ON THE MOVE
Increasing the participation of girls and young women
in physical activity and sport
On the Move is a national initiative to increase opportunities for inactive girls and young women (ages 9-18) to participate in sport and physical activity. On the Move is coordinated by CAAWS, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (http://www.caaws.ca/e/).
This interactive, issue-based session will provide an overview of the initiative, share best practices from across Canada, and provide “how-to” tips to increase the participation of girls and young women. Lessons learned and evaluation findings from Team Spirit: Aboriginal Girls in Sport, a national project to increase community sport opportunities for Aboriginal girls and young women, will also be discussed. Appropriate for everyone from practitioners to policy makers, the workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants to network and discuss collaboration and local action to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women in our communities.
Complimentary On the Move Handbooks will be given to each participant, and information about other resources and initiatives provided by CAAWS will be available.
About the Workshop Facilitator
Sydney Millar (B.Kin, MA) is CAAWS’ On the Move National Coordinator and Team Spirit Project Manager. Sydney has traveled across Canada promoting On the Move and talking to practitioners and policy makers across sectors and jurisdictions about how to increase the participation of girls and young women. She lives in Vancouver BC.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
10 am to 2 pm – lunch will be provided
Where: Sioux Lookout Recreation Centre
84 King Street
Cost: Participation is FREE
R.S.V.P. to: Alan Howie, Manager of Community Services
Registration deadline is Monday March 5, 2007
Urban natives report "disturbing" increase in racism
Jack Aubry, CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen - February 19, 2007
OTTAWA - Urban natives say they are facing an increase in racism from businesses, schools, police and employers, with an "astounding" four out of 10 Indians, Inuit and Metis reporting discrimination in Canadian cities and towns, a newly released government report reveals.
In a national poll for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, 74 per cent of the Aboriginal Peoples who had experienced racism said it was at the hands of non-aboriginal people, an increase of 10 per cent from the last survey in 2003.
Forty-two per cent said they experienced discrimination by businesses, basically doubling the previous 20-per-cent finding in the earlier poll, while about one-quarter cited people at work, including their employer.
The report's conclusion said the finding was "disappointing" and "disturbing" and included the fact that aboriginal renters "often or always" experience discrimination from landlords.
Government was found to be a source of their experience of racism by two of 10 Aboriginal People, a slight rise from 2003.
There were also some positive findings, including the fact that in general, most Aboriginal People living outside of a reserve perceive their overall quality of life to be good and improving over time. However, the report pointed out the economic and social conditions experienced by natives is still not as high as might be found in the broader Canadian population.
Also one in four respondents said relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal People are improving with time, with a quarter of respondents believing it is because non-natives are better educated than in the past.
"Conversely, of those who believe that the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is deteriorating, roughly one-quarter blame this decline on racism or intolerance, while two in 10 say it comes from a sense of neglect or mistreatment by government," said the report.
Conducted by Ekos and Anishinabek Consultants Inc., the telephone survey of 1,000 Aboriginal People carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 per cent 19 times out of 20. The final report was completed in October, with the questions developed by Indian Affairs along with Canadian Heritage, Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the Office of the Federal Interlocator.
The poll cost $300,000 and was conducted by interviewers at Ekos' call centres in Ottawa and Edmonton.
The survey also revealed negative views generally outweighed positive ones when it came to the overall quality of government service delivered to Aboriginal People living off-reserve. City or town governments came out ahead, with one-quarter of individuals rating their local government on the positive side while provincial governments only rated positive notices from two out of 10.
And it was the federal government, which is directly responsible for Aboriginal People in the Constitution, who received the worst rating, with only 12 per cent, down from 17 in 2003, giving it the thumbs up when it came to the services it offered.