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National Non-Smoking Week
January 21 – 27th 

Running a healthy living program? Why not take this week to focus on programs and resources to support those on their path to a smoke-free life:  

Use physical activity as a cessation technique with Run to Quit 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES 

Indigenous Harm Reduction GrantsJan. 26th
Up to $50,000 per grant ​​​​​in response to the opioid crisis organizations, schools and agencies that are engaged in direct health service delivery to Indigenous people may be eligible for funding to provide a community–driven harm reduction event or initiative.

BC Physical Literacy for Communities InitiativeJan. 31st
Up to $50,000 over a two-year period, along with mentorship and support, to approximately 17 BC communities toward the collaborative design and multi-sector development of physical literacy.

Island Health Community Wellness GrantFeb. 7th
Provides the opportunity for not-for-profit organizations, local government organizations and aboriginal communities to apply for one-time funding for the development and establishment of new programs. Criteria for community wellness grants includes healthy aging, positive mental health, social and family connectedness, healthy eating and physical activity.

Go Grants Feb. 15th
GO Grants provide field trip grants for K-12 classes and schools to help get students outdoors learning about B.C.’s fish, wildlife, habitats and biodiversity. GO Grants cover transportation, project materials and or program fees to support student learning and connecting in nature.

Red Cross Traditional Foods Wildfire Assistanceongoing 
The Red Cross is assisting with traditional food needs of First Nations communities impacted by the wildfires with funding from the Government of BC, Government of Canada and Canadians. The Red Cross will provide $300 per person living on-reserve. Contact 1-800-863-6582 for a confidential, one-on-one needs assessment.

KidSport Grantsongoing
Grants (up to $400) for children ages 18 and under to participate in a sport season of their choice.

Breakfast Club of Canadaongoing 
Interested in a healthy breakfast program at your school? There are a number of options, to learn more: Steven.Letts@breakfastclubcanada.org.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Programongoing
Funding is available to pay for prenatal, birthing and postpartum doula services for expectant Aboriginal mothers and families, living in BC (living either on and off reserve). This grant program provides up to $1000 of coverage for each pregnancy in a family.

Aboriginal Scholarship Guide: Provides links to scholarship opportunities.

Indspire – financial awards, deliver programs, and share resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.

 

DEVELOPMENT

Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Coursedeadline: Jan. 31 
This award-winning certificate program is designed for those working in Aboriginal communities who want to increase their community’s capacity to deliver services, coordinate programs, and promote the health of their people.

Team BC NAHC Selection CampApr. 6 – 8th
The Camp Registration Fee is $120 per player and includes a Team BC Selection Camp jersey.  Pre-registration is mandatory as no ‘walk-ins’ will be accepted. Registration will close at 4:00 PM March 23, 2018

Dads in Gear Indigenous – opportunity to bring to your community 
Developed specifically for Indigenous Dads, a 10-week, innovative program focusing on being a Dad, being a Healthy Dad, and being a Smoke-Free Dad

Movement Preparation Courseonline, ongoing 
Self-paced e-learning course which shows coaches, teachers and recreational leaders how to effectively integrate physical literacy movement preparation into their day to day training in order to increase the durability and performance of athletes while decreasing their risk of injury.

 

WEBINARS

Protecting and Restoring the Sacred – The 16 Principles Jan. 18th 10 – 11:30 am
A spiritual journey with Chief Phil Lane Jr. and Corinne Stone – they describe this moment in human history as “unique and unprecedented” and filled with “restlessness and uncertainty”.

Facilitation Skills with IndigenEYEZ Jan. 23rd 10 – 11:30 am
Warren Hooley will introduce the Creative Community Model as practiced by IndigenEYEZ. He will discuss how adaptable this approach is to many situations, groups, challenges and dynamics, and how learning both technical and creative facilitation skills can help facilitators accomplish their goals effectively with individual participants as well as with groups.

Xwi7xwa Library: Community Research & Empowerment Jan. 31st 10 – 11:30 am
Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Its collections and services reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Everyone is welcome to visit Xwi7xwa Library.

Early Specialization and Injury – What We Know Feb. 13th 10 – 11:30 am
Early overspecialization, a focus on only one sport before adolescence, may help young athletes perform better at an early age, but is generally harmful to their long-term development. This webinar examines the problem and makes evidence-based recommendations for protecting young athletes.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS & GATHERINGS

Good Heart, Good Mind ConferenceREGISTER BY JAN. 19th 
The Cuystwi Indigenous Youth Wellness Team invites youth ages 20-25 residing in BC to come together, network and talk about the different forms of activism that they are engaging in within their communities. Hosted at the Loon Lake Lodge, Feb. 19 – 23rd

Winter Walk DayFeb. 7th
Winter Walk Day is celebrated by schools across Canada on the first Wednesday of February. Resources and a fantastic playlist are available; register your school to receive a certificate of participation.

Mental Health and Wellness Summit 2018Feb. 7 – 8th
The FNHA invites two representatives from BC First Nation communities working in or leading in the area of mental health and wellness to join us for the Mental Health & Wellness Summit. Deadline to register is Jan. 26th.

Gathering WisdomMay 15 – 17th 
The First Nations Health Council is pleased to invite Chiefs and Leaders to Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX, taking place May 15-17, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore on Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver.

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