News June 13(a), 2008

Audio Tours now Available at the Legislative Assembly

(YELLOWKNIFE) June 13, 2008 – The Honourable Speaker, Paul Delorey, today introduced an innovative audio tour of the Legislative Assembly building. The audio tours are narrated in the Official Languages of the Northwest Territories and in Japanese. 

Speaker Paul Delorey says, “Audio tours accommodate the increasing number of visitors to the Legislative Assembly building and they provide visitors with accurate information about consensus government and our unique building. 8,410 people visited the Legislative Assembly last year. 5,402 of those visitors preferred to come according to their own time rather than attend one of the scheduled tours.” 

Speaker Delorey adds, “Audio tours make the Legislative Assembly building more accessible to visitors. They are offered in aboriginal, French and Japanese languages. Right now our guided tours are available in English and French, but with the addition of the audio tours, visitors from all of our communities and language groups are now accommodated.” 

Narratives on the iPods and a souvenir map guide visitors to public spaces where they can hear the story of the Legislative Assembly. Included in the tour is information on how consensus government works, the official symbols of the Northwest Territories, the building’s architecture, and the history of the Legislative Assembly building. Speaker Delorey adds, “The feedback we’re hearing from visitors is very positive. People like how easy it is to use the iPods and they enjoy the story that’s told during the tour. Visitors are welcome to take the tour during regular building hours.” 

For more information, call: 

Paul Delorey, Speaker 
Legisaltive Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2234 or 1-800-661-0784 

Tim Mercer, Clerk 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2299 or 1-800-661-0784