Dedicated to women and families for more than 50 years.

Here at YWCA NWT, we’re committed to putting families first. Our mission is to build safe and equitable communities where women, girls and families can realize their full potential.


Originally known as YWCA Yellowknife, the organization was founded in 1966 to provide housing for single working women. Since then, the YWCA has offered a variety of services to women, girls and families in Yellowknife and beyond. Housing is still a key component of the YWCA mandate, along with shelter from family violence, afterschool care for children and empowerment programs. In 2017, YWCA Yellowknife became YWCA NWT - a name change reflecting the broader services and reach across the territory.

YWCA NWT is one of 33 member organizations that comprise YWCA Canada, the country's oldest and largest women's organization. In turn, YWCA Canada is affiliated with the World YWCA with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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