Health and Social Services

Addictions Recovery Peer Support Fund

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) continues to accept applications for the Addictions Recovery Peer Support Fund.

The Addictions Recovery Peer Support Fund helps eligible organizations provide their own peer support programs, groups, and/or activities specific to addictions recovery and harm reduction approaches. There are two funding options and a total of $230,000 in funding available. 

National Addictions Awareness Week

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) takes place across Canada every year during the third week of November. National Addictions Awareness Week is an important opportunity to focus on the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs and share information about prevention and recovery.  This year, the theme is A Community of Caring, focusing on the ways communities in Canada are supporting people who use substances or are living with a substance use disorder.

Applications still open for Addictions Recovery and Aftercare Fund

The Government of Northwest Territories continues to accept applications for the Addictions Recovery and Aftercare Fund.

The Addictions Recovery and Aftercare fund provides funding to Indigenous Governments and community organizations so they can hire community-based counsellors to support individuals living in recovery from addictions. This funding also supports community-based addictions recovery and aftercare programming.

The application form and guidelines are available here:

Drop the Pop 2021-22 Winners Announced

Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services, is pleased to announce 15 winners in this years’ Drop the Pop campaign.

A total of 29 NWT schools across the Northwest Territories (NWT) participated in the annual campaign created to challenge students to find innovative ways to promote healthy beverage choices.

The winning schools will be awarded prizes ranging from $500 to $2000 in recognition of their efforts in raising awareness about the importance of healthy living and positive choices.

Highlights from this year’s winners:

NWT 811 Health Advice Line now available to all residents

A toll-free, 811 health advice line is now available in all communities across the NWT, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, Health and Social Services Minister Julie Green announced today.

Dialing 811 puts you in contact with a registered nurse who can evaluate your situation and give advice on non-urgent health issues. Anyone living in the NWT can call 811 through a landline, cell phone; or if hearing impaired, Canada Video Relay Service (VRS). This confidential, quick access service is also available in all of the territory’s official languages.

Julie Green: Supplementary Health Benefits Review

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Madam Speaker, the Department of Health and Social Services is reviewing the supplementary health benefits available to NWT residents. These benefits cover prescription drugs for approximately 1,500 residents, benefits that go beyond coverage provided by the NWT Health Care Plan. Unfortunately, these programs are not currently available to everyone, so we are now updating the policies that underpin this program.

Proposed Additions to Medical Profession Regulations for Physicians

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)is seeking feedback from medical professionals and the public on two proposed additions to the Medical Profession Regulations. These additions adopt the Canadian Medical Association’s Code of Ethics and Professionalism and put into place new standards of practice for physicians in the Northwest Territories.