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The Lax Kw'alaams Girls Kayak Club will certify 6 – 8 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 in a Kayak Level 1 Course through half-day, full-day and multi-day training sessions around the area. In addition to physical activity, these trips will help the girls develop independence, self confidence, leadership and teamwork skills.
The girls will have an opportunity to learn and participate in self rescues and the rescue of others in the water, and also incorporate meal prep, camping, navigation and trip planning. Throughout the course, the girls will be led by two certified kayak guides/instructors who will act as teachers and mentors for the group.
Leading up to the launch of the Girls Kayak Club, a press release will go out to the community members to encourage girls aged 13 – 18 to sign up. In addition, as the CTA PE Teacher, Kristen, will be able to connect with students at the school to promote the new program.
In the 2014/2015 school year, kayaking will also become a component of the Physical Education Program at CTA, and a registered program at the Rec Centre year round to be held in their leisure pool. It is the hope of the Kayak Club that participation in this program will encourage more girls to become future instructors, guides and program leaders, encouraging other young women to follow in their footsteps.
For more information on the Girls Kayak Club contact Shawn Bourgoin directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Lax Kw'alaams Girls Kayak Club will certify 6 – 8 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 in a Kayak Level 1 Course through half-day, full-day and multi-day training sessions around the area. In addition to physical activity, these trips will help the girls develop independence, self confidence, leadership and teamwork skills.The girls will have an opportunity to learn and participate in self rescues and the rescue of others in the water, and also incorporate meal prep, camping, navigation and trip planning. Throughout the course, the girls will be led by two certified kayak guides/instructors who will act as teachers and mentors for the group.Leading up to the launch of the Girls Kayak Club, a press release will go out to the community members to encourage girls aged 13 – 18 to sign up. In addition, as the CTA PE Teacher, Kristen, will be able to connect with students at the school to promote the new program.In the 2014/2015 school year, kayaking will also become a component of the Physical Education Program at CTA, and a registered program at the Rec Centre year round to be held in their leisure pool. It is the hope of the Kayak Club that participation in this program will encourage more girls to become future instructors, guides and program leaders, encouraging other young women to follow in their footsteps.

For more information on the Girls Kayak Club contact Shawn Bourgoin directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Active Circle Communities

Seine River First Nation and Fort Frances Friendship Centre, Ontario

With the support of GEN7 messenger Kent Brown, the community is planning activities for youth and young girls.


Katarokwi Native Friendship Center, Kingston, Ontario

The community is working with Gen7 Messenger Josh Sacobie around regular visits and events with the youth and the center.


Pelican Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan 

The community's youth council has been planning and implementing a number of activities including a girls only program, outdoor sports and leadership training.


Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Circle of Newfoundland and Labrador

The ASRCNL is working with CAAWS and Motivate Canada on the You Go Girls program in 7 communities.

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