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March 2, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on March 2, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories made a commitment in its mandate to continue the integration of the health and social services system to improve care for our people. Today, I want to provide an update on our work to transform the Northwest Territories health and social services system.

February 28, 2017
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (February 27, 2017) - Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy issued the following update regarding an external investigation into a critical incident in 2016:

“As committed in September 2016, today I am sharing the recommendations arising from the external investigation into a critical incident that was carried out in 2016. Quality improvement activities such as this review demonstrate our commitment to the residents we serve.

February 22, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has made a commitment in its mandate to continue implementing the Early Childhood Development Action Plan to improve early childhood development, and by enhancing access to early intervention services for children zero to five years of age, and supporting community wellness initiatives with early childhood development funding and subject matter expertise.

February 17, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has made a commitment in its mandate to focus on mental health and addictions, to enhance access to culturally-appropriate programs and services, address gaps in services, and enhance treatment options.

We have made progress.  Last November, we tabled the strategic framework, Mind and Spirit: Promoting Mental Health and Addictions Recovery. This framework sets the foundation for improvements to mental health and addictions programs and services.

February 16, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has made a commitment in its mandate to work collaboratively to reduce poverty in the NWT by working with our partners to advance the Territorial Anti-Poverty Action Plan, funding community-based partners, supporting community priorities for wellness and developing additional options for action.

February 15, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, this government made a commitment in its mandate to enhance access to culturally-appropriate programs and services.    

The last government convened a Minister’s Forum on Addictions and Community Wellness to travel across the Northwest Territories and come back with recommendations that would have a real impact in dealing with addictions.  The top priority identified by the Forum was more on-the-land healing programs.  This is the wisdom of our communities.  

January 25, 2017
Public Service Announcement

YELLOWKNIFE (January 25, 2017) – The NWT Help Line has expanded its services to include Telephone group sessions and a Facebook page.

The Telephone Group Sessions will offer NWT residents group counselling supports on a variety of topics, including:

November 3, 2016
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, over the past few years there has been an increased understanding and awareness that in Canada there is a disparity between the health status of indigenous people and other Canadians.   Acknowledging this reality forces us to confront difficult issues, including the legacies of colonization and the residential school system, and the fact that mainstream institutions have often not served indigenous people effectively.

October 27, 2016
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, one of the commitments the Government of the Northwest Territories has made for investing in early childhood development includes improving access to and outcomes of early intervention services by continuing pilot projects in the Dehcho, Tłįchǫ and Beaufort Delta regions. I am pleased to report that the three early childhood development intervention pilot projects established as part of the GNWT’s Framework and Action Plan for Early Childhood Development are well underway.

September 7, 2016
Public Service Announcement

YELLOWKNIFE (September 7, 2016) – The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Leadership Council, which governs the affairs of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, is holding a board meeting.

Meetings of the board are open to the public. The meeting will be held at the Explorer Hotel – Janvier Room in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on September 12, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members of the public can attend in person or via teleconference (details below).

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