TG Yellowknife Wildfire Evacuee Supports


Updated September 5, 2023

The GNWT’s “Registration for Re-entry Plan” for those flying back into Yellowknife is available online. We encourage Tłı̨chǫ evacuees from Yellowknife, Dettah, and N’dilo to read the GNWT Release (below) and click on the link (at the “Related Links” section) at the bottom of the Release to Register on the GNWT website.

If Tłı̨chǫ members need assistance Registering, they can go to the EXPO Centre and Royal Hotel in Edmonton - between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

For those Tlicho evacuees in Calgary and Grand Prairie needing assistance with registration for air travel to Yellowknife, please call.
  • Kirsten Franki: 867-688-1202
  • Tommy Lafferty – 867-447-0089
Tłı̨chǫ evacuees are advised to identify as having Tłı̨chǫ Membership on the Registration form.

Members are also encouraged to use Edmonton Transit to get to the registration centres by showing their wristbands. Those that need assistance can call the drivers for support.

_______________ GNWT RELEASE _______________

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (September 2, 2023) – To help evacuees of Dettah, Ndilǫ, Yellowknife and the Ingraham Trail prepare to return home, pre-registration for Yellowknife re-entry flights is now available both online and over the phone.

Pre-registration is the first step in developing passenger lists for re-entry flights. From there, appropriate aircraft will be booked based on need in established flight hubs. Pending evacuation orders being lifted, flights will depart as early as Wednesday, September 6 and continue for an estimated five days.

Flight hubs across Alberta are currently being identified and will be finalized based on need. Evacuees can also pre-register for flights from Whitehorse, Yukon, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Once an evacuee’s flight information is available, it will be sent to them at least 24 hours before departure via email or text. They will also receive information on ground transportation from evacuation/reception centres to the assigned airport. When email or text are unavailable information will be provided to evacuees over the phone.

Evacuees from evacuated South Slave communities are asked to remain where they are rather than travel to Yellowknife. Given the limited services that will be available in the city as residents return, no supports will be available in the form of evacuation centres or accommodations for evacuees from other communities in Yellowknife.

“This is an exciting step in having our Dettah, Ndilǫ, Yellowknife and Ingraham Trail residents return home safely. Our team has worked to build a pre-registration system that will be easy for residents to use, and that will efficiently get those who need a flight home on their way once the evacuation orders have been lifted.”

- Shane Thompson, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

Quick facts:
Evacuees are encouraged to use the pre-registration process so that flights can be organized to get people home as quickly as possible.

Patients in specified groups that are being advised not to return (dialysis, chemotherapy, IV therapy, individuals with advanced or high-risk pregnancies) will be contacted directly with more information. For these individuals who will be required to stay outside their home community due to the availability of necessary health services beyond the time when evacuee supports end, transition to Medical Travel supports will be coordinated. Pre-registration is not required

Information shared for the purpose of pre-registering will be handled with the utmost care and security and will be disposed of once re-entry is complete.

Related links:

_______________ End of Release _______________

For Tłı̨chǫ citizens of Yellowknife, N’Dilo, and Dettah, who evacuated due to the Yellowknife wildfire, here is a list of supports the Tłı̨chǫ Government has provided:

Tłı̨chǫ Citizens displaced due to the Yellowknife wildfire must register with Tłı̨chǫ Government. When registered, citizens become eligible to receive the following financial support:
  • $ 500. For anyone over the age of 18, and
  • $125 for anyone under the age of 18.
To register, citizens must complete the following registration form at or call one of the following three phone numbers:
  • 1-867-445-4078
  • 1-867-446-4843
  • 1-844-220-8573
Note: This is a one-time payment

Other Information:
Tłı̨chǫ Registration and Resource Centres were created in Edmonton and Calgary (Calgary is now closed; however, support remains available in that city).

Tłı̨chǫ evacuees in other areas of Alberta are encouraged to call the numbers below if they require resources such as food, support, friendship, and troubleshooting of evacuation issues.

Tlicho evacuees are advised to identify as having Tlicho Membership on the Registration form.

Edmonton - Resource Support Coordinators include:
  • Tommy Lafferty – 867-447-0089
  • Yolanda Lafferty – 780-978-3341 (Driver)
  • Kevin Camille – 867-447-4677 (Driver)
  • Norma Zoe – 780-832-9632 (Driver)
  • Rita Dryneck – 867-444-8980 (Royal Hotel Boardroom)

Edmonton - Expo Centre - is now closed to NEW registerees.
No NEW registeree accommodations are currently available. The City of Edmonton is at full capacity. If you have already registered and are receiving services from the Red Cross, services WILL continue. If you have questions, please contact
  • Tommy Lafferty – 867-447-0089
Evacuees from outside of Edmonton are asked NOT to seek transfer from their existing locations, as services will not be available.

Calgary - Resource Support Coordinator Contacts
  • Tommy Lafferty – 867-447-0089
  • Driver – September 3-8th – Mabel Huskey - 1-867-765-8765
  • Driver – September 4-8th – Braeden Moore – 1-825-437-0343

Grand Prairie Friendship Centre
Is providing support to Tłı̨chǫ evacuees. For more information, follow the Grand Prairie Friendship Centre Facebook page. Evacuees can complete an online form to receive a Family Bundle of helpful items.

Grand Prairie Resource Support Coordinator
  • Kirsten Franki – 867-688-1202
  • Tommy Lafferty – 867-447-0089

Yukon Resource Support Coordinator
Johnathan Mackenzie – 867-334-6742

Winnipeg Resource Support Coordinator
Henry Zoe - 867-446-0230.

Hotel stays were extended for Tłı̨chǫ citizens who evacuated and were staying in Hotels in Edmonton, Calgary, and all of Alberta, British Columbia, and Winnipeg. Those registered with the Red Cross are asked to call 1-800-863-6582 to request an extension on your room. The Hotel will call or email confirmation of the extension.

Host Family Support:
If you are a Tłı̨chǫ citizen evacuated due to the wildfire and staying with family or friends in the south or a Tłı̨chǫ Community in the north, your billet hosts can receive a $250 flat rate per household. For more information, contact Cecilia Chocolate at 867-447-0307.

In Edmonton, everyone is encouraged to use Free Transit (show your evacuation bracelet). Transportation may be available to those who require special assistance. For those who do, please call or text to pre-book your ride:
  • Daniel Mantla 780-908-5272 or
  • Marcella Mantla 780-908-5272
In Calgary, a special “NWT Evacuee” Transit Bus has been made available. Calgary evacuees are asked to check the Tłı̨chǫ Government Facebook page for the NWT Evacuee Transit Map and schedule to coordinate their transportation needs.  

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