Move UBC, the School of Kinesiology, the UBC Learning Circle, UBC Recreation and UBC Wellbeing are hosting a panel to bring awareness to how physical activity and sport can be decolonized for Move UBC month. For the School of Kinesiology’s 75th anniversary, join us on February 26, 2021 from 12:00-1:30pm to learn how to promote sport and physical activity within Indigenous communities.
What is decolonizing physical activity and sport?
Decolonizing is the process of deconstructing colonial ideologies that foster Western discourses as superior while non-Western discourses as viewed as inferior. Decolonizing physical activity and sport aims to deconstruct societal structures and forces that allow for inequalities to reproduce in physical activity and sport towards Indigenous communities. Through residential schools and anti-Indigenous policies, these intergenerational impacts have prevented Indigenous communities from participating in physical activity and sport. This discussion panel will analyze and discuss how to decolonize physical activity and sport.
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Date: Friday, February 26th, 2021 (PST)
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
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About the Presenters:
Elder Alex Nelson
Alex is a proud member of his Musgamagw Dzawada’enuwx First Nations Ancestry in Kincome Inlet, BC. He is a seven-year product of the infamous Alert Bay Residential School System. Since 1972 he and his Wife Nella, Daughter Tasha, Grandsons Avery and Braden,
and Great Grandson Kasalas have resided in Victoria, and maintains strong connections to their homelands and culture.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Victoria. He is currently an Elder and Senior Advisor to the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (British Columbia’s recognized Aboriginal sport body).
Alex was one of the founders of the Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Association of B.C, which evolved into ISPARC. He is a founder of the Aboriginal Sports Circle, and was the first Chairperson and three-time President of the North American Indigenous Games Council
(NAIG). One of his proudest moments was when he directed the delivery of the 1997 North American Indigenous Games in Victoria; as well as Coaching U16 Team BC Boys Gold Medalist 2017 NAIG. He was recently inducted into Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, as well as BC Sports Hall of Fame. Sport has always been a vehicle for freedom and healing for Alex, “My responsibility is to give to the next generation what sport has given to me”.
Rosalin completed her Education, Doctoral Degree, Curriculum and Instruction, major Exercise Science, and her Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management at the University of Central Florida. She obtained her Master’s degree in Human Kinetics, specializing in Coaching Science, at UBC. Rosalin is also an active Kinesiologist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist National Strength & Conditioning Association. Rosalin Miles works as a Research Associate in the Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology program in the School of Kinesiology at UBC since 2017. Her research and training are focuses on promotion of Indigenous health and wellness, and understanding the value of traditional, cultural and historical knowledge from diverse communities from a strength based approach.
Waneek Horn-Miller is a bear clan mohawk graduate student in Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. She hails from the communities of Kahnawake and Ohsweken. She has worked as a sports commentator for CBC and APTN, and has become a strong advocate for sport, fitness and wellness. She also has traveled extensively throughout North America as a motivational speaker sharing her journey from the front lines of the Oka Crisis to the Olympics with indigenous and non-indigenous audiences. As one of Canada’s few Aboriginal Olympians, Waneek has used her passion and experiences in sport to influence Aboriginal and non-aboriginal leadership towards making Sport and Wellness a community building priority.
My name is Lyric Atchison and I am a member of the Squamish Nation from North Vancouver, BC. I am in my fourth year in the kinesiology program here at UBC, in the interdisciplinary stream with a large focus and passion in sociology and gender, race and social justice (GRSJ) studies. I have been a member of the UBC women’s rugby team throughout my time at UBC and have also had the honor of representing Canada at the U20 tri-nations series in 2019. Being a student athlete at UBC has been an amazing experience, I have gotten to travel the world playing the sport I love and work every day towards bettering myself and pursuing my goals while surrounded by a supportive team and athlete community, all while receiving a world class education. I am excited that it has enabled me to have a platform on which to speak about issues I am passionate about, such as this panel on decolonizing sport and Physical Activity.
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