Nîkânîw means “one who leads the way” in Cree. Nîkânîw combines the cultural teachings and guidance of Indigenous Elders and Leaders with an aquatic pre-employment program for Indigenous youth and includes instruction of water safety education, first aid, CPR and leadership skills. These program areas complement each other, teaching a respect for Mother Earth, and especially the element of water.
Aquatic leadership skills
Participants have 2 years to complete the program. Registration and intake happens each year in August and September. However, we do take applicants in throughout the program year on a monthly basis as space is available.
An additional year may be granted based upon eligibility and program space.
Fill out the Application Form and participate in an interview with the Nîkânîw programmer
Indigenous Ancestry - First Nation, Métis, Inuit or other
13-22 years old during the program season
Committed to training in aquatics
Able to commit to regularly attending the program
Participants Will Receive
A City of Edmonton Leisure Centre facility pass for the duration of enrolment
Program supplies and materials
A meal on the first session of each week
Aquatic leadership courses provided by the City of Edmonton
The Nîkânîw Programmer will provide the applicant with a barcode for registration once an interview is complete.
Enrolment into the Nîkânîw program will cost $200. This can be made into 2 separate payments: 1 made in September for $100 and 1 made in February for $100. More information regarding fees will be provided to those accepted into the program.
Note: Applicants who already possess Water Safety Instructor and the National Lifeguard/Aquatic Emergency Care certifications are ineligible for this program but may be suitable candidates for other aquatic related positions.