Aug 29 2014

Political Leaders Meet to Discuss Declines in Bathurst and Bluenose-East Barrenground Caribou Herds

YELLOWKNIFE (August 29, 2014) – Political leaders from Aboriginal Governments, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and wildlife management authorities met in Yellowknife this week to discuss the continued decline of the Bluenose-East and Bathurst barren ground caribou herds.

Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Minister J. Michael Miltenberger called the meeting after receiving results from the June 2014 reconnaissance surveys of the calving grounds for both herds.

“The trends from these surveys suggest that both herds are declining at an alarming rate,” said Miltenberger.  “As leaders and managers, there is a need for us to review the current information about both herds and determine together, the management actions needed to help in their recovery and conservation.”

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Aug 29 2014

New tourism training and mentorship opportunities coming to the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE (August 29, 2014) – New and prospective tourism operators in the Northwest Territories (NWT) now have an opportunity to be mentored by highly skilled and experienced business and tourism professionals from across Canada.

To strengthen its Tourism Business Mentorship Program, the Department of Industry Tourism and Investment (ITI) has signed an agreement with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), one of Canada’s leading volunteer-based development organizations.

Minister of ITI, David Ramsay, sees the agreement as an opportunity for industry growth. “This partnership is a natural fit for the tourism industry and our tourism operators are a vital part of a visitor’s experience. Through this agreement we are striving to equip our operators with the best training resources.”

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Aug 22 2014

GNWT thanks Sheila Bassi-Kellet for service

YELLOWKNIFE (August 22, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) wishes to express its gratitude to Ms. Sheila Bassi-Kellett for her 25 years of service to the GNWT, and to clarify the circumstances of the departure of Ms. Bassi-Kellett from the public service as of August 1, 2014.

Ms. Bassi-Kellett, like all Deputy Ministers, served at pleasure. In ending Ms. Bassi-Kellett’s tenure, the GNWT chose to exercise its contractual right to end the relationship.  The GNWT wishes to emphasize that her departure from the position of Deputy Minister of the Department of Human Resources was on a without-cause basis. There is no suggestion that her dismissal related to her performance. 

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Aug 19 2014

GNWT outlines plans for improving health and social services system

YELLOWKNIFE (August 19, 2014) –  The Government of the Northwest Territories is seeking input on options for ensuring the NWT health and social services system better meets the changing needs of NWT residents. The issues and plans for addressing them are outlined in Caring for our People – Improving the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services System, a discussion paper released today by Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy.

“I am travelling to regions across the NWT to meet with residents and gather feedback on our plans for best health, best care and a better future. We know we have room to improve our system, and want to hear from the public to ensure we are on the right track,” said Minister Abernethy. 

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Aug 18 2014

Anti-Poverty projects selected for funding

YELLOWKNIFE (August 18, 2014) – Fourteen organizations have been selected to receive Anti-Poverty funding in the NWT. The Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) Anti-Poverty Action Plan received $500,000 to provide organizations with funding for projects and initiatives to help reduce poverty at community, regional and territorial levels. Applicants submitted project proposals for review by the Anti-Poverty Action Plan Advisory Committee and approval from Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy.

“The successful proposals demonstrated ingenuity and respect for culture and tradition. The GNWT is proud to assist these fourteen organizations in realizing the objectives they have outlined in their proposals and to ultimately improve the lives of people in the territory,” said Minister Abernethy.

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Aug 14 2014

Boat safety training in communities to benefit tourism industry

YELLOWKNIFE (August 14, 2014) – A boat-safety certification course that will improve the safety skills and knowledge of tourism operators and their guides out on the water is an important initiative that will improve the safety of boaters and make the boating experience enjoyable for tourists.

Offered in partnership by the Departments of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI), Transportation and Health and Social Services, the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency (PCOC) certification course will be offered in Ulukhaktok, Fort Resolution, Lutsel K’e, Trout Lake and Tulita. A successful course was already delivered in Deline, with 12 participants. The Transport Canada approved course is available for all pleasure boaters and these are targeted primarily at tourism operators. Community members can also apply to participate.

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Aug 13 2014

NWT Credit Rating of Aa1 / Stable Confirmed for GNWT

YELLOWKNIFE (August 13, 2014) – Minister of Finance J. Michael Miltenberger is pleased with Moody’s Investors Service’s endorsement of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) sound fiscal plans through the continuation of their Aa1 credit rating for the GNWT announced Monday.

Moody’s Investors Service yesterday published its credit opinion the GNWT summarizing its rationale for the GNWT’s Aa1 / Stable Outlook credit rating.  The credit opinion summarizes Moody’s assessment of the GNWT’s fiscal plans and outlook – and in particular the government’s borrowing activity and the impact of devolution.

Moody’s states that: “The NWT adheres to prudent fiscal policy that aims to maintain the structural alignment of revenues and expenses while making necessary expenses in priority areas such as health, social services and infrastructure. The NWT’s fiscal plan is guided by a Fiscal Responsibility Policy that includes guidelines with respect to the types of activities for which debt can be issued as well as limits on total debt and debt servicing costs to ensure affordability. . The NWT, overall, displays strong governance and management factors. Adherence to the Fiscal Responsibility Policy helps to ensure continued fiscal discipline as the territorial government addresses its identified infrastructure needs.”

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Aug 12 2014

Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories finalize agreement to help people in the Northwest Territories get jobs/Les gouvernements du Canada et des Territoires du Nord-Ouest finalisent une entente visant à aider les citoyens des Territoires du Nord-Ouest à obtenir un emploi

The attached news release is being redistributed on behalf of the  Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada.

Canada Job Grant News Release

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Aug 6 2014

Public Safety Update: North Slave Region

YELLOWKNIFE (August 6, 2014) — North Slave communities are experiencing intermittent smoke issues due to ongoing fires in the region. Residents are advised to be aware of travel restrictions and health issues related to smoke. At this time no communities are being threatened by forest fires. The GNWT continues to work with our partners in community governments and local agencies to ensure public safety.

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Aug 6 2014

Joint news release: Investments in Aviation Training for NWT and Nunavut students/ Investissements dans le domaine de la formation en aéronautique pour soutenir les étudiants des T.N.-O. et du Nunavut

YELLOWKNIFE (August 6, 2014) – Northerners who are training to work in the aviation industry at northern airports are eligible for scholarships sponsored by the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Discovery Air, Keewatin Air and North-Wright Air.

Scholarships worth $5,000 will be awarded to help students with the high costs of training for a variety of careers in northern aviation. Previous winners have gone on to careers such as airport operations specialists, airport managers, aviation-related and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME), and pilots.

“Our government is committed to helping northerners get training to pursue aviation careers in their communities,” said Northwest Territories Minister of Transportation Tom Beaulieu. “The aviation industry has been key to northern life for many years and is a vital connection linking communities to each other. Investments in our residents and in training through this scholarship have long-term benefits for the industry and our transportation system.”

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