Mayor’s Advocacy Trip to Ottawa – Community Report

November 3rd, 2023

We are excited to provide a comprehensive report on Mayor Pope’s recent advocacy trip to Ottawa. During this visit, Mayor Pope and Mayor Yallee from Tulita engaged with federal representatives and discussed various critical issues affecting our town as well as the Sahtu Region and the North. Over the next few days, we will be sharing a short summary of the key highlights and discussions that took place during their trip:

Meetings with Senators and Parliamentary Affairs Director:

Mayor Pope, accompanied by Mayor Yallee, had productive meetings with Senator Anderson and Christine Sentongo-Andersen, the Director of Parliamentary Affairs. They discussed a range of pressing topics, including:

  • Community Resupply
  • Norman Oil Field Ownership
  • Mackenzie Valley All Season Road construction
  • Concerns about drought conditions in British Columbia
  • Anticipated low water levels in the Mackenzie River during the summer of 2024
  • Winter road conditions for 2024 and the delivery of essential materials, such as fuel, groceries, and general freight.
  • They also arranged meetings with two specific Senators chairing committees involved with Climate Change. They also advocated for the elimination of the Carbon Tax in Northern communities, and also addressed concerns about resupply to Deline, especially in the event of poor ice conditions on the big lake.

Mayor Pope’s recent advocacy trip to Ottawa was a crucial step in advancing our community, regional, and northern interests and addressing the challenges posed by climate change and economic disparities. Mayor and Council will continue to work tirelessly to ensure our concerns are heard and addressed at the federal level.

Stay tuned next week for more updates!