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Aboriginal Sport Capacity

Impacts Entire Province

RADF Investment: $1.04 million

Other Investment: $575,287

Total Investment: $1.62 million

Project Period: April 2008–September 2011

Aboriginal Aboriginal
Sports, Recreation or Culture Sports, Recreation or Culture

T: 403.202.6539

Project Description

This project will enable Métis and First Nations coaches, teachers, and other community leaders to get the training and resources they need to create long-term sport and recreation programs for their communities. Based out of Hobbema, the project will create and provide a new Alberta Aboriginal Sport and Recreation manual and website, and a sport and recreation leadership and athlete development program. Funding will also allow operational capabilities at the Indigenous Sport Council to be enhanced so the project can be successful and sustained.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • More Aboriginal youth are involved in sport and active lifestyles that lead to reduced depression, increased self-esteem, better academic performance, and fewer high school dropouts
  • Access to greater number of qualified coaches in Aboriginal communities throughout Alberta
  • Increase capacity for Aboriginal communities to develop and support sport and recreation activities
  • Give local leaders the tools they need to help lower levels of diabetes, tuberculosis, and obesity in Aboriginal communities
  • Produce strong role models for Aboriginal youth who might otherwise turn to gangs or violence