YELLOWKNIFE (December 12, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty met last week with Aboriginal governments from across the Northwest Territories to generate ideas for a 10-year culture and heritage strategic framework. This is a new initiative of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) which will help GNWT departments align their work with a shared set of cultural principles during the next decade. The framework will be the first of its kind in the NWT.
YELLOWKNIFE (November 25, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty met last week in Toronto with his federal, provincial and territorial counterparts at the Forum for Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) meetings to build on their efforts around labour market initiatives and progress.
YELLOWKNIFE (November 24, 2014) – A Northwest Territories educator received national recognition last week with an Indspire Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Award. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) Jackson Lafferty presented the Indigenous Education Partner Award in Toronto to ECE’s Director of School and Instructional Services John Stewart.
YELLOWKNIFE (November 6, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories confirmed today that it is no longer in discussions with Yellowknife Education District #1 (YK1) and the Commission scolaire francophone (CSF) on a school swap.
“Whatever YK1 decides regarding the use of their schools will not have any impact on the appeal that the GNWT has decided to pursue respecting the court ordered expansion to Ecole Allain St. Cyr,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to share the Northwest Territories three year baseline results of the Early Development Instrument referred to as the EDI results. The EDI is a population-level tool that measures children’s ability to meet age appropriate developmental expectations at school entry.
The EDI measures five areas of a child’s development, including their physical health and well-being, their language and cognitive development, their communication skills and general knowledge, their social competence and the child’s emotional maturity.
Mr. Speaker, a skilled workforce is a prerequisite for growing a strong, diversified economy in this territory and our government is doing its part by supporting training and certification programs. This year marks the 50th anniversary of apprenticeship training and certification in the Northwest Territories. Since 1964 more than 2600 apprentices have been trained and certified as journeypersons in the NWT.
Mr. Speaker, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment is committed to supporting the development of an educated, skilled and trained northern workforce. As stated in the Economic Outlook 2014-15 report, we have an incredible future with a potential for more than 4.5 billion dollars in new investment in the NWT planned over the next several years. With these investments come many new jobs and opportunities.
YELLOWKNIFE (November 3, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty is recognizing the top-achieving NWT apprentices during Skilled Trades and Technology Week in the Northwest Territories happening from November 3-9, 2014. The week is taking place this year as part of 50th anniversary celebrations for apprenticeship training and certification in the NWT.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to advise this House that the government has listened to the feedback we have received to date from Members about Junior Kindergarten.
In an effort to respond to what Members have told us, while at the same time not wanting to disrupt parents and schools that are in the midst of delivering Junior Kindergarten we have made the following decision.
YELLOWKNIFE (October 29, 2014) – Northerners were recognized for promoting and preserving NWT culture and heritage atthe 2014 Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle awards ceremony hosted by Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty today.