Shane Thompson: Introducing the Department of Environment and Climate Change

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Mr. Speaker, in Could 2022 our authorities introduced the merger of the departments of Lands and Ecosystem and Normal Resources. 

Submit-devolution, the merger is an important stage to evolve the resource administration, regulatory, and safety duties that are joined but now split between the two departments.

Mr. Speaker, we have been difficult at function considering the fact that May 2022. Leadership in both of those departments have worked with team to create the merged organizational composition for the new office. In mid-November 2022, the superior-level organizational style was permitted and on March 9th the Establishment Policy for the new office was authorised.

Leaders carry on to function with staff members through workshops, information and facts sharing sessions and normal engagement to make certain we collectively make the merger a success.

Handling improve is vital to preserving a potent community assistance. To this conclude, we have contracted gurus to assist guidebook us by way of the first calendar year of adjust. This procedure will build a resilient and focused business ready to tackle the existing and long term priorities of our territory.

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Erin Kelly will be the Deputy Minister of the Division of Environment and Local weather Modify. Dr. Kelly is really qualified for the function, with 21 decades of experience in the environmental science and management sector, like nine many years of progressive leadership in just the Natural environment and Purely natural Means Directorate. Her extensive know-how and devotion to general public assistance make her an suitable in good shape for the position. 

Mr. Speaker, we want to make certain we get this right. That is why the merger will be transferring ahead in two phases.

April 1st will conclude the initially phase of function to align complimentary method regions in just equally Departments. During period two, the new office will proceed to improve the organizational structure to make the finest use of our human and economical sources, so that we deliver the most economical plans and expert services to the citizens and organizations of the NWT.  This get the job done is meant to align with the Governing administration Renewal Initiative.

Mr. Speaker, with modify arrives uncertainty, but it also supplies chance. As we construct the Section of Environment and Climate Adjust, we will choose just about every chance to produce an business which will hook up this territory’s land, h2o, air, wildlife, and forest resources and continue to fortify our leadership on weather transform.   

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.