PUBLIC NOTICE: NTHSSA Response to Fort Smith Aviation Incident

Public Notice

UPDATE, January 24 - Fort Smith Health Centre deactivated Mass Casualty protocol and will return to regular services as of January 25, 2024. For information on mental health supports see this notice.


(Fort Smith, January 23, 2024) The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is advising residents that Fort Smith Health Centre activated its Mass Casualty protocol at approximately 8:50am today in response to an aviation incident near the community, which will continue until official direction is received that the incident response has concluded. We are working closely with other emergency response agencies.

At this time:

  • Regular appointments may be rescheduled to free up resources for response activity
  • The Emergency Department remains open. Anyone who needs care should present to the Fort Smith Health Centre 
  •  NTHSSA is working across regions and with partners to coordinate mental health and counselling resources to add capacity in the community.

Updates on service changes and supports will be provided as needed. 

NTHSSA is unable to release any details about the incident or any impacted individuals at this time due to patient confidentiality.