February 3, 2018 Hay River, NT Employment and Social Development Canada
Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. The Government of Canada remains committed to empowering seniors across Canada so they can contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.
Northern seniors who are looking for the opportunity to benefit their communities will receive financial support to get their project off the ground, announced Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. MP McLeod made the announcement in Hay River, and was joined by local organizations who received funding from the New Horizons program.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. This innovative program enhances seniors’ social well-being and enables them to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.
In total, 15 organizations in the Northwest Territories are receiving $331,687 for their projects funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed. We support a wide array of New Horizons for Seniors Program projects that bring seniors together in innovative ways to help build communities that are strong and vibrant. These grassroots projects are community-driven and promote social interaction, positive aging and seniors’ well-being. They reach out to seniors and encourage them to pursue active lifestyles, expand their social network and play a leading role in activities that inspire goodwill, sharing and fellowship among community members.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“The Government of Canada is dedicated to expanding opportunities for Canadian seniors to get involved in community activities that meet their needs, reflect their interests, and tap their collective resources and experiences. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based projects so that seniors across our territory can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”
– Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories
“The HRSS are happy to have this support from the Government of Canada. It will enable the seniors to provided a project that will extend the life of our kitchen facilities.”
– Tom Makepeace, Hay River Seniors Society President
“The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre is delighted to provide programs and activities to promote wellness for all seniors.”
– Margaret Jerome, Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre Board President
These projects were approved through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects.
Through the NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for more than 1,880 community-based projects.
Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 21,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $452.5 million.
The NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects was open from May 10, 2017 until June 23, 2017.
Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of Michael McLeod, M.P.
Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P. Minister of Families, Children and Social Development 819-654-5546
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
Status of Women Council of the NWT
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NWT Literacy Council
Granny and Grampa Talking Bags
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Traditional Classroom Program
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Native Women’s Association of the NWT
Traditional Foods in the Modern Age
Seniors involved with the organization will mentor participants by sharing knowledge and skills about the access, preparation and serving of traditional foods, to preserve the traditional heritage.
Tuktoyaktuk Elders Committee
Elders Committee Activities
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Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Indigenous Seniors As Our Teachers
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Hay River Senior’s Society
Safety Capital Improvements for Health
The organization will renovate the kitchen to allow seniors to continue offering meals, music group, line dancing, bingo, cards, workshops, parties, and guest speakers.
Tsiigehtchic Charter Community
The Round House Gazebo
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Hay River Dene Band
Elders Capacity Building Project
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Aklavik Community Corporation
Elders Day Program
Seniors involved with the organization will mentor community youth and families, in skills such as ice fishing, berry picking and caribou hunting.
Déline Got’ine Government
Elder Awareness Project
Seniors involved with the organization will select and plan activities during the year including learning about elder abuse, youth/elder interactions and getting involved in healthier life styles.
Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre
Elder Seniors Program
The organization will replace the tables and chairs to allow seniors to continue to enjoy luncheons, cards, sewing, and social events.
Tetlit Gwich’in Council
Elders Cultural Project
Seniors involved with the organization will mentor the youth on cultural topics and the youth will teach them how to use computer or such devices.
Liidlii Kue First Nation
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Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre
Supporting Our Seniors
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