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Other Great NWTRPA Initiatives

 January 28, 2019
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

By now you’ve probably learned a lot about Walk to Tuk and hopefully you’ve also experienced how it can help you, your family, and your friends stay activein the winter months. But how much do you know about the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) and the other programs it offers?

Not much? Not to worry. We’ve put together a quick overview to bring you up to speed:


The NWTRPA works with communities across the NWT to promote recreation by supporting leaders, communities, and partners. That’s why our tagline is “Recreation for Life!” We work in three main areas: Training, Active Communities, and On the Land Programs.

NWTRPA Programs

Elders in Motion aims to improve access to recreation opportunities for NWT Elders and increase independence and functional mobility for older adults through training and support for communities, groups, and individuals interested in developing and maintaining an Elder recreation program.

Why you should care: Know an older adult who would benefit from more physical activity? Sign them up for an Elders in Motion program in your community!

The NWTRPA is a resource for, and champion of, community-directed on the land programs. Through the On the Land Programs and our work with the NWT On The Land Collaborative, the NWTRPA supports people and organizations leading on the land programs. We do so by creating resources and facilitating diverse training opportunities that reflect local priorities and needs.

Why you should care: We have lots of resources for anyone involved in on the land programs.

Get Active funds community events that get people more physically active in the NWT. Community organizations are encouraged to apply for $750 or $1000 to organize and deliver three community-oriented physical activity events.

Why you should care: Receive money to put on a community event or Elders event in your community!

The NWTRPA Annual Conference is an educational event for recreation professionals, educators, Elders, health care workers, youth centre workers, and volunteers from across the NWT.  The Conference provides an opportunity to examine trends and issues affecting the recreation field and offer training in the areas of programming, facility management, and leadership.

Why you should care: The Conference is a great place to make connections with people in the field and learn new tips and tricks in administering or delivering quality recreation programming.

HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children aged 6 to 12. Through HIGH FIVE® training, frontline recreation, sport, and after school leaders learn how to incorporate the Principles of Healthy Child Development into their everyday programming.

Why you should care:  For those working with kids, HIGH FIVE® training makes the difference. Contact us to book a training!

Through the NWTRPA Fitness Leadership program, community members are supported in becoming certified fitness leaders. NWT residents no longer have to go south or take online courses to become a certified fitness leader.

Why you should care:  If you have an interest in becoming a fitness leader, this training is for you!

Recreation North is a training program developed by the three territorial Recreation and Parks Associations for community recreation leaders in the North. This program is designed for those in Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut who work or would like to work or volunteer in recreation, but have little to no formal training or education in the field.

Why you should care:  If you’ve ever thought about a career in recreation but don’t know where to start, this is program is for you!

Active Healthy Intergenerational Connections is project to demonstrate programming that successfully promotes active, healthy aging in the NWT.  It was also created to encourage intergenerational connections and increase active living opportunities for older adults. There are four communities currently participating in the program (Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Hay River, and Ulukhaktok).

Why you should care:  Everyone benefits when all generations come together.  Connections across age groups help to build community connections; transmit culture and language; and keep older adults and elders engaged.

If you have an interest in these, or any other NWTRPA programs, click here or contact us at admin@nwtrpra.org.