About the NWT Recreation & Parks Association

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote recreation by supporting leaders, communities, and partners through training, advocacy, and networking.


We envision a territory where everyone has access to recreation programs and spaces that foster healthy families, strong cultures, and vibrant communities.

  • We value RESPECTFUL RELATIONS with each other and the land
  • We are INCLUSIVE of all types of peoples, regions, and cultures
  • We value DIVERSITY of people and perspectives
  • We work in COLLABORATION and PARTNERSHIP with others
  • We work as a TEAM
  • We value CREATIVITY and are OPEN to new ideas
Strategic Goals

In 2018, the NWTRPA identified six goals for its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan:

  • The NWTRPA is working with intention to advance decolonization and reconciliation through its work, workplaces, and relationships.
  • The NWTRPA is a vital resource for and champion of community-directed on the land programs.
  • The NWTRPA is a valued organization, driven by community and membership, and committed to ethical governance and management.
  • NWT leaders, communities, and NWTRPA partners understand recreation and recognize that it is essential to healthy minds, bodies, families, and communities.
  • More NWT residents of all ages are able to choose active ways of living because of improvements in the accessibility, diversity, and quality of community-based recreation programs.
  • The NWTRPA is the leading recreation training organization in the NWT.

Organization History

The NWTRPA was established in 1989 to serve the needs and interests of NWT recreation leaders. Directed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the organization has evolved to become the leading recreation organization in the NWT.

Since its inception in 1989, the NWTRPA has continued to be focused on advocacy, education, information sharing and networking. Some notable programs and achievements include:

  • NWTRPA Annual Conference (first hosted in 1989)
  • NWTRPA Awards Program (first awarded in 1991)
  • Recreation Code of Ethics (created in 1994)
  • Recreation & Sport Directory (first published in 1996)
  • Active Living Exercise Program Fund (1994-1998)
  • Trans Canada Trail Relay (2000)
  • Trail Building Fund (2003-2012)
  • Mackenzie River Youth Trip (2006-2010)
  • Shallow Water Pool Certification (created in 2007)
  • CPRA Award of Excellence for Innovation (2007)
  • Elders in Motion (created in 2008)
  • NWTRPA 25th Anniversary (2014)
  • Walk to Tuk chosen as one of top 6 Play Exchange Finalists (2014-2015)
  • Co-recipient of the Arctic Inspiration Prize (2016)
National Members