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NWT Anti-Poverty Strategic Framework

Strategic framework sets priorities for the elimination of poverty in the NWT
Jun 6 2013
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.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/146202027/NWT-Anti-Poverty-Strategic-Framework
“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:
- Children and Family Support
- Healthy Living and Reaching Our Potential
- Safe and Affordable Housing
- Sustainable Communities
- 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.
Above from: http://news.exec.gov.nt.ca/strategic-framework-sets-priorities-for-the-elimination-of-poverty-in-the-nwt/
Original URL for "Building on the Strengths of Northerners" PDF
http://www.gov.nt.ca/research/publications/pdfs/Anti-poverty_Strategic_Framework.pdf

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

 

 

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Income Outcome: A poem about income assistance in the NWT By Miranda Currie

Income Outcome: A poem about income assistance in the NWT
By Miranda Currie January 2012
NWT MLA Bob Bromley read this poem in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. P.O. Box 1320 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Phone: 867-669-2272 Fax: 867-873-0276 bob_bromley@gov.nt.ca

 

 

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MR. BROMLEY in NWT's Hansard of March 12, 2013
"…I’d like to turn to the main focus of my comments today, and I’d like to begin by acknowledging again, Ms. Miranda Currie, who’s in the gallery today. Thanks for coming out, Miranda. I’d like to read a poem that Ms. Currie has written to describe her experiences in seeking disability income support, and it’s obviously germane because of the Auditor General’s focus, and I know the Minister is focusing on this situation right now as well. Once again, thanks to Miranda for graciously sharing her personal story through the art of this poetry.
But, first, a little bit of background. Ms. Currie suffered a very serious head injury in an accident in November 2011. She later suffered multiple injuries again, head injuries, as a result of the ill effects of her original injury. To this day, she is continuing to strive to regain her health. She’s a very spunky person and I know she will achieve that. However, she has been unable to carry on her daily life in a normal way. She has been in and out of hospitals and has received extensive neurological treatment since then, and she does suffer impairment of her speech and many motor skills. Miranda was self- employed before the accident, and she must now rely on public income support to meet her basic subsistence needs. She lives very modestly. Her ordeal with income security has hardly been a positive contribution in her effort to regain her health, and that’s the topic today.
Just a few of the difficulties that she has experienced in trying to access income assistance include:
• A case worker refusal to provide accommodation assistance based on the subjective judgement that she lives in substandard housing.
• Receipts to document her rental, electrical and fuel costs were obtained with great physical difficulties and expense and visiting offices to obtain stamped and certified copies.
• Income assistance staff say they have lost the receipts she has supplied to their offices. This has happened four times. Imagine if you were saddled with this situation.
• Despite severe mobility problems and risk of re-injury, she has repeatedly been told she must come to the income assistance office for interviews, which could easily be conducted over the phone.
• She has been refused reimbursement of costs for loans received from friends in the interim to pay her fuel, power and living costs, and given the explanation that those are considered gifts. Nice of them to make that decision on behalf of her friends.
• Treatment that lacks compassion and sensitivity to the realities of her situation, again, not a single instance, such as a caseworker hanging up on her after saying I’ll see you tomorrow when Ms. Currie has said she is physically unable to attend appointments due to the effects of her injuries.
• And, finally, a late payment of support have at times left her huddled in her bed to stay warm, unable to pay oil bills and living in a home well below zero. We know what this winter has been like.
That’s enough background. Her words really do speak for themselves, and once again, I want to express my appreciation to Miranda Currie for her willingness to share this very personal story…" From -
http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/_live/documents/content/hn130312.pdf

Poverty and social services in the NWT on the eve of devolution
By George Lessard| March 8, 2013
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/mediamentor/2013/03/poverty-and-social-services-nwt-eve-devolution
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An Interview on CBC North Radio's Trailbreaker morning show on income assistance
Me talking with Peter Skinner about the Auditor General's report on NWT's social services and income assistance programs
https://soundcloud.com/user6763978/trailbreaker-income-assistance

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