Arctic Journal Features Recreation North’s Training Program
Last month, Recreation North’s Training Program was featured in Above & Beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal! The article highlighted the Program and its impact, and shared a few of the stories from those involved.
Recreation North is a pan-territorial partnership, of which the NWTRPA is a proud member. The partnership of the three territorial recreation and parks associations—the NWT Recreation and Parks Association, the Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon, and the Recreation & Parks Association of Nunavut—works to strengthen recreation capacity across the North.
“As an Arctic Inspiration Prize laureate, Recreation North believes that recreation has the power to help people grow and be healthy and to build strong families and communities. The prestigious award recognized the opportunity to influence quality of life through a recreation leadership training program that would be accessible and sustainable across Nunavut, NWT, and Yukon.” (Above and Beyond)
Awarded an Arctic Inspiration Prize in 2015, Recreation North has developed and is delivering a meaningful and relevant community recreation leadership program. The program is based on thirteen competencies essential for leading northern community recreation programs. The Recreation North Training Program is designed for participants living in the Yukon, NWT, or Nunavut, who work or would like to work or volunteer in recreation. Interested participants enroll in learning events that use events that use online delivery, with the occasional option of in-person delivery. Participants have the option of working towards a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership. To receive a certificate, 12 learning events must be completed.
“Recreation North’s Training Program ‘is flexible and works around people’s schedules and is online in blocks. This is really good — you can work around busy schedules and complete certification at a reasonable pace in a reasonable way,’ offers Jason Tologanak from Rankin Inlet. ” (Above and Beyond)
Recreation North now also offers a Certificate in Northern Youth Recreation Leadership where participants learn to lead safe, quality recreation programs and activities and develop an appreciation for the benefits of community recreation. Training is delivered in person by each recreation and parks association. Youth Certificate recipients gain experience, build confidence, become certified, improve their employment opportunities, and make a difference in their community.