News February 12, 2010

Elders Parliament

(Yellowknife) February 12, 2010 – The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Paul Delorey, is pleased to announce a new program designed for all elders across the Northwest Territories. 

“Elders Parliament is an outreach program designed to allow any NWT residents over the age of 50 to voice concerns on issues that affect them and also to showcase our unique form of consensus government here in the NWT,” says Speaker Delorey. 

One elder will be chosen from each of the 19 constituencies in the Northwest Territories through an application process. The participants will convene in Yellowknife where they will get a chance to meet with their MLA and will be tasked with creating a Member’s or Minister’s statement. They will also have one day in the Legislative Assembly Chamber where they will conduct a “mock parliament”. Social activities will also be organized. 

“This program gives all elders across the territory an opportunity to gain hands on knowledge about what an MLA does and a better understanding of what happens behind the scenes of the Legislative Assembly. It will also give MLAs a chance to hear the views and concerns of elders in the NWT,” says Speaker Delorey. 

Elders Parliament is another positive outreach effort by the Speaker’s Office in keeping with the Legislative Assembly Building’s dedication which reads, “This Legislative Assembly building is dedicated to the people of the north, to the wisdom of their elders and to the vision of their children.” 

Elders Parliament has been built on the success of the Legislative Assembly’s Youth Parliament program which has been offered for the past ten years. Elders Parliament and Youth Parliament will be held on alternating years with the first Elders Parliament being held May 2 – 7, 2010. 

For more information, please contact: 

Honourable Paul Delorey, Speaker 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
Phone: 867-669-2234 
Email: paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca  

Danielle O’Neill, Public Affairs and Communications Advisor 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
Phone: 867-669-2230 
Email: danielle_o’neill@gov.nt.ca