Release of the NWT Active Living Framework 2023-2033

Press Release

Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) Minister Shane Thompson is pleased to announce that he has approved the NWT Active Living Framework 2023-2033: A strategic approach to recreation, sport and physical activity.

The NWT Active Living Framework 2023-2033 has been developed through fulsome engagement with the sport and recreation sector, and a broad group of organizations and individuals representing underserved or underrepresented portions of the population.

Endorsed by MACA’s key territorial and regional sport and recreation partners, the NWT Active Living Framework 2023-2033 will guide strategic program delivery and investments in the sport and recreation sector.

Implementation of the Active Living Framework will begin in the 20th Legislative Assembly and include the development of a strategic action plan as well as a monitoring and evaluation framework.  Reporting on the progress of the Framework will ensure the program delivery supported by the Framework will remain relevant to NWT residents.


“I am pleased that all organizations have come together to support the development of the NWT Active Living Framework 2023-2033 for the sport, recreation, and physical activity sector.  I am grateful for all the feedback we have received from organizations and individuals, and I am confident that this Framework is a northern-developed and led initiative that will serve the wellbeing of our residents for years to come.”

– Shane Thompson, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

Quick Facts

  • The NWT Active Living Framework 2023-2033 includes the following themes:
    • Prioritizing Indigenous cultures and practices
    • Building sector capacity
    • Celebrating and supporting local champions
    • Improving access and increasing opportunities for participation
    • Promoting the value of the sector
    • Investing in the sector with sustainable, flexible funding

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For media requests, please contact:

Jay Boast

Senior Communications and Planning Advisor

Department of Municipal and Community Affairs

Government of the Northwest Territories

(867) 767-9162 ext. 21044


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