What exactly does a Page do?
Pages from across the NWT play a key role at the Legislative Assembly by providing essential services to the Members and Officers of the Legislature. When the Legislative Assembly is in session, pages sit in various places around the Chamber and watch for the Members' call and respond accordingly
- preparing for and cleaning up after each sitting of the Legislature
- distributing documents in the Legislative Chamber
- receiving and delivering items inside and outside the Chamber, as directed
- distributing translation receivers
The Page Program gives junior high school students, who are developing an interest in the legislative process or public affairs, a unique opportunity to see first-hand how public policy is set by the Legislative Assembly.
The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Assembly administers the Page Program, which includes establishing work schedules and standards of behaviour, supplying uniforms, and day-to-day supervision of the pages.
So you want to be a Page at NWT’s Legislative Assembly
The Sergeant-at Arms contacts local Yellowknife schools on a rotational basis asking for pages to work at the Legislative Assembly. School principals distribute information and application packages to grade 8 and 9 students. Typically, 8 students are selected from the group of applicants.
Students from communities outside of Yellowknife also have an opportunity to become pages at the Legislative Assembly. To ensure equal representation from all constituencies, students are selected on a constituency/community/school rotational basis.
For each sessional day, 8 pages are required, which typically includes 4 students from Yellowknife and 4 out of town students.
Students chosen for the Page Program must have a good all-round performance at school and self-discipline. During the application process, aspiring pages will need to provide a copy of their latest school transcript, a recommendation from their school, and references.
If interested, let your principal know ASAP because positions fill up quickly!
The Coordinator of Administrative Services at the Legislative Assembly maintains the rotational school schedule and works with school principals to select 2 students from the next school on the schedule. Chaperones from the community will accompany the students who travel to Yellowknife to work at the Legislative Assembly for a one week period. The Legislative Assembly provides all meals and accommodations to pages and their chaperones.
The Important Stuff
Pages work in the Chamber for about 15-hours per week and get paid $12.50 per hour.
Sessional sittings run Monday- Thursday from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm and on Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The usual workday is six hours; however, sittings often run late. Pages are required to stay until they are no longer needed. If a page cannot stay late on a particular day, they will tell the Coordinator of Administrative Services or the Sergeant-At-Arms.
Uniforms are provided by the Legislative Assembly; however students must provide their own shoes.
Contact the Coordinator of Administrative Services at (867) 767-9131 extension 12034