COVID-19 Contact Page

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IRC will update and add to this resource page in serving the interest of health support for Inuvialuit during COVID-19.

IRC Non-Essential Closure and Staff Working from Home Notice as of March 19. Most IRC staff back in the building as of June and with Phase II GNWT Emerging Wisely Continued Health Response. 

Please use the Inuvialuit Corporate Group Staff Directory or call (867) 777- 7000.  The ICG Group Building is open by appointment.


Health Resources directly related to coronavirus COVID-19:

-The World Health Organization has many updated posters (scroll down on their page) and links to situation reports and technical, health advice you can read.

-Government of Canada latest news on COVID-19 with information about the virus, the outbreak in Canada and Canada's response. Canada has set up a COVID-19 Information line to call: 1-833-784-4397

-The situation in GNWT, updated daily, as well as travel restrictions, restrictions on public gathering, and current advice from GNWT's Chief Public Health Officer. 

*Residents can contact or call 1-833-378-8297 between the hours of 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week to report anyone not following self-isolation requirements after travel.  You can call 811 with general questions to GNWT or use email

***If you are experiencing any symptoms, fever or cough, or to be tested, please CALL public health and health centre phone numbers in your community for guidance:

  • Aklavik 867-978-2516
  • Inuvik: 867-490 –2225
  • Paulatuk 867-580-3231
  • Sachs Harbour 867-690-4181
  • Tuktoyaktuk 867-977-2321
  • Ulukhaktok 867-396-3111
  • Shortness of breath, Call 911

Mental Health Resources and help lines for you to call:

For crisis situations call 911, your local emergency number or call any of the following 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 

  • Hope for Wellness Helpline 1-855-242-3310
  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service 1-833-456-4566 or text or chat
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • NWT Helpline 1-800-661-0844 (some delays reported due to more calls during COVID-19) and on facebook
  • Kids Helpline 1-800-668-6868 or crisis text 686868
  • Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline 1-800-265-3333

For non-emergency GNWT Community Counselling, you can call:

  • Aklavik (867) 978-2941
  • Inuvik (867) 777-8101
  • Paulatuk is reached via (867) 777-8101
  • Tuktoyaktuk Wellness worker and Child, Youth, Family Counsellor (867) 977-2511, ext.5
  • Sachs Harbour Wellness Worker (867) 690-4181
  • Ulukhaktok (867) 396-3024 

GNWT can also help you access help for children 3-17 and families, through collaboration with Strongest Families Institute (SFI) programming.  Mental Health and Additions at GNWT Department of Health and Social Services can be reached at 867-767-9061 and  

NWT Family Violence Shelters, try Status of Women Council of NWT for Safety links and 24/7 crisis line is available whenever you need us: 1-866-223-7775 or call 911.

Mental Health Commission of Canada has some resources for COVID-19.

IRC may be able to help access free counselling through NIHB (some changes in service as counsellors no longer are travelling in), contact


Urban Inuit Organizations

IRC will find and list contacts of UIO's here for your information.  Click on the name of the UIO to go directly to their facebook page or use the contacts.

Atelihai (Welcome) Inuit President is Debbie Michelin

Program Coordinator Frances Palliser-Nicholas 902-420-1576

Southern Quebec Inuit Association Executive Director Tina Pisuktie 514-545-1885

Tungasuvvingat Inuit Executive Director Jason LeBlanc 613-565-5885

Toronto Inuit Association Executive Director Bryan Winters 514-980-3780

Manitoba Inuit Association Executive Director Rachel Dutton 204-774-6848  

President Fred Ford

Tunngasugit Inc. Outreach Coordinator Maxine Anguk 204-898-9313

Inuit Edmontonmiut Working Group Board Member Cora DeVos Taylor DeVos

Yellowknifemiut Inuit Kattujiqatigiit Board of Director Brendalynn Inuk Trennert

Coordinator/Admin Assistance Alissa Landry (867) 873-9944

Inuuqatigiit-Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families

IRC will try to keep this list updated in case Inuvialuit can benefit from additional programs and supports being offered by Urban Inuit Organizations.