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 a recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017 by NWT Minister Responsible for Seniors, Glen Abernethy.


Past Resources

2016 Events in the NWT:

  • The community of Yellowknife celebrated Seniors’ Month with a High Tea Event at the Baker Community Centre. They used the occasion to celebrate the seniors who have made amazing contributions to the community in their own way.  Approximately 50 people came out and enjoyed each other’s company.
  • Community Government of Whati held an elders coffee, story time, made traditional foods and created family trees. The event was enjoyed by many of the community members.
  • The Fort Smith Seniors’ Society held several public awareness events involving both seniors and youth, including a BBQ at Riverside Lookout sponsored by the Town of Fort Smith which was held along with many other local community events.
  • The Hay River Seniors’ Society held a BBQ for the entire community on June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with food and entertainment for all participants. Posters and other advertisements helped to ensure it was a widely attended event.
  • Ingamo Hall in Inuvik held a number of events during the month which brought the elders together at Ingamo Hall Friendship Center.
  • Jimmy Erasmus Senior’s Home in Behchoko held a luncheon with door prizes at a celebration event with guest speakers. There were community and residents from the home in attendance as well as some supervisors and staff from the facility.
  • Enterprise Seniors’ Society held a pancake brunch. The event was well attended.
  • Deh Gah Got’ie First Nations, Fort Providence, held a meal and information event for the Deh Gah Got’ie Elders Gathering. There were guest speakers from NWT Seniors’ Society, Alzheimers Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Yellowknife Branch.  The event was well attended.
  • Harriet Gladue Health Centre, Tulita, had presentations and a healthy meal.  The event was well attended.

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.