Established in 1999, ASCWA was created through a national consensus-building process in response to the need for more accessible and equitable sport and recreation opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across the Northwest Territories.
ASCWA is directed by a Board of Directors representing by all five Regions of the NWT. Two members are selected from each Region and are appointed by the Aboriginal Regional self-governments. The Dene Nation also selects one Youth and one Elder representative to the board.
As of Feb. 2007 we have today a staff of two, a Director and Program Manager.
Ascwa is the only Aboriginal Territorial Sport and Recreation organization in the NWT.
Our main priorities is to increase Cultural and Traditional related Sport and Recreation activities in the north, towards regions or areas that today is not covered by other sport or cultural organizations.
Our objectives is to increase from 6 to 11 programs to be delivered, in many cases in close relationship with other organizations.
When working towards the communities we like to use the principle of give and take.
We intend to maintain a small staff in our office in Yellowknife and to give a priority to
Programs and Program delivery towards all of the Five Regions.
Our objective to have ACM Facilitators in each Region will almost be fulfilled by 2008, remaining is to find the person who can be trained and deliver the ACM in the Inuvialuit languages and communities.
All Aboriginal people in the NWT should have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities at a level of involvement they find meaningful and valuable.
To work with Aboriginal people and other sport and recreation organizations in the NWT to:
- Foster community involvement in sport and recreation,
- Encourage and support participation in sport from initiation to high performance,
- Integrate Aboriginal culture and traditional values in sport and recreation activities.
- Work in collaboration with other sport bodies to organize and deliver events in communities across the NT.
- Contribute funding to support sporting and cultural events.
- Help support increased access to sport and recreation.
- Continue to work with sport and recreation partners to promote traditional games and other multisport events
- Take the lead role and authority for NWT participation in NAIG and the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.
- Assure the growth of NWT coaching and officiating at the community level.
- Assure the growth of volunteerism at the community level
- Partner with the Kidsport organization to help children from financially challenged families participate in sporting events throughout the year.
- Facilitate and support, where possible, charitable donations of equipment to Aboriginal residents who have shown a need.
- Act as the lead agency in the NWT in the development and promotion of cultural and traditional values through sport and recreation.
- Receive, acquire and hold grants, gifts, donations, legacies and other such benefits that will assist in the promotion of sport and recreation.
- Monitor the selection process for all Games teams.