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Indigenous Sport & Recreation Survey (ASRCNL) - Individual

Purpose of Survey (continue to page 2 to begin taking survey).

Who are The Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle of Newfoundland and Labrador (ASRCNL)?
The ASRCNL is the provincial Aboriginal sport body for NL. The ASRCNL’s general objective is to advance the personal development of Indigenous athletes, coaches and officials through training and competitive opportunities. The ASRCNL has a mandate to provide a provincial voice for Indigenous Peoples regarding the conditions of sport and recreation in their area and what their future priorities are. The ASRCNL will strive to implement the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action that relate to sport, physical activity, wellness and cultural identity. Its vision is “Healthy, active and confident Indigenous communities through self-determination of sport, recreation and physical activity programs.” Please visit our website for more information or contact Symone at (NL region) or Ronnie at (Labrador region). The ASRCNL was formed in 1998, but was not funded until 2007 due to interference of some NL officials. However, since the province changed its policy about the ASRCNL being funded by the Provincial Government, we have had a very good partnership with the province. The ASRCNL is also funded by Sport Canada (Fed. Gov. in 2007). The ASRCNL is involved in the North American Indigenous Games, Labrador Winter Games, training of indigenous coaches and athletes and advising the Provincial Minister responsible for Sport and Recreation on the Sport and Recreation needs of Indigenous communities in our province. The ASRCNL would like to bring their services to the community level. In order to best serve you, please complete our survey to help us meet your wants and needs. Fill out what you can, the more info we have the better but it is possible that not every item will apply to you. 

Please take the time to help us and your Indigenous community determine the kinds of sport and recreation programs that you would like to participate in. Engagement with Indigenous residents is a critical aspect of this project. There will be a section for parents/guardians of individuals who are unable to complete this survey (i.e: children) to fill out on their behalf. Hearing the voices and opinions of all our indigenous Peoples is important to the ASRCNL. Thank you for your help!

Purpose of Survey:
  • to provide sport and recreation opportunities to Indigenous communities that have not been available to these communities previously.
  • to use Indigenous people’s responses to help determine the needs, barriers and wants for sports and recreation in their community.
  • help the ASRCNL to design programming that target’s individual community needs and wants. 

Completing this survey will enter you in a draw to win one of six (1/6) $250 Visa gift cards!
One for each Indigenous government (six in all).

Thank you to the Federal Government of Canada for funding this Indigenous Community Needs Assessment through the Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities Program.

Survey contest closes March 5th with the draw to take place March 8th. 
Definitions & Terms To Help Complete The Survey 

Recreation: any activity that one freely chooses to participate in during their spare time. 

Mainstream sports & recreation: activities regarded as most typical, normal and conventional because they belong to the same group or system as most others of their kind. Examples: basketball & volleyball. 

Traditional indigenous sports & recreation: the sport and recreation practiced by the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. Traditional sport and recreation are specific to place, usually transmitted orally, and rooted in the experience of multiple generations. It is determined by an Aboriginal community’s land, environment, region, culture and language. Examples: The Northern Games in the Labrador Winter Games, archery, canoeing, seal crawl, high kick & dog sledding. 

North American Indigenous Games (NAIG): Athletic games which showcase indigenous high levels of competition from the Canada and United States of America, every 3 years. 

Labrador Winter Games: Every three years, the Labrador Winter Games are hosted in the community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Each community puts together a team of up to 17 athletes and one coordinator to compete in a series of traditional and modern events important to the lives of Labradorians. The Labrador Winter Games is one of the biggest events in all of Labrador. Only Labrador residents can participate.