Indigenous symposium available via BlueJeans

RRU Staff
Water polo athlete Waneek Horn-Miller. Photo: Jeff De Booy/The Canadian Press

Prof. Jennifer Walinga sends the following:

Earlier this month, Royal Roads University hosted a symposium to identify the people, events and milestones that have shaped human rights through sport with respect to Indigenous people.

The symposium was one of four held across the country and the second to be hosted by Royal Roads. Other topics include Paralympic sport, gender and sport and true or clean sport.

The Advancing Human Rights Through Sport symposium was part of a larger project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) led by Assoc. Prof. Angela Schneider, primary investigator from Western University’s School of Kinesiology. The event was organized in cooperation with Asma-na-hi Antoine, Royal Roads Manager of Indigenous Education and Student Services and Royal Roads School of Communication and Culture Prof. Jennifer Walinga.

Elders, athletes and community sport leaders spoke of the need for greater financial support for young athletes and the importance of Indigenous athletes acting as role models and coaches in their home communities.

We will share a symposium report with full proceedings shortly.

You can also watch a recording of the discussion.

A final symposium will be held at Western University Oct 10 to 14 at the Global Faultlines in Olympic and Paralympic Sport: 14th International Symposium for Olympic and Paralympic Research, where Walinga will be presenting on behalf of Royal Roads.

Photo: Jeff De Booy/The Canadian Press