About Us

Last modified: 
Fri, 08/12/2016 - 13:48

What We Do

The Department of Health and Social Services promotes, protects and provides for the health and well being of the people of the Northwest Territories. This includes:

  • helping people take personal responsibility for healthy lifestyle decisions;
  • protecting people from abuse, violence, preventable disease and unsafe environmental conditions;
  • caring for and/or counselling people when they require support for social or health issues; and
  • treating people when they are sick or suffering from physical, emotional or mental problems.

Guiding Principles

  • Focus on the patient/client
  • Support individuals and families to stay healthy
  • Ensure regions have a voice at the territorial level
  • Ensure access to care and services
  • Emphasize quality care
  • Sustainability
  • Respect diversity of all cultures.

Our Priorities

  • Supporting quality early childhood development in collaboration with existing organizations;
  • Focusing on mental health and addictions by ensuring that services are delivered locally with culturally-appropriate methods;
  • Taking action so that seniors can age in place;
  • Fostering healthy families by focusing on wellness, prevention, and improved nutrition;
  • Taking action on the crisis of family and community violence;
  • Creating opportunities for healthy lifestyles and community leadership for our youth.