“Indigenous" is an umbrella term for First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit. The traditional name of Edmonton is Amiskwaciy Waskahikan, meaning Beaver Hills House. This place was the traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous communities, including the Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Blackfoot and Métis Peoples. Edmonton also has a historic relationship with the Inuit, many of whom reside in Edmonton. Today, Edmonton and surrounding area have the second largest urban Indigenous population in Canada - 52,100, or 5% of the population (Statistics Canada, Aboriginal Peoples of Canada 2006 Census CD ROM publication).
Leaders who have worked with Indigenous participants in sport and recreation understand that mainstream models for sport development do not necessarily align with Indigenous needs or experiences. As such, the documents below try to address that gap by outlining the key elements that need to be considered when planning, developing, and implementing programs for and with Indigenous peoples and communities.
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