Associate Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) effective May 11, 2015 and will assume the position of Deputy Minister of ECE on August 1, 2015. Mr. Stewart will be taking over from current Associate Deputy Minister Dana Heide and current Deputy Minister Gabriela Eggenhofer, who are both retiring in coming months.

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Mar 20 2015

MLAs view progress on Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway

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MLA Bob Bromley, Speaker Jackie Jacobson, Minister of Transportation Tom Beaulieu, MLA Robert Bouchard, SCEDI Chair Robert Hawkins, and Merven Gruben of E. Gruben’s Transport take a photo by one of the many bridges being constructed on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway. 

INUVIK (March 20, 2015) – Members of the Legislative Assembly, regional leaders and media received a first-hand view of progress on the 120-kilometre all-weather Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway project this week. Minister of Transportation Tom Beaulieu hosted a two-day visit to construction sites near Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk for the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Members of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure, community leaders from the Beaufort Delta area and the media.

“We’re very pleased with the contractor’s progress to date as well as their commitment to local employment, training, safety and quality under difficult conditions,” said Minister Beaulieu. “We will review the project when the construction season ends in May, and are satisfied right now that the project is proceeding as planned and look forward to opening the highway on schedule in 2018.”

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Mar 18 2015

Alberta and the Northwest Territories announce bilateral water management agreement

Alberta and the Northwest Territories have signed an agreement to protect the integrity of water flowing downstream from Alberta to the Northwest Territories.

Edmonton (March 18, 2015) – The Alberta-Northwest Territories bilateral water management agreement commits both governments to co-operatively manage water resources. The agreement focuses on aquatic ecosystems in the Mackenzie River Basin, the longest and largest river system in Canada.

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Mar 17 2015

Kátł’odeeche First Nation signs NWT Devolution Agreement

YELLOWKNIFE (March 17, 2015) – The Kátł’odeeche First Nation (KFN) has become party to the Northwest Territories Devolution Agreement. KFN Chief Roy Fabian joined Premier Bob McLeod and Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, for a signing ceremony at the Legislative Assembly’s Great Hall yesterday.

“The Kátł’odeeche Fırst Natıon has decided to enter into the Devolution Agreement as it does not affect our Treaty or Aboriginal rights, allows us to better negotiate an ongoing relationship with the Government of the Northwest Territories on land and resource management matters, provides us with an equitable share of resource royalty revenues, and ensures our direct participation in the Intergovernmental Council on Land and Resource Management,” said Chief Fabian.  “As an independent First Nation government, we want to be at the table when matters affecting our traditional lands are being discussed.”  

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