2016 BC Aboriginal Provincial Softball Camps

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

2016 BC Aboriginal Provincial Softball Camps

2016 BC Aboriginal Provincial Softball Camps will be hosted in four locations across BC.

Male and female Aboriginal youth softball players players born in years 1998-2003 are invited to participate.

Sanctioned by Softball BC and supported by the Province of BC, these Provincial Softball Camps will serve as ATHLETE IDENTIFICATION EVENTS to form “Team BC Development Squads” to train for and pursue participation in the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) held in Toronto, Ontario from July 16 to 23, 2017.

Athletes nominated to the Team BC Softball Development Squads will be expected to continue training on their own in the off-season and attend a mandatory spring training camp where the final Team BC NAIG roster members will be selected. The Team BC Athlete Selection Process document for softball will be released to participants via email.

Registration for these 2016 BC Aboriginal Softball Camps are open to eligible participants. No pre-qualification required.

The following 2017 NAIG age categories will be offered for this Team BC athlete selection event:
• U16 (born 2001 & later*) (MALE & FEMALE)
• U19 (born 1998 & later) (MALE & FEMALE)

To be eligible, athletes must be a resident of BC. Open to First Nations, Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit athletes. Proof of ancestry required (declaration of ancestry option available for those who do not possess status/Métis card).

*For safety reasons, Team BC is seeking youth born no later than 2003.

Athletes attend the camp location/date that works best for them. Athletes are not required to attend more than one camp but are permitted to do so if they wish. All camps will run 9am to 3pm. Water and snacks provided.

Camp 1) Saturday, August 13th – PENTICTON (Field TBC)

Camp 2) Sunday, August 14th – CHILLIWACK (Townsend Park 3 & 4)

Camp 3) Saturday, August 20th – NANAIMO (Howard Centiniel Fields- John Barsby Schoo)

Camp 4) Saturday, August 20th – PRINCE GEORGE (Field TBC)

Team BC NAIG Head Coaches for male and/or females will be at the camps and will evaluate athletes for all divisions/gender.

Reg Fee: $25/participant. The fee is payable by cheque or money order (MADE PAYABLE TO THE CAMP HOST – THIS WILL BE CONFIRMED IN YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL)

Register by 4PM, Friday, August 5th for the August 13th or 14th camp.

Register by 4PM, Friday, August 12th for the August 20th camp

 Register online at: https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/provincial-softball-camps/

  • “Hard Copy Registration Form”: Attached (Online registration is preferred)
  • Event Poster: Attached

Contact Information:

Buzz Manuel, Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport
Email: bmanuel@bcaafc.com
Phone: 1-250-350-3370

Glen Ohs for MNBC Vice President

2016 MNBC General Election VOTE GLEN OHS for Vice President


Born and raised in British Columbia, Glen was educated in
Courtenay and Kamloops before graduating from Camosun
College in Victoria BC.

Raised believing his family was Cree, Glen discovered he was
Métis only after a thorough genealogical search revealed that
he had ancestral roots tied directly to St. Francis Xavier Parish
in the Red River Settlement (Ross, Short) and Il-a-la-Crosse SK
(Malboef). Scottish and French Hudson Bay fur traders mixed
with Cree and Saulteaux blood are all part in his lineage.

A proud Métis, Glen has actively served Métis for over 16 years.
A champion and advocate for Métis rights, Glen has built solid
relationships with leaders in all levels of government and has
worked with educators and school administrators to raise
awareness of Métis culture, enhancing opportunities for Métis
students in the public school system.

Over 40 years’ experience in the energy and water utility
business with responsibilities for the strategic and annual
business planning, business development, project execution,
quality service delivery, safety, financial accountability and
people development throughout Canada.

A Senior Manager, with responsibilities for supporting all
company-wide initiatives related to Aboriginal Affairs, including
Aboriginal inclusion in business opportunities, consultation and
engagement, regulatory processes, agreement negotiation and
implementation, community development and investment,
employment and corporate reporting.

Actively involved in building capacity in aboriginal communities
through economic development for over 25 years, Glen brings
Métis issues forward as an active member of the Vancouver
Board of Trade Aboriginal Opportunities Advisory Committee.
Glen presently resides in Langley, BC with his wife of 30 years,
Elaine. Together they share in the joy of their 6 children and 15
(soon to be 16) beautiful grandchildren.

Director, Métis Economic
Development Commission (MEDCO), Director
(MPCBC), Chairperson for
MNBC Region 2 RETC, Chair MNBC PETC, Regional
Director- Lower Mainland, Governance Committee,
Minister for Employment and Training, Minister for
Economic Development

MP’s, MLA’s, Aboriginal
Community Leaders,
Indigenous and Northern
Affairs Canada, Mayors and Councils, Governmental
Regulators such as Environment Canada and Dept. of Fisheries and
Oceans, School Boards

0ver 25 years’ experience in progressive management roles

Delivered multi-million dollar projects on time – on

Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development
Commission, Rotary Club, Builders Association,
Coach, Umpire, IRONMAN Canada, Parent Advisory

BC Safety Authority, Industry Training Authority,
BC One Call, Vancouver Board of Trade, British
Columbia Achievement Foundation

Integrity – Accountability – Fiscal Responsibility

Kamloops Aboriginal Youth Summer Hockey Camp August 22 – 26, 2016

Kamloops Aboriginal Youth Summer Hockey Camp

August 22 – 26, 2016

 Location: Brock Arena 2470 Fleetwood Ave   Kamloops BC

Open To all Aboriginal Youth ages 7 – 15

Join us for a 5 day Summer Hockey Camp with hockey coaches Brett Draney, Wayne Kaboni and Matt Fichter, off-ice training instructors and community leaders.

Full hockey gear required. Please bring a water bottle, running shoes & proper gym clothing for off-ice training.

Camp Schedule:

Session Time: Camp Schedule (Monday – Thursday) Friday Schedule
Ages 7 – 9 Ages 10 – 12 Ages 13 – 15 All Groups
9:00 – 10:00 AM On Ice Cultural 4:00 PM

Family BBQ

Potluck Style

Bring a lawn chair

10:15 – 11:30 AM Cultural On Ice Off Ice Training & Games
11:45  – 1:00 PM Off Ice Training & Games On Ice
·         Free Swimming on Monday and Wednesday from 1 – 3 PM at Brock Pool (pack a lunch and bring your swimming gear)

·         Camp is closed at 1pm Tuesday and Thursday.

6:00  – 7:30 PM

Exhibition Game for All Players

Registration Link: : https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.com/forms/z8h4s8e097duxk/

Camp Fee: $50.00 per player.  Fee includes player jersey.

Please make payment out to: BCAAFC

& Mail cheque or money order to: Bernard Manuel, PO Box 3700, Merritt BC   V1K 1B8

 For more information contact:

Bernard (Buzz) Manuel

Provincial Coordinator – Performance Sport

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

Office Location:

C/O  N’kwala School, Upper Nicola Band

9410 N’kwala Road, Douglas Lake BC

Mailing Address and Contact Info:

PO Box 3700 | Merritt, BC | V1K 1B8

Phone:  250.350.3254  | Mobile:  250.315.3457

Fax:  250.350.3319 | Email: bmanuel@bcaafc.com






Employment Notices – Manager, Premier’s Awards & Communications & Fraser and Interior Region Coordinators

Greetings Interior Region,

Please find attached notices regarding new employment opportunities with the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.  Please share with your networks.

  1. Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator – FRASER REGION
  2. Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator – INTERIOR REGION

Application deadline is Wednesday, August 3, 2016.  Applications for the above positions to be submitted online at https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/regional-coordinators.

  1. Manager, Premier’s Awards & Communications

Applications for Manager, Premier’s Awards & Communications to be submitted online at https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/manager-premiers-awards-communications/.  Application deadline is Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Kind regards,

Bernard (Buzz) Manuel

Provincial Coordinator – Performance Sport

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

Office Location:

C/O  N’kwala School, Upper Nicola Band

9410 N’kwala Road, Douglas Lake BC

Mailing Address and Contact Info:

PO Box 3700 | Merritt, BC | V1K 1B8

Phone:  250.350.3254  | Mobile:  250.315.3457

Fax:  250.350.3319 | Email: bmanuel@bcaafc.com

Website: www.aboriginalsportbc.ca 

Provincial Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil

Employment Notice – Fraser and Interior Regional CoordinatorsEmployment Notice – Manager Premiers Awards and CommunicationsEmployment Notice – Fraser and Interior Regional Coordinators

Clara Morin Dal Col For President of Métis Nation British Columbia

Clara Morin Dal Col For President of Métis Nation British Columbia

“The MNBC General Election is now officially underway and I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible before September 10 th . I really want to hear from you about what you see as our priorities for the next four years.” Clara

Why am I running for President?

“I am running to make a difference in the lives of Métis people in British Columbia each and every day. As Provincial Chair of BC Métis Women for the past four years and a member of the MNBC Board of Directors I have been part of the decision making process that has helped make MNBC into the strong and stable Métis Provincial Governing body that it is today. As a Métis woman who is very proud of her Métis heritage and culture, I want to see that growth continue so that we can help to meet the needs of all Métis people.
Growth doesn’t just happen. Through my experience in Métis governance at the regional and provincial levels, I know that it takes a Board working together to chart the way forward, and I know that leadership by the President is crucial in helping to bring it all together. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to be your President.”

Why should you vote for me?

“Leadership is not easy and that’s why good leaders recognize the importance and value of working with others. In our case that would be our Board of Directors and our 36 Chartered Métis Communities. Good leaders also have experience in governance. In our case, that is Métis governance. Good leaders also must have the ability to listen to the needs of people and then move to try and address those needs. In our case, that is the needs of our Métis people, and that is what we have been doing in the past four years. Good leaders also must have the ability to represent the interests and views of Métis people in meetings with
other governments at other levels. That is what I have been doing in the past four years in meetings with both federal and provincial Ministers. Good leadership is also about trust and accountability. I have guided myself in both requirements for the past four years, and I intend to continue to do that for the next four years. These are the attributes that I value in a good leader and that I practise. I respectively ask for your support to be your President.”

What are some of the key issues?

“Here are just three – there are many more that I will be addressing in the coming days –
The Daniels decision of the Supreme Court of Canada – This was a very significant decision. It finally gives Métis people in this country the same recognition under the Constitution Act of 1867 as First Nations and Inuit. This was way overdue. But now the hard work begins at the national level to ensure the federal government honors that legal decision by sitting down with us to negotiate future services and benefits for Métis people.
Our culture, heritage and language – We need to double our efforts to ensure that our culture, heritage and Michif language is promoted and supported at all levels but especially with our young people. Our Elders have an important role to play in this effort and I look forward to working with them and our youth to help make this happen.
The proposed National Métis Constitution – We need to have a National Métis Constitution but we (along with Ontario) will never be satisfied with just 5 votes each in the General Assembly compared to 15 for each of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. We will be propose a fairer formula to the other members of the Board of Governors of the Métis National Council.”

Leadership is about making a difference in the lives of Métis people
To contact Clara: cmdalcol@gmail.com or phone: 2509188313

The Aboriginal Youth FIRST Junior Eagle Program

Scuba Diving,
Lifeguarding, Fitness & Nutrition!


The Aboriginal Youth FIRST Junior Eagle Program provides a unique opportunity utilizing sport and recreation as a positive intervention in the lives of Aboriginal youth by providing opportunities to learn job skills, increase self-esteem, develop leadership skills and promote healthy living.

The program lasts 10 days each summer and encourages Aboriginal youth to create a personal vision or goal in their lives by providing short and long term opportunities in the areas of aquatics, lifesaving, scuba diving, first aid and recreational leadership. Through structured activity at the camps, youth are educated on living a lifestyle that includes a variety of physical activities and healthy, nutritional options and discourages unhealthy choices including smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.  Aboriginal youth are encouraged to be junior leaders and, in turn, become role models for future students. They develop skills that prepare them for outdoor leadership opportunities and for employment. All program staff are selected from these junior leaders.

Our 2016 camp has 5 spots left!   July 19-28, 2016
To connect with the program and get an Aboriginal youth onto our contact list for this year’s camp you have the following options:

For an overview our entire program, please visit our homepage at www.youthfirst.ca to find out the array of options for your family!