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Youth and Education news
Volume 4   September 2011

New offering in Aboriginal sport and recreation adds career-enhancing advantage to students
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Alberta: The University of Alberta is offering a dynamic new certificate program: Aboriginal Sport and Recreation.

The certificate was developed by the faculties of Native Studies and Physical Education and Recreation.  It is designed to deepen students' knowledge of the emerging field of Aboriginal Peoples’ health and wellness through sport and recreation.

The program is unique in Canada.

“The last two decades have seen a rapid growth in the number of Aboriginal youth in Aboriginal communities across Canada," said Nathalie Kermoal, Dean of Native Studies. "This certificate in Aboriginal sport and recreation will provide degree recipients with the relevant skills and qualifications they need to work productively and respectfully with Aboriginal communities to improve the lives of Aboriginal youth through sport and physical activity in the future.”

The certificate is supported by Aboriginal service and student organizations, educational institutions and organizations, and government.

 “We most assuredly support the focus on sports management, health and well-being, and governance and community development (of this certificate) as these areas are in urgent need of knowledgeable and qualified professionals who have been trained in the proper cultural competencies.” said Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Regional Chief of the AFN of Treaties.

The certificate is open to all students at the University of Alberta.

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