Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) envisions a Saskatchewan in which all people have equitable access to recreation experiences that contribute to their health and wellbeing; result in connected and engaged community members, and provide connection and attachment to the natural environment.
We all benefit when people feel safe and welcome to enjoy recreation programs and parks and open spaces; free of abuse, bullying, harassment and discrimination and we all have a role to play in making that a reality.
The following are resources and information intended to assist volunteers and parks and recreation professionals in recognizing and responding to instances of abuse, bullying, harassment and discrimination.
The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) partnered with Respect Group Inc. to offer Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders, an online certification program designed to provide SPRA members a useful tool to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.
Program Elements include:
To access the program, available to SPRA members at a reduced rate, visit: https://spra.respectgroupinc.com
The Respect Resource Line (including e-support service) provides information, bilingual support, resources and referrals for recreation, sport and culture in Saskatchewan regarding possible bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination or hazing.
This confidential and anonymous resource, operating 365 days of the year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., is intended to assist callers in determining the most appropriate course of action to take.
The Respect Resource Line staff is qualified to handle calls regarding child and youth maltreatment (national/provincial child and youth protection laws) and organization-specific risk management and dispute resolution models.
SPRA also offers a number of Youth Engagement training opportunities that contribute to safe recreation environments and quality assurance in programs:
Everyone has the right to a healthy and safe work environment.
The Saskatchewan Employment Act outlines the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees to ensure Saskatchewan workplaces are free of harassment.
WorkSafe Saskatchewan, in partnership with Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. and MyWorkplaceHealth, has created a resource centre to support employers and employees in navigating through the key principles and best practices associated with PH&S.
If you, or a child you know needs help, the KIDS HELP PHONE (1-800-668-6868) is Canada’s only national 24-hour bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth.
For volunteers or staff working with Vulnerable Persons (i.e. children, seniors, or people with disabilities), Criminal Record Checks (CRC) and/or Vulnerable Sector Searches (VSS) are available through your local RCMP Detachment, Police Service or online.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) - https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-checks
Saskatoon Police Services - https://saskatoonpolice.ca/recordcheck/
Regina Police Services - https://reginapolice.ca/resources/criminal-record-check/
Safe Places – Youth Certification is a City of Swift Current initiative that began in 2016. It is a community program designed to support quality programming and safeguard youth against bullying abuse harassment and discrimination.
Safe Places requires individuals to obtain suitable criminal and vulnerable sector checks, complete Respect Group online training related to Bullying, Abuse, Harassment and Discrimination and submit an application form to become ‘Youth Certified’.
Successful applicants receive a Safe Places – Youth Certified I.D number and card which is valid for 3 years. Safe Places encourages all Youth Service Providers to mandate Safe Places as an organization or a community and encourage anyone working with youth to become Youth Certified.
The Safe Places process ensures that anyone with prior unsuitable convictions cannot be Youth Certified; therefore, limiting their opportunity to connect with youth.