It was an historic day at the Cowichan Tribes Gymnasium in Duncan on Wednesday when a new national physical activity resource was launched. To coincide with National Aboriginal Day, a 40 page document titled Aboriginal Communities: Active for Life, is a tailored resource, designed for Aboriginal community members, such as parents, Elders, educators, recreation leaders, and coaches, to develop sport and physical activity programs.

Aboriginal Sport Circle partnered with the Sport for Life Society to produce the document which had 260 sport and physical activity contributors from all over Canada. “It has been a long journey to get to this point and this is just the start as it will be extended across Canada in many communities,” announced Richard Way, CEO of Sport for Life.

The Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games Legacy, the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario, and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I-SPARC) were also prominent partners in producing the document. Financial support came from the Government of Canada through Sport Canada, a branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

“I-SPARC is excited to see the national launch of Aboriginal Communities: Active for Life,” said Executive Director Rick Brant. “This long-anticipated resource will be an important tool for us as we further the impact of our work in Aboriginal communities throughout B.C. It creates an opportunity to better support the training of community champions as they design and deliver culturally relevant physical activity and sport programs that will improve community health outcomes.”

Aboriginal Communities: Active for Life can be viewed here: