Teepee Talk Newsletter May 2017

Teepee Talk Newsletter May 2017 Upcoming Local Events:

Métis Association Monthly Meeting May 18th – 5pm for snacks and socializing 5:30 meeting Women’s Resource Centre Market Ave. Lots to get involved in you don’t have to just come to meetings we have lots of great hands on projects to help out in our community.

Traditional Hide Tanning June 2, 3 & 4 . Learn and participate – need young strong muscles, people to support and serve and cook food. This is an amazing opportunity to receive these teachings from Billy. If you are interested contact Myrna at 250-442-5513 Community Drum Circle June 5th 6:30pm at the Scouts Hall 586 – 72 Ave. Everyone Welcome brings drums and people

Aboriginal Grad Recognition Luncheons Grand Forks – May 26, 2017 – Noon Midway for BCSS – May 31, 2017 – noon we could use some volunteers to help cook

Aboriginal Gathering “Friday Group” Every Friday from Noon -3pm – Glanville Centre Come for fellowship and teachings – Just drop in

In the Province and Country First Annual National Gathering of Elders event happening in September 2017 The National Elders Gathering is a four-day event, The main event starting with a grand entry of nations, a showcase of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures from across Canada, a dance, tours of Edmonton and area and a forum on issues such as climate change, missing and murdered Indigenous women, revitalization of Indigenous languages and culture as well as reconciliation. More information; Our website is: http://www.ngekanata.com Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nationalgatheringofElders2017 Twitter Page: twitter.com/NGE2017 With any inquiries or questions, please email: eventcoordinator@negkanata.com

Métis Nation Health Survey Métis Nation BC has received funds from Service Canada to perform a needs assessment through a Communities at Risk funding stream. This assessment will allow us to gather Métis specific data on the challenges that the Métis people of British Columbia face not only during training but also in gaining and maintaining employment. Our intent is to gather as much Métis specific information as possible through surveys both online and via telephone. The more Métis specific data we can gather, the more leverage we will have when negotiating contracts and for future funding opportunities. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/communitiesatrisk If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Clement Program Coordinator – Special Projects Métis Nation British Columbia Cell: 778-349-7216

Indigenous Early Years Scholarships and Bursaries
The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation) is pleased to announce the launch of a new $1 million Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary program. This initiative is made possible with the support of the Provincial Office for the Early Years. The Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary Program will add to the NRT
Foundation’s 1,719 students funded to date, by ensuring that more than 200 additional
Indigenous students living in BC will be able to access post-secondary funding. The NRT
Foundation is offering to offer scholarships to Indigenous students who currently reside in British Columbia and are enrolled in Early Years related programs. The NRT Foundation is encouraging Metis applicants – Undergraduate scholarships are $5,000, Masters are $10,000, and Doctorate are $20,000. For more information please visit:

The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 70,000 self-identified Métis
people in British Columbia; of that, more than 6,000 are provincially registered Métis Citizens with MNBC. The Métis National Council and the Provincial Government of British Columbia as well as the Federal Government of Canada recognizes the MNBC as the official governing organization for Métis in BC.For more information:

Please contact Tracey Thornhill, MNBC Executive
Assistant and Communications Officer
1-800-940-1150 / 604-557-5851

The Boundary Métis Community Association
can be reached at boundarymetiscommunity@gmail.com
or by phone

Myrna Logan, President

Jean Lloyd, Vice President

June Boundary Métis Community Association Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 2017
5pm for socializing and snacks
5:30pm meeting start
Women’s Resource Centre, 268 Market
Ave. Grand Forks

Team BC Theme Song Competition for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

Victoria, BC (April 18, 2017) – Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is pleased to announce the launch of a competition for Indigenous artists to compose and submit an original drum song to be used as Team BC’s official theme song at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and future Team BC programs. The drum song competition is open to all Indigenous artists (singer/songwriters, composers, musicians) across British Columbia and the winning artist or group will receive a $3,500 prize award.

This is an exciting opportunity for Indigenous artists to be a part of Team BC’s legacy. The selected song will be unveiled at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), July 16-23, 2017, and sung at all future events in which Team BC participates (e.g. National Aboriginal Hockey Championships).

The original composition can include both traditional and contemporary elements, Indigenous and English language, but must be sung to the beat of a drum. The composition will capture the spirit and passion of Team BC and as our theme song, Team BC athletes and coaches will sing it throughout the duration of the 2017 NAIG. The song will be used to inspire Team BC during competitions and to create a unique presence at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The details of the Team BC Theme Song competition, including competition rules and submission procedures can be found in the Theme Song Competition Package available for download at http://isparc.ca/team-bc-naig-song-competition/.

The deadline for submissions is May 18, 2017. The contest winner will be announced in June of 2017.

Team BC Background
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is responsible for managing the Team BC Programs for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC). Through the support and oversight of its Team BC Work Group and Provincial Sport Committees, I·SPARC has established a comprehensive Team BC program that includes provincial development programs and selection processes for athletes and coaches that will compete on behalf of British Columbia in national and international competitions. For the 2017 NAIG, over 500 Indigenous athletes and coaches will be selected to represent British Columbia in the following 13 sports: 3D Archery, Athletics (Track & Field, Cross-Country), Badminton, Basketball, Canoe/Kayak, Golf, Lacrosse (Box), Rifle Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, Wrestling.

For more information on Team BC’s Theme Song Competition, please contact:
Justine Johnson
Team BC Communications Manager
Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council

Welcome to ISPARC’s Community Sport Development!


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

Each of our six Regional Committees have identified priority sports for their respective region, as indicated below.  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 community sport development activities outside of the list of priority sports are welcome and the Regional Coordinating Group will consider these requests during the application review and selection process.


  • 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)

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 AT 5:00 pm, for program delivery dates of April to June 30, 2017.

Team BC Seeks Female Golf Athletes for 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 17U and 19U female golf athletes invited to attend Team BC’s tryout for the 2017 NAIG

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council of BC (I·SPARC) oversees the Team BC Program for the North American Indigenous Games. I·SPARC and our Team BC coaches are seeking female (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) golf athletes born 1998 through 2005 to attend a Team BC Golf NAIG Development Camp, to be held at Two Eagles Golf Course in West Kelowna.

The 2016 BC Aboriginal Provincial Golf Championships concluded in August of 2016 where golf athletes competed for the Provincial Championship title and earn a spot on the “Team BC Development Squad” to train for and pursue participation in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games held in Toronto, Ontario from July 16-23, 2017. Team BC’s 17U and 19U female golf teams are now recruiting female golf athletes to attend an open athlete evaluation camp to identify new players to join Team BC.

Team BC’s 19U female squad (born 1998 or later) will identify a minimum of two female golf athletes and Team BC’s 17U female squad (born 2000 or later) will identify one female golf athlete. Registration is open to eligible participants. No pre-qualification required.

Event Information:

May 13, 2017

Two Eagles Golf Course

3509 Carrington Road

West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E6

Proposed Itinerary:

9:30am-10:00am: Check in at Two Eagles golf course

10:00am-12:00pm: Clinic (held by teaching staff at Two Eagles)

12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch

1:00pm: 18 holes

6:00pm: Announcement of the NAIG Team and information session regarding NAIG


There is no fee to participate, but you must pre-register by completing the online registration form:


Team BC Golf Selection Process Document

Contact Information:

Frank Antoine

Event Coordinator and Team BC NAIG Head Coach

Phone: 1-250-679-3090 or Toll-Free: 1-800-663-4303

Email: fantoine@quaaoutlodge.com

Buzz Manuel

Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council

Phone: 1-250-350-3254

Email: bmanuel@isparc.ca

Fax: 1-877-711-5594