Detah to Dettah!

GNWT and Yellowknives Dene First Nation announced change in the spelling of Detah to Dettah.In response to a formal request by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is pleased to announce an official name change for their community, from Detah to Dettah. This name change is effective November 1, 2020.

As affirmed by Yellowknives Dene First Nation Elders, the new spelling accurately reflects the English pronunciation of the traditional name of the community.

This name change is in sync with the 40-year mandate of the Geographic Names Program to preserve, consume and disseminate information on the basis of traditional, current and historic names for communities in the NWT region.

The GNWT official name change process involves registering the name with the Geographic Names Board of Canada so that it will be accurately reflected by Federal agencies such as Canada Post and Search and Rescue. NWT’s Geographic Names program works along with communities and Indigenous Governments to ensure the official recognition of traditional place names to maintain the richness of Indigenous cultures.

Non-Medical Mask Campaign

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) recently launched a new campaign in the territory to remind everyone to consider wearing masks a compulsory thing to be able to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Most Important Thing I’m Wearing’ campaign encourages residents to wear non-medical masks as a responsibility in order to protect each other in situations where it is difficult to follow physical distancing requirements of two meters.

As the Public Health Agency of Canada has clearly stated that masks worn properly can reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Studies suggest that transmission of the virus from person to person can be significantly decreased if both are wearing non-medical masks.

Public Service Announcement: State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife Extended

Yellowknife (November 19, 2020)— The Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Paulie Chinna has extended the State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife. This extension is being made under s.14 of the Emergency Management Act the.

The extension continues through December 4, 2020.

This State of Emergency was initially instated to address the need for additional shelter space as a result of ongoing capacity limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) continues its ongoing efforts to protect the health of the residents of the Northwest Territories. All residents are reminded to follow the orders and advice from the Chief Public Health Officer during this challenging time.

This State of Emergency will be extended for as long as it is required.

Public Service Announcement: Public Health Emergency Extended Through December 8

YELLOWKNIFE (NOVEMBER 25, 2020) – Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green has extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act on the advice of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola

The latest extension continues through December 8, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated considerably across Canada in recent weeks as the country’s caseload surged to its highest point in the pandemic.

The Public Health Emergency is required to continue to decisively respond to shifts in the NWT’s own public health situation, and maintain preventative measures.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in the territory, visit the Government of the Northwest Territories COVID-19 Website at

Media contact:

Mike Westwick

Government of the Northwest Territories

Health and Social Services

COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat

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