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About us

The NWT Seniors’ Society is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1983 under the Societies Act of the NWT.
The Society provides information, acts as a resource and support for seniors and elders across the NWT. The Society is the only voluntary agency representing the individual and collective interests of all seniors and elders in the NWT. You may be a voting member of the NWT Seniors’ Society when you reach 50 years of age.
The Society is also made up of member organizations representing the interests of seniors and elders throughout the NWT. The Board of Directors, who must be 60 years of age or over, consists of representatives from various regions of the NWT and be appointed by their community. 
The NWT Seniors’ Society provides:  
  • Toll Free Seniors’ Information Line 1 (800) 661-0878
  • Advice to governments and communities which supports and promotes policy development, programs and services to enhance the lives of older adults;
  • Community workshops on topics and issues which affect seniors and elders including elder abuse;
  • Youth and Seniors Literacy projects to build intergenerational supports and enhance the strengths of both age groups at the community level; and
  • An Annual General Meeting, periodically held outside of Yellowknife, with information sessions for seniors and elders
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Society, fill out the membership form here.
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Our Mandate

The NWT Seniors’ Society is dedicated to promoting the independence and well-being of older citizens through the provision of programs and services in partnership with responsible government departments and other organizations.
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Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Older Adults
in the NWT
 came into effect on September 22, 2006.

Our Vision: 

All older adults are valued and respected members of the community.
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Our Board Members 

Pat Burnstad
Martina Norwegian
John Hazenberg
James Andre
Board member
Elizabeth Kunnizzie
Don Webb

Strategic Objectives

The NWT Seniors’ Society established the following 4 objectives during a strategic planning workshop in March for 2017-2020:
  • Reduce the risk of abuse of the person and their home•  
  • Encourage governments to adopt policies and programs that ensure income security for all older adults in the NWT
  • Affordable, adequate, and secure housing for northerners encourage community-based inter-agency groups
  • Support NWT Seniors’ Society community and regional representatives to advocate and
We were not able to meet face to face to develop new strategic objectives but the Board determined that the following objectives were still relevant.
See the full document below.
2017-2020 NWT Seniors Society – Strategic Plan
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NWT Seniors' Society by-laws
and constitution

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