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Boating Safety Resources for the NWT

 August 11, 2016
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association


This week the NWTRPA and NWTRPA Aquatics Committee announced the territory-wide launch of a collection of boating safety resources to battle the high rates of drowning in the NWT. The resources include everything from posters (in English, Gwich’in, and Inuvialuktun), to a boat safety app, to a northern specific boating pre-departure checklist.

The resources are the result of a two-year grant from Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety, awarded to the NWTRPA in 2014, to do research on why so many men drown each year in the NWT as a result of boating-related incidents. Using this research, the group then helped communities develop resources that would work towards reducing these incidents.

The research was carried out with the help of Dr. Audrey Giles (Associate Professor, University of Ottawa), Catherine Glass (Masters of Arts Candidate, University of Ottawa) and the communities of Deline, Inuvik and Fort Simpson.

Based on the feedback a variety of resources have been created. Below are a small sample of these resources. For more information on this project and to see a larger selection of the boating safety resources created, visit our boating safety page.

Boating Safety App (accessible on both your computer and smartphone)

Safe Boating Travel Plan

Boating Safety Poster 2