South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association Event

Have you ever wanted to learn to do Métis Beading or improve your skills as a Métis Beader?

Under the guidance of SOSMA’s Women’s Rep., SOSMA has organized an opportunity for anyone interested, to join with the Vernon Métis Women’s Rep to learn or improve your Beading skills on Saturday July 27, 2019 in Vernon.

The Facilitator will be Linda van Wieringen from Vernon.

Supplies and lunch provided to Community members.

Beading kits can also be purchased for $25.00 for those interested who are not SOSMA Community members.

The plan is to carpool meeting at 10:00 am at the Riverside Mall at the north end of Penticton. Plan is to return to Penticton by 6:00 pm.

This is the first organized opportunity of three that will be offered for our Community and for others who are interested.

To register & also reserve your spot in the carpool, contact Greta (SOSMA Women’s Rep) either by phoning or text to Cell# 250- 488-8889 by July 23.



Welcome to I·SPARC’s Healthy Living Activities!

Healthy Living Leader Training Dates! 


I·SPARC is pleased to announce the dates for the 2019 Leader Training Sessions! These sessions are complimentary for those working within Indigenous communities who want to deliver an Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge program.

Region Location Hotel Dates
Northwest Tsimshian (Terrace) Best Western Inn Sep. 19 – 20
Northeast Lheidli T’enneh (Prince George) Coast Inn of the North Sep. 24 – 25
Interior Tk’emlups (Kamloops) Sandman Signature Oct. 10 – 11
Van. Coastal/Fraser Sumas (Abbotsford) Quality Inn Oct. 17 – 18
Van. Island Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) Coast Bastion Oct. 29 – 30

As part of I·SPARC’s Healthy Living Activities, our Leader Training Sessions offer two days of workshops, providing participants with the tools and resources to deliver their own healthy living program. Participants have the option of training in either the Aboriginal RunWalk or the Honour Your Health Challenge:

  • Aboriginal RunWalk: lead your participants in an 8 – 13 week training program, preparing for a 5 or 10 km run/walk event
  • Honour Your Health Challenge: develop your own program focused on physical activity, healthy eating, respecting tobacco or healthy families – past programs include creating a community cookbook, “Family Fitness Fridays,” planting medicinal tea gardens, “Kick the Nic” tobacco program, “Moccasin Mamas,” and many more.

This year’s agenda includes workshops in the Holistic Wellness Model, Sports Injury, Cannabis Harm Reduction, Mental Wellness, Traditional Food and a number of active sessions including Nordic Walking, Yoga, FitNation, and Pound.

Training sessions are free to attend with accommodation and travel subsidies provided based on our travel policy.
All participants are eligible to apply for up to $1000 in grant support of their Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge program.
Please post and share our Save the Date poster with any friends, colleagues, or family that may be interested in becoming a Healthy Living Leader.
For more information on leader training contact Jessie Toynbee­­
For more information on registration contact Susan Meier 
“I had a great time learning these last two days. The amount of networking that can be done was unreal! I look forward to running multiple programs!

– Healthy Living Leader, 2018


Registration Opens August 26th!


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the 2019 BC Indigenous Provincial Softball Camps
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I∙SPARC) is pleased to present these provincial athlete identification camps in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Métis Association, Westbank First Nation and Tzeachten First Nation, Softball BC and with the support of the Province of BC.

This events are being being held on

  1. Duncan, BC – July 28
  2. Westbank, BC – August 11
  3. Chilliwack, BC – August 25
  4. Prince George, BC – TBC

These are Team BC identification events for the Halifax 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG),taking place July 12-19, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please note that final team selections will not be made until completion of a spring 2020 training camp and review by our Team BC Coaching staff.

Age Divisions:

  • 16U male or 16U female (players born 2004 & later)
  • 19U male or 19U female (players born 2001 & later) .

Penticton Métis Community Event

The South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association would like to offer a cultural experience open to anyone, young or old, who is interested in exploring their heritage.

Community Foundation of South Okanagan awarded a Neighbourhood Grant to Greta Henning and Jodie Rae to sponsor this event.

A “Midnight Paddle” held at Skaha Lake on Wednesday July 17 at 8:30 pm is a collaboration between  the South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association, Penticton Dragon Boat, Penticton Indian Band (Friendship and En’owkin Centers)  and the surrounding communities. We will gather at the Skaha Lake Marina Boathouse located on the Marina end of the Park near the Child’s Water Park

The intention of this invitation is to bring together like-minded people who have an interest in their personal history and culture as it relates to our journey through this world. We hope to inspire participants to use this event as a means to connect with, and honor the water and the abundance we live alongside in this area and on this planet. Wednesday, July 17 is a full moon with the sun setting at 9:15 pm.

Participants will be asked to register for the event before July 15 by calling Jodie at 250-469-4936. Space is limited so do not delay!

Promptly at 8:30 p.m. all participants will receive Water Safety Instruction, Life Jackets, and turn in signed waivers.

Our “Paddle” will include a brief history of Métis Culture in BC, Story Telling of your family history in this area and Q&A about how to discover your own roots. Please bring traditional drums, spoons or fiddles if you have them!

Light snack and drinks will be provided.

This event is open to anyone not just people who identify as Métis or First Nations.

*Traditionally, we would hold this event in dug out voyageur canoes. Thank you to the Dragon Boat Society for helping to create our experience of community by offering your boats.



MPLOYMENT NOTICE Assistant Chef de Mission – Team BC for 2020 North American Indigenous Games

The mission of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is to improve the health outcomes of Indigenous people across British Columbia by supporting and encouraging physically active communities. The programs delivered by the I·SPARC are designed to build capacity and increase access to sport, recreation and physical activity in First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, schools and other delivery agencies throughout BC.
In fulfilling a responsibility to deliver programs that create opportunities for Indigenous athletes and coaches to compete in elite competition, I·SPARC is assembling core members of its Mission Staff that will support Team BC’s participation at the Halifax 2020 North American Indigenous Games (2020 NAIG) to be held July 12-18, 2020.

Assistant Chef de Mission – Team BC
Team BC, consisting of approximately 550 athletes, coaches and mission staff participating in a minimum of 13 different sports, will be led and managed by Team BC’s Chef de Mission (head of the delegation), two Assistant Chefs de Mission and Mission Staff, whose responsibilities are to ensure all operations, logistics, communications, special events, performance services (medicine and sport psychology), and sport technical aspects are in place for a successful Games experience. The Chef de Mission and Assistant Chefs de Mission also serve as BC’s liaisons to the NAIG Host Society and Team BC partners. 

I·SPARC is seeking a candidate to fulfill one of two Assistant Chef de Mission roles. Reporting to the Chef de Mission and working closely with the Chefs and the Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport, the primary role of the Assistant Chef de Mission is to support the planning and delivery of Team BC’s athlete and coach selection and preparation processes conducted in the summer of 2019 through to spring 2020, support the oversight of Team BC administration, operations and logistics, and the training and supervision of mission staff.  

Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Advocating for and supporting the Team BC program, philosophy, goals and objectives;
  • Lead or support the coordination and delivery of Team BC selection and preparation processes across the 13 sports
  • Liaising with Provincial Sport Committees, Team BC coaches and managers
  • Attending NAIG Mission Meeting(s)
  • Ensuring operations, communications, special events, performance services and sport technical aspects are in place for successful Team BC program;
  • Liaise with Provincial Sport Committees, Provincial Sport Organizations, coaches, and managers on logistics and technical matters
  • Leading mission staff and other Team BC volunteers;
  • Attend, as required, selection or training camps to meet the athletes, coaches, etc. and explain the roles of the Chef, Assistant Chef, and mission staff
  • Organizing Team BC meetings with coaches, managers and mission staff
  • Monitoring budgets
  • Administering sport technical packages, athlete or team eligibility/selection appeals, conducting dispute resolutions according to the Team BC Code of Conduct processes
  • Collect final reports from mission staff and with the Chefs, prepare a final report
  • Other related duties as required
Competencies and Requirements
  • Post-secondary degree/diploma with leadership experience as an athlete, coach, official, volunteer or sport administrator
  • Experience in project management with a proven track record of delivering on objectives
  • Strong understanding of the Indigenous and mainstream sport systems, sport technical knowledge, and multi-sport games environment
  • Applied knowledge of BC’s Indigenous communities and their physical activity and health related needs
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to manage a complex workload and work to tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain positive working relations
  • Event management and financial management experience are assets
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure in a stressful environment for extended period of time
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule and available to travel when required
  • Valid driver’s license and access to vehicle
  • Successful completion of criminal record and vulnerable sector checks
  • Compliance with Team BC Code of Conduct
The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) currently serves as the official Host Agency of I·SPARC. Accordingly, the Team BC Operations Manager will be employed by the BCAAFC.
Term:        Temporary full-time employment: July 2019 to August 28, 2020
Salary:      Commensurate with experience
Location:  Must be a BC resident.  Candidate must have own office space and laptop.
To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references no later than 5:00 pm PST, Monday, July 8, 2019 via the online application form: letter to the attention of Lara Mussell Savage – Director, Sport. All applications are appreciated, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry.
Deadline to apply: 5:00 pm, Monday, July 8, 2019
For more information, visit

ISPARC Funding Opportunity






Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities

The Government of Canada announced investments to expand the use of sport and physical activity programming as a means to improve social development in Indigenous communities. The new Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities program component will be delivered via two streams.

Stream Two of the Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities (SSDIC) component funds Indigenous governments, Indigenous communities and other not-for-profit Indigenous and non-Indigenous delivery organizations to deliver sport for social development projects in Indigenous communities in Canada.

Who can apply
To be eligible for funding, your organization must:

  • be an Indigenous government, Indigenous community or other not-for-profit Indigenous or non‑Indigenous delivery organization collaborating with an Indigenous organization(s);
  • have organizational financial statements for the past fiscal year, where applicable;
  • be undertaking projects in/for Indigenous communities that create opportunities to participate in sport and target one or more of the identified social development outcomes; and
  • have a letter of support from the leadership of the beneficiary Indigenous community.

How to apply
Applicants are required to:

  • read the Application Guidelines in their entirety; and
  • contact the Sport Support Program to request an application package and to submit the required documentation.

We encourage you to submit your application package by email. Should you prefer another means, please do so using only one (by mail or in person).

Application deadline –  July 19, 2019

Department of Canadian Heritage
Sport Support Program — Sport Canada
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau QC  K1A 0M5
Telephone 819-97-0055 1-866-11-0055 (toll-free)
TTY 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)




FREE MNBC Justice Strategy Consultation – Regional Session Kelowna June 25, 2019

About this Event

MNBC have been working closely with the Province of British Columbia and the office of the Attorney General on the creation of the first ever Indigenous Justice Strategy for BC. We will host 7 regional consultation sessions starting June 2019 and will be complete by end of July 2019. Input from communities and citizens is vital to provide the best recommendations to government. There will be additional opportunities to provide recommendations to MNBC via email and online.


June 25, 2019 – Region 3 Kelowna

(Sandman Hotel 5:00 pm)

Diner will be served so please register online using Eventbrite or by emailing us at: (insert new email address here) so that we can ensure there is enough food for everyone.

MNBC Justice Strategy Consultation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action (“TRC Calls to Action”) and the Draft principles guide B.C. Public Service on relationships with Indigenous peoples (“Draft Principles”) both emphasis the need for participation by each Nation in establishing self-government and reconciliation. Two principles shared by TRC Calls to Action and Draft Principles are directly relevant and reproduced below:

“The right of Indigenous peoples to self-determination and self-government, and the responsibility of government to change operating practices and processes to recognize these rights… (and)

A focus on approaching “free, prior and informed consent” in a collaborative and constructive way when proposed actions by the provincial government affect Indigenous peoples and their rights.”

When these principles are combined they reflect the common axiom “Nothing about us; without us.” This is the reason MNBC believes it is essential to consult with our citizens and establish the Council to guide an Indigenous Justice Strategy for BC Métis.