A Métis Health & Wellness Forum

 Step Into Spring 

Contact Director of Health: Tanya Davoren tdavoren@mnbc.ca 

March 22nd, 23rd, & 24th 

A Metis Health & Wellness Forum focused on Mental Wellness & Physical Well-being … with a specific focus on Youth Mental Health 

Hilton Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC 

A Métis Health & Wellness Forum                                                


A National Conference on Keeping Kids Safe and Connected

How can we actively foster environments that keep children

and youth engaged, safe and included in their communities?

British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth,

the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross invite you to:

A National Conference on Keeping Kids Safe and Connected

Champions for Children and Youth 2013 B.C. Summit

April 24 and 25, 2013 – Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

Summit themes:

Behaviour modeling

Cultivating child-friendly communities

Bullying prevention

Roles of government, organizations and institutions in youth safety

Needs of Aboriginal children and youth in community

Keynote speakers include:

Dr. William Bell, Casey Family Foundation

Dan Savage, founder of the It Gets Better project

Naomi Haines Griffith, storyteller, family systems specialist

Travis Price, founder of Pink Shirt Day

Dr. Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL player, child advocate

Shane Koyczan, powerful spoken word poet


Early Bird Registration ends Feb. 28th

Please Join Us! For complete Summit information, including the many high profile

session speakers and registration information: www.rcy2013summit.com 

 Child Welfare League of Canada

La Ligue pour le bien être de l’enfance du Canada

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Grant

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

The Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council would like to share information about two seperate grant opportunities. Please follow the links provided for more information.

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Grant

BCRPA is the BC`s Provincial Delivery Partner of ParticipACTION Teen Challenge – a national initiative, sponsored by Coca-Cola Canada in collaboration with ParticipACTION, to support and encourage physical activity in Canadians aged 13-19.

The program allows organizations to register as Community Host Organizations (CHO), to host Teen Challenges and Events in communities across Canada. CHOs will be able to apply for grant funding to support their youth group activities and events.

CHOs would be eligible for funding of up to $250 to support a one-time event and up to $500 to support an ongoing program, or challenge (at least 30 minutes, once a week, for 4 weeks or longer) where youth (13-19 yrs) are engaged in physical activity. Funds can be used to support facility use, transportation costs, nutrition, coaching or equipment.

Programs and Events that ParticipACTION Teen Challenge has funded in the past include try-it-for-free day, highschool and youth sports teams, youth sports tournaments, a surfing club, teen girls`drop-in centre, youth fitness centres, weekend camps, and the list goes on.

Our upcoming grant application deadlines are February 15 and March 15 to accommodate community planning for Youth Week in May, and Move for Health Day on May 10. Multiple funding applications from CHOs are welcome if they have multiple programs.

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, CHOs are also welcome to apply for funding of up to $1000 for programs that demonstrate a greater community reach or impact.

To apply, visit http://www.participaction.com/programs-events/programs/teen-challenge/ and click on the “Apply Now” button to begin the application process.

The funding application can only be accessed through the “Create Your Own Challenge” link once you register as a Community Host Organization on the website. Be sure to select that funding is required on the second question in the challenge form to automatically receive access to the funding application.

For more information contact:
Connie Mah
ParticipACTION Teen Challenge BC Provincial Coordinator
cmah@bcrpa.bc.ca or Ph: 604.629.0965 ext. 258 Columbia Basin Trust Community Youth Engagement Funds

Communities looking to develop youth engagement strategies are encouraged to apply to a Columbia Basin Trust pilot program called Community Youth Engagement Funds.
Local governments, registered non-profit organizations, school districts and First Nations organizations can apply for up to $15,000.
“During our consultations for CBT’s Youth Strategic Plan, communities told us they wanted to engage with youth in their communities more effectively,” said Sabrina Curtis, Director, Sector Initiatives. “Youth themselves also expressed a desire to be better informed on programs and services designed for them. This program will help by providing funds to develop a relevant and effective youth engagement strategy.”
Funding is available to community groups or organizations who have demonstrated that:
• there is appropriate support both from local government and youth-serving organizations;
• a diverse group representing broad community perspectives is engaged, ready to participate and committed to helping implement the strategies developed; and
• youth will be meaningfully consulted and part of the process of helping to develop the strategy or plan.

The deadline for applications is Friday March 8, 2013 at 1:30pm. Find out more online here.

200-506 Fort St.
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E6

PH: (250) 388-5522
Fax: (250) 388-5502
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-2432
Website: http://www.bcaafc.com/initiatives/

Salmon Arm Metis Association

SAMA Community Newsletter February,2013

Salmon Arm Métis Association (SAMA)
Mailing Address: Downtown Activity Centre
451 Shuswap Street, S.W., Salmon Arm
Contact Phone: 250-832-7029 Email: samacommunity@yahoo.ca


Family Day (Holiday) is on Monday, Feb. 11th,
so the Meeting is on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Time: 7 PM in the DAC in the Lunch room, downstairs.
Support us by coming to the meeting.

Any suggestions for a FUN Evening?? Email this address. samacommunity@yahoo.ca

Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day and bring Valentine goodies to share with others.

Valentine’s Day is February 14th.

We now have Snowshoes so if you would like to use them (while we still have snow) just let us know. We have small to large sizes. Give us a day or two notice. Thanks.

If you’re interested in the Walk/Run program, come and sign up, all ages. We can walk slowly or at a pace you’re comfortable with, outside or at Sunwave Centre,
or lets go snowshoeing. Contact info is above.

Remember your 2013 membership dues; ages 18 – 49…$20 yearly and 50 and up…$10

Thanks for reading this newsletter. Eldon Clairmont….President of SAMA)

Vernon BC Aboriginal Day Event


Join us in celebrating student success!!
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
11:45 a.m. – Guest Speakers
12:30 p.m. – Potluck begins
Entertainment, information booths, and potluck
Please bring a dish to share in the Potluck
Okanagan College: Vernon Campus, Cafeteria
RSVP: Marilyn Alexis (250) 545-7291 Ext 2284