Goal 2: Inclusion and Access

Increase inclusion and access to recreation for populations that face constraints
or barriers to participation.

Priorities

2.1 Co-develop (with equity-denied groups and relevant partners) and implement strategies (including engagement approaches), policies, and programs that ensure all community members across the lifespan – taking into consideration race, culture, gender identity, girls and women, sexual orientation, income, rural/urban location, and ability, etc. – have equitable access to parks and recreation opportunities and services, including access to inclusive eating spaces.

Operational Ideas:

  • Continue and/or enhance virtual programming developed during the pandemic which may make it easier for some people to participate.
  • Develop age-friendly policies, practices, and spaces to address the diversity of the adult and older adult populations based on ability rather than age.
  • Have meaningful conversations with Indigenous Peoples to understand their experience in recreation based on traditional values and culture.
  • Work with Indigenous communities to provide practical ways that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action can be honoured and implemented in each of the five goals of the Framework Update.
  • Refer to the Blueprint for Building Quality Participation in Sport for Children, Youth and Adults with a Disability to help ensure a quality recreation participation experience for people with disabilities.
  • Create facility allocation policies that ensure girls/women have equitable access to the best facilities and appropriate times to participate.
  • Consider the interests of tourists/visitors as well as permanent and seasonal residents.

Strategic Ideas:

  • Work with expert partners who support equity-denied groups to offer education to the recreation and parks sector to ensure all members of our communities are engaged and welcomed to recreation and parks programs and services.
  • Work with Indigenous communities to provide an overall strategy to address the TRC Calls to Action.
  • When undertaking annual or longer-term planning for the recreation department (or equivalent), consider setting a goal related to increasing a sense of belonging for participants.

2.2 Learn about and implement actions that create a sense of belonging for all members of the community in both indoor and outdoor spaces and places. Consider the implications of intersectionality. Identify, evaluate, and eliminate systemic racism.

Operational Ideas:

  • Examine how welcoming your facilities are for all and plan for changes to the physical and/or social environment to ensure all feel they belong.
  • Post a video tour of your facility on your website so people know what to expect and where to go. Remember to explain what to bring/wear.
  • Ensure indoor and outdoor facilities are well-lit including active spaces, change rooms, parking lots, and hallways.
  • Provide clear signage in various locations throughout the facility, so when people walk in and around the facility, they always know where they are and can find where they want to go. Be sure signage is in commonly spoken/understood languages.
  • Greet all facility users warmly and learn their names and something about them for future interactions.
  • Offer inter-generational programs and family programs.
  • Offer activities of interest to newcomers.
  • Offer training to those who would like to volunteer to teach others.
  • Offer affordable and culturally sensitive childcare.
  • Ensure all accessibility features are listed on the facility website so people with a disability know, prior to arriving, that they are welcome and can access the facility.

Strategic Ideas:

  • Increase awareness about the role that intersectionality plays in addressing inequities in recreation and parks through awareness and educational opportunities.
  • Identify and share resources related to systemic racism. One excellent example is the Nova Scotia Anti-Racism Charter in Recreation.
  • When undertaking annual or longer-term planning for the recreation department (or equivalent), consider setting a goal related to increasing a sense of belonging for participants.

2.3 Proactively collaborate with Indigenous communities to develop policies, strategies, and activities that reflect their context and preferences for engagement.

Operational Ideas:

  • Acknowledge that we need each other and must engage in a co-learning journey.
  • Develop an advisory council of willing, knowledgeable partners to address recreation needs.
  • In partnership with Indigenous communities, use “Two-Eyed Seeing”: learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous ways of knowing and from the other eye with the strengths of Western ways of knowing and to use both of these eyes together.
  • Consult with Indigenous Peoples when acquiring, developing, or naming park spaces.

Strategic Ideas:

  • Establish relationships with Indigenous partners who will ensure work at all levels is applying an Indigenous lens.
  • Consider Indigenous-led conservation and land management.