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Update from the Conference Committee

The NWTRPA Conference is an opportunity for Recreation leaders, On the Land leaders, Elders, health care staff, students, youth, youth centre staff, and volunteers from across the NWT to discuss trends and issues in recreation and On the Land programs, and receive training related to program delivery and leadership.

After a few delays, our last conference was held in December 2021 in Sǫ̀mbak’è/Yellowknife, where we connected and gathered in a modified conference format.

Our 2021 Bright Spots included the Rádeyı̨lı̨kóé Moose Hide Camp, the Qmunity Camp NWT, and the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre Sharing Circle. These programs showed their strength and resilience by finding alternate ways to continue with their programming during a challenging time in which recreation has become vital to the health and well-being of community members.

We enjoy hearing about and seeing all the programs, individuals, and events taking off with great success now that COVID-19 has settled down. You can watch our social media pages to see what recreational events are taking place throughout the year.

As we continue through a period of change and resilience, the NWTRPA continues to adapt to bring us one step closer to what would be a “normal” conference.

This year our annual conference theme is Recreation and Recovery. We are excited to share that the 2022 conference will be hosted in Tthebacha/Fort Smith, NT.

We are pleased to have many valuable community members speaking on behalf of the chosen topic. We are planning a program that includes inspiring, educational, and fun keynotes, plenaries, and activities. We will have four sessions in each of the three streams: Elders in Motion, Recreation Leadership, and On the Land.

We hope that the 2022 conference is a space of learning, growth, and personal connection for you.

Reminder: Renew your Membership now to participate in the AGM!

Our Annual General Meeting will take place during this year’s conference. You must be a Member of the NWTRPA to participate in the AGM, including voting on the new Board of Directors.

Membership is included in Conference Registration this year, so all Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the AGM.

If you aren’t attending the Conference but would like to become a member to participate in the Annual General Meeting, visit to Sign Up and pay your dues today!

For more information about the AGM or NWTRPA Membership, email


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