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The NWTRPA
Annual Conference Dec. 1 - 3

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.

Click here to see the conference program

  

Conference-at-a-Glance

 The Explorer Hotel, Somba K’é / Yellowknife
Time
Wednesday, Dec. 1
Thursday, Dec. 2
Friday, Dec. 3
9:00 – 9:30
Welcome & Opening Ceremony
Welcome & Opening Ceremony
Welcome & Opening Ceremony
9:30 – 10:30
HIGH FIVE® PHCD (Principles of Healthy Child Development)
Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training
Story-Based Analysis: Drawing Evaluation Principles from Indigenous Stories
10:30 – 10:45
Nutrition Break
Nutrition Break
Nutrition Break
10:45 – Noon
HIGH FIVE® PHCD (Principles of Healthy Child Development)
Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training cont’d.
Story-Based Analysis: Drawing Evaluation Principles from Indigenous Stories con't.
Noon – 1:00
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
1:00 – 3:00
Recreation for Mental Health
Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training cont’d.
Ethical Space: Importance of Land, Food and Place
3:00 – 3:15
Nutrition Break
Nutrition Break
Nutrition Break
3:15 – 4:45
Recreation for Mental Health
Active Living Exercise Program (ALEP): Community Leader Training cont’d.
Ethical Space: Importance of Land, Food and Place
4:45 – 5:00
Wrap Up, Prizes and Closing Ceremony
Wrap Up, Prizes and Closing Ceremony
Wrap Up, Prizes and Closing Ceremony
6:30 – 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 3 – 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.




Ethical Space: Importance of Land, Food and Place


This workshop will delve into principles and examples of ethical space - a Land-based philosophy where Indigenous and Euro-western world views co-exist in a mutually respectful and welcoming space. We will spend time on the Land together, while sharing knowledge and food. This workshop is led by Bushkids. Through training, mentorship, consulting, and advocacy, Bushkids aims to support healthy relationships with ourselves, each other, and the Land. This session will be hosted on the land at Bushkids. Most of our time will be spent outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather.





Day 2 – 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.





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