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Arctic Canadian donates $20,000 to two Yellowknife-based organizations for youth and seniors

Arctic Canadian’s Ekati Plus Community Development Program supports projects that help build resilient, sustainable communities. In partnership with the Union of Northern Workers Local X3050, we have been working with two Northern organizations, Northern Youth Leadership (NYL) and the Northwest Territories Seniors’ Society (NWTSS), to give financial assistance where it’s most needed. A $10,000 donation was made to each organization to help fund programming for Northern youth and seniors.

Northern Youth Leadership

NYL brings together youth from across the Northwest Territories (NWT) for remote land-based programming. The organization facilitates the development of leadership skills and resources needed for youth to overcome challenges, reach their full potential and create positive change in their communities. “We have been working with Northern Youth Leadership for over 10 years,” said Rebecca Plotner, Community Relations Advisor with Arctic Canadian. “It’s been gratifying to see the program grow from grassroots to where it is today.”

NYL was founded by two Yellowknife-based individuals who experienced first-hand the sense of accomplishment and confidence that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone and realizing a goal. Wanting to share this transformational experience with youth from across NWT, they founded NYL and began offering a diverse range of unique programming, such as youth camps, outdoor summer camps, cultural exchanges, and hands-on workshops, that focus on teaching survival and leadership skills.

Northwest Territories Seniors’ Society

The NWTSS is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, that provides information and resources for supporting seniors and Indigenous elders. Their programs and services are offered in partnership with the NWT government and various other organizations and focus on promoting the independence and well-being of older citizens.

The $10,000 donation from Arctic Canadian will continue to support these programs and ensure the most vulnerable in the community are cared for. “We believe the efforts of both these organizations and Arctic Canadian’s contributions, play a vital role in allowing Northern communities to thrive and work towards a brighter future,” said Plotner.

Learn more about Arctic Canadian’s EkatiPlus Community Development Program.


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