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September 10, 2007 - NWT Update
The following is an excerpt from a press release issued by the GNWT Department of Health and Social Services in March 2007. “An Adult Supported Living Facility will be built and operated in Hay River, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Floyd K. Roland, announced today....There is not sufficient residential supported living capacity in the North to meet the needs of adults with cognitive disabilities,? said Minister Roland. “With the construction of this new facility some of these clients, currently placed in southern facilities, can be brought home. Currently there are 32 adult clients residing in southern facilities. Based on a recent review of cases… approximately ten clients would be better served by a facility located in the North.?

The Yellowknife Association for Community Living has expertise in the area of community services and supported housing and should be consulted regarding the development of a proposed "facility" in Hay River. The facility referred to by Minister Roland follows an institutional model that by design stigmatizes, isolates and segregates. These same resources could be more appropriately directed toward the development of quality, comprehensive community-based alternatives. As other southern jurisdictions move toward closing their institutions, more pressure may be put on the GNWT to repatriate our citizens.  These citizens should be welcomed back to our communities - we do not want to build institution!

February 3, 2004 - NWT Update
North West Territories have no institutions.  In the past, people used to live in institutions in other provinces.  Currently, there are approximately 10 people still living there.