Sep 30 2014

Bob McLeod – Arctic Council Report Card: The View from the Canadian North – Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Thank you.  As Premier of the Northwest Territories and as someone born and raised in the North, I am pleased to be here today to present a Northern perspective on Canada’s term as Chair of the Arctic Council.

On September 9th of this year the governments of Canada and Nunavut announced that they had found the final resting place of one of the ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition.  Lost 168 years ago, the fate of Sir John Franklin and his men has been a mystery which has captured imaginations around the world ever since.

I open with this fact because I think the story of Sir John Franklin and the many narratives that have collected around it over the years, point to a number of themes that are useful for our discussion today.

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Sep 29 2014

Tourism industry invited to provide input for Tourism 2020 plan

YELLOWKNIFE (September 29, 2014) – Initial planning is underway for Tourism 2020, a new plan to guide Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) activities and investments into tourism over the next five years. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is seeking industry feedback for the new plan, which will build on investments made over the last five years under Tourism 2015.

“The tourism industry faces different challenges and opportunities today than it did when we created Tourism 2015 five years ago,” said Minister of ITI David Ramsay. “Getting input from the industry on what has changed is especially important. With the help of the input we are seeking, we can be confident that Tourism 2020 will identify actions and goals to strengthen the industry, grow visitor numbers and increase visitor spending in all regions of the NWT.”

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Sep 29 2014

The GNWT and the Francophone community representatives strengthen their collaboration/Le GTNO et les représentants de la communauté francophone renforcent leur collaboration

(September 29, 2014) – As part of their ongoing collaboration, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Fédération franco-ténoise (FFT) Consultation and Cooperation Committee met yesterday to review progress on the implementation of the GNWT Strategic Plan on French Language Communications and Services.

The Strategic Plan was developed by the Committee in 2012 to guide departments, boards and agencies in the development, provision and offer of French language services to the Francophone community. The parties are now focussed on the implementation, administration and promotion of the plan.

“Developing the Strategic Plan was a significant milestone. We are now focussed on ensuring that the plan is rolled out and monitored to ensure it delivers the anticipated outcomes for our Francophone residents,” said the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister Responsible for Official Languages. “We recognized that implementation will be an ongoing process and I am pleased to see that we have been successful in establishing solid building blocks for sustained change over the long term.”

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Sep 26 2014



September 26, 2014

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – The Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories are celebrating the opening of a transitional housing project aimed at supporting single women and women with children at risk of homelessness in Yellowknife. Betty House is a new 18-unit building that will help women and children attain the stability required for the successful transition to permanent housing. Betty House consists of six bedsitting units for single women, ten two-bedroom apartments and two, three-bedroom apartments, for women with children. The City of Yellowknife, a partner in the project, welcomes the addition of Betty House to the community.

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development); along with the Honourable Robert C. McLeod, Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation and Minister Responsible for Homelessness, made the announcement today.

“A safe, affordable home is an important first step towards a new transition in life,” said Minister Bergen. “Thanks to a partnership between our governments, the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, the Yellowknife Community Advisory Board on Homelessness and the YWCA, women and children will be able to create a better future for themselves.”

“I’m very happy to see the Betty House open its doors,” said Honourable Minister Robert C. McLeod. “With the help of this new transitional home we will be able to help a lot of women and their children move forward with their lives in a positive direction.”

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Sep 26 2014

News Release: Partners meet to discuss labour market and skills in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE (September 26, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty met with stakeholders from across the Northwest Territories (NWT) this week to discuss labour market needs and new initiatives.

Aboriginal governments and organizations, mining and exploration, non-governmental organizations and industry representatives met to hear about the new Canada Job Fund and Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDA) and to discuss labour market needs throughout the NWT.

“The discussions were extremely productive in terms of understanding the NWT’s labour market needs and planning for the future,” said Minister Lafferty. “We have numerous initiatives and opportunities under our current Labour Market Development Agreement which will help address some of our labour market needs, but in order to be truly effective, we must listen to our labour market partners.”

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Sep 26 2014

GNWT shields NWT residents from power rate increase

YELLOWKNIFE (September 26, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) demonstrated its commitment to addressing the high cost of living in the NWT when Premier Bob McLeod and Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) J. Michael Miltenberger announced today that the GNWT will cover the $20 million in additional costs NTPC faces as a result of extreme low water conditions on the Snare hydro system this summer. The Premier and the Minister also announced that the GNWT will hold a second energy charrette in Yellowknife from November 3-4, 2014.

“Our government is committed to making the Northwest Territories an attractive place to live, work and do business, and addressing the high cost of living is a priority,” said Premier McLeod. “Energy is a huge part of that cost and we have taken this extraordinary step because our government wants to be part of the solution, not add to the problem. This decision will spare residents all across the NWT from having to cover the cost of low water on the Snare system themselves and will give us an opportunity to identify both immediate and long-term solutions for bringing down energy costs.”

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Sep 25 2014

Fort Smith Health and Social Services Authority rolls out electronic medical records

FORT SMITH (September 25, 2014) – Residents of Fort Smith will become the newest beneficiaries of electronic medical information systems, as the Government of the Northwest Territories continues its roll-out of the Territorial Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project. Authorized health professionals will have instant access to the medical information of patients, which enhances patient continuity of care.

“My priority is making sure that NWT residents receive the best healthcare possible and we need a more integrated health and social services system supported by the right technology to make that happen,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy. “EMR transforms the way information is captured, integrated and shared between authorized health providers and will be an important tool as we continue to work towards creating a more unified system that will ensure better care and better health for a better future for all our people.”

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Sep 24 2014

NWT residents honoured during literacy week

YELLOWKNIFE (September 24, 2014) – Recipients of the Council of the Federation Literacy Award and the Ministerial Literacy Awards were honoured yesterday during the annual Adult Learners’ Luncheon in Yellowknife.

These awards were created by the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment in 2002 and the Council of the Federation in 2005 to recognize adult learners that have overcome learning and literacy challenges or championed literacy to learners of all ages.

“Literacy is critical in everything we do,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty. “Our Literacy Award recipients today demonstrate that literacy challenges can be overcome, are dedicated learners, hopeful visionaries, and are committed to all levels of literacy. I am proud to see them recognized for their achievements and offer my congratulations.”

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Sep 23 2014

Local artists highlighted during NWT Arts Week

YELLOWKNIFE (September 23, 2014) – The skills and talent of Northwest Territories artists will be showcased during NWT Arts Week, September 20–28. Residents and visitors are invited to participate in events taking place throughout the territory.

“NWT artists make significant and valuable cultural contributions to communities across the territory,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) David Ramsay.  “In addition, their work showcases the NWT to the world as a culturally rich travel destination and a place of artistic excellence.” 

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Sep 19 2014

First Intergovernmental Council Meeting held in Yellowknife

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First Intergovernmental Council Meeting held in Yellowknife

September 19, 2014 (YELLOWKNIFE) – Leaders and officials from  the Government of the Northwest Territories, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated, Gwich’in Tribal Council, Tłı̨chǫ Government, Salt River First Nation and Denínu Kų́ę́ First Nation attended the first Intergovernmental Council meeting today in Yellowknife.

A key feature of the Devolution Agreement is the creation of an Intergovernmental Council to allow governments to cooperate and collaborate on matters related to lands and resource management. The Council is established by the Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Agreement on Lands and Resources Management (NWTIALRM), which was signed in February of this year. The overall goal of the Intergovernmental Council is to work together to explore ways to collaborate and coordinate on land, water and resource management issues.

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