Expression of Interest: Walking Challenge Advisory Committee


The NWTRPA Walking Challenge, formerly known as 'Walk to Tuk' was established by the NWT Recreation and Parks Association in 2010. The Walking Challenge is well known throughout the NWT and gains high participation from NWT residents.


In 2021, the NWTRPA decided to temporarily change the name to the NWTRPA Walking Challenge as the organization was informed that the original name was offensive to residential school survivors, particularly because two of three children died walking to Tuktuuyaqtuuq/Tuktoyaktuk trying to escape a residential school in 1972.


Our goal is to choose a new name this year, after engaging with Indigenous groups, stakeholders, participants, and members of the NWTRPA.


The NWTRPA is committed to decolonization and reconciliation with respect to its offerings, content, delivery, and protocols. Since 2018, the NWTRPA has been working to accomplish our 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan which includes several strategies relating to decolonization and reconciliation. We have developed a program review process to guide NWTRPA program content and services ensuring that they are in line with our commitments respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and from Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


The NWTRPA is putting out a call to all NWT residents to join the Walking Challenge Advisory Committee to examine and rename the challenge, as well as review the program. Knowledge of Indigenous culture and history is an asset.


An honorarium will be paid to participate in 2-3 (in-person and virtual) meetings in 2022.


Please fill out the online form to submit an expression of interest: https://forms.gle/GEVoSt6abgNHzyLf6


Deadline: July 22, 2022. Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants.


Please contact jvandermeerconsulting@gmail.com or call the NWTRPA at 867-669-8375 if you have any questions or wish to apply over the phone.