Communities remain lead on response activities. Territorial and Regional Emergency Management Organizations are fully activated and providing resources for planning, coordination, and support to community emergency management operations.
- Residents of Sambaa K'e were being evacuated due to concerns about the airport possibly being unavailable due to wildfire smoke in the area. It was determined that it was in the best interest to ensure the safety of residents that this evacuation take place.
- This evacuation order is issued on behalf of Sambaa K'e First Nation.
- Residents of Sambaa K’e are being advised on evacuation procedures by local officials.
- An evacuation centre has been stood up in Fort Simpson for Sambaa K’e residents requiring group lodging, food, and assistance.
- A community spokesperson is available at the evacuation centre to provide more information for evacuees.
Kátł'odeeche First Nation
An Evacuation order remains in effect for Kátł'odeeche First Nation while the community prepares a re-entry plan. Follow the Kátł'odeeche First Nation Facebook page for regular updates. It is not safe to return to Kátł'odeeche First Nation at this time.
The Town of Hay River Evacuation Order has been reduced to an Evacuation Alert.
For the latest information, please refer to the Highway Conditions Map.
Returning home safely after a wildfire
Returning home after a wildfire affected the area may be stressful and traumatic. This guide will help you know what to do and where to get help. Before returning home think about what you will see, hear and smell in your community upon return to emotionally prepare yourself and your family. Your community may have changed dramatically.
Keep yourself safe and healthy, with the checklists in the guide.
- Follow NWT Fire for updates on wildfire:
Wildfires Recovery Pathfinder (Kátł'odeeche First Nation)
A GNWT Pathfinder has been appointed to provide information on questions evacuees may have and where they can get additional details on what GNWT services may be available locally or at the evacuation centre in Yellowknife. You should regularly check your community government updates for the latest information.
As this rapidly changing situation develops, any new information will be shared by the GNWT as soon as it becomes available on the Public Safety Page.
The pathfinder is available Monday-Friday 9am - 4:30pm.
- Phone: 867-445-3404
- Email: DisasterAssistance@gov.nt.ca
- Please leave a voicemail if there is no answer and your call will be returned.
Evacuation Reception Centres
- An Evacuation Reception Centre has been established in Fort Simpson for evacuees from Sambaa K’e. A community spokesperson is available at the evacuation centre to provide more information for evacuees.
Kátł’odeeche First Nation and Town of Hay River
- As of June 1, all evacuees who had been staying overnight at the Yellowknife Reception Centre have returned home or made alternate arrangements for accommodations.
- The North Slave Regional Emergency Management Organization has determined that reception activities at the Multiplex can end at 5:00pm on Thursday, June 1.
- Kátł’odeeche First Nation residents still under an evacuation order in Yellowknife who are in need of supports can access them in person at:
- The NTHSSA Logistics Office in Centre Square Mall (the old hair salon next to the elevators to Centre Square Tower)
- By phone (867-446-2023) between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.
- For all information specific to your community, reach out to your community government.
Healthcare providers are available to assist with health needs of Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation evacuees, this includes regular appointments, prescription refills, etc.
- Call 867-767-9294 or 867-767-9125 for a phone consultation. Identify yourself as an evacuee so we can direct your calls appropriately.
- We expect high call volumes for this service, so we ask all residents to have patience when calling.
- For 24/7 non-urgent health advice and information, call 8-1-1 free-of-charge to speak to a registered nurse.
Information on Evacuated Clients & Patients
Anyone in care at the Hay River Health Centre, long-term care, and supported living clients who were evacuated will be transported back to the community. Planning for this is underway and movement of patients is expected to be complete by Saturday, June 3. Next-of-kin – as identified in the client/patient record – will be notified as individuals are transported back to Hay River.
Mental Health Services for Evacuees
Being evacuated from your home community is stressful; checking in with a mental health and counselling resource can help provide strategies, advice, and resources to deal with this difficult situation. Services available to evacuees include:
- Virtual or Remote Supports: Contact the Yellowknife Community Counselling office for information on mental health services. Virtual services are available to people in Yellowknife or another community.
- Yellowknife Community Counselling Office: Phone Counselling is available 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday. (867) 767-9110 ext. 3
The following supports are also available:
- NWT Help Line: 1-800-661-0844
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 Or text CONNECT to 686868
- Wellness Together Canada: Adults: 1-866-585-0445, Youth: 1-888-668-6810
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566
- Hope For Wellness: 1-855-242-3310
- Family Violence Crisis line: 1-866-223-7775
The Evacuee Income Disruption Support program
The Evacuee Income Disruption Support program assists individuals who have lost employment income due to extended evacuation periods.
Provides financial support to adults 17+ whose employment has been disrupted by an evacuation lasting more than seven days.
Eligible residents can receive a one-time payment of $750.
For more information on how to apply:
Call: (867) 767-9168 ext. 15026
The Community Government Hosting Evacuees Grant
The Community Government Hosting Evacuees Grant provides financial assistance to eligible community governments that host evacuees outside of a designated Evacuation Centre.
To be eligible for the grant, community governments must host 10 or more registered evacuees.
Funding starts at $20,000 and is capped at $40,000, and is based on total evacuees hosted.
Funding can be requested after an evacuation order has been in place for seven or more days.
Qualifying businesses can access Operational Support under the GNWT’s SEED policy to provide emergency relief or support business recovery.
Prior to filling out an application, businesses should contact the Department of Industry Tourism and Investment’s South Slave Regional Office at: (867) 872-8046 or by e-mailing: Kathy_Lepine@gov.nt.ca
The following regions are experiencing environmental smoke exposure from wildfires:
- Fort Providence (including Kakisa – Chan Lake)
- Fort Resolution (including Highway 6)
- Hay River Region (including Enterprise)
- Lutsel K’e Region
- North Slave Region (including Wekweeti – Whati – Behchoko)
- Thebacha Region (including Fort Smith – Salt River Reserve)
- Yellowknife Region
Follow the latest emergency alerts here: https://nwtalert.ca/
Link to active air quality alerts: https://weather.gc.ca/?zoom=8¢er=60.67747013,-112.35577273&alertTableFilterProv=NT#alerttable
For information on fire bans, check the NWT Parks website and in-person at NWT Parks.
South Slave Parks
- Reservations at NWT Parks in the South Slave Region are still restricted to accommodate wildfire evacuees from Kátł’odeeche First Nation.
- The Hay River Campground is now open.
- For information about South Slave Parks, contact Marc Schmitz, Manager Parks South Slave: firstname.lastname@example.org or 867-875-7569
- Powered camping sites have been reserved at the Fort Simpson Territorial Park for Sambaa K’e wildfire evacuees.
- Evacuees should contact park contractor, Stanley Paul (on site) for further direction.
- For more information about Dehcho Parks, contact Stephanie Hardisty at Stephanie_Hardisty@gov.nt.ca or (867) 695-7515
Nahendeh District Office (for Sambaa K’e evacuees): 867-695-7700
Fort Simpson Housing Authority (for Sambaa K’e evacuees): 867-695-2725
Housing NWT Toll-Free Number: 1-844-NWT-HOME (1-844-698-4663)
Housing NWT staff continue to assess public housing units in Sambaa K’e and there are no issues at this time. Housing NWT will be in contact with Sambaa K’e housing clients.
Kátł’odeeche First Nation and Town of Hay River
Hay River Housing Authority: 867-874-6477
Housing NWT Toll Free Number: 1-844-NWT-HOME (1-844-698-4663)
Kátł’odeeche First Nation: Housing NWT is assessing the status of public housing units and will be in contact with KFN housing clients. The evacuation order for Kátł’odeeche is still in effect. It is not safe to return to KFN.
Hay River: Hay River Housing Authority staff continue to assess public housing units in Hay River and there are no issues at this time.
Hay River public housing tenants can return to their homes. However, the Town of Hay River has advised is not suitable for those with special health care needs to return. Those with Special Health Needs are advised to delay their re-entry to allow for full restoration of their support services and risk reduction. More information is available in the Hay River Community Reentry Plan, here.
Emergency Management Organization (EMO) Activation:
- The Territorial, South Slave, Dehcho and North Slave Emergency Management Organizations (EMO) remain activated.
- The South Slave REMO, Deh Cho REMO, and Territorial EMO is in regular communication with and providing ongoing support to the communities of Sambaa K’e First Nation. Town of Hay River and the Kátł’odeeche First Nation for wildfires.
- Continued monitoring of wildfire to assure safety of evacuees.
- Continued support to Sambaa K’e, Town of Hay River, Kátł’odeeche First Nation and partner agencies.
For the latest, most accurate emergency information, continue checking for updates with your local community government and visit www.gov.nt.ca/public-safety.
Many people ask how they can help support evacuees. Here are some ways you can provide donations and support:
- Monetary donations are being accepted by United Way NWT.
- Physical goods can be dropped at the Yellowknife Salvation Army Thrift Shop and labeled: Fire Relief.