Collaborating with Partners for Results

Alone, the City of Yellowknife cannot solve all of the problems that residents face – from cost of living, to homelessness, to addictions and more. We need to work with all levels of government – Indigenous, Territorial and Federal – along with not-for-profits to address these issues.

During the next term, as Mayor, my focus would be on collaborating with our partners to further the City’s interests in housing, community wellness, energy, and the economy.

    • Housing: There is no single solution to reducing homelessness. It is going to take leadership, focus and determination to make progress. In 2017, the City of Yellowknife adopted a 10 year plan to end homelessness. We need to stay focused on that strategy and fast-track its most effective actions to create the housing that we desperately need. The plan has roles for all levels of government, and as Mayor, I would continue to work collaboratively to advance this plan.
    • Community Wellness: Partnerships between all governments and NGO’s are particularly important in promoting, protecting and restoring mental health and effectively addressing addictions. In our past term, the City, GNWT, and NGO’s partnered on a number of successful initiatives including the Safe Ride Program, the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Center, the Sobering Center and more. In the upcoming term, as Mayor, I’ll continue to work with our partners to remove barriers in the City’s control or provide support so programs are a success.
    • Energy: The GNWT, through their recent 2030 Energy Strategy, has committed to working with communities to provide technical advice, advance project ideas, assist with funding applications, and help to find information, resources and funding that may be needed. From big projects like expanding the Taltson hydro-dam to smaller projects like passing legislation to allow the City to set-up a loans program for residents to make their houses more energy efficient, the City and GNWT need to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of living for residents.
    • Economy: Our most recent economic development plan (2014-2019) needs to be updated. To help lead this work, I believe we should strike a Mayor’s Economic Advisory Council made up of representatives from business and all levels of government (Indigenous, Territorial, Federal and Municipal). The Advisory Council will play an important role in providing policy advice and recommendations to City Council to help create the conditions for strong and sustained economic growth.

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