Promising practices targeting Aboriginal children and youth
February 2013 - Aboriginal ActNow BC, hosted by the NCCAH since 2006, is profiled as a best practice in this newly released report about physical activity programs for Aboriginal children and youth: Physical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level. By highlighting various best practices, it provides useful and accessible information for community leaders looking for ways to make a difference in the health of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis children.
The report, which was prepared for the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Physical Activity & Recreation Committee and the Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Issue Group, highlights fifteen of the most successful and inspirational programs from every province and territory of Canada, as well as, examples from the USA and New Zealand. It was developed as a tool to better position Aboriginal leaders, non-governmental organizations, federal and provincial policy makers to support increased physical activity opportunities among Aboriginal children and youth.
As a subset of a larger ActNow BC initiative (now HealthyFamiliesBC) to support healthy living and physical fitness, the Aboriginal ActNow program was a multi-year, partnership-based, community-focused health promotion strategy for First Nations, Métis, and urban Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia.
“We are committed to closing the health gap between First Nation, Métis and urban Aboriginal peoples, and non-Aboriginal Canadians in BC.”
Aboriginal ActNow funded three organizations to collaborate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Aboriginal-specific healthy eating and active living projects across the province:
The NCCAH supported these three organizations by providing relevant health knowledge, helping to determine effective approaches, and by collaborating on events, projects, workshops, conferences, and strategic planning processes.
Lessons learned through the Aboriginal ActNow program include:
By sharing these diverse, inspiring programs and best practices from across the country and beyond, it is hoped that this report will support the meaningful development of strategies for childhood physical fitness and healthy living through culturally relevant and engaging programming within Aboriginal communities.
 Aboriginal ActNow BC vision statement as quoted in the report Physical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level: Promising practices targeting Aboriginal children and youth.