The Native Women’s Association of NWT is recognizing National Victims of Crime Awareness Week with a pair of events aimed at highlighting the stories of survivors of crime and violence this week in Yellowknife.  

Residents are invited to the association’s office, located above the post office on Franklin Avenue, this Wednesday (May 29), where a guest speaker will share her own story of resilience.  Guests are also welcome to tell their own stories at the event, dubbed “Silence Hurts.”

The discussion will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The goal of the week-long campaign is to “raise awareness about the issues facing victims of crime,” along with letting people know about the “services, programs and laws in place to help victims and their families,” according to a release from the The Native Women’s Association and Yellowknife Victim Services Program.

Wednesday’s talk will be followed by a free barbecue outside of the post office of Franklin Avenue on Friday, May 31, which will wrap up the week-long event.

Volunteering high school students and association members will be on hand to hand out grilled grub hot off the grill from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The events honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

For more information about the events, call 867-873-5509 ext. 224 or 229.

Brendan Burke

As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility...

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