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May 30, 2014
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, June 1st is National Cancer Survivors Day. This day is an annual celebration of life and loved ones. Each year, it reminds us of the importance of speaking openly about cancer, and supporting one another in the face of such a serious disease.

On average, 111 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the NWT every year. There is life after diagnosis. The NWT residents I know who have cancer have shown courage and strength in their individual cancer journeys.

May 29, 2014
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, on March 4, 2014, this Assembly received a report on Child and Family Services from the Auditor General of Canada. The report confirmed what we already knew – that we need to do a better job of supporting children and families. It highlighted areas where our system has seriously failed. It told how some children are falling through the cracks, and how some Health and Social Services Authorities have not routinely followed up on the well-being of children placed into care. These situations are unacceptable.

May 16, 2014
News Releases

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YELLOWKNIFE (May 16, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has issued a Request for Qualifications requesting submissions from proponents to support the Stanton Territorial Hospital Renewal Initiative. Proponents that best meet the required qualifications will be shortlisted and then asked to submit detailed proposals.

May 6, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (May 6, 2014) – Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy today launched Mind & Spirit, a wellness magazine to raise awareness of mental health. The magazine will help inspire people to talk about mental health as it shares success stories of individuals dealing with and overcoming mental health and addiction issues. It also provides information on the services that are available to residents seeking help.

March 18, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (March 18, 2014) – The NWT Disabilities Council will operate the Dene Ko Day Shelter in Yellowknife throughout April and May 2014.

“This gives us time to work with community partners to develop a plan for daytime services by September,” said Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services.

The program will continue to provide drop-in daytime shelter services in the same building until May 31.

March 17, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (March 17, 2014) – Northwest Territories residents can expect to see significant improvements to territorial cancer care services in the next three years. The Department of Health and Social Services has signed funding agreements with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to implement two projects focused on improving the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer patients in the NWT.

March 10, 2014
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, we are making the final preparations for our new Med-Response clinical support line for community health workers. This innovative project is a priority in the Department of Health and Social Services strategic plan and advances the 17th Legislative Assembly’s goal of ensuring a fair and sustainable health care system. It uses technology to connect people with services and it will be an important part of our effective, efficient health system.

March 4, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (March 4, 2014) – Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy has accepted all recommendations from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) Report on Child and Family Services. “The wellbeing of children and families is a priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories,” said Minister Abernethy.

March 4, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (March 4, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories will introduce new, more secure birth certificates on April 1, 2014.

“The new birth certificate will be highly secure and durable, similar to those issued in most provinces,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy. “Creating a more secure document is an important way for the Government of the Northwest Territories to help Northwest Territories residents protect their identity.”

March 3, 2014
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, we are transforming the way we use technology to deliver health care to our residents. People all over the world use secure, accessible technology for banking or to connect with their friends and family. Now we can use it to improve access to health services and provide better care to our residents.

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