Online registration is now closed but you can still register at the times and locations noted below:
Friday Sept 27: 4PM - 8PM (Running Room store on 4th Ave)
Saturday Sept 28: 12PM - 4PM (Running Room store on 4th Ave)
Sunday Sept 29: 8AM - 9:30AM (Swangard Stadium, day of race)
2112 W 4th Ave, Vancouver BC
3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC
-The Rainforest Trail Run Team
Learn how the Government of Canada is responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action 87 to 91.
Based on data provided August 2021.
In 2017, the annual Tom Longboat Awards was relaunched. This program honours Indigenous athletes for their outstanding contributions to sport in Canada. The 2019 Award recipients were presented at the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in October 2019. The 2020 awards were cancelled, as athletes were not able to compete and participate in sport due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aboriginal Sport Circle, the national voice for Indigenous sport and a federally funded Multisport Service Organization, is engaging with Canada's Sports Hall of Fame to continue to promote The Tom Longboat Award and other relevant recognition projects.
The Government of Canada fully recognizes that expression through sport remains a key part of Indigenous identity. Since its inception in 1990, Sport Canada has been a steady funder of the North American Indigenous Games hosting, team preparation and travel. This is consistent with the terms of the North American Indigenous Games Funding Framework.
The North American Indigenous Games is a cornerstone of Indigenous sport and aims to improve the quality of life for Indigenous peoples by supporting self-determined sports and cultural activities that encourage equal access to participation in the social, cultural and spiritual fabric of the community.
The current North American Indigenous Games funding framework was established for the 2008 North American Indigenous Games. The Government of Canada and host province or territory government contribute matching investments of $3.5 million each toward the host society for the planning and delivery of the North American Indigenous Games, based on a total games budget of $10 million.
In October 2016, the North American Indigenous Games Council, with the approval of the Federal-Provincial and Territorial Sport Committee, adopted a new hosting model for the North American Indigenous Games to be hosted in Canada every 4 years beginning in 2020. This previously alternated between Canada and the United States every 3 years.
For the North American Indigenous Games beyond 2020, a new funding framework and hosting rotation will apply as approved in February 2019 by the federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation. Ministers agreed that this Hosting Framework will apply beginning in 2024 and every 4 years thereafter and that the North American Indigenous Games Standard Operating Budget will range between $10 million and $14 million, with federal and provincial or territorial governments contributing a matching 35% of the agreed upon budget.
The report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and its Call to Action 88 was a clear factor in securing the ongoing dedicated source of funding for the North American Indigenous Games. That funding was approved via Budget 2017's Indigenous Youth and Sport funding envelope.
The Halifax 2020 North American Indigenous Games were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be rescheduled for a later date. Supporting the North American Indigenous Games remains a major priority for the Government of Canada.
Other federal investments towards Indigenous athlete development include $18.9 million over 5 years, starting in fiscal year 2017 to 2018 and ongoing funding of $5.5 million every 4 years thereafter, to support Indigenous youth and sport initiatives.
This includes funding to the Aboriginal Sport Circle to support its leadership role through provincial and territorial bilateral agreements to the Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies for culturally relevant sport programming and North American Indigenous Games team preparation and travel, and to National Sport Organizations and Multisport Service Organizations to ensure long-term Indigenous athlete development and growth.
Discussions with Indigenous sport organizations have concluded that this will be a longer-term effort, given that changes to legislation require consultation with other federal government departments in collaboration with the Aboriginal Sport Circle and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic's isolation measures and the disproportionate economic fallout faced by many Indigenous communities and Indigenous sport organizations, Sport Canada provided assistance through Emergency Support Funds of up to 25% of respective sport organizations' operating and approved funding. This is on top of current funding received based on existing contribution agreements.
The Emergency Support Funds were distributed as follows:
The ongoing work in other areas related to Indigenous sport development will lay the foundation for the future amendment of the Physical Activity and Sport Act.
The Government of Canada is investing $18.9 million over 5 years, starting in fiscal year 2017 to 2018, and ongoing funding of $5.5 million every 4 years thereafter, to support Indigenous youth and sport initiatives in the following 4 areas:
More specifically, investments were allocated to:
In addition, Sport Canada co-chairs, with the Aboriginal Sport Circle, the Indigenous Sport Development Working Group under the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Sport Committee. This working group brings together Indigenous sport organizations and federal-provincial and territorial governments to identify Indigenous sport priorities and co-create action plans to address them, including in relation to Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, accompanying isolation measures and disproportionate economic fallout faced by many Indigenous communities and Indigenous sport partners, Sport Canada provided assistance through Emergency Support Funds, of up to 25% of respective sport organizations' operating and approved funding. This is on top of current funding received based on existing contribution agreements.
The emergency funds were distributed as follows:
Sport Canada has included this call to action in its documents shared with bid and host organizations and other stakeholders that are responsible for developing or supporting major sport event bids. These considerations are also included in Sport Canada's ongoing coordination to develop a national bidding and hosting framework for major sport events involving provincial and territorial governments, as well as other major events partners.