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The United Way NWT is announcing the recipients for funding assistance for seniors and Elders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They include the Hamlet of Aklavik, Alzheimer Society of Alberta and NWT, Avens – A Community for Seniors, Community Garden Society of Inuvik, Deline Got’ine government, Hamlet of Enterprise, Charter Community of K’asho Got’ine, Hamlet of Fort Providence, Deninu Kue First Nation, Gwich’in Tribal Council, Town of Hay River, Inuvialuit Charitable Foundation, Jean Marie River First Nation, K’atl’odeeche/Hay River Reserve and the Hamlet of Paulatuk.

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On March 29, the federal government announced $9 million for the New Horizons for Seniors Program to assist groups providing essential services to senior citizens facing unique challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last month, the United Way NWT put a call out for proposed projects across the territory that could help seniors. Since then, more than 30 applications from 24 communities were received for a pool of $75,000, according to a news release from the organization on Tuesday.

The application period had taken place between April 16 and 30 with funds to roll out immediately.

Money will specifically go to supporting a range of NWT programs for seniors that include food hampers, gardening supplies, books, coffee, gift cards from local businesses, upgrading wi-fi coverage, fresh greenhouse food delivery, fire pits, delivery of fire wood, and building gathering spaces, such as teepees.

Tracy St-Denis, chair of United Way NWT, stated in the news release that the money will go to older residents who need a bit more help due to their vulnerability in relation to the coronavirus.

“We know that things are challenging right now that that many NWT residents and organizations are stepping up to help those in our communities – especially seniors and elders – who need extra support to stay safe and healthy,” stated St-Denis.  “I want to to thank the Government of Canada for partnering with United Way NWT so that we can provide much needed funding to support our NWT communities during this time.”

Federal minister of seniors Deb Schulte provided a statement saying that the money is intended to help older people through expert organizations like the United Way.

“While physical distancing is essential to protecting seniors from COVID-19, it risks isolating them from their community,” Schulte stated. “That is why the Government of Canada is proud to work with United Way Canada to help support the needs of seniors during this difficult time. By using local expertise, this funding will help provide support tailored to the unique, local needs of seniors across the country. As we work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, the government is supporting Canadians every step of the way.”

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Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University...

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