GNWT commits to matching United Way donations for flood relief, up to $150,000

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Yellowknife — May 11, 2022

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will match donations up to $150,000, to support those impacted by flooding in 2022 in the Northwest Territories.

In 2022 to date, residents in the South Slave region have been most severely impacted by flooding. Hundreds of families, residents, and businesses in Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation have been displaced and the extent of the damage is not yet known. To assist all those who have been, and will be affected by flooding in 2022, the GNWT will match donations made to the United Way NWT. Funds will be dispersed to various organizations that are able to provide the necessary aid to residents.

Senior regional officials with the GNWT have been working closely with community governments to provide support as communities lead the flood response. Regional Emergency Management Organizations, under the leadership of Municipal and Community Affairs, remain in contact with affected and at-risk communities. The Territorial EMO continues to receive reports from all regions and the GNWT is prepared to provide additional support and assistance to local authorities currently managing emergency response.

The United Way is an organization that receives donations from various sources then distributes funding to other organizations involved in responding to these events. This allows the GNWT to provide additional assistance to the communities in need, beyond the current resources that are already being directly deployed to disaster relief.


"The North is known for being a place where residents come together to help those who are in a time of great need - and the communities currently impacted by flooding need our support. I know that residents will heed the call and help however they can. It's the Northern way."

- Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories

"I am saddened to see NWT residents, families, and businesses impacted by intense flooding again this season. To experience such loss can be devastating and my heart goes out to all those going through these unimaginable challenges. I also know how resilient northerners are, I have seen it before, and I know that in times like these communities, neighbours, friends, and strangers will come together to heal and rebuild.”

- Shane Thompson, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

"My thoughts are with the residents and businesses who have been impacted by the flooding. NWT public servants are working hard to help support residents affected by the floods and many more are looking for ways to contribute. A donation to the United Way is one of the most effective ways that we all can help our neighbours and fellow residents.”

- Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Finance

Quick facts

  • Residents, businesses, or other organizations wishing to donate to the flood relief efforts can do so at
  • Under the Donate to this Charity section, please make sure you select Flood Relief NWT from the dropdown menu.

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Dawn Ostrem

Municipal and Community Affairs

Government of the Northwest Territories