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News Release: Anti-Poverty Action Plan Released

YELLOWKNIFE (February 11, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Anti-Poverty Action Plan, tabled yesterday in the Legislative Assembly, describes the commitments the GNWT has made to address the needs of those NWT residents most vulnerable and those at risk of falling into poverty.

The Action Plan identifies investments of $2.6 million and outlines actions the GNWT is taking now, or is committed to take, to address poverty, including supporting day shelter programs in Yellowknife and Inuvik,  building new housing in small communities and providing nutritious food directly to children and youth through established programs. Actions are identified in five areas:

  •  Children and Family Support;
  • Healthy Living and Reaching our Potential;
  • Safe and Affordable Housing;
  • Sustainable Communities; and
  • Integrated Continuum of Services.

“Government alone cannot eliminate poverty,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy. “The GNWT is committed to continuing our work in partnership with non-government organizations, community and Aboriginal governments, business and industry and other partners towards the development of a multi-stakeholder NWT action plan.  I am confident that working together will bring us closer to our goal of eliminating poverty in the Northwest Territories.”

The Anti-Poverty Action Plan outlines actions to address the priorities and gaps identified in Building on the Strengths of Northerners: A Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the NWT, released by the GNWT in June 2013. The framework document can be found at:

Backgrounder – Anti-poverty Action Plan

For more information:

Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Office of the Premier/Cabinet
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 669-2302