BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps

BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps

 

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I∙SPARC) is pleased to announce the dates and locations of several events within the 2017-18 series of BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps.

Launched in 2011, the annual BC Indigenous Provincial Championships and Camps were established to support Indigenous athlete and coach development in sports featured in the North American Indigenous Games and support the creation of a strong, coordinated and competitive Team BC program.  The following BC Indigenous Provincial Championships and Camps are confirmed:

BC Indigenous WRESTLING Camps
Vancouver Coastal – 
North Vancouver 
December 17, 2017     Registration Link: https://isparc.ca/?p=9289
Northwest – Masset, Haida Gwaii
January 19-21, 2018     Registration Link: https://isparc.ca/?p=9338

BC Indigenous BADMINTON Camp
T’kemlups te Secwepemc 
– Kamloops BC
January 27, 2018     Registration Link: https://isparc.ca/?p=9310

BC Indigenous ATHLETICS (Track & Field) Camp
T’kemlups te Secwepemc 
– Kamloops BC
February 11, 2018     Registration will open January 2018

BC Indigenous SWIM Camps
Vancouver Island – Cowichan Tribes, Duncan
February 17, 2018     Registration will open January 2018
Vancouver Coastal – Squamish Nation, North Vancouver 
Date TBA     Registration will open January 2018

BC Indigenous VOLLEYBALL Camp
Squamish Nation – North Vancouver 
Date TBA     Registration will open January 2018

BC Indigenous RIFLE SHOOTING Camp
Shxw’owhamel First Nation – Hope BC
Host Location: TBA

March 10-11, 2018     Registration will open January 2018

BC Indigenous ARCHERY Camp
Quesnel Friendship Centre
– Quesnel BC
March 17-18, 2018      Registration will open January 2018

For more information contact:
Bernard ‘Buzz’ Manuel, Jr
Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport
E: bmanuel@isparc.ca    T: 250-350-3254

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ISPARC

We are Pleased to announce our Winter 2018 Hosting Application

I·SPARC provides support to each of its six Regional Committees, in the form of a funding, to advance the sport priorities they have established within the Regional Action Plans.

First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres and other not-for-profit Indigenous organizations are invited to apply to host a Sport Development Camp, Coaching Certification Course, and/or Officials Training Session in their community.

The Regional Coordinating Group will conduct a selection process to approve the host applications.  Selections will be based on merit and partnerships with other organizations and surrounding communities.

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Please complete application by 5 pm, FRIDAY, Jan 5th, 2018 for program delivery dates of JANUARY TO MARCH 31, 2018.

Here is the link to register on line:  https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/winter-2018-host-application-interior/ or contact me for assistance to email or fax the hosting application.

Happy Holidays,

Michelle Webster

Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator, Interior Region

 

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council

8 outstanding Aboriginal athletes receive prestigious award
Chase B.C. (November 23rd, 2017) – The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region during a formal celebration held today at the Adams Lake Recreation Center in Chase, B.C. The Interior is the sixth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

I·SPARC Interior Regional Lead Bruce Baptiste said “We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our athletes in the Interior region. The recipients we have honoured tonight have dedicated their time to achieving excellence and we look forward to the continued success of these young role models.”

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 recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport for the Interior region,” 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. On behalf of the BC government, it is an honour to recognize your accomplishments.”

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 Aboriginal athletes for the Interior region of our province,” 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. Congratulations!”

The recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Interior Region are:

· Kaitlyn Lafontaine, 21, Basketball, Métis Nation BC

· Daniel Everton, 16, Volleyball, Métis Nation BC

· Kelly Kosolofski, 14, Soccer and Hockey, Haida Nation

· Jacob Taylor, 16, Track & Field, Okanagan Band

· Kylie Jack, 21, Golf, Penticton Indian Band

· Terrance Hubick-Archie, 16, Canoe/Kayak, Canim Lake Band

· Laine Grace, 18, Hockey, Cariboo-Chilcotin Métis Society

· William Brewer, 15, Snowboarding & Lacrosse, Okanagan Band

These recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Recipients (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 Indigenous Youth Leadership Training in Richmond from March 20-23, 2018.

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