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NWT Election 2023: Where and when to hear from your candidates

A poster inside Yellowknife's Centre Square Mall points voters toward the office of the returning officer for Yellowknife Centre
A poster inside Yellowknife's Centre Square Mall during the 2019 territorial election. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

As the 2023 territorial election season gets into full swing, candidates are putting up signs, pounding the pavement and knocking on doors.

Several organizations have announced debates and forums where MLA hopefuls can square off on election issues.

Below, we’ve listed where you can hear from the candidates in your district and find out where they stand on issues that matter to you.

We’ll update this page as more events are announced. If you know of an event we’ve missed, please send us an email.

Cabin Radio will also publish interviews with every candidate we can reach ahead of polling day on November 14.



Check out and bookmark our NWT Election 2023 homepage to follow our coverage, and head here for more information on how to vote.


The Northern Territories Federation of Labour and PSAC North are hosting an all candidates forum at 7pm on October 24 at Northern United Place in Yellowknife. The organizations said questions will focus on the labour movement in the North.

NWT youth mental and sexual health organization FOXY, or fostering open expression among youth, is hosting an all candidates forum at 6:30pm on October 30 at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife. It said the forum will feature questions from young adults and youth across the territory about social justice, intersectionality and the values that will guide the next Legislative Assembly.

Fort Providence

Dehcho First Nations is hosting a forum for Dehcho candidates in Fort Providence on November 1 from 7-9pm at the community hall. It will also be livestreamed on the Dehcho First Nations’ Facebook page.



Fort Simpson

Dehcho First Nations is hosting a forum for Nahendeh candidates at the community hall in Fort Simpson on November 2 from 7-9pm. It will also be livestreamed on the Dehcho First Nations’ Facebook page.

Fort Smith

Union of Northern Workers Fort Smith Region and Thebacha Chamber of Commerce are holding a forum for Thebacha candidates on November 6 at 7pm at the community recreation centre gym in Fort Smith.


Northern News Services and CBC are hosting a forum for Inuvik Boot Lake and Inuvik Twin Lakes candidates at the community hall on November 7 at 7pm. It will be broadcast live by the Inuvialuit Communications Society.

Union of Northern Workers Local 29 is hosting a forum for Inuvik Boot Lake and Inuvik Twin Lakes candidates at Aurora College in Inuvik on November 8 at 7pm.

Hay River

The Hay River Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum for candidates from Hay River North and Hay River South at the community centre on November 9 at 7pm. The chamber said it will also livestream the forum on its Facebook page. Anyone who wants to submit questions to the moderator should send them to

Yellowknife and Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh

The Sir John Franklin High School Green Team and the SJF Debate Club are organizing a public forum for all Yellowknife area candidates at the high school from 7-9pm on November 1. The groups said the forum will focus on issues, including environmental concerns, that are important to youth and allow youth to better connect with territorial leaders. Members of the public are invited to attend.

The Status of Women’s Council of the NWT, YWCA NWT, Northern Mosaic Network, Yellowknife Women’s Society, Native Women’s Association of the NWT and the NWT Senior’s Society are hosting a forum at 6:30pm on November 2 at the Baker Community Centre. Candidates from the Yellowknife and Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh districts are invited to the forum to share their ideas for creating a more just, inclusive and equitable territory.

NWT political transparency website Open NWT is hosting debates for each of Yellowknife’s seven districts between October 29 and November 3. Each debate will be live-streamed and recorded for people who are unable to attend in person. Residents are invited to submit questions or topics of interest for a particular district.



Yellowknife NorthOctober 297-9pmWeledeh Catholic School gym
Yellowknife SouthOctober 307-9pmCancelled as candidate acclaimed
Frame LakeOctober 307-9pmÉcole William McDonald Middle School gym
Yellowknife CentreNovember 17-9pmMildred Hall School gym
Kam LakeNovember 17-9pmCancelled as candidate acclaimed
Range LakeNovember 27-9pmRange Lake North School gym
Great SlaveNovember 36-8pmÉcole Sir John Franklin School gym

William McDonald Middle School is hosting a forum for Frame Lake candidates with questions from students on November 8 from 2:30-3:20pm.

Dene Nahjo is holding a forum at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre on November 9 and 10 from 6:30pm to 9pm both nights, with a focus on Indigenous issues. Candidates for Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh, Great Slave, Yellowknife North and Yellowknife Centre have been invited to attend the forum on November 9. Candidates for Frame Lake, Range Lake, Yellowknife South and Kam Lake have been invited the following night. The event will be broadcast online for those who are unable to attend in person.

Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife and College Nordique are hosting a French-language forum for Yellowknife candidates on November 12 at 2pm at College Nordique. The forum will be presented in a bilingual format, meaning candidates will be asked questions in French and English and respond in the language of their choice.