The GNWT phones, websites and email will not be accessible starting Saturday, May 15 at 10:30pm through Sunday, May 16 at 7:00am. 9-1-1, 811, and phones for Stanton Territorial Hospital and Inuvik Hospital will continue to work.


Public Health Order on school closures for Yellowknife, Ndilǫ̨, Dettah and Behchokǫ̀ to be lifted on Monday, May 17th, 2021

The Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) is removing the temporary COVID-19 restrictions put in place for  school closures in Yellowknife, Ndilǫ̨, Dettah and Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories (NWT).  This order also included after-school and other extracurricular programs. This change is effective May 17, 2021.

Premier Cochrane announces changes to the public service

Premier Caroline Cochrane today announced the following changes to the senior management in the Northwest Territories public service:

  • Eleanor Young is appointed as President and CEO of the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC).

Ms. Young moves to the NWTHC from the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) where she served for sixteen years in progressively more senior management roles, including most recently as Deputy Minister since 2016.

Caroline Cochrane: COVID-19 Update

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Good morning. Thank you for being here today. With me I have Health and Social Services Minister Julie Green, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola, and Territorial Medical Director Dr. AnneMarie Pegg.

The last few days have been what we have been preparing for as a territory since the beginning of the pandemic. As we have watched the third wave of COVID-19 challenge our neighbours to the south, and sadly, in recent weeks, our Northern neighbours in Yukon and Nunavut, it was inevitable that we would see our cases rise.

Media Statement: Premier, Ministers provide update and ask for calm as cases in Yellowknife grow

YELLOWKNIFE (May 2, 2021) – Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories, Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services and R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment issued the following joint statement today on the most recent updates concerning COVID-19 in Yellowknife:

Premier Cochrane's Itinerary for the week of May 2, 2021

Premier Cochrane's Itinerary for the week of May 2, 2021

Issued April 30, 2021. If there are any changes, an updated version of the itinerary will be provided on May 5, 2021.

Public Events and Meetings

No public events or meetings are scheduled.              

Closed Events and Meetings

The following events are closed to the media

May 3

  • The Premier will be chairing a COVID-19 Committee of Cabinet meeting.
  • Internal meetings

May 4

Premier Cochrane provides remarks on COVID-19 situation in Yellowknife

Northwest Territories Premier, Caroline Cochrane, issued the following statement on the current cases of COVID-19 and the evolving situation in Yellowknife:

“The last few days have been a stark reminder of how quickly our pandemic situation in the Northwest Territories (NWT) could easily change if we let our guard down. Since the beginning, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) have been committed to protecting the health and well-being of residents.