Apr 16 2014

Report outlines options for supervision at territorial parks beaches

YELLOWKNIFE (April 16, 2014) – A report completed by the Lifesaving Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories (NWT) has been released today and outlines possible supervision options for the beaches at Fred Henne and Hay River Territorial Parks.

The purpose of the Supervised Facility Feasibility Study was to research and provide information relevant to the challenges, benefits and resources required to implement and sustain a staffed service at Fred Henne and Hay River Territorial Parks. The study also includes research on common practices in other Canadian jurisdictions.

“I made a commitment to have supervision on the Fred Henne beach this summer, and I want to thank the Lifesaving Society, the community and particularly Lifeguards for Lodune for their efforts in raising awareness about the importance of water safety,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) David Ramsay. “Through this process we need to be cognizant of national standards for waterfront supervision. We are going to work with our partners to raise community awareness about what changes will arise as a result of having a supervised waterfront in order to have a safer beach for everyone.”

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Apr 11 2014

Statement of condolence to the family of NWT artist Francois Thibault from Minister David Ramsay

I was saddened to hear of Francois Thibault’s passing. He was a highly-acclaimed northern artist and craftsman, whose unique designs, sculptures and creations have been commissioned for royalty and many clients over the years. His art helped generate interest in the Northwest Territories and he was also an advocate for northern artists.

On behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories, I offer condolences to his family and friends.

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Apr 11 2014

New NWT Parks campground booking website to launch for season opening

YELLOWKNIFE (April 11, 2014) - People eager to book camping spots online will have a new, user friendly website to make the booking process smoother when www.nwtparks.ca opens for reservations on April 15, 2014.

Visitors will notice several modifications including photos, broader search capabilities and individual campsite details. With the new shopping cart function, users can book multiple sites in different campgrounds in one simple transaction. The ability to book double sites will guarantee that friends and families can camp together.

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Apr 10 2014

Statement from Minister J. Michael Miltenberger: Jim Flaherty

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Jim Flaherty, my longtime federal counterpart. He was a good man who worked hard for Canada and managed us through some very difficult times. He supported the aspirations of the NWT and supported us in getting the tools we needed to better run the NWT and gain control over our own future. I heard the news with a very heavy heart.

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Apr 10 2014

Premier McLeod’s speaking notes: NWT Chamber of Commerce, April 9, 2014

Thank you, I’m pleased to be here this evening. Before I begin, I’d like to recognize the new board and congratulate them on their election earlier today. Your members have chosen an excellent group of leaders to help promote and encourage business across the North.

I won’t speak too long tonight. I am looking forward to the one-on-one conversation with John Curran shortly. I think it is an interesting format that will give us the chance to explore many of the issues you want to hear about.

A little over a week ago, the Northwest Territories underwent one of the most significant steps in its political evolution in decades. The devolution of responsibility for public lands, resources and water had been a priority of the Government and Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories for many years. I’m proud to say that I was part of the 17th Legislative Assembly that made it a reality.

Making devolution a reality was a joint effort that took the work and partnership of many people and organizations, including the NWT Chamber of Commerce and its members. We appreciated your support and input throughout the process and I want to thank you for it.

I have said many times that the North is the future of Canada, that this century belongs to us. Canada’s relative economic performance has been the envy of the industrialized world for the past five years.  What has been the basis – the foundation – of that strength?  Natural resources.  In particular, energy and minerals, something we have in abundance. 

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Apr 10 2014

GNWT holds government-to-government meetings with Beaufort-Delta Regional Council

INUVIK (April 10, 2014) – The GNWT has concluded government-to-government meetings with the Beaufort-Delta Regional Council (BDRC). GNWT Cabinet ministers and BDRC leaders discussed their joint commitment to the transition to self-government and to establishing an intergovernmental agreement on programs and services.

“Forums like this one allow us to set joint priorities for work in a region,” said Premier Bob McLeod. “These meetings have the most impact when we collaborate to address issues based on common goals. Our governments identified sustainable development, housing and improved service delivery as shared priorities. That led directly to investments in the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, improvements to our homeownership programs and Small Communities Homelessness Fund to benefit residents in this region and continued planning for the Mackenzie Valley Fibreoptic Link to establish Inuvik as a global leader in remote satellite sensing and improve service delivery along the route.”

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Apr 10 2014

Online payments now available for GNWT accounts

YELLOWKNIFE (April 10, 2014) – Minister of Finance J. Michael Miltenberger announced today that customers of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) can now pay their account online at any one of the five major banks. By simply following a few easy steps customers can quickly and conveniently pay their property taxes, student loans, land leases or any other invoice that they may receive from the GNWT.

“Making it easier for people to do business with us is a priority for our government,” said Minister Miltenberger. “We continue to look at ways to use technology to improve access to programs and services, reduce red tape and connect with citizens both through our Service Innovation Strategy and as part of our ongoing program delivery.”

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Apr 8 2014

NWT furs obtain top overall prices at Helsinki fur auction

YELLOWKNIFE (April 8, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Genuine Mackenzie Valley Furs (GMVF) Program continues to build a strong and sustainable future for the Territory, with NWT trappers expected to see projected returns of approximately $700,000 in total sales to date this year.

The March 13-14 auction held in Helsinki, Finland saw top overall prices for NWT marten, lynx, wolf and wolverine pelts, outperforming trappers from across the rest of Canada and the United States. Auction prices were led by NWT wolf at an average of $327.45 (up 59% from 2013). GMVF marten alone attained $479,326 in returns for NWT trappers in the March auction.

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Apr 8 2014

Fourth intergovernmental meeting between Gwich’in Tribal Council and GNWT

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INUVIK (April 8, 2014) – Members of Cabinet of the 17th Legislative Assembly and the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) Board of Directors met in Inuvik at the Alex Moses Greenland Building on April 8. This was the fourth meeting of the Gwich’in Tribal Council and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) since the signing of the intergovernmental agreement between the two governments on October 13, 2012.

The GNWT and GTC signed the terms of reference for the Capacity Building Framework at the meeting, in furtherance of the Memorandum of Intent entered into at the December 20113 GTC-GNWT bilateral meeting. The GTC and GNWT will continue to work to design and implement the framework to enhance human capacity. This would include opportunities for internships, transfer assignments, secondments and other developmental tools to facilitate capacity building and enhance understanding and engagement between the two organizations.

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Apr 1 2014

Premier McLeod welcomes new responsibilities

YELLOWKNIFE (April 1, 2014) – The transfer of responsibilities for public land, water and resources in the NWT is now complete.

“This is an historic day for the Northwest Territories, but it is also another work day and we are already delivering the new programs and services,” said Premier Bob McLeod. “New responsibilities also mean new opportunities for shaping the future of the Northwest Territories according to the priorities and values of its residents. Together with the Aboriginal governments that make up the Intergovernmental Council, we will ensure our environment is protected, our economy is strong and NWT residents enjoy the benefits of living in an environmentally sustainable and prosperous territory.”

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