As I travel throughout our region, one thing is clear.

Despite all the challenges many communities face, there are also many innovative initiatives that are making a difference.

In my visits throughout the constituency, I never cease to be amazed by just how these innovative initiatives, developed by local communities, are making a difference.

One of these initiatives is in the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. I was very inspired by a new initative headed up by the Atoskiwin Training and Education Centre (ATEC) in NCN. Young people are becoming apprentices by building much needed housing in their community. The housing is being built using cutting edge materials and will be powered in part by solar panels. I had the chance to speak to some of the young people working on a fourplex home and they shared how proud they were of the work they were doing and the opportunity to become red seal carpenters while doing it.

In Fisher River, I met with the Chief and Council where we discussed their many initiatives including a groundbreaking solar farm that will be built this summer. The leadership spoke of the importance of being increasingly self sufficient and respecting the environment. This is another success story in our region.

Many of these projects are being developed with limited support from other levels of government. My message to the federal government has been clear. If you want innovative solutions, you can look at many of the things that are happening in our region.

Comunities in our region are showing that you can make a difference.

What we are asking for is the federal government to become a true partner so that communities in our region can do even more.