Over the next year, we will be focusing on informing the community about older adult mistreatment in an effort for community members to gain a better understanding of this issue and how it affects the individual, the family and the community at large. Our intention is to assist community members who are being affected by mistreatment to raise awareness and inform them of the resources that are available.
On June 15, 2017, we will launch the campaign at the Kahnawà:ke Services Complex from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This date also coincides with the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is the day declared by the World Health Organization to raise awareness and efforts “to eliminate all forms of violence and abuse against older people.” (UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon).
On that day, we will have general information on older adult mistreatment. Purple Ribbons, which are the symbol to accompany the campaign, will be given out and we will have prizes available. All Kahnawà:ke organizations will be given the Purple Ribbons and are asked to support the campaign.
In honour of our elders, there will be a BBQ and social for all elders in the community. The event will take place on June 15, from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Turtle Bay Elder’s Lodge. There is no charge for the event and the food is available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
We hope to see you participate in these activities on June 15, 2017. It takes a community to raise a child….it also takes a community to look out for our elders, “Iethi’nikòn:rare ne thotí:iens.” Source: “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.” World Health Organization. United Nations, Dept. of Public Information, n.d. Web. 9 May 2017.