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AHIC Project: Communities Selected

 November 8, 2018
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association


The Active Healthy Intergenerational Connections (AHIC) Project has selected four communities for its first three-year project.

The Project is designed to encourage intergenerational connections and increase active living opportunities for older adults. The application period closed at the end of September 2018 with communities from all over the NWT submitting amazing ideas to bring people across age groups together in their communities. We were so happy to receive 17 applications, with at least one from each region in the NWT!

The main focus of the AHIC programming in Fort Providence will revolve around community gardening— with a focus on growing things indoors!  The intention of the program will see groups of youth paired up with Elders to manage a garden plot. We look forward to seeing how this ‘grows.’

In response to the Fort Simpson Community Wellness Plan’s objective of promoting cultural and recreational intergenerational activies, their focus will be on seasonal activities to bring people together.  A range of events and programming throughout the year will include snowshoe clinics, Dene games, picnics, and community cultural camps.

The Hay River chapter of the Kole Crook Fiddle Society and the Hay River Seniors’ Society will be partnering to bring fiddle music and dance to connect youth and Elders weekly on Saturday afternoons.  These activities will be lifting spirits and moving feet among all ages.

The Hamlet of Ulukhaktok’s AHIC project will revolve around Elders sharing their knowledge with regard to traditional tool making, dance, songs, string games, and place names. Participants will meet and share food to learn about the rich traditions of this vibrant community.

We look forward to seeing these programs develop within the communities! The NWTRPA would like to thank everyone who submitted an application and showed interest in the Project.