The Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, is coming out of the 5th annual Anti-Poverty Roundtable impressed by the work done.

Abernethy released a statement applauding the work that was done last week. He says the many people involved – organizations, band councils, Indigenous Governments, and Members of the Legislative Assembly – made working together a priority.

Participants at this year’s roundtable worked hard to advance the development of a definition of poverty in the NWT that is reflective of how poverty is experienced by NWT residents, and respectful of the diverse peoples and cultures of the territory,” said Abernethy. “Participants also helped to set priorities for action through discussions about their most urgent issues, and open dialogue on a range of topics including housing and homelessness; early childhood development and services for children; mental health and addictions; and the distinction between poverty management versus poverty reduction.

Abernethy added that while not everyone who wanted to attend was able to make the trip Norman Wells, all regions and sectors were proudly able to contribute to the discussion.

The goal next year for the Anti-Poverty Roundtable is to build upon what is in place, and work towards reducing poverty in the North.