Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sports

About the Awards

The Province of B.C. and the Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) have collaborated to establish a new awards program to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal youth athletes throughout the province.

The Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport will recognize athletes who have excelled in performance sport, display strong leadership qualities, are committed to higher education, and who serve as community role models both on and off the field of play.

Youth athletes (under 25 years of age) currently training and competing in performance sport are invited to apply for one of 12 Premier’s Awards (6 male and 6 female), which will be awarded annually.

Recipients will be honoured at a formal ceremony conducted at the 2016 Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference in Victoria on March 21, 2016. Recipients will also receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum that is held annually during Gathering Our Voices.

Nomination Requirements
To be eligible for the awards, an athlete must meet the following criteria:
• Has been a permanent resident of B.C. for the last 12 months
• Is of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Métis and Inuit)
• Is currently registered with a B.C. Provincial Sport Organization and/or involved in a Partners Council program (including recognized regional/traditional sports)
• Is under the age of 25 (born in 1991 or later)
• Is actively participating and in one or more sports (recognized provincial sports as well as regional/traditional sports) and shows evidence of high athletic ability and performance results
• Demonstrates leadership both on and off the field of play
• Is committed and dedicated to learning and academics and is actively pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary education
Note: Recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport are not eligible to apply for or receive the award in subsequent years.

Nomination Process
• Nomination Forms may be downloaded or completed on online at
http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/grants-and-opportunities/premiers-awards-for-aboriginal-youth-excellence-in-sport/
• Nomination Forms must be completed in full. Incomplete forms will NOT be considered.
• The deadline for nominations is January 29, 2016.
• Late applications will NOT be accepted.
Nominations must be submitted to the Partners Council online, by email, or by regular mail by 4:30pm on January 29, 2016.

Email: jakerman@bcaafc.com
Regular mail:
The Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport
551 Chatham Street
Victoria BC V8T 1E1

Selection Criteria
The Award’s selection committee will assess nominees using the following five criteria:
1. Sport Achievements — Pursuing and achieving sport performances leading towards podium placements at provincial, national and international competitions
2. Leadership Qualities — Demonstrating the qualities of leadership, coachability, strong work ethic, and the characteristics of fair play both on and off the field of play, as well as demonstrating a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and to their sport/community through volunteer activities
3. Education — Demonstrating a commitment to academic studies and continued education
4. Cultural Awareness — Demonstrating pride in their Aboriginal ancestry and being actively engaged in cultural activities
5. Future Goals — Demonstrating how their experience in sport is shaping their future
Applicants must not contact members of the selection committee regarding the status of their nomination. All requests for information should be directed to the Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.

Successful Nominees
All nominees will be notified by February 21, 2016, of the selection committee’s decisions. Successful nominees will be invited to attend the inaugural presentation of the Premier’s Awards in Victoria at the 2016 Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference, March 21–24, 2016.

Award winners will also be invited to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, which will be hosted in conjunction with GOV March 21–24, 2016.

Funding will be provided for each recipient and one guest to attend the Premier’s Awards ceremony. Each recipient will also have their costs covered to attend the Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum.

Inquiries and eligibility questions should be directed to:
Joe Akerman, Manager Regional Engagement
Phone: (250) 388-5522
Fax: (250) 388-5502
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-2432
Email: jakerman@bcaafc.com

3rd Annual ‘Learn to Snowboard’

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

Métis Women’s Representative for the North East Region Ms. Sharon Payou.

~$aron P

The Métis Nation British Columbia has recently learned of the passing of our dear friend and Métis Women’s Representative for the North East Region Ms. Sharon Payou.Sharon passed away on December 31st in her home in Dawson Creek, BC.

Sharon was very proud and committed to her work in supporting Métis Women in her community and region within her role as a Regional Métis Women’s Representative for the MNBC Ministry of Métis Women. She was devoted to her volunteer work and to her community and Nation. As a MNBC Registered Métis Citizen, Sharon was a very strong and passionate supporter of the MNBC and she will be deeply missed by the Ministry’s Regional Metis Women Representatives, our Board of Directors and staff and the many Métis Citizens she has touched along her travels.
There will be a service for Sharon in Dawson Creek on January 15th, at the Grandview Chapel, 900 94th Ave, Dawson Creek, BC.

The time for her service as of this post is not yet known but we will update you as soon as we are made aware of further service details.
To pay respects to Sharon’s family or to Sharon in Memoriam, please visit: http://www.bergeronfunerals.com

On behalf of the MNBC Board of Directors and Staff we will sincerely keep Sharon’s family in thought and prayer throughout this incredibly sad and difficult time.
Always in our hearts and never forgotten,

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council

Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sports

About the Awards
The Province of B.C. and the Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) have collaborated to establish a new awards program to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal youth athletes throughout the province.

The Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport will recognize athletes who have excelled in performance sport, display strong leadership qualities, are committed to higher education, and who serve as community role models both on and off the field of play.

Youth athletes (under 25 years of age) currently training and competing in performance sport are invited to apply for one of 12 Premier’s Awards (6 male and 6 female), which will be awarded annually.

Recipients will be honoured at a formal ceremony conducted at the 2016 Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference in Victoria on March 21, 2016. Recipients will also receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum that is held annually during Gathering Our Voices.

Nomination Requirements
To be eligible for the awards, an athlete must meet the following criteria:
• Has been a permanent resident of B.C. for the last 12 months
• Is of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Métis and Inuit)
• Is currently registered with a B.C. Provincial Sport Organization and/or involved in a Partners Council program (including recognized regional/traditional sports)
• Is under the age of 25 (born in 1991 or later)
• Is actively participating and in one or more sports (recognized provincial sports as well as regional/traditional sports) and shows evidence of high athletic ability and performance results
• Demonstrates leadership both on and off the field of play
• Is committed and dedicated to learning and academics and is actively pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary education
Note: Recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport are not eligible to apply for or receive the award in subsequent years.

Nomination Process
• Nomination Forms may be downloaded or completed on online at
http://aboriginalsportbc.ca/grants-and-opportunities/premiers-awards-for-aboriginal-youth-excellence-in-sport/
• Nomination Forms must be completed in full. Incomplete forms will NOT be considered.
• The deadline for nominations is January 29, 2016.
• Late applications will NOT be accepted.
Nominations must be submitted to the Partners Council online, by email, or by regular mail by 4:30pm on January 29, 2016.

Email: jakerman@bcaafc.com
Regular mail:
The Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport
551 Chatham Street
Victoria BC V8T 1E1

Selection Criteria
The Award’s selection committee will assess nominees using the following five criteria:
1. Sport Achievements — Pursuing and achieving sport performances leading towards podium placements at provincial, national and international competitions
2. Leadership Qualities — Demonstrating the qualities of leadership, coachability, strong work ethic, and the characteristics of fair play both on and off the field of play, as well as demonstrating a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and to their sport/community through volunteer activities
3. Education — Demonstrating a commitment to academic studies and continued education
4. Cultural Awareness — Demonstrating pride in their Aboriginal ancestry and being actively engaged in cultural activities
5. Future Goals — Demonstrating how their experience in sport is shaping their future
Applicants must not contact members of the selection committee regarding the status of their nomination. All requests for information should be directed to the Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.

Successful Nominees
All nominees will be notified by February 21, 2016, of the selection committee’s decisions. Successful nominees will be invited to attend the inaugural presentation of the Premier’s Awards in Victoria at the 2016 Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference, March 21–24, 2016.

Award winners will also be invited to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, which will be hosted in conjunction with GOV March 21–24, 2016.

Funding will be provided for each recipient and one guest to attend the Premier’s Awards ceremony. Each recipient will also have their costs covered to attend the Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum.

Inquiries and eligibility questions should be directed to:
Joe Akerman, Manager Regional Engagement
Phone: (250) 388-5522
Fax: (250) 388-5502
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-2432
Email: jakerman@bcaafc.com

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council

Welcome
to Provincial Championships &
Development Camps

Extended Deadline

Call-out for Communities to Host 2016/17 series of BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships & Athlete Development Camps

The 2016/17 Host Application Process has been launched for First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres, and Aboriginal organizations to apply to host event(s) within the 2016/17 series of BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps. Successful community hosts will be awarded a Hosting Grant to help offset the majority of the event operating costs. The Championships and Development Camps are to be held primarily in the Summer/Fall of 2016 in a variety of communities across British Columbia.

These events have been strategically established to support Aboriginal athlete development in sports featured in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). With the 2017 NAIG approaching, the series of 2016/17 BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships & Camps will be a primary component of the Team BC Talent Identification and/or Selection Processes for athletes to represent Team BC at the Toronto 2017 NAIG. Information regarding the specific details of the Team BC Selection processes for each sport will be released in early 2016.

The Provincial Championships & Camps series are slated to include the following NAIG sports:

Championships:
• Canoe/Kayak
• Golf
• Soccer
Athlete Camps:
• 3-D Archery
• Lacrosse
• Swimming
• Athletics (Track&Field)
• Rifle Shooting
• Volleyball
• Badminton
• Softball
• Wrestling
• Basketball
The BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Athlete Development 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.

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 Development Camps.

To apply to host an event, please refer to the Aboriginal Provincial Championships & Athlete Camps 2016/17 Host Application forms. All The deadline to submit applications had been extended and must be received before 4:00 pm (PST), Friday, January 22nd, 2016.

Access the online host application forms at the following links:
• CHAMPIONSHIPS HOST APPLICATION
• CAMPS HOST APPLICATION

For more information on the BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps (or request hard copy of the Host Application Forms), please visit the Partners Council website at http://www.aboriginalsportbc.ca or contact Program Coordinator, Alissa Derrick at aderrick@bcaafc.com.