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Sport as a Platform for Resilience
Participation in sport is an effective way to build resilience in youth, but in remote, rural and Indigenous communities a vast amount of barriers exist to allowing youth to participate. Limited road access and long distances make for a lack of transportation and public transit options, preventing kids from getting to and from sports. Funding is often limited, and local sport organizations like clubs, facilities and recreation centres often quite simply don’t exist.
Through the Sport as a Platform for Resilience project, we assist with funding to bring players and athletes to sporting centres for tryouts, events, tournaments, training and coaching. Our focus is to use sport as a tool for empowerment and resilience. Motivation is a common theme for community involvement: sport proves to be a great motivator in the classroom.
Ever Active Schools collaborates with regional, provincial and national partners to help support and represent youth voice in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Because of our ongoing other work with many of the communities touched by this project, adding Sport as a Platform for Resilience was a natural expansion.
We have arranged for Treaty track meets, Aboriginal Coaching Modules, NCCP Coaching Certifications and recruitment events as a part of this work. Because many of the communities we work with do not have consistent or full-time physical education teachers, we have developed resources to allow quick and easy supports for teachers to give their students an enriching physical literacy experience.
Going forward, we hope to expand sport opportunities through regional sport leagues throughout each Treaty; create Treaty tournaments; expend the training, recruitment and exposure of the North American Indigenous Games, Alberta Indigenous Games, Dene Games and Arctic Games; and expand our Resiliency Summit to host one in each Treaty.