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The second Aboriginal Languages Symposium wrapped up last week in Yellowknife. Nearly two hundred delegates from across the Northwest Territories, representing all nine Aboriginal language groups, attended the two-day gathering.
Mr. Speaker, Aboriginal languages are important pillars of our Northwest Territories society – they create a strong sense of identity and belonging, and we must actively work with our language communities to ensure our youth identify themselves as language and cultural ambassadors.
Mr. Speaker, today is the official Anti-Bullying Day, a day celebrated during the last Wednesday of February of each year. I am pleased we are wearing pink carnations today, marking a day of protest against bullying.
Mr. Speaker, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment is committed to providing quality education opportunities for all residents of the Northwest Territories. Healthy, educated people are the backbone of a strong and prosperous society, and a goal of this Assembly.
Mr. Speaker, February 18th to 22nd is Education Week and is also Heritage Week.
Mr. Speaker, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment is committed to strategic communications, coordinated program planning and delivery, and strong working relationships with its partners.
Mr. Speaker, our government believes NWT residents can reach their potential and be healthy, educated people free from poverty.
The Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Health and Social Services (HSS) continue to gather information from experts, Aboriginal and community leaders, Elders and Northwest Territories residents as part of their work towards a renewed Early Childhood Development Framework.
The Departments of Health and Social Services and Education, Culture and Employment are pleased to announce the return of the NWT’s youth anti-smoking campaign Don’t Be a Butthead.