• 2020-04-07 News post

Access On the Land Funding in Your Community during COVID-19

 April 8, 2020
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

The NWTRPA has created this resource to guide each region and/or community on how to access on the land funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These funds are for members of the same household to spend time on the land while still practicing physical distancing. This means keeping a 2-metre/6-foot distance between members of other households.

Please ensure you are following all of the recommendations of the NWT Chief Public Health Officer while you are on the land.


Dehcho First Nations

Eligible expenses can include food, supplies, and transportation costs to go on the land. If you are housebound or cannot go on the land, a grocery or wood supplement is available. To access funds, contact your membership community office:

Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation

Liza McPherson: 867-695-6737 | exdir@liidliikue.com
Dieter Cazon: 867-695-1801 | resources@liidliikue.com

Fort Simpson Métis

Lisa Lafferty: 780-832-4323 | metisnation52@northwestel.net
Daniel Peterson: 867-875-7171

Tthets’éhk’édélı̨ First Nation (Jean Marie River)

Erma Norwegian: 867-809-2000 | 867-809-2014 | finance@northwestel.net

Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation

Ruby Simba: 867-825-2000 | kaageetu_manager@northwestel.net

Deh Gáh Got’ı̨ę Fırst Natıon

Maggie Levavaseur: 867-669-3334 | finance@dehgahgotie.ca
Greg Nyuli: 867-876-3196 | ed@dehgahgotie.ca

Fort Providence Metis Nation

Pearl Leishman: 867-446-6220 | finance_pvmetis@northwestel.net

Sambaa K’e First Nation

Ruby Jumbo: 867-206-2800 | manager@sambaakefn.com

Pedzéh Kı̨́ First Nation

Jocelyn Anne: via Facebook Messenger | saoassistant@pkfn.ca

West Point First Nation

Wendy Ross: 867-874-6677 | finance@wpfn.ca

Nahɂą Dehé Dene Band (Nahanni Butte)

Darrell Betsaka or Eric Betsaka: 867-364-1003 | chief.betsaka@gmail.com


Akaitcho Territory Government

Denı́nu Kų́ę́ First Nation

Contacted and will update upon response.

Łútsël K’é Dene First Nation

Eligibility Criteria:
LKDFN band members living within the NWT that are 18 years of age or older, have experience on the land, and only one application per household.

Application process:
1. Applications are available for pick up outside the LKDFN Office
2. Complete an application and submit back to LKDFN Mailbox #28 at the Co-op
3. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis Acccepted applications will be preoccessed on a daily basis. Please expect a 3-5 day waiting period before being contacted.

Reimbursement for purchase of supplies or equipment is possible. Keep all receipts.

Contact Praire Desjarlais for more information or questions: 867-370-3013

Smith’s Landing First Nation

Contacted and will update upon response.

Yellowknives Dene First Nation

YKDFN members who are 18 years or older are eligible to apply for $250 for gas and $300 for groceries. YKDFN members are required to fill out an application form (provided by the contact below). YKDFN is accepting one application per household. If you are approved, Jessica will call you and set up a time to pick up the gift cards.

If you are a YKDFN member who does not reside in YKDFN territory, you are still eligible! Follow the same steps of the applications. Once you are notified of approval, you can purchase gas and groceries and send the receipts to Jessica for reimbursement. Do not purchase gas and groceries until you have been told you are approved.

Jessica Vital: 867-873-9037 | jvital@ykdene.com


Gwıch’ın Tribal Council

Eligible expenses are necessary provisions, such as wood, fuel, food, first aid equipment, transportation and other items suitable to their situation and culture. The Designated Gwıch’ın Organizations are responsible for administering these funds accordingly.

Nihtat Gwıch’ın Council – Inuuvik

Jozef Carnogursky: president@nihtatgwichin.ca
Terry Peterson: 867-620-0396 | admin@nihtatgwichin.ca

Gwichya Gwıch’ın Council – Tsiigehtchic

Julie Ann Andre: 867-620-0097 | president@gwichyagwichin.ca

Tetlit Gwıch’ın Council – Teet’łit Zheh (Fort McPherson)

Leslie P. Blake: 867-952-2425 | 867-377-0305 | leslie.blake@gwichin.nt.ca
Diane E. Koe: 867-952-2384 | execdirector@tgcouncil.ca
Anita Koe: 867-952-2040 | anitak@tgcouncil.ca

Ehdiitat Gwıch’ın Council – Akłarvik (Aklavik)

Michael Greenland: 867-375-0191 | michael.greenland@gwichintribal.com
Debbie Greenland: egc.director.aklavik@gmail.com


NWT Métis Nation

The funding may be used to subsidize transportation, purchase materials and supplies for members, and/or to spend two or more weeks on the land. Eligible expenses include gas, food, camping gear and equipment. Firearms and ammunition are ineligible. Submit the following information:

  • Your name and contact information
  • How many people will you take out on the land and their names
  • Location of your camp/cabin
  • How will you get there and how long will you go?
  • Level of experience on the land
  • Communication and Emergency Plan

Submit your information or email the Application Form to covid19@nwtmetis.ca 

Sahtu Secretariat

Fort Norman Metis Community

Bridget Larocque: execdirno60@gmail.com
Clarence Campbell: 867-588-3201

Tulít’a Land & Financial Corporation

Lorraine Doctor: 867-588-3734 | executivedirector@tulitalandcorp.ca

Norman Wells Land Corporation

Sherry Hodgson: 867-587-2455 | hci2@theedgenw.ca

Ayoni Keh Land Corporation

David Codzi: 867-709-2202 | davidcodzi@behdziahda.com

Yamoga Land Corporation

Edwin Erutse: 867-598-2519

Fort Good Hope Metis Land Corporation

Winston McNeeley: 867-598-2105

Délı̨nę Got’ı̨nę Government

David Little: 867-589-8100 ext. 1010 | david.litle@gov.deline.ca


Tłı̨chǫ Government

The on the land assistance program will cover $175 of gas and $225 of groceries for citizens on the land for up to ten days. If you stay out longer, you can apply again.

Families that are already out on the land, can have their expenses reimbursed upon submission of receipts and proof of being out on the land.

To apply, fill out this application form, save it, and send it as an attachment to skyeekendia@tlicho.com

If you don’t have internet or cannot access the form, call 867-446-8557 for support in completing the forms.

It will take a maximum of 3 working days to hear a response.

For more information contact:
Tammy Steinward-Deschambeault: 867-445-5496 | tammysteinward@tlicho.com


Kátł’odeeche First Nation

There is a one-time payment of $250 per household to go out on the land. For people who do not live in households, there is a PO at Ehdah Cho store.

If you do not live on the reserve, KFN is currently working on accessing funds to support you.

You can pick up your cheque at the KFN office or contact Debbie Miller at 867-874-6701.


Acho Dene Koe First Nation

There is funding available for all NWT residents residing in Fort Liard to help them get on-the-land during the pandemic. This includes fuel, food and supplies. There is no application process.

Effective April 9 there will be a Purchase Order for each household at the Northern and on April 10 at the Fuel Store. See this list to know who in your household is required to go to the northern store. For those living outside Fort Liard, cheques will be mailed after the Easter weekend.

If your name is not on the list, your mailing address has changed, or there is no mailing address, please contact:
Jacqueline: 867-770 4571 ext. 1003| manager@adkfnfirstnation.ca


Salt River First Nation

To access funding, contact Gladys MacPherson at ceo.srfn@northwestel.net or fill out this form.


Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

IRC is receiving expressions of interests from beneficiaries who live inside and outside the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. Applicants must be spending 14+ days on the land at an established camp or cabin. Expressions of interest must include the following information:

  • Your name and contact (phone or email)
  • How many people you will take out and their names
  • Location of your camp/cabin and how you will get there
  • How long you will go out on the land
  • Level of experience on the land
  • Communication/emergency plan

If you are already on the land, save your receipts to be reimbursed!

Contact ontheland@inuvialuit.com or Facebook Messenger Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.


Other Funding Opportunities

Rising Youth

Up to $1,500 grants to go on the land for physical distancing. Projects must be led by youth (ages 15 to 30). The youth should identify an issue, propose a solution and implement it within their community.

Click here for more information or message the Rising Youth Facebook with questions!

Indigenous Community Support Fund

Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or off-reserve need to apply through a call for proposals.


This resource will be continually updated. Please contact Rachel Cluderay at rcluderay@nwtrpa.org if you have updated information to add.