(October 29, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, one of the goals this Assembly set out to achieve almost two years ago is a healthy, educated people, free from poverty. To move towards this goal, the Premier committed to the development of an Anti-Poverty Strategy.
(October 24, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, community safety is a critical priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories. We need to look out for each other and make our neighbourhoods places with a strong sense of well-being. Everyone needs to feel safe and be safe.
(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.
(May 30, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, the people of the Northwest Territories know their needs and priorities and communities should take the lead on determining how to address issues, like community safety, that matter to them. The Department of Justice is committed to assisting communities and the NWT has been recognized throughout Canada as a leader in community-based initiatives like our community justice committees.
(March 7, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, to live in poverty in Canada is to live with insufficient and often poor quality food. It is to sleep in poor quality and/or unaffordable housing, in homeless shelters, or on city streets and parks. It means making difficult and painful decisions on a daily basis involving trade-offs, whether to pay the rent or feed the kids, pay the electric bill or go to the dentist, buy a new bus pass or forego socializing with friends.
(February 20, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, sustainable, vibrant, and safe communities is one of the goals of this Assembly. To help achieve this goal, the Government of the Northwest Territories has made it a priority for all NWT communities to have a community policing plan in place. Last year was the first year all 33 communities had dedicated plans in place based on their own needs, resources and priorities.
(February 14, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to the success of Legal Aid’s Aboriginal Court Work Program. This program has existed for over 30 years, and the Court Workers were brought into the public service over a decade ago. Our nine court workers are present in the Visitor’s Gallery today.
(February 11, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, we are accepting participants into a new pilot healing program in Yellowknife for men who use violence in their lives against their intimate partners. This voluntary program is key to helping communities be sustainable, vibrant and safe. It is based on this Assembly’s main goal of believing in people and building on the strengths of northerners.