Social Justice and Community Partnerships

As a leading force in northern social justice, the Union of Northen Workers meets its responsibilities for  improving northern society as a whole.  Working with our social justice partners, governments and non-government organizations, the UNW makes major contributions to projects and social movements.

Over the years, the UNW headquarters and locals have made major cash and volunteer contributions to territorial and community projects.  The UNW is a major partner in the annual United Way NWT campaign.



The UNW was the first community partner to make a donation to the proposed Avens seniors care facility. Seniors Society President Bill Braden, Barb Bromley, the UNW's North Slave Regional Vice President Chris Potyok, 1st Vice President Gayla Thunstrom and President Todd Parsons joined in making the $50,000 donation to the building fund.





Pledges from Locals and Members raised $10,000 to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa.  Doctors Without Borders sent a note of thanks to the UNW for this donation.







Rotary Club of Yellowknife President Emilie Boucher accepts this year’s $15,000 donation to the Rotary Kids Ahead program from Union of Northern Workers (UNW) President Todd Parsons.  The UNW has contributed $150,000 to Yellowknife Rotary over the past 10 years, funding a daily nutrition program providing snacks to Mildred Hall and Weledeh Schools Grade One students.  Annual $5,000 donations were also made this year from the five UNW Regions outside Yellowknife.  With UNW support, the Rotary Kids Ahead program promotes the good nutrition essential to success in learning.






YWCA Executive Director Lyda Fuller accepts a donation to the Lynn Brooks Safe Place for Women from UNW President Todd Parsons and 1st Vice President Gayla Thunstrom.  







United Way NWT Chair Tracy St. Denis receives a $5,000 UNW donation to the 2014 United Way from UNW President Todd Parsons.




The Union’s commitment to enhancing society is highlighted by the many worthy causes that the UNW has supported as acommunity partner over the years:


In 2016, the UNW was pleased to make financial donations to the following organizations:


Alternatives North

Northern Territories Federation of Labour

Rotary Club of Yellowknife

United Way NWT


MS Society of Canada 

NWT Riders Association 

Bishops Dinner

Yellowknife Old Timers 

NWT Disabilities Council - Grand Prix Race 

Deagan's Day

Aboriginal Day - South Slave Metis

Gain Canada R

We Broke - Alternatives North

Rotary Club - Kids Snack Program

Adlair/Ryfan Electric Womens Golf Tournament

NWT Pride

AFPC 10333 - Strike Donation

Special Olympics Herc Pull - Clark Builders

Run for Our Lives - Stanton Foundation

NWT Disabilites Council - Silent Auction

Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)

NWT SPCA - Grand Opening 

NWT Literacy Council 



Over the years, UNW has been proud to make donations to the following organizations: 

Yellowknife Kids Ahead Healthy Snack Program

Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation

Various Union Locals Strike Support

Town of Fort Smith Pool (Safety Equipment)

Hay River Lions Swim Club (Timing System)

Arctic Winter Games

Dene Nation

Northern Territories Federation of Labour Kids Camp

Fort Smith – JBT Snack Program

Beaufort Delta – School Lunch Program

Town of Inuvik Swimming Pool

Deh Cho Friendship Centre

Fort McPherson DEA Three Rivers Project

Yellowknife Dementia Centre Day Program

PSAC Anti Poverty Initiative

City of Yellowknife – Bailey House

PSAC Tsunami Relief Fund

Rainbow Day Care - Little Tykes Computers

Great Northern Arts Festival

Ride for Sight

Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre

Healthy Smiles Society

North Slave Metis Alliance


Children First Society

Circle of Friends

NWT Status of Women Council

Caribou Carnival

The Healing Hands Busy Book

NWT Literacy Council

Yellowknife Minor Hockey Association

A G Ortega Fundraiser

Santa’s Elves

The Sunshine Group

Cyril Fyfe Trust Fund

Facilities for Kids 


Folk on the Rocks

Yellowknife Assn of Concerned Citizens for Seniors

Kids Help Phone

Child Find

Crime Stoppers