Emergency Management Act utilized in Yellowknife after flooding closes Salvation Army Shelter

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — February 11, 2021

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is taking further action under the Emergency Management Act (EMA) to address the urgent need for a temporary location to provide shelter to vulnerable residents.  The decision was made following several attempts to secure a location suitable to provide this critical service to the city’s vulnerable residents, in Yellowknife after the flooding at the Salvation Army resulted in closure.


Under s. 17 of the EMA, the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Paulie Chinna has used the powers available to her under the Act to acquire public or private property to alleviate the emergency. The Minister will acquire the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre located on 51st Street, with cooperation and support from the management of the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre to establish a temporary shelter until such time that the Salvation Army is able to reopen its doors to the vulnerable population.



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