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 


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:

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.



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.



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.



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.


Snowboard Jamboree 18

Good Morning Interior Region,

Sun Peaks Resort and the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nations Snowboard Team are pleased to offer registration for our  5th Annual Snowboard Jamboree!

  • Sun Peaks will sponsor 50 Youth Lift Tickets, Lessons, & Rentals per day
  • Communities are eligible to receive a max. of 10 youth passes & 1 complimentary chaperone pass per 5 youth passes

Saturday February 2nd registration open to communities 100+ km from Kamloops

Sunday February 3rd registration open to communities within 100 km of Kamloops

Travel, Meals, and accommodations are the responsibilities of the participants

Please email me your registration request by January 19th.

Happy Holidays,

Michelle Webster

Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator, Interior Region


BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps

BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps


The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I∙SPARC) is pleased to announce the dates and locations of several events within the 2017-18 series of BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps.

Launched in 2011, the annual BC Indigenous Provincial Championships and Camps were established to support Indigenous athlete and coach development in sports featured in the North American Indigenous Games and support the creation of a strong, coordinated and competitive Team BC program.  The following BC Indigenous Provincial Championships and Camps are confirmed:

BC Indigenous WRESTLING Camps
Vancouver Coastal – 
North Vancouver 
December 17, 2017     Registration Link:
Northwest – Masset, Haida Gwaii
January 19-21, 2018     Registration Link:

BC Indigenous BADMINTON Camp
T’kemlups te Secwepemc 
– Kamloops BC
January 27, 2018     Registration Link:

BC Indigenous ATHLETICS (Track & Field) Camp
T’kemlups te Secwepemc 
– Kamloops BC
February 11, 2018     Registration will open January 2018

BC Indigenous SWIM Camps
Vancouver Island – Cowichan Tribes, Duncan
February 17, 2018     Registration will open January 2018
Vancouver Coastal – Squamish Nation, North Vancouver 
Date TBA     Registration will open January 2018

BC Indigenous VOLLEYBALL Camp
Squamish Nation – North Vancouver 
Date TBA     Registration will open January 2018

Shxw’owhamel First Nation – Hope BC
Host Location: TBA

March 10-11, 2018     Registration will open January 2018

BC Indigenous ARCHERY Camp
Quesnel Friendship Centre
– Quesnel BC
March 17-18, 2018      Registration will open January 2018

For more information contact:
Bernard ‘Buzz’ Manuel, Jr
Provincial Coordinator, Performance Sport
E:    T: 250-350-3254

Full Media Release: Click Here


We are Pleased to announce our Winter 2018 Hosting Application

I·SPARC provides support to each of its six Regional Committees, in the form of a funding, to advance the sport priorities they have established within the Regional Action Plans.

First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres and other not-for-profit Indigenous organizations are invited to apply to host a Sport Development Camp, Coaching Certification Course, and/or Officials Training Session in their community.

The Regional Coordinating Group will conduct a selection process to approve the host applications.  Selections will be based on merit and partnerships with other organizations and surrounding communities.

These sport camps or courses are community-based programs and can range from 1-2 day events up to multi-week sessions.

Please complete application by 5 pm, FRIDAY, Jan 5th, 2018 for program delivery dates of JANUARY TO MARCH 31, 2018.

Here is the link to register on line: or contact me for assistance to email or fax the hosting application.

Happy Holidays,

Michelle Webster

Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator, Interior Region


Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council

8 outstanding Aboriginal athletes receive prestigious award
Chase B.C. (November 23rd, 2017) – The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region during a formal celebration held today at the Adams Lake Recreation Center in Chase, B.C. The Interior is the sixth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

I·SPARC Interior Regional Lead Bruce Baptiste said “We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our athletes in the Interior region. The recipients we have honoured tonight have dedicated their time to achieving excellence and we look forward to the continued success of these young role models.”

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the Regional nomination process in August 2017, receiving 141 nominations from across the province for Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport for the Interior region,” said the Honourable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “These young athletes have distinguished themselves through their skill, dedication and commitment on the field and in their communities. On behalf of the BC government, it is an honour to recognize your accomplishments.”

A total of 48 recipients have been chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. Recipients were selected based on their achievements in performance sport, commitment to pursuing a higher education, demonstrable leadership qualities, volunteerism, and connection to culture.

“The recipients recognized today are the mentors, heroes and leaders of the next generation of Aboriginal athletes for the Interior region of our province,” said Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary of Sport and Multiculturalism. “It is important to recognize and celebrate these athletes for their commitment to sport, education and culture. Congratulations!”

The recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Interior Region are:

· Kaitlyn Lafontaine, 21, Basketball, Métis Nation BC

· Daniel Everton, 16, Volleyball, Métis Nation BC

· Kelly Kosolofski, 14, Soccer and Hockey, Haida Nation

· Jacob Taylor, 16, Track & Field, Okanagan Band

· Kylie Jack, 21, Golf, Penticton Indian Band

· Terrance Hubick-Archie, 16, Canoe/Kayak, Canim Lake Band

· Laine Grace, 18, Hockey, Cariboo-Chilcotin Métis Society

· William Brewer, 15, Snowboarding & Lacrosse, Okanagan Band

These recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Recipients (six male and six female) will be selected in February 2018. Provincial recipients will receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, held at the Gathering our Voices Indigenous Youth Leadership Training in Richmond from March 20-23, 2018.