The territorial government has made funding available to community groups that are trying to sponsor Syrian refugee families and bring them to the Northwest Territories.

The GNWT has committed $90,000 to help sponsoring groups, with each one being able to apply for up to $15,000 in funding before the end of September.

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According to the United Nations, an estimated 12 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

By the end of February, the Government of Canada had welcomed and settled 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada and has committed to settling 10,000 more.

Alfred Moses, the territory’s minister of education, culture and employment, says there are five groups currently working to sponsor and bring refugees to the Northwest Territories.

“The GNWT is pleased to offer this funding to the dedicated community groups working to assist the families that have experienced trauma and upheaval from the war in Syria,” he said.

“We have responded to the federal government’s call to assist with the resettlement of Syrian refugees across Canada, and we are proud to help provide safety and stability for people with critical needs.”