Living in Yellowknife

Yellowknife Acronym Guide

Every community, every Government, every business and every organization seems to have their own set of acronyms to abbreviate common names and terms. Yellowknife is no different. Just like how many Yellowknife’s have a special way of giving directions (see our local direction dictionary here), we also have a long list of acronyms we like to use.

Through the How To Be a Yellowknifer program we have put together a list of what we believe to be the most commonly used acronyms. We have omitted many that we can across that were too business, industry or government specific to try and keep the list as general as possible and relevant to the widest group of people. That said, we do have a form at the bottom of this post where you can submit any missing acronyms or request a change of one already listed.

If you are interested in a physical copy of the Like a Local Language Guide, they are available in the How To Be a Yellowknifer Welcome Boxes.

AAIRAboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental RelationsGNWT
ATTCAkaitcho Technical and Trade CentreSchool
ARCCArtist Run Community CentreNon-Profit
BBEBraden Burry ExpeditingBusiness
BDICBusiness Development Investment CorperationGNWT
BIPBusiness Incentive PolicyGNWT
BKBlack KnightBusiness
BPBoston PizzaBusiness
CCDDCanadian Championship Dog DerbyEvent
DMCDonald M. Cooper BuildingBuilding
DOTDept of Transportation, which is now part of the Dept. Infrastructure GNWT
DTEGDown To Earth GalleryBusiness
DNDDepartment of National DefenceFederal
DFODepartment of Fisheries and OceansFederal
DOJDepartment of JusticeGNWT
EASCEcole Allain St-CyrSchool
ECEDepartment of Education, Culture & EmployementGNWT
ENRDepartment of Environment & Natural ResourcesGNWT
ESJSEcole St. Joesph SchoolSchool
FLCHCFrame Lake Community Health ClinicAmmenity
FloatbaseRefers to any airline that has operations on the waterBusiness
FOTRFolk on the RocksEvent
GIGGlen's Independent GrocerBusiness
GNWTGovernment of the Northwest TerritoriesGNWT
GRBGold Range BistroBusiness
GSLGreat Slave LakeLocation
HFCHealthy Family CentreAmmenity
HSSDepartment of Health & Social ServicesGNWT
IAGWNT Income Assistance programGNWT
INFDept. of Infrastructure GNWT
ITIDepartment of Industry Tourism & InvestmentGNWT
INACIndigenous and Northern Affairs CanadaFederal Gov.
JTFNJoint Task Force NorthFederal
KCTCKimberlite Career and Technical CentreSchool
LJJLong John JamboreeEvent
LRTLahm Ridge TowerBuilding
MACADepartment of Municipal & Community AffairsGNWT
MEDMunicple Enforcement DivisionAmmenity
MTSMine Training SocietyNon-Profit
NACCNorthern Arts and Culture CentreNon-Profit
NCPNova Court PlazaBuilding
NFVANorthern Frontier Visitor AssociationNon-Profit
NGBNew Government BuildingBuilding
NTPCNorthwest Territories Power CorperationGNWT
NJNJ MacPherson SchoolSchool
NSCCNorth Slave Corrections CentreBuilding
NSYONorth Slave Young Offender FacilityBuilding
NUPNorthern United PlaceBuilding
NWTDCNorthwest Territories Disabilities CouncilNon-Profit
NWTSPCANWT Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsOrganization
PCCGNWT Primary Care ClinicGNWT
PWNHCPrince of Wales Northern Heritage CentreBuilding
RCRacquet ClubBusiness
RIMPRuth Inch Memorial PoolBuilding
RLNRange Lake North SchoolSchool
RTLRobinson's Trucking Ltd.Business
SFAStudent Financial AssistanceGNWT
SJFSir John Franklin SchoolSchool
SMCStanton Medical CenterGNWT
SMHStuart M. Hodgson Bldg.Building
SPHSSt. Patrick's High SchoolSchool
TCHTin Can HillLocation
The CatThe Wild Cat CaféBuilding
The LegLegislative AssemblyBuilding
TIGTrevor's Independent GrocerBusiness
TSCTechnical Service CentreGNWT
WSCCWorkers Safety and Compensation CommissionGNWT
YCSYellowknife Catholic School BoardSchool
YIGYour Independent GrocerBusiness
YK1Yellowknife Education District #1School
YKACLYellowknife Association of Community LivingNon-Profit
YKCCYellowknife Curling ClubBuilding
YKDFNYellowknives Dene First NationFirst Nations Group
YKFDYellowknife Fire DepartmentAmmenity
YKGCYellowknife Golf ClubBusiness
YKIFFYellowknife International Film FestEvent
YKSCDYellowknife Scottish Country DancingNon-Profit
YPCCYellowknife Primary Care CentreAmmenity
YZFYellowknife Airport CodeLocation

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Kyle Thomas

Kyle grew up in Yellowknife and is a local entrepreneur, writer, baker, and Yellowknife Advocate who is addicted to learning as much as he can about the community and sharing it with anyone who'll listen. In 2009 he developed A website all about living, working and thriving in Yellowknife for residents, newcomers, and visitors.

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