Information is key to success in today's sport, culture and recreation environment. In Get the Scoop, you will find the latest news, funding and resources from the South East Sport, Culture & Recreation District.
District News
All South East District offices will be closed from December 22nd to January 2nd!
Bridging Communities – Reconciliation: A Journey Together
South East District would like to invite you to this amazing education opportunity with Community Futures Sunrise!

In this engaging session, we'll delve into the vital importance of cultural understanding and collaboration between communities. Discover the key principles for fostering respectful connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples, and creating ‘ethical space’ to bring together different worldviews. We will discuss strategies, stories, and experiences based on meaningful engagement, collaboration, and reconciliation. Gain insights into how strong relationships can lead to a more inclusive and equitable world. Join us on a journey towards mutual respect, partnership, and shared prosperity.

Laura (Lori) Whiteman is a Dakota professional consultant from the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan. She is the daughter of one of Canada’s missing Indigenous women, and a child of the child welfare scoops “Sixties Scoops”. Her mother and grandmother both attended the Lebret Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

Attend this workshop at no cost, our Training Fund has you covered!
Upcoming District Events
Don't miss out on our last workshop with the Sport Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan!

Mental Performance in Sport.
Wednesday, December 13
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Facilitated by: Mark Epp
Join us at our virtual Monthly Culture Chat roundtable to discuss all things culture! Register today to chat, share, and learn.

Thursday, December 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

To attend or for more information, contact Amber Andersen, Community Development Consultant, at or 306.897.5448.
Get funding for your winter programming ideas!⁠
Winter is just around the corner, and so is your chance to make a difference in your community! Our GROW Your Community Grant is here to support your winter programming ideas!⁠

The GROW Your Community Grant assists groups and organizations to develop equitable communities by improving access to sport, culture and recreation activities. We allocate seed money to help cover the deficit of programs that meet at least one of our grant streams. Turn your innovative ideas into reality—and GROW your community!
How to Develop Curling in Your Community
Interested in developing and expanding curling in your community this winter? Check out these tips and articles that help develop the sport of curling! And…look at stick curling for those that have barriers!
LOOK AT WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO – it has been a busy month!
On November 9, we hosted our first-ever virtual Cultural Chat, a one-hour peer-sharing virtual session! Supporting the creativity of a community has numerous benefits which positively impact various aspects of local life. Arts and culture are ingrained deeply within our communities, but figuring out how to personally support them can be challenging. Luckily, you can learn new ideas from others! Join us on December 14 for our next chat! Contact Amber at to join!

On November 15, our employees gathered for a one-day operational planning session. We broke down high-level strategic outcomes set by the Board of Directors into actions executed by our small but mighty staff team! Priorities for 2024-25 include Relationship Building, Awareness, Encouraging Diversity, and Volunteer Engagement. We are excited to start the 2024 year by creating a few new initiatives and activating existing resources for all south east communities to access!

On November 22, we featured the one and only, Doug Wyseman, as the speaker for our Introduction to Risk Management Webinar! Doug talked about the importance of developing realistic policies and being able to follow through with those policies. Doug explained, “many municipalities have problems enforcing rules, so it is imperative to think about how important it is to have those rules – if you cannot enforce them, you are better not to have them.” He also explained that it is not about avoiding risk; it is about managing it. Many questions were answered, such as inquiries regarding user group insurance requirements and waivers. Every municipality or non-profit managing recreation facilities should tap into this valuable information!

Cheer Story: Métis Local 44 Holds Dedication Ceremony For Tipi At Bradley Park
On June 10, Métis Local 44 and people from across the region celebrated the dedication of the new permanently-installed tipi at Bradley Park in Moosomin.

The tipi will serve as a space for teaching youth and people in the community about the local Métis Nation and its heritage.

Article Credit: Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, the World-Spectator
Sport Spotlight
Coach at the 2024 Saskatchewan Summer Games!
If you are interested in being a coach or manager at the 2024 Saskatchewan Summer Games, please contact the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) responsible for your sport of interest. Each PSO is responsible for naming the coaches for each District team. For more information on the level of certification required to coach, review the technical package for your sport available here.

Current Opportunities

Additional Coach and Manager applications for each sport will be linked on the Saskatchewan Games Coaches and Managers page as they become available!
Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis Through Supportive Sports Programs
For parents, coaches, and youth athletes, Not Good Enough explores the toll perfectionism takes on youth athletes and their mental health. This film explores the mental health challenges today’s youth athletes face and provides a way forward.

Kudos to Weyburn Soccer for making youth mental health a priority! Read their blog post below.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Art Alerts
Economic Impact of Arts Organizations Funded by SK Arts
The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) released a report this month estimating the economic impact of arts organizations funded by SK Arts. According to the most recent Statistics Canada data available, for every $1M invested by the province, SK Arts’ funded organizations were able to leverage that provincial funding to receive over $2M from the federal government, $1.8M from the private sector, $1.75M from the municipal government, and were able to generate $1.2M in earned revenue. This report, shared with the provincial government, is part of the SAA’s ongoing efforts to advocate for increased funding for the arts.
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Recreation Report
Take SPRA's Training On Demand!
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association knows accessibility is important to you. That's why SPRA now offers online training on demand!

Accessible. Affordable. Online. They are here to support your professional development needs. Check out what they have to offer!

  • Exercise Theory
  • Take the Lead! – Leadership Coach
  • Play Leadership
  • How to Manage Large Scale & Scope Recreation Projects
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Job Opportunities
Many communities in the south east have posted job opportunities for permanent, summer and seasonal positions! Take a look!
Volunteer Resource Hub
How to Get Volunteers in the Door!
Missed our 10 Tips on Getting Volunteers in the Door? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a quick summary. For more fantastic tips and resources, follow us on social media: Facebook: @SEDistrictSK, Instagram: @SEDistrict.

  1. Create a call to action
  2. Just ask! Never underestimate the power of asking someone directly!
  3. Be organized. Get your structure, policies and goals established!
  4. Host effective board meetings!
  5. Consider cultivating partnerships with schools and businesses that can provide a platform for recruiting volunteers.
  6. Implement orientation and training for new volunteers.
  7. Craft a positive recruitment message that is inviting and encourages people to get involved.
  8. Use social media! Spread the word using a variety of platforms to announce upcoming events.
  9. Match volunteer interests.
  10. Be a welcoming and safe place to volunteer.
Inclusion Insights
Age Friendly Saskatchewan!
On November 1, we had Age Friendly Saskatchewan present at our monthly RECTalks, a virtual forum for south east recreation professionals to share and learn. Their programs and services seek to engage older Canadians and their communities in making their communities better, healthier and safer places for seniors to live and thrive. In an age-friendly community, policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable people to ‘age actively’ – that is, to live in security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society. Resources are available to communities to begin a journey to become “age-friendly”!

Check out the communities currently on the Age-Friendly journey in Saskatchewan
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Physical Activity and Play
The search for Canada’s Most Active Community returns June 1-30, 2024
The ParticipACTION Community Challenge is coming back in June 2024! Even though it’s a few months away, it’s not too early to contact your municipality and spread the word so that your community has the best chances of being named Canada’s Most Active and winning $100,000 to support local sport and physical activity initiatives!
Upcoming Opportunities & Resources
Grants & Funding 
Grant Spotlight: Looking for funding to support summer student positions?
Apply by January 10, 2024
Apply by January 19, 2024
Deadlines June 5 and December 5

Apply by December 14

Apply by December 20

Apply by January 15, 2024

Deadlines: February 1 and July 1

Apply by February 15, 2024
👉Can’t find the grant you need? Check out the SPRA Grant Guide to research more funding opportunities or reach out to our staff by email at for assistance in your grant search!
Please note deadlines may change. For up to date information, seek the funder for the correct dates.
Local Stories/Spotlight
Saskatchewan Lotteries - Everyone Wins!
Sask Lotteries funds over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups across Saskatchewan. Every time you purchase a lottery ticket in Saskatchewan, a portion of that revenue supports a wealth of organizations in our communities. Subscriptions allow lottery players to play draw-based games – including LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, WESTERN MAX, WESTERN 649, DAILY GRAND and EXTRA – for up to a year in advance. Subscriptions can be purchased by phone, by mail, or on the Sask Lotteries website.
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