Status of Women Council of the NWT Questions and Answers

The Status of Women Council of the NWT (SWCNWT) sent all MLA candidates in the 2019 NWT Election 3 questions about issues important to the status of women and family violence.

Will you commit to identifying a Family Violence Strategy and Action Plan, to be developed by the Government of the Northwest Territories in collaboration with relevant partners and stakeholders, as a priority of the 19th Legislative Assembly? Yes or No

A Family Violence Strategy and Action Plan is essential if we as a community (Yellowknife) and NWT are to see healthier and safer places to raise our children. I strongly support prevention programs, parenting skills workshops, special programs for young men and fathers/husbands, which I believe are lacking, as are adequate supports for women and children when they face domestic violence.

So yes is my answer

Will you work to ensure the territorial government implements this Call for Justice in the NWT during the first year of the 19th Legislative Assembly?

A Youth Advocate will be an important element in the overall Strategy. Our youth have few support services in counselling and mental health. The recommendations of the MMIWG should also be implemented in the NWT.

As a Member of the 19th Legislative Assembly, please identify three
(3) concrete actions you will take to advance the equality of women and girls in the Northwest Territories?

My wife and I have raised 6 daughters. I value equality for woman. Where gender discrimination is identified I will advocate for change.

I will call for universal daycare and after school care, so mothers have an equal opportunity to enter the workforce.

I will engage and consult with the Status of Women’s Council to get advice and I am supporting the Council’s initiatives.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Status of Women Council of the NWT election questions and my answers please contact me directly. I’m happy to speak with anyone regarding these topic matters.

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