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supporting a healthier future for our province’s Indigenous communities

Take a look at the complete Calendar for FREE ISPARC Camps and Opportunities for Indigenous Youth across BC, and other news, such as Team BC and NAIG updates.

Contact The Ministry of Sport

Mailing Address

Unit #107 – 5668 192nd Street
Surrey, BC
V3S 2V7

Phone & Email

Email: Tanya Davoren, Director of Health and Sport and Veterans

Toll free: 1-800-940-1150
Phone: 604-557-5851
Fax: 778-591-9402

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Background

In 2007, driven by the desire to improve the health and well-being of BC’s Indigenous people,  several prominent provincial Indigenous organizations came together to develop a social legacy from the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games—a legacy that would lead to transformative change in the health and well-being of Indigenous people across the province.

Drawing inspiration from the BC Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation Declaration, which was established during the 2008 Gathering Our Voices youth conference, the group undertook the task of developing a new and unified approach to community development and preventative health. This work resulted in the creation of a comprehensive, long-term plan called the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy (ASRPA Strategy). The Strategy was developed around 5 pillars that were endorsed by Indigenous Leaders from across BC during the 2008 Leaders Gathering held a day prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games.

In the summer of 2009, the three founding organizations, the First Nations Health Council (FNHC), the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and the Métis Nation BC (MNBC), signed a historic agreement to form the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council, pledging to work together and develop a multi-year implementation process.

Together we are the stewards of the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy, a comprehensive long-term plan designed to support a healthier future for our province’s Indigenous communities, families and individuals.

ISPARC's Return to Activity Guidelines

On August 6, 2020, the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I-SPARC) approved return to activity guidelines. I-SPARC has compiled these guidelines based on recommendations published by provincial and municipal Health Authorities as well as provincial sport and recreation organizations.

 

Click HERE for the full document with the guidelines.

Resources

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council

The Partners Council is a consortium of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the First Nations Health Authority, and Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). See here for upcoming events, employment opportunities, athletic rosters and more.

 

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