What is the Truth About Sport and Reconciliation? Community-Centered Sport, Decolonization and Indigenous Resurgence – September 24th, 2019 at the UBC First Nations Longhouse

For many Indian Residential School survivors, sport was an important source of resilience against the otherwise traumatic conditions of the schools. Based on these experiences, sport has been identified as an important pathway to Indigenous resurgence, with five of the ninety-four Calls to Action emerging from the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission dedicated to sport and recreation. However, there is nothing inherently empowering or decolonizing about sport itself, which raises questions about the conditions under which sport and physical activity can mobilize Indigenous resurgence.

The Centre for Sport and Sustainability and the Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology program are excited to host an event designed to stimulate important discussion, share knowledge, and invite new ways of thinking about the relationships between sport, physical activity, and Indigenous resurgence. Facilitated by Dr. Moss Norman (Kinesiology), the evening will feature talks and discussions by Indigenous and settler scholars, alongside activists and recreation providers, who will each discuss the role(s) of sport in processes of decolonization, Indigenous self-determination and resurgence.

Questions to be discussed include: Under what conditions can sport and physical activity foster the resurgence of Indigenous identities, communities and nations?  What does Indigenous self-determination in sport and recreation mean? What does community-centered sport programming mean for Indigenous-settler collaborations? What is the relationship between land, physical activity and Indigenous resurgence?

The event will also feature a digital exhibit and presentation entitled Pride and Camaraderie: Stories of Residential School and Sport, curated by the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC).

Please join us for a reception, with complementary food and beverages, following the event.

Admission is free, but registration is recommended.  


Detailed Event Info:

Date: Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Place: UBC First Nations Longhouse | Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, 1985 West Mall



Welcome & Land Acknowledgement: Debra Sparrow | Artist/Cultural Educator, Musqueam Indian Band

Introductory Comments (10-15 minutes)

Special Guest Presentations & Video (40-45 minutes)

     Patrick Lucas | Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program

     Tom Eustache | Simpcw First Nation and community collaborator

+ Video featuring the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program in the community context

Digital Exhibit & Presentation – Pride and Camaraderie: Stories of Residential School and Sport

     Tricia Logan | Research and Engagement, IRSHDC

Facilitated Q&A (20-30 minutes)

     Rosalin Miles, UBC School of Kinesiology

     Moss Norman, UBC School of Kinesiology


If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact timothy.chiu@ubc.ca.