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Abuse of older adults is a serious issue in Canada. Over the years, project investments to address the issue have been made by different levels of government. It's Not Right! is one example. A pan-Canadian approach can help align and build on these investments to improve our current state.

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How are we addressing elder abuse in Northwest Territories?

Do we have a provincial/territorial:

Elder Abuse Strategy/Action Plan? no

Provincial/Territorial Elder Abuse Network? yes

Does it have annualized government funding? yes

Are there local elder abuse networks operating? no

Do they receive government funding? no

What department is responsible for seniors?

Department of Health and Social Services

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The NWT Network to Prevent the Abuse of Older Adults has the goal to establish networks in every region of the NWT which supports activities and strategies that decrease tolerance of abuse and neglect, and support older adults to be safe and secure in their homes. The term ‘homes’ includes long-term care facilities, extended care, owned or leased private residences, and supported living facilities. We work in partnership and collaboration with older adults and their families, caregivers, service providers, government departments and agencies, Indigenous organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and others to advance the goals and objectives of the NWT Network. We build and maintain relationships and support networks to eliminate abuse of older adults throughout the NWT.

You can join the NWT Network by contacting sending an email to or calling 1-800-661-0878.

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The Department website includes information on elder abuse with

Includes information about resources, an information line and links to a seniors resource guide and the federal government’s fact sheets