MLA Pauline Frost with family Alice Frost, Agnes Mills and Lorraine Netro at the Yukon Forum.
It is spring and I have not been home enough. This role you have elected me to is very busy, but you have made me strong and I am thriving. I have three portfolios –environment, guardian of our water and wildlife; health and social services, sustainer of people’s well being; and housing, keeping us safe and warm.
Elders taught us that we are all connected to the land, our food and the spirit of place. I was taught to see the connections between people, place and the natural world, and similarly, I see those meaningful connections in the work I do as your MLA.
Now, much like when I was young, and was sent to teach east coast Americans about the importance of the porcupine caribou herd—I have been travelling again. I went to Vancouver to talk to mining companies about respect for the land, to Toronto to talk with other provinces about indigenous children in care, and to Ottawa to tell federal ministers about the solar project in Old Crow, the problems of Nutrition North and the effects of climate change on our land and animals.
I have also been privileged to be part of two historic sessions with Chief Charlie – the Yukon Forum in February and the Intergovernmental Forum with Minister Bennett of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in March. I look forward to visiting soon, mahsi cho for your continued support.
Early Highlights from 2017:
- Signed the Bilateral Water Management Agreement between British Columbia and Yukon March 30, 2017.
- Initiated work on Midwifery Regulations.
- Hosting the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture meeting in June to make sure we care for our waters and fish.