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Cultivating Systems of Mutual Aid

Sǫ̀mbak'è, Denendeh (Yellowknife, NT)


Dene Nahjo and Dechinta Centre, with the support of Hotiì Ts’eeda and Ecology North, are organizing a new initiative called Cultivating Systems of Mutual Aid.  After the 2023 wildfire evacuations and the increasingly felt impacts of climate change in the North, this initiative means to support existing, and cultivate new, systems of collective care that can respond to crisis.


The goals of this initiative are to:

1.     Facilitate spaces where individuals and organizations can connect and discuss the topic of mutual aid;

2.     Provide an opportunity for people to learn more about mutual aid as a concept, and learn more about what mutual aid work is already taking place in Yellowknife through a facilitated community-mapping exercise;

3.     Cultivate systems of mutual aid in the north.


The intent of these first 3 events is to start a community discussion about mutual aid, what mutual aid work is already taking place, and what we can do to strengthen systems of mutual aid in the North.


The first 3 events of this initiative include:

1.     Community-Mapping Workshop on March 5: This is a workshop designed to map out existing mutual aid initiatives, networks, and opportunities in Yellowknife. Registration is required to participate. Individuals and organizations interested in participating should submit an Expression of Interest via this online form by February 16, 2024. This workshop is specifically intended for individuals and organizations directly involved in mutual aid work as organizers and/or volunteers.

2.     Roundtable on Mutual Aid on March 27: This is a public event from 12pm-3pm where presenters will share their perspectives and work in mutual aid in Yellowknife. There will also be a presentation on the Community-Mapping Workshop. Registration is required. The registration link will be posted by February 9, 2024 on Dene Nahjo’s ( and Dechinta’s ( websites.

3.     Canning Workshop on March 20: This is being hosted by Ecology North and Hotiì Ts’eeda at the Northern United Place from 5:30pm-9:30pm. It is a free drop-in event where people will learn to make various types of jam.



Media contact:                        Mandee McDonald

Hide Camp Director

Dene Nahjo

Ph: 867-446-8793

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