Vernon and District Metis Association Events

****The Next Vernon & District Metis Community Potluck/Meeting***will be held at our office building in the board room @ #005 3402 27th ave, Vernon,BC V1T 1S1 on November 19th 2014 . We will start out with our Potluck at 6pm and roll into the meeting at 6:30 to be done by 7:30. We have many great things coming up as a community and would love to hear everyone’s opinions,concerns and ideas.

Hope to see everyone there 🙂

****Louis Riel Day Celebrations**** will be held from 1pm-6pm Nov 16th 2014 at the Vernon and District Metis Associations new office building #005 3402 27th ave (take elevator or stairs down) Vernon BC. We will have a slide show of Metis History, Potluck dinner with hamburgers and hot dogs provided by the VDMA so bring your favorite dish to share with the community, Music, crafts hand made by metis artisans, and much more.

We look forward to seeing everyone there and look forward to celebrating one of the most important people in history.

**** Vernon & District Metis Associations Potluck Christmas Party*** We are Happy to announce that the VDMA annual Potluck Christmas Party will be held on Saturday November 29th at our office building. We are expecting some great entertainment, music, gifts, a fabulous assortment of dinner items and even a visit from that beloved “Saint Nick”. Doors open at 4pm and dinner is served at 5pm followed by gift giving, visits with Santa and games for all. We look forward to seeing everyone there and tasting everyone’s holiday favorites. We are looking for volunteers to help with organizing, set up and take down for our Christmas party, and if you would like to volunteer please contact the office @ #778-475-0823 or We appreciate any help 🙂

Salmon Arm Metis Associaiton Event

Louis Riel

SAMA Louis Riel Day Event

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 5th Annual Louis Riel Day

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Okanagan College 2552 – 10 Ave. NE Salmon Arm

Pot-luck style lunch, traditional Metis fiddle, jigging and artifacts.

Community members welcome

Contact Caroline C. Chartier for more information:
(250) 832-2126, ext: 8275

Boundary Metis Community Association Event

The Boundary Métis Community Association is proud to present:

“Louis Riel Day”

Sunday , November 16 – 2:30pm – 7pm

Location: The Midway Community Hall, 692 – 7th Ave, Midway, BC

Join us for a movie about Louis Riel

Learn how to play the spoons – a easy fun way to make your own music – we supply the spoons
Maybe even some jigging

A simple dinner will be served

Everyone is welcome – there is no charge

Results of the Kelowna Metis Association 2014 AGM

There was a great turn out for the 2014 Kelowna Metis Association AGM and the results of their election is posted below. There were two presentations at the meeting, one from MNBC Metis Employment and Training and the other from All Nations Trust Company. Everyone enjoyed the Bannock, presentations and celebration of coming together as Metis People!

Board of Directors:
Larry Carriere
Lanna Donalson
Maureen Christy
Carol Therrien
Greg Mazur
Cheryl Dodman


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Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council



FitNation 2014/15 Leader Training Session
December 2nd & 3rd, Richmond, BC

Deadline Friday, October 24 at 4:00 pm

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is pleased to announce the application launch for the 2014/15 FitNation Leader Training. Entering into its second year, FitNation has developed a strong following and this year’s leader training has been highly anticipated.

FitNation incorporates a series of dynamic stretching exercises that are fun, adaptable to any fitness level, and presented in an easy-to-use workout format specifically designed to increase physical activity in Aboriginal communities and Friendship Centres across BC. FitNation is for all ages, scalable to any size group, and requires no specialized facilities or equipment.
1. Are you a certified Fitness Instructor?
2. Do you have experience as a personal trainer or coach, or have a background in delivering physical activity or recreation programs in a First Nation, Friendship Centre, or Métis Chartered Community?
If so, you may be interested in this unique opportunity.

The Partners Council will be selecting 12 volunteer Aboriginal fitness and physical activity leaders to be trained in the FitNation program. Under the guidance of Dwayne Roberts, a certified Nike Sparq Instructor, participants will undertake an intensive two-day training process. After the training is completed, the 12 FitNation leaders become eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant to plan and deliver their own 8 week FitNation program (2-3 FitNation classes per week) in their community/Friendship Centre.

Training will take place in Richmond December 2-3, 2014 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport. Those selected to attend will have all travel costs covered by the Partners Council.

For more information on FitNation and the Leader Training Session, please contact:

Robynne Edgar, Manager – Healthy Living Activities
Fax: (250) 250-388-5502 l Phone: (250) 388-5522 Ext.225

FitNation 2014-15 Application
FitNation Poster

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

External Grant Opportunities

1.) The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is offering Winter Wellness grants to encourage the development of innovative, culturally grounded health promotion events and campaigns. Grants between $1000-$5000 will be offered depending on the number of communities involved and the creativity/complexity of the Challenge. The deadline for applications is October 27 at 4pm..

2.) Please be advised that the Nike N7 grant cycle is now open. The application process is conducted online until November 15, 2014, 11:59 pm (PST). Grants are for a maximum of $10,000 (cash only). Applications can be accessed and completed through the following link

3.) ViaSport
Local Sport Program Development Fund The Local Sport Program Development (LSPD) Fund allows community sport to be more accessible to people of all abilities by providing funding support to sport programs initiated by municipalities, sport organizations and Aboriginal communities. STATUS: Intake for Local Sport Program Development Fund is OPEN. Apply before the deadline of Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST.
Local Sport Program Development Fund – Online Application Form
Local Sport Program Development Fund – Grant Guidelines (PDF)