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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

Playing for Keeps is developing healthier, more active, and better connected communities – through play! – starting with the 2012 Ontario Summer Games towards the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and beyond.

The initiative builds upon the strengths of:
Past community consultations, summits and gatherings;
Networks of people and organizations;
Opportunities surrounding the multi-sport Games in our communities.

The initiative builds upon the strengths of:
- Past community consultations, summits and gatherings;

- Networks of people and organizations;

- Opportunities surrounding the multi-sport Games in our communities.

What are Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games?

Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games are locally organized, playful activities that bring people -  neighbours, co-workers, friends and/or family - and yes, even strangers - together to share an experience, have fun and play.

Neighourhood Games encouage and support playful activities of all kinds that are fun and enjoyable, age-neutral and are not about expert talent. Playful activities bring people out into their communities, to exercise their minds, hands, bodies and hearts. Because communities that play together are healthier, more connected, more vital. 

Neighbourhood Games cover a full range of activities such as sports, arts, music and food - everything from basketball to hopscotch, from community gardening to grandmas and tot walks, from street dancing to mega glee clubs.

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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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