Health & Wellness

Health is about well-being in all areas of our lives. Individual and community health and wellness depend upon culture and relationships as well as physical, environmental, spiritual, and emotional factors. This is reflected in Gwich’in Guiding Principles such as:

The preservation and respect for the land are essential to the well-being… of our people and our culture.

The GTC Health and Wellness team works to support individual and community health and wellness through meaningful community participation, collaboration, and stewardship. We provide services and develop initiatives to support the well-being of Gwich’in Participants.

Program Areas

Mental Health, Emotional & Cultural Support

  • On-the-land healing
  • Connection with culture
  • Resolution Health Support Program
  • Aftercare & follow-up


Children, Youth & Families

  • Jordan’s Principle service coordination and activities
  • Youth wellness programming


Advocacy & Outreach

  • Support to Gwich’in Participants navigating NWT or federal (NIHB) services

  • Promotion of cultural safety in the health and social services system


Research & Capacity Building

  • Collaboration with DGOs and community organizations
  • Support for research & training funding access to Gwich’in Participants and communities


Key Services

Jordan’s Principle

Jordan's Principle aims to ensure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services, and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those living with disabilities may have.


Resolution Health Support Program

The Resolution Health Support Program provides mental health, emotional and cultural support services to former residential school students and their families, as well as to the wider public in communities impacted by residential schools. GTC employs five Cultural Support Workers in Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic and Aklavik who work with clients throughout the region to ensure they have access to professional counsellors, non-insured health benefits, and other support programs in Northwest Territories and southern Canada.

Our Team

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Looking for more information or to connect about health & wellness?




Crystal Milligan
Manager, Health & Wellness
(867) 777-7939
Gwich’in Tribal Council Office, Inuuvik (Inuvik)    


Janeta Pascal
Resolution Health Support Coordinator
(867) 678-4146
Aklavik Inn, Akłarvik (Aklavik)    


Danita Frost-Arey
Jordan’s Principle Coordinator 
(867) 777-7915 
Gwich’in Tribal Council Office, Inuuvik (Inuvik)


Eileen Koe
Cultural Support Worker
(867) 952-2960 
Teetł’it Zheh (Fort McPherson)


Sarah Jerome 
Cultural Support Worker
(867) 688-2598
Inuuvik (Inuvik)


Lorna Storr
Cultural Support Worker
(867) 678-5036 
Akłarvik (Aklavik)


Julie Anne Blake, Cultural Support Worker
(867) 377-0155
Teetł’it Zheh (Fort McPherson)


Phoebe Arey, Cultural Support Worker
(780) 893-2948 
Tsiigehtshik (Tsiigehtchic) 

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