A GNWT hearing on the use of official languages in the Legislative Assembly has been postponed until Nov. 17.

The Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures’ hearing had originally been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8.

The hearing had been called on March 10, based on a point of privilege raised by Jackson Lafferty, MLA for Monfwi, the Assembly said in a news release on Thursday.

Kevin O’Reilly, MLA for Frame Lake is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures, which will hold a public hearing on Nov. 17 on the use of Official Languages in the Legislative Assembly. GNWT image

“The Committee wants to promote engagement and ensure public dialogue on this important issue as far and wide as possible before addressing this matter,” said Committee Chair Kevin O’Reilly, MLA for Frame Lake. “As such, we will be postponing the meeting to further promote this meeting and extend our reach.”

The proceedings of the hearing will be simultaneously interpreted in Tłı̨chǫ and French, O’Reilly added.

“If there are requests to make use of other official languages in the meeting, we will work to provide interpretation in those languages as well,” he said.

People wishing to appear before the Committee as witnesses must register with Michael Ball, committee clerk.

Members of the Standing Committee also include, deputy chair Rocky Simpson, MLA for Hay River South; Jackie Jacobson, MLA for Nunakput; Steve Norn, MLA for Tu Nedhé – Wiilideh; and Shane Thompson, MLA for Nahendeh.

Blair McBride

Blair McBride covers the Legislative Assembly, business and education. Before coming to Yellowknife he worked as a journalist in British Columbia, Thailand and Ontario. He studied journalism at Western...

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