Committees of the Legislative Assembly are always eager to hear the perspectives and opinions of Northwest Territories residents on the matters before them. The initiatives listed below are currently open for public engagement.
To give your opinion on any of the matters below, e-mail Committees@ntassembly.ca. To learn more about different ways to interact with Committees, visit the public participation tab on the Committees page.
Priority - Social Development
The Standing Committee on Social Development agreed upon Housing as its priority concern. The Committee knows that many residents are struggling to find safe and affordable housing. As a result, some families are living in overcrowded homes and some are facing homelessness.
The Committee is now focusing specifically on homelessness prevention. Homelessness prevention means providing those who are or have been homeless the resources and supports they need to stabilize their housing and reduce the likelihood of becoming homeless in the future. While homelessness prevention targets those who may be experiencing homelessness, it supports all people and communities because the focus is on creating safe and affordable housing throughout the Territory.
Here's how to engage:
Public Hearing in Behchokǫ̀ about Housing and Homelessness Prevention - August 29, 2022
The Standing Committee on Social Development will hold a public hearing in Behchokǫ̀ on the topic of housing and homelessness prevention on Monday, August 29th at the Kǫ̀ Gocho Sportsplex Centre. Supper will be provided at 5:30PM and the hearing will begin at 6:00PM.
The Committee warmly invites Behchokǫ̀ community members to attend the hearing and share experiences, ideas and suggestions with the Committee.
Priorities - Economic Development and Environment
The Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment has decided upon three main priorities:
Increase responsiveness of government policies and services to stimulate and diversify northern, and in particular Indigenous, businesses;
To maximize business opportunities from the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL), as well as other telecommunication opportunities for communities not connected to the MVFL; and
Ensure the Northwest Territories is well positioned to prevent environmental liabilities, effectively manage contaminated sites, and stimulate local economic opportunities through remediation.
The Committee continues to hold public hearings on these topics and do research with stakeholders. If you are interested in sharing perspectives on one of the above priorities, please contact Committees@ntassembly.ca
Statutory Review – Official Languages Act
The Standing Committee on Government Operations is undertaking a statutory review of the Official Languages Act.
The Act must be reviewed about every 5 years. The last review was done in 2014.
The Committee has been consulting with the public about the following discussion points:
What is working well for promoting official languages? What languages should be included in the Act? What should the Official Languages Commissioner be responsible for? What is not working well in the Act? How should languages rights be honoured? Where should languages rights be applied? What could the government be doing better to promote and protect official languages? What should First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Governments and organizations be responsible for?
If you have thoughts to share about the Official Languages Act, please send a written submission to Committees@ntassembly.ca. You can also e-mail the same address to arrange a time to speak to Committee over video conference.
Priority - Government Operations
The Standing Committee on Government Operations has set the following priority:
Identify the systemic barriers to increasing the representation of Indigenous people in the public service, and review Government of the Northwest Territories human resource practices and policies.
The Committee continues to hold public hearings on this topic and continues its research with stakeholders. If you are interested in sharing your perspectives on increasing the representation of Indigenous people in the public service, please contact Committees@ntassembly.ca
Priority - Special Committee on Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs
The Special Committee is focused on encouraging discussions and producing recommendations in relation to Aboriginal Rights negotiations and reconciliation with the Northwest Territories’ Indigenous Peoples. Specifically it seeks to recommend ways ot more easily implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
To share your thoughts and perspectives with the Committee, contact Committees@ntassembly.ca