Status of Women Council of the NWT
Status of Women Council of the NWT

The Status of Women Council of the NWT is committed to helping women achieve equality. We believe it is important that women's voices are heard and represented in the political domain; that women are at the table, informing legislation, priority setting, resource allocation through the budget, and so much more.

2019 Territorial election

We have posed 3 questions to all of the MLA candidates in the 2019 election; please follow this link for our questions & the answers from the candidates.

The territorial election will be held on October 1 and we have a chance to make history by electing more women than ever before to the Legislative Assembly.

We have 22 women candidates running in 12 ridings which is very exciting! 38% of the candidates are women and 63% of the ridings have a woman candidate. We now have more women running in more ridings than every before! Click here for details or follow this link to Cabin Radio for more information.

The GNWT has developed Made in the North leadership materials for women, Empowering Women to Run for Elected Leadership, that can be found here. Follow this link for a MLA job description (What to Expect) and feel free to contact our office as we can provide you with additional print resources.

There as many ways to be involved in the election: run as a candidate, volunteer with a campaign team, donate to a candidate, and we encourage you to vote.

Elections NWT has lots of good information for voters, candidates, and campaign team volunteers; follow this link to learn more.

Local elections

There will be nine (9) municipal elections in the territory in December 2019. 

Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories, has created various resources to help people seeking elected office. Follow this link to their website  to learn more and click here for a link to their resource webpage, which includes some relevant Made in the NWT videos.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has various resources, including webinars, available to engage and support women in local government. Follow this link to their website to learn more. Their Municipal Elections in Canada: A Guide for Women Candidates offers a lot of useful information and tips.

 Other resources

There are numerous resources available for women interested in elected office, at all levels of government. So, we have created this webpage to help identify some useful resources and please feel free to contact us with your suggestions as this page is under construction and good luck!

Barbara Lee Foundation

Barbara Lee - Keys to Elected Office

Democracy Kit

Equal Voice

Equal Voice - Getting to the Gate: online campaign school

She Should Run

 The Essential Guide to being Elected: increasing women's representation


Votes for Women 


Advice from Rona Ambrose

Niki Ashton Our Movement: online training

The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women