5th Annual National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference

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5th Annual National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference
May 10-12th, 2017
University of Guelph
Guelph, ONT

2017 Annual Conference Call for Presentations

You are invited to join us in sharing best practices, and to join other leaders who see the value in promoting physical activity in our Aboriginal communities.

This is the nation's largest conference on Physical Activity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, created for all of those with an interest in sports, recreation, fitness, and traditional activity who may be band council members; health directors, representatives, or health practitioners; counsellors or social workers; federal, provincial, or municipal health employees; academics; researchers; recreation workers; coaches; fitness instructors; cultural leaders; community members, and all others interested in the promotion of health and wellness through physical activity.

The Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario is hosting the conference to provide a networking and education opportunity. In addition there will be also a tradeshow for Aboriginal organizations and mainstream businesses to share their services and products.


The National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference is the nation's premier event celebrating physical activity in the Aboriginal community. We are calling for presentations, educational sessions, research and educational posters to be a part of the 5th Annual National Aboriginal Physical Activity Conference.

Any person with an interest in physical activity in the Aboriginal community is invited to submit session proposals or original research for presentations during the 2017 conference.


ASWCO is soliciting session proposals for the 2017 National Aboriginal Physical Activity Conference, to be held May 10-12 2017, at University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. This is an opportunity to share effective models, policies, research, “hands on” workshops and information and provide your community with insights and best practices solving many of the issues confronted by Aboriginal communities. Please consider contributing a session!

The National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference is an interactive experience designed for people involved in promoting physical activity. We are looking for presentations covering physical activity, sports and recreation, fitness, traditional activities, leadership, various educational “how to” presentations and prevention of various issues that effect our Aboriginal communities rural and urban. We are particularly interested in “hands on’ presentations/workshops and research work. There's sure to be something to share and learn!

Presentation Submission Information and General Instructions

1. Submissions must be relevant to the theme of Aboriginal physical activity, health, sports and recreation, fitness and/or traditional activities. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

2. Submissions must be received no later than January 30, 2017.

3. Do not submit a paper submission. Only electronic abstracts will be accepted by email: napawc2017@aswco.ca

4. Presenters may not use any conference presentation to market products or services; exhibit space is available for that purpose.

5. If accepted, presenters must register for the conference. As a gesture of our appreciation for all the hard work in preparing your presentation, we will give a 75% discount on registration fees ($61.25 total registration fee owed) for 1 hour or more presentations, or 50% discount for 15 minute panel presentation fees ($122.50 total registration fee owed). All travel expenses are NOT included for reimbursement (i.e. airfare, hotel, taxis, meals, incidentals).

6. The standard audio/visual equipment provided by APACC will include internet connection, an LCD projector and microphone (more equipment may be available upon request). Phone line and other A/V equipment will NOT be provided. If needed, it will be the responsibility of the presenters to make arrangements and provide payment for such equipment.

7. Presentation formats and duration are described below.

8. Expect notification of acceptance within a few days of submission.

Questions? Call Laura Lukewich, 4164602213 or email:


Submission Deadline January 30, 2017

The Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario invites individuals with an interest in health, sports and recreation, fitness or traditional activities research, to submit abstracts for presentation during the National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference. Presenters will be selected competitively through a blind review process.

Abstract submissions will be considered in three separate categories, each of which matches a presentation format at the conference. Abstracts can:

• Focus on original descriptive or analytic studies using quantitative or qualitative methods;

• Relate to policy issues in the general field of health that affect Aboriginal populations or providers; or

• Describe innovative practices, or training or teaching techniques.

Presentation Formats:


Workshops are 1 hour. They may feature presentations that emphasize the theory and application of practical skills or research methods and may include multiple presenters. We are currently most interested in Workshops that have a focus on:

Sports/Physical Activity: Workshops that have a focus on or physical activity ie. Best Coaching practices

Research: Workshops that focus on research issues related to sports, physical activity and health. i.e. Developing researcher-community agreements; Photovoice training.

Workshops can be done lecture style or with a more active approach. Depending on workshop format space requirements for workshops should be specified (e.g., classroom or gym).

Panel Discussions and Debates:

Panel Discussions and Debates are hour-long sessions (e.g., debates, discussions about educational topics, career development, funding opportunities) designed to allow for discussion amongst presenters as well as provide a forum for interaction with session attendees. Panel Discussions are expected to have 2 or more speakers, depending on the structure of the session.

Contributed Paper Session:

Each contributed paper session consists of four independent paper presentations by different authors. Each author is allotted approximately 15 minutes for presentation. Time is allocated at the end of the session for questions and answers. Abstracts submitted for review may have a 1) research or 2) education focus.

Poster Session:

Space will be reserved to display research results, studies of educational evaluation or best practice topics of interest. Authors will be responsible for mounting and removing posters and are expected to be available to discuss their exhibit posters. Abstracts that are highly rated in the review process but not accepted for a formal paper presentation will be invited as a poster presentation.

Instructions for Authors:

All applications must be submitted through the Aboriginal Physical Activity & Cultural Circle email. Expect notification of acceptance within a few days of submission. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Laura Lukewich at 4164602213 or email: napawc2017@aswco.ca

Contributed Paper Abstract:

Each submission must include the following:
an abstract written in English that includes the title, is no longer than 500 words, single-spaced (12 point font) and no longer than one page in length. All abstracts must be in MSWord format. If tables, charts or figures are included, these should be counted within the 500-word limit. Do not include references. Abstracts should not include any identification of the authors.

Author/Presenter identification:
The name, affiliation and 250 words or less biography of the presenters must be provided on a separate page.

Poster Session:

Submissions for poster sessions follow the same criteria as for the contributed paper abstracts; however, the abstract should include "For Poster Session" after the title. Posters allow presenters to discuss their research with interested colleagues in an informal setting.

Evaluation Criteria:

The following criteria are used to evaluate all abstracts: 1) originality of work; 2) relevance or interest to ASWCO; 3) timelines; and 4) quality, clarity and completeness of the abstract.

Abstracts focusing on research findings will be evaluated on their potential significance to the discipline, soundness of the methodology, any empirical, data-based results and rigour.
Abstracts covering research on current policy issues will be evaluated according to the soundness of the research method and the potential contribution to policy discussion.

Evaluation of education, training, and practice programs will be judged according to the assessment tools used and the originality and potential impact of the educational innovation.

To submit a research or educational abstract for the 2017 Annual Conference please email to Laura Lukewich, napawc2017@aswco.ca

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (All day) to Friday, May 12, 2017 (All day)