Health in the Northwest Territories: Trilateral Meeting Held in Yellowknife

Press Release

February 14, 2024

The attached is being redistributed on behalf of the Council of Leaders of the Northwest Territories.


knife (Feb uary 13, 2024) – Indigenous leaders, Executive Council of the

Northwest Territories, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health Canada and

the Honourable Patti Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada met in

Yellowknife today.

The trilateral meeting was a commitment of the Government of Canada related to

“Working together to improve health care in Canada” and is part of ongoing

commitment amongst governments that serve the Northwest Territories, and in

particular Indigenous populations, to collaborate further.

Leaders discussed territory-wide health issues that are of interest to all

governments and work to be advanced towards solutions, including

implementation of the new bilateral agreements and ongoing negotiations around

Non-Insured Health Benefits, particularly medical travel.

Leaders attending the meeting included:

  • Grand Chief Ken Kyikavichik, Gwich’in Tribal Council (virtual)
  • Grand Chief Herb Norwegian, Dehcho First Nations
  • Grand Chief Jackson Lafferty, Tłı̨chǫ Government
  • Chief Clifford Daniels, Tłı̨chǫ Government(virtual)
  • Chief Alfonz Nitsiza, Tłı̨chǫ Government
  • Chief Doreen Arrowmaker, Tłı̨chǫGovernment (virtual)
  • Chief Adeline Football, Tłı̨chǫ Government
  • Chief Eugene Hope, Acho Dene Koe First Nation
  • Chair Charles McNeely, Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated
  • Ɂekw’ahtı̨dǝ́Danny Gaudet, Délı̨nę Got’ınę Government(virtual)
  • President Marc Whitford, North Slave Métis Alliance
  • Chief April Martel, Kátł’odeeche First Nation
  • Chief Steve Vital, Nahanni Butte Dene Band
  • Acting Chief Brad Laviolette, Salt River First Nation
  • Councillor Kendra Schaefer, Salt River First Nation
  • Vice President Paul Harrington, Northwest Territory Métis Nation
  • Premier R.J. Simpson, Minister of Executive and Indigenous Affairs and
  • Minister of Justice, GNWT
  • Minister Caroline Wawzonek, Deputy Premier; Minister of Finance; Minister

of Infrastructure; Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power

Corporation, GNWT

Minister Caitlin Cleveland, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment;

Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, GNWT

  • •     ResponsibleMinisterLucyforKuptana,theStatusMinisterofWomen,ResponsibleGNWT for Housing NWT; Minister Minister Jay MacDonald, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • • ResponsibleMinisterVincefor theMcKay,Workers’MinisterSafetyof MunicipalandCompensationandCommunityCommission;Affairs;MinisterMinister •
  • MinisterResponsibleLesaforSemmler,thePublicMinisterUtilities ofBoard,HealthGNWTandSocial Services, GNWT
  • •     MinisterMinister PattyMark Hajdu,Holland,IndigenousHealthCanadaServices of Canada

Delegates also attended from the following governments:

  • •    Evelyn Storr, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

For more information, contact:

Advisor/BandBoydClark Manager Acho Dene Koe First Nation 306-681-5171 ExecutivennieBouchDirector

867Akaitcho-3934Territory-3313 Government

ChiefPaulinaExecutiveRoche Officer



867Gwich’in-777-Tribal7927 Council

CommunicationsElizabethKolb Advisor

867Inuvialuit-777-7055Regional Corporation

ActinglexGreslChief Executive Officer

867Kátł’odeeche-874-6701First Nation


867Nahanni-669 -Butte0242 Deneext.207Band


North Slave Métis Alliance 867-669-7442


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