By May 2021, the Recreation North Training Program had reached more than 45 communities across the North. More than 200 individuals from Pond Inlet (NU) to Burwash Landing (YT) have taken learning events to strengthen their recreation leadership competencies. Among these, 34 have earned a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership and 9 have earned a Certificate in Northern Recreation Management. The training is accessible because it is delivered remotely allowing participants to learn “in place” from their home communities.
Following a successful pilot with four provinces, a small number of seats have been opened to participants outside the North. Although there are big differences between communities like New Hazelton (BC), Ignace (ON), Faro (YT), and Sanikiluaq (NU), participants always comment on how the Training Program enables them to share ideas and to learn from others involved in recreation delivery in small, rural, remote, and/or Indigenous communities.
Facilitating Learning Online in the North (FLO North)
FLO North training develops the skills needed to confidently and effectively facilitate online training and learning in Northern, rural, and remote communities. Through a safe and inclusive online environment, participants gain an understanding of teaching and learning in online and blended formats and develop basic technical and facilitation skills through individual and group activities.
This course has been adapted to be relevant to trainers and educators across the North. Built on an open educational resource (OER) shared by BCcampus, the FLO Fundamentals course began in 2013 as a partnership between Royal Roads University and BCcampus. Taking part in FLO North requires some experience in facilitating or instructing, the ability to navigate and use web-based environments, and familiarity with the North.
Learners who got on board for the “next leg of the Recreation North learning journey” in October 2020 can be proud of their achievements (and collection of new badges) as they complete the Certificate in Northern Recreation Management this spring. The new Certificate adds another layer that builds on participants’ prior learning and/or experiences, and deepens their understanding of recreation in the North. Caroline Sparks, Recreation North’s Learning Consultant, designed the new Certificate program to enhance critical thinking and awareness of important topics like legal risk, evaluation, and volunteer management. The new advanced learning events (courses) follow the familiar “2 by 2 by 2” format (with two weeks, two conference calls, and two required learning activities) and include some that extend two weeks longer and require a bit more research, reading, analysis, and discussion than core learning events.
Nyasha Kamera, Recreation Coordinator with the Hamlet of Pond Inlet, NU, was one of the ten participants to receive a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership. After participating in the training program pilot from October 2017 to May 2018, Nyasha shared a bit about his experience.Continue reading “On-the-Job Training was Beneficial”
A Pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program began in October 2017. Since that time, individuals from communities across the NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut participated in a variety of learning events delivered by Northern trainers.
A Pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program that began in October 2017 wraps up in May 2018. Grace Bowers from the Town of Faro, Yukon is among the first of 25 individuals from communities across the NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut to fulfill the learning requirements and earn a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership. Below, Grace shares a bit about herself and how the training has helped her in her job.
A Pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program began in October 2017. Since that time, 25 individuals from communities across the NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut have participated in up to 14 learning events delivered by seven northern trainers. Rob McPhie from Haines Junction, Yukon is the first of these learners to complete the Pilot and receive his certificate. We asked Rob to write something about himself and about the impact that the training has made on his work.
In October 2017, Recreation North launched the pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program with its first learning event, RF101 Introduction to Recreation Foundations. Since that time, 25 individuals from communities across the NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut have participated in more than 10 learning events delivered by seven northern trainers. All of the learning events (or mini-courses) were delivered online while some were also offered in-person. Online delivery of learning events allowed participants to train without interrupting the regular flow of their work and family life. Continue reading “Recreation North – What’s been going on with the Pilot?”
Recreation is essential for individual, community and environmental health and wellbeing. Recreation in the North is a Means to a Greater Beginning (as described on CPRA’s website). The Community Recreation Leadership Program was developed, with generous support from the Arctic Inspiration Prize, as a meaningful and relevant training program to strengthen recreation capacity across the North.