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Forest and the Femme- Outdoor Recreation Program for Marginalized Women

Forest and the Femme (FATF) is a non-profit outdoor recreation program for highly marginalized women living in Vancouver’s DTES community. We provide access to nature for the city’s most vulnerable and isolated women. Our goal is to facilitate a sense of freedom, empowerment and self worth through contact with nature, skill building and social engagement.

We believe that nature has the power to heal and transform, creating strengths that will carry throughout all aspects of our lives.

FATF prioritizes women with multiple, intersecting vulnerabilities including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), involvement in the survival sex trade, addictions, racial oppression, mental health, physical health and mobility barriers.

Many of the women who participate in Forest and the Femme have never had the opportunity to explore in nature. Some have never been out of the city before! It can be an insurmountable challenge even just leaving the neighbourhood. We are here to change that. The dedicated volunteers at Forest and the Femme are themselves outdoor lovers and know first hand the powerful and healing effect that nature has on us. We believe that nature helps us connect to ourselves and gives us the strength to face our challenges.

Hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, camping, swimming & caves; we do all of it. Together we explore, we share, and we teach and learn.


Publisher/Sponsor: Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

FitNation incorporates a series of dynamic stretching exercises that are fun, adaptable to any fitness level, and presented in an easy-to-use workout format specifically designed to increase physical activity in Aboriginal communities and Friendship Centres across BC.

The program was developed by the Partners Council in affiliation with Nike N7 and Dwayne Roberts, a certified Nike Sparq trainer. The exercises encompassed within the FitNation program can be modified for three basic fitness levels

  • Introductory
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

The FitNation leader training process differs from the other Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities leader training as there is an application and selection process. Selection is based on other training experience, which includes certification in personal training, coaching certification, and/or experience with delivering other types of fitness and physical activity programs.

Honour Your Health Challenge

Publisher/Sponsor: Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

The Honour Your Health Challenge (HYHC) is a 6 week community-based program that encourages innovation and needs-based approaches to promoting healthy, active lifestyles in First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, and Aboriginal Friendship Centres throughout the province.  Some examples of HYHC programs include traditional dance off competitions and classes, nutrition awareness & introductions to new foods, sports camps, tobacco reduction education and support programs, etc.

As part of the Regional Leaders Training Conferences, the Partners Council delivers a series of workshops to prepare HYHC Community Leaders for their role in planning and delivering their own 6-week community-based project. Community projects will promote healthy life choices in the areas of increased physical activity, healthy eating, reduction of tobacco misuse, and healthy pregnancies.

2014 Workshops  included:

  • Traditional Health
  • Holistic Model for Wellness
  • Fit Camps /  Yoga / Nordic Walking
  • Nutrition and Traditional Foods
  • Men’s Health
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Planning, Implementing and Evaluating

Some examples of HYHC projects include:

  • Afterschool youth groups including culture & physical activities
  • Tobacco awareness & alternatives
  • Girls fitness, including emotional wellbeing & nutrition
  • Boys fitness through cultural activities, hunting, snowshoeing, and berry picking
  • Healthy eating and traditional diets
  • Community no soda pop challenge

Aboriginal RunWalk Program

The Aboriginal RunWalk program improves the health and fitness of members of the Aboriginal communities in British Columbia by implementing a comprehensive program consisting of leadership training and province-wide RunWalk training opportunities leading up to participation in a 10K event and/or distance.

Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program


An Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Program has been initiated by a group of mountain bike enthusiasts to support and encourage Aboriginal youth and communities to participate and excel in the sport of mountain biking.

The program started in response to a growing interest among a number of First Nation communities to support and encourage their youth to get outdoors, reconnect with nature and live healthier active lives through mountain biking. The program is also intended to assist First Nation communities, with a strong focus on youth, to become more involved in the development of trails and recreation opportunities and the mountain bike tourism industry.

The Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Program is a group of mountain bike riders, coaches and community leaders who wish to support and encourage Aboriginal youth and communities to participate and excel in the sport of mountain biking.

Mountain biking has enjoyed remarkable growth over the past several decades and BC has is known around the world for its substantial trail networks, skills parks and events and festivals.

The Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Program is committed to supporting and encouraging youth and First Nation communities to get outdoors, reconnect with nature and live healthier active lives.  

We’ll partner with community councils, tribal council or Aboriginal non-profit societies and agencies; any group with an interest and commitment to improving recreational opportunities for Aboriginal youth.In order for our program to be effective and successful, we seek communities that are prepared to commit to the program with some of the following resources:

Community Champion – Someone or some people who are committed to the program and are interested in coordinating and becoming ride leaders for youth in their community. Our role is to provide your community with the training and to assist you in running your own mountain bike youth program

Interested Youth – In order to establish a youth program in a community, it is important that there is a sufficient number of youth available who are interested in the program. The objective of our program is to work with communities to establish programs for their youth. We do not provide training or instruction for individual youth members or groups outside of an established community program.

Land & Trails – Does your community have land or trails available for mountain biking? Is there a space that the community would donate for a bike park or for building trails? Do you have a community centre or space that could be used for operating a mountain bike youth program?

Equipment – Does your community have heavy machinery such as an excavator or bob cat that can be used for building a bike park or trails?

 Volunteers – Are there members of your community who will be willing and able to volunteer their time to building bike parks, trails and working with the youth on mountain bike initiatives. Volunteers are a critical part of a successful program.

Support from your leadership & community members – Is your leadership aware of mountain biking and supportive of the idea of developing a youth mountain bike program? How about the members of your community? Is there support for bike parks, trail developments and mountain biking? Support from the community is also a critical part of developing a successful program.

Funding – Though a mountain bike program is a fairly low cost program, it does cost some money to develop bike parks, trails and to purchase bikes and equipment for the youth. There are a number of funding opportunities that can be pursued to support a program in your community. Our team of expert fundraisers and grant writers are prepared to work with your community to identify and pursue the necessary funding. However, it is critical that your community is prepared to contribute some funds to show funding sources that you’re serious and committed to the project.

Circle Project Children's Centre Afterschool

Publisher/Sponsor: Circle Project Assoc. Inc.

The Circle Project Children's Centre is a unique facility that was specifically designed for children. We offer a safe, happy and enriching environment where children are viewed as resourceful, competent people.

The Centre is a fully subsidized childcare licensed by the Child Care Division of Saskatchewan Community Resources and Employment. We can accommodate 65 children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years on a daily basis. Ten of our spaces are available to provide respite daycare services for parents attending treatment programs, requiring temporary respite or in a crisis situation.

We are also a KidsFirst site and have ten spaces designated for that program. We are open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children attending our program are provided with a nutritious breakfast, hot lunch and an afternoon snack. We also transport children to and from schools in the immediate area of our Centre.

To assist the program participants in their personal growth and healthy lifestyles, individuals had the opportunity to participate in personal, educational, social and cultural activities. These activities included guest speakers, educational tours and recreation activities. Program participants attended tours at the University of Regina, SIAST, SUNTEP, FNUC, Royal Saskatchewan
Museum, and the Mackenzie Art Gallery. Participants also attended Career Fairs at Conexus Arts Centre, University of Regina and Stepping Stones.

To promote healthy balance and as a positive way to relieve stress, participants had the opportunity on Friday afternoons to partake in afternoon recreational activities which included walks in Wascana Park, mini-golf, playing pool, bowling, games
and movies. Unfortunately, the karaoke afternoon did not produce any Canadian Idols … maybe next year!

For further information, contact Bonnie Day at 569-3988.

North Lambton Community Health Center (NLCHC) After School Programs

Publisher/Sponsor: North Lambton Community Health Centre

The NLCHC After School Program is a FREE physical activity program for children and youth ages 6-13 years. The programs are delivered in Forest, Thedford, Watford and the First Nations Communities of Kettle Point and Aamjiwnaang. Children participate in a variety of activities designed to promote physical fitness while having fun!

The activities taking place will help develop children physical development as well as their social/emotional development, problem solving skills and communication skills.

A healthy snack is served at each program to encourage participants to make healthy food choices.

Children will also participate in the food preparation so that the children can learn the necessary skills needed to recognize, prepare and enjoy simple healthy snacks.

Wabano After School Program

Publisher/Sponsor: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

After School Program for the mind, body, and spirit… live awesome!!!

Join us for special After School activities Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s from 3-6.  This program helps children and youth ages 7-17 enhance their culture, wellness, life, nutrition and education in a safe environment with their peers.  Dinner is provided each day.

Tuesday and Thursday -Soccer, Swimming and Leadership Themes.

Wednesday - Homework Club

Thursday- Martial Arts and Sports

 On May 9, 2013, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health celebrated the grand opening of our new building at 299 Montreal Rd in Ottawa. The Wabano capital project has created a major architectural landmark in the Nation’s capital. This magnificent structure, designed by renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, is a 25,000 square foot complex that is the heart, identity and expression of Aboriginal people. Our expanded facilities allow us to increase our programs and services including a maternal and child wellness centre, social enterprise programming, expanded mental health services and much more.


FNSB Parks and Recreation Adaptive Recreation Program

Publisher/Sponsor: Fairbanks North Star Borough Department of Parks & Recreation

Adaptive Recreation works within the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide recreational programs for the population of Fairbanks and North Pole who have a disability.  
Our programs change with the seasons, from biking and hiking in the summer to snow shoeing and x-c skiing in the winter with almost everything else in between.

Bowling :Bowlers keep your scores improving. This is a low impact activity that is a successful form of exercise.This activity is for all ages. Come bowl with us on Mondays 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  

Exercise & Weight Lifting:This program allows you to utilize the exercise equipment available at Mary Siah Recreation Center.There are weight machines as well as cardio equipment to attain or maintain physical fitness  Come join us for fitness fun! Tuesdays, 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Game Night: This program include playing board games, card games , Bingo, Pictionary, Charades, and lots of laughter.Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m

Walking: This is a low impact activity that is a successful form of exercise. Wednesdays night 4:30-5:30.

Rec Night:Have fun playing team sports, relay races, and more.Wednesday night  6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Art:Experience the many different mediums for art projects. This is for all levels of artistic abilities.Thursdays  4:30-6:00 pm.

Adaptive/ Under 18 Swim: This is a swim session for young people experiencing physical disability and younger participants. A lap lane is provided during this swim for those individuals who wish to increase their strength and endurance. Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm 

Over 18 Recreational Swimming:This swimming session is geared for the more active adult  swimmer. Thursdays, 7:40-8:40 pm.

Cultural Enrichment Activities:Each week there is a different activity available in the community. Fridays, 4:00 –7:00 pm Summer July and August.

Friday, July 11th Chena Lake Day Picnic Time: 10:00 am-4:30 pm A-L bring a dessert or fruit to share. M-Z bring a side dish, veggies, or chips to share Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns and beverages will be provided. Transportation from Big Dipper.

Friday, July 18th Movie @ Regal Cinema Time: 4:00 –7:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier)Cost: $25.00 ticket & snacks.

Friday, July 25th Dinner @ Denny’s Time: 4:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier)Cost: $22.00 meal, beverage & Gratuity Friday, August 1st Tanana Valley Fair Time: 12:00 –5:00 pm Cost: $10.00 admission & personal $$$$$ Must be dropped off @ 11:45 am and picked up by 5:00 pm at the BLUE Gate.

Friday, August 8th Movie @ Regal Cinemas Time 4:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier) Cost: $25.00 ticket & snacks Friday, August 15th Dinner @ Mayflower Time: 4:00-7:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier Cost: $22.00 meal, beverage, & gratuity.

Friday, August 22nd Fishing & Subway Time: 4:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier) Cost: $20.00 Subway & ice cream Current fishing license, coat , bug spay, water bottle and outer wear for current weather.

Friday, August 29th Garden Harvest & Root Beer Floats Time: 4:00-7-00pm Cost: $5.00
We will be at our garden which is behind the Dipper to harvest the vegetables from our garden, then enjoy a root beer float.


Tukimut Afterschool Program

Publisher/Sponsor: Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

Providing cultural, educational, and recreational activities for Inuit in grades 1 to 8.


• Many community members shared their knowledge especially during Culture Nights
• Meeting some of the Ottawa Senator’s Players
• The Youth Steering Committee volunteered many hours and contributed a great deal to programming.

Some of our popular activities:

Homework clubs • Culture nights • Recreation nights • Healthy food • Art classes • Flotilla for Friendship • Police/Youth Soccer Mentorship Program • Youth Steering Committee

The Tukimut Afterschool program is a youth-centered project that provides cultural, health, physical and educational activities to Inuit youth in the Ottawa area from grades one to eight. Our goal is to increase Inuit children and youth’s success by blending academic support with cultural competency, recreation and healthy living.

Each night, OICC staff assists youth in homework and school success activities. Other activities include crafts, structured free play, outdoor activities, and computer time. Children/youth also participate in various cultural activities including beading, drumming, throat singing, and learning from cultural visitors. Children/youth participate in physical activities including basketball, soccer/baseball and other outdoor or gym activities. Special programs are offered whenever possible such as Soccer, Hip Hop Classes and basketball programs.