Aboriginal Community Recreation Activators Program Saskatchewan
Organization Sponsor: Saskatchewan Culture, Youth and Recreation
The Aboriginal Community Recreation Activators Program aims to enhance quality of life for remote Aboriginal communities by hiring recreation Activators to provide quality recreation and physical activity opportunities. The program currently includes 15 remote Aboriginal communities and will be expanded to include an Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living initiative in 16 communities province-wide.
A guiding principle of the CPHD evaluation is a participatory action approach. This approach emphasizes the role research plays in supporting the community’s goals of developing and maintaining the CARA program. Just as the CARA program is based on community direction and goals, the research is designed to reflect the appropriate methods identified by the community to assess the impact of the initiative.
The CARA approach is based on the knowledge that effective programming requires community involvement at all stages of development. In the CARA initiative, communities identify their specific physical activity and recreation needs and the solutions to best address them. One of the strengths of the CARA program is its flexibility so that the program’s implementation addresses the needs, and reflects the solutions
Transportation is a common challenge and finding volunteers.
In 2006, the Community Aboriginal Recreation Activator (CARA) program began as a pilot initiative in four Ontario communities.