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Advocacy in Action: NCN’s Leadership Takes on Ottawa

This past November, NCN Chief and Council embarked on a significant trip to Parliament in Ottawa, engaging in two full days of back-to-back meetings with key government officials. This important visit was focused on discussing and advocating for NCN’s priorities at the highest levels
of Canadian government.

Lobbying efforts like these are crucial for First Nations communities. They provide a direct line of communication to policymakers and government officials, ensuring that our unique needs and concerns are not just heard but are a priority in governmental decision-making processes. Through these efforts, communities can secure essential support and resources that are challenging to secure through other channels.

Chief Angela, along with members of NCN’s leadership, engaged in critical lobbying efforts, meeting with Minister’s offices’ from departments such as Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), Canadian Heritage, and more. The talks revolved around several critical areas for our community, including critical infrastructure, housing initiatives, safety on reserve, preservation of language and culture, and enhancing educational opportunities. The overarching goal was clear: to ensure that the voices and priorities of our community are not only heard but placed prominently on the government’s radar.

The intent of this trip was to place NCN’s concerns and projects in the spotlight, ensuring that our community’s needs are recognized and addressed at the national level. These efforts in Ottawa were a step towards ensuring that our voices are heard and considered in policy-making that affects our community. The opportunity to connect face-to-face with federal decision-makers cannot be overstated, the human aspect of these meetings often is what drives change and opportunity for communities such as NCN.

However, the work does not end with these meetings. In fact, the real work has just begun. Following these initial discussions, there is a need for persistent follow-up, continued advocacy, and consistent engagement with government officials to ensure their commitments are honoured. As a community, we await the outcomes of these discussions and remain hopeful for the positive changes they may bring. This ongoing representation of NCN’s interests at various levels of government is essential in securing real, tangible benefits for NCN and its members.

We also extend our gratitude to our friends at Strategies North Advisory Inc., who provided invaluable support in scheduling and facilitating meetings, arranging travel logistics, and preparing comprehensive research. We look forward to continuing our relationship with government and securing their support for our community.

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