Pictured: Youth in Beauval had the chance to learn new skills through a new outdoor activity.
Beauval’s Canoe Healing Program – which allows Indigenous youth to connect with nature and build an active lifestyle – is enjoying massive success, thanks to The North West Company's Healthy Horizons Grant of $5,000.
Through the program, young participants in the northern Saskatchewan village along the banks of the beautiful Beaver River gain a better understanding of their hometown and culture. They will also be inspired to further promote Beauval’s gifts: the natural characteristics and rich history of the area make the area very enticing for anglers and water adventurers.
The canoeing program was introduced at a good time. A positive alternative was needed in Beauval as many of their youth are battling with drug and alcohol dependency. Recreation Director of Beauval Minor Sports and Recreation Wayne Laliberte is very pleased that the area’s younger generation will have a better alternative to spend their leisure time.
“The youth were engaged in basic canoe safety and paddling techniques. This is an active and healthy program which promotes team work and leadership skills. The youth are now planning a Canoe Healing Journey in the summer of 2020,” Laliberte said. “Northern Saskatchewan has a wide variety of waterways. Our goal is to keep the youth active in this canoeing program. Paddling is part of the Indigenous way of life. It promotes and preserves a healthy lifestyle. We are very grateful for the grant funding from the Healthy Horizons Foundation.”
Beauval’s Canoeing Program is a perfect example of how a team-building activity can help to fight social issues in the community, and the Healthy Horizons Foundation was happy to assist with the project’s funding.