Free Kidney Education and Motivation Workshop, Kelowna BC

A half day workshop for the Kidney Foundation of Canada,BC Branch in Kelowna on March 12th.

Registration is free. Please contact Claudine Fernandes at or by telephone at 1-800-567-8112, extension 239 to register.

Draft Agenda Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 12:00 noon to 4 p.m.

12:00 p.m. Light lunch available

12:15 p.m. Welcome, prayer & opening remarks
Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch
First Nations Elder

12:30 p.m. Kidney Disease & why you need to know more about it
Dr. Robin Lowry

1:15 p.m. Questions from participants to expert speaker

1:30 p.m. What you need to know about nutrition if you
have diabetes, high blood pressure &/or kidney disease
First Nations Health Authority

2:15 p.m. Questions from participants to expert speaker

2:30 p.m. Coffee & Stretch

2:45 p.m. Sweet Success with Diabetes, Laugh and Learn with Mrs. Pudding
Sue Schaefer, Certified Diabetes Educator

3:45 p.m. Questions from participants to expert speaker

4:00 p.m. Closing remarks, prayer & adjourn

Metis Community Services Society of BC Family Event


Aboriginal Families with Young Children
Retreat at Silver Lake Lodge

This is a FREE event open to Aboriginal families
with children aged 0-6 years.
Saturday March 8th 2014
(Food & Transportation Provided)

Please register by calling Métis Community Services
Ph: 250-868-0351
Or email:

Drumming, Singing, Jigging Lessons, Sledding,
Ice fishing, Cultural Activities & More…




Al Sandner has a secret. He uses mushrooms and mealworms when he fishes and this weekend his bait paid off when he caught a fish that weighed 0.65 kg (1 lb and 7 oz). It’s not even close to the biggest rainbow trout ever pulled out of Wilgress Lake, but it almost got him a top three position at the third annual Ice Fishing Derby this weekend.
As of Sunday, the top three fish have weighed over two pounds, but organizer Greg Sterling said that the lake is full of trout and that just a few weeks ago someone caught one that weighed around eight pounds.

“There are some monsters in there,” said Sterling.The derby started on Saturday and ends on Monday. Entrants pay $25 for a family or $15 for individuals. They can set up anywhere on the lake, and Sterling says many of them show up at 6 a.m. to make sure they get their favourite spot.

While fishing is the highlight of the derby, the organizers also arranged for a snow sculpting competition. Sculptors made their creations on Saturday and judging was held on Sunday.Anyone that came out to the derby was able to see a giant fish sculpture that had been caught on a rod, a triceratops, a mermaid and a snake. Once the sculptures were finished, they were painted before the judges made their decision.

Initially, Sterling was only going to award the top three places but he gave out top four because there weren’t very many entrants.“Next year we are going to set them up closer to the highway so everyone can see them,” he said. He added that they have gotten a lot of people stopping in after they drove by and were curious about the activity. “It’s a great location.” Sterling first organized the derby three years ago as a way to encourage families to spend time together.“Right from the beginning, that’s what it’s been about — family,” he said. All the proceeds from the derby will go to local children and families who might need a little extra help when it comes to funding family activities.“Hopefully we can make enough for kids that are less fortunate,” he said, citing examples of arts and sports as areas that families often come up financially short. “Maybe they need runners or gloves.”

Some families have told Sterling that they have never done anything with their children because of the costs, and he wants to help change that.Sterling and co-organizer Danny Williamson work together with the Boundary Local Métis Association and the Boundary All Nations Aboriginal Council (BANAC) to help share the proceeds with community members.

As the event grows, Sterling hopes to be able to offer more for local families. Currently, he’s able to use the 65 acres his son owns along Wilgress Lake. He’s built cabins along the edge of the lake, one which was used as a first aid station during the derby; another allows him to be up early enough to get the derby set up first thing each morning. He’d like to be able to offer more family-friendly events at the lake such as archery, survival courses, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and canoeing.

He wants to see families using the lake and says that everyone should explore the trails year-round whether they are skiing or going for a nature walk. According to Sterling, the trails are well defined, thanks to the use they get by fellow explorers. “There are old mining sites back there,” he said. “People go horseback riding, cross-country skiing, there’s some hunting. They are well-used trails.” Sterling is hoping the derby will continue to grow each year. This year the derby lost about 25 per cent of its participants from last year, because the event fell on the Family Day long weekend. However, when Sterling talked to this year’s participants they said they preferred having the event over three days and didn’t want anything to change.

Organizers are happy with the support they have gotten this year from local businesses and organizations, but they are hoping to get even more financial support next year from some of the bigger corporations.

“It costs about $2,500 to put this on,” said Sterling, adding that one of the biggest expenses is making sure the roads are cleared. But there are definitely plans for next year’s derby.
And as for Sandner, he’s not giving up until the final weigh-in on Monday.“We’ll have to wait ‘til tomorrow and see what happens,” he said. The derby starts at 7 a.m. tomorrow and the final weigh-in will happen at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in taking part can sign-up when they arrive at the lake. Spectators are welcome to come and see the ice sculptures and get something to eat at the concession.

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council


Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund

The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund (AYSLF) supports programs which encourages BC’s Aboriginal Youth to participate in physical activity and sport. Grants can be worth up to $5000.

Status: Intake for Community Sport and Physical Activity is currently OPEN.
Submit applications before the deadline date of Monday, March 17, 2014 at 4:30pm PST.

Application Information:
• Grant Guidelines
• Online Application Form
Next Intake: Spring 2015



MAY 23-25, 2014
(Fri, Sat, Sun)

Come experience, explore & participate in
Aboriginal Culture at our ROOTS CELEBRATION
Pillar Lake Resort and Fishing Lodge
Falkland, British Columbia




Contact Roots Coordinator, Joe McFadden
250-540-4845 or

American Indigenous Games (NAIG)

Athlete Application form now available. Deadline to submit – March 24, 2014.

(Friday, February 7, 2014) – Are you an Aboriginal athlete born in 1995 through 2002 and you compete in cross-country or track and field? Led by Head Coach Peter Cross, Team BC is currently accepting applications from athletes interested in competing in Athletics (cross-country, track & field) at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) to be held July 20-27, 2014 in Regina, Saskatchewan. The deadline to submit is March 24, 2014.

Athletes who submit an application must also submit their performance results from the past and current season using the performance results sheet included in the application. Athletes will be selected based primarily on performance results, but other factors such as commitment to training, conduct, attitude may also be considered. Athletes to be notified in April of selection results with plan for a Team BC training camp prior to NAIG. Details on the athletics competition at NAIG and the application form can be found below:

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY – In order to be eligible for participation on Team BC for North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), athletes must:
• Meet the sport-specific age requirement
• Be a resident of BC
• Be born of Aboriginal (North American Indigenous) ancestry. Athletes will be required to provide proof of ancestry (e.g. Status Card, Métis Card, First Nations Card, Treaty Card, Inuit and Inuvialuit identification)*. *athletes without a card, may be eligible through the Declaration of Aboriginal Ancestry form. Email for more detail.
AGE ELIGIBILITY (ATHLETICS) – The 2014 NAIG competition in Athletics will consist of both male and female individual and team relay events for the following age categories:
• U19 (defined as born 1995 to 1997); and
• U16 (defined as born 1998 to 1999); and
• U14 (defined as born 2000 to 2002)

TEAM SIZE (ATHLETICS) – Team BC is seeking up to maximum of eight (8) male and eight (8) female athletes for each age category to compete at 2014 NAIG. An athlete is allowed to compete in four events plus two (2) relays. Cross country counts as one of the four events. For each age category, each contingent has a maximum of 3 athletes per individual event.

• STEP 1: Please read the full Athlete Selection Process document – click here to access the document.
• STEP 2: Submit your application:
o To submit your application online – click here to access the online application.
o Or to download a hard copy version of application – click here
• STEP 3: You must also submit your performance results. To access the performance results sheet – click here.
• For more information about the athletics competition at NAIG please click here.
For more information, please contact:
Lara Mussell
Team BC Chef de Mission
Manager, Sport Development & Competitions
1-800-990-2432 ext. 233

Aboriginal Coaches Module

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council

March 15, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Lunch will be provided
Osoyoos Indian Band
1006 McKinney Road, Oliver BC

Topics: Holistic Approach to Dealing With Racism in Sport; Lifestyles; Health and Nutrition.

Facilitated by:Dano Thorne

Registration Deadline: March 12, 2014

To Register Contact:
Bernard Manuel:
Call 250.378-5107
Mathew Baran:
Call 250-689-0508

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity “Archery Camp”

Open to all youth who can shoot at the Intermediate Level.

Equipment will be supplied, if you have your own – bring it with you.

Facilitated by:
Ron Ostermeier
BC Archery

Registration Deadline: March 5, 2014

To Register Contact:
March 8 – 9, 2014
10AM – 4PM Both Days
March 8 March 9
Indoor Shoot 3D Shoot

Lunch will be provided

Air Cadet
5856 Cessna Street
Oliver BC

Bernard Manuel:
Mathew Baran:

FREE Youth Basketball Camp

Open to all youth in the Interior Region.
Facilitated by: 2014 NAIG Team BC Basketball Coach:
Peter Waardenburg

Hosted by:
Conayt Friendship Society
Registration Deadline:
February 21, 2014

To Register Contact:
February 20, 2014
6 – 9PM Ages 12 – 18
Snacks will be provided

Nicola Canford
Elementary School
2975 Clapperton Ave,
Merritt BC

Bernard Manuel:
Robin Humphrey: