Welcome to I·SPARC’s Community Sport Development

Welcome to I·SPARC’s Community Sport Development

SPRING 2018 

I·SPARC (The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) invites First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres and other not-for-profit Indigenous organizations from across the province to apply to host a Sport Development Camp, Coaching Certification Course, and/or Officials Training Session in their community/organization.

These sport camps or courses are community-based programs and can range from 1-2 day events up to multi-week sessions.

Each of our Regional Committees have identified priority sports for their respective region (listed in the application), and these priority sports serve as the focal point for region-wide sport development in the areas of youth sport camps, and coaching/officials development.  Note:  Requests for sport development activities not included on the regional list of priority sports are welcome and the Regional Coordinating Group will consider these requests during the application review and selection process.

Once applications are approved, the Regional Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator will work with the host community/organization representative to plan and deliver the event(s).


  • Appoint representative as primary contact between the Regional Coordinator & Camp/Clinic Facilitator
  • Consider inviting local Elder/Knowledge Keeper to open or close your camp (honorarium available)
  • Promote the event within surrounding communities (e.g. circulate and post event posters)
  • Collect the online registrations and have registrations forms available at your event when permitted
  • Ensure all necessary equipment (e.g. audio visual, sports gear, cones, tables, chairs etc.)
  • Ensure appropriate emergency plan (identify first aid plan, local EMS, and have contact info ready)
  • Check-in all participants and have representative on-site at event
  • Provide final participation list as part of final report
  • MUST fill out an on-line post-event report (within 7 days of event)
  • MUST provide all invoices to the Regional Coordinator (within 14  days of the event)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018 – 5:00 pm, for program delivery dates of APRIL 1 to JUNE 30, 2018.


MNBC Event March 4, 2018 Kamloops BC

Métis Nation British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care Community Engagement

If you believe that early learning and child care for our Métis
children needs to reflect Métis culture, history and language then we
need your support! Consulting with Métis children and families and gathering information from Métis community members will inform MNBC, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development what early learning and child care should look like in British Columbia.

A community engagement session will be held in Kamloops
and we are hoping that you can participate.

When: Sunday March 4th @ 11:00AM to 3:00PM
(lunch is provided)
Where: 707 Tranquille Road
Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services

Let us know if you can participate and we will enter you into a draw for a
$100.00 Visa gift card!

Email us at earlylearning@mnbc.ca
If you have a child aged 0-8 years please complete an important survey here:

Provincial Host Call-Out for 2018/19 BC Indigenous Athlete Development Camps and Championships

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I∙SPARC) is seeking First Nations, Friendship Centres & Metis Chartered Communities to host the 2018/19 series of BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps and Championships.

The Provincial Camps series will consist of a provincial athlete development camp delivered for each of the following sports:

•             3-D Archery*
•             Athletics (Track & Field)
•             Badminton
•             Lacrosse
•             Rifle Shooting*
•             Softball
•             Swimming
•             Volleyball
•             Wrestling

*3-D Archery and Rifle Shooting will be a combined Camp and Championships format; Day 1 will be Skills Development and Day 2 will be a Championship.

The Provincial Championships series will consist of a provincial athlete development camp delivered for each of the following sports:

•             Canoe/Kayak
•             Golf
•             Soccer

The BC Indigenous Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps are an important component of the Provincial Strategy for Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity.  The events provide a unique opportunity for Indigenous athletes and coaches from First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres throughout the province to gather and compete in events that promote sport excellence while celebrating cultural unity and pride.

These Championships and Camps have been strategically established to support Indigenous athlete development in sports featured in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and other elite competitions.  Committed to establishing a consistent, comprehensive Indigenous Team BC program that results in increased participation and better preparation, I∙SPARC has established a Team BC Work Group who has, in turn, formed Provincial Sport Committees that will maintain oversight of the Provincial Championships and Development Camps.

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council and its Provincial Sport Committees are conducting the Host Application Process for communities and Friendship Centres applying for the opportunity to host a 2018/19 BC Indigenous Provincial Championships or Athlete Development Camp.

The Provincial Sport Committees will select the host communities based on experience and preparedness criteria.  Successful hosts will have a dedicated individual to serve as event coordinator, available facilities, a strong volunteer base, past hosting experience, etc. required to host a Provincial Camp.  The selection process will also consider the importance of having events delivered in different communities throughout the province (while also considering accessibility) and in regions where that particular sport has a strong history and presence.

To support the planning and delivery of the events, I∙SPARC will issue Hosting Grants to the host to help offset the majority if not all of the core operating costs for hosting a Provincial Camp.  However, those considering the opportunity to host Camp must also evaluate their ability to contribute resources to the planning and delivering the event through their own resources (e.g. host contribution to support funds, revenue from sponsorship, registration fees, volunteer resources, value-in-kind donations, etc.).

Application Forms
To apply to host an event within the 2018/19 series of BC Indigenous Provincial Championships or Camps, please complete the Host Application Forms below.

Provincial Athlete Development Camps:

Provincial Championships:

Applications must be received before 4:00 pm (PST), Thursday, March 29, 2018.

For more information please contact:
Buzz Manuel
Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport
E: bmanuel@isparc.ca
T: 250-350-3254


2018 Equipment Grant Program

Victoria, BC (February 5th, 2018) – I·SPARC (The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) is now accepting applications for its Fall edition of the Equipment Grant Program.

All First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres are eligible to apply for the Equipment Grant for up to $1500. In addition, some community not-for-profit organizations that deliver Indigenous sport, recreation and/or physical activity programs will be eligible to apply. The equipment must be used to promote healthy active lifestyles for Indigenous communities by reducing barriers and increasing access to sport, recreation and physical activity programs.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION IS FRIDAY, March 2nd  at 5pm p.s.t. The online application form is HERE

Please make sure you have visited I·SPARC EQUIPMENT GRANT  for complete information before applying.

Applications that demonstrate the following will rank highest within the application evaluation process:

  • New programs and initiatives which address gaps in basic access to sport, recreation and/or physical activity
  • A well-defined need for the equipment, plan for its use, and description of the barriers it will help to reduce
  • A large number of Indigenous people benefiting from use of the equipment
  • Easy access, qualified supervision, and shared use of equipment

PLEASE NOTE: Sport Apparel (jerseys, pinnies) electronics (projectors, scoreboards, fitness trackers), large single-user items such as treadmills and items for one individual athlete are NOT ELIGIBLE for the Equipment Grant Program. See a list of generally approved equipment HERE

All applications must include an official purchase quote or invoice from the supplier, and letter(s) of support. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Funds will be awarded either by reimbursement on submission of receipts showing method and proof of purchase, or by direct billing. Equipment placed on supplier accounts will not be eligible.

Due to limited funds, not all applicants will be selected.  All grant recipients will be required to complete and submit a final report which will be provided by I·SPARC.

For more information please visit www.isparc.ca, or contact Kim Leming at equipmentgrant@isparc.ca 250.218.2884


The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (ISPARC) is pleased to present this provincial athlete development camp in partnership with the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, Kamloops Track & Field Club and BC Athletics.

Who: BC Indigenous Youth male and female ages 10-18. All levels welcome from beginners to experienced track and field athletes.

When: Sunday February 11, 2018

Where: Tournament Capital Centre, Indoor Track and Field Facility
910 McGill Road, Kamloops BC

9:30 AM: Check in and Traditional Welcome
10AM-12PM: Intro to Athletics and games.
12-1PM: Lunch;
1:00-3:00 PM Drills & Intro to Competition

Cost: FREE!!!   Thanks to the support of the Province of BC, the fee to participate in the camp is FREE and includes lunch and snacks.
Host Contact:

Anne Keith
Phone: 250-828-9801
email:  akeith@kib.ca

Please wear proper indoor shoes and comfortable clothing for physical activity

For more information contact:
Bernard ‘Buzz’ Manuel, Jr
Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport
E: bmanuel@isparc.ca    C: 250-315-3457

Registration Link: Click Here
Event Poster: Click Here 

External Competition Opportunity: 
The Kamloops Track and Field Club is hosting their annual Gary Reed Indoor Track and Field Meet prior to the Athletics Camp on February 9-10, 2018 at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops BC.  For more information on their event please visit their webpage at:  http://kamtrack.ca/2017/12/2018-gary-reed-meet/ 



National Non-Smoking Week
January 21 – 27th 

Running a healthy living program? Why not take this week to focus on programs and resources to support those on their path to a smoke-free life:  

Use physical activity as a cessation technique with Run to Quit 


Indigenous Harm Reduction GrantsJan. 26th
Up to $50,000 per grant ​​​​​in response to the opioid crisis organizations, schools and agencies that are engaged in direct health service delivery to Indigenous people may be eligible for funding to provide a community–driven harm reduction event or initiative.

BC Physical Literacy for Communities InitiativeJan. 31st
Up to $50,000 over a two-year period, along with mentorship and support, to approximately 17 BC communities toward the collaborative design and multi-sector development of physical literacy.

Island Health Community Wellness GrantFeb. 7th
Provides the opportunity for not-for-profit organizations, local government organizations and aboriginal communities to apply for one-time funding for the development and establishment of new programs. Criteria for community wellness grants includes healthy aging, positive mental health, social and family connectedness, healthy eating and physical activity.

Go Grants Feb. 15th
GO Grants provide field trip grants for K-12 classes and schools to help get students outdoors learning about B.C.’s fish, wildlife, habitats and biodiversity. GO Grants cover transportation, project materials and or program fees to support student learning and connecting in nature.

Red Cross Traditional Foods Wildfire Assistanceongoing 
The Red Cross is assisting with traditional food needs of First Nations communities impacted by the wildfires with funding from the Government of BC, Government of Canada and Canadians. The Red Cross will provide $300 per person living on-reserve. Contact 1-800-863-6582 for a confidential, one-on-one needs assessment.

KidSport Grantsongoing
Grants (up to $400) for children ages 18 and under to participate in a sport season of their choice.

Breakfast Club of Canadaongoing 
Interested in a healthy breakfast program at your school? There are a number of options, to learn more: Steven.Letts@breakfastclubcanada.org.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Programongoing
Funding is available to pay for prenatal, birthing and postpartum doula services for expectant Aboriginal mothers and families, living in BC (living either on and off reserve). This grant program provides up to $1000 of coverage for each pregnancy in a family.

Aboriginal Scholarship Guide: Provides links to scholarship opportunities.

Indspire – financial awards, deliver programs, and share resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.



Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Coursedeadline: Jan. 31 
This award-winning certificate program is designed for those working in Aboriginal communities who want to increase their community’s capacity to deliver services, coordinate programs, and promote the health of their people.

Team BC NAHC Selection CampApr. 6 – 8th
The Camp Registration Fee is $120 per player and includes a Team BC Selection Camp jersey.  Pre-registration is mandatory as no ‘walk-ins’ will be accepted. Registration will close at 4:00 PM March 23, 2018

Dads in Gear Indigenous – opportunity to bring to your community 
Developed specifically for Indigenous Dads, a 10-week, innovative program focusing on being a Dad, being a Healthy Dad, and being a Smoke-Free Dad

Movement Preparation Courseonline, ongoing 
Self-paced e-learning course which shows coaches, teachers and recreational leaders how to effectively integrate physical literacy movement preparation into their day to day training in order to increase the durability and performance of athletes while decreasing their risk of injury.



Protecting and Restoring the Sacred – The 16 Principles Jan. 18th 10 – 11:30 am
A spiritual journey with Chief Phil Lane Jr. and Corinne Stone – they describe this moment in human history as “unique and unprecedented” and filled with “restlessness and uncertainty”.

Facilitation Skills with IndigenEYEZ Jan. 23rd 10 – 11:30 am
Warren Hooley will introduce the Creative Community Model as practiced by IndigenEYEZ. He will discuss how adaptable this approach is to many situations, groups, challenges and dynamics, and how learning both technical and creative facilitation skills can help facilitators accomplish their goals effectively with individual participants as well as with groups.

Xwi7xwa Library: Community Research & Empowerment Jan. 31st 10 – 11:30 am
Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Its collections and services reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Everyone is welcome to visit Xwi7xwa Library.

Early Specialization and Injury – What We Know Feb. 13th 10 – 11:30 am
Early overspecialization, a focus on only one sport before adolescence, may help young athletes perform better at an early age, but is generally harmful to their long-term development. This webinar examines the problem and makes evidence-based recommendations for protecting young athletes.



Good Heart, Good Mind ConferenceREGISTER BY JAN. 19th 
The Cuystwi Indigenous Youth Wellness Team invites youth ages 20-25 residing in BC to come together, network and talk about the different forms of activism that they are engaging in within their communities. Hosted at the Loon Lake Lodge, Feb. 19 – 23rd

Winter Walk DayFeb. 7th
Winter Walk Day is celebrated by schools across Canada on the first Wednesday of February. Resources and a fantastic playlist are available; register your school to receive a certificate of participation.

Mental Health and Wellness Summit 2018Feb. 7 – 8th
The FNHA invites two representatives from BC First Nation communities working in or leading in the area of mental health and wellness to join us for the Mental Health & Wellness Summit. Deadline to register is Jan. 26th.

Gathering WisdomMay 15 – 17th 
The First Nations Health Council is pleased to invite Chiefs and Leaders to Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX, taking place May 15-17, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore on Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver.