Wally Schumann

MLA Hay River South

Month: March 2017


The Standing Committee on Social Development, chaired by Mr. Shane Thompson, is reviewing two bills and will be in Hay River for a public hearing.


Bill 16: An Act to Amend the Education Act

This Bill amends the Education Act to change the age of access to kindergarten programs from five years of age to four years of age. The Act is also amended to reduce the minimum hours of instruction required for grades 1 through 12.


Bill 18: An Act to Amend the Health and Social Services Professions Act

This Bill amends the Health and Social Services Professions Act and imposes a requirement on registered members to comply with continuing competency recording requirements, and authorizes inspection of those records. It also authorizes the Minister to approve various items such as educational facilities, programs, and standards of practice.


We want to hear from you


Hay River (both bills)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ptarmigan Inn – Alexandra Falls Room

7:00 pm


To make a submission, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Doug Schauerte, Committee Clerk

Telephone: 867-767-9130 ext. 12014| Toll-Free: 1-800-661-0784

Fax: (867) 873-0432 | E-mail: doug_schauerte@gov.nt.ca


The Committee has a small travel budget and interested people may apply for assistance to travel to a meeting location near you. Applications must be received by the Committee Clerk no less than one week prior to the hearing dates. For more information or to apply for travel assistance, contact the Committee Clerk.


If you wish to utilize any of the official languages of the Northwest Territories, other than English, please contact the Committee Clerk before 5pm on Monday, April 3, 2017.






Hay River Seniors Society

Hay River Senior’s donate books and videos to Home Care which will assist them with clients suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s


On April 1st, the Department of Transportation will be increasing 229 fines under the Northwest Territories Motor Vehicles Act regulations.

Motor Vehicle fines to increase on April 1, 2017

YELLOWKNIFE (March 28, 2017) – On April 1st, the Department of Transportation will be increasing 229 fines under the Northwest Territories Motor Vehicles Act regulations.

The decision comes in an effort to make territorial roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and other users of the highway system.  Some of the violations that will result in an increased penalty include the following:

  • Failure to wear seatbelt: increased from $115 to $172
  • Failure to stop for school bus: increased from $115 to $402
  • Failure to stop a vehicle at a red light: increased from $86 to $172.

The Department continues to conduct public awareness advertising campaigns during the year in an effort to educate the travelling public and reduce the number of incidents on NWT public roads and highways.

For a complete list of the new fines, please see the Summary Convictions Procedure Regulations that can be found on the Department of Justice website at:


For more information, please contact Greg Hanna, Communications Coordinator, at 867-767-9082 ext. 31046 or greg_hanna@gov.nt.ca.

Youth Parliament – Deadline for applying is April 1st

Youth ParliamentYPApplicationform2017web

One year and counting for the start of the AWG







Upcoming Meeting – NWT Energy Strategy and Climate Change Strategic Framework

Energy Strategy

GNWT releases first-ever Agriculture Strategy

Yellowknife School Garden

GNWT releases first-ever Agriculture Strategy

News Type:
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (March 3, 2017) – The Northwest Territories’ (NWT) first-ever Agriculture Strategy was released today setting the stage for actions, investments and the development of legislative tools that will advance the increased production of fresh, healthy, safe and more affordable locally grown food choices, and new economic opportunities for NWT residents.

The Strategy, titled The Business of Food: A Food Production Plan was developed from engagements with the Northern Farm Training Institute, the NWT Association of Communities, the federal government and NWT residents. Its implementation will support the 18th Legislative Assembly’s overarching priority to develop and diversify the NWT economy and the mandate commitment to develop and implement an Agriculture Strategy.

Under the Strategy, several GNWT departments will work to address the economic, regulatory and safety requirements needed to advance commercial agriculture in the NWT.


“The demand for affordable, locally grown food choices will create business and entrepreneurial opportunities that will work to strengthen and diversify the NWT’s economy overall. We want to see the NWT’s agriculture sector thrive.”

Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

“Fresh affordable and locally grown food sources will promote community wellness and an enhanced quality of life for all NWT residents.  But this means more than just sowing seeds. We must work to establish regulations for the safe management and production of food and the sale of agriculture products in the NWT”.

Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services

“The growth and development of our territory’s agriculture sector supports our government’s vision for sustainable land use.  We are committed to making land available to build a diversified economy that includes our agriculture sector for the future as part of the implementation of this strategy.”

Louis Sebert, Minister of Lands

Quick facts

  • The NWT Agriculture Strategy is composed of 47 actions organized under six pillars: Planning; Community Leadership, Partners and Collaboration; Regulatory Measures; Training and Capacity Building; Resources; and Food Production.
  • The GNWT invests $1.2 million annually for agriculture programs and initiatives under its Growing Forward II partnership with the federal government.

Relevant links



Mumps Information for Coaches, Recreation Coordinators, School Principals and Parents

Several Canadian provinces are experiencing a mumps outbreak.    While members of professional
sport teams have been the most affected by these outbreaks, it has also impacted individuals in
other settings.    If you are travelling outside of the NWT, please ensure that your vaccines are
up to date and you take precautions to avoid being exposed to this disease.

Mumps is a contagious virus that causes painful swelling of the cheeks and neck, fever, dry mouth,
headache, earache, fatigue, sore muscles, loss of appetite, and trouble talking, chewing, or
swallowing. Most healthy people usually recover from mumps within 10 days.    In rare cases it can
cause serious complications such as deafness, meningitis, and infections of the testicles or
ovaries. .

Mumps is spread easily through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.    You become
infected when you breathe in air or touch a surface contaminated with the virus. Mumps can also be
spread through contact with an infected person’s saliva, such as kissing; sharing food and drinks;
or sharing cigarettes. A person with mumps can spread the virus for about seven days before
symptoms start showing.

To avoid getting mumps make sure immunizations are up to date. To avoid spreading or being exposed
to mumps, wash hands thoroughly and often, avoid sharing water bottles and other items contaminated
with saliva, and cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or forearm.

In the NWT, mumps vaccination is offered to residents at no charge. If students and athletes have
not received a total of two doses of mumps-containing vaccine, they should contact their local
health centre or public health unit to get the vaccination.    Please note that pregnant women
should  not receive the mumps vaccine.
Individuals who think they might have mumps should contact their local health centre or family
doctor. For the safety of others, it’s important for people to call ahead and describe their
symptoms before going to a health centre or doctor’s office. People with mumps should stay home
from school/work/sports for at least five days after symptoms appear.

Contact your local public health unit or health centre if you have questions about the mumps or the
vaccine. More information can be found here:

André Corriveau, MD, MBA, FRCPC

Congratulations Carolyn on a job well done. Thank you for your commitment!

The Minister of Education, Culture, & Employment’s congratulatory statement to Carolyn Carroll for her recognition as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2017.

Alfred Moses: Canada’s Outstanding Principals: Education, Culture and Employment Milestone Statement

Delivered on March 1, 2017

Mr. Speaker, as I’ve said in this Assembly, education is one of the cornerstones of development and success. There are always people behind a student’s experience in education, and they are usually teachers or principals.

Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate Ms. Carolyn Carroll, Principal of both Harry Camsell School and Princess Alexandra School in Hay River on being recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2017. Principals who receive the award are nominated by their colleagues, school staff, and community members. She is the ninth principal in the NWT to receive this honour.

Originally from Newfoundland, she came to the Northwest Territories in the late 1980s and taught throughout the Tłįchǫ region. For the past 20 years, she has taught at all of the schools in Hay River, and as principal of Harry Camsell and Princess Alexandra since 2013.

Ms. Carroll has created inclusive learning environments at the schools with all staff members committed to a philosophy of child-centred learning and collaboration.

She recognizes the importance of the school reflecting the culture of the community, and has spearheaded a number of culturally responsive programs for the school populations.

Ms. Carroll is a strong believer in inquiry and play-based learning in students. In 2013, self-regulation was introduced in three classrooms in Harry Camsell School. Self-regulation helps students manage their energy levels. When teachers create classroom environments that minimize stressors as well as help students to recognize, respond and manage their energy levels through self-regulation, students are better able to approach learning in a calm and focused manner.

At Harry Camsell, these classrooms include ways for students to help manage their energy, like stationary bicycles to help burn off extra energy, and options for children to learn and participate without sitting at desks.

In addition to her focus on student identity, culture and learning, she is a strong believer in professional development for teachers and collaborative learning environments. As a team, they collectively set goals, share and analyze student data, plan targeted interventions and share their successes.

Mr. Speaker, Ms. Carroll is described as an ‘agent of change’, with very positive support from her community, and from the parents of the students in the schools. Her teaching principles reflect exactly what we’re trying to embody at the Department, Mr. Speaker. Education Renewal is a strategy of transformative change in the NWT school system, with a focus on increasing student wellness and outcomes, and improving teacher wellness. We recognize we must do things differently to ensure the needs of our students and teachers are being met, and Ms. Carroll is a leader in this regard.

Ms. Carroll is currently attending a five-day Executive Leadership Training Program delivered by the internationally renowned Rotman School of Management. Once complete, she will join some 400 exceptional educators that comprise the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals, which offers its members ongoing networking, mentorship and professional development opportunities.

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Carolyn Carroll and her continued dedication to her students, community, and excellence in education.

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