Mr. Speaker, there have been many positive initiatives developed as we have worked to fulfill mandate commitments related to housing. Good quality and affordable housing in our communities cannot be brought about just from the efforts of government. We need to engage all parties that have the capability and the willingness to improve housing conditions for our residents.
Mr. Speaker, Income Security programs are a vital piece of the societal safety network that together help address the needs of NWT residents.
Those who access programs within this complex network are often at a point of vulnerability in their lives. It is good government practice to continually review and evaluate programs, especially social ones, to ensure that those in need are being provided appropriate supports and services.
Mr. Speaker, in recognition of global Open Government Week, I would like to take this opportunity to update this House on our Government’s progress in advancing our mandate commitments for increasing government transparency and accountability.
One year ago, Mr. Speaker, I stood on this floor and announced the release of our government’s Open Government Policy. The Policy represented an important step toward fulfilling our government’s pledge to greater openness and transparency.
Mr. Speaker, today I would like to provide Members with an update on the draft Child and Family Services Quality Improvement Plan. The Quality Improvement Plan sets out actions that we are taking right now to address issues identified as part of internal reviews, the 2018 Auditor General’s Report, and from staff feedback.
Déplacements des ministres
Veuillez noter que le calendrier des déplacements pourrait être modifié avec peu ou pas de préavis. Ce calendrier est à jour en date du 11 mars 2019.
Bob McLeod prononcera une allocution d’ouverture à l’occasion du symposium de l’industrie pétrolière et gazière de l’Arctique à Calgary, le 13 mars. Wally Schumann participera à des réunions de représentants de l’industrie à Calgary, le 15 mars.
Rencontres et participations événementielles
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8th to celebrate women’s social, cultural and political achievements throughout history and across nations. International Women’s Day also provides an important opportunity to showcase commitments towards women’s equality, to raise awareness and to highlight initiatives towards gender parity.
Mr. Speaker, ensuring Northwest Territories highways are a safe place for all road users is a top priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories. The challenges we face in regards to road safety are constantly evolving, and these challenges must often be met with unique and innovative solutions. In addition to the work undertaken each year to maintain and upgrade the engineering component of our highways, the Department of Infrastructure is also committed to staying up to date on policy and legislative initiatives aimed at making our roads safer.
Mr. Speaker, programs focused on both teacher and student wellness are foundational to Education Renewal. Mental wellness is essential for everyone involved in teaching and learning, and we have acted to address this need.
Mr. Speaker, with the conclusion of the seventh annual Dead North Film Festival this past weekend, it is appropriate that I speak today on our vibrant film industry and its growing importance to our economy.
First, I’d like to congratulate all of the participants in this year’s event. Nearly 40 films were submitted to the festival this year with entries from across the North, each region of our territory; and from as young as nine and ten years old.
Mr. Speaker, the land, water, air, wildlife and plants of the Northwest Territories play a critical role in the lives of Northerners. They are part of our heritage, identity and way of life. They provide for us in many ways as food for our families, traditional clothing, and transportation routes. The land sustains our livelihoods through hunting, trapping and gathering. It is the basis for our arts and culture.