The GNWT is organizing the ‘Dear Fort Liard’ campaign to allow NWT residents to send their support to the community, which is currently under a two-week shutdown.
The shutdown was imposed after a small cluster of COVID-19 cases was reported, with the total number of cases rising to six.
The Dear Fort Liard Campaign will run from January 23 through January 30 to coincide with the shutdown in Fort Liard — and may be extended depending on how the situation in the community develops.
Fort Liard Mayor Hillary Deneron, thanked NWT residents for the support that had been shown.
“Leadership is not a position or a title,” Hilary Deneron, Mayor, Hamlet of Fort Liard said in a statement. “It’s about having the ability to guide others on the importance of working together to implement unity and safety during this difficult time.”
Communications about the containment order, healthy habits to stay safe, and daily updates on the investigations are reaching Fort Liard in both English and Dene Zhati on CKLB and community radio.
“We’re amid a local crisis that’s tested our faith in everything good; however we do believe our people and community will come through this with a strong resolve,” Eugene Hope, Chief, Acho Dene Koe First Nation.
The GNWT has also set up a call-in show with CKLB radio, where NWT residents can send their message of support to community members in Fort Liard.
“In times of crisis, Northerners have a unique ability to come together, providing support to one another through a friendly face or a listening ear, while showing kindness through all of our daily actions,” Paulie Chinna, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs.