Member Statement – Snowlandia Outdoor Program Held in Saskatoon
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’m pleased to rise today to tell you about Snowlandia, a SaskOutdoors program designed for girls ages 10 to 12 to encourage outdoor winter adventures with experienced, supportive teachers; to learn about winter ecology and nature stewardship; to develop leadership skills; and to enjoy making new friends. Despite the recent frigid temperatures, the 10 participants spent much of their February school break outdoors embracing our Saskatchewan winter. Snowlandia is a single-gender program to encourage participants to step forward in a space uniquely carved out for young girls to develop their own leadership style. The recent program offered two days of winter adventure in Saskatoon’s Gabriel Dumont Park and two days in Holiday Park in my constituency of Saskatoon Riversdale. Focused on learning to stay warm and dry, implementing first aid, and enjoying winter pursuits like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, participants also spent some daily hours indoors for lunch, reading, crafts, and drying mitts, scarves, and toques. Experienced outdoor leaders accompanied and taught winter outdoor schools. Jana Miller from Wildernook Fresh Air Learning facilitated the program with the help of Rebecca Basset from Back 40 Wilderness First Aid, and Sam Gunn from the outdoor school program, who shared their expertise while teaching new skills and ensuring the safety of all participants. Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join me in thanking SaskOutdoors and these experienced outdoor leaders for developing a fun and healthy program for the education and enjoyment of young girls in Saskatoon. Thank you.
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