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E-News – July 2016

 July 8, 2016
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association
In this edition: Elders In Motion Support Application, NWT Recreation Jobs, On the Land Collaborative Fund Report and more!


In This Edition:

  • Elders in Motion Support Application
  • NWT Recreation Jobs
  • On the Land Collaborative Fund Report
  • Maps and Mapping: PechaKucha Vol. 2
  • Bright Spot Nominations
  • Dene Languages Conference
  • NWTRPA Annual Conference – Save the Date
  • New Horizons for Seniors Program
  • Arctic Inspiration Prize Call for Nominations
  • Aquatic Supervisor Conference Call
  • #OlympicDay Funding
  • Cold Water Immersion Workshop
  • New Videos
  • Upcoming Events

Elders In Motion Support ApplicationThe NWTRPA is now accepting applications to the Elders in Motion Support Program. The program is for anyone interested in delivering and sustaining a safe, engaging and culturally appropriate recreational program for older adults in their community.

NWT Recreation Jobs

A number of recreation organizations in the NWT currently have job openings. These include:

  • Executive Director – NWT Curling Association: July 12th
  • Executive Director – Aboriginal Sports Circle: July 15th
  • Centre Coodinator – Inuvik Youth Centre: July 15th

Click here for a full list job postings

On the Land Collaborative Fund Report

In 2014, Tides Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories hosted a meeting of individuals involved in funding on the land initiatives in the NWT to “explore how to provide easier access to funding and other resources for northern nonprofit initiatives, including … [Read More]

Maps and Mapping: PechaKucha Night Vol. 2

In late May, the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) co-hosted the second of four PechaKucha Nights slated to happen in Yellowknife this year. The theme of this evening was Maps and Mapping, a topic … [Read More]

Click listen to the presentations online

Bright Spot Nominations

The NWTRPA is looking for organizations in the NWT that have seen particular success or positive response with one of their initiatives (programs, events, etc.). We will be choosing four organizations to present on their Bright Spot at the NWTRPA Annual Conference in September. The chosen presenters will prepare a 15 minute presentation (provided to the NWTRPA the week before the conference) and be flown to Yellowknife, all expenses paid.

Note* – Organizations are encouraged to nominate their own programs

Click here to nominate a program for a Bright Spot

Dene Languages Conference

On the Land Programs Consultant Jess Dunkin reports on her experience at the Dene Languages Conference in Yellowknife.

If you follow the NWTRPA on Twitter, you may have noticed a flurry of tweets about language earlier this week. This was because I was attending the Dene Languages Conference in Yellowknife. Organized by the Goyatıkǫ̀ Language Society and the Alaska Native Language Center and hosted by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, the conference brought together… [Read More]

SAVE THE DATE –  Annual ConferenceWe’ll soon be releasing 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.

New Horizons for Seniors Program 

Organizations that want to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities are eligible to receive federal grants and contributions funding.

Deadline: July 29, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Click here to apply
Click here for more information about the program

Arctic Inspiration Prize Call for Nominations

The nomination guide includes nomination guidelines and instructions for completing the Nomination Package. The complete Nomination Package must be submitted to the Arctic Inspiration Prize office byFriday, 30 September 2016.

Click here to download the Nomination Package

Click here to download the Nomination Guide

Click here to download the nomination criteria

Aquatic Supervisor Conference Call

The call will be happening Monday July 11th at 11am.

For those communities with supervisors (pool or waterfront) wanting to join the call, please contact Rose Johnson (nwtlifeguardjobs@nwtrpa.org or 403-406-9475) by Friday July 8th at 5pm.

Call participants will be asked to share information about their aquatic experience thus far and any events that are planned for the summer.

#OlympicDay FundingThe ParticipACTION Teen Challenge is teaming up with the Canadian Olympic Committee to support #OlympicDay initiatives in communities across Canada. Qualify to receive $250 – $2000 to fund your event and to help carry the Olympic spirit forward!

Click here to find out more

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

VIDEO – Tips for
Welcoming a New Aquatic Supervisor

VIDEO – Why take a Canoe Instructor Course?


Upcoming Events

HIGH FIVE Trainings

  • Principles of Childhood Development July 9 with YKDFN in N’dilo
  • Principles of Childhood Development July 11 in Behchoko
  • Strengthening Children’s Mental Health July 14 in Fort Liard

Info: highfive.org and nwtrpa.org/high-five.htm

If none of these dates work for your organization, request a training in your community. For more information or to register contact, Natasha McCagg [867-690-8377 / nmccagg@nwtrpa.org]

School of Community Government Outdoor Leadership
Date: July 18-22
Contact: michael_yakabuski@gov.nt.ca

Sahtu Swim Meet
Location: Norman Wells
Date: July 29 – 31
Apply: Myles Erb, 587-3730 or rec@normanwell.com

Lifeguard Training


Location: Midnight Sun Complex

  • Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross – July 13, 14
  • National Lifeguard – August 15 – 17 and August 22 – 25
  • Instructors – Late Sept into Oct/Nov in the evenings

Contact: (867) 777-8642


Location: Ruth Inch Memorial Pool

  • Bronze Cross – July 15 – 17
  • National Lifeguard – July 18 – 22

Contact: (867) 920-5683

Click here for more information on NWTRPA events