The Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) is Canada's national voice for Aboriginal sport, physical activity, and recreation bringing together the interests of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Established in 1995, the ASC was created through a national consensus-building process, in response to the need for more accessible and equitable sport and recreation opportunities for Aboriginal peoples. This mandate has expanded to include physical activity as well as expand advocacy and program areas again, to include health, nutrition, physical education, wellness.

As a member-based organization, each regional association carries the mandate to represent the grassroots interests of the Aboriginal peoples in their jurisdiction. It is their collective regional voice that guides the direction of the ASC and establishes its national priorities.

Through partnerships and collaborations, the ASC supports expertise in athlete and coaching development, physical literacy and physical activity programs to Aboriginal communities throughout Canada.

The ASC is also the franchise holder for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), and annually hosts the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), in addition to effecting policy change at the highest levels of government.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The ASC is a member-based, not-for-profit organization that exists to support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples and communities through participation in sport, physical activity, and recreation. Specifically, the ASC:

Provides a national voice for Aboriginal sport, physical activity, and recreation;

Builds capacity at the national, provincial, and territorial levels in the design, delivery, and evaluation of sport, physical activity, and recreation programs that are culturally appropriate for Aboriginal peoples;

Ensures national policies and frameworks pertaining to sport, physical activity, and recreation respond to the needs of Aboriginal peoples and communities;

Facilitates the development and training of individuals to be effective leaders for Aboriginal participants in sport, physical activity, and recreation;

Recognizes and promotes best practices in sport, physical activity, and recreation for Aboriginal peoples;

Oversees the development and delivery of national and international programs that enhance the participation of Aboriginal peoples in sport, physical activity, and recreation.

This work is accomplished directly with ASC member organizations and through strategic partnerships.

Our Vision

The ASC strives for:

Healthier, more active Aboriginal peoples in vibrant communities that are fully engaged in sport, recreation, and physical activity;

National systems that systemically include Aboriginal peoples and organizations in strategies, initiatives, programs and services;

Provincial/territorial and local capacity development that serves the unique needs of Aboriginal peoples at community levels;

Adequately resourced sport, physical activity and recreation systems that are culturally appropriate and enable Aboriginal peoples to achieve success from the playground to the podium;

Finally, these outcomes have a positive impact on broader sector agendas including, but not limited to, economic development, health, mental health, environment, and justice for all.