Premier Cochrane on the re-appointment of Commissioner Margaret Thom

Premier Cochrane issued the following statement on the re-appointment of Northwest Territories Commissioner Margaret Thom:

“I want to congratulate Commissioner Margaret Thom on her re-appointment as Commissioner of the Northwest Territories by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week.

“In the last 116 years, Commissioner Thom is only the third woman in the history of the Northwest Territories to hold the position. As a strong Dene woman from the Deh Cho region, Commissioner Thom has impacted the lives of many Northerners, especially in her home region.

Government of the Northwest Territories introduces new step-by-step approach to ending pandemic restrictions

Today, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) released Emerging Wisely 2021: Step by Step Together, its plan for easing and ending pandemic restrictions.

The plan outlines the public health restrictions that will be eased starting today. This plan sets specific targets based on vaccination levels in the NWT and across Canada as well as COVID-19 case counts. As these targets are reached, restrictions will be eased or discontinued until eventually no public health restrictions remain.

Premier Cochrane announces Cabinet portfolio changes to support government priorities

Premier Caroline Cochrane announced the following changes to portfolio assignments for Members of the Executive Council today:

Hon. Shane Thompson: Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Minister Responsible for Youth

Hon. Paulie Chinna: Minister Responsible for the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission.

Both Ministers retain the other portfolios already assigned to them.

Appointment orders are being prepared for the Commissioner’s signature and took effect at 5:00pm on Monday, June7, 2021.

Premier Cochrane stands in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community

Northwest Territories Premier Caroline Cochrane issued the following statement on Pride Month:

“Pride celebrations across Canada began last week, and I am proud to stand in solidarity with all members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, across the country and in the Northwest Territories.

“The month of June is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and all their contributions to what makes the Northwest Territories vibrant and diverse.

Caroline Cochrane: Dene Nation Memorial Walk

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Mr. Speaker, today, Northwest Territories residents will come together to march through the streets of Yellowknife to honour the 215 Indigenous children found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School last week.

This is an important opportunity for all of us as residents of the NWT to come together and show our support for people during this difficult time. It has brought to the surface painful memories for many, and with the strength of the community, we will get through this, together.