Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council Announcement



Call-out for Communities to Host 2015/16 series of BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships & Athlete Development Camps

April 11, 2015 – The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is seeking First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres and other Aboriginal organizations/partner agencies throughout the province to host events within the 2015/16 series of BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps.

The Host Application Process has been launched for communities and Friendship Centres to apply for the opportunity to host a Provincial Championship or Athlete Camp. Successful community hosts will be awarded a Hosting Grant to help offset a portion of the event operating costs. The Championships and Development Camps are to be held between Summer of 2015 through early 2016 in a variety of communities across British Columbia. The Championships and Camps series will be held in the following sports:

Championships: Canoe/Kayak, Golf, Soccer
Athlete Camps: 3-D Archery, Athletics (Track & Field), Badminton, Box Lacrosse, Rifle Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, Wrestling

Supporting Aboriginal sport development, the BC Aboriginal Championships and Camps are an important component of the Partners Council’s Provincial Strategy for Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity. The events provide a unique opportunity for Aboriginal athletes and coaches from First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres throughout the province to gather and compete in events that promote sport excellence while celebrating cultural unity and pride.

The events are also utilized as part of the talent identification and selection processes for Team BC for NAIG. Committed to establishing a consistent, comprehensive Aboriginal Team BC program that results in increased participation and better preparation, the Partners Council’s Team BC Work Group and Provincial Sport Committees maintain oversight of the Provincial Championships and Camps.

To apply to host an event, please refer to the Host Application (DOWNLOAD WORD VERSION HERE or DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE). All applications must be submitted electronically to the attention of the Partners Council before 4:00 pm (PST), Friday, May 1st, 2015.

For more information on the BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps visit http://www.aboriginalsportbc.ca or contact Lara Mussell Savage at teambc@bcaafc.com.

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council
The overarching mission of the Partners Council is to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal people across British Columbia by supporting and encouraging physically active communities and by expanding access to sport and recreation opportunities. The Partners Council has established six regions across BC: Northwest, Northeast, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island. This structure brings together community sport, recreation, physical activity and health leaders from within each Region to establish committees, set priorities and create annual plans for advancing sport, recreation and physical activity in their area.

For more information on the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council, please visit http://www.aboriginalsportbc.ca or find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil.

For more information contact:

Lara Mussell Savage
Manager, Sport Development & Competitions
Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

Office Location:
C/O Box 499, 800 Wellington Avenue | Chilliwack, BC | V2P 6H7
Phone: 250.388.5522 ext. 233 | 1.800.990.2432 (toll-free)
Mobile: 604.799.1456 | Fax: 1.877.711.5594 (toll-free)
Email: lmussell@bcaafc.com

Order of the Sash to Terry Fox

T. Fox

Abbotsford, BC (April 16, 2015) – Métis Nation British Columbia President Bruce Dumont on behalf of the MNBC Board of Directors and the Métis Nation awarded the Order of the Sash posthumously to Terry Fox last year at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Darrell Fox, Terry’s brother was unfortunately unable to attend the AGM as his work had him overseas. Today at the MNBC office in Abbotsford, President Dumont along with Lower Mainland Regional Director Glen Ohs, and the majority of the MNBC staff were honored to personally present the Order of the Sash to Darrel in honor of Terry’s many contributions to our nation and to human kind. President Dumont also presented Darrel with his first Sash since establishing his Métis citizenship.
Today Darrell, accepted the “The Order of the Sash” on his brothers behalf. This award honors and recognizes outstanding contributions, personal sacrifices, selfless commitments, and services to the Métis nation, and/or Canada.
Too many of our lives have been impacted, in one way or another, by cancer. What Fox accomplished with his Marathon of Hope as a very young man is more than remarkable. He was able to raise millions of dollars for cancer research and this legacy continues stronger than ever today. But I think it is safe to suggest that it was Fox’s attitude in the face of ultimate adversity that keeps his memory so alive in the minds of Canadians, and people all over the world. Darrell spoke of Terry Fox runs being held in Countries like Abu Dhabi. Terry Fox proved, that no matter what obstacles life may throw at you, anything is possible. A true Hero indeed and most deserving of this Order.
A very emotional Darrell Fox when receiving his own Sash said “I am very proud of my Métis Heritage and honored to belong to the Metis Nation BC.” Assistant to the Director of Registries and Harvesting Clerk Terry Ranson presented Darrell with his daughters MNBC citizenship card of which Darrell said “my son is next.”
“Today in Abbotsford we were honored with the presence of Darrell Fox and I was very privileged on this special day to present the Order of the Sash. It is a day we will never forget, one of the proudest of many as a Metis Citizen and President of our great Métis Nation BC” said President Dumont.

Vernon and District Metis Association Update

Hello Everyone 🙂

My name is Vincent Van Wieringen and I am the current President for the association. I have received the contact information for the over 400 card holding citizens here in Vernon and area from MNBC and bout 150 of you have emails. Instead of doing call outs I am sending an email with a quite update of what has happened over the last two years, up coming events, Website address and facebook information.

In the last two years we have established a great office within the people place which we have secured monies to pay the rent and incidentals through proposal writing and execution.Thanks to the help of many community members, board of directors and MNBC we have been able to run almost $100,000 of youth, women’s group and elders programming. The association has been able to get lacrosse equipment to play through the summer, Archery equipment, 22 pairs of snow shoes and lots of camping equipment through proposal writing. As I said, this is just a quick run down but feel free to go on our facebook page where everything is posted. From our monthly meeting minutes, agenda’s, upcoming events and much much more information.

Below are some upcoming events which are posted on our website and Facebook page.

***Roots Celebration***
This years Roots Celebration will be held out at Pillar lake in Falkland again this year on June 13th -June 15th. The VDMA will be providing Archery lessons for the youth and driving boats for the youth to fish this wonderful lake. Last year was an incredible 3 day’s with so many events for the youth to participate in. We hope to see everyone there.
***Lumby Day’s Parade***
The VDMA will be participating for the third year in a row at the Lumby Day’s Parade June 13th- 15th. We have had such great responses from the community members and everyone that participates or watches the parade that the VDMA has added this to our annual things to do. It is so nice to see how many people recognize metis culture and enjoy being part of a strong Metis Nation 🙂 We will be looking for people to fill the float, carry the flags and hand out things to the youth watching the parade. If you would like to participate please contact us.
***Annual VDMA Potluck BBQ***
One of the greatest events we here in the VDMA comunnity get to has is our yearly Potluck BBQ August 16th from 10am-5pm. It is a time for all of us to get together, bring our favorite dish and show our Metis Pride. We have loonie auctions with amazing gifts to raise funds for the following year, Burgers and Hot dogs provided by the VDMA, Kids pool for them to stay cool (and adults lol), music, dancing and this year we have Lacrosse equipment to keep our community active. This event is held at Coldstream Park, just beside Coldstream elementary school and is fun for all ages and any peoples who wish to join. We are always looking for organizers so if you wish to help please contact us via email of a phone call. Any ideas are welcome to make this the best day of the year 🙂
***Rememberance Day Celebrations***
Every year The VDMA lays a wreath on behalf of the Association and on behalf of our Veterans at Kal Tire Place, and in the Lumby Celebrations Nov 11th 2015. Thanks to Our Region 3 Veteran Eldon Clairmont for laying last years wreath on behalf of the association for our veterans, Shaughn Daveron Region 3 youth rep & Randy Spinks for laying the Associations wreath at Kal Tire Place, and a thank you to Anne and Don Mcbeth for laying a wreath on behalf of the association at the Lumby celebrations. We look forward to another wonderful remembrance day with our communities. We also need to send a thank you to MNBC for providing funding for the wreaths.
***Louis Riel Day Celebration***
On November 16th we are able to celebrate one of the most important people in Metis history. Louis Riel fought for his people and nation no matter what the consequence, beside some of the greatest Metis people ever known. On this day we celebrate everything he did for us and we celebrate being Metis and being part of a great Metis Nation. Something Louis Riel gave his life for, and something we continue to fight for in honor of the metis people and nation. The VDMA will be putting on a slide show, having a potluck BBQ and having discussions about of culture, past and future. We hope to see everyone at the celebrations which will be held at our office building from 1pm-6pm
***VDMA Community Potluck Christmas Party***
The VDMA will be holding our Christmas party at our office building on Dec 13th from 4pm-9pm. Bring your favorite holiday dish to share with the community and enjoy some great entertainment, games, food and a loonie auction. There will be a surprise visit for the kids and youth of the community. Last year we had almost 100 people and this year we expect more. It is a great time to enjoy company and celebrate the holidays with a strong Metis Nation. We look forward to seeing everyone there and will be looking for volunteers to help with the planning of this wonderful day. If you would like to help out please contact us and let us know.

Please go to our website VDMAmetis.com and click the link on it to go to our facebook group page. Join the group and every time I post an event, minutes, agenda’s and information you will be notified

website: VDMAmetis.com
Facebook: Vernon and District Metis Association Group

President Information (please feel free to contact me if ever needed)
Vince Van Wieringen

Interior Region Archery Camps

NCCP Archery Instructor Beginner Coach Clinic
In this 15 hour course, you will learn how to:
• Plan a practise
• Analyze performance (5 steps)
• Support athletes in training (Safety & equipment)
• Teach a coaching session
• Manage a sports program (Facilities, safety)
• Make Ethical Decisions

Tk’emlups to Secwepemc, Kamloops BC
Dates: May 2 & 3, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Moccasin Square Gardens, 345 Chief Alex Thomas Way Kamloops BC
Facilitator: Ron Ostermeier, BC Archery Association and 2014 NAIG Team BC Coach
Poster: http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/events/nccp-archery-instructor-beginner-coach-clinic/

To Register for an event please fill out the Waiver and identify what clinic you would like to attend and send to the community host that is identified on the poster or send directly to Bernard Manuel via email bmanuel@bcaafc.com or fax to 250-378-6676.
2015 Waiver: http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/INTERIOR-Waiver-2015.pdf

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council is pleased to announce the following Softball Youth Camps for the Interior Region:

1. Westbank First Nation
Pine Stadium, Westbank BC
April 25, 2015
Contact: Nicole Werstuik T: 250-728-0227
Status: Registration Open
Link to Poster: http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/WFNSoftballClinic_25Apr2015.pdf

2. Williams Lake Indian Band
Sugar Cane Ball Park
May 3, 2015
Contact: Deserae Wycotte or Kyle Crump T: 250-296-3507
Status: Registration Open
Link to Poster: http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Interior_WLakeSoftball_3May2015.pdf

3. Upper Nicola Band
Central Park, Merritt BC
May 23, 2015
Contact: Tiffany Mcrae T: 250-350-3342
Status: Registration Open
Poster: Attached

To register for an event please fill out the Interior Waiver form and submit to the community contact named above or in the attached poster; or send directly to Bernard Manuel via email to bmanuel@bcaafc.com or fax to 250-378-6676.

PBLMT HEO Training in the Okanagan

Community Futures North Okanagan
3105 33rd Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9P7
2nd Floor Meeting Room – Classroom #3
Wednesday April 8th
8:00am – for Case Managers and Employment Counselors
9:00am – for all Clients and potential Participants

Enderby/Splatsin Indian Band area
Maud Street Studio
#1 – 904 Maud Street
Enderby, BC V0E 1V0
Wednesday April 8th
2:00pm – for all Case Managers, Employment Counselors, Clients and potential Participants

WCG Services
101-310 Hudson Avenue NE
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1R3
Thursday April 9th
1:00pm – for all Case Managers, Employment Counselors, Clients and potential Participants
At these sessions we will speak about the program as well as conduct interviews of participants if they are ready to do this. This will eliminate an extra step later in the process if we have interviewed potential candidates. For the interviews we would request that the participants come to the session with the following:
• Current Resume
• Copies of any current Certificates (First Aid, WHMIS, etc)
• Copies of Highschool transcript, or diploma (if available)
• Driver’s License
and during the info session, should they be interested and eligible to continue, they will be asked to complete the BC Partnership and Innovation Client Consent to Collect Form and the SICA/VTC Student Admission/Application form.

MNBC Statistics Report for Region 3 Thompson Okanagan

MNBC Statistics Report:
April 8, 2015
Total Applicants to Date
Citizenship Cards Issued 2323
Pending Card Order 18
On Hold For Renewal 421
Current Card Holding Citizens 2231
Approved Pending Community Acceptance 2
Applicants in Progress 407
Deceased 43
Appeal Option Notification 30
Appeal in Progress 6
Appeal Decision in Favor of Applicant 0
Appeal Decision in Favor of Registry 30
Appeals Total 36
Moved Out of Province 31
Archived Files 373
TOTAL 2780
Male 1515
Female 1638
TOTAL 3153

Male 1353
Female 1490
TOTAL 2843

Youth 10-15
Male 69
Female 54

Youth 6-9
Male 58
Female 55

Child 0-5
Male 35
Female 39

No Birth Date Specified

Registered 6
Not Registered 1438
Unconfirmed 1709
TOTAL 3153

Breakdown: Being Worked On
Boundary Local Metis Assoc. 13
Kelowna Metis Assoc. 89
Ashcroft & District Metis Assoc. 28
Salmon Arm Metis Assoc. 42
Vernon District Metis Assoc. 84
Two Rivers Metis Society 194
South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Assoc. 81
Nicola Valley & District Metis Association 4

Breakdown: Approved
Boundary Local Metis Assoc. 55
Kelowna Metis Assoc. 395
Ashcroft & District Metis Assoc. 60
Salmon Arm Metis Assoc. 207
Vernon District Metis Assoc. 343
Two Rivers Metis Society 460
South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Assoc. 325
Nicola Valley & District Metis Association 74
TOTAL 1919