COVID-19 claims Dene Elder in N.W.T.


The Northwest Territories continues to grapple with its biggest COVID-19 outbreak yet.

At latest report, the N.W.T. had 220 cases, 190 of which were in an isolated region.

Now it has also recorded the death of an Indigenous elder – the first death to the Coronavirus in the territory.

“This Elder was a very active member of the Elders that had just a tremendous amount of knowledge on history and traditional ways,” said Chief Tommy Kakfwi of Fort Good Hope Dene band.

“Just a whole library of information went with the Elder.”

Kakfwi’s 600-member community is now in lockdown for 10 days with 84 active cases.

Video Journalist / Yellowknife

Charlotte joined APTN in January 2017 as a video journalist in Yellowknife, N.W.T.. Before coming to APTN she interned at CTV Lethbridge, earned her BA in feminist research from Western University and her obtained post-graduate in journalism at Humber College.