Jun 30 2015

Media Advisory: Wildfire Response in the Deh Cho and South Slave

(June 30, 2015, Updated at: 4:58 PM) – There is currently a wildfire burning approximately 2 kms northwest of Jean Marie River.  In addition, a wildfire approximately 20,000 hectares in size is burning approximately 6 kms south of Hay River.  As a result of these fires, the communities of Jean Marie River and Hay River and residents along Highway 2 are at increased risk.  Various government departments are working to coordinate resources and response to these wildfires.

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Jun 30 2015

Avis aux médias – Lutte contre les feux de végétation dans les régions du Dehcho et du Slave Sud

(30 juin 2015, Mis à jour à : 16 h 58) – Un feu de végétation est en activité à environ deux (2) kilomètres au nord-ouest de Jean Marie River. De plus, un feu de végétation d’une superficie d’environ 20 000 hectares est en activité à environ six (6) kilomètres au sud de Hay River. En raison de ces feux, les résidents de Jean Marie River et de Hay River, ainsi que ceux demeurant le long de la route 2, sont à risque élevé. Des ministères du GTNO travaillent de concert afin de coordonner les ressources et les efforts de lutte en lien avec ces feux.

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Jun 30 2015

Minister of Education hosts meeting of Canada’s ministers of education and Aboriginal Educators’ Symposium

YELLOWKNIFE (June 30, 2015) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty played host to two national meetings in Yellowknife this week; the annual meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and a national CMEC Aboriginal Educators’ Symposium.

The CMEC Aboriginal Educators’ Symposium brought together new and experienced Aboriginal educators and Elders from across the country to discuss how best to attract and retain Aboriginal teachers.  Research indicates that hiring Aboriginal teachers enriches learning and produces positive results for students, especially Aboriginal students, who benefit from learning from educators who share their culture and traditions.  , who play a pivotal role in reducing the academic achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

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Jun 30 2015

Mining Incentive Program

YELLOWKNIFE (June 30, 2015) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will support 12 mineral exploration projects in the North Slave and Sahtu regions this year. These include diamond and gold exploration projects led by both prospectors and exploration companies in the Slave Geological Province, and a silver – IOCG (iron oxide – copper – gold) project southeast of Great Bear Lake. The latter project is being conducted by DEMCo Limited Partnership, a fully-owned company of Yellowknife-based Denendeh Investments Incorporated.

“We know our territory is rich in minerals, but we are still under-explored,” said David Ramsay, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. “Prospecting maximizes the return on our investment through innovative and effective exploration. We are open for business with socially responsible companies that are willing to work with us to maximize the benefits for all northerners.”

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Jun 29 2015

Bob McLeod: Naval Association of Canada AGM and Conference

Good Morning distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

It is a pleasure to be here today to speak to you about the Northwest Territories, land of the midnight sun, and spectacular Aurora borealis. A land with massive oil and gas reserves in a wilderness without apparent end.  A land that holds great significance for the rest of Canada; not only by responsibly developing the enormous resources but by embodying that very place your conference is about, the Arctic Border.

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Jun 26 2015

Fire ban in place for several Dehcho and South Slave Territorial Parks

YELLOWKNIFE (June 26, 2015) – Weather conditions are extremely hot and dry throughout the Northwest Territories. A fire ban is in effect for the following parks:

  • Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park
  • Blackstone Territorial Park
  • Fort Providence Territorial Park

In addition to the fire ban, Little Buffalo River Falls Territorial Park is closed to the public until further notice.

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Jun 26 2015

Film Rebate Program

YELLOWKNIFE (June 26, 2015) – The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Film Rebate Program is making its mark throughout the NWT. With two productions approved, and a third conditionally approved, films are being made in every region of the NWT this year.

“The northern film industry brings our spectacular landscapes and unique cultures to the world,” said David Ramsay, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. “I am pleased to provide support for local filmmakers, technical crew, and talent, behind and in front of the camera.”

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Jun 26 2015

Tsiigehtchic Tourist Centre opens today

TSIIGEHTCHIC (June 26, 2015) – Residents and visitors celebrated the grand opening of the Tsiigehtchic Tourist Centre at an event hosted by the community and the newly formed Tsiigehtchic Tourism Society.

The Centre will be open from late June to early September and features a shower and kitchen facility to accommodate paddlers on the Mackenzie and Arctic Red Rivers.

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Jun 25 2015

Jackson Lafferty: Annual General Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education Q&A

Thank you for joining me, whether here in person or via telephone, for this media update.

I am here to talk to you about the 104th Annual General Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada – or CMEC, for short. I am very proud to be able to host delegates from all over Canada over the coming days.

This meeting is also very special to me on a personal level. That’s because at last year’s CMEC meeting, my Alberta counterpart and I submitted a joint national strategy to speed up CMEC’s efforts to reduce the gap in academic achievement and graduation rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

The plan was approved and we are busy implementing its actions.

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Jun 25 2015

GNWT signs Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding with the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated

NORMAN WELLS, NT (June 25, 2015) – Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Premier Bob McLeod and Ethel Blondin-Andrew, Chair of the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated (SSI), met to sign an Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding in Norman Wells yesterday.

“The signing of this agreement strengthens the relationship between the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and the Government of the Northwest Territories, which is a priority for the 17th Assembly,” said Premier McLeod. “This agreement represents a commitment to the way we will work together as partners to achieve shared priorities that support the Sahtu.”

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