Powwow group looks to help youth

Aviva Canada’s Community Fund is offering $1 million to local initiatives across Canada. Canadians can submit ideas about things they’d like to see happen at a local or national level and members of the public can vote on their favourite.

  • Oct. 14, 2011 9:00 a.m.

The Yellow Wolf Powwow Committee has submitted an idea to the Aviva Community Fund in the hopes of building a recreation club for the Tsartlip community.

“It would help with all of our soccer tournaments, Elder gatherings, summer day camps, health gatherings, tribal journeys, honouring of the babies, and of course our annual Yellow Wolf Intertribal Powwow and any other event we put on in our community,” said organizer Angel Sampson.

Aviva Canada’s Community Fund is offering $1 million to local initiatives across Canada. Canadians can submit ideas about things they’d like to see happen at a local or national level and members of the public can vote on their favourite.

“This building could be used as a safe place for our teens/youth to hang out … they could play pool, ping pong, foosball, have access to computers to do homework, have a TV/DVD for movie nights,” said Sampson. “What a dream for our community. This could come to fruition with enough exposure and a lot of support via voting for this project.”

The idea for a recreation club was accepted into round one of voting for the Aviva Community Fund, voting ends on Oct. 19 at 12 p.m. ET. Only 30 ideas, 10 in each category, with the most votes qualify for the semi-finals in each round.

“Our nation has had soccer for over 60 years and we have never had any proper facilities for our teams to use, or for our visiting teams to have access to. We have no bathroom facilities, no change rooms, no showers, no concession stand … I decided to apply for these funds, so that we can have what we should have had all along,” she said.

To vote for the recreation club, go to www.avivacommunityfund.org, search for idea #11910 Build a Recreation Club.