GNWT Announces 2021 Anti-Poverty Fund Recipients

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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (July 14, 2021) – Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the $1.75 million Anti-Poverty Fund. This year, 52 grants were awarded to community, Indigenous and non-profit organizations to help overcome and reduce poverty by addressing its root causes.

The successful proposals will reduce poverty by supporting food security; those experiencing homelessness; early childhood development; employment and training; healthy living; Traditional Knowledge; and on-the-land activities.

Highlights include the Healing Families On-the-Land Camps, run by the Tłı̨chǫ Government across the Tłı̨chǫ region. These camps allow participants to engage in wellness, healing and traditional on-the-land activities while participating in healing workshops and culture-based outdoor activities designed to build personal and cultural identity and a sense of belonging.

The Qmunity Camp, run by the Rainbow Coalition, is the North’s only sleepaway camp designed for youth aged 12-17. This camp provides a safe and inclusive space that promotes self expression and healing through on the land programming.

The Building Safe Housing, Skills, and Wellbeing program in Kakisa, run by Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation, aims to improve community housing and develop housing repair and maintenance skills among program participants while completing much needed repairs and maintenance to houses in the community.  This program will also provide training to youth in the community through a summer internship program.

The From All Directions program, run by West Point First Nation, takes a multi-pronged approach to food security by focussing on Traditional Knowledge of food on the land, harvesting, developing a community garden, and charitable food donation.



“We have increased the $1 million Anti-Poverty Fund to $1.75 million this year to help eligible organizations and Indigenous governments provide innovative community driven solutions in their poverty reduction initiatives. The additional funding has allowed us to help more applicants help their communities than in previous years.”

- Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services


Quick facts

  • The Anti-Poverty Fund helps support eligible organizations in their efforts to reduce poverty in the NWT.
  • Projects receiving funding must align with one or more of the five pillars of the Anti-Poverty Strategic Framework and Action Plan.
  • Funding is allocated each fiscal year.
  • The Anti-Poverty Fund has an annual budget of $1.75 million (an increase of $750,000 from previous years). There is no maximum or minimum funding limit for individual projects.
  • This year, 52 proposals were approved for funding, ranging in amounts from $4,800 to $67,200.

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Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
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