It seems like escorts not getting approved is a major problem. Who makes that determination of whether or not someone is approved? What are the reasons that are most commonly given for not approving someone?
Ms. Green suggested that if you need somebody as an interpreter, they'll get it approved, or if you need somebody because of your lack of mobility, they'll be approved, but if it's because you're someone from Cambridge Bay who has never been outside of your community, and you speak a bit of English, you're out of luck. If you don't speak any English, you get someone to come with you.
Is that the biggest reason for not approving escorts? Is there an appeal process? This is a major question. It seems like it affects all of you. As a doctor having worked in Nunavut, I know that there aren't tertiary medical resources and there aren't a lot of specialists, if any, in those places, so they have to be referred out.
I'll ask all of you about the process, why people are being denied escorts and whether there is any effective appeal process.
Could we start with Minister Green, and then you can pass it on to other people?