$400 Get Active grants return for NWT events this June

The running track outside Hay River's Diamond Jenness school
The running track outside Hay River's Diamond Jenness school. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

Help your community get active this June with a $400 grant from the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA).

NWTRPA is once again giving out Get Active grants to celebrate recreation and parks month.

The grants are designed to each fund one community oriented recreation event.

Stefanie Miklosovic, NWTRPA communications manager, said past years have seen events like a multicultural picnic, an Elders’ picnic, and a cod-fishing derby.



Sachs Harbour was the host of the day-long derby, where people fished on the sea ice in the bay for the heaviest and lightest cod.

“Throughout the day, a hot soup kitchen at the Ajgaliaq Centre was provided so that people could drop by to grab a quick bite, get their fish weighed, and warm up,” she said.

NWTRPA encourages people to plan events around things already happening in their communities – Sachs Harbour’s event also celebrated Inuvialuit Day.

“June recreation and parks month is a way to celebrate and promote the many benefits of recreation and parks,” said the organization in a news release.



“The event recognizes the importance of recreation and parks for physical, social, and environmental health benefits.”

Applicants can choose to focus an event on older adults, said the association, as June is also senior citizens’ month.

Applications will be accepted until May 31.