Adam of KoeverdenParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Sports, announces the funding of social development projects related to sports in indigenous communities and the renewal of funding for indigenous youth and sports.
VICTORIA, B.C., August 29, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Government of Canada is committed to supporting indigenous communities across the country in their efforts to be strong and healthy. The transformative power of sport plays a fundamental role in achieving this goal.
Adam of KoeverdenParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Sports, announced a $2.5 million investment to provide indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals with more opportunities to reap the benefits of sport and physical activity. He made the announcement on behalf of the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister for Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
In 2022 and 2023, nearly 285 communities and 9,000 indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people will be able to benefit from this $2.5 million investment. Ten provincial/territorial indigenous sports bodies will carry out these projects that respond to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Called to Justice #3.1 and #7.3 supporting the health and well-being of women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ Indigenous people. The funded projects will focus on indigenous-led prevention initiatives in the areas of health and community awareness, using sport as a tool for social development.
The activities and social outcomes of each project were defined and proposed by the indigenous communities, in collaboration with indigenous women’s organizations, to ensure that they meet their specific needs. This initiative also aims to enable indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people to reconnect with their traditional culture and activities.
This funding comes from the Sports for Social Development in Indigenous Communities component of the Sports Support Program. More information can be found in the information document, which includes a detailed list of 2022–23 recipients.
Indigenous youth and sports financing
The Parliamentary Secretary also announced renewed funding for indigenous youth and the sport of $20 million for five years, starting in 2022-23. This funding will continue to support indigenous sports leadership, including the Aboriginal Sports Circle. It will also support the Indigenous Youth in Sport supplement to bilateral provincial and territorial government agreements, which aim to increase culturally relevant sports programming for Indigenous children and youth and strengthen the Indigenous leadership capacity of provincial/territorial Aboriginal sports bodies. More details will be provided in the coming months.
“This funding will enable indigenous youth, women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people to participate in sports activities that meet their needs and help them reach their full potential. Sport is a powerful tool for engagement and social change. That is why our government is proud to support an initiative that empowers indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people within their communities.”
—The Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister for Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
“The government of Canada is fully committed to supporting 2SLGBTQQIA+ Indigenous women, girls and individuals in their efforts to become strong and healthy through sport. This stream of funding from the Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities program will help create innovative community-led projects that will raise awareness of the important needs of indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people across the country. Today’s announcement is another important step toward our government’s commitment to renewing its relationship with Indigenous Peoples.”
—Adam of KoeverdenParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Sports
“The Aboriginal Sports Circle is encouraged by the introduction of Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities and fully supports the funding of Stream Three. Intended for Indigenous-led projects that directly focus on and support the improvement of mental health and physical education of Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQI+, this funding is a critical part of the much-needed response to Indigenous calls for action and justice.
—Matt Tapper, CEO, Aboriginal Sport Circle
“Aboriginal Sport Circle is very pleased to learn that funding for Aboriginal youth and sport has been renewed for another five years. The continuation of this funding will support and stimulate new sports and fitness activities that are led, developed and delivered by Aboriginal programming that will significantly improve the health, well-being and future of thousands of indigenous youth from coast to coast.”
—Rob Newman, President, Aboriginal Sports Circle
“This is an important day for all of our Indigenous Peoples. The reconciliation and strength of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples through the funding of sport is a strong indication of Sport Canada’s commitment to supporting sport bodies provincial and territorial Aboriginal people across the country in our work to create safe, welcoming and inclusive environments to meaningfully engage women, girls and two members of the spiritual community in opportunities for physical activity There is much critical work to be done to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. This new SSDIC program current funding will help us take an important step in helping our people regain their sense of health, well-being, safety and wholeness.”
—Corinne McKay, President, Indian Council for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation
The Sport for the Social Development of Indigenous Communities (SSDIC) component of the Sport Support Program focuses on supporting the improvement of health, education and employability and the reduction of risk behaviors, which is consistent with the priorities of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to action (#7, #19 and #38). It also responds to the MMIWG National Inquiry into Calls for Justice (#3.1 and #7.3) by supporting physical and mental health, suicide prevention, human trafficking awareness and prevention, relationships safe and healthy and sexual positivity.
The SSDIC component of the Sport Support Program has three sources of funding.
Stream One: Funding dedicated to the 13 Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sports Bodies (PTASBs), which offer sports for social development projects, and the Aboriginal Sports Circle (ASC), which provides leadership and support to PTASBs for the delivery of SSDIC programming. .
Stream Two: Funding dedicated to indigenous governments, communities and organizations, including delivery organizations that work in collaboration with indigenous communities to offer sports for social development projects in indigenous communities in Canada.
Stream Three: Funding to ensure that indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals have access to meaningful sports activities through the SSDIC component.
From 2021 to 2023, nearly 900 communities and 110,000 indigenous youth are expected to benefit from almost $20.3 million in financing through Streams One, Two and Three of the SSDIC component. The next call for applications is scheduled for winter 2022 for support over the next two years.
2017 budget invested $18.9 million for five years to support Indigenous sports leadership and culturally relevant sports programming, beginning in 2017-2018, with continued funding from $5.5 million in a four-year cycle later. This investment supported the Aboriginal Sport Circle in strengthening Aboriginal sports leadership and helped provinces and territories offer culturally relevant Aboriginal sports programming as well as stable and ongoing funding to host the North American Aboriginal Games.
In August 2022the government of Canada Announced $20 million in renewed funding for five years for indigenous youth and sport, starting in 2022-23. This funding will continue to support indigenous sports leadership, including the Aboriginal Sports Circle. It will also support the Indigenous Youth in Sport supplement to provincial/territorial government agreements to increase culturally relevant sports programming for Indigenous children and youth.
Background: detailed list of recipients of funds for 2022–23 through stream three of the SSDIC component
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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