The Government of the Northwest Territories recognizes June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as part of Seniors' Month and the 2019-2023 mandate to enable seniors to age in place with dignity.
In March 2023, the Government of the Northwest Territories launched the You have a Right to be Safe in Your Home and in Your Community campaign. This campaign will be used to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the Northwest Territories to create greater awareness and understanding of elder abuse, its contributing factors, and the help and supports available.
A poster and fact sheet have been developed to share information on different types of abuse Elders can experience which include financial, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, and neglect. These resources are available for download at: https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/protecting-elders-abuse-neglect
The Department is distributing these print resources to Indigenous governments, community governments, non-profit organizations, and other service providers.
Acknowledging and discussing the presence of elder abuse and neglect in our communities is difficult, but critical toward ensuring the safety and protection of elders.
Elders have the right to be safe and to feel safe in the Northwest Territories.
Helping to protect seniors from abuse and neglect is a GNWT priority and reflects the government’s commitment to enable seniors to age in place with dignity.
To mark the 2023 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) continues their campaign of Rights Don’t Get Old. CNPEA will host a national webinar event on June 15 to mark the day; register for the webinar here: https://www.weaad.ca/.
For media requests, please contact:
Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
(867) 767-9052 ext. 49034