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 519 leaders have been trained to deliver programming to over 10,000 participants living in 364 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 8-13 weeks of RunWalk training starting in January 2019.

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 Susan Meier at arw.manager@sportmedbc.com for a link to registration.

Leader Training

There will be five regional training sessions offered for leaders – leaders are required to attend 1 of the 5 leader training sessions (Scheduled for September, October & November 2018):

Northwest Region – Terrace

Best Western Inn

September 27 - 28

Northeast Region – Prince George

Coast Inn of the North

October 4 - 5

Interior Region – Kamloops

Sandman Signature Hotel

October 11 - 12

* Please note that all leaders from the Cariboo Region will be asked to attend the Prince George training session due to limited space in Kamloops. 

Vancouver Island Region – Nanaimo

Coast Bastion 

October 25 - 26

Vancouver Coastal & Fraser Region – Abbotsford

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre

November 1 - 2

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

All participants 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 our Healthy Living Leader Forum
  • 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.

Learn more

The Aboriginal RunWalk program is part of the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities (AHLA), which is run by the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council. To learn more about the AHLA, watch our video below or visit ISPARC's website