Wally Schumann

MLA Hay River South

Month: May 2017

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

News Type:
News Releases

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


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Northwest Territories Social Assistance Appeal Committee

Northwest Territories
Social Assistance Appeal Committee
– All Communities, NT –

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is now accepting applications from
residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) who are interested in serving as members of a Social
Assistance Appeal Committee .
There are six regional Committees in the Northwest Territories. The Minister appoints members to a
Committee for a term of two years. The Committees operate under the authority of the NWT Social
Assistance Act, Income Assistance Regulations, and related policies and guidelines. The Committees
hear appeals of applicants that do not agree with an Income Security Program decision and may
affirm, reverse, or vary a decision.

If you are interested in being a Committee member, please submit a one page letter of interest and
your current resume to the address below.
Appeals Office, ECE Programs and Services
#207 -62 Woodland Drive
P.O. Box 4215
Hay River, NT   X0E 1G5

Deadline for submissions is 3:00PM, FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017

For more information contact: Registrar of Appeals
Appeals Office, ECE Programs and Services Ph: (867) 874-2359
Toll Free: (855) 546-1232
Fax: (867) 874-2361
Email: Michelle_Staszuk@gov.nt.ca

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