See More Projects

Related Resources

  • Daily Physical Activity Kit K-3

  • Daily Physical Activity Kit 4-6

  • Daily Physical Activity Kit 7-9

  • Social and Emotional Shuffle

  • Alphabet Activity Cards

  • Lucky 7s

Related Content

RESILIENCY SUMMIT 2018: RECAPPED

Written by: Kayli McClelland, Creative Media Specialist, Ever Active Schools THIS YEAR’S RESILIENCY SUMMIT HAS LEFT OUR WHOLE TEAM PUMPED FOR NEXT YEAR ALREADY! Although we had some big changes this time around, we still had a successful two days of learning, sharing and celebrating. More than 30 school teams from across Alberta representing Treaties…

LIVE ACTIVE SUMMIT 2018 RECAPPED

Written by Kayli McClelland, Creative Media Specialist, Ever Active Schools THAT’S A WRAP! The 2018 Live Active Summit has officially come to a close. Many heads nodded in agreement to Dr. Mariana Brussoni’s keynote Popping the Bubble Wrap: Making Space for Risky Play on day 1 and we heard some incredible concurrent sessions and workshops…

RUN CLUB: WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW

Written by: Dayna Landry, Wild Rose School Division WHEN I STARTED MY FIRST AMA YOUTH RUN CLUB SIX YEARS AGO, I DID IT AS A WAY TO GET ACTIVE. I had a very challenging group of boys that year. They came every day with a bunch of physical aggression, and a mind full of way…

INNOVATIVE IDEA: HELOISE LORIMER SCHOOL

WELCOME TO OUR NEW INNOVATIVE IDEAS SERIES! We’ll be posting interviews and stories from school health champions from across Alberta. We hope you’ll find their ideas inspiring and informative, and that they’ll spark some great ideas of your own! Our first idea is from Adam Pratt, a Physical Education teacher at Heloise Lorimer School in…

TRADITIONAL GAMES AT KITASKINAW SCHOOL, ENOCH

Written by: Megan Jones, School Health Facilitator, Ever Active Schools I recently had the opportunity to spend five months at Kitaskinaw School, in Enoch, and felt lucky to have so much time to connect with the staff and students. A grant with Sport for Life initially brought me to the school and it gave me…

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A P.E. SPECIALIST TO INSPIRE A LOVE OF MOVEMENT!

Written by Chesa Corsiatto, School Health Facilitator, Ever Active Schools As an educator, you’re part of numerous aspects of your student’s development. It’s a big job, and at times it can seem overwhelming. Focusing on your strengths as an individual and as an educator is often comfortable and safe. This is okay. Actually, it’s great!…

HOW TO INVOLVE PARENTS IN THE PHYSICAL LITERACY CONVERSATION

Written by Chris Fenlon-MacDonald, Provincial Education Coordinator, Ever Active Schools WHAT IS PHYSICAL LITERACY? The term ‘physical literacy’ is becoming more widely understood in school communities, especially as we strive to make tangible connections between physical activity and learning outcomes. Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement defines physical literacy as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge…

INNOVATIVE IDEA: 12 HEALTHY DAYS

Idea submitted by Brenda Bowman, Teacher, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools We received this awesome idea from Brenda! This innovative idea can be modified to be non-denominational, implemented throughout the year and modified to cater to limited mobility. What’s your focus? Active Living What’s your idea and how have you implemented it? 12 Healthy Days…

KEEPING STUDENTS ACTIVE ALL WINTER LONG

Written by: Stephanie Shantz, Media Coordinator, Ever Active Schools From cold snaps and snowstorms to sunny days and perfect, snowman-making snow, living through an Alberta winter means being prepared for almost anything. And when winter weather sets in, children tend to spend more time inside: recesses get cancelled, playgrounds become deserted and the urge to…

ACTIVE SCHOOL TRAVEL IN THE COLDER MONTHS

Written by Tracey Coutts, Active School Travel Coordinator, Ever Active Schools For me, winter walks always bring to mind Ezra Jack Keats’ beautiful story, The Snowy Day, about a young boy, Peter, who explores his neighbourhood after the first snowfall of the season. Idyllic, peaceful, magical. O.K., LET ME RE-THINK THAT. Winter walking in Alberta…

Sport as a Platform for Resilience

20190530 Indigenous Track And Field Day KM 0376

Sport is a powerful platform to support First Nations health, education, behaviours and employability. It is a mechanism for social impact, fostering engagement in the school community, cultural pride and self-worth.  Building upon a rich history of sport and physical activity in First Nations communities across Alberta, this work offers a strengths-based approach to resiliency and a whole-child approach to learning in First Nations schools.

Currently, sport is often only offered sporadically in many communities and has students engaged only through certain times of the school year. Once tournament opportunities end, students disengage, do not finish school and fail to graduate. Further, the current sport model is not engaging all youth, particularly female students. Sport can be a motivating factor to keep youth involved with school through social engagement, the development of character, team camaraderie and a positive activity away from drugs and alcohol within the community.

We work in a variety of ways to strengthen the impact of sport on Indigenous students and communities.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO SPORT PARTICIPATION

We work with funders, tribal agencies and governments, and provincial and national sport organizations to offer professional coach training, community coaching clinics, officiating training, and solutions to transportation barriers.

CREATING A CULTURE OF PHYSICAL LITERACY FOR ALL STUDENTS

Without a background in sport or physical activity, it is hard to "break into" sport for the first time, so community sport can sometimes only include the same group of students year to year and sport after sport. Creating fun, non-competitive opportunities for students to be active in creative and engaging ways dismantles fear and builds confidence and skills for students to be active for life. Our strategy includes raining school staff to play fun movement games as "brain boosts" and build activity-based learning into the school day; sharing games and weekend play ideas with families through parent engagement activities; and partnering with sport and recreation programs to teach inclusive and adaptive strategies to include all students.

NETWORKS AND SUPPORT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY COACHES

The athletic directors driving much of this work are strong voices for the resilience of youth in their communities. Initial meetings with these champions have identified the following areas to address and build capacity: mentorship; reducing barriers to participation; strengthened student voice; more play opportunities; and community engagement. Part of the success of this work so far has been creating and supporting networks for physical ed teachers, athletic directors and community’s coaches to connect, share successes, brainstorm solutions to common challenges, and organize co-run events. For example, the Treaty 6 Athletics Network has been running for over 10 years and offers more than 22 sporting opportunities for their 10 schools every year! We also run a telephone-based network for any school leaders from First Nations School Authorities to connect and learn from one another. (link to RS Schools Network).

FUN EVENTS TO CONNECT COMMUNITIES

In the 2018/19 school year, Ever Active Schools held multiple events to bring together many diverse communities through the love of sport:

  • The 3rd annual Tri-Treaty Track Meet, bringing almost 400 Indigenous students from 22 First Nations school communities to compete in a fun and supportive environment.
  • Winter Traditional Games tournaments for over 1000 Indigenous students in Treaty 7 at Winsport, Treaty 6 at Mother Earth Children's Charter School, and Treaty 8 in Loon River.
  • The first annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament bringing together 12 northern First Nations communities, partnering with Kee TasKee Now Tribal Council Education Authority and hosted by the town of High Prairie. Word of the tournament reached all corners of the country, attracting coaches’ attention to the talent of two young boys from Atikameg First Nation, who are now competing on a Canadian basketball team in an exposure tournament in Las Vegas!

Interested in learning more or getting involved?

Funded by:

Partners:

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons