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What is a Recreation Board?

The Recreation Board is appointed by the Chief and Council. A Recreation Board may consist of the number of members stated in the Bylaws which in most cases is five to nine members. For voting purposes boards, should have an odd number of members. Bylaws will state the maximum and minimum number of members. Generally the Board is made up of one member from each committee. Working cooperatively with the Chief and Council, and the community as a whole, the Board provides direction to the Recreation Program in delivering program objectives.

What Does the Recreation Board Do?

Under the direction of the Recreation Board, the Recreation Program is responsible for developing and implementing age-appropriate recreational programs for the community. The Recreation Program works in partnership with other committees and local community programs to maximize the success of organized events. The Recreation Program is also responsible for overseeing the coordination of annual community events. Organized recreational sports and tournaments are coordinated regularly by the Recreation Director.

How Do I Start a Recreation Board?

After researching the needs for the program(s) the Recreation Board wants to offer, approach the Chief and Council with your ideas. The Chief and Council can make a decision about the project. They will then designate one member to be a Portfolio Councillor and one to be the alternate Portfolio Councillor. The alternate Portfolio Councillor will attend Board meetings, in the event that the Portfolio Councillor is unavailable. The Portfolio Councillor will Chair all program meetings or appoint a Chairperson. The Portfolio Councillor’s input into the meeting must reflect the interest of the Chief and Council with focus on the mission statement or goals of the First Nation. Portfolios need not agree with all decisions made by Program Boards, but they are obligated to state this at the Board meeting. The Board will have the opportunity to reconsider their decision prior to it reaching the Chief and Council.

To Learn More

To learn how you can develop a recreation board in your community, download our free First Nations Recreation Board Development Manual (PDF).

For more information, contact: 

Audra Isaac
Inclusion and Access Consultant