Escorts announced for expectant mothers from NWT communities

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Expectant mother’s in the NWT will no longer have to be alone when they leave their communities to give birth. The change came into effect yesterday.

NWT Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy says this interim measure allows for a non-medical escort for expectant mothers 14 days before their due date.

“It’s available to all residents who live in communities where no birthing facilities exist,” explained Abernethy.

In the event that a spouse is not available, the mother will be able to choose another escort.

The change comes after Health Canada announced it would be making changes to the Non Insured Health Benefits program for Inuit and First Nation mothers last week.

Abernethy says 155 mothers were covered by the NIHB program last year, costing the federal an estimated 600 thousand dollars a year.

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Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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