Who is ASWCO

The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) is the designated Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sporting Body for Ontario (P/TASB), serving more than 133 Indigenous communities and 29 friendship centres, encompassing more than 300,000 Indigenous Peoples across the province.
Primarily funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, ASWCO works to serve all Indigenous Peoples and communities, including First Nation, Inuit and Métis, across the province of Ontario, in an equitable and fair manner.
ASWCO is an effective provincial body, with regional delivery systems, tailored programming, a culturally based framework, competitive and recreational sport opportunities, and leadership development initiatives for Indigenous youth and communities across Ontario. ASWCO plans, delivers and supports dozens of programs, tournaments, workshops, and events for Indigenous youth across Ontario each year, including multi-sport, cultural and leadership camps, sport clinics, invitationals, championships, the Ontario Indigenous Summer Games, youth leadership program, tryouts and skill development for Aboriginal Team Ontario and support for the North American Indigenous Games.
ASWCO believes that sport has the power to change lives, improve wellness, promote culture and provide opportunities for personal growth and community development, but knows that it cannot do it alone. ASWCO strives to work with communities, organizations, and stakeholders from across Ontario and beyond, to find solutions and increase the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples, in every aspect of their lives.

Our Vision

Active and healthy Aboriginal peoples, families and communities in Ontario.

Our Mission

Enhance the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, cultural and social well-being of Aboriginal  peoples of Ontario through physical activity, recreation and sports activities.

Our Mandate

While respecting our Values – to provide a broad range of services, as well as regional and provincial research, planning, implementation and evaluation of various initiatives that support our Six Pillars.

Our Values

  • Promote and adhere to the seven sacred teachings in all of its activities: Love, Honour, Respect, Truth, Honesty, Courage, Humility.
  • Promote inclusiveness across generations (children, youth, adults, elders) and of all Aboriginal peoples in Ontario – recognizing diversity across the province.
  • Recognize the need for strategies to address specific regions – such as the far north and urban centres.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining a sustainable Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body (P/TASB).
  • Identify the importance of building leadership and development, opportunities to participate, and partnerships among Aboriginal peoples.
  • Respecting traditional languages and the diversity of Aboriginal languages across Ontario.
  • Respecting Aboriginal cultural and traditional practices and protocols, and encourage incorporating those when applicable.

Our Pillars

  1. Long-term Holistic Development: Personal, social and athletic development through physical activity, recreation and sport – from grassroots to high-performance activity.
  2. Leadership and Coaching Development: Certification and mentorship for coaches/officials/ trainers/sport leaders/role models/volunteers. Implement Aboriginal Coach Manual.
  3. Recognition of Excellence: Highlight accomplishments and successes of athletes, coaches, community builders, volunteers, community/First Nations.
  4. Partnership and Development: Multi-sector relationships, resource and fund development.
  5. Communications and Informatics/ Information Technology (IT): Database development and management, information hub, share resources/information, media relations, website maintenance, events calendar, e-newsletter, e-learning.
  6. Governance: Develop and maintain governance structure, business plan/sustainability, develop provincial Aboriginal Sport Policy, human resources/administration.