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Seniors’ Information Handbook & Caregivers’ Guide

Seniors’ Information Handbook: The Handbook provides a comprehensive list of programs and services that seniors and their caregivers can access towards making informed decisions that can help them remain independent and active in their home communities. You can obtain further hardcopies of the Handbook and Caregivers Guide by contacting the Department of Health and Social Services (Department) Communications Unit (867-920-8927).

NWT Caregivers’ Guide: The Caregivers’ Guide provides information that will assist families caring for their loved ones. It was developed with input from the Department of Health and Social Services and Regional Health and Social Services staff.

Gwich’in Translation Revitalization project: GWIK’IT GÒON’LIH KWÀH

The Gwich’in Translation Revitalization project is taking the “It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends & Families” program (GWIK’IT GÒON’LIH KWÀH in Gwich’in) developed by the University of Western Ontario with input from key stakeholders and older adults in the NWT to a new level. A group of 10 Gwich’in women from Fort McPherson, Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic, and Inuvik, met in Inuvik late November to complete training to deliver the materials in Gwich’in to their home communities.

Report available here.


Working together on the project: Gwich’in elders on November 21, 2016 at Gwich’in Tribal Council offices in Inuvik

Two elders from each community will work together to be teachers and leaders in how to support people who may be older adults who are experiencing abuse. Sarah Jerome, a Gwich’in elder is the Team Leader for this project. Ann Firth-Jones, President, NWT Seniors’ Society started working on this project earlier this year.

This project was funded by New Horizons for Seniors – Community Engagement Program and supported by the Gwich’in Tribal Council, Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre, NWT Seniors’ Society and the community of Inuvik.

Supporting Cancer Programs for Our Communities in the NWT

The Supporting Cancer Programs for Our Communities project is an initiative led by the NWT Seniors’ Society and Health & Social Services. The goal of the project is to develop a directory of programs and supports that are currently in place to assist cancer patients and their families in the NWT.

The NWTSS Program Co-ordinator, Mike Prowse, will be building a directory of support that currently exist in the NWT; identifying program gaps; visiting five communities to observe the current programs; discussing with residents about best options; and researching other peer support programs that may be adapted for the NWT.

We will look at existing programs and supports, what kinds of programs people would like and what training is necessary to develop peer support programs throughout the NWT. The NWT Seniors’ Society is looking forward to providing cancer support programs in our communities.

This is an exciting new program which will lead to the delivery of peer support training and networks of support people for the residents of the NWT.

For more information about H&SS’ plans regarding cancer services and programs, read the NWT Cancer Strategy 2015 – 2025 here: NWT Cancer Strategy 2015 -2025

Knowledge Exchange & AGM: October 4 & 5, 2016

Save the date!

Knowledge Exchange & Annual General Meeting

The NWT Seniors’ Society and the Yellowknife Seniors’ Society are cohosting a Knowledge Exchange for seniors and other community members interested in learning about Elders in Motion, new legislation related to seniors’ well-being and health, and many more conversations.

When: October 4, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Baker Centre, Yellowknife NT

The NWT Seniors’ Society will then have their Annual General Meeting with a guest speaker from the Alzheimer Society of Alberta/NWT.

When: October 5, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Baker Centre, Yellowknife NT

See the full agenda here: Knowledge Exchange & Annual General Meeting Agenda

Celebrating Senior Citizens’ Month 2016

Senior Citizens’ Month 2016

From June 1- 30th 2016 we will be celebrating Senior Citizens’ Month by honouring and recognizing the seniors in our families and communities.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily activity ideas and events happening in your community.

Some materials:

Past materials:

Further resources:

Special dates to note: June 1st is Intergenerational Day and June 15th isWorld Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

WEAAD 2016


The iris is considered the flower for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Wear purple to show your support!

Presentation to Priorities and Planning Committee

On March 3, 2016 the NWT Seniors’ Society presented at the NWT Legislative Assembly Priorities and Planning Committee.

See the full video of our meeting here.

Read our presentation: Priorities & Planning Committee Meeting Presentation

Additionally, the Yellowknifer wrote an article following the Committee meeting. Read it here: Yellowknifer Article

We provided an overview of the history and current structure of the Society. We also discussed the importance of having a territorial Seniors’ Advocate and outlined our 2014-2017 Strategic Priorities:

  1. To lower the cost of living for seniors and elders throughout the NWT
  2. To eliminate inequalities among seniors and elders in the NWT
  3. Improve access to medical and health services
  4. Create safe communities

Fraud Information & Alerts

Canadian Fraud and Scam Information

During certain times of the year (especially holidays and tax time) fraudulent communication cases (via phone call, e-mail, text message, or online forms) can increase. If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information:

 More information:

Public Consultation for Physician-Assisted Dying Framework in the NWT

Information regarding public consultation for physician-assisted dying framework in the NWT from the GNWT Department of Health:

Last February, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down the federal law prohibiting physician-assisted dying (Carter v. Canada). In order to address the issues associated with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling, the Government of the Northwest Territories will develop a legislative and implementation framework. This framework will identify the rules, practices, and safeguards around physician-assisted dying in the NWT. 

The Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying recently published their Final Report, including 43 recommendations. Before the NWT’s legislative and implementation framework is developed, the Department of Health and Social Services is seeking feedback from the public.

  •  Are there recommendations included in the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group’s Final Report you support (or do not support)?
  • Are there additional aspects related to health care delivery, culture, or geography you believe should be considered?
  • Do you have additional recommendations for the framework? 

All feedback is welcome and may be submitted by Monday, February 15th, 2016, to  the attention of “Comments on Physician-Assisted Dying in the NWT” by fax (867.873.0204), email (, or by regular mail to:

Policy, Legislation and Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9