BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships & Athlete Development Camps

The BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps series is an important component of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council’s Provincial Strategy. The series was designed to support the effort to develop a consistent, coordinated Aboriginal Team BC program and better prepare athletes and coaches for upcoming North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and other elite competitions.

The events provide a unique opportunity for Aboriginal athletes and coaches from First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres throughout the province to gather and participate or compete in events that promote sport excellence while celebrating cultural unity and pride.

The championships and development camps are generally held through the summer and fall in a variety of communities across British Columbia.

The summer/fall of 2016 series of BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps will be a primary component of the Team BC Talent Identification and/or Selection Processes for athletes to represent Team BC at the Toronto 2017 NAIG.

How to Host a BC Aboriginal Provincial Championship or Athlete Development Camp
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council does an annual callout for applications from First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres throughout the province to host events within the series. Successful community hosts will be awarded a Hosting Grant to help offset a portion of the event operating costs.

For more information on the Host Application, refer to the Host a Provincial Championship or Camp in Your Region section under Grants & Applications.

Provincial Championships
The BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships are held annually in the following sports:

•    Canoe/Kayak
•    Golf
•    Soccer
•    Basketball
(Note: The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council is pleased to support the annual BC Junior All-Native Tournament (JANT) as the long-standing provincial basketball competition for Aboriginal youth.  Held in March, the U17 tournament features over 40 teams and includes participation of approximately 800 athletes, coaches and volunteers from across BC.)

Provincial Camps
The Athlete Development Camps are held in the following sports.
•  3-D Archery

• Athletics (Track & Field)

• Badminton

• Lacrosse (Box)

• Softball

• Swimming

• Volleyball

• Wrestling