We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples.

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusNov. 9, 2020NOT STARTED
Previous StatusAug. 17, 2020NOT STARTED

Why “NOT STARTED”?

Federal Government indicated that longer-term consultations are required with other federal government stakeholders. No commitment to any timelines, specific actions or identification of which federal departments need to be engaged.

Significant deletions from official government response

  • Deleted specific reference to “Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the First Nations Inuit Health Branch from Health Canada” as participants in the Jan. 27, 2017 meeting between Aboriginal Sport’s Circle’s Board of Directors and the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities to address Call to Action 89.
  • Deleted reference to C2A 89 “being a long-term deliverable given changes the legislation will require consultation with other federal government departments.
The Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities (SSDIC

This initiative helps Indigenous youth be more active and healthy, and reconnect with traditional sports and culture in some cases, while also providing alternatives to risky behaviour and improving opportunities for employment and education. The targeted social outcomes and activities of each project are identified and proposed by the Indigenous communities themselves, to ensure they address their own specific needs.

The SSDIC initiative delivers funding through two streams:

Stream One: $5.3 million available annually to the 13 Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies (PTASBs) for the development of community sport for social development projects, and the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) for leadership and coordination amongst the PTASBs.

Stream Two: $3.6 million available annually to Indigenous governments, Indigenous communities and other not-for-profit Indigenous and non‑Indigenous delivery organizations collaborating with Indigenous organizations for projects that use sport for social development in Indigenous communities.

The first intake of applications was launched on May 31, 2019 and covered projects taking place in 2019–20 and 2020–21. The Government of Canada provided funding to 44 organizations (the Aboriginal Sport Circle and 13 PTASBs under Stream One and 30 Stream Two recipients) to deliver and/or support SSDIC projects as part of that first call for applications.

The second intake of applications for funding for projects to be delivered in the 2021–22 and 2022–23 fiscal years.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

In January 2017, the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities met with the Aboriginal Sport Circle’s Board of Directors to begin a dialogue on addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, in particular Call to Action 89.

The ongoing work in other areas related to Indigenous sport development will lay the foundation for the future amendment of the Physical Activity and Sport Act. The Government of Canada recognizes that ongoing engagement with Indigenous Peoples is an important component of this process.

Significant Deletions

  • Deletedspecific reference to “Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the First Nations Inuit Health Branch from Health Canada” as participants in the Jan. 27, 2017 meeting between Aboriginal Sport’s Circle’s Board of Directors and the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities to address Call to Action 89.
  • Deleted reference to C2A 89 “being a long-term deliverable given changes the legislation will require consultation with other federal government departments.

The ongoing work in other areas related to Indigenous sport development will lay the foundation for the future amendment of the Physical Activity and Sport Act. The Government of Canada recognizes that ongoing engagement with Indigenous Peoples is an important component of this process.

Significant Deletions

  • Deleted specific reference to “Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the First Nations Inuit Health Branch from Health Canada” as participants in the Jan. 27, 2017 meeting between Aboriginal Sport’s Circle’s Board of Directors and the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities to address Call to Action 89.
  • Deleted reference to C2A 89 “being a long-term deliverable given changes the legislation will require consultation with other federal government departments.