Paulie Chinna: Housing Northwest Territories Memorandum of Understanding with Tłı̨chǫ Government

Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Yellowknife — June 2, 2022

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Mr. Speaker, since becoming the Minister Responsible for Housing Northwest Territories, I have repeatedly spoken on the theme of partnership.   This is because the Northwest Territories is in a housing crisis that cannot be solved by any one government alone.

Mr. Speaker, it is crucial that Housing Northwest Territories works with Indigenous governments to increase affordable housing for residents, provide training opportunities, and support the housing goals of Indigenous governments and communities while maximizing local economic activity. Last fall, as part of our renewal strategy, Housing Northwest Territories committed to strengthening its partnerships with the Indigenous governments of the Northwest Territories. 

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that Housing Northwest Territories is making progress on that commitment. Housing Northwest Territories has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on housing with the Tłı̨chǫ Government.  This provides a framework for intergovernmental cooperation on housing-related matters, including discussions on coordinated program delivery in Tłı̨chǫ communities. Working with the existing intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding with the Tłı̨chǫ Government, this Memorandum of Understanding on housing demonstrates Housing Northwest Territories’ commitment to strengthening this important relationship, and to ensuring that our cooperation will endure far into the future.

Mr. Speaker, stronger cooperation between the two governments has the potential to positively impact the day-to-day lives of Tłı̨chǫ citizens and the public, and to help us focus and maximize our collective efforts on housing.

Despite the promise of progress exemplified in the Memorandum of Understanding, there is still much more work to be done. Guided by the Memorandum of Understanding, Housing Northwest Territories will work with the Tłı̨chǫ Government on providing effective housing supports for people most in need.

Mr. Speaker, while we may not always be able to agree, with this relationship based on trust, recognition, and mutual respect, we will overcome any challenges. We will be better able to maximize our collective efforts for the people we serve. I look forward to our joint work continuing and making progress on matters of importance to both the GNWT and Tłı̨chǫ Government.

In closing Mr. Speaker, Mahsi to the Tłı̨chǫ Government for working with us to set a new model for housing success in the Northwest Territories.

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.