Provided $1.4 million to Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (ISPARC) to support delivery of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Strategy, Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport program and to develop collaborative partnerships with provincial and disability sport organizations to enhance reconciliation in the sport sector.
ISPARC also completed curriculum development and the training modules for the Cultural Safety Workshop to increase awareness and education in the sport sector to further support the delivery and improved access to programs and initiatives for Indigenous people.
The BC Games Society, ISPARC and the BC Lacrosse Association partnered to support Indigenous athletes to compete in box lacrosse at the 2022 Canada Summer Games. This was a pilot initiative to include more Indigenous athletes in the Canada Games. The B.C. men’s team won the gold medal and the B.C. women’s team won the silver medal. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc has been selected by ISPARC as the B.C. candidate host community for the 2027 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). In partnership with ISPARC, a final bid was submitted to NAIG Council in March 2023, which included a letter of support from the provincial government signed by Minister Lana Popham.
- Number of engagement participants in programs and events: ISPARC delivered 206 programs and events to 7,643 participants, including 81 youth camps with 4,772 participants, 14 provincial championships and camps with 830 participants, 24 coaching courses with 247 coaches trained and 275 community healthy living leaders trained.
How are we working together?
The Sport Branch is in regular contact (bi-weekly) with ISPARC and the BC Games Society and provides assistance as required or requested.
Are there challenges?