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Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario – Welcome to the August edition of the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) monthly newsletter. Here you can find information and updates about past and upcoming events, resources to increase your wellness and opportunities for youth and communities across the province of Ontario. To submit content or to feature a story from your community, please send an email with the details and information to

We wish you a wonderful day and look forward to supporting your wellbeing!

With Respect,
The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO)

NAHC Aboriginal Team Ontario Tryouts
The first round of tryouts for Aboriginal Team Ontario for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) have been set! Male and female hockey players born between 2001-2004 are encouraged to try out and represent Aboriginal Team Ontario at the 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon from May 6-14. 


For more information regarding Aboriginal Team Ontario, please contact Wesley Marsden, at Wesley.Marsden@aswco or Keir Johnston, at

Congratulations to all the participants of the inaugural Masters Indigenous Games!
The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 (MIG 2018) was an opportunity for Indigenous adults from around the world, to compete in sport, develop their skills, get fit and have fun while doing it. Although the event was geared towards adults over the age of 20, the event brought families and communities together, with kids cheering on their parents, and in some cases, parents and their grown children competing together.
With participation from more than six countries and 59 Indigenous communities, 600 participants, 70 cultural performers, and 322 medals awarded, the inaugural Masters Indigenous Games was a considerable success in bringing together sport and culture, within an Indigenous framework of wellbeing.

Read the full news release here or visit for more details.

A pilot program for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the Canada Games Indigenous Mentorship Program – Officials (IMPO) will bring indigenous officials from across Canada to the Games for a once in a lifetime opportunity for observation and mentorship with NSO certified technical officials. The Sports involved in the mentorship program include Archery, Snowboarding, and Women’s Ice Hockey. Indigenous officials are encouraged to visit the Aboriginal Sports Circle website to view the eligibility criteria and full program details. 
ASWCO has developed a youth leadership program called Standing Bear, in consultation with more than 550 Indigenous youth in the province of Ontario. The program focuses on Youth Leadership within a culturally relevant framework. For more information about the Standing Bear, please click here.

Fort Hope Standing Bear Youth Sport and Culture Camp –The ASWCO team made their way up North to Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) and held a sport and culture camp for youth ages 10-18. More than 30 participants experienced 3 days of fun, leadership, learning, sport development, and culture teachings and activities at the Eabametoong Community Centre. Youth had the chance to create vision boards, and play a number of sports including rugby, soccer, baseball, beach volleyball, basketball, and canoeing. Peshaunquet Shognosh, an ASWCO staff member, shared his special recipe for fry bread and helped youth make their own. A special thank you to CARA worker Paul Holcroft, and Janelle and Josh Waboose who helped deliver such an amazing camp by supporting our staff and providing access to community resources.


SudburySport Camp – At the Northern Watersport Centre in Sudbury, members of the ASWCO team delivered a 2-day sport camp with a focus on water sports. This camp gave participants the chance to try a number of water sport activities including stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking, as well as a lesson in water safety, and an introduction to the Standing Bear Youth Leadership program. 


Sault Ste. Marie Standing Bear Youth Leadership Camp – At Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, members of the Standing Bear Youth Leadership team had youth ages 18-24 participating in workshops that focused on financial literacy, interview and resume skill building, teachings on traditions and history, and a number of sport and recreation activities. 



Southwest Standing Bear Leadership Camp – From August 15 -17, members of the ASWCO team hosted a Leadership Camp for youth ages 13-18 in ASWCO’s Southwest Region at Western University. Participants toured the Ska-Nah-Doht Iroquois Village, tested themselves on the high ropes and trampolines, and partook in nature walks. The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Chief Myeengun Henry welcomed the youth and opened with a prayer song. Participants were also given a workshop on the traditional roles of men and women and healthy youth relationships.

Kenora Standing Bear Youth Leadership Camp – The Standing Bear Youth Leadership was in Luther Village, Kenora from August 19-22. The camp was focused on participants between the ages of 15-18 and took place at the NeChee Friendship Centre. Youth heard from guest speakers such as Chief Lorraine Cobiness from Ochiichagwe’babigo’ining Ojibway Nation, Mr. McNaughton from the public school board, Treaty 3 Police Service, Shooniyaa Wabitoong, and the Seven Generations Education Institute. Youth had an opportunity to play beach volleyball, try canoeing, kayaking, and archery, and go on a night hike. At the end of the camp, the staff selected one male and one female from the camp that best exemplified leadership skills during the sessions; congratulations and great job to Latisha Fraser and Tyler Belmore who were the chosen campers. A great big thank-you to all who helped make the Kenora camp possible, including the guest speakers, NeChee Friendship Centre staff, ASWCO staff, and Healthy Living Worker, Melissa Payne. 


Rama Multi Sport Camp – Teaming up with the Rama Recreation Summer Camps that take place each week, members of the ASWCO team were in Rama First Nation, August 20 and 21, at the Mnjikaning Sport Complex with youth ages 9-15. Youth were taught the basic rules and skills of Ultimate Frisbee by Kirk and Shawn from ReachUp Ultimate, followed by a history lesson on lacrosse by Mekwan Tulpin, ASWCO High-Performance Coordinator. Youth also had the opportunity to practice basketball drills and skills and play a few games with Galen Plett, Rama Education Coordinator, followed by a game of baseball in the afternoon. Special guest, Debwe stopped by to show the group his lacrosse skills and challenged the youth to practice their shots while he guarded the net.


  • The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) is the designated Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sporting Body for Ontario (P/TASB), serving more than 133 Indigenous communities and 29 friendship centres, encompassing more than 300,000 Indigenous Peoples across the province.
  • You can read a new Standing Bear Story each week on the ASWCO website! These stories come from across the province when the Standing Bear Youth Leadership team travels to different communities to host Standing Bear Camps. You can read the Standing Bear Stories here.
View the Standing Bear Youth Leadership Program resource booklet now to learn more about this special ASWCO program that was created just for youth. The booklet talks about what the Standing Bear Youth Leadership Program is, how it came about and how it can benefit Indigenous youth in Ontario. Click here to access the Standing Bear booklet. 
Nutrition and healthy eating are important factors in maintaining good health and wellbeing and preventing or managing diabetes. The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association’s (NADA) mission is to lead the promotion of healthy environments to prevent and manage diabetes by working together with people, communities and organizations. NADA provides a range of resources and services – for more information, visit:
The Aboriginal Coaching Modules (“ACM”) is an essential resource to those that work with, coach and/or supervise Aboriginal peoples in physical activity, recreation, and sport. This one-day workshop will provide a greater understanding of coaching through an Aboriginal lens, which is designed to motivate, inspire and lead Aboriginal peoples in sport, recreation, physical activity and life. Are you interested in hosting the ACM Workshop or any other NCCP Coaches Workshop in your region? Click here for more information and contact ASWCO to get started. 
ASWCO honours the traditional lands and homelands of all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.