Nunavut MLAs buy more time to review Education Act changes

Standing committee given 120-day extension to complete work on Bill 25

The standing committee on legislation was granted more time to complete its work on Bills 25 and 37 after a motion brought forward by MLA John Main was passed during Tuesday’s session of the legislative assembly’s winter sitting. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

By Dustin Patar

Those expecting MLAs to discuss Bill 25, an act to amend the Education Act, during the legislative assembly’s winter sitting will have to wait.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, John Main, MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove, brought forward a motion asking for more time for the standing committee to complete its work on the bill.

An Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act was introduced last June and most recently was discussed in depth at a special hearing in November.

“Bill 25 is an important piece of proposed legislation and I am pleased to report that the standing committee has been making steady progress in its consideration,” said Main.

“I ask all members to support the motion that is before us today.”

MLAs voted unanimously to grant the 120-day extension.

In addition to that, MLAs voted to extend the reporting time for Bill 37, which would update how legislation is interpreted, revised and published. That bill was introduced during the fall sitting.

Main concluded by stating that he plans to introduce similar motions for Bill 45, the Medical Profession Act, and Bill 36, the long-awaited Mental Health Act, during today’s sitting.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Education Act & It’s System NEED’s to Improve ACADEMIC Level! on

    Education Act Should Address as follows;

    Certified Teachers to have capacity to Teach with Qualifications in areas:
    – English
    – Grammar – how to read and write proper English
    – Inuktitut Teacher
    – Mathematic’s
    – Physic’s
    – Biology
    – Chemistry
    – Social Studies

    These are basic’s where student’s should be taught to succeed in post-secondary with confidence. In Nunavut, student’s that graduate from grade 12 approx. 95% continue to enroll back in local College upgrading in Academic Basic Equivlency that is level of Gr. 7 to Grade 12 upgrading due to poor quality of Education taught in classes, which is due to Education system set-up in Nunavut! This is where Education should look into improved Education in Nunavut!

  2. Posted by Why u dum on

    Another 120 days? I say let’s not pay the MLA’s for 120 days, then maybe they will do their jobs. Been delaying this for 4 years now already

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