What is ASWCO

The Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) is the Provincial Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body (PTASB) for Ontario and provides input and services around the North American Indigenous Games, National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and many other regional games throughout Ontario and Canada.

ASWCO promotes healthy living and offers training, certifications and support for coaches, athletes and other organizations in each of the 6 regions: Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Central, Southeast and Southwest Ontario.

Image Map North Central Region North Central region North Central Region North western region North East Region Central Region South west region South East Region

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 Aboriginal sport body (PTASB).
  • 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.

Board of Directors

Marc Laliberté – North Region
Tim Archie – North Region
Mike Metatewabin – North Region
Scott Haines – North Region
Kim Wheatley – South Region
Austin Henry – South Region
Dale Plett – South Region
Lisa-Marie Naponse – Central Region