Welcome to I·SPARC’s Community Sport Development

Welcome to I·SPARC’s Community Sport Development

SPRING 2018 

I·SPARC (The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) invites First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres and other not-for-profit Indigenous organizations from across the province to apply to host a Sport Development Camp, Coaching Certification Course, and/or Officials Training Session in their community/organization.

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

Each of our Regional Committees have identified priority sports for their respective region (listed in the application), and these priority sports serve as the focal point for region-wide sport development in the areas of youth sport camps, and coaching/officials development.  Note:  Requests for sport development activities not included on the regional list of priority sports are welcome and the Regional Coordinating Group will consider these requests during the application review and selection process.

Once applications are approved, the Regional Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator will work with the host community/organization representative to plan and deliver the event(s).


  • Appoint representative as primary contact between the Regional Coordinator & Camp/Clinic Facilitator
  • Consider inviting local Elder/Knowledge Keeper to open or close your camp (honorarium available)
  • Promote the event within surrounding communities (e.g. circulate and post event posters)
  • Collect the online registrations and have registrations forms available at your event when permitted
  • Ensure all necessary equipment (e.g. audio visual, sports gear, cones, tables, chairs etc.)
  • Ensure appropriate emergency plan (identify first aid plan, local EMS, and have contact info ready)
  • Check-in all participants and have representative on-site at event
  • Provide final participation list as part of final report
  • MUST fill out an on-line post-event report (within 7 days of event)
  • MUST provide all invoices to the Regional Coordinator (within 14  days of the event)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018 – 5:00 pm, for program delivery dates of APRIL 1 to JUNE 30, 2018.


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 earlylearning@mnbc.ca
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
E: bmanuel@isparc.ca
T: 250-350-3254