Government of the Northwest Territories Supports Fire Evacuees with United Way Donation Matching Program

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The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced today its commitment to supporting fire evacuees from Hay River and K'atlodeeche First Nation through a donation matching program through the United Way NWT. The GNWT will match donations up to $150,000, providing critical assistance to those affected by the ongoing community evacuations.

Since the outbreak of fires near Hay River and K'atlodeeche First Nation, individuals and families have been forced to evacuate, resulting in widespread displacement. Acknowledging the urgency of the situation and the challenges faced by the affected communities, the GNWT is well prepared to assist those impacted by the fires and vows to support residents in the wake of this disaster.

In addition to the work being done to fight the fire and the support being provided to evacuees, the GNWT will match contributions made to the United Way NWT’s Wildfire Response campaign. Acting as a centralized hub, the United Way NWT collects donations and channels the funds to organizations directly engaged in providing aid to fire evacuees. Through this collaborative initiative, the GNWT seeks to extend support beyond its current resources, effectively addressing both the immediate and long-term needs of the affected communities.



"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 fires need our support. I know that residents will heed the call and help however they can. It's the Northern way."

- Caroline Cochrane, Premier


“Our hearts go out to those residents affected by these fires who have experienced tremendous upheaval in their lives. We stand with them during this challenging time and are committed to providing the necessary support and assistance. The GNWT, in collaboration with local authorities, will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected communities. We are grateful for the generosity of the public and the opportunity to match donations, amplifying the impact of our collective efforts.”
- Shane Thompson, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs and Environment and Climate Change


"My thoughts are with the residents and businesses affected by the fires. NWT public servants are working diligently to support those impacted, and many more are actively seeking ways to contribute. Donating to the United Way is one of the most effective ways for all of us to help our neighbors and fellow residents."

- Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Finance


“At United Way NWT, we are committed to supporting and standing alongside the fire evacuees from Hay River and K'atlodeeche First Nation during this difficult time. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to those impacted by the fires, and we are dedicated to leveraging the generosity of donors and the partnership with the GNWT to provide critical assistance. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of these communities, helping them rebuild, heal, and restore hope for a brighter future.”

- David Connelly, Wildfire Response Campaign Chair


Quick facts

  • Residents, businesses, or other organizations wishing to donate to the fire relief efforts can do so at Donate Now - United Way - NWT
  • When you visit the webpage, click the red “Donate now!” button.

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