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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 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

To download the application or read more click here

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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