Recreation has the potential to address socio-demographic challenges and troubling issues facing Canadians, such as increases in sedentary behavior and obesity, decreased contact with nature, threats to the environment and inequities that limit participation. These challenges can become opportunities. Addressing them requires commitment to a shared vision, values and goals.
Published in 2015, A Framework for Recreation in Canada – Pathways to Wellbeing provides a new vision for recreation and suggests common ways of thinking about how to achieve this renewal, based on five goals and their underlying values and principles. The five goals are: Active Living, Inclusion and Access, Connecting People and Nature, Supportive Environments and Recreation Capacity.
The Framework is a call to action, inviting leaders and stakeholders across sectors to collaborate in pursuit of positive change for recreation in Canada. The Framework has been endorsed by the Government of Canada, Provincial and Territorial Ministers, the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, Provincial and Territorial Parks and Recreation Associations and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Continuing the momentum generated since its publication, Gathering Strength: Framework for Recreation in Canada Forum 2018 is a national event focused on building relationships, continuing dialog and working in cooperation towards achieving the values, goals and priorities identified in the Framework.
We are gathering recreation practitioners, stakeholders and innovative thought leaders from across Canada for 3 days of education sessions, networking and sharing successful strategies and practices related to the goals of the Framework.
Read the Framework below to learn more: