Persons with Disabilities’ Accessibility and Inclusion Awards

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — April 6, 2021

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (April 6, 2021) - Nominations are now being accepted for the Persons with Disabilities’ Accessibility and Inclusion Awards. Formerly known as the Disabilities Awareness Tea awards, the event is hosted annually by the Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities in late May or early June to coincide with the National AccessAbility Week.


The Awards ceremony provides an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding volunteers, community members and businesses that devote their time to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities by making the Northwest Territories (NWT) more inclusive and accessible.


The deadline for nomination is April 30, 2021.


The award recipients are selected through a territory-wide nomination process. Nomination information is listed below by each award category.

Because of  COVID-19 and current public health measures, the event will comprise a pre-recorded, video production with interviews from the nominators and award winners, along with speaking segments from the NWT Disabilities Council, the Human Rights Commission, and Julie Green,  Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities.


The target date for release is June 4, 2021, to close out National AccessAbility week May 31 – June 4, 2021.


Award Categories

Three awards are presented at the event:


The Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities’ Award for Accessibility and Inclusion:

  • This award is given to an individual in recognition of their contribution to making the Northwest Territories a more accessible and inclusive Territory.

The NWT Disabilities Council Community Champion Award:

  • This award is presented by the NWT Disabilities Council to a person or group that has made a significant on-going contribution, as a volunteer, to improving life for persons living with disabilities in the North.
  • Nomination forms can be found from the NWTDC website: or you can contact NWTDC at (867) 873-8230 or toll free at 1-800-491-8885.

The Human Rights Commission Accessibility Award:

  • This award is presented by the Human Rights Commission to a business in recognition of new or existing physical and/or non-physical accommodations that increase accessibility to services for the public.
  • Nomination forms can be found at


Media Requests, please contact:

Damien Healy
Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
1-867-767-9090 ext. 49034