-BC GOV: Community, Sport and Cultural Development; see below for the video of the unveiling
Artists and athletes joined Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender and Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sport Gordon Hogg this morning for an unveiling of the design for the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport.
These awards will be handed out on March 21, 2016, at a national Aboriginal youth conference, Gathering Our Voices, in Victoria.
The inaugural awards will recognize Aboriginal athletes who have excelled in performance sport, displayed strong leadership qualities, are committed to higher education and who serve as community role models both on and off the field of play.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Kwagiulth Artist Carey Newman of Blue Raven Gallery in Sooke designed the award – titled Equilibrium – with figures of the eagle, salmon, raven and frog. These figures represent the diverse qualities and skillset of an award recipient. The final element of the design, a golden circle represents, light, wisdom and the future.
The Province has collaborated with the Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council to establish these awards. Together they celebrate the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal youth athletes from British Columbia.
Nominations are now completed with more than 75 names submitted for the 12 awards. These awards will be presented to 12 Aboriginal youth ─ six young women and six young men from communities throughout the province.
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