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About Us
The Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District (Southeast Connection) is one of seven (7) sport, culture and recreation Districts in the province. Southeast Connection is one of 1,200 groups which receive direct funding support from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund. The Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation was established in 1974 by Sask Sport Inc., pursuant to the Interprovincial Lotteries Act (1974), for the purpose of granting funds to eligible, non-profit volunteer organizations in the areas of sport, culture and recreation.

The District works with and is a member of the three Global organizations that support sport, culture and recreation in our province: Sask Sport, SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA).

Our Mission & Vision
To foster the development and delivery of culture, recreation and sport for the benefit of all people in Southeast Saskatchewan.

Our communities are vibrant and engaged in active, creative and healthy lifestyles

What Do We Do?
Through our District network, we use a community development approach in working with communities to assist in meeting their needs. We work with grassroots organizations and leaders to build their capacity to offer a wide variety of sport, culture and recreation opportunities for the citizens in their communities. We are the link between provincial funders and grassroots communities. We advocate, promote and provide information about sport, culture and recreation opportunities.

Check out our programs and services guide here.

Share Your Story!
Do you have a community success story to share? Or an amazing local volunteer or a community organization that you would like to recognize or highlight? Are you a Recreation Director and have some helpful tips for others in the Southeast District? Or maybe you applied for funding through Southeast Connection and would like to share information about your event or program with us.  If you are, we want to hear from you!

We would like to feature a monthly story about one of our communities, volunteers, recreation directors or a local event taking place in the Southeast District. Sharing these stories and tips will help build bridges and link communities together in our district, so we can learn from each other and highlight and recognize what we are doing well.

We are proud of what we do and where we live and we know you are too! 

Send your stories, highlights and information in monthly to Kirsten Regel, Community Development Consultant at  and you may be featured in our next Get the Scoop!
The next deadline is  January 5, 2017. 
Follow-up Report Tip
When submitting your follow-up report to Southeast Connection, whether it's for the Recreation Equipment Program, Activity Assistance Program or the Community Summer Play Initiative, please submit receipts and/or copies of the cleared cheque used for payment, as proof of payment.  Invoices alone will not be accepted.
  Government Reductions on Parks, Culture & Sport
On November 22, the Government of Saskatchewan released its measures to address a forecasted deficit of $806 million. It includes major restraint measures and savings of up to $217 million that will impact almost all government ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. According to the government report entitled Restraint Measures, Parks, Culture and Sport will see $4.7 million in reductions as follows:
  • $2.0 million from various arts, culture and heritage grants, including: $200,000 from the suspension of granting through the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, $800,000 from other heritage and culture grants including $400,000 from Culture on the Go program (impacting both Creative Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Arts Board; and $1.0 million decrease to various arts and culture organizations;
  • $1.67 million as a result of the suspension of the Community Rink Affordability Grant program;
  • $776,000 in reduced operating subsidy for provincial parks;
  • Administrative savings within the ministry of $250,000.
The government's restraint measures were across the board, resulting in reductions to the budgets of many different areas including health, education, justice, highways, social services and more. You can find more information on the government's announcement and restraint measures click here.
Active Christmas Present Ideas
Our kids average 6-7 hours of screen time a day. Yikes! We know that a little active play can go a long way for their health, happiness and success. This holiday season, do just one thing to increase the physical activity for the children and youth in your life. Give them a gift that inspires them to move!

Saskatchewan in motion's Active Toy Guide is overflowing with great gift ideas for all ages and price ranges to get more kids, more active, more often. It includes options for indoor and outdoor play for boys and girls as well as fun family options too!

You can adapt this idea for gift giving for adults as well. Give the gift of a local gym membership, fitness class, new sports equipment, runners or maybe a fitness tracking wrist band. Think active, think fun and give them the gift that will help improve their lives and their families'!
Fitness Leaders Making a Difference
Throughout the year we receive many applications through our Activity Assistance and Recreation Equipment Programs for support for fitness classes and programs, many of which involve paying for instructors to travel in from out of town to deliver the program. That is great, but, did you know that you can apply to the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) through their Leadership Development Grant  to help cover costs for a local community member to receive training in Fitness Leadership or as a Yoga & Pilates delivery trainer? You can!  The deadline is February 1, 2017.

You can also email to receive a list of certified Fitness Leaders in your area.

Want to see this in action? Check out this featured blog post from the SPRA about a Recreation Director in our neighbor and partner district, the South West, that utilized the SPRA  Leader­ship Development Grant and the SPRA Fitness Leader Certification to positively influence their communities' recreation capacity.
Getting a Taste for Culture
Increasingly, it’s becoming more important for museums to branch out from displaying artifacts in history and culture. Many museums, by using food to trigger oral history, draw from its experiences, and discover what it means to the community. Read more about this SaskCulture success story here.

More SaskCulture success stories include: 
Plan an Active Family Day Event!
We encourage south east communities to celebrate Family Day in February - in motion style! Here are some examples of how you can offer some fun and active winter Family Day activities in your community. The classics include: Ice Skating, Curling, Hockey, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Hiking and Tobogganing. 

Some new ideas for some fun and interactive outdoor activities:

• Snow pile: Groups have five minutes to build the highest snow pile.
• Spoon balls:
 Each group is given a spoon and a snowball. One at a time, each person puts the snowball on the spoon and runs around a marker. To be particularly active, the group can continue taking turns for a specified amount of time instead of stopping after each person has gone once.
• Dog sled race:
 Kids can take turns being pulled by their “dog teams” around a marked course on a toboggan. The dog teams are the adults or older kids.
• Fill it up:
 Groups can fill a bucket full of snow using a scoop. See which team can fill the bucket the fastest or see which team has the most snow in their bucket after a certain period of time.
• Heart energizer:
 Set up a large square using some sort of marker for each corner (clothing, sticks). Each person or group can have a corner. Place pine cones, sticks, stones, tennis balls or some other object in the centre of the box. On the “go” signal each person runs to the centre to pick up one item at a time and return it to their corner. Play as long as you wish and add up the objects in each corner at the end. 

Other activities - Snow angels, fort building, snow castle competition, family snowman competition

Tobogganing Hill Safety Tips
Racing down a large, snow-covered hill on a sled is a Canadian winter right of passage.

Safety, while enjoying this fun winter pastime, should be a top consideration when planning out or designating an area for a tobogganing hill.

A few safety tips include:
  • Location is key, pick a hill far away from the road and parking lots
  • Encourage adults and youth to wear a helmet
  • Groom and maintain the hills

This resource from Doug Wyseman (found in the SPRA Resource Centre) provides a clear understanding of the liability risks involved in managing hills used for sledding, tubing and tobogganing. Find it here

Tips and Resources for Managing Your Ice Arena
1. SPRA Log Books-  to assist communities with recording information that is very important for the operation of your facility 
Outdoor Rink Resources
Do you have an outdoor rink in your community or plan to build one this year? We have compiled some helpful resources for you to help you build and maintain your rink as well as best practices and guidelines for running it.

How to Build and Maintain an Outdoor Rink

Public Skating Guidelines & Best Practices

Example of Public Skating Guidelines - The City of Edmonton

Sledge Hockey Accessibility: Design Guidelines for Arenas

  .ART Internet Domains
, the first domain created exclusively for the global art community, is pleased to announce that more than 60 world-renowned museums and arts organizations will launch dedicated websites on the new top-level domain, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Fondation Beyeler, Fondation Cartier, Guggenheim Museum, Hauser & Wirth, ICA Miami, LACMA, MAXXI, Tate and Walker Art Center, among others.

As early adopters of .ART, these organizations have exciting plans to activate their new domains, some of which include fully migrating or consolidating their existing websites to .ART, while others are launching new dedicated websites to showcase unique content from their artists and/or collections. Beginning in February 2017, .ART domain names will be available for registration to professional members of the art world, ensuring that key stakeholders are given the opportunity to secure their desired domains first.
  Tree Canada's Edible Trees Program Sprouts Up 
Tree Canada
today is pleased to announce the return of one of its most popular programs, Edible Trees, which offers funding of up to $4,000 and other resources for community-based projects that provide residents with access to fresh fruit and nut trees while making a positive difference to the Canadian environment. Since its inception in 2012, Tree Canada's Edible Trees program has helped plant almost 8,000 fruit and nut providing trees and shrubs in communities across Canada.

The deadline for submission is February 24, 2017, and funding is available, but not limited to, community gardening groups, community housing projects, schools, parks and arboretums.

Tree Canada will consider projects which meet the following criteria:

  • Increases equitable access to healthy food;
  • Strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown food resources;
  • Benefits the local community by providing access to the trees and their fruit by the public (i.e. food banks, volunteers, community kitchens);
  • Meets the needs of the community and includes creative plans for the produce grown;
  • Takes place within a geographic area suitable for growing fruit and nut trees;
  • Protects and preserves the Canadian environment;
  • Assists residents in understanding and participating in environmental activities in local communities.
One Book, One Province
In March, 2017, as part of the Saskatchewan Library Association's(SLA) 75th Anniversary celebrations, they will be introducing a province-wide reading initiative that encourages Saskatchewan residents to read, discuss, and engage in programs around their selected title, The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir written by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter, published by the University of Regina Press. One Book, One Province will bring Saskatchewan residents together to create community around reading and libraries, and prompt discussions on the history of residential schools in this province.The theme guiding the book selection was Tolerance and Understanding.

SLA would like to invite cultural organizations in this province, to participate. Participation could include forming a book club or discussion group, mounting a display, creating responsive artwork, or any project that invites discussion about the issues raised in the book. While SLA cannot provide funding to assist with your project, they will acknowledge your organization on their website using your logo and by promoting your project through their communication channels including social media and a monthly newsletter that reaches over 1500 people and organizations.

Please send any questions about partnership possibilities to

Saskatchewan Receives Canada 150 Funding
Heritage Canada announced the first Saskatchewan recipients of Canada 150 funding. SaskCulture's multi-partner project, Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond, was among the 19 projects announced. Click here to see the Saskatchewan recipients.

Trail Specification Guidelines
Do you plan on having cross-country skiing, snowmobile, snowshoe or winter hiking trail this winter? A lot of consideration goes into building a trail, including planning for dimensions, maintenance, activity needs and signage. With that in mind, the Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) has developed a Trail Planning Workbook that will guide you through the initial stages of planning a new trail. The manual will help you evaluate your proposed route, delegate tasks to everyone in your group, get endorsements/funding, and much more. The document is available in two formats:  Trail Planning Workbook (PDF)  or  Trail Planning Workbook (DOCX) .

You can also consult the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Trail Specification Guidelines, a resource to help you get started developing trails in your community. Read the document here. If you are already a member of the STA you can apply for funding here before December 31, 2016.

Fundraising for Board Members Workshop
In conjunction with the Community Research Unit, and the U of R Career and Professional Development, Toolkit Workshop Series is being offered for the fourth time. The series aims to teach students and community members skills that can help them with work in community based and non-profit organizations.

Next up: Fundraising for Board Members
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 - 8:30-12:00
First Nations University of Canada, FNUC 3304
cost: $25.00

Click here  to register

Community Initiatives Fund Resource Roundup
This month's featured topic is Community Planning & Development. Find a number of resources that aim to help build and strengthen communities for everyone to live and thrive in. Click here for more information.  

Reaching Youth through Sports: Trauma-Informed Physical Activity Webinar

March 7, 2017 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm EST 
Presented by: Ms. Rebekah Roulier, Chief Operating Officer, Doc Wayne
Doc Wayne, a non-profit organization that connects with youth through sports has a specially designed curriculum, Do the Good (DtG), built on the therapeutic model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Framework. In this webinar, you will learn about Do the Good, a trauma-informed sports intervention. 

Visit to register and for a complete list of upcoming Knowledge Hub Webinars. 

Winter 2017 Courses in Nonprofit Sector Leadership & Innovation Certificate
Two NSLI courses are being offered through the Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation Certificate program in winter 2017: Nonprofit Communications and Nonprofit Advocacy & Community Development. For more information about this certificate program adn the classes click here.

After School Resources for Saskatchewan Practitioners  
This new portal supports after school program planning, promotion, evaluation and parent engagement. Resources are drawn from the national Active After School website, and from colleagues across the country. New content will be added throughout the school year so keep checking back!  Click here. 

Community Development Certificate
This certificate provides a more extensive practice-based learning opportunity for those interested in facilitating collective impact and transformation in their neighbourhoods or communities. This is geared toward practitioners who will be in a position to operationalize the community building work that will strengthen leadership, innovation, and collaboration using a community development process, tools, and resources. Click  here  for more information.
Grants & Funding 
Take the Lead! Funding - first come, first serve basis until February 28, 2017

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge
 - first of every month

Nike N7 Fund - December 15

CIF Summer Grant February 1 ( May 1 - August 31)

KidSport Saskatchewan
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