Łıwegǫ̀atì - Legacy Stanton Project

The Legacy Stanton project is part of the overall renewal of Stanton Territorial Hospital and the renovation of the old hospital infrastructure contributes to the vision of a campus of care; to provide convenient access to services for residents by co-locating a number of services in one location and having an opportunity to refine patient pathways and processes in a new space.

Services including the Yellowknife Primary Care Clinic (scheduled appointments only, same-day clinic appointments will remain downtown), the Frame Lake Community Health Clinic, and the outpatient rehabilitation services will move into the new Łıwegǫ̀atì building. Currently located in the Stanton Territorial Hospital, Extended Care will move and have its own dedicated home in the new facility. Once services are fully operational in the Łıwegǫ̀atì building, Long Term Care – a service that is not currently offered will be available and begin admissions in Spring 2024 to assist those who are unable to live independently, require onsite nursing care or 24 hour supervision. Having these services conveniently located in one area will assist in improving care and providing easier access to services for everyone.

This page will provide updates on the completion of the project and upcoming changes to services that will be impacted by the move. We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation as we navigate this move and we look forward to continue providing the best care for our residents.

We also encourage you to follow us on social media for regular updates on services, including details about the move to Łıwegǫ̀atì building as we approach operational readiness in the new facility.


Update: March 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pronounce Łıwegǫ̀atì?

Listen to the pronunciation:  


If you are using a mobile device, listen here.

When will services begin moving into the Łıwegǫ̀atì building?

NTHSSA will begin to transition operations into the building in 2024, with first patient day expected in Summer 2024. Timelines will depend on the construction and operational readiness of the facility. NTHSSA will formally announce service start dates when more information becomes available and communicate the information with residents on when these changes will be taking place. Key information on the move will continue to be available on our website, social media platforms, information displays at the clinics, etc.

What services are moving into the Łıwegǫ̀atì building?

  • 10 Integrated Care Teams from YPCC and Frame Lake Community Health Clinic.
  • All outpatient rehab services, currently located in the Centre Square Mall and Stanton Medical Clinic.
  • Extended Care, currently located in Stanton Territorial Hospital will move into a dedicated house in the Łıwegǫ̀atì building.
  • Long Term Care, which is a new service that is not currently offered, will open last.

What health care services will remain available downtown?

Same-day appointments, the Diabetes clinic, any walk-in clinics, the outpatient lab, and diagnostic imaging will continue to be available at the Yellowknife Primary Care Clinic site. Public Health and Home Care will also retain a presence downtown.

Why are these services moving to the Stanton Territorial Hospital site?

Creating a campus of care around the Stanton Territorial Hospital site allows for it to be more convenient to access services in one location for residents who live in Yellowknife and those who travel to Yellowknife from other communities for care and services. The Łıwegǫ̀atì building will provide quality health services for our patients in one location to offer a campus of care for Yellowknife and increase its services to the elders. The co-location of services will provide an opportunity to review, revise, and refine processes that impact patient care and experience. 

I have an appointment scheduled while services are moving. Where do I go?

We encourage you to watch out for further announcements and follow us on social media for updates. As move planning continues we will proactively communicate any change in location for appointments to patients/clients.

How was the Łıwegǫ̀atì Building named?

On December 14, 2022, the Department of Health and Social Services put out a call for residents to submit suggestions to name the new facility. The Have Your Say: Renaming the Legacy Stanton Building public engagement closed on February 2, 2023.

On October 13, 2023 the Government of the Northwest Territories announced the name for the Legacy Stanton Building as the Łıwegǫ̀atì building. This is the traditional Wılı̀ı̀deh yatı name for Frame Lake.

The NWT Honours Advisory Council, which is a non-partisan committee appointed by the Legislative Assembly reviewed over 150 suggestions for names and recommended łıwegǫ̀atì. As part of the process, they worked with several of the interpreters on staff at the Legislative Assembly before confirming the name and associated meaning of frame lake. Łıwegǫ̀atì is a change from the version of the name that was submitted by the public, to reflect the input from those language experts. As there are many dialects in the NWT, it may be that there are variations between them.

Who can I contact if I have further questions or concerns?

Inquiries can be sent to NTHSSAFeedback@gov.nt.ca.