Sask Sport Inc. believes in the benefits of sport, and that sport has the power to transform lives and communities. To help increase participation in First Nations and Métis Communities, we have dedicated support at all levels of sport development from community to high performance, and are striving to make sport accessible to everyone. Throughout our organization and with our partners, Sask Sport is committed to supporting Aboriginal Sport Development in the province.
SIMTAG Poster Series
Sask Sport Inc. launched a poster series as part of "SPORT. It's More Than A Game" (SIMTAG) campaign. SIMTAG aims to ensure the long term growth and development of amateur sport in Saskatchewan by promoting the benefits of amateur sport.
The posters showcase promising younger athletes such as Taryn McKenzie, who was a member of Team Saskatchewan at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, and Para-Nordic skier Brittany Hudak, who took part in the 2014 Paralympics. Also featured are veteran athletes, including Kaylyn Kyle (part of Canada's women's soccer team that won bronze at the 2012 London Summer Olympics), Michael Qing (holds 16 long course and 16 short course Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization records) and Miranda Biletski (member of the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby team since 2009 and multiple medal winner).
Two coaches are featured: University of Saskatchewan Huskies women's basketball coach Lisa Thomaidis (has led the Huskies to three Canada West conference championships) and Saskatoon Hilltops' coach Tom Sargeant (has led the Hilltops to 10 Canadian Bowl Championships in 11 appearances). Colette Bourgonje, who has served as a mentor to Brittany Hudak, is featured on a poster and so is mentor Michael Linklater, who has given back by co-ordinating White Buffalo's basketball program. There is also a poster featuring Saskatoon referee Tim Kroeker, who has worked 133 games over nine seasons in the Canadian Football League, including the 2008, 2012 and 2014 Grey Cups.
Click HERE to view the SIMTAG poster series.
Sask Sport Inc. Strategic Plan
Sask Sport's vision is that "Saskatchewan has a sustainable environment that has more residents from every segment of the population participating in sport, and increased numbers of high performance athletes are achieving higher results", and has recently released an updated strategy that focuses on plans to increase participation with better results. As part of the research behind the strategy, Sask Sport has recognized that Aboriginal people are among the fastest growing populations in Saskatchewan. The need to support, encourage and increase the participation of First Nations and Métis peoples in sport has never been greater.
To reflect upon Sask Sport's commitment to Aboriginal Sport Development throughout the organization, the knowledge and successful learning's gained through previous Aboriginal Sport Development have been incorporated into the new Sask Sport - 2013-2016 Sport Development Strategic Plan.
Throughout the document, you will find that we have incorporated our specific goals and desired outcomes for Aboriginal Sport Development into the overall organizational plan. This new plan highlights Sask Sport's ongoing dedication to ensure Aboriginal peoples and communities are fully engaged at all levels of the Saskatchewan Sport System.
Strategic Plan 2013-2016
Aboriginal Sport Leadership Council
The Aboriginal Sport Leadership Council provides advice and recommendations to Sask Sport Inc. on matters pertaining to Aboriginal Sport Development and the distribution of Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund proceeds to organizations and projects involving the needs of Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan.
- Advise Sask Sport Inc. on matters pertaining to vision and strategy to increase participation of Aboriginal people in sport including but not limited to athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers;
- Facilitate effective relationships with other interest groups and individuals:
- Represent the interests of the Aboriginal sport development in a positive and constructive manner;
- Advocate for Aboriginal sport development within and outside of Sask Sport Inc.;
- Seek opportunities for collaborate in strategies in related sectors that impact Aboriginal Sport development (e.g. education, health);
- Advise on benchmarks to measure success of Aboriginal sport development initiatives;
- Provide an Aboriginal lens to Sask Sport policy development; and
- Receive, review and recommend the course of action on all Aboriginal grant submissions based on established guidelines and procedures approved by the Board of Directors of Sask Sport Inc.
Please contact Cheryl McCallum, Manager, Community Sport Development at (306) 975-0807 if you require further information or if you have questions about Aboriginal Sport Development in Saskatchewan.
Aboriginal Voluntary Self Declaration Procedures
Aboriginal sport development is a priority for the Sport Federation as it seeks to increase participation levels at all levels. There are tremendous benefits to be received from sport and all people, regardless of age, background and ability, should be encouraged to participate.
Sask Sport Inc. has obtained clarification from the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission ruling that Sask Sport's member organizations are not prohibited by The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code from inviting participants to identify their Aboriginal ancestry.
Click HERE to link for two suggested examples of Aboriginal Voluntary Self Declaration.
For more information contact Cheryl McCallum, Manager, Community Sport Development at (306) 975-0807.
General Participation Agreement
The CANADA-SASKATCHEWAN General Participation Agreement to Advance the Canadian Sport Policy in Saskatchewan was signed on behalf of the Federal Government by the Secretary of State for Sport and Physical Activity, and on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan by the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport. The bilateral agreement commits funding for programs to help young people benefit from sport and physical activity. The expected benefits for the people of Saskatchewan, especially those of Aboriginal ancestry, are numerous. Partnership initiatives such as this will effect positive change for Aboriginal people through the means of unique sport opportunities. The work resulting from these programs will establish a base on which to continue the initiative well into the 21st Century. Saskatchewan's rapidly changing demographics dictates that concerted and continuous efforts are necessary to ensure the majority of Saskatchewan people can access and enjoy sport and physical activity on a regular basis.
The General Participation Agreement is comprised of progressively linked pilot sport components and for more information click on the following links:
• Aboriginal Coaches & Officials Program
• Aboriginal Community Sport Development Grant Program (ACSDGP)
• Dream Brokers
Aboriginal Sport Enhancement Program
The Aboriginal Sport Enhancement Program (ASEP) is in place to raise the performance level of Aboriginal Athletes in the Training to Train stage of the Long Term Athlete Development Model, and to increase the capacity of Aboriginal coaches, officials and volunteers leading to increased participation. Grants are available to Provincial Sport Governing Bodies to support Team Saskatchewan development leading up to the 2014 North American Indigenous Games.
For more information contact Amy Shipley, Community Development Consultant at (306) 975-0819.