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Government of Canada Is Committed to Increasing Aboriginal Peoples' Participation in Sport


May 7, 2005

The Honourable Stephen Owen, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Sport) today announced the creation of the Policy on Aboriginal Peoples' Participation in Sport. In the context of this policy, the Government of Canada will commit $12 million over five years to help finance sport policy initiatives to improve equity and provide Aboriginal persons' with increased access to sport.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have access to quality sport programs," said Minister Owen. "The power of sport is far reaching. It increases self-esteem and improves quality of life. It also brings communities together."

"If we reduce existing barriers that prevent Aboriginal persons from having access to sport programs, we help ensure that they can enjoy the health and social benefits of sport participation," added Minister Owen.

The Policy on Aboriginal Peoples' Participation in Sport was developed in consultation with representatives from the Aboriginal Sport Circle, provincial and territorial governments, provincial and territorial Aboriginal sport bodies, national sport and multi-service organizations, as well as federal organizations, including Health Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Justice Canada, and the Department of Canadian Heritage Aboriginal Affairs branch.

"The Aboriginal Sport Circle is honoured to ratify our ongoing partnership agreement with Canadian Heritage," said Lyle Daniels, Chair of the Aboriginal Sport Circle. "This is an excellent first step toward ensuring that the Aboriginal sport community's issues are addressed."

The Policy on Aboriginal Peoples' Participation in Sport builds on the vision of the Canadian Sport Policy for a more inclusive sport system. The $12 million will support programs to increase sport participation for Aboriginal persons, including elements of federal-provincial/territorial agreements on sport and sport participation programs run by national sport and multi-service organizations. The investment will also support key areas of improvement, such as coaching, athlete development, and sport participation activities.

The Government of Canada will continue to work with the Aboriginal sport community, other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, and national and multi-service sport organizations to successfully implement the Policy.

The Canadian Sport Policy identifies increased participation as one of the key areas for improvement in Canada's sport system. The goal of both the Canadian Sport Policy and the Policy on Aboriginal Peoples' Participation in Sport is to build a more integrated and harmonious environment to improve the sport experience and increase opportunities for Canadians to compete successfully at the highest levels of international competition.

The Government of Canada is the single largest investor in Canada's sport system.
A total of $140 million is being provided in 2005--2006 for initiatives to support our high-performance athletes and to increase Canadians' participation in sport. The year 2005 has been designated the International Year of Sport and Physical Education by the United Nations.

To learn more about the various programs offered by the Government of Canada in the area of sport, please visit the Canadian Heritage Web site at

Funding announced today was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget.


Renée Gillen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Western Economic Diversification and
Minister of State (Sport)
(613) 954-1110

Myriam Brochu
Chief, Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
(819) 997-9314


Monday, April 24th, 2005

2005 National Aboriginal Hockey Championshpis (NAHC)

Congratulations to the Team Atlantic Male (14-17 yr old) Hockey Team who came back with a solid performance earning a Silver Medal at the national championships!

Team Atlantic capped off a tremendous week of very exciting hockey with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Team Saskatchewan in the semi final game on Friday before losing 4-3 in OT (overtime) to Ontario North in the championship final on Saturday evening before a packed house at the Miramachi Civic Centre - we are all so very proud of you guys!

Congratulations are also sent out to the Team Atlantic female squad as they captured their first ever victory at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships with a solid 5-0 victory over the NorthWest Territories.  The shutout victory went to goalie Nora Marshall who was coming off a knee injury to post the win.  The female team performed very respectfully against some very strong squads from Saskatchewan and Ontario during the course of the week.  Way to go girls!! 

Details of the games will be posted on our site in the next few days as we finish collecting the information and work to post some highlight pictures for family and friends to see!



March 25, 2005


The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) announced today that the Mi'kmaw community of Indianbrook will be the host site of the very first "Aboriginal On The Move" Project that will be offering sport programs targeted to young Aboriginal girls and women. 

This project is in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport Circle, Canada's national voice for Aboriginal Sport & Recreation, as well as MYRACL, the provincial organization responsible for sport, recreation and active lifestyles in Nova Scotia.

For more information on the project, please contact Sandy Maloney or Julie Maloney at the Indianbrook Band Council at 902-758-2049.

Thank you!
Robert Bernard


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