Caroline Cochrane: Sessional Statement – February 2023

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Mr. Speaker, I welcome my colleagues back for the February – March 2023 sitting of the 19th Legislative Assembly. I hope you all had an opportunity over the last few months to spend time in your constituencies hearing from residents and stakeholders so that we can collectively and collaboratively work together to advance the priorities of the people who elected us to represent them.

Premier, Ministers in Ottawa this week to discuss NWT priorities with federal government

Premier Caroline Cochrane and members of Cabinet will be in Ottawa this week to meet with federal ministers to discuss Northwest Territories (NWT) priorities ahead of next year’s Federal budget.

The goal of the meetings is to raise awareness and build a better understanding of key NWT priorities and the benefits investment in the North will have on Canada. These priorities include the Taltson Hydro Expansion Project, Mackenzie Valley Highway, and the Aurora College transformation to a Polytechnic University.

Caroline Cochrane: Negotiating Treaty, Land, Resources, and Self-Government Agreements

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Madam Speaker, settling and implementing treaty, land, resources, and self-government agreements is a priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories and a key part of the Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Concluding agreements with our Indigenous government partners will advance reconciliation, recognize, and affirm Indigenous and treaty rights, support program and service delivery by Indigenous governments, and set the stage for economic self-determination.

Premier Cochrane, Minister Green present Award for Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions Care to NWT recipient

Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories, and Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services, met with the team from Supporting Wellbeing to congratulate them on receiving the Council of the Federation (COF) Award for Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions Care.

The award is presented by Premiers in each province and territory for innovative initiatives that positively impact mental health and addictions care in their respective jurisdictions. Each award winner also receives a $5,000 prize to advance their initiative.

Caroline Cochrane: Sessional Statement - October 2022

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Mr. Speaker, good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be back in the House for the Fall sitting of the 19th Legislative Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, just over three years ago many of us were elected to this House to represent residents in constituencies across the territory. With just under one year remaining in the life of this government, we have much to accomplish.

Premier Cochrane Reflects on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Premier Caroline Cochrane issued the following statement on the second observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

“Today, we honour those who have experienced the pain caused by the residential school system that stole language, culture, and tradition from Indigenous people for decades. We honour those who survived, their families who have faced the generational impacts of the trauma and abuse thousands experienced, and the communities that continue to pick up the pieces from the lasting impacts of residential schools.

Premier confirms that September 19, 2022 will not be a holiday in the NWT

Premier Caroline Cochrane reacts to the announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada will declare Monday, September 19, 2022 a holiday for federal employees:

“The Northwest Territories will not be making September 19, 2022 a statutory holiday, or a holiday for public service employees.  All government offices and service locations will be open for business as usual.

Premier issues statement on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Premier Cochrane issued the following statement on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

“I, along with residents of the Northwest Territories, am saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“For 70 years, Her Majesty dedicated her life to making the world a better place. By devoting Herself to a life of service, she helped raise millions of dollars to support over 600 charities, military associations and public service organizations around the world.