February 10, 2011
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

February 10, 2011 - During Session today, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Sandy Lee, raised awareness about the importance of maintaining good mental health.


February 7, 2011
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

February 7, 2011 - The Minister of Health and Social Services, Sandy Lee, informed Members of the benefits of "dropping the pop," during Session today.


January 11, 2011
News Releases

January 11, 2011 - The Department of Health and Social Services has confirmed that bed bugs have infested at least three NWT communities, including Yellowknife.Bed bugs are found all over the world and the number of reported cases in Canada has been increasing rapidly since the year 2000. Bed bugs are reddish brown insects that have oval-shaped bodies with no wings.

December 15, 2010
Public Service Announcement

December 15, 2010 - Media are invited to a press conference about increasing reports of bed bug infestations in the Northwest Territories. Mr. Duane Fleming, Chief Environmental Health officer, will be available to answer questions about the spread of bed bugs and subsequent treatments to eliminate them.

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010Time: 1:00 P.M.Location: 8th Floor Boardroom, Center Square Tower, Yellowknife

For out-of-town media:

December 1, 2010
News Releases

December 1, 2010 - Financial abuse has been identified as the most common form of elder abuse in the NWT and the rest of Canada.

The Department of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the NWT Seniors’ Society and the YWCA, has launched a new campaign, “Together We Can Stop Elder Abuse,” to raise awareness and provide information on elder abuse – particularly financial abuse – in the NWT.

November 18, 2010
News Releases

November 18, 2010 - The Department of Health and Social Services, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, and the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation recently launched a pilot program in Tuktoyaktuk to address mental health and addictions issues.

The pilot project will explore what type of programming will be useful and helpful in the community. Through the pilot project, an ideal counselling services model will be developed based on the community's needs.

November 16, 2010
News Releases

November 16, 2010 - Minister of Health and Social Services Sandy Lee and Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Robert C. McLeod, announced that the focus of the Joe Greenland Centre will be on independent living and day programming for seniors. Current residents requiring long term care will be placed by the Territorial Admissions Committee according to their care needs. The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) is now considering options to renovate the units currently administered by Health and Social Services.

November 14, 2010
Public Service Announcement

November 14, 2010 - National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) is observed across Canada every year during the third week of November. This year NAAW is November 14-20, 2010.

NAAW is an important opportunity to focus on the harms associated with alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and gambling. This year, the theme for NAAW is Celebrating Healthy Choices as it promotes addiction free lifestyles for individuals, families and communities.

During the Week, communities across the NWT will be hosting events:

November 2, 2010
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

November 2, 2010 - The Minister of Health and Social Services highlighted the GNWT's investments in eHealth and how they are essential to the delivery of health care now and in the future.

Mr. Speaker, investment in HealthNet tools such as the interoperable Electronic Health Record (or iEHR), the Diagnostic Imaging/Picture Archiving Communication System (or DI/PACS), and Telehealth are critical to delivery of health care services for residents of the Northwest Territories.

November 1, 2010
News Releases

November 1, 2010 - The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to ensuring the delivery of the Lifesaving Society Water Smart™ program in every community in the Northwest Territories over the next four years. The Program is intended to significantly reduce the number of preventable drownings each year associated with boat use and water activities in the NWT.