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Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) – Become an Indigenous RunWalk or 
Honour Your Health Challenge Leader!

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Healthy Living Leader Training Sessions. These sessions are complimentary for those working within Indigenous communities who want to deliver an Indigenous RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge program. 

Region Host Territory Hotel Dates
Northwest Tsimshian – Terrace Best Western Inn Sep. 19 – 20
Northeast Lhedli 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

*Please note that due to limited room capacity in Kamloops, we are referring leaders from the Cariboo region to attend the Prince George Training, held September 24 – 25th. This includes leaders living in or north of Williams Lake, including Soda Creek and Quesnel, as well as communities west of Williams Lake along highway 20 such as Riske Creek and Alexis Creek.
Registration closes on September 13th, 2019. Registration is limited and will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Return leaders will join us at lunch (12:15pm) on the first day of training, and new leaders will attend the full two days of training. 
This year’s agenda includes workshops in the Holistic Wellness Model, Sports Injury, Cannabis, Mental Wellness, Traditional Food and a number of active sessions including Nordic Walking, Yoga, FitNation, and Pound Fitness. In addition, a Traditional Medicine evening workshop will be offered in select locations. Participants will learn from experts in their respective fields, and develop the skills necessary to design and deliver their own healthy living community program.
At the conclusion of training, participants are eligible for up to $1000 in grant support for their Indigenous RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge community program.

  • Indigenous RunWalk: choose from an 8-week program gearing up participants for a 5K or a 13-week program gearing up participants for a 10K run/walk event. 
  • Honour Your Health Challenge: develop your own program focused on physical activity, healthy eating, respecting tobacco or healthy pregnancies – past programs include creating a community cookbook, “Family Fitness Fridays,” planting medicinal tea gardens, “Kick the Nic” tobacco program, “Moccasin Mamas,” and many more.

To learn more about our programs and witness the amazing work of our healthy living leaders, see the video below: 

Healthy Living Leader Training is open to individuals who are interested in promoting health and wellness within their community, schools, Friendship Centres, Métis Chartered Communities, recreation centres, health centres, workplaces, or Indigenous organizations. 
Hotel accommodation will be provided and travel subsidies will be available as defined by the travel policy. For those traveling from remote communities, increased travel subsidies are available, please contact Susan Meier. 

Download Travel Policy

Registration: Susan Meier | | 604-763-4134
Leader Training: Jessie Toynbee | | 250-388-5522 ext. 214

Registration Deadline: Sep. 13th 2019 
Find Out More About ISPARC Healthy Living

This newsletter comes to you from the Healthy Living program at I·SPARC.  

Director, Healthy Living
Robynne Edgar
P:  250.388.5522 ext. 225
TF: 1.800.990.2432
Provincial Coordinator,
Healthy Living 

Jessie Toynbee
P:  250.388.5522 ext. 214
Provincial Coordinator, Physical Activity, Training and Development 
Daniel Young-Mercer
P:  250.388.5522 ext. 229
Provincial Coordinator, Indigenous RunWalk
Susan Meier
P:  604.763.4134
Provincial Coordinator, HealthBeat
Amanda de Faye
P:  778.995.9593