New Resource – NWT Caregivers Guide

The Department of Health and Social Services has worked with the NWT Seniors Society to develop the NWT Caregivers Guide. This new document is a practical resource for those who are caring for family, friends, or neighbours. The information presented in the Guide is the result of best practice research and feedback from service providers across the NWT.

The Guide is available electronically at and is also being distributed in hard copy across the NWT.


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Youth Ambassadors Applications Open

See the info below from GNWT regarding applications for the Youth Ambassadors Program. The deadline to apply is September 25, 2015. But don’t wait! this excellent, popular program has only so many spaces.
The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Northwest Territories (NWT) Youth Ambassador Program. The program provides NWT youth with opportunities to build leadership skills through participation at special events and volunteer assignments.  In the past, NWT Youth Ambassadors have attended the Arctic Winter Games, Canada Winter Games, Canada Summer Games and the North American Indigenous Games.

Applicants are selected based on community involvement, commitment to a healthy lifestyle and a personal reflection on how the Youth Ambassador Program will help them in the future.  To qualify for the program, youth must be between 16 and 24 years of age on December 31, 2015. The deadline to apply is September 25, 2015.  All NWT youth who qualify are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Youth Ambassador Program, to apply online, or to download an application form, please visit

To submit a verbal application over the phone, please contact Dawn Moses, Youth/Volunteer Officer, at (867) 873-7329 or by email at

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Travelling This Summer?

Travel insurance can protect you from medical costs that are not covered by the NWT Health Care Plan – ambulance costs for example. Check it out at:

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NWTRPA Award Nominations Deadline

Each year the NWT Recreation and Parks Association presents awards to celebrate and recognize dedicated recreation professionals and volunteers in northern communities for their continuing efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and active living for all northerners.

There are four awards (Innovation Award, Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award,  Award of Excellence and Honourary Life Membership) – outlined in the 2015 Nominators Guide.

Deadline for 2015 nominations is June 30th, 2015!

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Shedding Light on Your Electricity Bill

At the risk of being accused of bias, I am circulating the message below from Northlands Utilities – FYI.
As you know, Northland Utilities provides electricity services, including billing, to more than 11,000 customers in the Northwest Territories. In response to customer questions, Northland Utilities has put together a short, simple video explaining electricity bills, Shedding Light on Your Electricity Bill.

Our industry can be confusing and lengthy explanations often frustrate rather than inform. Our goal is to keep it simple and provide clear, consistent information on how different electricity services come together on the bill. This video was launched on our website today along with other consumer information.

Electricity is essential to day-to-day living and economic growth, and we are committed to operating efficiently and delivering reliable service.  We also recognize the importance of providing useful information to our customers.

You can call me at 873-4804 or email me at

Thank you,

Duane Morgan
Manager, Northland Utilities

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Aurora College June Newsletter

The June 2015 edition of Aurora College Currents  is out.

This issue contains stories about the 20th Anniversary of Nursing Programs at Aurora College, the fifth annual Youth Symposium, the tenth year of the Trades Awareness Program, and much more.

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Let’s Stop Family Violence

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Watch this video and think about what you can do.
Read the  actions below and practise them.
Lastly, please share this post with your friends.
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News from AVENS – A Community for Seniors

The latest news from Avens is available online. Chcek it out at:

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New NWT Mental Health Act to be Reviewed

Standing Committee on Social Programs to Review New Mental Health Act

(Yellowknife) Monday, June 15, 2015 – Bill 55, the comprehensive rewrite of the Mental Health Act, received second reading on June 2, 2015, and has been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Programs, chaired by Mr. Alfred Moses. The Bill will replace the current Mental Health Act, which is out of step with legislation elsewhere in Canada.

The proposed legislation would incorporate many important changes. It would allow for the care and treatment of patients in their own communities. It would also establish a Review Board to hear complaints from patients, patient advocates, and medical practitioners.

The Standing Committee on Social Programs will be traveling widely to communities in the Northwest Territories in the late summer/early fall of 2015. A detailed public hearing schedule will be distributed and advertised later this summer.

A copy of Bill 55 can be found on the Legislative Assembly website at this link:

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Inuvik Tuk Highway – April 2015 Update

Here is the latest update on the construction of the Inuvik Tuk Highway. For more info go to this link.

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