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NWT’s health authority invites public to annual meeting


The NWT’s health authority has invited residents to attend its annual meeting at a Yellowknife hotel on September 29.

The meeting will begin at 7pm that day at the Explorer Hotel’s Katimavik rooms, the authority said in a brief announcement posted to its website on Tuesday.

Residents who can’t attend will be able to watch a live stream or call in to hear the event, the health authority stated, though the details weren’t yet available.

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An agenda for the event and the authority’s annual report also remain to be published. (Here’s last year’s annual report for reference.)

While annual meetings are sometimes formalities – involving assessments of financial statements and the election of board members – they can also offer insights into operations and the chance to ask questions.

The 2020 and 2021 meetings were both held online because of Covid-19, meaning the 2022 meeting is the first in three years that can be attended in person.

This year’s meeting comes amid a continued staffing crisis that threatens to overwhelm the NWT’s healthcare system.

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This week, 12 of the territory’s 33 communities are being offered some form of reduced healthcare service according to the authority’s online tracker.

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