I·SPARC – 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).
HOST ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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
Vancouver Coastal Regional Coordinator
604.251.4844 ext. 308 email@example.com
Background – Provincial Strategy
I·SPARC’s Provincial Strategy takes a youth-centered approach, inspired by the BC Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation Declaration established during the 2008 Gathering Our Voices youth conference.
As the fastest growing population in Canada, Indigenous youth represent the future for our communities. Through sport, physical activity and recreation, youth gain an understanding of the benefits of living healthy, active lifestyles. They develop enhanced self-esteem, self-confidence and life skills that translate into positive life choices.
By supporting and encouraging physically active communities and by expanding access to sport and recreation opportunities, I·SPARC aims to improve the health outcomes and positively impact the well-being of Indigenous communities across British Columbia.
I·SPARC’s regional model provides a structure to deliver programs and services at the community level. Its strength lies in the cultural approach to opportunities and ownership within each region for programming decisions on priority sport and physical activity opportunities.
Learn more about our Provincial Strategy and Regional Structure at http://isparc.ca.
This newsletter comes to you from Community Sport Development programs of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council of BC.