Media Advisory - CCSA and the Department of Health and Social Services formalize partnership in the Northwest Territories

    YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre on Substance
Abuse (CCSA), an organization working to reduce alcohol- and drug-related
harm, will today sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Government of
the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services (GNWT
DHSS), committing both organizations to sharing information, creating
opportunities for ongoing partnerships and implementing practical means to
enhance the development of priorities relating to substance abuse in the
Northwest Territories.
    "Addictions and substance abuse is a critical issue in the Northwest
Territories. Any opportunities to leverage GNWT efforts to prevent or reduce
the effects of addictions on our residents are welcome. We look forward to
partnering with CCSA in these efforts," said Honourable Floyd K. Roland,
Minister of Health and Social Services.
    CCSA's Chief Executive Officer, Michel Perron said: "CCSA is dedicated to
working with GNWT to reduce the harms related to substance abuse in the NWT.
CCSA acknowledges the commitment already demonstrated by the Department of
Health and Social Services and applauds the efforts of the Department in
making addiction services a priority as identified through the Integrated
Service Delivery Model. This partnership agreement will support both
organizations in their efforts to address the complex issues of substance
abuse in the Territory and will lead to greater consensus-building and
community investment opportunities across the region."
    The three-year MOA formalizes a working partnership between CCSA and DHSS
and addresses three specific activities that will flow from the agreement:

    - CCSA's Senior Advisor on Northern Canada, with the support of DHSS,
      will collaborate with key stakeholders on a pan-territorial strategy to
      address substance abuse issues in Canada's Territories, as part of
      "Reaching out to Canada's North", which was one of 13 priorities
      identified in the <a href="">National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms</a>
      <a href="">Associated with Alcohol and Other Drugs and Substances in Canada</a>
      (endorsed by DHHS in February 2007).
    - CCSA and DHSS will work together to establish mutually beneficial
      partnerships with local industry, toward a goal of enhancing community
      wellness in NWT.
    - CCSA and DHSS will work together to establish and support a <a
      <a href="">(Health, Education and Enforcement in Partnership)</a> initiative to
      facilitate community capacity-building and collaborative action on
      issues related to substance abuse.

    The MOA will be signed on June 22 at 4:30 pm following the <a href="">NWT Addictions
Community World Café</a>, which is being hosted by the NGO community of
Yellowknife and representatives of key GNWT Departments at the Tree of Peace
Friendship Centre (Boardroom), 5011 51st Street, Yellowknife. Media are
invited to attend this event as observers and to speak with CCSA and DHSS

    About CCSA (
    With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related
harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides leadership on national
priorities, fosters knowledge-translation within the field, and creates
sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA is supported
by Health Canada through Canada's Drug Strategy.

For further information:

For further information: contact Enid Harrison, CCSA, (867) 445-7313

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