Established in 1999, ASCNWT 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.
ASCNWT is directed by a Board of Directors comprised of one representative from each of the five Regions of the NWT, as well as two directors at large and a youth member.
The Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT envisions a future of healthy, active and culturally connected Indigenous communities.
The Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT empowers and builds capacity within NWT communities, promotes and supports culturally relevant programming, and develops athletes and coaches in a level of involvement they find meaningful.
The following 5 goals of ASCNWT are stated as outcomes. They reflect the end results that ASCNWT wishes to achieve over the next 5 years and beyond, through the work it does and the programs it delivers.
- Supporting youth participation at all levels (community, territorially and nationally): ASCNWT will work with communities to build capacity and provide opportunities for youth to be physically active in all levels of sport and recreation.
- Build a culture of volunteer and leadership development: ASCNWT will work with individuals and communities to provide opportunities for volunteers to feel valued, supported and have the right tools necessary to build and sustain quality programming.
- Meeting community needs: Through ongoing collaboration, ASCNWT will work with communities to deliver meaningful programming and build capacity that reflects community interests.
- Strong network of partnerships: ASCNWT will continually strive to have a strategic network of partnerships that help the organization fulfill its mission and vision.
- ASCNWT identity: ASCNWT will be recognized as a leading organization in community development within the sport and recreation sector.