Resources & Advocacy

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.  

Programs and Services

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

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:

  • Power Dynamics
  • Legal Responsibility and “Duty of Care”
  • Hazing
  • Physical Development
  • Preventing Bullying, Abuse, Harassment and Discrimination (BAHD)
  • Mental Health Outcomes Due to BAHD Behaviours
  • Concussion and Injury Management
  • Positive Emotions

To access the program, available to SPRA members at a reduced rate, visit: https://spra.respectgroupinc.com

Respect Resource Line

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. 

Phone: 1-888-329-4009

Text: 1-306-717-9636

help@resourceline.ca

Youth Engagement Programs

SPRA also offers a number of Youth Engagement training opportunities that contribute to safe recreation environments and quality assurance in programs:

  • Take the Lead! supports youth ages 11-14 in the development of positive leadership skills and creation of inclusive play. With an emphasis on creating play environments that support safe, enjoyable and fair play for all participants, Youth Leaders learn skills that relate to verbal and non-verbal communication, teamwork, activity planning and inclusion.
  • HIGH FIVE® training provides leaders (ages 16 and older) with the tools and knowledge to support participant’s social, emotional and cognitive health. Opportunities are available for Leaders to learn about how to be a Caring Leader, how to handle bullying or conflict, and how to evaluate programs for quality assurance purposes using the QUEST 2 tool.
  • Play Leadership is offered as a supplement to HIGH FIVE® for Leaders (ages 16 and older) to learn more about risk management, racism and gender bias, how to complete Incident and injury reporting, and how to adjust play to accommodate diversity in culture or abilities.

Bullying, Abuse, Harassment or Discrimination in the Workplace

Government of Saskatchewan

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.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/safety-in-the-workplace/hazards-and-prevention/bullying-and-harassment-in-the-workplace

WorkSafe Saskatchewan

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.

Psychological Health & Safety Resource Centre – WorkSafe Saskatchewan

Additional Supports

Kids Help Phone

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.

https://kidshelpphone.ca/

Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search Information - Saskatchewan

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

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.

http://www.safeplacessk.ca/

https://www.respectgroupinc.com/safe-places/

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