SECTION 6: Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation in the Community Certificate (SPARC)

The Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation in the Community (SPARC) certificate program provides in-depth meaningful and relevant non-credit professional development (PD) programming along with university courses related to physical activity, sport, recreation, fitness, health and wellness, all delivered with Indigenous perspectives, worldviews and teachings and adapted for delivery in the community.

The SPARC certificate program consists of 400 contact hours with combined non-credit professional development instruction and for UM credit introductory experiential learning courses. Courses for the cohorts may be delivered at either an Urban or Northern/Rural location.

Selection Process

Completed applications will be assessed in the order they are received. Applicants for the certificate program will be assessed on the following admissions criteria. Note that the selection process for northern/rural cohorts will be determined in consultation with the partner organization who is sponsoring the SPARC program.

 6.1 a. Application and Admission Criteria – Recent Graduates

1. A minimum average of 63-69.9% over three Grade 12 S or U credits

2. One credit of Grade 12 S or U English with a minimum grade of 60%

3. Must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident

 6.1 b. Application and Admission Criteria – Mature Applicants (over 21 years of age)

1. Must be 21 years of age or older by September 30 for classes starting in September, January 31 for classes starting in January, May 1 for classes starting in May, and July 1 for classes starting in July.

2. Must have limited experience at college or university (fewer than 24 credit hours).

3. May or may not meet the regular academic requirements of the program.

4. Must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident

Information on the next cohort intake and admission date, entrance requirements and descriptions of the student categories may available by contacting the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management General Office.

PHED 0100 Safety in the Community

A blend of professional safety, health and wellness certifications, including but not limited to CPR/First Aid; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training (ASIST); Indigenous Mental Health First Aid; Hunting Safety; Water Safety; Aboriginal Sport Coaching Certificate; Food Handling Certificate. Evaluated Pass/Fail.

PHED 0150 Activity and Program Planning

An introduction to equity-based program planning principles and strategies. Adult education and Indigenous education theories and models will address the complexity and challenges of planning for public well-being. In the course, students will learn to plan, develop, implement and evaluate community-driven physical activity, recreation and sport programs for marginalized populations, with a specific focus on Indigenous and racialized minority groups.

PHED 0200 Living Mino-Pimatisiwin

An introduction to Indigenous-informed, culturally relevant approaches to health and wellness set within a sport, physical activity and recreational context. Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Cultural Teachers will share their perspectives (e.g., knowledge, skills and values) related to “living Mino-Pimatisiwin” – the good life, including a deeper understanding of Medicine Wheel teachings of wholism, interdependence, sharing and respect as experienced through Indigenous cultural perspectives and service learning in a communal mentorship or equivalent physical activity program. Evaluation Pass/Fail.

PHED 3770 Indigenous Games and Activities

REC 3770 Indigenous Perspectives on Land-Based Education

FKRM Elective (listed below)

KPER 1200 Physical Activity, Health and Wellness

KPER 2200 Planning Principles

PHED 2710 Human Movement Principles

PHED 2742 Group Fitness and Leadership

PHED 3122 Developmental Games and Activities

PHED 3722 Coaching Theory and Practice

PHED 3760 Diverse Populations Mentorship

REC 2130 Introduction to Outdoor and Land-Based Education

REC 4770 Indigenous Recreation and Well-being

*Note: Undergraduate course descriptions available in SECTION 7

Students seeking the credential must pass all three non-credit PD courses and achieve a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 for the three KRM university courses to graduate with the SPARC Certificate. Students may repeat a course in order to achieve the minimum requirements for the certificate.

This program normally takes a minimum of 12 months to complete. Students will have up to 4 years from the initial start date (first term of enrolment) to complete the program. Note: Northern/rural cohorts may have a more condensed delivery format (e.g., 6 months), depending on resources and needs of the community.