Aboriginal RunWalk Program

The Aboriginal RunWalk program improves the health and fitness of members of the Aboriginal communities in British Columbia by implementing a comprehensive program consisting of leadership training and province-wide RunWalk training opportunities leading up to participation in a 10K event and/or distance.

The program first started in 2007 as a partnership between SportMedBC and the BC Ministry of Health. Since then 511 leaders have been trained to deliver programming to over 10,000 participants living in 361 communities across the province.

This year, with the support of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council, we will be providing training and support to community leaders and facilitate 13-weeks of RunWalk training starting up on January 3rd, 2018.

How Do I Sign Up as a Program Leader?

If you are interested in returning as a leader or for individuals wishing to join the program as a new leader, please be sure to check back for our updated dates for regional leader training sessions in the fall. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda de Faye at arw.manager@sportmedbc.com.

Leader Training

There will be five regional training sessions offered for leaders – leaders are required to attend 1 of the 5 training days (Scheduled for September, October & November 2017):

Northwest Region – Terrace

Best Western Inn

September 27th - 28th

Northeast Region – Prince George

Coast Inn of the North

October 5th - 6th 

Interior Region – Kamloops

Sandman Signature Hotel

October 18th - 19th 

Vancouver Island Region – Nanaimo

Coast Bastion 

October 26th - 27th

Vancouver Coastal & Fraser Region – Abbotsford

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre

November 2nd- 3rd

All confirmed leaders MUST attend the leader training workshop and pre-registration in the training workshop in your region is required. 

When Can PARTICIPANTS Start Signing Up? 

Program registration for participants will begin December 1st and continue through to February 10th. Participants will need to sign up online through SportMedBC and will be asked to identify the leader with whom they will be training. Please click here to sign up your participants.

All participants this year will receive:

  • RunWalk training program brochure and training logbook
  • Access to HealthBeat  - a pre/post health screening program - which will be offered in selected communities.
  • Weekly training tips emailed directly to your inbox
  • Access to online educational sessions 
  • Grants and Financial Support 

We are pleased to announce that leaders will be eligible to apply for the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council Community Grants.