The "Running with the Bison" initiative received another boost when Career Trek was selected by General Motors (GM) of Canada Limited and the Coaching Association of Canada as one of 55 community clubs across Canada to receive a $2,000 grant for skill development through the General Motors of Canada Making Dreams Possible program.
On October 23, 2006, the University of Manitoba Bison women’s basketball team and the Skownan First Nation forged a relationship with the official launch of "Running with the Bison". The initiative revolves around friendship and bison with promotion of education and sport amongst Aboriginal youth and their communities. Career Trek, which provides educational programming for young people with perceived barriers to entering post-secondary education, is also a project partner.
The $2,000 grant supports a coaching development program in the First Nation community of Skownan as part of the "Running with the Bison" initiative. It aims to highlight the importance of education through participation and involvement in sport. The program is designed to educate these students (and their families) about the importance of staying in school, aspiring to a post-secondary education and career options. In return, members of the women's basketball team will learn about Aboriginal culture. Having already gone through a sweat, team members will also undergo buffalo teachings to learn the significance of the animal after which their team is named.
Career Trek, which operates at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and Red River College, is a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative educational programming for young people with perceived barriers to entering post-secondary education.
Dan Murray of Murray Chevrolet Hummer said "Community oriented sports are integral in our community and it is important to have well trained, dedicated coaches for the success of the program and the athletes. We partnered with GM, who matched the $1,000 grant, and provided the opportunity to support Career Trek Inc."
Over the next four years, GM’s Making Dreams Possible program will provide ten grants annually of $10,000 each to high performance athletes and their coaches and 100 grants of $2,000 each annually to coaching development in local communities. These grants will be used to fund special projects that develop the skills and abilities of elite and community level coaches.