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October 29, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(October 29, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, this Assembly is committed to a goal of healthy, educated people free from poverty.  Improving the health status of the Aboriginal population in the Northwest Territories is one way the Department of Health and Social Services is accomplishing that goal.

October 28, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(October 28, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, this Assembly is committed to investing in prevention to keep our health system sustainable. Vaccines are a cornerstone of preventative medicine and I would like to encourage all Northwest Territories residents to get their free flu shots this fall.

October 22, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(October 22, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, many Northwest Territories residents continue to experience family violence or are dealing with its negative after-effects. This is not the kind of territory that we want. We talk about healthy and educated people in this Assembly, and we talk about safe and sustainable communities. We are committed to achieving those goals and addressing family violence is an important part of that commitment.

September 9, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(September 9, 2013) - (check against delivery)

Thank you, I’m pleased to speak to you tonight on behalf of Premier McLeod and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

June 5, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(June 5, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be joining my colleague, the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, in tabling Right from the Start: A Framework for Early Childhood Development in the NWT later today. This Framework not only responds to the priorities of this Legislative Assembly, it also answers concerns that are top of mind for the people of the Northwest Territories.

June 3, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(June 3, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, we all know the terrible toll that addictions take on our people and our communities.  Widespread addictions are one of the biggest barriers to achieving the vision and priorities of this Assembly – it is a driving force behind family breakdown, incarceration, homelessness, and developmental delays in children.

As a government, we have invested millions of dollars into tackling this issue, and commissioned numerous reports but we haven’t seen much improvement.

March 5, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(March 5, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, few social issues are more visible in a community than those that stem from addictions.

March 4, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(March 4, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, March is National Nutrition Month.  Nutrition Month has been celebrated worldwide since 1980 and it focuses on the importance of healthy eating and the positive impact it has on our health and well-being.

March 4, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(March 4, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, as this Assembly is aware, cancer is the number one cause of death in the Northwest Territories. Lung cancer causes the greatest number of cancer deaths, but the most commonly diagnosed cancers are colorectal cancer in men, and breast cancer in women.

February 22, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(February 22, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, it is a priority of this government that children get the best possible start in life so they can reach their full potential. It is important that we continue investment in Early Childhood Development as this is an investment in the future of our children.

In January of this year, in partnership with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, we hosted a roundtable to identify priorities for a renewed Early Childhood Development framework. I am pleased to report that the roundtable was a success.