A 77-year-old big-game hunting guide from Ulukhaktok is this year’s recipient of an Active Elder Award.
The honour, which is presented by the NWT Recreation and Parks Association, recognizes elders who are active role models in their communities.
This year’s lone recipient was Alan Joss of Ulukhaktok, who still leads hunting trips and teaches younger generations how to live off the land near his home community.
A total of six awards have been handed out since 2010. Yellowknife’s Rona Williams was one of three recipients last year.
Territorial health minister Glen Abernethy was in attendance for Joss’ induction Wednesday.
“This individual is a role model and an inspiration for a growing number of seniors in the Northwest Territories for staying active and being active,” said Abernethy.
“Physical fitness is essential to maintaining one’s health. It helps prevent disease and obesity and helps you stay healthy.
“Combined with healthy living, exercise can help people maintain their health well into their senior years and exercise shouldn’t be a burden or a task.”
Abernethy says seniors are the fastest growing demographic in the NWT.
By remaining healthy, he says “they will become our greatest asset in achieving an overall brighter future for everyone in the territory.”