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UNW-PSAC Social Justice Fund donating $60,000 to United Way NWT Emergency Relief Fund

May 19, 2023

YELLOWKNIFE: The Union of Northern Workers (UNW) is contributing $30,000 to the United Way NWT Emergency Response Fund to support evacuees from Kátł’odeeche First Nation and Hay River. We are also pleased to announce that the Public Service Alliance of Canada Social Justice Fund has committed to matching this donation, for a total of $60,000.

United Way NWT is a longstanding charitable partner of the UNW, who administers funds to qualifying local organizations to ensure residents affected by the Kátł’odeeche First Nation/Hay River Wildfire will get the aid they need.

This is the third year in a row that NWT residents have been forced from their homes due to natural disasters, and the UNW is once again ready and willing to do what we can to provide financial support to those in need right now.

We also want to acknowledge the tireless work of our members, who are involved in all aspects of the emergency response and are often in dangerous situations.  We see you, we appreciate you, and we thank you for your dedication to keeping your fellow residents safe and supported through these difficult and emotional times.  Our hearts go out to all the displaced and worried residents.

Gayla Thunstrom
President, Union of Northern Workers


Anyone who would like to contribute to the fund and help support qualifying programs and groups offering relief to NWT residents affected can do so at: 

For more information about United Way NWT and the work they do, please follow them on Instagram or Facebook @unitedwaynwt or go to their website at

If you are a local NWT organization who needs additional funding to help your efforts with regard to the evacuees, please contact United Way NWT.

For more information on the PSAC Social Justice Fund and the work they do, please visit the website 


For media inquiries, please contact:

Adrienne Cartwright
Communications Officer
Union of Northern Workers
867-873-5668 ext.225