Team BC Recruits for the 2014 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

Team BC Recruits for the 2014 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

Team BC Announces 2014 Coaching Staff and Player Selection Camp   

December 23, 2013 – The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is pleased to announce the Coaching Staff and details of the Player Selection Camp for Team BC’s participation in the 2014 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC).  The 2014 NAHC will return to Kahnawake, Quebec, April 27th to May 3rd, 2014.
After an exciting 2013 season, returning to the Team BC Coaching staff for 2014 NAHC are the following leaders:  
Team BC – Male                                             
Head Coach:         Joe Quewezance               (Merritt, BC)
Assistant Coach:    Shane Gottfriedson           (Kamloops, BC)
Assistant Coach:    Josh Hepditch                    (Creston, BC)
Manager:              VACANT
Team BC – Female
Head Coach:          Chris Luke, Jr.                    (Creston, BC) 
Assistant Coach:    Sonya Sneyd-Glover          (Squamish, BC) 
Assistant Coach:    VACANT
Manager:              VACANT
Michelle Beland (2012 and 2013 NAHC season Assistant Coach) will return to Team BC in the capacity of Team Trainer.
Applications for the vacant Female Team Assistant Coach position and the Manager positions for each team are now being accepted.  For the coach position, only female coaches of Aboriginal ancestry that possess a minimum of Coach Level and/or Coach Stream NCCP Certification are eligible to apply.  For an application form or more information regarding these volunteer coaching staff opportunities, please email  Deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
Top Aboriginal male and female hockey players are invited to participate in the 2014 Team BC Player Selection Camp where players will be evaluated and selected over a three day period by the Coaching staff.  The Selection Camp will be held April 4 – 6, 2014 at the South Cariboo Recreation Centre in 100 Mile House, BC (home of the KIJHL’s 100 Mile House Wranglers).
The 2014 Camp Registration Fee is $115 per player and will include a Team BC Selection Camp jersey.  Pre-registration is mandatory as no ‘walk-ins’ are accepted.  Online registration will open on January 27, 2014 at    
Players must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the Camp: 

  • Registered with BC Hockey or another Hockey Canada Branch
  • Resident of British Columbia and be of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis)
  • Male: Bantam or Midget age, as of the 2014/15 competitive season (born 1996 to 2000 inclusive)
  • Female: Bantam or Midget age, as of the 2014/15 competitive season (born 1996 to 2000 inclusive) and those born 1994 to 1995 inclusive (as the female team can carry a limited number of overage players).

National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC)
The NAHC is the premier forum for elite bantam and midget-age Aboriginal hockey players from across Canada.  It is the only annual national event that showcases and celebrates the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across the country, and aids in fostering cultural unity and pride. Team BC is represented by two teams, one male and one female team, featuring the top players from across the province.
Lara Mussell Savage
Manager, Sport Development & Competitions
Ph: 1.800.990.2432 or 250.388.5522 ext. 233

North American Indigenous Games

Launch of Logo Competition for Team BC – North American Indigenous Games

$5,000 prize to Aboriginal artist with winning design.   

Victoria, BC (December 23, 2013) – The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is pleased to announce the launch of a design competition for a new logo that will represent Team BC at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). The logo design competition is open to all Aboriginal artists in British Columbia and the artist with the winning design will receive a $5,000 prize.
The contest opens December 23, 2013 and closes on January 24, 2014.  The competition will be adjudicated by a panel consisting of representatives from the Partners Council’s Regional Leads.
The North American Indigenous Games is an international multi-sport event involving Indigenous athletes from across Canada and the USA.  The next NAIG will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan from July 20-27, 2014 and is for youth athletes aged 13-18 years.  The NAIG help Indigenous youth athletes realize the full potential of their body, mind, and spirit. They embody the hopes and dreams of a new generation – the Spirit Strong, Brave and True.
The Team BC program for 2014 NAIG is inclusive to athletes and coaches of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) and will consist of approximately 500 participants competing in one of 13 sports.  The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the approximately 5,000 Indigenous athletes, coaches, and cultural performers, as they participate in a unique international celebration of sport excellence, cultural unity and pride. 
Team BC is seeking a new logo to reflect its participation in the NAIG and the diverse and inclusive cultural heritage of the Aboriginal sport community in BC.  The details of the Team BC NAIG logo competition, including competition rules, can be found in the Logo Competition Package available for download <CLICK HERE FOR PACKAGE>
The deadline for submissions is January 24, 2014, 4 PM (PST).  The contest winner will be announced in March of 2014. 
For more information please refer to the Competition package or contact Lara Mussell Savage at
Lara Mussell         
Team BC Chef de Mission
Manager, Sport Development & Competitions
1-800-990-2432 ext. 233

Team BC Seeking Swimmers for 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG)

Application form now available online.  Deadline to apply January 31, 2014. 

(Friday, December 13, 2013) –   Are you an Aboriginal swimmer born in 1995 through 2002?  If so, Team BC is looking for you!  The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council is pleased to announce the application form for swimmers who are interested in competing at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) to be held July 20-27, 2014 in Regina, Saskatchewan, is now available online.  

The athlete selection process for Team BC in the sport of swimming is via application (Athlete Expression of Interest Form).  Swimmers who submit the Athlete Expression of Interest form will be evaluated based on performance results from sanctioned swim meets they participate in between May 2013 and April 2014.  Deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.  Details on Team BC Swimming and the online application form can be found as follows: 

To Register – download the registration form below: 

For more information, please contact:

Leanne Sirup

Team BC Head Coach (Swimming)

Lara Mussell         
Team BC Chef de Mission
Manager, Sport Development & Competitions
1-800-990-2432 ext. 233

ASRPAPC Announces Nike N7 Fund: Grant Application

N7 is Nike’s commitment to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada. Through activity, competition and play you can unleash the power of your generation. Youth can grow up active and healthy. Sport gives you self-confidence, enabling youth to be a force for positive change in their community. Nike N7 and the N7 Fund are aligned with Designed to Move, a growing community of public, private and civil sector organizations (including Nike) dedicated to ending the growing epidemic of physical inactivity.
The N7 Fund is committed to inspiring and enabling participation in sport for Native American and Aboriginal populations in North America. We believe that sport has the power to unleash human potential. A physically active lifestyle promotes more than exercise. Involvement in sports and physical activity leads to greater self-confidence, enabling youth to be a force for positive change in their communities.
To apply for a grant from the N7 Fund, you must fill out the following application by December 31, 2013 11:59 PM PST. Monetary grant requests up to $10,000 will be accepted.
Jackie Blackbird | N7 Program/Partnership Manager | 503-671-3386 | |


Salmon Arm Metis Association Newsletter

Salmon Arm Métis Association (SAMA)             

 Newsletter December, 2013

Mailing Address:

Downtown Activity Centre

451 Shuswap Street, S.W., Salmon Arm V1E 4H9

Contact Phone: 250-832-70



Come to the General meeting on Dec. 9th and get your tickets for the

Christmas potluck dinner…last day…….only 50 printed                                                               

Time:  7 PM in the DAC, in the Downstairs room (address above)                                                                                              

Support SAMA by attending this meeting.                                                

Will be selling $2.00 a square for a Turkey Draw to win a gift card of $25.00.             

Come to the Dec. 9th meeting or the dinner and buy some squares for a chance to win.

 Metis Youth Writing Project Contest (Age 14 and over)

Prizes of 1st – Tablet, 2nd – E-Reader, 3rd – $50 gift card for Bookingham Palace

Metis Coloring Contest (for 13 and under)

Prizes of 1st Art Set, 2nd $15 gift card for Bookingham Palace, 3rd movie pass
Come to the meeting or apply online on SAMA YOUTH facebook and get the outline for this terrific contest.

2013/2014 CCAY Youth Funding

…Youth come and register for programs…CORE program, 1st Aide, Food safe, Bear Aware and Culture

Let us know of other programs you’re interested in. Register and be the first in line for Silverstar adventure, BUT you must register.     

General Meeting is every 2nd Monday of month @ 7:00 pm

(If the date falls on a Holiday, meeting will be the following day)

(Next meeting is Monday, January 13th , 2014) 


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