Student Testimonials

Shana Dion ISRC Testimonial

Shana Dion - Certificate Graduate
Assistant Dean, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students, Dean of Students, University of Alberta

"I have always had a deep interest in the health of my Nehiyaw (Cree) people in the area of fitness and well-being. When I was reading about the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Graduate Certificate, I honestly felt like it was speaking to me. This program has propelled me to create accessible fitness programming for our First Nation, Metis and Inuit students on campus."

"I would recommend the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Graduate Certificate for anyone who wants to be a part of the change needed to improve the health and well-being of First Nations peoples and communities."

Beth Hudson ISRC TestimonialBeth Hudson - Certificate Graduate
Events Manager, Aboriginal Sports Circle of NWT

"The program allowed me to connect to my Indigenous identity by tying concepts back to my own childhood and vulnerability as an Indigenous youth who was removed from my Indigenous community. It was powerful, meaningful and absolutely one of the most incredible programs I've ever been a part of."

Janet Naclia ISRC Testimonial

Janet Naclia - Certificate Graduate
Programs Manager, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

"The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Graduate Certificate compels you to stop and really think deeply about our shared history with Indigenous peoples and how that affects our roles in community and as recreation professionals. If we truly want to be conduits for change, we need to not only know but understand the impact that this shared history has on us all."

Claire Wade ISRC TestimonialClaire Wade - Certificate Graduate
Teacher, Golden Hills School Division

"The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Graduate Certificate has truly made me a better person and teacher. Everything I have learned in this program, I have brought back to my teaching career. It gave me the tools to better communicate with the communities that I work with."

"As humans, it is important to continually grow and challenge yourself. The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Graduate Certificate did both. I am forever changed for the better."

"I have used my extensive research from KRLS 563 to respectfully and effectively integrate Indigenous perspective into the classroom. In addition, the proposal from PERLS 564 has become a reality and now our school has a park partnership with sponsors and everything and KRLS 565 gave me an abundance of guidance...I will forever remember 'community-based rather than community-place'".