Monthly Archives: May 2012

May, 31 2012

Promoting Diversity in the Government of the Northwest Territories

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to establishing a public service that is inclusive and representative of the population it serves.  Today I am pleased to provide my colleagues with an update on initiatives currently underway to achieve this important goal. Established in March, 2010, the GNWT Advisory Committee on Employability […]

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May, 31 2012

Update on Creating a New Wildlife Act

Mr. Speaker, wildlife is valued by all people in the NWT and contributes to our well-being and economy. A new Wildlife Act is needed to effectively manage wildlife in the Northwest Territories. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has prepared a draft of the proposed new Wildlife Act for public review and comment.  This […]

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May, 31 2012

Climate Change Adaptation

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the Department of Transportation’s efforts to adapt to climate change. Wherever you look in the Northwest Territories, you will see impacts of climate change on the transportation system.  The Dempster Highway is settling more as permafrost thaws.  We are getting more freezing rain in the South Slave, […]

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May, 30 2012

Oil and Gas Potential and Activities in the NWT

Mr. Speaker, we want a territory where a strong, diversified economy provides opportunities and choices to all our residents.  Socially responsible and environmentally sustainable development of our resources will be one of the keys to achieving that goal. The Northwest Territories is resource-rich and brimming with potential.  Today I would like to speak about some […]

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May, 30 2012

Building for the Future: Northern Solutions for Northern Housing

The strategic framework Building for the Future: Northern Solutions for Northern Housing, released on April 16, 2012, outlines the direction that the Housing Corporation will be taking in delivering housing programs and services to NWT residents. Our new strategic framework has refocused the GNWT’s approach to housing delivery based on what we learned from the […]

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May, 30 2012

Transboundary Water

Mr. Speaker, in 1997, the governments of Canada, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan signed the Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement.   When we signed, our governments agreed on the principles for co-managing the Mackenzie River Basin’s water ecosystems. We also  made plans for signing bilateral agreements between each of our […]

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May, 29 2012

Education Hall of Fame

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to advise this House that a ceremony was held today to celebrate the tremendous contributions that people across this territory have made to education. The Department of Education, Culture and Employment launched the Education Hall of Fame to recognize that we all play an important role in supporting the […]

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May, 29 2012

Support for Arts and Fine Crafts

Mr. Speaker, NWT artisans and filmmakers make a positive economic and cultural impact on our territory, and today I would like to highlight some initiatives to support and grow the arts, crafts and film sectors. Through the office of the Film Commission, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment has been working closely with the […]

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May, 29 2012

NWT Educators Honoured at Hall of Fame Ceremony

YELLOWKNIFE (May 29, 2012) – Seven Northwest Territories residents were honoured this morning as inductees into the Education Hall of Fame. The third annual Induction Ceremony was held in the Legislative Assembly’s Great Hall, as a way of recognizing the important and lasting contributions of those dedicated to education in the North.

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May, 28 2012

Early Childhood Development

Mr. Speaker, early childhood development and the early years of learning in Kindergarten are a priority for the Department.  As we are all aware, healthy childhoods are the best foundations to develop healthy, productive adults.

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