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On the Land Programs

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association believes that spending time on the land is vital for building and strengthening healthy minds, bodies, families, and communities. Colonial policies, including residential schools, sought to remove Indigenous peoples from their territories and break their connection with the land. On the land programs are an important part of revitalizing cultures, languages, and traditions.

The NWTRPA is a resource for and champion of community-directed on the land programs. We are a key member of the NWT On The Land Collaborative, a collective of diverse partners pooling their expertise and resources to support on the land programming in the NWT. In addition to offering program and training support to grant recipients, our Director – On the Land Programs, is a member of the Administrative Team and is the Communications Lead. We also partner with other organizations and lend our support to initiatives that get NWT residents out on the land.

The NWTRPA is committed to supporting people leading on the land programs. We do so by creating resources and facilitating diverse training opportunities that reflect local priorities and needs. Since 2016, the NWTRPA’s Annual Conference has featured an On the Land Stream for people delivering land-based programs in their communities.

The NWTRPA is an authorized provider of Red Cross first aid courses and Paddle Canada canoe courses. We also support the creation of culturally appropriate safety and emergency response plans.

For more information about the NWTRPA’s On the Land Programs, please contact the Director – On the Land Programs, Jess Dunkin (jdunkin@nwtrpa.org | 867.669.8376).