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

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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.
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

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
• 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.

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

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:
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:

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:

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,