Sep 16 2014

Ministers discuss economic importance of arts, culture and heritage

YELLOWKNIFE (September 16, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty met with federal and provincial Ministers of Culture and Heritage last week to review new economic data on culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada.  The meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture for Prince Edward Island.

The economic data comes from the Culture Satellite Account (CSA), a precise and reliable source using the most rigorous and transparent methodology to date to measure the economic importance and activity of arts, culture and heritage in Canada. The CSA stems from a partnership between Statistics Canada, Canadian Heritage, all of the provinces and territories, numerous municipalities and several non-governmental organizations. New statistics will be provided every year on a range of indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP) and jobs.

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Sep 15 2014

FPT Labour Ministers discuss psychological health and safety issues in the workplace

YELLOWKNIFE (September 15, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty joined his colleagues at the Ministers of Labour meeting in Halifax earlier this month.  On the agenda was psychological health and safety issues in the workplace.

The Ministers’ discussions demonstrated links between safe and healthy workplaces, job creation and economic development. Ministers recognized the profound impact psychological health and safety issues have on Canadian workers, businesses and the economy.

Minister Lafferty, who is also the Minister Responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, said, “at any week across Canada more than 500,000 people do not go to work because of mental illness.  In the Northwest Territories we want our workplaces to be healthy, productive and respectful to all.  A workplace with a culture of trust and civility is a more dynamic environment for everyone.”

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Sep 12 2014

NWT Releases 2013 student assessment results

YELLOWKNIFE (September 12, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT) released the 2013 student attendance and Alberta Achievement Tests results today. The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) uses this information to measure the success of the territory’s education system and to ensure ECE is making the best use of resources to provide quality education for all students in the territory.

“Research has shown that a child’s attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his or her success at school,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty. “Everything we have been working toward reflects meeting student and family needs, how we can help them engage in their education, and their sense of belonging and identity within their school and community. Early Childhood Development, Junior Kindergarten, the Early Development Instrument and Education Renewal and Innovation are all aligned to create a foundation for our children to develop and lead productive lives. It is critical that we continue developing these initiatives to ensure we bridge achievement gaps and challenges facing our children and families.”

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Sep 12 2014

Call for 2014 NWT Fire Service Merit Award Nominees  

YELLOWKNIFE (September 12, 2014) – The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) is seeking nominations for the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards.

Based on nominations from community members, fire departments and fire chiefs, the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards honour and recognize individuals and community fire departments for their significant contributions to fire safety and fire service in communities across the NWT.

“Recognizing community firefighters, both paid and volunteer, is an important way we can say thank you to those who sacrifice to protect our homes and communities,” said Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs Robert C. McLeod. “I encourage all residents to consider nominating an individual or fire department for their exceptional service.”

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Sep 12 2014

New liabilities and financial assurances office to ensure responsible development

YELLOWKNIFE (September 12, 2014) – Minister of Lands Robert C. McLeod today announced new measures that will help the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) ensure development on public lands is done responsibly and respects the value Northerners place on the land and environment.

As part of implementing new responsibilities assumed through devolution, the GNWT will be adopting a coordinated government-wide approach for managing environmental liability and securities for resource development.  A dedicated division will be established in the Department of Lands to oversee security management and policy development.  The Division will provide strong and effective collaboration between departments with legislated responsibilities for security deposits and central agencies such as the Departments of Finance and Justice. The Division will also lead and coordinate short and longer term policy development and the Government’s ongoing management of securities.

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Sep 11 2014

Destination Délįnę offers new model for community-based tourism in the NWT

DELINE, NWT (September 11, 2014) – An Aboriginal tourism initiative between the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) and the community of Délįnę is proving to be a viable model for attracting tour groups to the territory’s smaller communities.

Destination Délįnę specializes in providing traditional Aboriginal experiences and recently welcomed its first tour group to the community. The visitors had the opportunity to participate in checking fish nets, berry picking, making bannock, story-telling, a hand games tournament and a community drum dance.

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Sep 10 2014

Yellowknife Day Shelter Contract Awarded

Yellowknife (September 10, 2014) –  On September 9, 2014, the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority (YHSSA) awarded the NWT Disabilities Council with a contract to provide day shelter services effective October 1, 2014.

Health and Social Service Minister Glen Abernethy noted, “today is an important day, because it demonstrates our society’s commitment to care about everyone. We have heard many times and in many venues about the challenges that some of our citizens experience on a daily basis. It is a moral obligation for government to find ways to support clients that live in difficult circumstances and need our help, and I commend the efforts made by all of these partners to create a sustainable daytime shelter service for people at a time when it is most needed.”

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Sep 10 2014

Raising the profile of tourism in the NWT at Ministers Conference

CHARLOTTETOWN (September 10, 2014) – Aboriginal tourism development, improving visitor access and engaging the United States market were topics highlighted at the Canadian Council of Tourism Ministers Meeting this week.

Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) David Ramsay joined federal, territorial and provincial tourism ministers in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on September 8-9 for the meeting. Discussions focused on aligning efforts to maximize Canada’s global presence as a travel destination.

“This was an ideal forum for Canadian colleagues to collaborate on how to improve tourism marketing, products and regulations,” said Minister Ramsay. “Aboriginal tourism was discussed as a major asset for the Canadian tourism industry.”

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Sep 9 2014

New Early Childhood Development scholarships launched  

YELLOWKNIFE (September 9, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty announced a new scholarship for people considering a career in early childhood development today.

Ten $5,000 scholarships are available to qualifying full-time college and university students to help with the cost of attending accredited post-secondary institutes offering diploma and degree programs with a direct focus on early childhood development.

The Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Health and Social Services (HSS) have been collaborating on Right from the Start: A Framework and Action Plan for Early Childhood Development for the last two years, renewing an older early childhood strategy to reflect new research and priorities of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Accompanied by an action plan, the renewed framework outlines the work the GNWT plans to accomplish over the next several years through investments in programs and services aimed at improving outcomes in early childhood development.

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Sep 8 2014

Stand Up Stop Bullying NWT bullying prevention awareness campaign launches

YELLOWKNIFE (September 8, 2014) – The Department of Education, Culture and Employment has officially launched the NWT Stand Up Stop Bullying campaign.

The campaign will initially focus on youth to help effect behaviour change across the Northwest Territories (NWT) and continues the Government of the Northwest Territories’ work to support healthy, educated people that also included the passage of Bill 12: An Act to Amend the Education Act on November 1, 2013.

“Research from across Canada and around the world indicates that youth are the catalyst for changing entrenched perceptions and behaviours in society,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty.  “We know that this generation of youth are more savvy, more informed and more technologically proficient than any generation before them. They are far more engaged in the issues of the day, and bullying and its often tragic effects have a significant footprint in our social consciousness. We are seeing more youth speak out about this issue than ever before.”

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