(YELLOWKNIFE) Thursday, May 1, 2014 – The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Honourable Jackie Jacobson, will be hosting the third biennial Elders’ Parliament from May 5 – 9, 2014. Through an application process, eighteen individuals over the age of 50 from across the North have been selected to take part in this outreach program. While in Yellowknife, the participants will attend meetings and briefings in preparation for the Elders’ Parliament Model session, in which they will assume the role of a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for respected elders in the territory to voice their opinions on the floor of the Legislative Assembly Chamber,” says Speaker Jacobson. The participants will sit in the Chamber for the Model Session on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm.
The participants, by constituency, are:
Deh Cho – Samuel Gargan Frame Lake – Jean-Pierre Isoré
Great Slave – Bill Reid Hay River North – Tom Makepeace
Hay River South – Julia Trennert Inuvik Boot Lake – Mary Beckett
Inuvik Twin Lakes – Rosa Kayotuk Mackenzie Delta – Eileen Koe
Monfwi – Mary Rose Charlo Nahendeh – Albert Moses
Nunakput – Jean Gruben Range Lake – Elaine Coumont
Sahtu – Edward Oudzi Thebacha – Ron Holtorf
Tu Nedhe – Violet Beaulieu Weledeh – Carole Robinson
Yellowknife Centre – Be’sha Blondin Yellowknife South – Melody McLeod
The public is invited to view the Model Session from the Public Gallery and can also view proceedings on the Legislative Assembly’s broadcasting network. Media are encouraged to arrange interviews with the participants prior to and during the sitting day.
For further information, please contact:
Danielle Mager, Public Affairs and Communications Advisor
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Tel: (867) 669-2230
Fax: (867) 873-0222