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Aurora College putting $450k towards Elder Care Education

In a collaboration with the De Beers Group, Aurora College is launching a special contribution to help with elder care in the Northwest Territories.

Over the next three years, Aurora College will be receiving $450,000 for various bursaries, Elders in Motion workshops, research into more advanced care, and the hiring of Indigenous Knowledge holders.

$150,000 will be donated annually from 2024 to 2026.

Funding from De Beers Group goes toward:


  • 13 students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nurse Diploma and Personal Support Worker Certificate programs who will receive bursaries from a $45,000 fund to support their participation in practicums outside of Yellowknife, including Behchokǫ̀, Hay River, Fort Smith and Inuvik;
  • Training health care students to lead Elders in Motion workshops at Elder/senior gatherings in Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀, Ndilǫ and Dettah;
  • Research into Palliative Care and Advance Care in the NWT; and,
  • A pilot project to hire Indigenous Knowledge Holders at the School of Health and Human Services who can provide Indigenous perspectives on health and healing, especially with regards to Elder care.


In order to make the most of the resources they have been given, and to bild on programs that are already in place, Aurora College is also working with several other GNWT branches in thie field. The college is partnering with the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA), the NWT Department of Health and Social Services (DHHS), Tłı̨chǫ Health and Social Services, and the NWT Recreation and Parks Association.

In a statement, Dr. Glenda Vardy Dell, the President of Aurora College, said that “keeping stable and continuous health care staffing in small community health centres is an ongoing challenge in the Northwest Territories. Exposure to different locations and opportunities can encourage students to consider employment in smaller centres, and fill existing labour gaps with northern-educated and Indigenous graduates. This can lead to less reliance on locum and southern health care professionals and can result in more consistent care for residents.”

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