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The Benefits Of Physical Activity For First Nation, Inuit and Métis Communities

Sharing Knowledge and Community Leading Practices

The Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program recently led an initiative aimed at strengthening community-based healthy living activities through the development and sharing of culturally relevant messages with community health and recreation workers, to encourage the use of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines* in all community-based programs.

The targeted messaging and innovative sharing strategies have been validated through a project working group comprised of key partners and community health and recreation workers. The Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program has developed an interactive e-learning course to encourage the use of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines in all community-based programs. This innovative educational resource incorporates culturally relevant  messages based on the guidelines, for use by First Nations, Inuit and Métis recreation and health workers. The course is hosted by Wab Kinew, the Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg, and a well-known television host and musician.

Adapting the physical activity guidelines in necessary to ensure inclusion of relevant and culturally appropriate, community-based activities that take into account the influence of geography and available infrastructure in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

Saint Elizabeth led this initiative with the same values that have guided and enriched our work over the past decade. We place particular importance on the involvement of communities and partners in identifying challenges and solutions. Our goal in this project was to involve community providers and partners in the development of targeted messaging and strategies for sharing that are practical, relevant, and effective. We also wanted to incorporate learning from existing wise, promising and leading community practices.

The interactive e-learning resource, and resource database can be found below.

The resource and database are also available in @YourSide Colleague. To access your account, please click here, and click on 'My @YourSide Colleague Account'. To request an @YourSide Colleague account, please click on 'Create an @YourSide Colleague Account'

In addition, you can access a handbook version of the resource in PDF format by clicking here.

As this resource is available for anyone, we kindly ask you to forward this information to your colleagues and clients.

This project was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs. We would like to extend our appreciation to our community partners for their collaboration in this project.

For more information on this project please contact:

Suzanne Stephenson, BA (Hons.)
Quebec Engagement Liaison
T: 1.800.463.1763, Ext. 142971
T: 819.769.3496
Mobile: 819.342.2696

This initiative was made possible through funding contributions from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs. The initiative is a partnership between Saint Elizabeth, Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada.

* The current Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines can be accessed here.