The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced today that it has renamed the Legacy Stanton Building as the łıwegǫ̀atì (kle-wa-goon-tea) Building. This is the traditional Wılı̀ı̀deh yatı name for Frame Lake.
Between December 2022 and February 2023, the GNWT asked residents to submit their suggestions. The criteria included consideration for names that reflect the historical, cultural, and geographic significance of the NWT and to names that honour deceased persons who have made significant contributions to public life.
The NWT Honours Advisory Council reviewed the submissions and recommended the name to the Cabinet for confirmation.
“Thank you to all residents who took the time to submit suggestions. There was a wealth of choices. Thanks as well to the Honours Advisory Council for reviewing the submissions. Renaming the Legacy Stanton Building to the łıwegǫ̀atì Building provided us with an opportunity to advancing our commitment to reconciliation by honouring Indigenous culture and promoting the use of the NWT’s 11 official languages.”
- Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services
- The naming of GNWT owned office buildings is guided by the Guidelines for Selecting Names for Government of the Northwest Territories Owned Office Buildings. Under the Guidelines, Cabinet acceptance is required to name a government owned office building. Consideration is given to names that reflect the historical, cultural and geographic significance of the Northwest Territories and to names that honour deceased persons who have made significant contributions to public life.
- NWT residents submitted 150 suggestions for names between December 2022 and February 2023. These suggestions were reviewed by the NWT Honours Advisory Council, who submitted their recommendation to Executive Council for approval.
- It is anticipated that the łıwegǫ̀atì Building will open the Primary Care Clinics and Rehabilitation Services in early 2024, with Extended Care and Long Term Care opening shortly after.
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