On the Land Programs
Due to the NWT and Canada’s Chief Public Health Officers guidelines on avoiding gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no on the land programs running in the territory until it’s safe to gather together again.

The NWTRPA is committed to supporting community members in getting on the land.

The NWTRPA is an authorized provider of Red Cross first aid courses and Paddle Canada canoe courses. Paddle Canada is postponing courses until May 31, 2020. Red Cross Canada is offering a limited selection of online first aid courses. 

We also help organizations and governments create culturally appropriate safety and risk management plans for their on the land programs.

Since 2016, the NWTRPA’s Annual Conference has featured an On the Land Stream for people delivering land-based programs in their communities. Our 2020 conference is still scheduled for October 20-22 in Yellowknife, NT.

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 On the Land Programs consultant 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.

For more information about the NWTRPA’s On the Land Programs, Red Cross online courses, or risk management planning for your program please contact the On the Land Programs Consultant, Rachel Cluderay (rcluderay@nwtrpa.org | 867.669.8392).