MNBC Event March 4, 2018 Kamloops BC

Métis Nation British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care Community Engagement

If you believe that early learning and child care for our Métis
children needs to reflect Métis culture, history and language then we
need your support! Consulting with Métis children and families and gathering information from Métis community members will inform MNBC, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development what early learning and child care should look like in British Columbia.

A community engagement session will be held in Kamloops
and we are hoping that you can participate.

When: Sunday March 4th @ 11:00AM to 3:00PM
(lunch is provided)
Where: 707 Tranquille Road
Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services

Let us know if you can participate and we will enter you into a draw for a
$100.00 Visa gift card!

Email us at
If you have a child aged 0-8 years please complete an important survey here:

Provincial Host Call-Out for 2018/19 BC Indigenous Athlete Development Camps and Championships

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I∙SPARC) is seeking First Nations, Friendship Centres & Metis Chartered Communities to host the 2018/19 series of BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps and Championships.

The Provincial Camps series will consist of a provincial athlete development camp delivered for each of the following sports:

•             3-D Archery*
•             Athletics (Track & Field)
•             Badminton
•             Lacrosse
•             Rifle Shooting*
•             Softball
•             Swimming
•             Volleyball
•             Wrestling

*3-D Archery and Rifle Shooting will be a combined Camp and Championships format; Day 1 will be Skills Development and Day 2 will be a Championship.

The Provincial Championships series will consist of a provincial athlete development camp delivered for each of the following sports:

•             Canoe/Kayak
•             Golf
•             Soccer

The BC Indigenous Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps are an important component of the Provincial Strategy for Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity.  The events provide a unique opportunity for Indigenous 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.

These Championships and Camps have been strategically established to support Indigenous athlete development in sports featured in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and other elite competitions.  Committed to establishing a consistent, comprehensive Indigenous Team BC program that results in increased participation and better preparation, I∙SPARC has established a Team BC Work Group who has, in turn, formed Provincial Sport Committees that will maintain oversight of the Provincial Championships and Development Camps.

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council and its Provincial Sport Committees are conducting the Host Application Process for communities and Friendship Centres applying for the opportunity to host a 2018/19 BC Indigenous Provincial Championships or Athlete Development Camp.

The Provincial Sport Committees will select the host communities based on experience and preparedness criteria.  Successful hosts will have a dedicated individual to serve as event coordinator, available facilities, a strong volunteer base, past hosting experience, etc. required to host a Provincial Camp.  The selection process will also consider the importance of having events delivered in different communities throughout the province (while also considering accessibility) and in regions where that particular sport has a strong history and presence.

To support the planning and delivery of the events, I∙SPARC will issue Hosting Grants to the host to help offset the majority if not all of the core operating costs for hosting a Provincial Camp.  However, those considering the opportunity to host Camp must also evaluate their ability to contribute resources to the planning and delivering the event through their own resources (e.g. host contribution to support funds, revenue from sponsorship, registration fees, volunteer resources, value-in-kind donations, etc.).

Application Forms
To apply to host an event within the 2018/19 series of BC Indigenous Provincial Championships or Camps, please complete the Host Application Forms below.

Provincial Athlete Development Camps:

Provincial Championships:

Applications must be received before 4:00 pm (PST), Thursday, March 29, 2018.

For more information please contact:
Buzz Manuel
Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport
T: 250-350-3254


2018 Equipment Grant Program

Victoria, BC (February 5th, 2018) – I·SPARC (The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) is now accepting applications for its Fall edition of the Equipment Grant Program.

All First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres are eligible to apply for the Equipment Grant for up to $1500. In addition, some community not-for-profit organizations that deliver Indigenous sport, recreation and/or physical activity programs will be eligible to apply. The equipment must be used to promote healthy active lifestyles for Indigenous communities by reducing barriers and increasing access to sport, recreation and physical activity programs.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION IS FRIDAY, March 2nd  at 5pm p.s.t. The online application form is HERE

Please make sure you have visited I·SPARC EQUIPMENT GRANT  for complete information before applying.

Applications that demonstrate the following will rank highest within the application evaluation process:

  • New programs and initiatives which address gaps in basic access to sport, recreation and/or physical activity
  • A well-defined need for the equipment, plan for its use, and description of the barriers it will help to reduce
  • A large number of Indigenous people benefiting from use of the equipment
  • Easy access, qualified supervision, and shared use of equipment

PLEASE NOTE: Sport Apparel (jerseys, pinnies) electronics (projectors, scoreboards, fitness trackers), large single-user items such as treadmills and items for one individual athlete are NOT ELIGIBLE for the Equipment Grant Program. See a list of generally approved equipment HERE

All applications must include an official purchase quote or invoice from the supplier, and letter(s) of support. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Funds will be awarded either by reimbursement on submission of receipts showing method and proof of purchase, or by direct billing. Equipment placed on supplier accounts will not be eligible.

Due to limited funds, not all applicants will be selected.  All grant recipients will be required to complete and submit a final report which will be provided by I·SPARC.

For more information please visit, or contact Kim Leming at 250.218.2884