Wally Schumann

MLA Hay River South

Summer Student Meet and Greet

This gave students a opportunity to meet new people, learn about other GNWT departments and network with other students in the community


GNWT Marine Transportation Services Update

Delivered on June 1, 2017 by Minister Wally Schumann

Mr. Speaker, in December of last year the GNWT took steps to ensure the North did not lose an important transportation link that delivers essential petroleum products and cargo, including consumer goods and construction materials, to communities and customers on Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River and the Arctic coastal region when it purchased assets of Northern Transportation Company Limited.  These assets included the Hay River Shipyard; properties in Hay River, Norman Wells, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk; and, a fleet of specialized tugboats and single-hulled barges for transporting deck cargo to all NWT communities that rely on marine resupply.

We have also purchased two double-hulled barges that were not included in the original assets, to satisfy Transport Canada regulations for transporting fuel in oceans. We will continue to update and improve our fleet to provide these essential services to our communities.  We are working with our federal counterparts to determine how we might access federal funding that is being made available for northern marine initiatives.

We are now taking stock of these assets and preparing them to ship goods and services.  We are confirming the properties and leases for ongoing operational requirements, and determining the best and highest-use options for surplus lands. We are currently registering owned properties, and confirming crown land and revenue leases.

Mr. Speaker, we take our responsibility to protect the environment seriously.  Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments for all the sites with leases on Commissioner’s and Territorial Lands have been completed. We will continue to work with Environment and Natural Resources this summer to conduct Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessments on the lands we have acquired. This program will continue over the next three summers to determine what remediation activities may be required.

I would like to give all Members an update on where we stand now, as we approach the 2017 sailing season.

We have developed a sailing plan and have posted a schedule to our website.  Our cargo office in Hay River is up and running, our website has been launched, and a toll-free customer service number has been established.  We have ran advertisements in all the local newspapers and on social media, and we have been receiving daily inquiries.  We will visit all NWT marine-accessible communities this season, and we have confirmed that we will also provide service to Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay.

A business model is currently under development with the assistance of Ernst and Young, which will help inform how the Marine Transportation Services will be operated in the future.  The summer operations will inform the analysis as to which business model is likely to be most appropriate.

In the interim, we are proposing that a revolving fund be established for Marine Transportation Service. The establishment of a Marine Transportation Services revolving fund will enable the marine operations to be self-financing until the determination of a long-term business model is made.  It will allow for the management of costs associated with the ongoing operations, maintenance and capital expenditures in a manner that does not require the GNWT to fund the capital, operations and management through appropriations as is required for normal program delivery.

We have established freight and cargo rates for this operating season.  They are lower than the 2016 rates. This gives us a business benchmark for expenses and revenues, as we consider factors like reliability of service, reducing risk to the GNWT, return on investment, opportunities for NWT businesses, and employment opportunities for NWT residents.

Our contractor’s maintenance crews are now in Inuvik making the vessels ready to sail. Three vessels have been dedicated to our core community business, as well as our Kitikmeot and Prudhoe Bay service. These will arrive in Hay River during the third week of June, where they will be dry-docked and inspected.  The first cargo-loaded vessels will set sail from Hay River on or about the first of July.

Customer cargo is rolling in to our Hay River yard.  Fuel orders are currently being placed with our fuel supplier.  We have made arrangements with the NWT Housing Corporation to move construction materials to northern communities, we will move goods for the Northern Stores and for Arctic Cooperatives, and we are concluding contracts for the movement of fuel and cargo for various other large customers.

Increasing Marine Transportation Services business will help us keep rates affordable, keep our revenue projections on track and sustain this service for Northerners.

We have been awarded a contract to provide maintenance work for the Canadian Coast Guard on the two buoy tender vessels that are dedicated to provide essential aid to navigation services on the Mackenzie River.  This contract positions us to serve the Coast Guard with their ongoing and future needs and demonstrates the ongoing value of the Hay River Shipyard.

Mr. Speaker, while we are on our way to making this sailing season a success, we are also already looking to the future.  Marine Transportation Services serves a critical role in the North.  It reaches from Canada’s northernmost port in Hay River all the way up to some of the highest communities in Canada.  There are very few businesses like it in the world.

We are determining how this business can be sustained and improved to meet the needs of our residents and other customers, and be positioned to seize the opportunities that the future may present.  We have engaged a business consulting firm to assist, and we are working with the Department of Finance to analyze operations over the course of this season, determine optimal business structures and operating models for the long-term, and produce a comprehensive analysis and report with recommendations by the fall of this year.

Our purchase of the shipyard, terminals and marine fleet is a strategic investment in transportation infrastructure that provides jobs, helps stimulate our economy, and will maintain the Mackenzie River as a primary route to safely and efficiently move essential goods to our communities‎.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Seasonal Load Allowances Update

The Department of Infrastructure (INF) would like to advise that seasonal load allowances have been updated on certain highway sections as of Monday, June 5, 2017. 

 INF will enforce these load allowances in order to best protect and preserve the NWT Highway System.

 For the most up-to-date information, visit our website or call the road information line at 1-800-661-0750.


Princess Alexandra Grade 6 trip to the Legislative Assembly


2017 Recipients of the Order of the Northwest Territories



(YELLOWKNIFE) Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Paul Delorey, Chair of the Northwest Territories’ Honours Advisory Council, is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Order of the Northwest Territories as:

  • Mr. Paul Andrew of Yellowknife
  • Mr. Fred Carmichael of Inuvik
  • Mr. Russell King of Hay River
  • Ms. Lynda Koe of Yellowknife
  • Mr. Jeff Phillip of Yellowknife
  • Mr. Tom Zubko of Inuvik


The Order of the Northwest Territories, established in 2013 by the Territorial Emblems and Honours Act, recognizes individuals who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the NWT or elsewhere. It is the highest honour awarded to NWT residents. A member of the Order can wear the insignia of the Order as a decoration and use the initials “O.N.W.T.” after his or her name.

“These six recipients deserve to be granted this honour,” said Paul Delorey, Chair. “They are passionate northerners who greatly inspire residents of the NWT to persevere, share our knowledge and wisdom and, give back to our people and communities.”

The induction ceremony is being held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:30 am in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly. The Deputy Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, the Honourable Gerald W. Kisoun, will lead the ceremony in his role as Chancellor of the Order.

The ceremony is open to the public and the media are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact:


Tim Mercer

Secretary to the Honours Advisory Council

P: 867-767-9130 or 1-800-661-0784

E: Tim_Mercer@gov.nt.ca





Yellowknife, le mardi 23 mai 2017 – Paul Delorey, président du Conseil consultatif des distinctions des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, est heureux d’annoncer les récipiendaires 2017 de l’Ordre des Territoires du Nord-Ouest :


  • M. Paul Andrew de Yellowknife
  • M. Fred Carmichael d’Inuvik
  • M. Russell King de Hay River
  • Mme Lynda Koe de Yellowknife
  • M. Jeff Phillip de Yellowknife
  • M. Tom Zubko d’Inuvik


L’Ordre des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, fondé en 2013 par la Loi sur les emblèmes et les distinctions territoriaux, reconnaît les personnes qui se sont le plus distinguées et qui ont excellé dans un domaine au profit des gens des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (TNO) ou d’ailleurs. Il s’agit de la plus haute distinction honorifique décernée aux Ténois. Un membre de l’Ordre peut porter l’insigne de l’Ordre comme décoration et utiliser les initiales O.T.N.-O après son nom.

« Ces six récipiendaires méritent que nous leur rendions hommage, a déclaré le président Paul Delorey. Il s’agit de Ténois passionnés qui inspirent les résidents des TNO à persévérer, à partager leurs connaissances et leur sagesse ainsi qu’à rendre service aux gens et aux collectivités. »

La cérémonie d’intronisation se tiendra le mardi 30 mai 2017 à 11 h 30 dans la Chambre de l’Assemblée législative. Le commissaire adjoint des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, M. Gerald W. Kisoun, présidera les investitures en sa qualité de chancelier de l’Ordre.

Le public et les médias sont invités à assister à la cérémonie.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, communiquez avec :


Tim Mercer

Secrétaire du Conseil consultatif des distinctions

Tél. : 867-767-9130 ou 1-800-661-0784

Courriel : Tim_Mercer@gov.nt.ca



Tourism Week Challenge

Tourism Series: Aboriginal Tourism Champions

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With a rich history, traditions, and arts and crafts, the NWT’s Aboriginal tourism is a burgeoning sector that attracts visitors from around the world. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) offers programs, services and supports to foster growth in this exciting sector.

Q&A with ITI’s Aboriginal Tourism Development Officer

Douglas Dillon has worked as the Aboriginal Tourism Development Officer with ITI for the last five years. In that time he has seen great progress made with Aboriginal and cultural tourism in the territory and he’s excited for where it will go from here.

Q: Why did you decide to get into this type of work?

A: I’ve always been interested in tourism. Even at a young age, I was a tourism ambassador without realizing it. I grew up in Deline and people would fly in for fishing trips on Great Bear Lake. I also spent summers in Tulita and I’d make personal connections with the visitors who came for canoeing trips. In both communities, visitors were curious about local stories, the Hudson’s Bay Company, how the community came to be, traditional activities and culture. I would answer their questions and share my knowledge.

I’ve always had an instinct of how to connect people with their destination. When the opportunity for this job came along it was something I was excited to do. Aboriginal tourism falls in line with recreation, relaxation and healthy living.

Q: What does your role as the Aboriginal Tourism Development Officer involve?

A: I provide advice and support to Aboriginal governments, tourism businesses and groups. I act as a liaison for the department, coordinate workshops, and conduct Aboriginal tourism research and initiatives.

Q: Why is Aboriginal tourism so important in the NWT?

A: In the NWT we have unique cultures and traditions that are still practiced from ancient history. Aboriginal tourism is a way for the NWT to revive its cultural practices and revive its languages.

Cultural events, like drum dances, hand games and fiddling in the NWT are big celebrations.

If you’ve ever been to a drum dance you’ll understand how it captivates you. The sound grabs your attention and resonates through you. These experiences bring people together and make the community stronger. People act as a family unit. So, when visitors come and are invited to take part in these cultural events, they’re being invited to become part of that family unit.

Aboriginal Tourism Champions Program

Did you know that ITI has a specialized program that selects ambassadors to help develop, expand and improve authentic Aboriginal tourism products and initiatives in the NWT? The Aboriginal Tourism Champions Program does just that! Selected champions help support economic growth in local communities, preserve local culture and language and encourage interest and pride in younger generations in their culture, history and heritage.

Applications for 2017 are now being accepted; the deadline to apply in June 12, 2017. Click here to learn more.

Youth Parliament

Lisa Boutilier is Hay River South Youth Parliament Representative.  There is a mock session happening with all the youth participating from across the north, Thursday May 11th.  This session will be live broadcast from 1:30-6:00 pm on Bell ExpressVu #513 – Shaw Direct Advanced package #289  and Shaw Direct Classic Line-up #489.

Youth Parliament

SEED Reforms Enhance Support for Business

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YELLOWKNIFE (May 8, 2017) – The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is increasing the amount of funding that it provides to NWT entrepreneurs and small businesses under its signature Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Programs.

The increased funding amounts come following an internal review of the SEED policy and in response to rising costs and feedback received from NWT Business owners.

Enhancements have been made to the Entrepreneur Support, Micro Business, and Business Intelligence and Networking streams.

ITI will also pilot a new Strategic Investments stream in 2017-18.  It will allow for one-time contributions of up-to $75,000 for initiatives which directly increase the business and economic activities of a community, result in increased local employment, support regional economic development plans; and  leverage funding sources outside of the GNWT.


“Our government’s commitment to economic diversification is reliant on a foundation of small and medium sized businesses.  As these businesses flourish, their success will be reflected in regional economic growth and eventually the sustainability of the NWT’s economy overall. We’re expanding and improving our suite of programs to align them with the needs of NWT entrepreneurs and their businesses.”

Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick Facts

  •          The Entrepreneur Support stream’s maximum contribution will increase from $15,000 to $25,000
  •          The Business Intelligence and Networking stream’s maximum contribution will increase from $3,000 to $4,000.
  •          The Micro Business stream’s maximum contribution will remain at $5,000, but this maximum will now be over three years rather than five.

Relevant links

Media contact:

Drew Williams

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications

Industry, Tourism and Investment

1-867-767-9202 ext. 63039

Drew_Williams@gov.nt.ca (link

Congratulations to the Midwifery Program on their two years of great service to Hay River. Thirty babies born in Hay River in two years !!!!

Thanks to our amazing midwives Heather Heinrichs and Toni Fehr for all their hard work and for making this program a success !!!


Outreach Legal Aid Clinic


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