GNWT Participation in Operation Nanook

Aug 24 2015

YELLOWKNIFE (August 24, 2015) – In order to ensure residents of the territory are prepared in the event of a crisis the Government of the Northwest Territories is participating in Operation Nanook to test the government’s emergency management practices and protocols.

Taking place in the Inuvik and Fort Smith areas between August 17 and 28 the exercise is an opportunity to work with partners from community governments, the Government of Canada, the Canadian Forces, and the RCMP to validate the GNWT’s emergency preparedness regime.

“Participation in Operation Nanook will help us test our emergency response measures and strengthen relationships with partners in other emergency response agencies,” said Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs.

Operation Nanook is a joint operational exercise that allows government agencies to test their operational and emergency response efforts. The operation is coordinated by the Canadian Forces and includes a number of emergency scenarios that provide a controlled environment for the  implementation of emergency measures to prepare people should a real emergency occur.

Participation in multi-partner exercises like Operation Nanook improves the safety of northerners and works towards creating a strong north built on partnerships as envisioned by the 17th Assembly of the Government of the Northwest Territories.

For more information, contact:

David Maguire
Communications and Web Advisor
Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 920-3092