Aboriginal Communities

IMG_8707Currently, PISE delivers to approximately 400 children/youth and 20 teachers/recreation staff in the local aboriginal communities per year in locations such as Craigflower Elementary School, Lau Welnew Tribal School, Songhees and Esquimalt First Nation and the Island Metis Family & Community Services Society.  At Craigflower, PISE works with 170 students and 8 teachers in Kindergarten-Grade 5 in a P.E. program twice per week and an after school program twice per week.

Nutrition at Songhees1Lau Welnew Tribal School has a P.E. Teacher Mentorship program once per week, which targets 160 students and 8 teachers. The Island Metis Family & Community Services Society has a program once per week in conjunction with their Supported Supervised Access Program. This program allows parents with limited access to their children to engage in games and play based activities, with the focus on facilitating interaction between parents and children, and using physical literacy as a vehicle for social literacy development. PISE also engages with the aboriginal communities and organizations through various means, such as attending events (i.e. attending picnics), offering physical literacy programming to their summer camps, delivering nutrition and cooking classes for afterschool program and hosting and participating in training opportunities put on by the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (ASRPAPC). PISEis continually looking for new opportunities and partnerships in order to reinforce the relationship between the aboriginal communities to build healthy, active communities.