Senior Citizens’ Month

Senior Citizens’ Month in the NWT

From June 1st to 30th we will be 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.

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

See here for recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016 by NWT Minister Responsible for Seniors, Glen Abernethy.


Past Resources

Previous Events in the NWT:

Fort Smith – The Fort Smith Seniors’ Society generally organizes several events during this week. The Society partners with the Town of Fort Smith to host a BBQ, a luncheon was held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, bingo was hosted at the Northern Lights Special Care Home, and a swimming event for adults took place twice during the week.

Ulukhaktok – An Elders’ summer picnic was held at Jack’s Bay in celebration of older adults in Ulukhaktok. Many seniors and community members also took part in out-on-the-land activities hosted by the Ulukhaktok Elders’ Committee.

Fort Providence – A luncheon and bingo activity was held in partnership with the Friendship Centre in the community. Participants enjoyed an array of food and several bingo prizes.

Inuvik – The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation held a WEAAD luncheon event with food, activities, and resources for seniors and all other interested community members. The event was very well attended, with close to 120 seniors!

Yellowknife – The NWT Seniors’ Society partnered with the Gallery on 47th to host an art display illustrating the impacts of older adult abuse. Submissions were received from several different communities and displayed at the gallery on June 15th, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Hay River – The Hay River Seniors’ Society held a BBQ for the entire community with food and entertainment for all participants. Posters and other advertisements helped to ensure it was a widely attended event.

About Senior Citizens’ Month

Senior Citizens’ Month provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate with our seniors in the NWT. We celebrate their lives, accomplishments, wisdom and knowledge. We want to provide opportunities for them to pass this rich heritage on to families and communities. It can be an exciting time to get the family and community together and be active with our elders and older adults.

The primary purpose of this year’s Senior Citizens’ Month is to dedicate time to recognize the contribution seniors make to the quality of life in the NWT. Objectives of the month are to:

  • Recognize, honor and respect older citizens in the NWT;
  • Promote opportunities for all generations to learn together and from each other;
  • Encourage mutual respect for elders and seniors among families and within the community; and
  • Encourage and promote partnerships and collaborative approaches to addressing issues that are of concern to seniors and elders at the community and territorial levels.

During this month let’s take extra time and care in honouring our senior citizens. The prosperity we continue to enjoy today has been made possible by the seniors and elders of our communities

During this month take the opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contribution seniors and older adults make to our quality of life in the NWT.