The City of Yellowknife (the City) is ready to welcome residents of Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation who were ordered to evacuate their communities as a result of wildfires. 

“The City is once again ready, willing and able to help our neighbours in their time of need,” said Mayor Rebecca Alty. “We are grateful to everyone who delivers supports and services to provide the residents of Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation with a home away from home”.

The City is working with several Government of the Northwest Territories departments through the North Slave Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) in responding to the need to provide immediate shelter for evacuees arriving in our community.  Evacuees are being asked to register with Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority (YHSSA) at the Multiplex.  As such, the Multiplex will be closed to the general public until further notice.   

How can you help?

If your community group would like to host an activity or event for evacuees, please visit the City’s community calendar to submit information:

If your business would like to provide assistance, please contact the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce at so that efforts can be coordinated.

Individuals who wish to help are encouraged to make cash donations as material donations create logistical problems for emergency agencies trying to meet the demands of this serious incident.  To donate please visit

More information on ways to support evacuees will be provided as it becomes available.

Media Inquiries please contact:

Richard McIntosh

Corporate Communications Advisor