News June 27, 2011

Their Royal Higness the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Legislative Assembly

(YELLOWKNIFE)  June 27, 2011 – Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will observe and participate in a meeting of the 2011 Youth Parliament as part of the Northwest Territories portion of the 2011 Royal Tour.  They will also meet with Members of the Legislative Assembly and participants in the inaugural Elders Parliament hosted by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in May of 2010. 

The 2011 Youth Parliament was hosted by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Paul Delorey, in May of 2011.  Youth representing the nineteen electoral districts of the Northwest Territories spent a week in Yellowknife learning about consensus government, meeting with their MLAs and debating various issues of interest to them including zero tolerance for bullying, promotion of sexual health among youth and increased investment in youth programs and facilities.  The participants in this year’s Youth Parliament have been invited to select an additional issue of importance to them to debate in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses commencing at 1:05 pm on July 5, 2011 on the floor of the Chamber of Legislative Assembly.

Following the Youth Parliament debate, Their Royal Highnesses will view the Mace of the Northwest Territories and learn about the unique system of consensus government that is practiced in the Northwest Territories.  A brief reception will follow in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly where the Duke and Duchess will meet with the Youth Parliamentarians and their families, Members of the Legislative Assembly and participants in the 2010 Elders Parliament.  Prior to departing the Legislative Assembly, Their Royal Highnesses will sign the Legislative Assembly Guest Book and receive the official gift from the Government of the Northwest Territories.  Entertainment during the reception will be provided by youth fiddlers of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association and the student choir of École JH Sissons.  

“In 1994 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II dedicated the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly to the people of the North, to the wisdom of the elders and to the vision of their children,” said Speaker Delorey.  “On the occasion of their first official visit to the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, I am very pleased to highlight not only the service of our current MLAs, but also our elders and youth from across the Territories.  These and other legislative outreach programs have been very successful in terms of bringing the work of the Legislative Assembly closer to the people we serve.  I’m thrilled that the Royal Visit will provide the participants with the profile and recognition they deserve.”

 For more information, contact:

Honourable Paul Delorey, Speaker    
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
P: 867-669-2234 or 1-800-661-0784
E: paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca

Tim Mercer, Clerk
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
P: 867-669-2299 or 1-800-661-0784
F: 867-920-4735
E: tim_mercer@gov.nt.ca