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Elders in Motion

Through training and program support, Elders in Motion improves access to physical activity opportunities for

NWT Elders and seniors, while also working to

increase independence and functional mobility

for older adults.


Elders in Motion is a partnership program between the NWT Recreation and Parks Association, the Dene Nation, the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, with support from the NWT Seniors’ Society and the NWT Department of Health and Social Services.


Together we have developed a series of effective and medically sound training

programs fit for Northern communities.

Elders in Motion Training

The Elders in Motion Training Program offers a series of workshops and trainings for community leaders to facilitate safe and accessible exercise programming to community Elders, based on their communities’ needs.

  • Elder Award
    The Elder Award recognizes an Elder that is sharing their knowledge in a good way with community and supporting others to be healthy. In this way, the nominee contributes to and is engaged in community life. The Elder has positive relationships with all generations, themselves, each other, and the land. Criteria The nominee is an Elder The nominee sharing what they know in a good way The nominee is taking care of their health and holistic wellbeing
  • Innovation Award
    The Innovation Award recognizes a community, organization, or individual in the NWT that has developed a creative approach to getting themselves and others active and healthy (particular consideration given to on the Land). This could be a program, facility, group, or anything else. The award recipient demonstrates a commitment to community needs and self-determination of community identity.

Elders in Motion at the NWTRPA Annual


Each year, Elders, recreation leaders, health professionals, volunteers, students, and come together for the Elders in Motion stream at the NWTRPA conference. The conference provides a time and place to share information, participate in training, and celebrate Elders and their caregivers.


During the Awards Banquet, we honour inspirational Elders who continue to be active, do traditional activities, and are role models in their community with the Active Elder Award.

Active Elders

Each year, the Active Elder Award recognizes inspirational Elders who are active and share their traditional activities or knowledge. The Active Elder Award recognizes and honours community role models.

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