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"The Active Circle is a family, I feel like I'm part of something. I feel really supported in the work that I do."

Evan Chamakese, Pelican Lake First Nation

The Active Circle’s programs database aims to provide information about physical activity initiatives in Canada and to inspire leaders who want to start a program in their community.

SCORE (Sport COnnect and REspect) is a program of 10 lessons designed to join a deliberate approach to youth development and sport participation. This program aims to develop 4 main areas of sport development: confidence, competence, connection, and character. The program is based on research in sport psychology and youth development. The SCORE program also works to make information accessible to everyone by using technology to deliver the lessons and make it as simple as possible to get the information you need.

The SCORE program will work with coaches and athletes to create a positive, interactive, and constructive sport experience for youth. By uniting life and sport, SCORE gives all participants an opportunity to have a more meaningful experience in sport.

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The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015/16 FitNation application process. The Partners Council will accept 12 new leaders from across the province to attend a two-day FitNation Training Forum, held in Richmond BC, December 1st – 2nd, 2015 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport.

Now in its third year of operation, the popularity of FitNation has increased dramatically and this year’s training forum is highly anticipated. As the program expands, so do the opportunities associated with becoming a FitNation leader:

- up to $1,000 in grant support to run a FitNation community project;
- opportunities to lead FitNation sessions at conferences, health fairs and other special events; and
- continued training and education opportunities (i.e. fitness and health webinars, FitNation exercise DVD and manual, mentorship opportunities and more).

FitNation incorporates a series of dynamic stretches and exercises that are fun, adaptable to any fitness level, and presented in an easy-to-use workout format specifically designed to increase physical activity in Aboriginal communities and Friendship Centres across BC. FitNation is for all ages, scalable to any size group, and requires no specialized facilities or equipment.

Do you have experience as a coach, personal/fitness trainer, or have a background in delivering sport, physical activity, or recreation programs in a First Nation, Friendship Centre, Métis Chartered Community, or school?

If so, you may be interested in this unique opportunity.

The Partners Council will select 12 Aboriginal volunteer fitness/physical activity leaders from across the province to be trained in the FitNation program. Under the guidance of Dwayne Roberts, a certified Nike Sparq Trainer and Master FitNation Instructor, participants will undertake an intensive two-day training process. After the training is complete, FitNation leaders are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 in grant support to plan and deliver an 8-week FitNation program (2-3 FitNation classes per week) in their community/Friendship Centre.

Those selected to attend will have all travel costs and expenses covered by the Partners Council.

Important Note: If selected, you are required to deliver an 8-week FitNation program within your community, organization, school, Friendship Centre, etc.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm October 23, 2015. Please visit our website for further information:
http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/healthy-living-activities/fit-nation-pilot-fitness-program/

For more information on FitNation and the Provincial Leader Training Forum, please contact:

Robynne Edgar
Manager, Healthy Living Activities
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250-388-5522 ext. 225

Jessie Toynbee
Program Coordinator, Healthy Living Activities
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250-388-5522 ext. 214

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The primary focus of Women Warriors is to increase physical activity to the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, based on the recommendation of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. The participants are exposed to many different types of exercise and activity in order to educate and encourage them. In addition, the program will integrate nutrition education and dietary change, holistic and culturally sensitive counseling, and community building; with the greater Aboriginal cultural community along with the non-Aboriginal fitness community in Lloydminster. Our mission is to decrease the cross-generational cycle of type II diabetes in Aboriginal families.

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The Canadian Sport Institute Calgary is proud to announce their first ever Next One summer camps. Two camp sessions are being offered, taking place from 9am to 4pm during the weeks of July 20-25 and August 10-14, 2015. The camps are an amazing opportunity for youth who are already involved in sport and want to stay active during the summer to gain valuable insight into the world of high performance sport.

Next One is designed for athletes age 13 to 18 who are already enrolled in a sport to further their training base and knowledge of sport. The program is open to athletes from any sport, and aims to advance athletes' fitness, strength, and mental components. Attendees will also be given an Under Armour t-shirt to be worn while working out in the CSIC's high performance facilities at Canada Olympic Park.

The camp design is in line with the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model set out by the Canadian Sport for Life organization. The LTAD outlines the skills and training that developing athletes need to do at various stages in their lives in order to reach their full athletic potential. Through the Next One program, athletes will be encouraged to develop skills that are applicable to more than one sport, while having fun and working out with like-minded individuals. The chance to train in the same facility as many of Canada's Olympians and professional athletes is a bonus that goes along with the camp.

The trained CSIC staff will lead the camp's components, which include strength and cardiovascular training as well as classroom sessions in the fields of sport psychology and nutrition. Additionally, there will be motivational talks by Olympians who train at the CSIC with the chance for the attendees to learn from question and answer periods. Of course, because this is a sports camp, there will be a ton of fun for everyone involved!

Don't forget to take advantage of early bird pricing! To register, please visit http://www.csicalgary.ca/nextone.

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The BC Aboriginal Rifle Shooting Development Camp is coming to Coombs March 28 and 29, giving Aboriginal youth age 10-17 a chance to try the sport of rifle shooting.

The event, which is put on by the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (ASRPAP), will give youth a chance to learn and experience rifle shooting in a safe and controlled environment while working with top B.C. instructors.

A sport relying on accuracy and precision, rifle shooting is a featured sport in the North American Indigenous Games, Canada Winter Games and the Olympic Games.

The event is put on with the help of partnerships with the B.C. Target Sports Association, Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association and Mid-Island Metis Nation.

There’s no experience or equipment required. Thanks to the support of the partners, the participation fee is only $20, with lunches included.

The deadline for registration is next Monday, March 23 and you can contact Chantel Spicer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 250-418-5390 for more information.

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Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council – The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) of BC is pleased to announce a 2015 BC Aboriginal Provincial Volleyball Development Camp will be hosted by Nak’azdli First Nation on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 in Fort St. James, BC.

Sanctioned by Volleyball BC, this 1-day co-ed camp is for Aboriginal youth volleyball players, ages 11 to 17, who want to improve on existing skills and gain quality coaching and instruction in a positive, fun and professional atmosphere. Lunch included.

With the support of our partner, the Province of BC, this camp offers tremendous value and is a rare opportunity for volleyball lovers! It is FREE to participate, but, you must PRE-REGISTER!

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015. 9 am check-in begins. Activity begins at 9:30 am. Camp ends at 4 pm. Lunch included.

Who: Male and female players of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) ages 11 to 17.

Fee: Free! Participants must pre-register. The camp includes lunch and a souvenir camp t-shirt.

Location: Kwah Hall, 100 Kwah Road, Fort St. James, BC

Registration Deadline:
Please register before 4 pm, Monday, March 16, 2015

Guest Coach Facilitator – Jeff Ross: Jeff Ross, Assistant Coach for the UBC Thunderbirds, is a Level 2 coach with over 10 years of coaching experience. He served as Head Coach for the Team BC U16 Western Elite’s 2014 summer program and is in his 3rd year of coaching the WPGA Wolves Senior women’s team and 5th year coaching with Thunder Volleyball club in Vancouver. Jeff was also the Head Coach for Team Saskatchewan Senior Women’s Volleyball team at Cowichan 2008 NAIG. His athletic career includes playing volleyball with UBC men’s program and also with MacEwan University Griffins and Red Deer College Kings in Alberta.

Camp Contact Info:
Winnie Sam
Nak’azdli First Nation
PH: 250-996-7171 ext. 242
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Patrick Lucas has seen some small steps of progress. But Lucas, the founder of the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is hoping his venture grows into something much, much bigger.

Lucas, a community planner, is not Aboriginal, but he has worked extensively with First Nations communities over the years. In 2012, he founded the mountain bike program, which encourages youth to live healthier lives through riding. The program also aims to have youth reconnect with nature and land through mountain biking.

Since the program’s inception, Lucas, and others keen about the project, have traveled to four First Nations communities. Once there, they have provided mountain biking and trail riding clinics. And in a couple of cases they have stuck around for several days to help build a small mountain bike park, complete with ramps and jumps. "When I see they're using the park it gives us a sense of hope," Lucas told ICTMN. "And they all say it's a big help in keeping the kids active."

Some other activities in the program involve bringing mountain bikes to the communities for those youth who do not have one to ride; and training is also provided on how to repair and maintain bikes, and how to construct and maintain trails.

Kate Joraanstad is one of the youngsters who took part in Lucas’s clinic in Beecher Bay. "I liked the obstacles the best," said Joraanstad,11, who borrowed a bike to take part in the day's activities. "You could ride up and down them."

Lucas hopes 2015 will be the most active year yet for the program. "We're really excited about this year," he said. "We have some pretty ambitious ideas. We're still building, but so far we have 4-5 communities to do some programming with this year."

His project has received grants from four groups: Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Vancouver Foundation, Via Sports and the Aboriginal Youth Sports Legacy Fund. Lucas also started a crowdfunding campaign in early February, to raise at least $5,000 for the program. Almost $1600 had been raised as of Feb. 22.

While some organizations and First Nations communities are willing to pump money into other athletic pursuits such as hockey and basketball, Lucas believes more needs to be done to sell people onto the benefits of mountain biking. "Mountain biking really isn't on the radar for a lot of First Nation communities even though a lot of the kids ride," he said.

From previous visits to communities Lucas said there are a fair number of Aboriginal youth that do enjoy mountain biking. Sometimes the adults in the community don't realize how avid some of the riders are. He's found some youth ride with their friends through some rugged terrain in their local woods. "They want to be out in the woods with their friends," Lucas said, adding his group is keen to revitalize some trails in order to make them safer for riders. "[The adults] don't even realize the kids are doing that and that this is going on."

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The Spirit Lacrosse Program is an entry level lacrosse program, broken down into 10 sessions and designed for 5-8 year olds, that teaches them all the basic fundamental aspects of the game of lacrosse. The Nicola Valley is will be running one of three pilot programs in the province, the other two are located in Chilliwack and Cowichan. The program is delivered in partnership with the BC Lacrosse Association and the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.

If you are in the Nicola Valley and would like to register your child in this program please contact Bernard Manuel at 250-378-5107 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration is FREE and each participant will receive a FREE BC Lacrosse T-Shirt and a FREE Warrior Lacrosse Stick upon completion of the program.

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Active Circle Communities

Seine River First Nation and Fort Frances Friendship Centre, Ontario

With the support of GEN7 messenger Kent Brown, the community is planning activities for youth and young girls.


Katarokwi Native Friendship Center, Kingston, Ontario

The community is working with Gen7 Messenger Josh Sacobie around regular visits and events with the youth and the center.


Pelican Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan 

The community's youth council has been planning and implementing a number of activities including a girls only program, outdoor sports and leadership training.


Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Circle of Newfoundland and Labrador

The ASRCNL is working with CAAWS and Motivate Canada on the You Go Girls program in 7 communities.

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