Yellowknife – October 1, 2018
News Releases

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services, has approved a process to waive the Northwest Territories (NWT) change of name fee for Residential School Survivors and their families who wish to reclaim their name. The recommendation is to waive fees for a period of five years.

The Minister is extending this process to all Indigenous residents who wish to correct the names on their NWT birth certificates that were affected by historical errors.

Yellowknife – October 1, 2018
Public Service Announcement

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, has appointed Dr. Kami Kandola as the new Chief Public Health Officer for Northwest Territories effective October 1, 2018.

Dr. Kandola replaces Dr. Andre Corriveau, who will assume the role of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority Acting Medical Director September 1st, 2018 for a period of one year.

September 25, 2018
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (September 25, 2018) – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, and the Minister Responsible for Addressing Homelessness, Alfred Moses, together with the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority(NTHSSA), the NWT Disability Council and Advanced Medical Solutions, officially opened the doors to a new joint sobering centre and day centre program in Yellowknife.

September 11, 2018
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (September 11, 2018) – In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, the Government of the Northwest Territories announced new Child and Youth Care Counsellors (CYCCs) who will begin working in Tłı̨chǫ and Dehcho this month.

August 29, 2018
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (August 29, 2018) — The Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy is pleased to announce that the new Mental Health Act will be coming into force on September 1, 2018.

The new Mental Health Act (the Act) is an essential part of the Department of Health and Social Services’ work to modernize mental health care in the Northwest Territories to better protect the rights, safety and wellbeing of individuals living with mental illness.

August 28, 2018
News Releases

NORMAN WELLS (August 28, 2018) – Residents of the Sahtú celebrated the official opening of the Sahtú Got'iné Regional Health and Social Services Centre and Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́ Long Term Care Facility on Monday, August 27 in Norman Wells. 

August 27, 2018
News Releases

Norman Wells, le 28 août 2018 – Le lundi 27 août, à Norman Wells, les résidents du Sahtú ont souligné l’ouverture officielle du Centre régional de santé et de services sociaux Sahtú Got'iné et du centre de soins de longue durée Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́.

August 2, 2018

In advance of the meeting in Halifax of Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services, health and social services ministers from Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut met to discuss key areas of strategic collaboration to improve outcomes in health and social services across the North.

Attending the meeting were NWT Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy, Nunavut Minister of Health Pat Angnakak, Nunavut Minister of Family Services Elisapee Sheutiapik, and Yukon Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost.

July 31, 2018
News Releases

(YELLOWKNIFE, July 31, 2018) – Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services, announced the 14 schools chosen to receive awards as part of the 2017-2018 Drop the Pop campaign.

This year, 48 schools in the Northwest Territories participated in “Drop the Pop,” using funding provided by the Government of the Northwest Territories to promote healthy food and beverage choices. The winning schools will be awarded prizes ranging from $800 – $1,500 in recognition of their Drop the Pop activities.

July 6, 2018
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (July 6, 2018) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Northwest Territories Medical Association (NWTMA) are pleased to announce that they have ratified an agreement on a contract for physician services in the Northwest Territories. The previous contract between the GNWT and the NWTMA expired on March 31, 2016. 

Discussions for a new agreement began in January 2016 and ended in May 2018 when both sides reached an agreement in principle.  The final agreement was ratified by both parties in early June 2018.