ONTARIO — Indigenous Sport and Wellness Ontario announced on June 9 and 14 that the Ontario Summer Indigenous Games Ottawa 2022 will accept applications until June 17, and the Community Sport Fund application deadline extends to June 22.
The Ontario Summer Indigenous Games (OSIG) are scheduled to take place from July 28-31, 2022, in the City of Ottawa. The Games will bring together and showcase the many athletic talents of Indigenous youth from across Ontario. More than five-hundred youth are expected to attend, along with their coaches, team managers, friends and families.
OSIG will feature ten of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) sports and will be an athlete identifier for Team Ontario. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in one of the sport categories.
The Community Sport Fund (CSF) is an initiative of ISWO’s Well Nation program. The program is intended to increase opportunities for participation in sport, recreation, and physical activity while building community capacity and decreasing behaviours that can have long-term negative consequences. The CSF supports projects that utilize sport as a positive agent to impact social change, helping to achieve social development outcomes in Indigenous communities. Proposals that outline how culturally grounded sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities will support overall wellness will be considered for funding.
The CSF is intended to make community sport, physical activity, and Indigenous approaches to wellness more accessible to people of all ages and abilities. ISWO encourages remote and rural communities where sport-related opportunities are fewer, and large urban Indigenous populations where low participation rates may exist, to apply.
The CSF is supported through contributions from the Government of Canada, under STREAM 1 of the Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities (SSDIC) initiative, administered by Sport Canada.
ISWO is the designated Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sporting Body (P/TASB) for Ontario, serving all Indigenous Peoples across the province. Primarily funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, ISWO works to serve all Indigenous Peoples and communities, including First Nation, Inuit and Métis, across the province of Ontario, in an equitable and fair manner.