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!
Keep your poles more upright and in front of you. Lean forward slightly, and use the poles to help push you up the hill. If necessary, bend your elbows, but remember to transition back to the straight arm technique at the top of the hill
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education
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