VDMA Upcoming Events at a Glance

***The Next Vernon and District Metis Association Community Potluck/Meeting***
Community/Potluck Meeting @ #005 3402 27th ave Vernon BC
The Next community Potluck/Meeting will be held February 17th 2016 at our office building in the People Place. The Potluck will start at 6pm, so bring your favorite dish and get to know those within your community. The meeting will begin right after we eat at 6:30 and we will go over past and up coming events, financials and anything that affects our community members. The February meeting will be going over the resolutions for the up coming MNGA in Richmond and the community members opinions are needed so that President Vince Van Wieringen can represent the association accordingly.

***Vernon and District Metis Association Woman’s Group***
We are proud to announce that our ladies group will be held on Monday’s from 6 pm-9 pm at our office building in the board room, #005 3402 27th ave Vernon BC. VDMA Secretary and Women’s Rep Linda Van Wieringen has many great cultural classes planned from beading, leather work and the moose hide campaign. We look forward to getting the women of the community together to build on healthy living, mental health and community togetherness. If you have any questions or would like to participate, please come down to the women’s group and find out the great things they will be doing. You may contact Linda Van Wieringen at 250-260-6614. You may also call President Vince Van Wieringen if needed at 250-808-5805.

***Annual Roots Celebration 2016*** June 10th,11th & 12th 2016
The Vernon and District Metis Association is proud to be participating in celebrating years of reconnecting aboriginal children and youth with their culture and traditions. We will be running our archery program again and look forward to another great year for all aboriginal youth and the celebration of nations.


***Lumby Day’s Parade*** June 11th 2016
The VDMA will be participating for the fourth year in a row at the Lumby Day’s Parade. 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 via facebook, email or phone.

***National Aboriginal Day*** June 2st 2016
National Aboriginal Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on 21 June annually.
21 June was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons-including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Aboriginal groups traditionally celebrate their heritage.
The VDMA will be looking into where celebrations are going to be held and how we can work with the FNFC and OKIB on creating the best cultural celebration ever.

***VDMA Annual Potluck BBQ*** August 21st 2016
One of the greatest events we here in the VDMA community get to have is our yearly Potluck BBQ August 21st 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 one of our sponsors (Sysco Kelowna), 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 and volunteers so if you wish to help please contact us via email or a phone call. Any ideas are welcome to make this the best day of the year 🙂

***Vernon & District Metis Association Annual General Meeting*** Oct 19th 2016
The VDMA is having our AGM Oct 19th 2016.We will go over the financials from last year and assets we have since gained. We will talk about the great involvement of the community this year and the awesome year to come. We look forward to seeing everyone there and answering any questions that the community may have.

***Halloween Potluck*** Oct 28th 2016
The VDMA would like to have another costume potluck for Halloween at our office on October 28th from 5:30 pm on. We had such a great turn outlast year that the Board members and volunteers would like to provide another reason for Metis to come together and enjoy each others company. Wear your costumes, bring a spooky dish to share and let’s have a Halloween party.

***Remembrance Day Celebration*** Nov 11th 2016
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. 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*** Nov 13th 2016
On November 13th 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 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*** Dec 18th 2016
The VDMA will be holding our Christmas party at our office building in Dec 18th 2016. 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 130 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.

2016 Equipment Grant

2016 Equipment Grant Program Spring Release

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council’s (Partners Council) Spring Release of the 2016 Equipment Grant Program offers First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Aboriginal Friendships Centres across British Columbia the opportunity to apply for funds to purchase sport, recreation and/or physical activity equipment. The equipment must be used to promote healthy active lifestyles by reducing barriers and increasing access to sport, recreation and physical activity programs.

This Provincial release of the Equipment Grant Program is delivered through the Partners Council’s Provincial Selection Committee, inclusive of the Northwest, Northeast, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. This Committee will be responsible for evaluating the applications submitted by communities/organizations from all regions and awarding the grants.

• Please read the Application Guidelines below before proceeding to complete the form:
EG 2016 Spring Application Form
• The deadline for Equipment Grant Applications is
5 pm (PST), Friday, February 19th, 2016.
• Upload with your application:
1) Official purchase quote or statement from retailer(s), vendor, or distributor
2) Letter(s) of support

Megan Boddy
Administrative Assistant
Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council
Phone: 250.388.5522 ext. 240 | 1.800.990.2432
Fax: 250.388.5502 | Email: pcadminassist@bcaafc.com

Guidelines for the Spring Release of the 2016 Equipment Grant Program are as follows:

All First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres are eligible to apply. In addition, some provincial not-for-profit organizations that deliver Aboriginal health promotion programs will be eligible to apply. Due to limited funds, not all applications will be selected.

Grants will range from $500 to $1000. The funds must be used to purchase sport, recreation, or physical activity equipment. Under the 2016 program, applications that demonstrate shared use of equipment, a large number of people benefiting from use and easy access, safe storage of equipment and community need will rank highest within the application evaluation process. Jerseys and apparel, and large single user equipment are generally not considered under the program. If there are questions on what type of equipment is most appropriate for the program, please contact Megan Boddy.

All applications (including official purchase quotes or statements from a retailer, supplier or distributor) must be received on or before
5 pm (PST), Friday February 19th, 2016.

Note: Successful applicants will be notified in March 2016

All grant recipients will be required to complete and submit a final report. The report must include all original equipment purchase receipts. The report form will be provided by the Partners Council.

Salmon Arm Metis Association

MY-IT Trades and First Aid Program

Program is fully funded by Métis Nation British Columbia

February 10-12, 2016

Recommendations for success:
• Good work ethic
• Willingness to ask questions
• Interested in a tradesbased
Available to attend all 3 days
Potential Students Include:
• Métis and Aboriginal Youth
considering a career in trades
• Must be 16-24 years of age

Learn About:
Earn Occupational
First Aid Level 1 Certificate

Time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Salmon Arm Trades
5450 48th Ave, SE, Salmon Arm, BC

Salmon Arm Metis Association

Métis Kitchen Party & Potluck
Celebrating the success of our Aboriginal youth
February 10th, 2016
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Doors open at 5:00 pm
School District #83 Board Office, Salmon Arm BC
341 Shuswap St. W

If you are able, please bring your favorite dish
Join us for a fun cultural evening of Métis music and dance, learn to Métis jig, play the
spoons and bring an instrument and your moccasins!
Featuring fiddler Frank Kolotylo

Everyone is welcome

Any questions please contact Joan Wright at 250-832-4800

Cultural Knowledge Exchange on Métis Health

Métis Nation British Columbia Cultural Knowledge Exchange on Métis Health

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO Métis Nation British Columbia’s Cultural Knowledge Exchange on Métis Health In partnership with Interior Health-Aboriginal Health Being hosted at : Fairfield Inn & Suites 1655 Powick Road, Kelowna, BC February 13th, 2016 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Lunch provided

R.S.V.P. or questions to: Health Program Assistant Gail Parenteau 250 550 6436 OR gparenteau@mnbc.ca Presented By: Métis Nation British Columbia Ministry of Health Métis Chartered Communities of Ashcroft, Grand Forks, Kamloops, Kelowna, Merritt, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon.

Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is recognized by the provincial and federal governments and the Métis National Council as the official governing organization in the province of British Columbia, representing over 12,000 provincially registered Métis citizens and a population of nearly 70,000 self-identified Métis people.

Request for Expressions of Interest

Request for Expressions of Interest
from BC Aboriginal Organizations
to Host an Aboriginal Youth Intern for Summer 2016

The Aboriginal Youth Internship Program is seeking Expressions of Interest from BC Aboriginal Organizations that can provide supportive, educational and meaningful work placements for Aboriginal Youth Interns for a three month period (May30, 2016– August 31, 2016). The Intern’s salary is paid by the provincial government during their work placement in the selected BC Aboriginal Organizations.

Aboriginal Youth Interns have a wide variety of skills and abilities that will benefit Aboriginal Organizations, including: youth engagement practices, project management, research, conference and event coordination, policy analysis and development, strategic planning, communications, website and manual development, community liaison, and other specific skill sets based on education and experience. In addition, Aboriginal Youth Interns bring valuable knowledge of provincial government programs and processes based on their nine month placements in Ministries across government which will be of benefit to Aboriginal organizations. The placements in Aboriginal Organizations can be special organizational roles that involve work on specific projects or programs, include job shadowing opportunities, meeting, conference, and event coordination/attendance, other developmental opportunities or a combination of these. Interns are seeking structured placements that offer interesting opportunities to assist, learn, and grow as emerging professionals and leaders.

If your Aboriginal organization is interested in hosting an Aboriginal Youth Intern this summer, please complete the Expression of Interest 2016 template attached to this email, and submit it by the deadline of February 16, 2016. All organizations that submit Expressions of Interest will be informed of the outcome by mid-April, 2016. Selected organizations will be matched with a qualified Aboriginal Youth Intern whose interests, goals, experience and qualifications best match the internship positions available.

Important Dates for Aboriginal Organization Placements
Deadline for Expressions of Interest: February 16, 2016
Aboriginal Organizations informed of outcome: mid-April 2016
Internship Placement begins: May 30, 2016
Internships Placement ends: August 31, 2016

Submitting form by Email
Please submit the completed Expression of Interest 2016 template by EMAIL to Program Administrator, Aboriginal Youth Internship Program no later than February 16, 2016.
• EMAIL: ayip.administrator@gov.bc.ca
• PHONE: 250-387-0460
• FAX: 250-387-0749

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council is pleased to announce:

3rd Annual ‘Learn to Snowboard’
Aboriginal Youth Snowboard Jamboree
January 23 – 24, 2016
Sun Peaks Resort

In partnership with
Sun Peaks Resort and the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nations Snowboard Team

Open to Aboriginal communities in the Interior Region
• Preference will be given to communities that haven’t participated last year
• Communities are eligible to receive 6-10 youth passes & 1-2 complimentary chaperone passes
• Communities include: First Nation communities, Band Schools, Friendship Centres, Metis Chartered Communities and Public Schools via First Nations Support Workers.

Saturday January 23rd: Open for communities 100+ km’s from Kamloops
Sunday January 24th: Open for communities within 100 km’s from Kamloops
Sun Peaks Resort will be providing 60 sponsored Youth Lift Tickets with Snowboard Rentals and Lessons per day.
Sponsorship is for snowboard only.

To register have your community rep contact:
Bernard Manuel
T: 250-350-3254 E: bmanuel@bcaafc.com
for Rental Forms, Size Pre-sets and Waiver.

Registration will close January 8, 2016 or earlier if it is full.
Travel, Meals & Accommodations are the responsibility for each community.
Link to poster: http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/?p=4149

Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants: Round Three

This is a call for expressions of interest from local governments in BC who are leading the way in creating the conditions that enable healthy people and healthy places – in partnership with regional health authorities and other key community stakeholders. There are two streams of support available:

Seeding Healthy Small, Rural and Remote Communities
This stream is open to up to 30 small, rural, and remote communities and includes grants of up to $5,000, along with other capacity building support such as tailored resources, limited coaching and facilitation.

BC Stats and Statistics Canada (2011) define small population centres as those with populations between 1,000 – 29,999 or a population density of at least 400 people/sqkm. Rural / remote communities are classified as those with population under 1,000 OR under 400 people per square kilometer (population density).

Growing Impact: BC’s Next Level of Healthy Communities Leadership
This stream is open to up to five communities of any size, and provides an integrated suite of support including learning events, coaching, a community of practice, and grants of up to $15,000.
Priorities & Focus Areas (Both Streams)

Partnership development and collaboration between local governments, health authorities, and other community stakeholders is a priority, as is working upstream for greater impact in one or more of the following focus areas: healthy eating and food security, tobacco reduction, physical activity, healthy early childhood development, positive mental health and well-being, culture of moderation for alcohol use, injury prevention, and planning for a healthy built environment.

Grant Applications for Stream One and Stream Two will be accepted up until noon (PST) on February 29, 2016. Successful applicants will receive notification by March 31st, 2016.

More Information
Find an overview of the latest Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants here: http://planh.ca/funding/roundthree to find out which stream is right for your community and important next steps in the grant application process.

If you have questions or require assistance please contact:
BC Healthy Communities Society

Okanagan Nation: Children First Forum

Please click below to view forum information:

Children First Forum Poster – Jan 27-28 2016

Syilx Community Members and Aboriginal Partners are invited to participate in “Creating an action plan on implementing the Syilx Child & Family Services Plan”

Please use the link below to register for the Okanagan Nation: Children First Forum.
View My Event:

Your event URL is http://www.eventbrite.com/e/children-first-forum-tickets-20479663224

We invite you to join us for the Fit Nation Initiative!

Please click on attachments below:

FitNation White Buffalo Invitation

Fit Nation Participant information

We invite you to join us for the Fit Nation Initiative!
In November 2013, the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) launched the highly anticipated program FitNation – the newest initiative under the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities banner. http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/healthy-living-activities/fit-nation-pilot-fitness-program/
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.
The program was developed by the Partners Council in affiliation with Nike N7 and Dwayne Roberts, a certified Nike Sparq trainer. The exercises encompassed within the FitNation program can be modified for three basic fitness levels
• Introductory
• Intermediate
• Advanced
The FitNation leader training process differs from the other Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities leader training as there is an application and selection process. Selection is based on other training experience, which includes certification in personal training, coaching certification, and/or experience with delivering other types of fitness and physical activity programs.
In December 2013, the Partners Council trained 10 FitNation Leaders across B.C. and equipped them with the necessary resources/supports to run the program within their own communities. Each of the FitNation leaders will deliver 2 to 3 weekly FitNation classes to their community members over an 8-week period.

In December 2014, the Partners Council hosted the second annual FitNation training forum, attracting 15 new leaders, and 9 return leaders. To date there are 32 trained leaders across BC, of which 22 actively ran FitNation programs in 2014/15, attracting over 550 participants from across the province. White Buffalo Aboriginal and Metis Health Society is privileged and proud to have Clarice Silva, BSW – Aboriginal Child and Youth Wellness Coordinator as one of the trained leaders within the province of BC.

We welcome and invite community to join us, participate in fitness and be inspired!
Please circulate within your network and feel free to call or contact Clarice for further information.

Jeanie Cardinal
Executive Director

White Buffalo Aboriginal & Metis Health Society
Kamloops, BC

Ph: (250) 554-1176
Fax: (250) 554-1157