Your Kam Lake – Winter 2020

Happy New Year! First, it has been an honour to serve you as your Member of the Legislative Assembly for the last four busy months.

My platform was divided into three key areas People, Land, Prosperity. Discussing how each of these three priorities are connected and how they, and we, work together is important to me. Our relationships and the relationships of our work play a key role in the success of our territory.

As we work through Main Estimates for the operating budget of the GNWT, I am committed to asking questions to find out how our government can make our dollars work better for us by evolving the way we do business. We need to continue to ensure GNWT policies and processes are modern, fair, transparent and accessible to attract the diverse economy northerners are calling for while we support the ability of northerners to thrive. This Legislative Assembly is committed to challenging the status quo and working together.

I believe in our North and am committed to working together. I look forward to hard work, camaraderie, and progress as we, Kam Lake, work together to build a better North.

First 100 Days

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Youth in Action – Breeya Matheson

I sat down with youth leader and grade 12 honour student, Breeya Matheson; 1 of 38 NWT youth participating in the GNWT’s NWT Youth Ambassador Program. I was inspired by Breeya’s big picture view of life in the North and the potential to have a positive influence across the
Northwest Territories.

“I met lots of kids from other communities and didn’t realize how different life was for kids outside of Yellowknife,”

Breeya was chosen based on her community involvement, commitment to a healthy lifestyle and how the program aligned with her future goals. Youth from across the NWT came together to learn about public speaking, nutrition, forming connections, and community leadership. “It’s about making connections with all of our communities,” explained Breeya about her time with other program youth.

During monthly conference calls, the group works on goal setting and a group volunteer project. Group members will also be volunteering at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Halifax this summer. “To prepare, we had a session on the Mi’kmaq culture known to the Halifax area,” says Breeya.

Inspired by her Aunt, Gladys Norwegian who is the Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations, Breeya’s future goals are to attend University in Vancouver in the sciences and medical field and potentially return North: “I want to help people in our communities,” added Breeya.

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