Indigenous Community Programs

We are proud to say that Urban Poling has built positive relationships with Indigenous Communities since our inception.  This mainly stems to the passion and drive of occupational therapist and owner, Mandy Shintani.  Mandy worked with the Squamish First Nation communities during her career as an occupational therapist and decided at that time that she wanted to make a positive impact on Indigenous health and wellness.

Our community packages, which offer wholesale pricing, include both training as well as poles and all come with a high level of customer service and care.  Contact Us for a wholesale order form.

The unique benefits of our program is that it is self-sustaining and can be taught by Aboriginal people within the community.   Our programs are used in these communities within a variety of areas including:

  • General Fitness Programs
  • Physical Rehabilitation – Post Surgery, Hip/Knee Etc.
  • School Programs – Adolescent Physical Education Modules
  • Diabetes Prevention & Management
  • Pre & Post Natal Programs
  • Elders Programming for Fitness as well as Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health & Awareness


Our Diabetes Management and Prevention program was originally designed with these communities in mind and has already made a positive impact across several of the communities nationwide. Click here to learn more about our training package for fighting Diabetes within your community!

NEW – Spirit Poles 

Our newest fitness pole, The Spirit Pole, was designed by an Indigenous Youth, Jordan Stranger of Peguis First Nation community in Winnipeg Manitoba.  3% of the Spirit poles is donated to CDA and the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association.

We want to hear from you, we want to know how you are doing with our program, we want to help you make it a success in your community!





Going downhill

For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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