Sport UNites Youth Across Canada with the Pan/Parapan American Games
This summer has been very active for UNA-Canada’s Outreach and Education Team! Thanks to generous funding from Heritage Canada’s Community Celebrations fund, we have escalated and celebrated the Pan/Parapan American Games through simulations with over 1500 children from coast to coast! Events hosted in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Moncton brought youth of all ages together learning about the cultures of the Americas and Canadian heritage through the power of multisport to promote harmonious diversity and inclusion. The events gave children the opportunity to try official sports of the Pan/Parapan Am Games including goalball, taekwondo, soccer, diving and softball. Ottawa , Moncton, Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax
Project: Canada UpClose and Personal
The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) has developed an innovative project titled Canada UpClose & Personal that motivates and prepares Canadian youth to investigate Canada’s history through research, experiential learning, and empathy-based activities. The project, funded by Canadian Heritage under its Youth Take Charge programme, has reached youth in three Canadian regions: Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.
It targets youth in high school grades, and those participating in out-of-school programmes, their teachers and community leaders as direct participants. UNA-Canada also recruits and engages university students to serve as facilitators and mentors to participating youth. Canada UpClose & Personal focuses on three key anniversaries:
a) End of Second World War;
b) 70th Anniversary of the United Nations; and
c) Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in Canada (1916)
UNA-Canada works with a cross-section of partners in the three regions, including high schools, non-formal youth-serving agencies, community groups and its regional Branches to increase youth interaction and knowledge sharing, and to instill a sense of belonging and pride in their Canadian heritage. For more information, contact Project Manager, Sarah Kambites – [email protected] – Ext. 248
Sport in a Box
The SBOX project inspires young Canadians to use the power of sport to engage with their communities in global issues that affect us all. A legacy of the 2005 UN International Year of Sport and Physical Education (IYSPE), SBOX embodies the spirit of international cooperation that the UN fosters, empowering youth to take local action to address global challenges. An innovative, creative and fun project that uses sport to promote public awareness of relevant issues, SBOX emphasizes the importance of a life-long engagement in sport, physical activity and the appreciation of social-cultural diversity.
For more information please visit http://www.unac.org/sbox/
SPOX 2.0 FIFA – Football for Hope and Urban Aboriginal Youth
In 2015 UNA-Canada is partnering with FIFA – Football for Hope (FFH) to reach out to urban aboriginal and other vulnerable youth (males and females) in Ottawa and Ontario. UNA-Canada’s Sport-in-a-Box programme (SPOX 2.0) will build leadership capacity through the beautiful game. Collaborating with recreational soccer clubs and community cultural groups, UNA-Canada will elevate its SPOX 2.0to equip youth with important life skills of self-discipline, confidence and hard work, drawing on values that drive team sport including: playing by the rules, fair play, sportsmanship, honesty and respect for opponents. These are all values that are scalable and transferrable to everyday living.
Canada is host to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC),welcoming 24 country-teams to compete in six cities across the country: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Moncton. UNA-Canada is seizing this opportunity to put social-economic issues faced by urban aboriginal and other vulnerable youth on the forefront of its youth-engagement strategy. The main objective of SPOX 2.0 is to empower participating youth to competently and confidently address issues of social-economic and health inequity within their communities. These include: isolation, exclusion, poverty, abuse, racism and discrimination, as well as gender inequalities. Through skills training, peer-to-peer mentoring, and multi-stakeholder partnerships, youth will gain valuable life skills through the beautiful world game, and celebrate, with their communities, the power of sport to unite and influence positive individual and social change.
UNA- Canada will reach out to partners in cities hosting the 2015 FIFA WWC to mobilize and engage vulnerable youth in activities developed for SPOX 2.0 d. To learn more about SPOX 2.0, please contact [email protected]
SPOX 2.0 is generously supported by FIFA-Football for Hope.
Multimedia & Multiculturalism
Multimedia & Multiculturalism works directly with media agencies, post-secondary institutions and ethno-cultural communities to work towards strategic goals, open up dialogue and work towards creating media that is free from stereotypes, racism and other forms of discrimination. By representing the broadest possible spectrum of voices, opinions, and realities, and by being accessible to all Canadians, inclusive media provides an authentic account of the world around us and works to bring under-represented populations into the mainstream and showcase the ‘new mainstream’.
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