Victims Assistance Committee



The Victims Assistance Committee advises the Minister of Justice on policies for the provision of services for victims of crime and makes recommendations on the distribution of the Victims Assistance Fund.

The Committee also supports assisting victims in bringing their views and concerns to the attention of the courts; ensuring the safety of victims; and training for police, health, social service and others as to the needs and concerns of victims.


Government of the Northwest Territories

Department Responsible

Department of Justice


Victims of Crime Act (NWT)

Board Composition

The Committee is composed of three members.

Alternate Members

There are no alternate members.

The legislation does not provide for the appointment of alternates to the Committee


The Chairperson is designated by the Minister of Justice from amongst the members.


There is no Vice-Chairperson.


Quorum is two members.

Appointment Instrument

Members are appointed by the Minister of Justice under section 2(2) of the Victims of Crime Act.

Term Duration

A member holds office for a term not to exceed three years, as specified in the appointment.

Time and Travel Requirements

The Committee meets in person once a year and holds meetings and/or teleconference on an as required basis.


Members shall receive remuneration according to Executive Council classification and Financial Management Board Secretariat directives.

Category - Advisory

Chairperson- up to $300 per diem

Member - up to $250 per diem

Chair and members – 50% per half-day (i.e., 3.5 hours or less), for work on board business for each day of meetings.

Other Considerations

A member of the Committee who is associated with a person, organization or institution that is being considered for funding shall disclose that association.

Current Membership

Position Appointee Term Start Term Expiry Number of Terms Appointed By Nominating Authority
1. Member Dr. Graham Arts 2023-10-15 2026-10-14 2nd term Minister of Justice
2. Chair Gladys MacPherson 2024-05-08 2027-05-07 2nd term Minister of Justice
3. Member Gladys MacPherson 2024-05-08 2027-05-07 5th term Minister of Justice
4. Member Janine Harvey 2023-10-15 2026-10-14 2nd term Minister of Justice

(Board details as of Jul 21, 2024)