Snowmobile in Trees

Winter Program

Through the NWT Winter Training Program, the NWTRPA works with communities and organizations to create opportunities for youth to get outside during the winter. The program supports a wide variety of winter activities, including but not limited to overnight winter trips, land camps, winter skills workshops, and after school programs.

We encourage winter programs that incorporate traditional activities and skills such as fishing, trapping, snowshoeing, games, and storytelling with the help of local guides, community leaders, and elders.

Program Details

Who can apply?

Community governments, schools, and non-profit organizations that have insurance for going on the land with youth are encouraged to apply. Applicants must:

  • Be a current NWTRPA member or be willing to become a member;
  • Have experience working with youth;
  • Have outdoor experience appropriate to the program being proposed;
  • Be willing to make a multi-year commitment to working with the NWTRPA in order to develop a sustainable winter program;
  • Be willing to participate in relevant training (e.g. first aid);
  • Be willing to develop and use a risk management strategy (we can provide templates and training);
  • Provide opportunities to celebrate the successes of program participants.

What will we do for you?

The NWTRPA offers training in:

  • Risk management;
  • Winter skills;
  • Program planning;
  • Wilderness and remote first aid;
  • GPS.

We do not provide funding. However, we can work with program leaders to access the necessary resources and to apply for funding from other supporters to ensure their programs continue.

Finally, we help leaders evaluate their program goals so they can make improvements in future years. In conjunction with the NWT Literacy Council, we can facilitate a debrief session with program participants using photos to help them reflect on what they learned from the program. Visit the Program Highlights page to see some examples of past PhotoVoice projects.