Health Promoting Schools

Meeting community needs for physical, social, spiritual, mental and emotional well being.

Potlotek First Nation at Chapel Island has shown that if you create the opportunity, the kids will go out and play. The community purchased outdoor equipment to outfit an outdoor education program that mixes physical activity, science and adventure. Activities include nature walks, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking lessons and day trips on the Bras d'Or Lakes, and when the water’s warm, swimming lessons and water safety at the local beach.

“We’re trying to encourage the children to get outside and really connect with their ancestral ways,” says Maynard Marshall, the outdoor recreation coordinator at Potlotek High School. “A lot of the time, our children have nothing to do with their free time. We’re giving them an opportunity to get out of the house and go back to the way kids should be which is outside enjoying the fresh air.”

Recreation and health promotion are an important part of life in the community, from the nutritional foods prepared by the school’s kitchen to activities during the day and after hours. Mi'kmawey Elementary School and the high school have after-school archery, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, tennis and other activities for all ages every night of the week.