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Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada

Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues

Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada uses sport as a lens through which to examine issues such as individual and community health, gender and race relations, culture and colonialism, and self-determination and agency. In this groundbreaking volume, leading scholars offer a multidisciplinary perspective on how unequal power relations influence the ability of Aboriginal people in Canada to implement their own visions for sport. The diverse analyses illuminate how Aboriginal people employ sport as a venue through which to assert their cultural identities and find a positive space for themselves and upcoming generations in contemporary Canadian society.

268 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction / Janice Forsyth and Audrey R. Giles

Part 1: Historical Perspectives on Aboriginal Peoples in Sport and Recreation

1 Bodies of Meaning: Sports and Games at Canadian Residential Schools / Janice Forsyth

2 Indigenous Peoples and Canadian-Hosted Olympic Games / Christine M. O’Bonsawin

3 Toward a History of Aboriginal Women in Canadian Sport / M. Ann Hall

Part 2: Contemporary Issues

4 Aboriginal Peoples and the Construction of Canadian Sport Policy / Victoria Paraschak

5 Canadian Elite Aboriginal Athletes, Their Challenges, and the Adaptation Process / Robert Schinke, Duke Peltier, and Hope Yungblut

6 Women’s and Girls’ Participation in Dene Games in the Northwest Territories / Audrey R. Giles

7 Performance Indicators: Aboriginal Games at the Arctic Winter Games / Michael Heine

8 The Quality and Cultural Relevance of Physical Education for Aboriginal Youth: Challenges and Opportunities / Joannie Halas, Heather McRae, and Amy Carpenter

9 Two-Eyed Seeing: Physical Activity, Sport, and Recreation Promotion in Indigenous Communities / Lynn Lavallée and Lucie Lévesque

Conclusion / Janice Forsyth and Audrey R. Giles

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