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This email is coming to you from the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council's (ISPARC) (Formerly the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.)

November 2018 Issue

Feature Leader: Mandy Jimmy and Molly Toodlican

Mandy and Molly have been leading the Aboriginal Run Walk program since 2015, wahoo! 

Mandy became a leader to make herself accountable by working with a group of others who are striving to be healthy and fit, and to be a role model for other people her age. Molly became a leader to be more aware of her own physical fitness and share that knowledge with others. 

Thinking back on their experiences with the ARW program, Molly remembers the triumphant feeling in reaching 10,000 steps/day in the beginning. Mandy remembers her first Sun Run, seeing the 8km sign and knowing she was going to be able to cross the finish line! 

What a dynamic duo! 
Health Hero 
Mandy: Ernestine Shephard (81 years old), Oldest Competitive Female Body Builder, 
Molly: Richard Simmons, a fitness guru with a flamboyant and energetic personality

Farm to School Grant - applications due Nov. 19th 
Farm to School BC (F2SBC) is offering grants up to $3,500 for new start-up programs and up to $1,000 for previous grant recipients to bring your ideas to life! From school gardens, microgreens and smoothies to tower gardens, farm visits and so much more, F2SBC promotes healthy local food, hands on learning opportunities and connections between schools and communities.

Northern First Nations Community Wellness Grants - applications due Nov. 22nd 
First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and Northern Health (NH) are offering Wellness Grants for a maximum of $5,000 to support First Nations communities working to improve the health and well-being of First Nations in Northern BC.

District Staff Well-Being Grants - applications due Nov. 30th 
DASH BC's grant will be on “mental well-being of staff as a way to improve the mental well-being of all members in the school district community”. Grant amount $5000.00 (4 grants @ $5,000.00 will be awarded). Eligibiity: The grants are available to all BC School Districts and must be submitted by a school district and their health authority partner.

Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure - applications due Jan. 23rd 
Improved access to and/or increased quality of cultural, recreational and/or community infrastructure for Canadians, including Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations.

Physical Activity for All: Tools and Approaches for Equity in Active Communities - Nov. 20th 
Join BC Healthy Communities  for a province-wide live-stream and in person event in Victoria exploring new tools and approaches communities can use to ensure everyone can be physically active.

ParticipACTION: Everything Gets Better When You Get Active 
Check the ParticipACTION website for “All the Betters” and how they connect to so many other aspects of our lives – because an active life is a better life.

Aboriginal Health and Community Administration 
The award-winning UBC Certificate in Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Program (AHCAP) helps Indigenous communities increase their capacity to deliver services, coordinate programs and promote the health of their people.

Sport for Life Leaders School
Over a one year span, Sport for Life Leaders School participants will plan, launch, and lead individual community projects, guided, and mentored by members of the Sport for Life team. Scholarships available. 

UBC Learning Circle 
  • Food Insecurity through Indigenous Lens - Nov. 20th 10 - 11:30am 
    • A review some of the relevant food security and nutrition research undertaken with First Nations Peoples.
    • The latest research on household food insecurity and discussing how household food insecurity is framed in Canada.
  • Community Strength based Approaches to Indigenous Food Systems - Nov. 22nd 10 - 11:30am 
    • This webinar will discuss both the relationship between the food we eat and our mental health as well as the new research that explores soil microbes and their effects on our mood.
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health  Sport for Life 
  • Making Multisport Work - Nov. 27th 10 - 11:30 am 
    • Recently the concept of multisport participation has gotten some exciting media attention with leadership from our friends at Active for Life and great examples from Canadian sport organizations.

Flu Shots - free for Indigenous people in BC. Find a clinic location near you! 

Senior's Fall Prevention Awareness Month 
November is Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness month. Promote awareness by downloading campaign materials.

Good Food Summit - Nov. 22 - 23rd, Victoria
Each year our Good Food Network gathers to celebrate and strengthen our efforts towards creating sustainable, healthy, just food systems in the Capital Region. 

Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework

Indigeneyez: Connecting to Community 

Get Cannabis Clarity

Appetite to Play 

Learning for Life
Learning for Life is an education initiative that promotes healthy lifestyle behaviours and builds digital health literacy skills among intermediate elementary students and families, in BC.

Collaborating with your Regional Health Authority
How to work alongside local governments to build healthy communities, including a breakdown of the process, a case study, and information on how to collaborate with your Regional Health Authority to achieve your community's health and well-being goals.

Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup 
A simple and delicious curried butternut squash lentil soup that is as easy to make as it is delicious, packed full of plant-based protein.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small red chili minced (optional)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 800 g butternut squash skinned, de-seeded and cut into 1 1/2" cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils dry
  • 6 cups vegetable stock

  1. Rinse red lentils. This is important to avoid biting into any tiny little pebbles.
  2. Heat olive oil in large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and gently fry until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, chili and all spices and fry until fragrant, usually another 30 seconds.
  3. Add squash and reduce heat. Cover pot and let squash cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once squash has softened add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
  4. Next add the red lentils to the soup mix, let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the lentils have completely broken apart. Check to make sure the squash is nice and tender. Add more water or stock if the soup gets too thick.
  5. Now for decision time, do you like your soup chunky or blended? Sometimes I like to mash my soup with a potato blender, and sometimes it is nice to have a blended soup. If you have a hand held stick blender this is usually the easiest to use.
  6. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice. This is the secret ingredient. Not only does it make the soup taste great, but it also helps you to absorb the iron from the lentils more efficiently. I also like to eat mine with a dollop of natural yogurt.

Recipe Notes
  • Bump up the Protein: Serve it with 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt. 
  • Decrease the Sodium: Make your own vegetable stock with leftover onion skins, leek tops and carrot tips.
  • Make it Vegan: Omit the yogurt, and use a cashew cream instead.
This newsletter comes to you from the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities program, funded by the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council of BC.  
Director, Healthy Living
Robynne Edgar
P:  250.388.5522 ext. 225
TF: 1.800.990.2432

Provincial Coordinator, Healthy Living Activities
Jessie Toynbee
P:  250.388.5522 ext. 214

Provincial Coordinator, Physical Activity, Training and Development 
Daniel Young-Mercer
P:  250.388.5522 ext. 229
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