About Us

The NWT Network to Prevent Abuse of Older Adults (NWTNPAOA) is comprised of NWT residents who advocate for older adult abuse awareness and prevention. Currently we have over 50 members, including representatives from: non-profit organizations, service-providers, GNWT Departments, and community members.

Currently the Chair of the NWT Network is Terry Rideout. For more information about the chair and co-chair positions please see #6 below.

Our Terms of Reference are as follows:

1. The NWT Network to Prevent Abuse of Older Adults is Established

The NWT Network to Prevent Abuse of Older Adults (NWTNPAOA) is established in accordance with the direction provided by the participants at the Leading the Way – The Work Continues Workshop held at the Baker Community Centre, Yellowknife, November 8 – 9, 2011. For ease of reference, the NWTNPAOA will be hereafter referred to as the NWT Network.

2. Vision and Mission of the NWT Network

Vision: Older adults live in safe, caring communities where there is zero tolerance of abuse and neglect.

Mission: Work in partnership and collaboration with older adults and their families, care givers, service providers, government departments and agencies, aboriginal organizations, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and others to advance the goal and objectives of the NWT Network to achieve its vision.

3. Goal and Objectives

The goal is that abuse of older adults throughout the Northwest Territories is not tolerated and networks are established at the community and regional level to support older adults to be safe and secure in their home (including: long term care facilities; extended care; owned or leased private residences; supported living facilities; etc.).

The objectives connected with this goal are to:

  • Promote education and awareness about abuse of older adults throughout the NWT.
  • Support the development of Community and Regional Support Networks to respond to and prevent abuse of older adults.
  • Encourage training in identification, intervention and prevention strategies for front-line services providers and caregivers.
  • Develop a Communications Strategy to address the issue of abuse of older adults throughout the NWT.
  • Serve as a resource for information about referral and intervention services in the Northwest Territories.
  • Seek funding to continue the work to prevent abuse of older adults
  • Establish linkages with other jurisdictions.
  • Promote the development of an NWT strategy to prevent abuse of older adults.
  • Explore and recommend appropriate legislative, policy and other approaches to address abuse of older adults.
  • Promote research into the root causes of abuse of older adults.
  • Advocate on behalf of older adults on the issue of abuse and neglect.

The above objectives were extrapolated from the action items outlined in the document entitled, Making Connections, Building Networks to Prevent Abuse of Older Adults – A Framework for Action (February, 2011).

4. Priority Action Items

The Leading the Way – The Work Continues workshop participants identified the following three priority areas for the NWT Network to focus on over the next three years (2012-2014):

  • Education and Awareness (including a Communications Strategy).
  • Networks to Prevent and Respond to Abuse of Older Adults.
  • Training of frontline caregivers and service providers.

5. NWT Network Partners

Membership on the NWT Network is likely to grow and change. NWT Network partners will be members of the NWT Seniors’ Society.

Commitments to participate as founding members on the NWT Network were made by the following community representatives, NGOs, Government Departments and agencies, and aboriginal organizations:

  • Bea Campbell, President, NWT Seniors’ Society, Fort Smith Seniors’ Society
  • Representatives from the communities of Hay River, Fort Smith, Fort Providence, Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk, Fort Good Hope, Fort Simpson
  • Representatives from the GNWT Department’s of Health and Social Services, Justice, and Education Culture and Employment
  • Representative from NWT Housing Corporation
  • Representative from the Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority
  • Lyda Fuller, YWCA Yellowknife
  • Lorraine Phaneuf, Status of Women Council of the NWT
  • Shawn King, RCMP, ‘G’ Division
  • Representative from NWT Disabilities Council
  • Representative from North Slave Metis Alliance
  • Representative from Dene Nation

5.1 Responsibilities/Expectations

Partners in the NWT Network will be expected to:

  • Attend meetings of the NWT Network.
  • Have a high level of engagement in the activities of the NWT Network.
  • Share the load of work that the NWT Network is involved with, as appropriate.
  • Take leadership and advocate for change within their organizations and communities to improve responses to, and prevention of older adult abuse.

5.2 Decision Making

Decision making will be by consensus amongst those partners who attend regularly held tele-conference or face-to-face meetings of the NWT Network.

5.3 Quorum

A simple majority (51%) of NWT Network partners will constitute a quorum at NWT Network meetings. NWT Network partners will include the 19 founding partners and new partners approved by the membership and ‘signed on’ at the previous meeting.

6. Chair of the NWT Network

The NWT Network will be co-chaired. Co-chairs will be the President of the NWT Seniors’ Society (Leon Peterson) and other willing partners. NWT Network position/job descriptions will clearly define co-chair responsibilities, including:

  • taking a leadership role in working with other NWT Network partners to achieve long and short term goals;
  • reporting to NWT Network partners on the status of NWT Network activities;
  • conducting business in an orderly manner at meetings in a way that attends to the agenda, content, and timely and relevant discussion; and
  • ensuring NWT Network partners receive agendas and minutes in a timely manner.

The President of the NWT Seniors’ Society will speak to the media and public on behalf of the NWT Network.

7. Mandate of the NWT Network

The NWT Network will build and maintain relationships and support networks to eliminate abuse of older adults throughout the NWT. The document entitled, Making Connections, Building Networks to Prevent Abuse of Older Adults – A Framework for Action (February 2011) will serve as the basis of the NWT Networks’ mandate. The document Leading the Way – The Work Continues: Planning for a Territorial Network to Prevent Older Adult Abuse (November, 2011) will also guide the NWT Network and its work.

8. Support to NWT Network

The NWT Seniors’ Society will provide oversight and support services to the NWT Network.

9. Meetings of the NWT Network

The inaugural meeting of the NWT Network was on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Subsequent meetings are decided at each meeting. Meetings called by the Chair will be made known where possible, five (5) working days in advance of the meeting date. At least one meeting per year will be face-to-face while the rest may be held via tele-conference.

10. Duration of the NWT Network

The NWT Network began its work on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 and will be ongoing.

11. Review of the NWT Network’s Terms of Reference

The NWT Network’s Terms of Reference will be reviewed every twelve (12) months. The next review date will be in January 2014.