NWT seniors programs get funding boost from feds

About $435,000 will be split among 23 projects across the NWT.


NWT MP Michael McLeod. (CKLB file photo)

Basket weaving, youth mentorship and on-the-land activities are some of programs getting a funding boost from the federal government.

MP Michael McLeod announced funding just shy of $435,000 going towards 23 seniors programs across the NWT.

The funding is coming from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, but according to a news release, “regardless of the nature of the approved projects, organizations can now use their funding to provide immediate and essential support for seniors impacted by COVID-19”.

Another difference due to the pandemic is organizations now have two years to complete their projects instead of the usual 12-month deadline.

Below is a list of organizations receiving funding:

  • AVENS – A Community for Seniors- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will lead workshops on composting and gardening with other seniors to promote social inclusion, healthy aging, and volunteering/mentoring with others.
  • Ayoni Keh Land Corporation- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will lead activities such as preparing traditional food and spreading knowledge on elder abuse in order to promote mentorship.
  • Chief Julius School- $17,750
    Seniors involved with the organization will mentor youth and share traditional knowledge through activities such as cooking, sewing and on the land activities to promote seniors’ mentorship.
  • City of Yellowknife- $14,402
    Seniors involved in the organization will be trained to lead aquafit classes to their peers to promote inclusion, volunteerism and an active lifestyles.
  • Dene Nation – Yellowknife – $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will participate in the Dene National Assembly in order to engage seniors in the community through the mentoring of others.
  • Enterprise Senior Society- $17,500
    Seniors involved with the organization will host social events such as celebrations, games, and movies.
  • Family Support Centre- $21,866
    Seniors involved with the organization will participate in elder abuse workshops and translate information from English into other languages in order to expand awareness of elder abuse.
  • Inuvialuit Regional Corporation- $14,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will lead traditional arts and crafts, dancing and music sessions with Inuvik youth to engage them with their culture and keep traditions alive.
  • Inuvik Native Band- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will share their stories, pictures and videos to create an online scrapbook and blog and also attend the 2020 National Elders Gathering.
  • K’asho Got’ine Housing Society- $24,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will develop on-the-land healing programs and participate in meal-time mentoring to promote seniors’ mentorship of others.
  • Kátl’odeeche Ohn Dah’- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will participate in weekly activity nights with youth, such as basket-weaving and making bannock, in order to promote their social participation.
  • La Fédération franco-ténoise- $17,250
    Les aînés de l’organisation participeront dans une journée de consultation et réflexion communautaire afin de créer un atelier sur le thème de vieillir en santé.
  • N.W.T. Community Services Corporation- $11,580
    Seniors involved with the organization will participate in exercise classes twice a week and use internet access to promote healthy aging and stay connected with their loved ones, respectively.
  • Pehdzeh Ki First Nation- $7,066
    Seniors involved with the organization will teach youth about traditional values and create a safe space to mingle with other seniors to increase social participation among seniors.
  • Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will participate in cultural programs, such as games nights, sewing programs, medicinal plant picking and an elder abuse workshop, with local youth.
  • Tetlit Gwich’in Council- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will develop and participate in a roundtable discussions in order to promote seniors’ mentorship of others.
  • Tlicho Leagia Ts’iili Ko- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization along with facilitators, translators and medical personnel will hold information sessions to help Elders understand current medical practices and diseases.
  • Tuktoyaktuk Elders Committee (TEC)- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will participate in six traditional activities, such as whale hunting and fiddle/guitar lessons, to promote seniors’ mentorship of others.
  • Uncle Gabe’s Friendship Centre- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will lead and participate in weekly sewing circles where they will speak in Cree to promote language revitalization and make goods that may later be sold.
  • Yellowknives Dene First Nation- $25,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will mentor community members who will learn the responsibilities of being an Elder and  participate in the 2020 Community Gathering to promote mentorship.
  • Fort Providence Hand Game Committee- $5,000
    Seniors involved with the organization will attend a tournament to mentor youth in Hand Game rules and drumming as well as encourage the youth to speak in the Dene language of South Slavey.
  • Incorporated Hamlet of Tulita- $3,333
    Seniors involved with the organization will hire a computer technician and an Elder support person to interview elders and develop a dictionary that will be translated electronically to support language classes and tourism.
  • Hay River Committee for Persons with Disabilities- $5,000
    The organization will purchase a laptop, desktop and tablets for seniors to learn about identity theft, social media and communications tools to stay connected with family.

About the Author

Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com