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The NWTRPA
Annual Conference

is an opportunity for recreation leaders, on the land leaders, health care staff, students, youth, Elders, youth centre staff, and volunteers from across the NWT.

The Annual Conference provides an opportunity to examine trends and issues affecting the recreation field and offer training in three areas: Elders in Motion, Recreation Leadership, and On the Land.

 

The NWTRPA Annual Conference is also host to NWTRPA Annual General Meeting.

 

The 2021 NWTRPA Annual Conference has been postponed. Stay tuned for new dates. 

Conference-at-a-Glance

 The Explorer Hotel, Somba K’é / Yellowknife
POSTPONED – New Dates Coming Soon
Time
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Wednesday, Oct. 20
Thursday, Oct. 21
9:00 – 9:30
Welcome & Opening Ceremony
Welcome & Opening Ceremony
Welcome & Opening Ceremony
9:30 – 10:30
Recreation for Mental Health
Story-Based Analysis: Drawing Evaluation Principles from Indigenous Stories
Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training
10:30 – 10:45
Nutrition Break
Nutrition Break
Nutrition Break
10:45 – Noon
Recreation for Mental Health con't.
Story-Based Analysis: Drawing Evaluation Principles from Indigenous Stories con't.
Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training cont’d.
Noon – 1:00
Lunch
Lunch | Annual General Meeting 12:15 – 1:15
Lunch
1:00 – 3:00
HIGH FIVE® PHCD (Principles of Healthy Child Development)

Building Community On The Land
Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training cont’d.
3:00 – 3:15
Nutrition Break
Nutrition Break
Nutrition Break
3:15 – 4:45
HIGH FIVE® PHCD (Principles of Healthy Child Development) con't.
Setting Up Elders for Success On The Land 3:30-4:45
Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training cont’d.
4:45 – 5:00
Wrap Up, Prizes and Closing Ceremony
Wrap Up, Prizes and Closing Ceremony
Wrap Up, Prizes and Closing Ceremony
6:00 – 8:30
Bright Spots Dinner

Session Descriptions

Day 1 – Recreation Leadership

Recreation for Mental Health


This interactive session will be Trainer-led and will introduce participants to evidence-based guidelines and actions that will help recreation practitioners make their programs, places and spaces more welcoming and accessible to people experiencing mental health challenges.

Recreation can play a pivotal role in the mental health recovery process and is important for the maintenance of mental wellness for all people. Because of the connections between recreation, mental wellness and social equity, equitable access to recreation is key to increasing wellness and social equity overall.

Participants will

  • explore how mental health impacts everyone's life,
  • look at the impact of stigma and learn how to reduce it
  • explore the barriers people face and brainstorm strategies and supports necessary for participation in community recreation
  • be introduced to 10 practice guidelines and 50+ action steps for positive change
  • begin to create an action plan for your organization

The training will give you a renewed sense of the power of recreation to change people’s lives for the better and the tools to help you do it!




HIGH FIVE Principles for Healthy Child Development (PHCD)


This training will help improve the quality of programs. Recreation leaders will understand what they need to do to ensure each child’s social, emotional, and cognitive needs are met. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips, and resources to enhance their programs as well as their relationships with children and other staff members. Participants receive resources related to healthy child development, including the Principles of Healthy Child Development Workbook and related handouts.





Day 2 – On the Land

Story-Based Analysis: Drawing Evaluation Principals from Indigenous Stories


This is an interactive workshop where participants will analyze a northern Indigenous story for governance principles that can be applied to land-based program evaluation. Facilitator Mandee McDonald will lead the group through a method she is currently developing as part of her dissertation research on Indigenous governance and land-based programming.




Building Community on The Land


Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning has been delivering Indigenous-led Land-based education across the NWT since 2009. In this workshop, Elders and staff from Dechinta will share core lessons from this last decade of land-based education, including lessons in the co-development of programming, community engaged research, creating programming that is family inclusive, and integrating lessons from the land into our everyday lives.




Setting Up Elders for Success On The Land


In this interactive workshop participants will discuss how to support Elders to continue to be active on the land. Participants will discuss activities Elders participate in during on the land programs, activities Elders want to participate in, but are unable to, and how we can address barriers to bringing Elders on the land.





Day 3 – Elders in Motion

Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training


Looking to offer options for Elders to stay connected and healthy?

This day-long training will prepare community leaders to host culturally appropriate programming for Elders in their community. The ALEP training covers mobility, independence, safety, connection, and more.

Each participant will receive a ball, an ALEP manual, and an Elders in Motion T-shirt.





NWTRPA 2021 Annual General Meeting

Save the Date: 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Sǫ̀mba K’è / Yellowknife