Lethbridge Sport Council and our community partners value sport for its impact physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally. No other domain of community life has demonstrated sport’s capacity to connect so many young people to positive adult role models and mentors, opportunities for positive development, and help to acquire critical life skills.
In the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Final Report (2015), sport and recreation are identified as tools for social development to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Pathway to Participation for Indigenous Families is an project funded by the Physical Activity and Recreation Division of the Government of Alberta.
With the support of an Indigenous Sport Advisory Committee, this project aims to:
- Facilitate workshops and help create and promote welcoming inclusive environments for Indigenous youth and their families’ active participation
- Engage urban Indigenous community champions to provide knowledge and oversee the project through a Lethbridge Indigenous Physical Activity Advisory Committee
- Deliver welcoming and culturally appropriate sport activities and events for urban Indigenous children, youth and their families
- Foster participation of Indigenous children and youth in active living, active recreation and sport
- Foster participation of Indigenous parents/caregivers with Indigenous and mainstream sport and recreation organizations
- Identify barriers to Indigenous populations’ participation in active living, active recreation and sport
- Enhance Indigenous cultural awareness among community active recreation and sport organizations
- Provide opportunities for interactions between Indigenous and non-indigenous children, youth and families
- Increase awareness of the pathways to participation in sport, active recreation, and active living
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