Boundary Metis Association AGM and Election

Please join me in welcoming the new board of Directors for Boundary and District Metis Association.

2017 Board of directors pic

Picture of the new Board – names are Left to right

Sam White, Women’s Rep

Myrna Logan, President

Doug Arnott, Director

Jacqueline Lessard, Director

Jean Lloyd, Vice President

Michelle Tetreault, Secretary

Dawn Sioga, Treaurer

Michael O’Neill, Director

David Roy, Youth rep is missing from photo

Welcome to the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Northeast Region during a formal celebration held today at Nusdeh Yoh Elementary School in Prince George, B.C. The Northeast is the first of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

“This is an important evening for the Northeast,” said Ken Edzerza, Northeast Regional Lead for the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council. “We have gathered our communities to honour our youth athletes and celebrate their successes. The Premier’s Awards recognize our young people who are leading by example and giving back in a big way to their sport and communities.”

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the Regional nomination process in August 2017, receiving 141 nominations from across the province for Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

“Congratulations to the Northeast regional recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport,” said the  Honourable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “These young athletes have distinguished themselves through their skill, dedication and commitment on the field and in their communities.”

A total of 48 recipients have been chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. Recipients were selected based on their achievements in performance sport, commitment to pursuing a higher education, demonstrable leadership qualities, volunteerism, and connection to culture.

“The recipients recognized today are the mentors, heroes and leaders of the next generation of Indigenous athletes,” said Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary of Sport and Multiculturalism. “It is important to recognize and celebrate these athletes for their commitment to sport, education and culture”.
The recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Northeast Region are:

  •  Alison Desmarais, 20, Speed Skating, Métis Nation BC
    •    Camryn Scully, 16, Hockey, Softball, Métis Nation BC
    •    Garnet Currie, 17, Swimming, Métis  Nation BC
    •    Kristen Gauthier, 16, Volleyball, Métis  Nation BC
    •    Logan Hladchuk, 16, Volleyball, Stellat’en First Nation
    •    Nicholas Potskin, 20, Fastball, Driftpile First Nation
    •    Tessa Erickson, 15, Volleyball, Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation
    •    William Swyers, 14, Swimming, Qualipu Mi’kmaq First Nation

    These recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Awards (six male and six female) will be selected in February 2018.  Provincial recipients will receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, held at the Gathering our Voices National Aboriginal Youth Conference in Richmond from March 20-23, 2018.

    Throughout the month of November, the five remaining regions will host formal celebrations to honour their 2017 Premier’s Awards recipients.

    About the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council

    I·SPARC is a consortium of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the First Nations Health Authority, and Métis Nation BC. As the stewards of BC’s Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy, I·SPARC works with First Nations, Indigenous communities and other sport and physical activity stakeholders to deliver community-based programs designed to promote active lifestyles and support the desire for transformative change in the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, families and individuals across BC. For more information, please visit www.isparc.ca

2017 Equipment Grant Program

Victoria, BC (October 18th, 2017) – 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, NOVEMBER 10th 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 through I·SPARC Administrative Coordinator. 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 the Administrative Coordinator at mboddy@isparc.ca

Vernon and District Metis Association AGM and Election

A great turnout by citizens and members of VDMA turned out for their AGM and election. A new board has been formed and so congratulate the following:

Randy Spinks President
Richard Hovan Vice President
Brittany Schroeder Secretary
Linda Van Wieringen Treasurer
Dale Hedin Director
Don McBeth Elder Representative
Brittany Schroeder Youth Representative

Please look at their website: www.vdmametis.com