“The resident NWT workforce has some catching up to do”*

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Skills Canada NWT regional competition. As I walked through the venues, I saw dozens of young people perfecting their skills in a vast variety of fields, from hairdressing to electrical wiring and from making a film to making a meal. I found all this activity inspiring. … Read more

Providing Budget Insight With Our Eyes Closed

Last week was all about numbers. Members of the Standing Committee on Government Operations welcomed staff from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada to present the public accounts (or financial statements) for GNWT for the 2014-15 fiscal year.  The report on the public accounts is divided into four parts, each presenting a greater … Read more

If I had $150 million dollars…

Last week, the GNWT’s Department of Transportation applied for the permits required to build an all-season road to Whati. When built, the 94 kilometre road will connect the community of 500 people with Highway 3 and the NWT road system.  And it will stop within 50 kilometres of a poly-metallic deposit owned by Fortune Minerals … Read more

Anti Poverty Roundtable Blog

Something’s Got to Give It’s been almost three years since work finished on the NWT anti-poverty strategic framework, Building on the Strengths of Northerners. In the next budget GNWT announced the creation of an anti-poverty fund. A total of $500,000 was available for grassroots anti-poverty work. A ministerial advisory committee, which then included me, made … Read more

New York city blog

Day 1 It’s official, as you can see from the picture. I’m a delegate at the 60th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. Women here from all over. The general assembly room is like the Jubilee Auditorium [in Edmonton], with three balconies and extensive seating on the main floor and to the … Read more