About Us

The Northern Links web site reaches out to recreation and sport practitioners and volunteers in Canada’s Aboriginal communities (both rural and urban) supporting them in creating more culturally relevant and engaging programming.

Northern Links is an initiative of the Leisure Information Network (LIN)

In 2012, the Northern Links web site was redeveloped to include and highlight the First Nations, Inuit and Métis supplement to the Everybody Gets to Play program. A series of training webinars will be held in 2013 to support the initiative. This project is being carried out in partnership with the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, through a contract with Native Way Training Services and Dr. Lucy Lévesque of Queen's University.

Leisure Information Network (LIN)

The Leisure Information Network is a national non-profit organization established in 1995. LIN is dedicated to collecting, adding value and disseminating information about recreation, parks, and healthy living in Canada, and is the home of the National Recreation Database. LIN supports the online exchange of information among recreation and healthy living practitioners through its web site, listservs and social media sites.

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation as a major contributor to community health and vibrancy. Membership includes the 13 provincial and territorial parks and recreation associations and their extensive networks of service providers in over 90% of Canadian communities.

Native Way Training Services

Native Way Training Services (NWTS) is a federally incorporated service business located in the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa, Ontario. Owned and operated by Isabelle Aubé, this national company specializes in the promotion of health and fitness for Aboriginal populations using cultural values. NWTS specializes in creating, adapting and delivering training resources in both English and French for First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations across Canada. Among the other services offered are professional development workshop series for fitness professionals, Customer Service and Marketing training among many other valuable workshops. Native Way Training Services also provides Leadership Workshops, Organizational Workgroup Facilitating Services and First Nations Community Consulting Services.

"Serving All Nations to Inspire Action; One Person, One Nation, One Sky"

Dr. Lucy Lévesque, Queen's University School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Dr. Lucie Lévesque's intervention and research setting is the community. Her research approach is participatory. Over the past 15 years, she has mainly focused on physical activity intervention effectiveness evaluation from an ecological and holistic perspective. She is especially interested in enhancing the accessibility of physical activity opportunities for youth and has a keen interest in working with Indigenous communities to eliminate health disparities related to physical inactivity. Although most of her federally-funded research is in Canada, she has also collaborated with researchers in Mexico and has had the opportunity to train Mexican students and researchers interested in physical activity promotion and obesity prevention.


Production of these materials have been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.