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E-News – June 2016

 June 2, 2016
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association
In this edition: June is Recreation and Parks Month, Tanning Hides on the Shores of Lac La Martre, NWTRPA Awards Nominations, and more!


In This Edition:

  • June is Recreation and Parks Month
  • Tanning Hides on the Shores of Lac La Martre
  • NWTRPA Awards Nominations
  • Eye On the Arctic – Why Water Safety Programs Aren’t Working in the Arctic
  • NWTRPA Conference – Save the Date
  • CPRA Webinar
  • Cold Immersion Rescue Course
  • GNWT Anti-Poverty Fund call for applications
  • New videos
  • Upcoming events

June is Recreation and Parks MonthToday is the first day of June and that means the beginning of Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM)! JRPM is a way to celebrate and promote the benefits of recreation and parks. Some of the many ways that recreation and parks help our communities is by:
  • enhancing physical and mental well being
  • enhancing social well being
  • building strong families and communities
  • helping people connect with nature
  • benefiting the economy

If you are organizing an event during JRPM, we have a multitude of resources to support you. Visit our resources page for poster templates, logos, calendars, and more.

Click here to go to our resources page
Click here go to our benefits page
Click here to find out more about JRPM

Tanning Hides on the
Shores of Lac La Martre

In March, NWTRPA On the Land Programs Consultant Jess Dunkin participated in a moosehide tanning camp in the Tłı̨chǫ community of Whatì. In this long-form essay, Jess describes her first exposure to tanning, the process by which a green hide is transformed into leather used for making moccasins, clothing, and bags.

As March wound to a close, I travelled to Whatì from Yellowknife to participate in a moosehide tanning camp. It can take upwards of two weeks to fully process a hide. This four-day camp, which was organized by Lani Cooke at the request of a group of women in Whatì, was never intended to capture the entire process. Rather, it was an opportunity for the women to share knowledge about tanning, to demonstrate the skill to children and youth in the community, and hopefully to ignite a wider interest in moosehide tanning.. Read more

Send in Your NWTRPA
Award Nominations!
Each year the NWTRPA presents awards to celebrate and recognize dedicated recreation professionals and volunteers in northern communities for their continuing efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and active living for all northerners. Categories include:

  • Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award
  • The Innovation Award
  • Award of Excellence
  • Active Elder Award
  • Honourary Life Membership

The NWTRPA is accepting nominations until June 30, 2016.

Click here to nominate someone now
Click here for more info about each of the categories

Eye on the Arctic – Why Water Safety Programs
Aren’t Working in the Arctic
A fantastic Radio Canada International piece about the shockingly high drowning rates in the North compared to the rest of Canada and what needs to be done to change that fact. Interviews with associate professor Audrey Giles and elder Gerry Kisoun. The article and interviews draw from NWTRPA research.

Click here to read the article

SAVE THE DATE –  Annual ConferenceWe’ve begun working on the program for the 2016 NWTRPA Conference and Awards. It’s going to be a fantastic event and now is the time to save those dates on your calendar. The event will take place from September 27-29, 2016, in Yellowknife at the Explorer Hotel.

For more information on the Conference or to register contact Robin Young by phone at 867-669-8375 or email at admin@nwtrpa.org.

Canadian Parks and Recreation WebinarTheme: Supporting Wellness in Recreation through Healthy Food Environments
Date: Thursday June 16, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST


Lisa McLaughlin – Program Manager, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s Communities ChooseWell program 

Pamela Boyson – Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services

Kayla Atkey – Policy Analyst, Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP) and CLASP team

Click here to register

Cold Water Immersion Workshop

The Canadian Safe Boating Council
(CSBC) will be hosting a 2-day Cold Water Rescue Instructors’ Workshop.This course is tailored for individuals already working or volunteering as a rescuer or first responder in a teaching capacity with basic knowledge of the effects of cold water and cold water immersion.

Dates: September 25 – 26
Location: Air Tindi Base in Yellowknife
Cost: $400

For more information contact Ian Gilson at 905-719-5152 or coldwater@csbc.ca

Click here to register

GNWT Anti-Poverty Fund The Department of Health and Social Services is now accepting applications to the 2016/17 GNWT Anti-Poverty Fund.  Up to $500K will be allocated to initiatives aligned with the 5 Pillars of the Territorial Anti-Poverty Action Plan: Children and Family Support; Healthy Living and Reaching Our Potential; Safe and Affordable Housing; Sustainable Communities; and Integrated Continuum of Services.

The application deadline is Friday, June 17, 2016.

For questions about the Fund or the application process, contact Kyla Kakfwi Scott by email at Kyla_Kakfwi-Scott@gov.nt.ca or by phone at (867) 447-0204.

Click here for further guidelines and downloadable application forms

VIDEO – Teaching the HIGH FIVE Principles with a Game of Chuck the Chicken 

VIDEO – Whatì Elder Sophie Williah Removing Hair from a Moosehide

Upcoming Events
ALFCA Exercise Theory Course
Location: Ehtseo Ayha School in Deline
Date: June 3, 4 & 5, 2016
Contact: 867-669-8381 or stremblay@nwtrpa.org
Dechinta Short Course: Indigenous Self-Determination in Theory and Practice
Date: June 13-20
Apply: dechinta.ca/apply-to-short-course
Location: Whati
Date: June (dates TBA)
Contact: nmccagg@nwtrpa.org
School of Community Government Outdoor Leadership
Date: July 18-22
Contact: michael_yakabuski@gov.nt.ca

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