Resources for Indigenous Communities

The following resources provide support, outreach, coaching, training or capacity building events and opportunities to help create community social and physical environments that are supportive of regular physical activity; and to increase knowledge and develop personal skills to enable First Nations to adopt and sustain healthy, active lifestyles.


IPACC's Learn to Run Program Guide

IPACC has prepared a guide to help new runners prepare for a 5km run.
Download our Learn to Run Program Final (pdf).


Indigenous Physical Activity Resources

North American Indigenous Games 2014

Canadian Native Fastball Championships

Arctic Winter Games (occurs annually)

Ivakkak – Inuit Dog Race
Makivik Corporation – Head Office

Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Provincial and Territorial Offices

British Columbia

Metis Nation British Columbia – Ministry Of Sport


Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta


Aboriginal Sport Development (Division of SaskSport)



Manitoba Aboriginal Sport & Recreation Council

Winnipeg Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association


Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario


The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (has a sport department)

Kativik Regional Government – recreation department

Newfoundland Labrador

The Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle of Newfoundland Labrador

Prince Edward Island

Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island
Sports and Recreation department


Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle

Northwest Territories

Aboriginal Sport Circle Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association


Artic Wind Riders

Government of Nunavut – Sports and Recreation


Community Sports and Recreation Programs

Northern Link
Recreational connection for rural, remote and Aboriginal Communities

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

There are 24 Aboriginal B.C. Friendship Centres in B.C. listed below and each centre’s contact information can be found on the following website:

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

PLAY program (Ontario only)
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs

Right To Play Canada


Programs with Aboriginal Involvement and Valuable Resources

Arthritis Society, Joints in Motion

Canadian Kinesiologist, Find a Kinesiologist in your Area

2010 Legacies Now- Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund
The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund supports programs which encourage BC’s Aboriginal youth to participate in physical activity and sport.

Action Schools BC, utilized in over 70 BC First Nation Schools

Act Now BC
Tips for Family, Youth, Adults, Pregnancy, Physically Challenged, and Seniors
Ideas for an active life

BC Healthy Communities
Library, Funding, Toolkits, and other resources

BC Health Living Alliance
Fifteen initiatives implemented by members of the alliance under four major strategies: Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, Tobacco Reduction, Community Capacity.

BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA)

BC Healthy Living Alliance initiatives:

Walk BC

Everybody Active

Community Based Awareness Initiative

Built Environment and Active Transportation Initiative


Fitness Programs

Fitness Leader Registration Courses (incl. Distance), Workshops, Conferences, and Events


Programs with Indigenus Components

Active Communities
The initiative mobilizes and collaborates with communities, local governments, First Nations and partner organizations to promote healthy lifestyle choices, increase accessibility to physical activities and build supportive community environments. There are currently over 26 Aboriginal communities registered.

Other Active Communities resources:
Active Workplace, Workbooks
Active Aging, Literature review
Active Transportation, Action plan

High Five, Quality assurance for programs aimed at children 6-12.

Everybody Gets to Play, economic support

Playground Safety Course

Walking Programs, pedometer handbooks, and guides

Women in Leadership

Youth Workers

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
Mothers in Motion
Physical Activity for Women aged 55 to 70
Active and Free of tobacco
Girls at Play
Active Strategy
On the Move

Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute

Canadian Sport For Life, Useful information on Physical Literacy.

The Coaches Association of BC

Summer Active and Winter Active
Healthy living tips

Hearts in Motionô Walking Club – A program encouraging people to participate in

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Kid Sport, Grants for 6-18 years old

ProMOTION Plus, Programs and Services, Awards, Grants, and Library

Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia
Everybody’s Welcome, Understanding Social Inclusion

Sports BC

Sport Med BC


Aboriginal Resource Tools

The Active Circle (a Motivate Canada Program)


Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative: Active Living Fact Sheet

Active Community 2010 Tool Kits
Sports, Fitness and Recreation programs

Active Living at Work

Act Now BC

Physical Activity Guidelines
Physical Activity Safety and Injury Prevention
Physical Activities for Families
SMART Goal Setting
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Heart Rate Calculator
Warming Up and Cooling Down Tips
Exercising During Pregnancy
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Body Mass Index, Health Canada

Canada’s Physical Activity Guides, no charge
Order by phone: 1-888-334-9769

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Fitness guides

Diabetes Medicine Bag

Diabetes: Physically Active

National Indian and Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization
Come Meet the Challenge

Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire with medical examination (PARmed-X)

Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire with medical examination for Pregnancy

Silken’s Active Kids, Play Resources

Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia
Building Bridge Together, A workbook for series of intercultural dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples

SportMed BC Library