Our Government: Real Accountability

My professional reputation depends on my being accountable to my clients for results as well as being accountable to other lawyers and decision makers for my professionalism and integrity. I work hard to engage and empower my clients so they are an active part of the decision making that goes into my work.

I work professionally with boards, tribunals and other government decision makers to help them develop fair and transparent processes and to make reasonable and ethical decisions. I have trained a variety of organizations on the use of fairness when developing processes and on how to come to decisions that are accountable to the parties involved.

I have also worked extensively with community organizations to improve their governance through policy reviews, bylaw updates and projects that engage the perspective of the broader community. In all cases, whether it was for the needs of seniors at AVENS or for pre-school children at the NWT Montessori Society – the mandate and objectives of these organizations remained at the core of what we needed to do. Fair process is a method that helps us be accountable for better programs and services for our community.

My vision is for a government that prioritizes people, embraces transparency and is accountable for results that benefit people and communities.

For example, in looking at ways to support the rebuilding of our mineral resource sector, I reviewed the 2014 Mineral Development Strategy jointly developed through a partnership between the GNWT and the

NWT/NU Chamber of Mines. Although there has been some progress, five years in there is only now a realization of the need to evaluate its implementation and determine whether actions to date are having the intended impact on measured outcomes. That evaluation of results must be a priority in the next Assembly to ensure that this Strategy is immediately put to its fullest and best possibly use.

Some ways to help achieve that include:

Leadership accountability for outcomes that impact people and communities:

  1. Establish a collaborative vision with measurable goals to achieve the vision.
  2. Create a plan with a timeline to achieve each goal that includes both process and performance indicators.
  3. Provide a clear, specific point of accountability responsible for evaluating progress on these indicators and evaluating incremental effectiveness.
  4. Ensure that the accountable person or office has adequate authority to make changes as needed.
  5. Report publicly on the status of the performance indicators, incremental targets and on the ultimate goal.

Collaboration: Ensure community engagement and collaboration with municipal and Indigenous governments is the basis for designing community programs and services.


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