The new MP for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, Georgina Jolibois, is a strong advocate of building strong, resilient northern communities. Before being elected to the House of Commons, Jolibois was the Mayor of La Loche four four terms. She is the NDP critic for Western Economic Diversification Canada and the deputy critic for Indigenous Affairs.
During her time as mayor, Jolibois partnered with local school boards to provide opportunities for students to get hands-on work experience and the ability to transition successfully into the workforce.
Jolibois also served as chair of New North, a municipal association that united northern Saskatchewan communities as one voice. Under Jolibois’ leadership both New North and La Loche supported local scholarships and Project Venture, a crime prevention program for high-risk children and youth. Jolibois is a passionate advocate of reconnecting Indigenous youth with their language and culture.
Jolibois is also an advocate of restorative justice. She was a member of the RCMP F Division’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, working as a partner with law enforcement to build safer communities in the north.
Jolibois is Dene. She was born and raised in La Loche, which is next to the Clearwater River Dene Nation. She has said that priorities for her community are affordable housing and infrastructure.