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NWT anti-poverty "framework" is out

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Assembly hall of the Northwest Territories

YELLOWKNIFE (June 6, 2013) – "...A new strategic framework for the elimination of poverty outlines the GNWT’s commitment to ensuring all residents of the NWT have the chance to enjoy the benefits of living in a prosperous, well-governed territory and to participate fully in a healthy, just society.  "Building on the Strengths of Northerners" is an integrated approach that will position NWT residents to achieve long-term economic and social sustainability. PDF of document here  Video of presentation here
“Poverty is complex, and there is no single solution,” said Glen Abernethy, Chair of the Social Envelope Committee of Cabinet. “Social policies that help our residents achieve their full potential make our communities attractive and welcoming. Those communities create a strong, diversified economy that shares its benefits and keeps residents healthy. We know that investments in healthcare and education pay off in our economy. Investments in our economy make our people and the programs and services they rely on flourish. We hope that people in every region and every sector will want to partner with us to achieve a poverty-free NWT. The strategic framework identifies five main priorities for action:

  1. Children and Family Support
  2. Healthy Living and Reaching Our Potential
  3. Safe and Affordable Housing
  4. Sustainable Communities
  5. Integrated Continuum of Services

The GNWT will now develop an action plan to address these priorities in partnership with community and regional agencies.
The priorities for action identified in Building on the Strengths of Northerners align with the 17th Assembly’s goals and priorities of supporting residents to be healthy, educated people free from poverty; addressing housing needs; ensuring sustainable, vibrant, safe communities; and effective and efficient government.

For more information:
Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 669-2302
Email: brenda_norris[AT]gov.nt.ca ..."

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