Welcome to the NWT’s first baby of 2020

The first baby born in the territory this year is Axel Akkak, arriving on the morning of New Year’s Day.

Akkak was born at 10:15am Wednesday at Stanton Territorial Hospital, the NWT Health and Social Services Authority confirmed. Akkak is also the first NWT baby to enter the new decade of 2020.

Akkak came a few hours earlier than 2019’s first baby, Griffin, who came into the world at 4:17pm January 1 last year.


The 10 lb 7 oz baby boy was born to Heather Akkak, who declined an interview.

Baby Alex Akkak is pictured in the arms of his mother Heather. Photo: NTHSSA

Welcome to the world, Axel!

Sarah Pruys contributed reporting.

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