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