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Good afternoon and thank you all for being here today to join in celebrating National Aboriginal Day.

It was 20 years ago today that Canada celebrated its first National Aboriginal Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our nation.

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YELLOWKNIFE (June 10, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod issued the following statement on the induction of Gwich’in pilot and Northern aviation pioneer Fred Carmichael into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame today:

“Fred Carmichael exemplifies the hard work and resiliency Northerners are known for. For more than six decades, Carmichael has spent his time in the cockpit of bush planes, moving residents and goods in and out of many of our remote Northern communities.

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Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has made a commitment in its Mandate to create a new three-year Energy Action Plan, building on previous investments made over the past three years and the outcomes of the Energy Plan review.

As you have heard from the Minister of Public Works and Services, the Government of the Northwest Territories has accomplished a great deal in the areas of energy conservation and efficiency, and in implementing alternative and renewable energy solutions in recent years.  

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Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to welcome Members back to the Legislative Assembly for our spring sitting.

Our first months as an Assembly were spent working together to define our priorities and agree on a mandate for the government.

Our work was guided by a new process convention on priority setting that all Members agreed to.

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VANCOUVER (May 5, 2016) – Deputy Premier Robert C. McLeod announced today that the Government of the Northwest Territories will donate $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal. The donation, made on behalf of the people of the Northwest Territories will assist victims of the wildfire in the Fort McMurray area.

The donation is in addition to offers to assist in forest fire operations and emergency response made by Government of the Northwest Territories officials yesterday.

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YELLOWKNIFE (May 4, 2016) – NWT Premier Bob McLeod issued the following statement on the fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta today:

“On behalf of the Government and people of the Northwest Territories, I would like to offer my sympathies to residents of Fort McMurray and assure them that our government stands ready to offer whatever assistance it can as they deal with the effects of the wildfire currently burning in their community.

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YELLOWKNIFE (April 29, 2016) Premier Bob McLeod has named Ms. Kate Hearn as acting Deputy Minister of the Department of Lands.

Ms. Hearn replaces Mr. Mark Warren on May 8, who is retiring from the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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Thank you. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize dignitaries in attendance, and you, members of the Northwest Territories business community, for being here today.

Congratulations to Richard Morland and the members of your new Board of Directors who will now take the lead on the important work that is put forward by this Chamber; encouraging, supporting, and advocating for local business throughout the Northwest Territories.

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Yellowknife (April 15, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling extending rights to Métis and non-status Indians:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important one, and will have implications for Métis and non-status Indians throughout Canada. The Government of the Northwest Territories, like all jurisdictions, will need time to review this decision more closely to gain a better understanding of the potential implications for the Northwest Territories.

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