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Are you interested in learning more about Canada’s history and present with First Nations peoples? We encourage you to engage in the following media:

Truth And Reconciliation Commission

“Canada’s residential school system for First Nations children was an education system in name only for much of its existence. These residential schools were created for the purpose of separating First Nations children from their families, in order to minimize and weaken family ties and cultural linkages, and to indoctrinate children into a new culture—the culture of the legally dominant Euro-Christian Canadian society, led by Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The schools were in existence for well over 100 years, and many successive generations of children from the same communities and families endured the experience of them. That experience was hidden for most of Canada’s history, until Survivors of the system were finally able to find the strength, courage, and support to bring their experiences to light in several thousand court cases that ultimately led to the largest class-action lawsuit in Canada’s history

Read more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by clicking here

Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action 

In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission made the 94 calls to action. Read the 94 calls to action by clicking here clicking here

Ski Fit North Alberta’s commitment to the 94 Calls to Action

Action 19: “We call upon the federal government, in consultation with First Nations peoples, to establish measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between First Nations and non-First Nations communities, and to publish annual progress reports and assess long-term trends. Such efforts would focus on indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services.”

Through the physical and mental health benefits of cross country skiing, SFNA hopes to close the gaps in health outcomes between First Nations and non-First Nations communities. You can read about the health impacts SFNA has brought to Communities by Clicking Here . You can read more about our community and individual impacts in our Annual Report by Clicking Here

Action 89: “We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of First Nations peoples.”

SFNA operates in communities across the province, offering our sport programs to First Nations youth of all ages and abilities. While our program focuses on providing sport as a fundamental element of health and well-being, we also help communities build ski clubs to foster interest in participating in races from local loppets to the Alberta Winter Games. Read about our Highlights by Clicking Here.  

Action 90: “We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of First Nations peoples, including, but not limited to, establishing:
i. In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, stable funding for, and access to, community sports programs that reflect the diverse cultures and traditional sporting activities of First Nations peoples.
ii. An elite athlete development program for First Nations athletes.
iii. Programs for coaches, trainers, and sports officials that are culturally relevant for First Nations peoples”

SFNA works closely with each school to build a ski program that reflects the needs of each diverse community. We help interested communities build ski clubs with the ability to offer high performance programs. We offer coaching certification courses to help the community offer these programs. 

Each year, we hold Multi-Community Festival days that bring First Nations schools together from different communities to celebrate their cultures and differences. You can read more about our Community Impacts by Clicking Here, and see photos from our Multi-Community days by Clicking Here.

Banff Center for the Arts Truth and Reconciliation Summit

On Oct 29, 2016, the Banff Center for the Arts held a Truth and Reconciliation Summit to educate about and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action

Participants, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, explored their roles in the reconciliation process and developed an approach for repairing Canada’s relationship with First Nations peoples. This summit was an opportunity for local government, education, business, heritage and culture, justice, health and social services providers.

You can view the main session presentations on YouTube by clicking here  

The Secret Path: Chanie Wenjack’s Story

“Chanie was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to walk home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor know how to find it, but, like so many kids – more than anyone will be able to imagine – he tried.”

View The Secret Path by Gord Downie by Clicking Here