Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Policy Change in Canada

The presentation below by Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, was given November 10, 2015 at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife. It was an event organized in collaboration between the NWT Regional Group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Dene Nahjo. It is well worth watching.


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Food Rescue Needs Volunteers

The following message is from Yellowknife’s Food Rescue organization. If you have time to donate, I can assure you it is a worthwhile and satisfying cause.


Food Rescue needs you!

If you have a half day or full day to offer once a week, Monday to Friday 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. we need volunteers in the following positions:
Kitchen Manager – Receive the food donations, weigh and count it, enter it in a spreadsheet, call the clients and ask them what they can use that day, pack up orders, oversee general operations of site.  Anyone physically fit and with a general knowledge of computers and some organizational skills can do this job.
Kitchen volunteers – sort and clean up food products as they arrive; process certain items; help count inventory; bag product for the Food Bank.

Food Rescue is a fun place to volunteer and you will be part of an amazing redistribution of food from our donor grocery stores to the hungry of Yellowknife.

Email or call 669-3663 (669-FOOD) to find out more.

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Food and Best Before Dates

Last week CBC TV’s Marketplace aired a story about food stores and possible abuse of best before dates. It suggested food should not be used after it’s best before date.

Today CBC Radio’s the 180 discussed the same topic. Click here to read a summary and analysis, and to listen to the program’s segment on best before dates. “best before” does not mean throw it out after that date! Do not contribute unnecessarily to our landfills!

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Thank You Frame Lakers!!

Today – October 23rd  – is my last day as the NWT MLA for Frame Lake. I am retiring (!) and looking forward to NOT WORKING!

Thank you so much to the residents of Frame Lake for the honour and privilege of representing you for the last eight years. I have learned much from you my constituents, my colleagues, and my supporters. And I owe much to my friends and family who provided me with good counsel and support throughout my two terms. Thank you all.

I have enjoyed providing information for the constituents of Frame Lake through this blog. I hope it has been of some use to all who partook.  I am not leaving town, so will be around Yellowknife enjoying ‘life after politics’, and hope to see many of you.

Because my MLA work is ended, this blog site will be closed effective today.

Thanks again – take care.                         Wendy

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The Art of Healing – Cancer Group Workshop

The NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group is hosting a weekend workshop specific to the needs of women undergoing cancer treatment or enduring post-cancer times and for their caregivers. “The Art of Healing” utilizes the medium of art, coupled with guided group discussions with trained facilitators to assist participants on their path to healing.

The two-day program takes place on October 17 & 18 in Yellowknife. The theme of the program is “A Creative Journey Inward,” and will be facilitated by Anke Tuininga and artist Dianne Mercredi, sponsored by Field Law and the City of Yellowknife, more information here.

There is no fee to attend the workshop but participants should register in advance. All materials, lunch and snacks provided.

For information and registration, email: or call Johanna at 867-445-5888.

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17th Assembly Fifth Session Seventh Sitting – Day Eight October 8, 2015

My Member Statement provided some advice to the 18th Assembly – things they should follow up on.

The four Standing Committee Transition Reports were presented and accepted by the House. They can be found here or at the Hansard link below. Happy reading!

We debated two motions:
MOTION 54-17(5): CLIMATE CHANGE PLANNING – Bromley, BISARO – Carried, 9 for, 0 against, 8 abstentions

There was no business for Committee of the Whole.

The Commissioner attended and gave assent to 16 Bills, and then declared the Fifth Session of the 17th Assembly prorogued. The NWT 17th Legislative Assembly is now concluded. The 18th Assembly will convene following the November 23rd election.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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17th Assembly Fifth Session Seventh Sitting – Day Seven October 7, 2015

My Member Statement addressed housing needs in Yellowknife.

My Oral Questions were to the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources about mine liabilities, assessments of them and securities we hold on them.

I made a Reply to the Opening Address – a retrospective look at my time in the 16th and 17th Assemblies.

In Committee of the Whole we considered Bill 55 – Mental Health Act. Bill 55 is now ready for Third Reading.

The Speaker provided his ruling on the Point of Order raised by MLA Dolynny on October 5th.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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Carbon Monoxide / Safety Contest

Fire Prevention Week!
1. The NWT Fire Marshal is reminding residents that with the beginning of another winter that all residents should be checking their carbon monoxide safety preparedness.

Carbon monoxide is a gas that is created by the incomplete burning of fuels. These fuels include gasoline, wood, natural gas, propane and oil. All are common and used daily in homes across the NWT.

Carbon monoxide is odourless, tasteless, and invisible. Carbon monoxide is poisonous and can accumulate in living spaces due to improperly installed or operating heating devices.

Carbon monoxide awareness is a key element to every home’s fire protection plan. If you want more information on how to ensure you and your family are protected you can contact your local Assistant Fire Marshal.

2. Until October 30th, as part of Fire Prevention Week, the Office of the Fire Marshal will be running a Home Fire Safety contest. Residents and their children are encouraged to fill out an online checklist at, and all completed checklists will be entered into the contest prize draw. The entry deadline is October 30, 2015.

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17th Assembly Fifth Session Seventh Sitting – Day Six October 6, 2015

My Member Statement was about the Junior Kindergarten Review.

My Oral Questions were to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment on the review of the Junior Kindergarten program that was promised and remains outstanding.

In Committee of the Whole we concluded deliberation of Supplementary Appropriation (Infrastructure Expenditures) No. 2 2015-2016 and considered the following bills, which are now ready for third reading: Bill 56 Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015; Bill 59 Estate Administration Law Amendment Act; Bill 62 An Act to Amend the Coroners Act; Bill 63 An Act to Amend the Victims of Crime Act; Bill 64 An Act to Amend the Co-operative Associations Act; Bill 69 An Act to Amend the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, No. 2; Bill 45 An Act to Amend the Workers’ Compensation Act; Bill 49 An Act to Amend the Deh Cho Bridge Act; Bill 60 An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicles Act, No. 2; Bill 61 An Act to Amend the Public Airports Act; Bill 65 An Act to Amend the Safety Act; Bill 68 An Act to Amend the Child and Family Services Act, No. 2.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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17th Assembly Fifth Session Seventh Sitting – Day Five October 5, 2015

My Member Statement addressed the lack of action on the Action Plan for Persons With Disabilities.

My Oral Questions were to the Minister of Lands regarding the temporary closure of Cantung Mine.

In Committee of the Whole we concluded Supplementary Appropriation (Operations Expenditures) No. 3 2015-2016 and began consideration of Supplementary Appropriation (Infrastructure Expenditures) No. 2 2015-2016.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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