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Introduction to Physical Literacy 101: Indigenous Lens

Physical activity is a lot more fun when you are physically literate.  Now more than ever, physical literacy is being recognized as an important component of best practices in the sport, recreation, health and education sectors.  

With guidance from and co-facilitated by I·SPARC (Indigenous Sport Physical Activity Recreation Council), this workshop provides an Indigenous lens and perspective to physical literacy.  Workshop attendees will be introduced to the concept of the Holistic Model and the Indigenous Long-Term Participant Development Pathway and how it ties into physical literacy and supporting participants to becoming Active for Life.  Through interactive group discussion, and sharing of ideas and resources, attendees will gain insight as to how some Indigenous communities have incorporated physical literacy into their programming while ensuring that mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of participants are being met in support of healthy lifestyles and positive outcomes. 

Register for in person delivery or virtual!

Date:  Sunday, September 25, 2022 |  9:00am – 2:30pm 
In Partnership with:  
Pacific Sport Interior
910 McGill Rd. Kamloops, BC 



Date:  Friday, October 14, 2022 |  10:00am – 1:30pm

Location:  Zoom link will be sent to registrants 2 days prior

Register For In-Person Physical Literacy 101: Indigenous Lens (PacificSport Interior)

Register for VIRTUAL Physical Literacy 101: Indigenous Lens Workshop

Indigenous Communities: Active for Life

The Indigenous Communities: Active for Life is a full-day workshop with the purpose of establishing culturally tailored resources that inspires community leaders to deliver programs that promote the holistic development of their participants.
The resource and workshop support community leaders and individual champions as they embark on a journey to develop and provide abundance in a quality sport & physical activity programs, build collaborative relationships, and re-engage their community members into active and healthy lifestyle. 

  • An understanding of physical literacy
  • Holistic ideas to support Indigenous Participants needs
  • Tools, resources and action plan

Two locations and dates to select from!

Date :  October 6, 2022 |  9am – 5pm
In Partnership With: 
Engage Sport North
Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre
333 University Way, Prince George


Date:  November 26, 2022 |  9am – 5pm
In Partnership with
Pomeroy Sport Centre
9324 – 96th St.
Fort St. John, BC

Register for In Person: October or November Workshop

Workshops delivered In Person, please follow the applicable Provincial/Territorial public health orders in place on the date of delivery, and to any additional guidelines in place and established by the venue.  Hosted in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport Circle and Sport for Life

Stepping Stones to Indigenous Sport and Physical Activity

E-Learning Course has been designed for coaches and sport leaders, like yourself. The purpose of this training is to:
Increase your knowledge of the stages of the Indigenous Long-Term Participant Development Pathway.
Help you better understand the needs of Indigenous participants and athletes, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Enhance your ability to run developmentally and holistically appropriate programs for Indigenous participants and athletes.

When you have completed the entire course and each learning assessment, you will be able to download/print a Certificate of Completion. Coaches maintaining their certification, obtain NCCP PD. The course will take about an hour to complete.

Cost Free Opportunity August 2022 – November 2022

Greg Henhawk – Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life


PATHWAY (Two Full Days)

The Indigenous Long-Term Participant Development Pathway resource and Supporting Indigenous Participation workshop is designed to help sport and physical activity leaders and organizations across Canada enhance their understanding about how to support Indigenous participants and athletes in their programming. The workshop will spend time developing an appreciation of Indigenous culture, and how that culture plays out in terms of engagement and sustained participation through the sport system. It will outline the key elements that need to be considered when planning, developing, and implementing programs for and with Indigenous peoples and communities, including a focus on supporting the physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural needs of the individual to maximize their experience in sport and physical activity. The workshop will focus on how we can adjust the competition pathway and some of the policies within the system to ensure that we create a clearer pathway for Indigenous participants and athletes
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have:

  • Increased cultural awareness and understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, through participation in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise
  • Increased understanding of the Indigenous and mainstream systems in Canada
  • Ideas to support participants’ physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural needs
  • Tools and an action plan to better support Indigenous participants in programs
  • A certificate of workshop completion and 3 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Professional Development (PD) points (if applicable)

A primary goal of I·SPARC is to improve the health outcomes of Indigenous people across British Columbia by supporting and encouraging physically literate and physically active communities, and by expanding access to sport and recreation opportunities. Over the past several years, through our strong working relationship with Sport for Life Society, we have been able to co-host the Indigenous Long Term Participant Development (ILTPD) pathway workshop and mentorship for the leadership and staff of seven Provincial Sport Organizations.

The ILTPD pathway outlines key elements for planning, developing and implementing programs for and with Indigenous peoples and is helping the PSOs enhance their understanding about how to develop safe, welcoming and positive sport experiences for Indigenous participants and athletes in their programming and pathways.  We have experienced a positive impact and continue to build stronger relationships with each PSO that has taken the ILTPD training and mentorship.  We would be pleased to continue working with Sport for Life Society to support PSOs in the development and in their implementation of action plans to increase Indigenous participation and leadership.   

To find out how your Provincial Sport Organization in BC can participate in this unique sporting journey and mentorship program, please contact:

Matay Jim
Manager of Indigenous Initiatives
Sport for Life 

Kim Leming
Provincial Coordinator Sport for Life Programs

For More Information or Request Workshop Contact:

Kim Leming

Provincial Coordinator, Sport for Life Programs