Sutherland House - Fort Smith

Crisis Line number: (867) 872-4133 or toll free (877) 872-5925

About Sutherland House:

YWCA Sutherland House is an 8 bed facility in Fort Smith. It is staffed 24/7 to provide safety and support for women, and their children experiencing violence. YWCA Sutherland House also operates a 24 hour crisis line 7 days a week.  A woman can stay for up to six weeks, depending on her needs, and circumstances. Children, including boys up to 14 years old, are welcome to stay with their mother.

YWCA Sutherland House offers individual support, safety planning, weekly in-house groups on topics such as education and awareness on the dynamics of family violence, and life skills support. Shelter staff provide emotional support, advocacy, and referrals for women accessing our services. YWCA Sutherland House assists women from communities outside of Fort Smith as well. If you are fleeing violence and need shelter please contact YWCA Sutherland House at the toll free number above. YWCA Sutherland House will assess your situation and assist you in getting to safety.

YWCA Sutherland House strives to create awareness and education on the topic of family violence, and works to foster communication within the community to provide positive responses to the women and children we serve. Staff plan and facilitate outreach once a week for all women in the community aged 18 and over. Childcare is provided at times for the community outreach group. As well, YWCA Sutherland House hosts events annually within Fort Smith, including

  • International Women’s Day March 8th;  
  • Take Back the Night March in September;
  • Family Violence Awareness Week end of September;
  • National Child’s Day on November 20th ;
  • White Ribbon Campaign December 6th; and
  • Single Parent’s Christmas Dinner in December.

Sutherland House is named after Sister Agnes Sutherland House, a Grey nun, who had assisted women and children fleeing violence in Fort Smith for a number of years. In the book “Challenges Galore”,  Sister Agnes wrote, “with true love and determination we can overcome violence everywhere”, and “everyone of us must strive for peace, gentleness, respect, justice, honesty, and tolerance. We must never give up striving for a violence free society.”  YWCA Yellowknife began operating Sutherland House on October 1, 2014 under contract with the local Health and Social services authority.

Contact information:

P.O. Box 879
Fort Smith, NT
X0E 0P0

Crisis line: 867-872-4133
Business line: 867-872-5925
TOLL FREE line: 1-877-872-5925
Fax: 867-872-3398