What We Do

How we do it

Working in cooperation with schools and communities, Spirit North programs emphasize connection, empowerment and inspiration. These core principles promote sustained, positive development for Indigenous children and youth.

Connect

Delivering regular outreach programming to students in their own communities and schools, Spirit North uses a collaborative, play-based approach to engage children in sport and activity. Our programs are active, inclusive and participation-focused. Children build and develop skills that transfer back to the classroom and the community.

Our community outreach leaders, expert coaches and trained volunteers work cooperatively with schools and communities to teach basic skiing techniques, play games, develop skills and ensure students and teachers have a positive and supported experience.

Empower

Recognizing the importance of community ownership, Spirit North guides and helps communities to transition from introductory events to community-led, sustainable programming.

Together with our partners, we provide coaching resources and training, competitive event support, trail development, and help with long-term equipment ownership.

Inspire

Positive community change begins with an individual desire for lifelong well-being. Our program provides more than just time on skis; we take a holistic approach that promotes mental health, good nutrition, land-based activity, and physical literacy.

Our trained program leaders share the most relevant, up-to-date health information in a format that engages and inspires children.

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Truth and Reconciliation

Learn about Indigenous history, culture and current affairs in Canada. We encourage you to explore the following articles and resources.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action

Spirit North’s commitment to the 94 Calls to Action

Banff Center for the Arts Truth and Reconciliation Summit

The Secret Path: Chanie Wenjack’s Story