Wally Schumann

MLA Hay River South

NWT Arts Refresh in the South Slave

With tourists pouring across the NWT border in search of the midnight sun and other spectacular NWT attractions, the South Slave is often the first stop.  What better place to showcase some of the amazing art created by registered NWT Artists?

It begins at the North of 60 Visitors Centre, just across the famous 60th parallel where new art pieces, representing all 5 regions of the NWT are on display.

South Slave NWT Arts Display
 Some of the art on display at the North of 60 Visitors Centre

Many of the displays at parks in the South Slave have also been refreshed – including at Hay River Territorial Park.

South Slave NWT Arts Display
Hay River Campground Gatehouse art displays and information

Not only can you view some amazing one-of-a-kind northern art you can learn where to purchase it by checking out our ‘Where to Buy NWT Arts’ sheets for the South Slave that are available in English, French, Korean, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese!

South Slave NWT Arts Display
Queen Elizabeth Campground Gatehouse – Fort Smith
South Slave NWT Arts Display
Twin Falls Campground Gatehouse

Make sure to pick up some additional information along the way.  There are 11 different brochures that highlight and explain the specific genres of art in the NWT.

South Slave NWT Arts Display
Lady Evelyn Falls Campground Gatehouse – Kakisa
South Slave NWT Arts Display
Fort Providence Campground Gatehouse

Through NWT Arts the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment promotes northern artists not only in the territory but across the globe.  A strong arts market is just one of the many facets of our efforts towards a strong and diversified economy for residents of the Northwest Territories.

Mackenzie Valley Highway Funding Announcement

I am pleased to be here this morning to take part in this official announcement and would like to thank Minister Bennett, MP McLeod, Premier McLeod, Chief Moses from Wrigley, representatives of the Sahtu and all our invited guests for joining us.One of these invited guests is Todd McCauley. Todd is the son of the late Cece Hodgson-McCauley who the Premier spoke about earlier. As he mentioned, Cece was a very vocal supporter of the Mackenzie Valley Highway and since she can’t be with us today to participate in this event, it is only fitting that her son Todd be here on her behalf and able to witness what her efforts and contribution to this project have achieved thus far.

Thank you for being here, Todd.

Another individual I would like to recognize is our Member for Parliament, the Honourable Michael McLeod. MP McLeod continues to be a supporter of our infrastructure initiatives and recognizes that these types of projects are investments in the future of the north and play an important role in our communities. Specifically for this project, MP McLeod not only supported the GNWT, but was instrumental in assisting our government to secure this funding. For that and your continued support, we are grateful and pleased that you were able to join us this morning.

This funding announcement is of great significance to the Northwest Territories and supports key components of the larger Mackenzie Valley Highway project, that once complete, will connect several remote communities to the public highway system and create economic opportunities such as increased tourism, and access for resource development.

The shared investment of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories towards this important project is evidence of the combined commitment of our two governments to make lasting improvements that support our mutual goals.

Making strategic investments in infrastructure, such as the Mackenzie Valley Highway is a mandate priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Highway infrastructure plays a very important part in in the longevity and well-being of our communities. Not just because of the connections it will make, but also because of the skills, training and economic benefits opportunities that construction projects bring to the communities and the people.

Of the total $140 million funding announced today, the federal government is contributing $102.5 million, while the Government of the Northwest Territories will provide the remaining $37.5 million. A portion of this funding is intended to support the construction of the Great Bear River Bridge, a project that has been long awaited by Sahtu residents to improve connections between communities.

The Great Bear River represents the final crossing along the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road system without a permanent structure and has been an obstacle to opening the road in previous years. Now, with the construction of the Bridge, residents will be able to expect enhanced safety and efficiency of community resupply operations as the resiliency of the winter road is increased and operating days are extended up to four weeks.

Further to the south of our territory, in the Dehcho Region, this funding will enable the construction of a 15 kilometre access road from Wrigley to Mount Gaudet. In addition to enhancing access to lands providing new traditional, recreational, and business opportunities, construction of the road will build local capacity to ensure residents can participate fully in the future construction of the Mackenzie Valley Highway.

Finally, funding for additional environmental and planning studies will support the completion of critical components of the Mackenzie Valley Highway project, including finalizing routing and design, leading to obtaining permits for road construction.

Together, these investments in our highway will bring us closer to achieving our vision of an all-weather road connecting NWT residents throughout the Mackenzie Valley all the way to the Arctic Coast.

We only need to look at the Canyon Creek All-season Road project taking place outside of Norman Wells to see how investments of this kind are creating jobs and having a transformative impact on the lives of Northerners. The federal government is providing $15 million under the New Building Canada Plan, with the Government of the Northwest Territories covering the remaining 25% of construction costs. Through this project, momentum has been building in the Sahtu region and across the North to push the Mackenzie Valley Highway ahead.

Over the next few months, the Government of the Northwest Territories will turn its attention to engaging residents and identifying opportunities for Indigenous and local participation in the activities being announced today.

The future construction of the all-weather highway supported by these projects will rely on further partnership with our federal colleagues and local Indigenous governments, including the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated.

The Sahtu Secretariat has helped to lobby for the advancement of the project through the Mackenzie Valley Highway Working Group. We thank the Secretariat and look forward to continued collaboration.

Meaningful investment in transportation infrastructure will unleash the potential of the North to contribute to Canada’s wealth, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Federal government to help bring this mutually beneficial project to reality.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Evolve NWT Agriculture

Agriculture plays an important role in the lives of all Canadians, creating good, middle-class jobs, and feeding Canadians and other countries around the world. Northwest Territories (NWT) agriculture development took a leap forward today with the official launch of the new federal-territorial agreement under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, Michael McLeod, joined NWT Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Wally Schumann,  to formalize the federal/territorial  agreement at Polar Egg in Hay River — the NWT’s most successful commercial agriculture business.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion cost-shared investment by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments in national, regional and local agriculture initiatives.

Approximately $5.6 million will be directly invested in the NWT agriculture sector under the Partnership. It will fund initiatives and investments aimed at encouraging the development of a relevant, commercially-viable food production and processing sector; and advancing greater self-sufficiency and food production in the NWT’s remote communities.

Aligned with the NWT Agriculture Strategy introduced last year, the Partnership will support emerging food growers and processors encouraging greater participation and entrepreneurial interest in the NWT’s agriculture sector.

Specific programming will invest in research, innovation, sustainability, capacity building, trade, processing, public awareness, and youth involvement to ensure the sector continues to evolve.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to the priorities that are important to Canadians—jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. In working with the Government of Northwest Territories through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we will support regionally effective programs to help grow northern agriculture.”

  • The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“Agriculture is a growing sector of our economy with the potential to provide our territory with good jobs, better food security, and more vibrant communities. This partnership will be crucial to our continued efforts to drive agriculture development in the NWT. I look forward to seeing how far these investments can take our territory down the road towards a profitable commercial agriculture industry, and a more diverse economy for our Northwest Territories.”

  • The Honourable Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment for the NWT

“Our North is a special place, with unique challenges and innovative people who rise to conquer those challenges on a daily basis. This funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will equip the Northwest Territories’ agriculture industry with the tools for prosperity, while cultivating new opportunities for sustainable growth across our communities and with northern youth.”

  • Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories

Quick facts

  • The NWT is home to roughly 40 commercial food growers, producers and agriculture businesses. This includes popular farmers’ markets that have been popping up across the territory.
  • For every $1 invested by the Government of the Northwest Territories, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will contribute $1.50 to the same investments.

New Tourism Program Gives Businesses a Competitive Advantage

Tourism businesses in the Northwest Territories (NWT) now have a free new training tool at their disposal. The Business, Market and Trade (BMT) Ready program teaches participants what it takes to sell tourism products to travellers from around the world.  

What does it mean to be business, market and trade ready?

The tourism industry around the world is highly-competitive and travellers and sales channels have high expectations. As this industry grows in the NWT, it is important that businesses know what to expect, how they can prepare, and what supports are available.  

  • Business-ready refers to a tourism business that has all applicable licences, permits and insurance in place to be able to operate legally in the NWT.
  • Market-ready describes a tourism business that has operated for two or more, years and is selling directly to the visitor.
  • Trade-ready means that a tourism business is selling their experiences through third party Distribution Sales Channels to reach even more visitors.

Interested in becoming certified in BMT-Ready Standards?

You can learn independently online (link is external) or contact your Regional ITI Office to set up an in-person session. To be eligible, you must have a valid Tourism Operator Licence and a business, collective or organization that is engaged in the tourism sector.

 

Learn more about the Business, Market and Trade Ready program.

 

The BMT curriculum was developed by NWT Tourism, in collaboration with the Yukon and Nunavut to help northern tourism suppliers increase their global competitiveness. Click here (link is external) to read the full news release.

 

Increasing the number of market and export ready tourism operators is a direct goal of Tourism 2020, and one of the ways the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is working to grow a strong and sustainable tourism industry.

GNWT Introduces Vision for Addressing Energy and Climate Change

YELLOWKNIFE (May 1, 2018) – The Government of the Northwest Territories has released its broad vision related to energy and climate change in the Northwest Territories.

The GNWT recognizes that NWT residents are concerned about the impacts of climate change and is committed to a government-wide approach that takes into account northern energy demands and the cost of living, while reflecting international and national commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions, exploring options for carbon pricing systems, and capturing local alternatives.

The three main documents – The 2030 Energy Strategy, 2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework, and the Petroleum Resources Strategy – set the foundation for how the GNWT will improve energy security, stabilize the cost of living and address the impacts of climate change with clear and positive action.

The strategies and framework to address energy and climate change in the Northwest Territories reflects this government’s commitments as outlined in the Mandate of the 18th Legislative Assembly.

Quotes:

“The 2030 Energy Strategy is our government’s commitment to developing an energy system that contributes to the territory’s economic, social and environmental well-being, while doing our part in the transition to a lower-carbon economy. In support of this vision, the Petroleum Resources Strategy sets a path for responsible oil and gas development that takes into consideration our government’s emerging vision for greater energy security and outlines a smart and sustainable path forward based on environmental and social sustainability.”

Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure, and Industry, Tourism and Investment

“The NWT is on the front lines of climate change and has been experiencing impacts for decades. Through the Climate Change Strategic Framework, our government is committed to addressing the threats that climate change poses to the sustainability of our communities and the way of life of our residents. A comprehensive approach to energy and climate change will benefit all residents by transitioning to a strong, healthy economy that is less reliant on fossil fuels and where our residents and communities are resilient and adaptive in the face of a changing climate.”

Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Quick Facts:

  • The Energy Strategy focuses on energy security, affordability and sustainability. The priority is to keep energy reliable, address cost-of-living, reduce climate change impacts, and support economic development.
  • In order for the GNWT to help Canada reach its targets under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the strategy focuses on six main strategic objectives:
    • Work with communities to find solutions.
    • Reduce GHG emissions in diesel communities by 25%.
    • Reduce road vehicle GHG emissions by 10% per capita.
    • Increase share of renewable energy used for heating to 40%.
    • Decrease building energy use by 15%.
    • Develop our energy potential to address industry emissions.
  • The NWT Petroleum Strategy is our 15-year plan to create northern benefits and energy security within the territory’s petroleum industry.
  • The strategy sets out a path to restore confidence and investment in the sector, open the door for new technologies and research, and ensure that the people who make their home in the NWT benefit from resources extracted here.
  • The Strategy identifies 10 goals under three pillars:
    • Improving our competitive edge
    • Ensuring benefits for NWT residents
    • Creating a sustainable and innovative sector
  • Through implementation of the 2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework, the GNWT will address the concerns and interest of NWT residents with a long-term comprehensive and coordinated response to climate change, outlined in three goals:
    • Transition to a strong, healthy economy that uses less fossil fuel, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.
    • Increasing understanding of climate change impacts occurring in the NWT
    • Building resilience and adapting to a changing climate

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Updates to NWT Petroleum Legislation: Engagement Update April 12th 3-7pm Ptarmigan Inn

Public engagement sessions continued last week as the GNWT visited the Sahtu and Beaufort Delta regions to get their input on proposed changes to oil and gas laws.

These latest sessions hit the NWT’s oil and gas heartland, so there was a lot to be said from those who attended.

Norman Wells — home of Canada’s longest-producing oil field — was the first stop on March 26. Before the public session, the engagement team sat down with representatives from the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and the Norman Wells Land Corporation. This is the first of many conversations the team anticipates having with these groups as engagement continues.

Residents in Norman Wells were particularly interested in learning more about what was being proposed. Experts from the GNWT team were able to sit down one-on-one and explain the proposed amendments in detail thanks to the open-workshop format and to provide takeaway-information from the cache of public education materials produced for this project.

The next morning, the team flew over the stunning Franklin Mountains and on to Inuvik. Immediately upon landing, they made their way to the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre to welcome participants.

Twenty-four participants, including local business and community leaders dropped in to make their thoughts known. Dominant topics at the session included finding ways to remove barriers for responsibly developing the Delta’s significant oil and gas resources, and concerns about environmental protection for oil and gas projects.

Media representatives were also on-hand to gain perspectives from local resident and speak with Director of Petroleum Resources for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment Menzie McEachern.

What’s Next?

Next up is the Yellowknife session. The session will be held April 9 at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre from 3-7pm.

There will be a territory-wide French language session held on April 10. Those who can be in Yellowknife and wish to participate in-person can come to the Janvier Room at the Explorer Hotel from 3-7pm. Those in other communities can contact 1-867-767-9202 ext. 63046 to take part via teleconference.

Soon after, on April 12, the team will visit the South Slave region. The session will be held from 3-7pm at Hay River’s Ptarmigan Inn.

Can’t take part in person? No problem! Have your say wherever you are, however you’d like as part of this comprehensive engagement campaign.

Take part in any of the following ways:

Government of the Northwest Territories

Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment — Petroleum Resources Division

# 64 Mackenzie Road

PO Box 3019

Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

For more information

Mike Westwick

Communications Officer

Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Government of the Northwest Territories

Mike_Westwick@gov.nt.ca (link sends e-mail)

1-867-767-9202 ext.63039

Hay River Health & Social Services Public Announcement

 

New Tourism Training Fund Program – Now Accepting Applications

From social media marketing to first aid training, the Tourism Training Fund (TTF) provides support for a variety of courses that can help you build a career in tourism.

The TTF is designed to fund short-term training opportunities for tourism workers to gain new skills or to upgrade skills and assist in supporting a well-training tourism labour force in the NWT.

To apply visit: www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/TTF or contact the Tourism Development Officer in your region.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 9, 2018.

Please note: the guidelines for the Tourism Training Fund (TTF) were recently revised.  Please read through all information found here carefully if you are interested in applying.

Federal Infrastructure Funding

N.W.T. Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann, left, and federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi signed a bilateral agreement at the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that makes $570 million in infrastructure funding available to the territory over the next 10 years.

Mr. Speaker, investments in effective and resilient infrastructure provide the foundation for a stronger North. Through infrastructure improvements, we can better connect communities to the services they rely on, while mitigating the cost of living and doing business. Replacing or upgrading our assets increases our resiliency to the impacts of climate change and as we expand our infrastructure, we will support important economic development that provides residents with well-paying jobs and training opportunities.

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has often worked in partnership with the federal government to deliver meaningful investments that have a transformative impact on our territory. I am pleased to say that earlier today we had the opportunity to announce another milestone in this partnership with the signing of an Integrated Bilateral Agreement for federal infrastructure funds under the Investing in Canada Plan.

Mr. Speaker, all funding under the Agreement is being cost shared 75 percent federal and 25 percent territorial funding.  The federal government’s contribution will provide over $570 million to the Government of the Northwest Territories under various funding streams of the Investing in Canada Plan over the next 10 years. The Northwest Territories’ contribution will come from a variety of sources and is approximately $190 million, meaning nearly $760 million in infrastructure funding in the North will be leveraged through the Agreement.  The streams included in the Agreement are the Green Infrastructure Fund; Public Transit Fund; Community, Culture and Recreation Fund; and Rural and Northern Communities Fund, which includes the Arctic Energy Fund.

Projects benefitting from this funding will help support the mandate and priorities of this Legislative Assembly. Upgrades to community infrastructure will improve quality of life for residents and increase local capacity. Transportation projects, such as ongoing highway rehabilitation, will provide for safer and more efficient intercommunity mobility.  Funding for energy projects will support the implementation of the 2030 Energy Strategy and Action Plan, and help us meet greenhouse gas reduction targets and stabilize the cost of living. Projects that support food security will increase the long-term sustainability of our communities. Expanded broadband connections will modernize our society and help address our ongoing communication technology requirements.

Mr. Speaker, the Department of Infrastructure expects to be prepared to submit applications for a few projects that could begin in early 2018-2019 to Infrastructure Canada.

Mr. Speaker, the signing of the Integrated Bilateral Agreement with Infrastructure Canada is good news. Going forward, further opportunities exist to leverage infrastructure funding for the Northwest Territories under various application-based programs under the Investing in Canada Plan.

In November, the Government of the Northwest Territories submitted comprehensive project proposals for the Slave Geological Province Access Corridor and Mackenzie Valley Highway to Transport Canada for funding consideration under the National Trade Corridors Fund. Up to $400 million in funding is being dedicated to transportation projects in the three territories under this program. The GNWT’s proposals identify funding for all project phases, with a focus on next priority phases, to help advance these corridors as committed to under our 25-year Transportation Strategy and the Government of the Northwest Territories mandate. It is anticipated that decisions around this first round of proposals will be made in April.

Mr. Speaker, project proposals sent to Transport Canada under the National Trade Corridors Fund will also be shared with the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which allows for an opportunity to fund these projects under the Bank instead. The Infrastructure Bank will focus on large, transformative, revenue-generating projects, which could potentially include the Slave Geological Province Access Corridor and Taltson Hydro Expansion Project. At this time, we are still awaiting additional details about when the Infrastructure Bank will become operational.

Mr. Speaker, there is also an opportunity to invest in NWT marine facilities under the Oceans Protection Plan. Transport Canada has announced its intention to invest $94.3 million over five years in Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in at least 30 northern communities in the NWT and Nunavut. This funding could be used to support the operations of Marine Transportation Services and upgrade marine landing sites in communities, enhancing the delivery of essential materials to residents and businesses. Expanding marine infrastructure along the Mackenzie River and Arctic Coast would provide new opportunities for shipping throughout this important marine corridor, and support industry operations contributing to important economic growth.

Mr. Speaker, the strength of our partnership with the federal government is once again allowing us to advance our infrastructure priorities. The strategic investment announced today will result in long-term benefits to residents that result in stronger, more sustainable communities and a vibrant and prosperous Northern economy. As usual, I will continue to keep Members apprised of the success of our infrastructure funding submissions going forward.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Update on GNWT Marine Transportation Services

Delivered on February 15, 2018

Mr. Speaker, the Mackenzie River is our marine highway to the Arctic Ocean. A reliable shipping route for generations, the Mackenzie River is the northernmost link of an intermodal supply chain that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Beaufort Sea and beyond.

2017 marked the year that the Government of the Northwest Territories assumed responsibility for scheduled tug and barge services to our communities on Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River and Arctic coast.In 2017, the GNWT Marine Transportation Services Division registered and reactivated six tugboats, transported more than 37 million litres of fuel, and carried more than 10 thousand tonnes of deck cargo to communities and commercial clients.

Other key accomplishments included maintenance work on Canadian Coast Guard vessels and substantial charter work for large, industrial clients.  The cost-effective and efficient delivery of such services to NWT businesses is one example of how the GNWT is fulfilling its mandate to strengthen connections with private sector partners in transportation infrastructure.

At the peak of last season, Marine Transportation Services employed over 140 people. 60 of those were from the Northwest Territories. Last season, Marine Transportation Services issued almost $ 3 million dollars in contracts to Northwest Territories businesses, and created many indirect spin-offs for local businesses.

Continued investment in our supporting marine infrastructure, including Canada’s northernmost inland shipyard will allow us to take advantage of such opportunities. The Government of the Northwest Territories continues to pursue opportunities for funding that may be available through initiatives such as the federal Oceans Protection Plan.

As we prepare for the 2018 sailing season, we begin from a much better operational situation than we did in our first season.  Experience from the 2017 sailing season is informing service improvement strategies, and work to determine an appropriate business model for the longer term continues.

Commercial, industrial and tourism activity in the Arctic is increasing, along with the economic and development opportunities that go with it.

To support this anticipated growth, we are pleased with the recent announcement by Transport Canada that they will provide funding to the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium to establish a Marine Training Centre in the Northwest Territories. The establishment of a centre for marine-related training is a strategic investment that supports the Government’s priority to develop a skilled northern workforce.

Mr. Speaker, our priority remains that essential goods will be delivered without fail and at reasonable cost to residents who rely on Marine Transportation Services. We are committed to building new business relationships, training our people, creating jobs, and stimulating the economy of the Northwest Territories.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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