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Parks and Recreation Ontario and Canadian Sport for Life are pleased to offer a new webinar that presents information and strategies to help bring physical literacy to life in your recreational or sport activity. Presented by Drew Mitchell, Director of Physical Litercacy for Canadian Sport for Life, this webinar with provide you with the tools to better understand how using physical literacy can attract and help retain participants in your program. Supported through the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport’s Ontario Sport and Recreation Community Fund, this webinar is provided at no cost to you or any member of your sport club, recreation group or association who wish to attend.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am
For additional infromation and to register for this date, please click here

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On behalf of the Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, and the territorial Minister of Community Services, Currie Dixon, Member of Parliament Ryan Leef and territorial Minister of Health and Social Services Mike Nixon are pleased to announce funding for the Yukon Northern Wellness Project. The Public Health Agency of Canada is investing more than $2 million over five years in community-based programming that aims to improve the health and well-being of Yukoners, especially among children and youth.

The Yukon Northern Wellness Project will bring together several community-based partners under one agreement to build on the strengths of Northern communities to increase physical activity and reduce the trend of unhealthy behaviours that increases the instances of chronic disease and tobacco use among youth.

The project will be delivered in Yukon communities by active living partners, working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Government of Yukon's Department of Community Services' Sport and Recreation Branch, the Government of Yukon's Department of Health and Social Services, and the Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon (RPAY). This project will provide continued support for events and programming like Winter Active for Life, Yukon Active Living, after-school programming, RPAY's lending library, Rural Healthy Eating Active Living (RHEAL) Leaders and many more.

Quick Facts:

- Only four percent of Canadian children are getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
- A third of all Canadian children and youth are already overweight or obese.
- High levels of sedentary behaviour increases health risks in children.
- The economic costs of obesity are estimated at $4.6 billion in 2008, based on costs associated with the eight chronic diseases most consistently linked to obesity.
- A large number of factors, such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use can be reduced to prevent and delay the start of chronic disease.
- The Yukon Northern Wellness Project builds on the strengths of Northern communities to overcome health challenges and reduce the incidence of chronic disease, physical inactivity and use of tobacco.
- The Government of Canada is committed to working with the provinces and territories, and with the private and not-for-profit sectors, to encourage all Canadians to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Quotes:

"Our Government is pleased to be working with the Government of Yukon to fund the Yukon Northern Wellness Project, which is a good example of our continued commitment to Canada's Northern Strategy and the Northern Wellness Approach. Not only will this project provide an opportunity to improve Northerners' health and well-being, but it will also help reduce the chances of chronic disease."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health

"The Government of Yukon is committed to providing a better quality of life for Yukoners through its investment in sport, recreation and active living projects. We believe in the importance of active and healthy living for all Yukoners and we are pleased to work with the Government of Canada to promote healthier lifestyles in all Yukon communities. A focus on increasing physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation aimed at Yukon youth now will improve health outcomes down the years."
The Honourable Mike Nixon
Minister of Health and Social Services, Government of Yukon
on behalf of the Honourable Currie Dixon, Minister of Community Services

"The Yukon Northern Wellness Project is a great example of collaboration in our region. I am pleased that our Government is working with the Government of Yukon and local partners to promote healthier living. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this project will have in our communities."
Ryan Leef
Member of Parliament, Yukon

"We are very pleased to see this funding flow into the territory so that we can continue to support and promote healthy and active lifestyles in all Yukon communities. This agreement will ensure that resources, like our lending library, are available for various organizations, schools and groups to access for years to come."
Anne Morgan

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“I am kind of a lazy child, I am not going to lie,” the 16-year-old said with a laugh.

After a long day at school, the teen can most often be found in front of the television, on his cellphone or on his computer playing video games.

That’s all about to change.

Chandler and his 14-year-old sister, Sarah Jane, have signed up for new initiative in the city that is aimed at getting teens active.

“I’ve gotten a few of my friends together and they have all signed up,” said Sarah Jane, a student at Summerside Intermediate School.

Credit Union Place and go!PEI have partnered to offer after-school programs to get teens moving and help incorporate physical fitness into their daily lives.

“We are kind of, in a lot of ways, prescribing physical activity at an age where it really catches on and comes part of their life,” said JP Desrosiers, the city’s community services director. “That’s what it is all about — prescribing it to them at the right age where it catches on. It’s not only the right age, but the right program.”

Beginning later this month until the end of the current school year various programs, from learning how to skate to a walking and running club, will be on offer after school at Credit Union Place for free for teens aged 12 to 18 who register.

Chandler and Sarah Jane’s mother, Terri-Lynn Richard, is praising the initiative.

“There’s not a lot for teens to do at all. Our youth are at home now, using their computers, their tablets. This is a fabulous program that everyone should take advantage of, definitely,” said Richard. “It provides activity for your kids for free, so why not do it?”

The siblings are both interested in the learn-to-run program.

“I was a runner but I think I would like to get back into it, and this would be a good way to do that,” said Sarah Jane.

Chandler added, “I tried to do it in my spare time but it is hard to get into it when you are at home and you procrastinate. This kind of pushes you to get yourself out there and motivated to get moving.”

That’s the whole point of the program — to get teens moving, said Desrosiers.

“We wanted to create some fun and interesting activities that are cool to be a part of, something exciting with to do with their friends as a group,” he added. “Our goal is to sell this thing out and, if there is a need, continue this next year.”

Registration is required. Those interested can set up an online account online at www.cupevents.ca and visit Credit Union Place to sign up for their activity of choice.

What’s on offer

- Walk and run club

- Aquatic bootcamp

- Learn to skate

- Land circuit training

- Five-pin bowling

- Aquatic circuit training

- Roller hockey

- Lifesaving training

- Space for up to 300 participants

- For more information, visit cupevents.ca or call 902-432-1234

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Fifty of Canada’s youth leaders will be gathering in Ottawa over four days to unite around a common goal; the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. Youth attending this forum will draw on their passion for sport and their willingness to give back to society to develop initiatives that will positively impact youth in the communities where they live. Motivate Canada`s 11th Annual ACTIVATE National Youth Leadership Forum will take place at Carleton University from Wednesday, May 13, 2015 to Saturday, May 17, 2015.

The forum, developed and implemented by a team of nine ACTIVATE Alumni, will also celebrate the Year of Sport and highlight the invaluable role that youth play in leading and delivering sports and physical activity programming in Canada.

“ACTIVATE helped me better appreciate that leadership comes in a lot of different forms. There is a spectrum for leadership and a lot of room along it for anyone to step up and make a difference. I think of leadership as a lifestyle. Anyone can make a difference through small positive actions. It’s a way to look at leadership which makes it more personal and attainable. I think this is the most valuable lesson I’ve learned,” says ACTIVATE Team Leader, Jared Ryan. “ACTIVATE emphasizes the fact that youth already have leadership potential and helps youth discover their confidence to be leaders and to use the tools they already have.”

DETAILS

WHO: Fifty (50) of Canada’s most promising youth leaders (age 16-22) and 9 youth volunteer leaders (ACTIVATE alumni) who make up the ACTIVATE organizing committee.

WHAT: Motivate Canada’s 2015 ACTIVATE National Youth Leadership Forum on Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation. Workshop themes include sport for social change, leadership, physical literacy, networking, community mapping, accessible and inclusive sport and more.

WHERE:

Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Dr.
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 13 - 6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies kick-off with guest speakers, ESTEEM Team Athlete, Mark Hatfield (former NFL and CFL player), YoungSpoken word artist, Roua Aljied and ACTIVATE Alumni, Christina Callingham.
Thursday, May 14 - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Interactive workshops and fitness night.
Friday, May 15 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Networking fair with national, provincial and
local sport and youth serving organizations, followed by ACTIVATE Amazing Race.
Saturday, May 16 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Leadership, action and project planning followed by closing ceremonies from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The ACTIVATE program seeks to create a country of connected youth leaders who care about their world and who have the confidence and competence to contribute to their communities; and who have the character to inspire the same qualities in others.

More than 600 youth from all across Canada have directly participated in the ACTIVATE program since 2004. Over 600 ACTIVATORS leading the Youth Driven Development (YDD) movement -creating change and improving the lives of other youth through sport, physical activity, and healthy living initiatives for over 10 years.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

About Motivate Canada:

Motivate Canada’s Youth-Driven Development approach taps into the natural optimism, energy, curiosity, and adventurous spirit that young people have in abundance. Using the power of sport, physical activity and positive peer role models, Motivate Canada’s four core programs— GEN7, ESTEEM Team, ACTIVATE, and Clean Air Champions —give young people the tools, training, and confidence to make a difference in their lives and communities on their own terms. For more information please visit: www.motivatecanada.ca.

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The drive to bring an aboriginal hockey championship here moved further down the ice with the committee struck to make the bid asking council to waive the fees of renting the arenas for the event.

In addition to bringing the teams and fans here from around the region and country, the championship serves as a way to build relationships between the aboriginal communities and the city, showcase northwest aboriginal culture and provide role models for youths, said councillor Brian Downie to a city council committee of the whole meeting May 4.

And since the games will be webcast, they will bring national viewers online to see them, he said.

During dead time between games and periods, videos showing coverage of the area could be added for viewers to see, he said.

Members of the committee for the championship bid came to give their support and talk to council too.

That included Cal Albright from Kermode Friendship Society, Joe Bevan for Kitselas, and Yulanda Leighton from CFNR.

To rent the main arena and the Hidber arena for the seven days of the championships, the facility rental fees would be about $25,000 and ice installation about $30,000.

The committee was requesting that council and the city waive the facility rental fees, said Downie.

The cost to host could be $100,000 although it will probably be in excess of that, said Downie.

And if Terrace was selected to host the championships, then $50,000 of that would come from the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council, said Downie.

Councillor Sean Bujtas said it was an important event to grow aboriginal youth involvement in sports here.

Councillor Stacey Tyers said a concern was that First Nation youths be able to go to the games since sometimes fees can keep the people who would benefit most from attending because they can't afford to pay.

Setting up screens to watch the games in the park would be a good idea, she said.

Committee member Yulanda Leighton said for the Meet the Canucks event, the free tickets were given out so lower income youths would get them and Kermode Friendship Society gave them out to its clientele too.

That could be done again to be sure that the youths who would most benefit would get to go to the event, she said.

Councillor James Cordeiro made the recommendation that the City of Terrace support the 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships by waiving the arena rental fees.

A formal resolution will be made at the next council meeting when council accepts the report.

Mayor Carol Leclerc said she was excited and looking forward to this event, saying the city already has a good relationship with First Nations and with this event, it would only get stronger and better.]

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Saskatchewan teams competing at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) are bring home gold. The 14th annual tournament for under-18 players took place in Halifax, N.S. last week.

At the gold medal matches on Saturday, the girls won 3-2 against Team Ontario while the boys defeated Team Alberta 4-3 in overtime.

Both teams also won gold in 2014. The aboriginal players come from all across the province and are between the ages of 13 and 17.

Summer Roberts, of Saskatchewan, won the tournament’s MVP for female goaltender and the captain of the boys team, Curtis Roach, was named MVP defenceman.

“I see that it gives the girls a sense of belonging and a chance to make lifetime friends,” said Roberts.

The first NAHC were held in 2002.

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Apparently an extended playoff run to the Telus Cup with the UFA Bisons didn’t provide enough hockey for Cochrane’s Zachary Vinnell.

When Bisons teammates were departing Quebec at the conclusion of the national midget championship, Vinnell and Bisons teammate Trygve Many Guns hopped on a plane heading in the opposite direction to join up with their Team Alberta teammates in Halifax, N.S., for the 2015 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

“We were planning on playing in this tournament but we didn’t know how long our season would go with the Bisons,” said the 17-year-old Vinnell between games. “It’s definitely been a crazy but special few weeks.”

Open to Aboriginal (Metis, First Nation or Inuit) under-18 male hockey players, the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, founded in 2001 by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and sanctioned by Hockey Canada, had 16 male and female teams vying for a national title from April 27 to May 2 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.

Due to the Telus Cup not wrapping up until April 26, the Bisons duo missed the opening game of the tournament – a 6-3 loss to Team B.C. – however once they arrived in the lineup they rallied Team Alberta for back-to-back wins.

Vinnell pitched in with three assists in a 6-5 win over ADN and then collected another helper in a 3-2 victory over Team North.

Team Saskatchewan is the defending champions in both the male and female divisions.

“It’s good hockey,” said Vinnell, a prospect of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Whitecourt Wolverines. “I have never taken part in anything like this before, but I’m very honoured to have the opportunity and I’m glad I made the trip.”

The 6’0”, 165-pound playmaking centre Vinnell recorded four points at the Telus Cup, including a goal and an assist in a 6-2 round-robin win over the Atlantic champion Newbridge Academy Gladiators.

The Bisons concluded the five-game round-robin portion of the tournament with a record of 3-2, collecting victories over the host Albatros du College Notre-Dame, Newbridge Academy and the eventual national champion Toronto Young Nationals.

The Bisons advanced to the Telus Cup tourney after capturing the team’s first-ever Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) championship in March with a 3-2 series win over Edmonton’s Canadian Athletic Club before sweeping aside the Vancouver North East Chiefs one week later for the Pacific Regional Championship.

“The Telus Cup was an experience of a lifetime,” said Vinnell. “To play a part in making history for the Bisons organization was special and something none of us will ever forget.”

“It didn’t end the way we would have liked, obviously, but we can’t be too down about it,” he added. “I’m sure every midget team in the country wishes they could have made it as far as we were able to.”

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Aboriginal sport programs are getting a seven-figure shot in the arm, thanks to a new provincial initiative.

The Sport Pathway for Ontario Native Wellness will see $1.2 million spent to support the health and well-being of aboriginal youth across Ontario, through a partnership between the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

The funding was announced at the Mnjikaning Arena Sports Ki (MASK) in Rama First Nation Friday afternoon.

“We need to invest in our aboriginal peoples to bring them to the best possible places they can be,” said Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands and parliamentary assistant to the minister of tourism, culture and sport. “They need to be doing as well as they can culturally and socially. It's the right thing to do.”

The funding agreement will help ASWCO provide programs and services to aboriginal youth in their First Nations' communities. Planned new initiatives include multi-sport camps, youth symposiums and First Nations youth tournaments. As well, the funding will allow for Ontario to bid to host the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

“This new network, called the Sport Pathway for Ontario Native Wellness, will provide provincewide opportunities for urban, rural and remote aboriginal peoples to participate,” Kiwala said, asking the more than 100 in attendance at the announcement to contact her and the minister with their ideas on how the partnership between ASWCO and the ministry should work.

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