About the NWT Recreation & Parks Association

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote healthy living through active recreation. The mission of the NWTRPA is: “To promote the inclusion of recreation and parks as key to our way of life. We do this by supporting leaders, communities and partners through training, advocacy and networking.”

NWTRPA Vision

We envision a territory where everyone has the access and support to choose an active and healthy lifestyle. We envision a recreation and parks system that provides meaningful support to recreation leaders, communities and partners to build healthy community settings.

NWTRPA Values
  • We are INCLUSIVE (of all types of people, regions and cultures)
  • We value DIVERSITY (of people and perspectives)
  • We work in COLLABORATION and PARTNERSHIP with others
  • We BELIEVE in the BENEFITS OF RECREATION
  • We work as a TEAM
  • We are DEPENDABLE
  • We are ACCOUNTABLE
  • We value CREATIVITY and are OPEN to new ideas
  • We are COMMITTED TO LEARNING
Strategic Goals
  • The NWTRPA will increase the skills, knowledge and connection of members so that they are better able to deliver effective recreation and parks programs and services
  • The NWTRPA will increase community-sustained recreation and parks programs
  • The NWTRPA will be more relevant to every community through strategic partnerships
  • More leaders, communities and partners will know and value what the NWTRPA does and that we will be increasingly recognized as leaders on recreation and parks issues
  • The NWTRPA will grow and more effectively engage our membership
Organization History

The NWTRPA was established in 1989 to serve the needs and interests of NWT recreation leaders. Directed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the organization has evolved to become the leading recreation organization in the NWT.

Since its inception in 1989, the NWTRPA has continued to be focused on advocacy, education, information sharing and networking. Some notable programs and achievements include:

  • NWTRPA Annual Conference (first hosted in 1989)
  • NWTRPA Awards Program (first awarded in 1991)
  • Recreation Code of Ethics (created in 1994)
  • Recreation & Sport Directory (first published in 1996)
  • Active Living Exercise Program Fund (1994-1998)
  • Trans Canada Trail Relay (2000)
  • Trail Building Fund (2003-2012)
  • Mackenzie River Youth Trip (2006-2010)
  • Shallow Water Pool Certification (created in 2007)
  • CPRA Award of Excellence for Innovation (2007)
  • Elders in Motion (created in 2008)
  • NWTRPA 25th Anniversary (2014)
  • Walk to Tuk chosen as one of top 6 Play Exchange Finalists (2014-2015)
  • Co-recipient of the Arctic Inspiration Prize (2016)
National Members
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