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I·SPARC Launches Nomination Process to Honour High-Achieving Indigenous Youth Athletes in B.C.

Traditional Territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples / Victoria B.C. (September 13, 2021) – In collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is launching the nomination process for the 2021 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. The intention of the Premier’s Awards is to honour and uplift Indigenous youth athletes who have achieved excellence in performance sport and are regarded for their leadership qualities both on and off the field of play.

Nominations are open to Indigenous youth athletes (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit) in B.C. under the age of 25 (born 1997 or earlier) who:

  • Compete in performance sport
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities
  • Are committed to pursuing higher education
  • Serve as community role models both on and off the field of play
  • Are involved in cultural activities or show a desire to learn about their Indigenous ancestry

The Premier’s Awards will take place regionally and provincially. A maximum of 36 athletes will be selected for the Regional Awards, with up to 6 athletes within each of I·SPARC’s regions: Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, Vancouver Island. Athletes selected for the Regional Awards will automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards, with up to 10 Provincial Awards being given out.

A Regional Award Ceremony will be held in the fall of 2021 to honour the Regional Award recipients and a Provincial Award Ceremony will be held in the spring of 2022 to honour the Provincial Award recipients. Provincial Award recipients will have their profile go on display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and will receive a cash bursary.

The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

The Regional Nomination form can be found at

To find out more about the Premier’s Awards, visit


About the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC)
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is a provincial organization established with the purpose of improving the health outcomes of Indigenous peoples by supporting and encouraging physically active individuals, families, and communities. The programs and services delivered by I·SPARC are designed to build capacity and increase access to sport, recreation, and physical activity in First Nations communities, Métis Chartered Communities, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, schools, and other delivery agencies throughout British Columbia. For more information, please visit:

Media Contact
Shireen Banaee
Manager, Communications and Recognition Programs

Who can nominate an athlete?Anyone! A coach, parent, friend, teacher, or the athlete themselves.

Steps to nominate:

  1. Review nomination requirements
  2. Fill in basic information about the nominee
  3. Provide sport information (history in sport/sport achievements)
  4. Include supporting information (education, leadership, cultural awareness, and future goals)
  5. Attach reference letters (min.1, max. 3 from a coach, teacher, community member, etc.)
  6. Submit!

Online Nomination Form:

Online Nomination Form:
Download a Nomination Form Here:

2021 Nomination Form (Word)   2021 Nomination Form (PDF)

This newsletter comes to you from the Premier’s Awards program at I·SPARC

Manager, Communications and Recognition Programs
Shireen Banaee
P:  250.856.0859
C: 778.677.0174