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Speakers Chair

Back down the stairs and right across the Great Hall a piece of northern political history is on display. Speakers in the


Legislative Assembly from 1975 to 1993 used the original Speaker's Chair. A gift from the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada, the chair was retired in 1993 when the Legislative Assembly moved into the new Assembly building.

Prior to the opening of this building, Members traveled into communities around the Northwest Territories and held sessions in community gymnasiums, halls and other facilities in an attempt to bring government closer to the people. This chair was dismantled and loaded on a Hercules aircraft along with other equipment and supplies and shipped into communities for these sittings. The rock mosaic on top of the chair shows the original Coat of Arms of the Northwest Territories and features nine different stones from across Canada.

Located on each side of the chair are two examples of robes worn by former Speakers of the Legislative Assembly. The Hon. Red Pedersen, who represented the Kitikmeot West constituency (now part of Nunavut), wore the black robe that reflects the traditional dress of the Inuit in that area. The white robe featuring moosehair tufting and seal skin was worn by the Hon. Donald Stewart, a Member from Hay River .

Also in this area is a display that features the official symbols of the Northwest Territories including a 1.5 carat diamond from Canada's first diamond mine.

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