In January 2010 the Yellowknife Women’s Society celebrated its 20th anniversary. Over the past two decades the Centre has developed and implemented programs that support the health, social, cultural and economic autonomy of women in a way that is inclusive of their families. The Centre has been acknowledged by community people from across the North, decision-makers and contributors from the private sector as an essential service, unique in its approach to supporting marginalized women and their families. That recognition culminated in the awarding of the Order of Canada to its Executive Director in 2009.
The Yellowknife Women's Society was established to support and assist women in empowering themselves so they can develop and achieve their goals, embrace wellness, enjoy equality and be recognized for the contribution they make in the community.
Statement of Principles:
The Yellowknife Women's Society recognizes the diversity of women and the validity of their views and goals. The Society will serve as an umbrella for many types of charitable activities without trying to rationalize them in terms of any single philosophy.
The Yellowknife Women's Society is governed by principles of:
C. Peaceful co-existence
D. The individual is valued
The Objects of the Society are:
1. To provide accommodation and counselling services to women suffering poverty as a result of emotional, substance, physical, or sexual abuse or trauma and housing for children.
2. To promote health by providing families with information on proper nutrition, early childhood development, healthy recreation, parenting skills, and positive family relationships.
3. To provide culturally appropriate education, wellness programs, counselling and other support services, employment training, job search programs, translation services, and information programs on Canadian culture and life.
About Centre for Northern Families
The Yellowknife Women's Society operates the Centre for Northern Families, a family resource centre that provides services to women and their families who have been marginalized. The majority of families are First Nations, Inuit and Metis.
The Centre for Northern Families strives to provide a broad range of programs that are delivered from a strengths-based perspective - one that recognizes the innate resiliency of women and families and their built-in strategies to handle the challenges of life.
The Centre operates an emergency shelter that houses 23 women as well as a 3-bedroom trailer that serves as a transition house.
Aside from the shelter, the Centre has an eviction prevention program, an early learning centre, a drop-in medical clinic, a prenatal nutrition program, a family support program, youth-led intiatives.