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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.)

March 2019 Issue

Leader of the Month: Diyame Caterer
A Healthy Living Leader for 7 years, Diyame has run a variety of programs and has been a long distance runner since she was 16. “It's my medicine wheel in action.” Her favourite part of Healthy Living Leader training is always the laughter and the joy felt while we are there.

Diyame wants to provide her students with the opportunity to know what it feels like to be truly healthy and to see that a high level of health can transform your life. “My prayer is that as Indigenous people we can process and transform our historical pain by recreating ourselves through holistic healthy living and loving.”  
"Exercise is the most potent and under-utilized antidepressant and it's free!"

IMAGINE Community Grants - Mar. 31st 
Up to $5000 for projects must support community-based initiatives that focus on one or more of the following chronic disease prevention or health promotion priorities:
  • Healthy Eating and Food Security
  • Physical Activity/ Active Living
  • Injury Prevention
  • Tobacco-Free Communities
  • Positive Mental Health
  • Prevention of Substance Harms
  • Healthy Early Childhood Development
  • Healthy Aging
  • Healthy School Action

My PG Community Grants - Mar. 31st
Up to $8000 grants available to Prince George community members. Applications will be evaluated based on alignment with the following criteria:
  • Increasing community pride
  • Encouraging a safe community
  • Socially connecting citizens
  • Encouraging physically activity
  • Involvement in arts and culture and/or
  • Equity and inclusion

Community Gaming Grants - Feb. 1 - Apr. 30th 
Support eligible not-for-profit organizations that deliver community programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia, funding organizations in six broad sectors: Arts and Culture, Sport, Environment, Public Safety, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils, and Human and Social Services.

At My Best - free online toolkit 
Combines physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being for students in Kindergarten to Grade six to inspire healthier choices today and in the future.

Aboriginal Communities Active for Life Workshop -  3 upcoming dates
The resource and workshop supports community champions as they embark on a journey to develop sustainable quality sport and physical activity programs, build collaborative relationships, and engage their community members into active and healthy lifestyles. 
  • March 19th, Sts'ailes Community School, Agassiz
  • March 22nd, Integris Community Centre, Vanderhoof
  • March 30th, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Victoria

Call Out for Soccer Coaches and Managers - Mar. 19th 
ISPARC is seeking committed and enthusiastic sport leaders for volunteer COACH and MANAGER positions to lead Regional Soccer teams to participate at the 2019 BC Indigenous Provincial Soccer Championships, August 23-25, 2019 (location TBD). 

Volunteer at Gathering Our Voices - Mar. 19 - 22nd 
GOV offers a wide array of volunteer opportunities, which all have a direct impact in the lives of Indigenous youth. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below so our team members can provide you with further information.

FNHA Survey - The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is interested in the attitudes and beliefs of Indigenous people in BC on cannabis, opioids and cancer screening. If you are Indigenous, complete FNHA’s 10-minute survey and you could win $500, $300 or $100.

Supporting Positive Behaviours - free online, for a limited time!
At Canucks Autism Network we recognize that coaches are often overwhelmed when leading diverse groups of athletes in sport. We want to help your sport organization to feel confident welcoming a range of participants in your programs, including those who have autism and related diagnoses. Free access code: JSCAN-A2B3C4D


UBC Learning Circle 
  • Improving Heart Health and Well Being for Indigenous Peoples, Mar. 14th 10 - 11:30am 
    • Understand what makes some people healthy and why some are not, by integrating social and economic health determinants with life course and age/life stage/gender sensitive timed interventions to optimize health and well being.
  • A Pharmacist's Perspective on Medical Cannabis, Mar. 19th 10 - 11:30am 
    • What is Marijuana?
    • Safety of medicinal cannabis
    • Efficacy of medicinal cannabis on selected medical conditions
    • Types of preparations available for medicinal cannabis

March Nutrition Month 
This year’s theme is “Unlock the Potential of Food.” Resources to support this are available at Health Canada, Healthy Families BC, HealthLink BC, Healthy Schools BC, and Healthy Eating at School..   

International Day of Happiness - Mar. 20th 
The theme of this year's International Day of Happiness is - Share Happiness which focuses on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.

From the Outside Looking In - Mar. 27 - 29th, Victoria BC 
The BCANDS 2019 Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering seeks to bring together a diverse representation of disability and health related stakeholders over a three day period to learn, inform, share, collaborate and create new and expanded partnerships to assist in addressing the barriers facing Indigenous individuals and families living with a disability. This includes community and organizational leadership, government representatives, individuals and families living with a disability, service providers and others, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Farm to Cafeteria Canada - May 15 - 17th 
Join us as we INSPIRE, INNOVATE & organize for IMPACT to close the distance between farm and fork and bring more healthy, local & sustainable foods to the minds & plates of students, from pre-school to campus!

ISPARC 10-Year Stewardship Report - Celebrate 10 years with us! 

Pacific Northwest Plant Cards - the long awaited 2nd issue of these amazing plant cards!! 

School Gardens - . A small group of volunteer teachers and parents created a website to celebrate school gardens, share resources and help projects thrive.

Cannabasics - free reference for health professionals from CPHA

Talking with your Teen about Vaping - fact sheet 

Weaving Webinar - recorded as past of the UBC Learning Circle series

Move and Play Through Traditional Games - The games in the resources link traditional culture and values to physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. 

Be Fit for Life Resources - A variety of resources to get youth active 

This month's recipe from Healthy Living Leader, Patricia Kolida :) 

Moose/Bison/Deer Tacos with Pineapple Salsa 

  • 1 lb ground moose meat (or meat of your choice) 
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion 
  • 1 tsp ground cumin 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander 
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 
  • 2 Tbls water 
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese 
  • lettuce of your choice (leader uses spring mix) 
  • 12 taco shells or tortillas 
Pineapple Salsa 
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple (can sub for canned) 
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper 
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion 
  • 2 Tbls chopped cilantro (or more to taste) 
  • 2 Tbls lime juice 
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional) 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
*tip: if you are using canned pineapple, use a little of the pineapple juice in the salsa 

  1. Cook ground meat and onion over medium heat in a large skillet until golden brown and onion is tender 
  2. Drain off any fat. Stir in cumin, salt, coriander, cayenne pepper, and water 
  3. Mix all salsa ingredients together in a bowl 
  4. Fill taco or tortilla with lettuce, meat, cheese, and serve with salsa 
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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