An exploration of how traditional Inuit and Dene games can support the goals of Sport Canada

The purpose of this research is to explore how the participation of Indigenous youth in traditional Inuit and Dene games can support Sport Canada’s goals to: (1) enhance the participation of Indigenous peoples in sport, and (2) enhance the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities in support of Indigenous sport. As a result of a well-established partnership that is comprised of cross-sector perspectives (academic, government), our research team is uniquely positioned to address the noted gap between Indigenous sport research and policy. The collaborative and participatory processes that are embedded within this research will support the success of this sport research with Indigenous peoples.

By engaging Indigenous youth, coaches, and administrators in group and one-on-one interviews, this project that is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will ensure that the voices of Indigenous peoples are at the forefront of this emerging and unique body of research.