Let’s Get Together! Intergenerational Programming in the NWT.

 October 18, 2019
Posted by smiklosovic


The NWTRPA is launching the first Intergenerational Programming Toolkit for the Northwest Territories.

Let’s get together! • Mahti êsa mämawôpayitan • Rassemblons-nous • Nihkhah łitr’ahaadàh • Atautchimukta • Katimaqqatigiikta • Ełehets’erukw’í • Łexè Nèts’ııhdè • ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᓚᐅᖅᑕ! • eła Núdél! • Łéts’uhdé


Intergenerational programs are an opportunity for all generations to socialize, learn, and grow together. As an organization, we envision a territory where everyone has access to recreation programs and spaces that foster healthy families, strong cultures, and vibrant communities. To help achieve this, we’ve worked in partnership with the NWT Seniors’ Society and the Government of the Northwest Territories to connect people across age groups by developing an Intergenerational Programming Toolkit for the NWT—a first for the territory. Adapted from the Intergenerational Programming Toolkit developed by the City of Edmonton and Age Friendly Edmonton, the NWT toolkit and resource guide were designed to help you create and deliver activities and programs in your community that include people of all ages.


Why is intergenerational programming important?

1. Sharing traditional ways of knowing

2. Connecting through traditional language

3. Sharing traditional and modern ways of doing

4. Strengthening family and community ties

5. Building healthy ways of living into community life

6. Addressing the myths and stereotypes behind ageism


Living, playing, and creating active-living programs in the North comes with unique challenges and strengths. Northerners are resilient, grounded in culture, community-oriented, and love to laugh. A lot of the planning resources available online are not representative of life in the North. This can make it difficult to find information for creating intergenerational programming. The NWT Intergenerational Programming Toolkit highlights the strengths and opportunities in Northern communities for intergenerational activity planning. It includes tasks, worksheets, and checklists to help guide you through the process. Intergenerational programming can take a variety of shapes and forms—from a single event to weekly scheduled activities.


If you’re interested in creating community programs in the North, have a look at the toolkit below and see how you can provide an opportunity for different age groups to come together to share and learn. Hard copies are available for free—please contact us at [email protected] to learn more.


We’d like to thank our partners, the NWT Seniors’ Society and the Government of the Northwest Territories, and extend a special thanks to Alexandra Santos, Age Friendly Edmonton, and the City of Edmonton.