GNWT appoints two MACA Pathfinders to support communities impacted by flooding

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Yellowknife — June 3, 2021

Today, Premier Caroline Cochrane and Paulie Chinna, Minister Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), announced two senior management officials have been assigned as Pathfinders to support flood impacted communities.

These Pathfinders have been assigned to travel to impacted communities and work with community leadership to confirm needs and preferred approaches. They will provide immediate assistance in answering questions about the process around flooding, to provide further information where and as needed.

They are on the ground in Jean Marie River and Fort Simpson this week and will be travelling to other flood affected communities in the following weeks to provide similar support services to communities.  They are prepared and ready to provide support and answer questions for residents affected by flooding.

For additional information, see the MACA 2021 Flood webpage. This webpage serves as a hub for MACA flood information and resources and is updated on a regularly basis to reflect the current circumstances.


“Residents who have experienced loss due to the flooding, whether it be damage to their home or personal belongings – we are here to help you. The two Pathfinders assigned to support residents and community leaders will help impacted residents so they can get back on their feet after this challenging and stressful time.”

-Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories

“I recognize that this is difficult and challenging time for flood impacted communities. Providing staff who have extensive knowledge of the regions and who are on the ground to support community leadership and residents by answering questions and providing information is a step in the right direction. I look forward to hearing from community leaders on the impact that having these staff on the ground have had for their residents.”

- Paulie Chinna, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

Quick facts

  • GNWT Public Meetings for Residents of the Village of Fort Simpson impacted by the flood
    • The GNWT is holding three (3) one-hour public meetings on Thursday, June 3 at 3:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Recreation Centre Community Hall. 
    • Attendance is limited to the first 25 people (due to COVID restrictions).  Information will be provided on the GNWT response and the application process related to the Disaster Assistance Program. Coffee and snacks will be provided. 
  • Two senior management officials have been appointed as Pathfinders to support flood impacted communities.
    • Yvonne Nakimayak, has 20 years of experience working with MACA in the north as well as Executive Indigenous Affairs, helping to promote communications and coordination between GNWT departments.
    • Ian Legaree, has 30-plus year of experience with MACA, working with social and Emergency Management Organization (EMO) related programs.

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