Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certificate

Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certificate


The indigenous Sport and Recreation
certificate is a professional development opportunity designed to
support working professionals to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural
context of the indigenous communities through sport and recreation. This
certificate is delivered in a blended format with the majority of the
coursework completed through online instruction and a one-week in-person
learning experience. This format was created with working professionals like
Janet Naclia in mind “As a working
professional it’s nice to be able to dedicate that time without having to
move or commute, so that online commuting aspect is really important to
me. And I also think it’s important to be able to connect other recreation
professionals who are interested in the same topic” Here’s what you can expect to
learn In the first course you will explore and critically examine the
social issues to gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary
relationship between Indigenous and settler societies. The second course will
examine the policies and practices related to managing recreation sport and
physical activity programs that occur in or engage Indigenous communities. The
third and final course will focus on enhancing students knowledge of the
historical and contemporary roles of physical activity including sport and
recreation in the lives of Indigenous Peoples. This course draws on the research
that is grounded in Indigenous perspectives. A lot of the research
emerging and Indigenous sports and recreation talks about the importance of
community, culture and connecting to the land; more importantly, incorporating
traditional knowledge I was never into organized sports like
my friends and family members were. I felt like it was too overweight and I
would not excel in that space. It was not something that I was interested in. Then,
one day a friend brought me into the gym and I was hooked! I fell in love with the
gym because it gave me a space of freedom of mind body and spirit. I can
easily say that the gym gave me a new beginning when there was nowhere else to
turn and in essence physical wellness saved me. So that is why I firmly believe
that the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Certificate is important for
those working with Indigenous communities. One piece of knowledge I
would share is the importance of working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples
and communities when developing enhancing or promoting sport and
recreation opportunities for Indigenous Peoples. For such opportunities to be
relevant and respectful it’s essential to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples
and communities. For more information and to apply for the Indigenous Sport and
Recreation Certificate please visit our our website

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