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PRIORITIES

We need a territory that puts people at the centre of its decisions and policies. A territory where people are valued and respected for who they are now. A territory where people feel like they have a reasonable chance of getting by and where they don’t have to worry about being left behind when times get tough.

 

We create that kind of territory from the ground up, by working together to build prosperous and strong communities that care and provide for all of us. Communities that see and solve their own problems with the support of a responsive government. Communities rich in shared resources - be they social, cultural, or economic - that give residents a stable foundation and the security to create meaningful lives for themselves and their families, and from which they can draw on during hard times.

 

As the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Great Slave, I will make it my job to help create a community where you can thrive by working to advance the following priorities:

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1. NOBODY GETS LEFT BEHIND

  • Northerners need good, affordable homes, but the NWT continues to experience a housing crisis. We need new housing of all types to bring down mortgage and rent costs for everyday people. And there need to be better programs for looking after the housing we already have so we can make the most of our past investments well into the future.

  • The cost of living is skyrocketing and even folks working good jobs are having trouble making ends meet. Working people deserve fair wages that ensure they can have a decent standard of living, and people without or between jobs need to be treated with dignity and respect. Government needs to be there for NWT residents, protecting the rights of workers and seriously considering new and better approaches for helping people who meet their financial needs, like guaranteed basic income projects.

 

  • Buy local isn’t just a slogan, it’s a Northern way of life. During the pandemic, we saw how fragile supply chains can be. Spending more locally means that we support our neighbours with our dollars as well as our kinship, helping to grow local businesses and jobs. Economies that produce more of their own goods and services are more sustainable and do a better job of meeting community needs. We need new and innovative solutions that draw on the knowledge, ideas and expertise of NWT businesses, chambers of commerce and mines, non-government organizations, and communities.

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2. A THRIVING ARTS & CULTURE SCENE

  • It’s not enough to survive; we need creative arts and cultural expression to thrive. Participating in art and culture helps us connect with the creative impulses we all have, enriching and giving deeper meaning to our lives. A vibrant arts and culture scene is critical to shaping a community’s identity, and creative outlets enhance residents’ well-being while supporting the local economy. Collaborating with residents, artists and artisans on what they identify is needed, including sustainable core funding and pathfinder services for arts grants, will help sustain and expand a thriving artistic community.

 

  • Art builds community and belonging. We create stronger and more inclusive communities through art and culture. It helps us explore others’ perspectives and ideas, increasing our understanding and empathy and helping to forge stronger ties of social connection with our friends and neighbours.

 

  • Art helps us imagine new possibilities and different futures for ourselves and our community. The stories we tell each other through art and culture help highlight and explore the ideas and values that matter most to us. By engaging with and in art, we have an opportunity to define and strengthen shared values and to imagine new ways of bringing them into being in our community.

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3. PEOPLE COME FIRST: FLIPPING THE SCRIPT ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

  • Communities know their own needs and should be able to make more decisions for themselves. The role of government is to support communities by paying attention to residents and to be guided by their priorities, concerns and needs. Government should spend less time defending and supporting old policies and processes and spend more time listening to residents, so it can start offering the kinds of programs and services that match the needs and priorities residents say they have.

 

  • What We Heard shouldn’t mean What We Want To Hear. Government should be responsive to the people it serves. That means genuinely listening when people identify issues, challenges and concerns and taking those concerns seriously. Public engagements on new initiatives or seeking feedback on current programs should adequately incorporate feedback where appropriate, and equally important, adequately explain why other feedback was not used.

 

  • When was the last time you heard, “How can I help you today?” We need to enable the public service to serve the public. This means taking a good, long, hard look at how the government functions - and where it doesn’t - and moving towards a client service model that enables continued improvement.

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