Toronto, ON – After a week of competitions at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), Team BC has won the Overall Team Title. Team BC competed in 13 sports and won a total of 176 medals (65 gold, 57 Silver, 54 bronze) over the course of the competition week. This put the team in first place, 12 medals ahead of Team Saskatchewan. This is the second time BC has won the Overall Team Title at the NAIG, after winning the award at the 2014 NAIG in Regina, Saskatchewan.

“This was a complete team effort,” said Lara Mussell Savage, Team BC’s Chef de Mission. “We assembled an amazing group of athletes, coaches, volunteers and Mission Staff, and from day one they made their presence felt in Toronto. The Indigenous sport delivery system that I·SPARC created has shown tremendous success. But we simply couldn’t have reached new heights at NAIG without the support of our three Partner Agencies, the Provincial Sport Organizations and the significant investment the Provincial Government has made towards Team BC and our ongoing sport development programs.”

Team BC’s success is credited in no small part to the social legacy resulting from the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games. Several prominent provincial Indigenous organizations (including the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, First Nations Health Council, and Métis Nation BC) came together to develop a new provincial strategy for Indigenous sport, recreation and physical activity. That process led to the creation of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC), the agency that now oversees Team BC. Over the past 10 years, an inclusive regional structure has been established to support the delivery of community-based Indigenous sport development programs.

In preparation for the 2017 NAIG, I·SPARC, in collaboration with a number of Provincial Sport Organizations, established a comprehensive process to select and prepare a contingent of 545 Indigenous athletes and coaches that represented British Columbia at the Toronto 2017 NAIG, including Indigenous Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps

Welcome to ISPARC’s Healthy Living Activities!


I·SPARC is pleased to announce the Regional Leader Training Session dates for 2017. These free training sessions are open to community members passionate about delivering healthy living programs in First Nations, Métis chartered communities, and friendship centres.

Region Location Hotel Dates
Northwest Terrace Best Western Inn Sep. 27 – 28
Northeast Prince George Coast Inn of the North Oct. 5 – 6
Interior Kamloops Sandman Signature Oct. 18 – 19
Van. Island Nanaimo Coast Bastion Oct. 26 – 27
Van. Coastal/Fraser Abbotsford Ramada Plaza Nov. 2 – 3

As part of the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities programming, five Regional Leader Training Sessions will be hosted, featuring two days of health and wellness workshops, providing participants with the tools they need to develop their own community-based healthy living program. Participants have the option of training in either the Aboriginal Run Walk or the Honour Your Health Challenge:

  • Aboriginal RunWalk: lead your participants in a 13-21 week training program, preparing for a 5 or 10km run/walk event
  • Honour Your Health Challenge: develop your own healthy living program, based on your community’s needs – past programs include creating a community cookbook, Family Fitness Fridays, weekly plant identification walks, “Kick the Nic” tobacco cessations program, Healthy Mamas Group, and many more.

This year, the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities is excited to announce the launch of our short promotional video, bringing our programs to life and showcasing the tremendous work of our leaders. Watch below and join us at this year’s Regional Leader Training Sessions to become a Healthy Living Leader!

All participants who attend Regional Leader Training will be eligible to apply for up to $1000 in grant support of their Aboriginal Run Walk or Honour Your Health Challenge program.

Please post and share our Save the Date poster with any friends, colleagues, or family that may be interested in becoming a Healthy Living Leader. Registration will open in August.

For more information contact Jessie Toynbee­­