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GNWT recognizes World Cancer Day February 4

YELLOWKNIFE (February 3, 2016) – The Department of Health and Social Services in partnership with community governments and non-governmental partners will recognize World Cancer Day across the Northwest Territories (NWT) on February 4.


The primary objective of World Cancer Day, a global event led by the Union for International Cancer Control, is to spark discussion and raise awareness around the world about cancer. This year’s theme is We Can. I Can.


NWT Health Care Card receives facelift

YELLOWKNIFE (February 2, 2016) – The NWT Health Care Card is getting a facelift. As part of the GNWT’s move towards a consistent look for its programs and services, the NWT Health Care Card will be the first to show the new visual elements of the GNWT.


“This is an opportune time to make the change,” said Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services. “A majority of residents’ health care cards are set to expire on their birthdays in 2016.”


Drop the Pop 2015 winners and new campaign kickoff – Another Healthy Choice

YELLOWKNIFE (October 23, 2015) – The Department of Health and Social Services’ annual Drop the Pop campaign will soon begin in schools across the NWT. The start of this year’s campaign is being marked by the announcement of winners from the 2014-2015 campaign

A total of 18 NWT schools are being recognized as winners for Drop the Pop activities last year. The schools promoted water as the best, most traditional drink in the North under the campaign theme of Water, Right from the Tap!

Glen Abernethy: Northwest Territories Cancer Strategy

Mr. Speaker, the number of new cancer cases in the Northwest Territories is expected to rise dramatically by 2030.  According to Canadian Cancer Statistics 2015, a report released by the Canadian Cancer Society earlier this year, the number of new cancer cases in all of the Territories will increase by approximately 60 per cent within the next 15 years, largely due to an anticipated increase in the seniors’ population.

Glen Abernethy: Health and Social Services System Transformation

Mr. Speaker, I would like to provide an update on our plans to improve care and services for our residents by improving the Health and Social Services System.

On June 4th, 2015, Bill 44: An Act to Amend the Hospital Insurance and Health and Social Services Administration Act, received Assent in the Legislative Assembly. With the Assent of Bill 44 we now have the legislative mechanism to bring the NWT Health and Social Services System together.