Sport has the power to teach, heal, empower and transform.
With your help, we can change lives and help Indigenous children and youth to reach their potential.
Volunteer with us
Spirit North is looking for enthusiastic, caring volunteers who love working with kids.
This winter, Spirit North will get 6,000 children in 30 different communities across Alberta and British Columbia on skis – and we’d love your help.
You don’t need to have a strong background in cross-country skiing – just a great attitude!
frequently asked questions
Do volunteers help on weekdays or weekends?
We need volunteers for weekdays during school hours. If you only have weekend availability, please go ahead and submit your information. We will contact you if we have a weekend event.
Is there an age requirement?
We ask that all volunteers are at least 16 years old.
What is the time commitment for volunteers?
Ideally, Spirit North volunteers are able to join us for the full school day, but if you can only attend for a few hours, we can accommodate your schedule.
We typically split the day into morning and afternoon sessions, and a few classes rotate out within each session. So, even if you can only participate for a few hours in the middle of the day, we would be happy to have your help. We only ask that you give us a minimum of three volunteer hours at a time. The day will wrap up by 5 pm at the latest.
Are there a range of participating locations?
We work all across the province. To minimize transportation time, we will place you with a community that is close to where you live, based on the mailing address you share with us.
Are volunteers responsible for their own transportation?
Yes. All volunteers need to transport themselves to and from the location. We will reimburse your mileage costs to and from event locations.
Do you have a question that wasn’t answered above? Contact our program coordinator: Laura Filipow
It doesn’t take much to change the life of a child.
Donate to Spirit North
With your help, we can continue to provide community-led sport and activity programs to Indigenous children and youth.
Do you want to bring Spirit North to your community?
Spirit North connects, empowers, and inspires Indigenous children and youth. We help communities to move from introductory events to community-led, sustainable programs that promote lifelong wellbeing. Our collaborative, play-based approach engages children in sport and activity. Spirit North ski days are active, inclusive and focused on participation
We would love to bring our fun, holistic approach to your school and community.
Recognizing that the most successful programs are community led and owned, we provide:
- Cross-country ski coaching certification from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)
- Alignment of programs with the Aboriginal Long Term Participant Development Pathway (ALTPD)
- Competitive event support
- Trail development
- And of course….skis!
Everyone can be a part of Spirit North
Fundraising ideas for Communities
Gather bottles from your neighbourhood or community and bring them to the recycling depot. Collect the earnings to achieve your goals.
Get the whole community out to participate in a fundraising cross-country skiing race, called a loppet.
Collect donated, second-hand items and hold a group garage or rummage sale. Make sure everything is clean and in good shape.
Sell a chance to win gift baskets, sporting event tickets, or half the earnings from the actual ticket sales, often called a 50/50 draw.
Set a goal and collect pledges from friends and neighbours for each mile you walk.
Whip up your grandma’s famous cookie recipe and host a bake sale with friends, family or neighbours.
Your support will make a difference
Sponsor our programs
Do you want to demonstrate your support and make a real difference for Indigenous communities?
Are you looking for a way to deliver inspiration, educational content, and healthy lifestyle messaging to Indigenous communities?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at (587) 879-8933 for more information.