GNWT releases An Alcohol Strategy for the Northwest Territories

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Yellowknife — March 29, 2023

Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green, released An Alcohol Strategy for the Northwest Territories today. The intent of the strategy is to reduce alcohol-related harm. Heavy or risky alcohol use is associated with chronic health problems, injuries, violence, lost productivity, criminal justice issues, family problems and premature death.

The Alcohol Strategy was created following an extensive literature review and targeted engagement activities with key stakeholders, including people with lived and living expertise as well as with Indigenous leaders and advisory groups.   The Strategy was informed by the results of the Addictions Recovery and Experiences Survey as well as an addictions medicine pathways review. Engagement activities that took place as part of the Liquor Legislation Review were also included. 

The Strategy delivers fifteen actions for the Government of the Northwest Territories to implement in five thematic areas: communications, policy, prevention, public safety, and treatment. There is a five-year work plan that accompanies the strategy.

Effectively carrying out these actions will require collaboration with Indigenous governments, community governments, and Indigenous organizations. This collaboration will ensure that the needs of all residents are considered when determining the best path forward.


"We know that alcohol-related harms can be devastating for individuals, families, and communities across the Northwest Territories. The release of the Alcohol Strategy is a critical step to reduce these harms and improve the health and well-being of all residents. I am proud of the collaborative effort that went into developing this strategy, and I am confident that the actions outlined will result in measurable progress towards our harm reduction goals.”
- Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services

Quick facts

  • Work on all actions will commence, where it hasn’t already, between December 2022 and September 2023, with the intent to have all work completed by March 31, 2028.

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