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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

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Program Description
Active transportation – walking, biking, in-line skating and skateboarding to get to and from places such as school, parks and shops – has long been known to be an important source of physical activity for children and youth.14-17 If children walked for all trips of less than one kilometre rather than being driven, they would take an average of 2,238 additional steps per day!17 This translates to approximately 15-20 minutes of walking and thus has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the 60 minutes of daily physical activity kids need for overall health. Imagine the potential impact this small change could have on increasing overall physical activity levels in Canadian kids! 
 The Upper Canada School Travel Planning Committee wants children to put their best foot forward and start walking to school again. Canada School Travel Planning is:
• a community-based collaborative approach to encourage more families to use active travel to school, and other local destinations, as well as supporting improvements for other school travel modes.

Program Description

Active transportation – walking, biking, in-line skating and skateboarding to get to and from places such as school, parks and shops – has long been known to be an important source of physical activity for children and youth.14-17 If children walked for all trips of less than one kilometre rather than being driven, they would take an average of 2,238 additional steps per day!17 This translates to approximately 15-20 minutes of walking and thus has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the 60 minutes of daily physical activity kids need for overall health. Imagine the potential impact this small change could have on increasing overall physical activity levels in Canadian kids! 

The Upper Canada School Travel Planning Committee wants children to put their best foot forward and start walking to school again. Canada School Travel Planning is:

• a community-based collaborative approach to encourage more families to use active travel to school, and other local destinations, as well as supporting improvements for other school travel modes.

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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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