Apr 24 2014

ENR Minister Approves Type “A” Water Licences

 MMMSigning3YELLOWKNIFE (April 24, 2014) – Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) J. Michael Miltenberger approved two Amended Type A water licences today, as required under the Mackenzie Valley Resources Management Act.

These are the first water licences to be approved since devolution came into effect on April 1, 2014. The amended licences were forwarded for Ministerial review and approval by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board earlier this month.

“I’m pleased to see these water licence amendments proceed in such a thorough and timely manner,” said Minister Miltenberger. “This demonstrates the success of northern control over northern resources and our capacity for undertaking these responsibilities.”

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Apr 24 2014

Minister of Justice congratulates NWT RCMP members as they receive Bravery awards

YELLOWKNIFE (April 24, 2014) - Minister David Ramsay congratulates three RCMP members who today each received Decorations of Bravery from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, in Ottawa.

“These fine RCMP officers, through their courageous actions, have demonstrated their commitment to the people they serve in our communities. We are grateful and very proud to have them stationed here in the Northwest Territories,” said Minister Ramsay.

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Apr 23 2014

Call for applications for the 2014–2015 Youth Ambassador Program  

YELLOWKNIFE (April 23, 2014) – The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Northwest Territories (NWT) Youth Ambassador Program.  The program provides NWT youth with opportunities to build leadership skills through participation at special events and volunteer assignments.  In the past, NWT Youth Ambassadors have attended the Arctic Winter Games, Canada Winter Games and the North American Indigenous Games.

“Participants in the NWT Youth Ambassador Program get to build skills and confidence through coordinated volunteer experience,” said Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs and Minister Responsible for Youth Robert C. McLeod. “Providing youth with development opportunities is important for developing the leaders of tomorrow.  I encourage all NWT youth who meet the criteria to apply to be an ambassador to represent their community and the NWT.”

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Apr 22 2014

Minister congratulates NWT Chamber of Commerce board members and business award winners

YELLOWKNIFE (April 22, 2014) – Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay congratulates the recently elected NWT Chamber of Commerce President,  Board of Directors and its 2014 Business Award winners.

Allen Stanzell was elected as the new Chamber president during its Annual General Meeting and Business Conference held at the beginning of April in Yellowknife.

“The interests of the NWT business community will be well-served by Mr. Stanzell’s leadership style and abilities to nurture and advance new partnerships and opportunities,” said Minister Ramsay. Minister Ramsay also recognizes the contributions of the NWT Chamber’s past-president Kathy Gray.

“Ms. Gray was a notable advocate and voice for the Chamber’s membership,” said Minister Ramsay. “Under her leadership the NWT Chamber provided its support for devolution and was a valuable partner in advancing the completion of the Economic Opportunities Strategy.”

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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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