Aug 22 2014

GNWT thanks Sheila Bassi-Kellet for service

YELLOWKNIFE (August 22, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) wishes to express its gratitude to Ms. Sheila Bassi-Kellett for her 25 years of service to the GNWT, and to clarify the circumstances of the departure of Ms. Bassi-Kellett from the public service as of August 1, 2014.

Ms. Bassi-Kellett, like all Deputy Ministers, served at pleasure. In ending Ms. Bassi-Kellett’s tenure, the GNWT chose to exercise its contractual right to end the relationship.  The GNWT wishes to emphasize that her departure from the position of Deputy Minister of the Department of Human Resources was on a without-cause basis. There is no suggestion that her dismissal related to her performance. 

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Aug 19 2014

GNWT outlines plans for improving health and social services system

YELLOWKNIFE (August 19, 2014) –  The Government of the Northwest Territories is seeking input on options for ensuring the NWT health and social services system better meets the changing needs of NWT residents. The issues and plans for addressing them are outlined in Caring for our People – Improving the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services System, a discussion paper released today by Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy.

“I am travelling to regions across the NWT to meet with residents and gather feedback on our plans for best health, best care and a better future. We know we have room to improve our system, and want to hear from the public to ensure we are on the right track,” said Minister Abernethy. 

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Aug 18 2014

Anti-Poverty projects selected for funding

YELLOWKNIFE (August 18, 2014) – Fourteen organizations have been selected to receive Anti-Poverty funding in the NWT. The Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) Anti-Poverty Action Plan received $500,000 to provide organizations with funding for projects and initiatives to help reduce poverty at community, regional and territorial levels. Applicants submitted project proposals for review by the Anti-Poverty Action Plan Advisory Committee and approval from Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy.

“The successful proposals demonstrated ingenuity and respect for culture and tradition. The GNWT is proud to assist these fourteen organizations in realizing the objectives they have outlined in their proposals and to ultimately improve the lives of people in the territory,” said Minister Abernethy.

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Aug 14 2014

Boat safety training in communities to benefit tourism industry

YELLOWKNIFE (August 14, 2014) – A boat-safety certification course that will improve the safety skills and knowledge of tourism operators and their guides out on the water is an important initiative that will improve the safety of boaters and make the boating experience enjoyable for tourists.

Offered in partnership by the Departments of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI), Transportation and Health and Social Services, the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency (PCOC) certification course will be offered in Ulukhaktok, Fort Resolution, Lutsel K’e, Trout Lake and Tulita. A successful course was already delivered in Deline, with 12 participants. The Transport Canada approved course is available for all pleasure boaters and these are targeted primarily at tourism operators. Community members can also apply to participate.

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Aug 13 2014

NWT Credit Rating of Aa1 / Stable Confirmed for GNWT

YELLOWKNIFE (August 13, 2014) – Minister of Finance J. Michael Miltenberger is pleased with Moody’s Investors Service’s endorsement of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) sound fiscal plans through the continuation of their Aa1 credit rating for the GNWT announced Monday.

Moody’s Investors Service yesterday published its credit opinion the GNWT summarizing its rationale for the GNWT’s Aa1 / Stable Outlook credit rating.  The credit opinion summarizes Moody’s assessment of the GNWT’s fiscal plans and outlook – and in particular the government’s borrowing activity and the impact of devolution.

Moody’s states that: “The NWT adheres to prudent fiscal policy that aims to maintain the structural alignment of revenues and expenses while making necessary expenses in priority areas such as health, social services and infrastructure. The NWT’s fiscal plan is guided by a Fiscal Responsibility Policy that includes guidelines with respect to the types of activities for which debt can be issued as well as limits on total debt and debt servicing costs to ensure affordability. . The NWT, overall, displays strong governance and management factors. Adherence to the Fiscal Responsibility Policy helps to ensure continued fiscal discipline as the territorial government addresses its identified infrastructure needs.”

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Aug 12 2014

Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories finalize agreement to help people in the Northwest Territories get jobs/Les gouvernements du Canada et des Territoires du Nord-Ouest finalisent une entente visant à aider les citoyens des Territoires du Nord-Ouest à obtenir un emploi

The attached news release is being redistributed on behalf of the  Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada.

Canada Job Grant News Release

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Aug 6 2014

Public Safety Update: North Slave Region

YELLOWKNIFE (August 6, 2014) — North Slave communities are experiencing intermittent smoke issues due to ongoing fires in the region. Residents are advised to be aware of travel restrictions and health issues related to smoke. At this time no communities are being threatened by forest fires. The GNWT continues to work with our partners in community governments and local agencies to ensure public safety.

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Aug 6 2014

Joint news release: Investments in Aviation Training for NWT and Nunavut students/ Investissements dans le domaine de la formation en aéronautique pour soutenir les étudiants des T.N.-O. et du Nunavut

YELLOWKNIFE (August 6, 2014) – Northerners who are training to work in the aviation industry at northern airports are eligible for scholarships sponsored by the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Discovery Air, Keewatin Air and North-Wright Air.

Scholarships worth $5,000 will be awarded to help students with the high costs of training for a variety of careers in northern aviation. Previous winners have gone on to careers such as airport operations specialists, airport managers, aviation-related and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME), and pilots.

“Our government is committed to helping northerners get training to pursue aviation careers in their communities,” said Northwest Territories Minister of Transportation Tom Beaulieu. “The aviation industry has been key to northern life for many years and is a vital connection linking communities to each other. Investments in our residents and in training through this scholarship have long-term benefits for the industry and our transportation system.”

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Aug 6 2014


(4:47pm AUG 5, 2014, YELLOWKNIFE) Smoky conditions and reduced visibility from the Birch Lake fires and the fires north of Birch Lake, are significantly affecting travel between Yellowknife and Fort Providence. At this time no communities are being threatened by forest fires. The GNWT continues to work with our partners in community governments and local agencies to ensure public safety. Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) MACA, through the Emergency Measures Office, is working to coordinate GNWT resources to notify the public about the current fire situation. MACA is also working with the City of Yellowknife to ensure local emergency preparedness. This includes working with other GNWT departments to allocate resources as necessary as the current fire situation evolves. Transportation (DOT) DOT is working to ensure safety of travel on Highway 3. Highway Officers are conducting patrols and using the latest fire information from ENR to determine whether the highway can be travelled safely. With smoke conditions changing rapidly, the public is advised to check road closure conditions before travelling the highway. The road will be closed if travel is unsafe. On August 5, 2014, conditions cleared unexpectedly for a short time along Highway 3. DOT was able to move a convoy of about 100 vehicles through from Fort Providence to Yellowknife. A significant portion of the traffic in this convoy included commercial vehicles with supplies bound for Yellowknife. A convoy from the Behchoko side of the blockade was escorted south at 4:30pm on August 5 with ENR support. DOT continues to evaluate highway conditions and move convoys through as it is deemed safe. For the latest updates on highway conditions, visit, call 1-800-661-0750, or follow @GNWT_DOT on Twitter.   Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) ENR is coordinating fire suppression activities and providing information on current wildfire conditions across the NWT. ENR also has fire behaviour experts regularly monitoring fires to help anticipate potential changes or advances. This information is being used to determine emergency response measures. Structural protection crews are working to place sprinklers on values North of Highway 3. For the latest updates on NWT fire conditions visit The NWT Fire Facebook page, and the ENR website for daily fire updates at 3pm. City of Yellowknife The City of Yellowknife, effective Tuesday August 5, 2014 until September 2, 2014, is offering free use of the Yellowknife Fieldhouse for Yellowknife residents during regular posted hours.  This service includes free use of the running/walking track, children’s play area, as well as the open fields during times when there are no scheduled programs or day camp programs.  The City has extended the current flexi-pass card holders for an additional month to accommodate those residents that have already purchased a flexi-pass. The City also welcomes truckers and tourists, waiting for Highway 3 to open, to use the City’s Fieldhouse facility for showers and recreation.  Shower facilities, on the main level, are available daily from 6am-9pm. Parking for truckers is available at the Fieldhouse.  Please contact the City to learn more about site access and location. While in Yellowknife, please note that other facilities such as the pool (user fee), trails, parks, museum, as well as number of restaurants and shops are located throughout our downtown, Old Airport Road, Old Town as well as Kam Lake. Visitor Services are also available at the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre. Yellowknife residents can like the City of Yellowknife’s Our Yellowknife page on Facebook and follow @OurYellowknife on Twitter for information about emergency preparedness and response in Yellowknife.   Further Information New Public Safety Updates will be provided as information becomes available. Updates will be distributed to local media and posted online at Updates will also be posted at the following facilities in Yellowknife: 1. City Hall 2. Library 3. Pool, Fieldhouse & Multiplex 4. Northern Frontier Visitors Centre 5. Fire Hall

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Jul 31 2014

Voluntary evacuation request lifted

YELLOWKNIFE (July 31, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories has lifted its voluntary evacuation request for residents living along Highway #3 between Yellowknife and Kilometre 300.

Firefighting actions undertaken by Environment and Natural Resources, including the control line to stop the fire from advancing towards the highway, and improved weather conditions prevented the fire from moving any closer and lessened risks posed to residents living along the highway. Residents are free to return to their homes, but advised to continue to monitor the situation for future changes.

There is no direct threat to Yellowknife at this time, although city residents may experience increased smoke from this fire.

For links to official online information from the GNWT about forest fires, please visit

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