“Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them”
Through our work with service providers, older adults, youth, policy developers, and other community members around the Northwest Territories, we consistently heard the desire for more Elder-youth programming. People from all generations indicated they wished for a space to get together with someone older or younger.
Hearing this, the NWT Network to Prevent Abuse of Older Adults initiated its Intergenerational Connections project. As part of our Leading the Way: Preventing Abuse of Older Adults program, the Network provided funding and support for several communities to develop and implement their initiatives.
Overall, the goal and hope was to reduce the generational gap between youth and older adults.
This goal was achieved by:
- attitudes of ageism being better understood and rejected;
- increased understanding of the value of young people and older adults;
- stronger intergenerational relationships and connections between youth and older adults;
- more youth and seniors supporting and protecting each other;
- young and old alike having a better understanding of issues younger and older people face, with a specific focus on the issue of abuse, how to help themselves and each other, and where to get assistance if needed, and;
- increased skills and knowledge exchange.
The handbook is designed to outline the projects in Fort Smith, Yellowknife, Tulita, Hay River, Fort Good Hope, N’Dilo, Dettah, and Inuvik with the hope that their work will inspire other organizations to create their own intergenerational activities around the territory and throughout Canada.
In total, 516 youth and 337 older adults were involved in some capacity in these projects. We’d like to thank all of the event organizers for their creativity and commitment; your work illustrates how even simple activities can make lasting impacts on intergenerational connections and relationships.
For information on all of the pilot projects, please see our Intergenerational Connections Handbook.
All materials developed are available here as templates:
Additionally, as part of this project, Brandi Corris at the K’asho Got’ine Charter Community Council in Fort Good Hope developed a Traditional Medicine Booklet. It is a great example of recording traditional knowledge through an intergenerational program.
For more intergenerational ideas visit the i2i Intergenerational Society: http://www.intergenerational.ca/
Intergenerational Day: June 1
Celebrate Intergenerational Day 2015 by having your community recognize this special day:
Youth and Seniors Literacy Project
Funding was available for Youth and Seniors Literacy related events beginning during Literacy Week (September 26 – October 2, 2011) and ending on or before March 31, 2012. These events would bring seniors and youth together in a variety of different literacy activities. The focus was on projects that see elders and seniors in a mentoring role with young people doing literacy work and activities where all participants learn together and have fun doing it.
Funding was spent on wages for project facilitators, project materials (learning materials, food or door prizes), hall rental, and transportation to the event. Project funding was targeted to a maximum of $1500, however, depending on the project and amount of proposals received, proposals over that amount may be considered. Proposals were be submitted using the Proposal Template .
In 2010/2011, the two key objectives were:
- Promote literacy based activities at the community level that bring youth and seniors together to learn from each other;
- Explore the use of information technology as a tool for youth and seniors to use in literacy activities.
Therefore, this year, those projects that had an information technology component or focus were given priority. A total of 19 projects were completed, many of which had an information technology focus or component. Originally, three other projects approved by the project review committee were not, for a variety of reasons, carried out by the applicant group.
The following communities were represented in the distribution of funding to the various groups and organizations: Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Hay River, Yellowknife, Fort Resolution, Wekweeti, Uluhaktok, Tuktoyaktuk, Tulita, Dettah/Ndilo, Smith’s Landing, Deline and Fort McPherson. Reports have been received from most of the projects. Pictures taken at events as well as a summary of each of the project activities will be posted on this site in the near future.