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First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and Physical Activity during COVID-19

June 2021

 

Overview

Physical activity is a fundamental aspect of good health and well-being. Increased awareness of and access to opportunities to engage in physical activity, recreation and sport support improved physical, mental and social outcomes at all ages. To address the health needs and considerations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples as they pertain to physical activity, recreation and sport, innovative and culturally appropriate approaches that meaningfully respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action (2015) and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2009) are needed.

The focus of this webinar is to create awareness of the importance of physical activity, recreation and sport, and historical and contemporary realities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada within this landscape. The webinar will focus on strategies and innovative approaches that prioritize Indigenous experiences, practices and community voices within this field. Examples of ways for individuals, children/youth, and families to initiate or maintain physical activity in the context of COVID-19 will be explored.

 

Speakers

Dr. Heather Foulds, University of Saskatchewan

Aalla (Stranger), Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families

Dr. Tricia McGuire-Adams, University of Ottawa

Brady Paul, Nova Scotia Community College

 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand historical and contemporary contexts and lived realities contributing to barriers to physical literacy/physical activity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, families and communities.

  • Examine concepts of accessibility, participation and engagement in relation to physical activity, sport and recreation programs and resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, families and communities.

  • Understand and identify opportunities and benefits for Indigenous youth and community engagement in the context of physical activity and sport.

  • Explore strategies to begin and/or maintain physical activity in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

 

Suggested Reading

Federal, provincial and territorial governments (2018). Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving. Ottawa, ON: Author.

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (2013). Physical Activity Fact Sheet. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating for Aboriginal Health.

 

Webinar Resources

View the webinar recording on YouTube

Listen to the webinar recording on SoundCloud

Dr. Heather Foulds' Presentation (PDF)

Dr. Tricia McGuire-Adam's Presentation (PDF)

Brady Paul's Presentation (PDF)


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