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Yellowknife City Election

posted October 8, 2012

Yellowknife City Election All Candidates Form Thursday October 11, 7 to 10 PM, Northern United Place Auditorium, see the media release and format and rules of conduct.

Social and Economic Impacts of Non-Renewable Resource Extraction

posted October 8, 2012

Attend the public presentation Social and Economic Impacts of Non-Renewable Resource Extraction in Alberta Thursday October 11 at noon in Yellowknife Public Library Meeting Room.

Giant Mine Remediation Project

posted September 4, 2012

Read the information brochure on the environmental assessment hearings for the Giant Mine Remediation Project.

Poverty in the NWT

posted September 4, 2012

Read the report "Addressing Poverty in the NWT – An Appreciative Inquiry of Program Successes"

United Nations Human Rights

posted June 1, 2012

Sign the letter calling on the Prime Minister to apologize the the United Nations human rights Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Giant Mine Independent Oversight Public Meeting

posted March 2, 2012

PA public presentation on independent oversight of the Giant Mine project Tuesday March 6 at 7 PM, Northern Frontier Visitors Centre.

Premier Outlines Anti-Poverty Strategy Approach

posted February 13, 2012

Premier Bob McLeod’s Legislative Assembly statement describing plans for creating an Anti-Poverty Strategy, and the Government’s What We Heard report on limited consultations thusfar.

Dene Nation Joins Those Calling for NWT Anti-Poverty Strategy

posted December 15, 2011

Public Presentation: Israel and Palestine, Advocacy and Dissent: A Dialogue on Peace and Liberation

posted December 2, 2011

Attend the public presentation Israel and Palestine, Advocacy and Dissent: A Dialogue on Peace and Liberation, with speakers from the Arab and Jewish Women's Peace Coalition. Tuesday December 13 at 7 PM at the Yellowknife Public Library Meeting Room. Download the poster.

From Despair to Wisdom: Perpetual Care and the Future of the Giant Mine

posted October 20, 2011

A Report on a Community Workshop – September 26-27, 2011 – Dettah

70% of territorial election candidates say they will make an anti-poverty strategy a priority

posted September 29, 2011

See the results.

Annual General Meeting

posted September 16, 2011

The Alternatives North Annual General Meeting will take place Wednesday October 19 at noon in the boardroom of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, 4916 49th Street.

Circulate the petition calling on the next Legislative Assembly to make poverty a priority.

posted September 2, 2011

Download the Poverty Petition

Anti-Poverty Election 2011 toolkit

posted August 16, 2011

Get the Anti-Poverty Election 2011 toolkit for your activities promoting poverty as a major issue in the upcoming territorial election. If you would like a hard copy, email info@alternativesnorth.ca

Yellowknife Homelessness Report Released with Panel Discussion

posted June 10, 2011

The need for increased government accountability, standards for emergency shelters, more housing options for the homeless, and a public health response to alcohol and drug use are the major recommendations of a new report and plain language summary on homelessness in Yellowknife.

Proposed GNWT Heritage Fund Act

posted June 10, 2011

Alternatives North supplied comments to the public hearing on the proposed Act.

Almost All Candidates Forum Livestream

posted April 26, 2011

Almost All Candidates Forum Livestream - April 27, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Join our livestream broadcast of the Alternatives North federal election Almost All Candidates Forum from Northern United Place in Yellowknife.

All Candidates Forum

posted April 18, 2011

Alternatives North is hosting an (almost) All-Candidates Forum.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – 7:00 pm
Northern United Place, Yellowknife

Co-sponsored by: Dene Nation, Northern Territories Federation of Labour, Ecology North, Status of Women Council of the NWT.

Alternatives North Responses to the GNWT Poverty Survey

posted March 18, 2011

The Government of the Northwest Territories is conducting a web-based consultation on poverty related issues and solutions. Here is the submission of Alternatives North, including the questions used by the GNWT to guide feedback.

Northern groups and individuals are encouraged to submit their comments before the April 15, 2011 deadline.

The consultation materials can be found at http://survey.stats.gov.nt.ca/Poverty/

Anti-Poverty Report in Legislative Assembly

posted February 12, 2011

The report of the No Place for Poverty Anti-Poverty Workshop was tabled in the NWT Legislative Assembly February 8th, 2011. See the debates.

Anti-Poverty Workshop Report

posted January 10, 2011

The No Place for Poverty - Anti-Poverty Workshop was initiated and organized by Alternatives North, a volunteer social justice coalition, and YWCA Yellowknife, a non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being and independence of people, particularly women. The Workshop was held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT) on October 5 - 7, 2010.

Please see the report for more information.

Film Festival

posted November 23, 2010

You are invited to attend the Canadian Labour International Film Festival on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 1:30 at the NTFL Office.

Please see the poster for more information.

Revenue Options Discussion Paper on a Carbon and Hotel Taxes

posted November 1, 2010

Alternatives North has called for an effective carbon tax and supported a proposed hotel tax in a letter submitted to the Government of the Northwest Territories Revenue Options consultation process.

Notice - Annual General Meeting

posted October 30, 2010

Alternatives North Society will hold its Annual General Meeting for members on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 12:10 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, 4916 - 49 Street in Yellowknife.

No Place for Poverty Anti Poverty Recommendations Stress Cooperation and Inclusion

posted October 12, 2010

Social justice leaders participating in the No Place for Poverty Anti-Poverty Workshop say eliminating poverty must become governments' top priority and governments must involve everyone to make it happen.

The 80 participants from 20 communities want government, business, communities and non-government organizations to work in partnership from the community level. They called for a strategy based in legislation, to ensure long-term effort and accountability.

Representatives drawn from the 29 NWT organizations now calling for a strategy worked October 5 to 7 with NWT and national political leaders, service providers and anti-poverty advocates.

See the closing communique and current list of supporters here.

No Place for Poverty Anti Poverty Workshop is Next Step Towards NWT Strategy

posted September 13, 2010

People committed to ending poverty in the NWT are gathering in Yellowknife October 5, 6 and 7 to take part in the No Place for Poverty Anti-Poverty Workshop.

More than 80 NWT social justice advocates, political leaders and people living in poverty have been invited attend. Participants will offer broad, community-based input to guide the design of a GNWT Anti-Poverty Strategy.

Comedian, actor and social justice advocate Mary Walsh will host a screening of the documentary film Poor No More at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Thursday Oct. 7 at 7 pm.  Walsh narrates the film and will make remarks and invite questions after the screening.  This event is open to the public.

A No Place for Poverty warm-up event happens Monday Oct. 4 at 7 pm with an address by Senator Art Eggleton, Chair of the Senate Committee and co-author of "In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness". This event is open to the public and will take place at Northern United Place.

The No Place for Poverty Anti-Poverty Workshop is being organized by Alternatives North and YWCA Yellowknife. Twenty six of the NWT's foremost social justice organizations and political leaders have been working together since late last year to encourage the territorial.

See the attached media release, alliance members list, proposed agenda, poverty facts, and Mary Walsh document or contact for more information.

Also see our No Place for Poverty blog.

Public Presentation on Bill C-300: Making Corporate Canada More Accountable Overseas

posted September 5, 2010

John McKay, the federal Member of Parliament sponsoring Bill C-300, will give a public presentation entitled Bill C-300: Making Corporate Canada More Accountable Overseas at

7:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 9 at Northern United Place.

Bill C-300, An Act Respecting Corporate Accountability for Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries is intended to:

"promote responsible environmental practices and international human rights standards on the part of Canadian mining, oil and gas corporations in developing countries...(and) ensure that corporations engaged on mining, oil or gas activities and receiving support from the Government of Canada act in a manner consistent with international environmental best practices and with Canada’s commitments to international human rights standards."

The Bill will come forward for debate in the House of Commons on September 20 and a final vote will likely take place in October. Information and a copy of the Bill can be found on Mr. McKay’s website.

NWT Anti-Poverty Strategy

posted February 11, 2010

Supporters of an NWT Anti-Poverty Strategy gathered at the Legislative Assembly for MLA Wendy Bisaro's presentation to Premier Floyd Roland of reports detailing the causes and effects of poverty in the Northwest Territories. The presentation was followed by debate in the Legislative Assembly of the need for an Anti-Poverty Strategy.

Records of Members Statements and Questions can be reviewed at the Legislative Assembly website with references to the Strategy on pages 6, 9, 19 and 28. A Motion calling for a Strategy will be debated in the coming days.

In the attached picture of the presentation group, Ms. Bisaro and Mr. Roland were joined by (left to right) Bree Denning (Centre for Northern Families), Lorraine Phaneuf and Annemieke Mulders (NWT Status of Women Council), Aggie Brockman (Alternatives North), Dayle Handy (Yellowknife Homelessness Coalition), Wendy Bisaro, Floyd Roland, Ben McDonald (Alternatives North), Julie Green (YWCA Yellowknife), Mira Hall (Centre for Northern Families).

All those supporting this objective are urged to pass resolutions or motions of support which can be forwarded to the Government. Contact Craig Yeo at for information on creating your resolution.

GNWT Urged to Create Anti-Poverty Strategy

posted January 23, 2010 - updated October 12, 2010

An alliance (updated January 31, 2011) of 23 leading NWT social justice advocates including three municipal governments have called on the territorial government to create an Anti-Poverty Strategy.

Please also look at other Anti-Poverty Strategies, NWT Poverty Statistics, Documents Gift List,  and the Anti-Poverty Stategy Motion (added Feb 26, 2010).