Regional Action Teams

In May of 2020, I·SPARC incorporated into its own not-for-profit society. This milestone was achieved through the creation of a new governance framework. As a first step, I·SPARC established a Board of Directors. The next phase of development has been focused on the enhancement of our Regional structures.

Through late summer of 2021, I·SPARC embarked on a process to find passionate and skilled volunteers to join our Regional Action Teams, who’s focus is to build and develop sport, physical activity and recreation opportunities. Qualified applicants were asked to submit an application and were considered by I·SPARC’s Selection Committee. Through this process a number of individuals were selected to create a Regional Action Teams in each of the six regions in British Columbia.

With the Regional Engagement Meetings taking place November 18th through December 3rd, 2021, I·SPARC is once again opening the application process to fill the vacancies and positions still available in each Regional Action Team.

I·SPARC is seeking a total of nine individuals for each Regional Action Team, who possess the following affiliations, association, or working relationship with a First Nations On-reserve community, a Métis Charted Community, Friendship Centre or other urban Indigenous organization. Below is a summary of the positions still available.

INTERESTED APPLCANTS PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021, MIDNIGHT (PST).

CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORM

More About the Regional Action Teams
The Regional Action Teams are replacing the committees formerly known as Regional Coordinating Groups. Regional Action Teams will be composed of volunteer community members and stakeholder representatives who are committed to building healthy, active Indigenous communities through sport, physical activity, and recreation. The Regional Action Teams will meet several times a year to:

• provide their leadership in the implementation of I·SPARC’s Provincial Strategy for Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity, and Recreation at the regional/community level,
• help guide the work of the Regional Coordinator for their region, and
• support building a broader regional network of community and organizational stakeholders.

INTERESTED APPLCANTS PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021, MIDNIGHT (PST).

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Background – Regional Committees 

<As of 2021/22, the Regional Action Teams replace the Regional Committees>

In order to ensure that each geographical area had the opportunity to establish its own priorities, in 2009 a regional engagement process was developed to allow for community input into the Provincial Strategy. That process helped to define the pillars and core priorities of the Strategy and reinforced the importance of building infrastructures to support regionally relevant priorities.

This process was been renewed on an annual basis. Through a self-directed, credible, open and representative engagement process, six Regional Committees were re-established each year to represent and serve all the First Nations, Metis Chartered Communities, and Aboriginal Friendship Centres within the geographic boundaries.  The regional committees each elected leaders from among themselves to help with the planning, communication, organization and implementation of activities within their communities.

Click here to see a pdf link of the Provincial Strategy:

Regional Committee Leads 2020-2021

Ken Edzerza: Northeast
Phone: 250-964-3317 | Email: tseskiye@shaw.ca

Courtenay Gibson: Vancouver Coastal
Phone: 604-269-3451 | Email: cgibson@musqueam.bc.ca

Dewayne Robinson: Northwest
Phone: 250-876-8708 | Email: dewaynerob55@yahoo.ca

Mildred Price and Wally Samuel Sr.: Vancouver Island
Mildred Price: Phone: 250-876-8708 | Email: mildred.price@kdchealth.com
Wally Samuel Sr.: Phone:250.724.5290

Cheryl Charlie: Fraser
Phone: 604-796-2146 | Cell: 604-316-5698 | Email: cherylcharlie12@gmail.com

Bruce Baptiste: Interior
Phone: 250-302-1401 | Email: bbaptiste@tsilhqotin.ca