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This summer, the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) will use the universal language of sport to encourage physical activity, healthy eating, and cross-cultural understanding in urban Aboriginal communities of Edmonton and Ottawa. UNA-Canada is pleased to acknowledge the generous support of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) Football for Hope programme and Saputo Inc. in the delivery of our Sport-in-a-Box programme to urban Aboriginal and vulnerable youth.

Sport-in-a-Box (SPOX) is a tested action and empathy-based education initiative that empowers youth to think globally, act locally, and share their understanding of values of fair play, respect for rules, and other social skills. Youth aged 9-18 will be trained to work as peer-mentors for community children to promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and Canada’s values of diversity, inclusion, and intergenerational interaction. Through SPOX, UNA-Canada and community partners will train and mentor Aboriginal and vulnerable youth to gain leadership and coaching skills that are transferrable to everyday life.

In anticipation of the upcoming summer events, UNA-Canada’s President and CEO Kathryn White noted: “The excitement of the 2015 Women’s World Cup will galvanize Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We are proud to be partnering with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in Ontario and Alberta, showcasing their leadership in soccer and creating a legacy of sport for health.”

UNA-Canada is a registered charity with a mandate to educate and engage Canadians in support for and understanding of the United Nations and its issues, which have a global impact. Working with a broad network of partners, UNA-Canada provides a place for Canadians to offer made-in-Canada solutions to challenges confronting the global commons and to develop skills in living together in peace and prosperity. In 2015, UNA-Canada is proud to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

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