Get the Scoop!       July 2018 Edition

Information is key to success in today's sport, culture and recreation environment. In Get the Scoop, you will find the latest news, funding and resources from the  Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District.
MAXIMIZE Your Community's Potential!
Back by popular demand! Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District is hosting our 2nd Annual MAXIMIZE event in Weyburn on September 25th. Limited spaces available!

Our 2nd Annual MAXIMIZE event features two main workshop streams in 2018:

Supportive Environments Stream:
At Maximize Your Community’s Potential, attendees will gain insights from the “leading subject matter experts” eager to show you how to boost the performance of today’s (and tomorrow’s) supportive environments. Our speaker lineup is studded with facility professionals and consultants who will provide a roadmap you can use to drive efficiency, comfort and sustainability throughout your recreation facility and your organization as a whole!

Volunteerism and Inclusion Stream:
Volunteering is a fundamental act of good citizenship. It’s also essential in our sport, culture and recreation sectors! At Maximize Your Community’s Potential, attendees will learn how to communicate, delegate, and motivate to achieve positive, productive and proactive outcomes for your organization and your volunteers. Attendees will also gain insight into strategies for creating welcoming and inclusive rural communities. You can’t miss out on our dynamic and engaging speakers in this stream!

Early Bird: If you register before September 1, you will be entered to win $100 for your community sport, culture and recreation organization!

For more details check out our website!
Spotlight Story:
Take a Book...Trade a Book
In 2017-18, Southeast Regional Library (SRL) partnered with Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange on a creative and unique project entitled “Take a Book…Trade a Book”. Ruth Barker, Personnel and Community Services Manager, Southeast Regional Library, described the partnership as an opportunity to be a part of a youth engagement project which promotes artistic impression. “It is a wonderful way to create a sense of ownership with the “Take a Book…Trade a Book” by displaying the youth’s art as a part of this free library project and creates greater awareness within the local community. In turn, we hope the beautification of these sites will draw both youth and adults to view the creative artwork as well as borrow books. It’s a great way to promote both literacy and art appreciation together", notes Barker.

Over the past year, SRL has established eight (8) Take a Book...Trade a Book sites on reserves in the south east district. Each reserve identified a high traffic location for the bookcases which have been filled with approximately 350 books. Staff check the sites to ensure that there is a variety of books at all times.

Southeast Connection Sport, Culture & Recreation District has provided financial support to assist with artist fees for projects in Pheasant Rump, Carry the Kettle, White Bear, Ocean Man, Sakimay, Cowessess, Kahkewistahaw and Ochapowace. Significant funding from the Canada Council for the Arts has ensured a successful project. Communities have been lucky to work with artists Carol Daniels, Joely BigEagle Kequahtwoway, Lorne Kequahtwoway,Tracey George Hesse and Karlie King on creating artwork to adorn their bookshelves.  

Carol Daniels, who has taken the lead to work with communities and artists for this project, has had the joy of working with Ochapowace and Pheasant Rump. Daniels explains, “It is so encouraging to see how the Lil Library projects are being received. When I was finishing up details on decorating the structure at Pheasant Rump several community residents came in to glance through the titles and take a book home. One gentleman told me, "I am so happy that this is here. I love to read and now don't have to drive all the way to (nearby town) to visit their library. We have our own now.” He then talked about his love of reading science fiction and why reading is better than watching TV.

Daniels goes on to add, “In Ochapowace, the general manager of the complex where the Lil Library is located told me, "It's so popular, especially with families and their children. Most days, there is a crowd of little bodies - sitting on the floor in front of the Lil Library.Young kids, sitting and reading to each other and discussing stories."
Culture Days in Saskatchewan
Every Culture Days weekend features thousands of free, hands-on activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” while discovering the world of artists and creators in their communities.

Culture Days raises awareness, accessibility, participation
and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Starting on the last Friday in September every year, Culture Days takes place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country. During this annual three-day celebration, thousands of arts and cultural groups host free participatory public activities bringing together millions of Canadians.

100 ideas to help inspire you as you plan your Culture Days activities. These examples have been drawn from the almost 7,000 activities presented over the first five years of Culture Days!

Apply to Host a Free Culture Days Activity!
Want to host a Culture Days activity, but have never done one before and aren't sure where to start? This opportunity is for you! Culture Days takes place September 28-30, 2018 and SaskCulture is offering one community in the south east district the opportunity to to undertake a culture days activity and hire a local artist or cultural worker.

Apply now! Deadline to apply is July 28.

For more information, contact Tara-Leigh Heslip, Community Development Consultant at or 306.695.2006.
New Federal Funding for Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives
The federal government announced $21 million in new funding for three new funding streams meant to strengthen diverse communities and support anti-racism initiatives across the country:

Projects: will fund community-led activities that work toward the elimination of discrimination, racism and prejudice, with a priority for those supporting Indigenous Peoples and racialized women and girls

Events: will fund local events that promote intercultural and interfaith understanding as well as celebrations of a community's history and culture such as heritage months recognized by Parliament

Community Capacity Building: will fund projects that will help recipients promote diversity and inclusion by strengthening the online and social media presence of organizations, establishing their communication strategies as well as enabling them to recruit and train volunteers.
City of Weyburn is Hiring!
The City of Weyburn invites applications for the position of: Director of Leisure Services. To submit resumes, or for further information, email
The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card
ParticipACTION released June 19 its 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which gave Canadian kids a score of D+ for Overall Physical Activity. This grade is particularly alarming considering that this year’s Report Card also highlights important connections between physical activity and kids’ brain health. 

Only 35 per cent of 5 to 17 year-olds and 62 per cent of 3 to 4 year-olds are getting the recommended physical activity levels for their age group, the report card found, and may be having an impact on the health of their brains – kids may be less attentive, moody and not meeting their full potential both in and out of the classroom.
Teachers, Coaches, and Recreation Leaders: We've got a newsletter just for you!
If you’re working with children to help them develop movement skills and physical literacy, or if you’re promoting quality sport and physical activity, sign up for the Active for Life Pro newsletter. Just fill out the form and tick the box for AfL Pro. Twice a year they will share articles, resources, and tools to help you.
The Value of Volunteering!
The Value of Volunteering Wheel illustrates the many benefits of volunteering to building confidence, competence, connections, and community. It also serves as a portal to research that examines the social and economic value to organizations, neighborhoods, businesses, society-at-large and to volunteers themselves.
6 Fun Games You and Your Kids Will Play on Grass this Summer
Summer means endless hours of outdoor play. Pass by any neighborhood green space and chances are you’ll see friends and families gathered for a game of pick-up soccer or playing catch with a ball and glove. But not all games revolve around summertime sports.

Six lawn games to add to your next backyard barbecue, picnic at the park, or any time you find an old patch of grass. Let the (friendly) competition begin!
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Collective efforts from all peoples are necessary to revitalize the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadian society – reconciliation is the goal. Visit the TRC website to learn more and access resources.
North American Indigenous Games
Team Saskatchewan is calling for applications for the North American Indigenous Games teams for 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Team Saskatchewan will consist of Mission Staff, Managers, Coaches, and Athletes.
National Drowning Prevention Week
The Lifesaving Society designates the third full week in July as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention. NDPW provides a focus around which community Water Smart® educators can plan news releases, do television and radio interviews, run public demonstrations, deliver public training events, and otherwise promote drowning prevention messages and events. Many successful community events are launched with a Mayor’s Proclamation of Drowning Prevention Week. 

Click on the link to learn more about running your own drowning prevention campaign.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Recreation Practitioners Network Meeting - Whitewood, September 19
Sport Taping and Concussion Management Planning - Weyburn
Grants & Funding 
Seed Foundation - July 15
We Want to Meet with You!
Guess what? Southeast Connection staff are available to attend your next board meeting or can come to meet with members of your town council! We can give you a glance of different resources that are available. To set up a meeting, contact Tara-Leigh Heslip, Community Development Consultant, at 306.695.2006.
Share Your Story!
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 Dallas Cossar, Administrative Coordinator, at and you may be featured in our next Get the Scoop!

The deadline is the 1st day of every month.
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