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November 6, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, in 2001 people from around the NWT gathered on the Hay River Reserve to develop a Social Agenda for the Northwest Territories.  Addressing social issues was a priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories at that time, as it is for the 17th Legislative Assembly today. 

November 2, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, in 2011, the Auditor General of Canada recommended improvements to the Department’s ability to evaluate and report on performance.  Specifically, the Auditor General recommended that we implement system-wide indicators, develop a program evaluation plan for the health and social services system, and regularly inform this Assembly about the performance of the system. Mr. Speaker, later today, I will table the first Annual Report on the Strategic Plan. 

November 1, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

 Mr. Speaker, November is National Adoptions Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity to recognize families in the Northwest Territories who provide a remarkable service to children.  

Mr. Speaker, I am proud that the NWT has been a world leader in recognizing aboriginal customs and culture when children need a family. Our legislation recognizes that our people take care of our children within their families, extended families and the community.

November 1, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, in my travels across the Northwest Territories, meeting with communities, attending assemblies and numerous board meetings, I have heard one constant theme. Addictions are destroying our families and communities.

This government spends millions of dollars on addictions services. But our people are still drinking in large numbers.

October 24, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, smoking rates in the NWT are double the national average.  In 2009, 36% of NWT residents 15 and older smoked, compared to 17% nationally. Smoking contributes to chronic diseases affecting the heart and lungs, and also causes cancer.

October 24, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, effective human resource management of the NWT public service relies on partnerships between the Department of Human Resources and other Government departments, boards, and agencies.

June 12, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

June 12, 2012 - Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time today I will table our action plan, “A Shared Path Towards Wellness - Mental Health and Addictions, 2012 – 2015.”

June 11, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

June 11, 2012 - Mr. Speaker, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

We all need to take a moment and say thank you to those Elders who have taught us, supported us and provided the wisdom that has guided our lives.

Many of us in this House owe a debt of gratitude to the Elders in our communities that have helped guide us in our careers.

June 11, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

June 11, 2012 - Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to rise today to express my support and appreciation for the great work accomplished by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

This initiative has been no small task. The Commission visited our communities, set up supports, and provided a forum to allow our survivors to share their pain and begin to heal. This is a significant accomplishment.  

June 4, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

June 4, 2012 - Mr. Speaker, this Assembly has a vision of strong individuals, families and communities sharing in the benefits and responsibilities of a unified, environmentally sustainable and prosperous Northwest Territories. Our vision includes persons with disabilities.

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