Personal and face-to-face contact is absolutely critical when campaigning in Indigenous communities.
Do not hesitate to ask specific questions about your community or issues – education funding, housing, MMIW, economic development, child welfare – because they need to know and understand if they are to be an effective representative.
The role of an MLA or an MP is seen as so distant from the day-to-day realities of Indigenous communities that if one does not maintain contact with the communities, your longevity as a politician is limited. Voters should make sure their representatives always remain focused on their issues.
If not, they should be reminded or removed.