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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Let’s Protect our Elders


On June 13th, community members of all ages throughout Eeyou Istchee will gather and walk together to highlight the issue of mistreatment of elders and other vulnerable adults.


Often misunderstood and sometimes hard to recognize, elder abuse is unfortunately a reality in our communities. The CBHSSJB is committed to promoting healthy aging and to reinforcing respectful relationships between generations for all elders’ wellbeing.

Since February 2024, a training developed by the Ministry is available for our clinical staff to help them gain a better understanding of elder abuse. It covers the types of mistreatment, the model for the management of mistreatment, wellness care and other concepts associated with mistreatment. As of today, 38 employees have taken the training, and all of the CBHSSJB clinical staff is encouraged to take the time to do the training as well. A second training, specifically for staff working closely with this clientele, will be offered later this year.

To better support our staff working with clients experiencing complex situations of mistreatment, a collaborative intervention group has been developed within Eeyou Istchee. A representative of the EEPF, the Public Curator, the First Nation Bank, the Prosecutors DPCP, the Elder’s Council, the Cree Nation Government and the CBHSSJB can be asked for advice and/or to intervene when needed. To access this type of support, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local social services team. 

Combating abuse is a community responsibility. Let’s walk together on June 13th to promote the well-being of older and vulnerable adults!


If you or a loved one are experiencing mistreatment or are in distress, we encourage you to call the Wiichihiiwaauwin Helpline at 1-833-632-4357. Professionals and Cree-speaking counsellors are available to provide confidential support. You are not alone.

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