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The NWTRPA offers training and program support to NWT recreation leaders and land-based programmers.

Visit our Events page to see our scheduled upcoming trainings in your community!
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Elders in Motion

Elders in Motion is a training and mentorship program that improves the access and quality of recreation programs for older adults. Community leaders enhance their knowledge, skills, and confidence in organizing and leading safe, engaging, and culturally appropriate recreation programs for older adults. 

Current available trainings are: Active Living Exercise Program, Balls and Balance Workshop, Fitness Falls Prevention, Gaining Strength in Long Term Care, and Intergenerational Programming Workshop. 


On the Land

The NWTRPA offers training and program support to people who support or deliver on the land programs, including Paddle Canada certifications; wilderness and remote first aid certifications; risk management planning; and program evaluation.



HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s quality standard for organizations that provide recreation and leisure programs to children aged 4 to 12. As an authorized provider, the NWTRPA is a partner in delivering HIGH FIVE® training across the NWT to community recreation leaders. HIGH FIVE® is based on five Principles of healthy child development that are essential for quality programs. This foundation comes from extensive research into what constitutes quality experiences for children, and the practical application of Principles in programs across Canada.


Recreation North

The Recreation North Training Program is designed for anyone living in the Yukon, NWT, or Nunavut, who works or would like to work or volunteer in recreation. This fully online program (with the occasional option of in-person delivery) is flexible and allows participants to work toward a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership and/or a Certificate in Northern Recreation Management.

Recreation for Mental Health

This training introduces recreation leaders to evidence-based guidelines and actions that will help them make their programs, places and spaces more welcoming and accessible to people experiencing mental health challenges.

NWTRPA Annual Conference

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Established in 1989, the NWTRPA Conference is a multi-day educational event for recreation professionals, on the land leaders, educators, Elders, health care workers, youth centre workers, and volunteers from across the NWT. The conference provides an opportunity to examine trends and issues affecting the recreation sector and offer training. The NWTRPA’s Annual General Meeting is held during the conference, allowing recreation leaders from across the territory to participate.

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