Time to Think About Canoeing

 May 5, 2015
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

Across the territory, the days are growing longer and the ice is melting. Depending on where you are, break up has come and gone or is just around the corner. You know what that means, don’t you? It’s time to think about summer and canoeing!

Every year, the NWTRPA works with communities across the territory to develop and implement fun, safe, sustainable, and culturally relevant canoe programming for youth. In addition to teaching youth canoeing skills, canoe programs provide opportunities for participants to develop other on the land skills like fishing, trapping, finding one’s way on the land, and cooking. They are also an excellent way to celebrate the participants’ culture through storytelling and traditional games, and to connect youth with elders and community leaders.

In the past the emphasis in the canoe training program has been on multi-day trips. We’re broadening our horizons this year and also inviting applications for other kinds of canoeing activities, like after school programs, day trips, and canoe clubs.

Community governments, schools, and non-profit organizations that have insurance for going on the land with youth are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have access to training in risk management, canoeing, wilderness first aid, and GPS, as well as program planning and evaluation support.

The deadline for applications is May 30, 2015.

For more information, visit the Canoe Program page. Questions about the program can be directed to the On the Land Programs Consultant, Jessica Dunkin (669.8376 | jdunkin@nwtrpa.org).