ILSA QUICK FACTS
Operating Since 2003
Formerly the First Nations Snowboard Team
Inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2018
Over 300+ active Indigenous youth each year
Creating role models for social change
3 Generations of active members
3 Parts to our Nonprofit: Clinics, Skateboard Donation Program and Free instructor and guide training
Current Activities: Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Alpine Hiking and Skiing
Potential Future Programs: Golf, Surfing, Horseback Archery and more...
BORN FROM A LEGACY, FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE
Building upon 16 years of success as the First Nations Snowboard Team, our membership and our communities have driven the next evolution of our non-profit. We are no longer a competitive team, instead, we are focused on unstructured sports and activities that benefit the mental health and physical well being our members. These are sports that don't require a team or practice date so we can minimize barriers to participation and introduce our members to activities that help them cope with their daily lives and our shared inter-generational trauma.
ILSA provides year-round programming, free access to training/certification programs and the opportunity to learn a lifelong sport, in a safe place, with other indigenous sport leaders.
"By providing Indigenous youth with unstructured and semi-structured sports alike, the Indigenous Life Sport Academy (ILSA) creates social change and development within Indigenous communities. ILSA provides Indigenous youth with opportunities to play, express themselves, improve both their mental and physical health, as well as learn skills such as snowboarding, skateboarding, biking, climbing, hiking, and golf that can benefit them long into their adult years. These healthy sport-based outlets assist in the relief of conscious and subconscious stresses induced by intergenerational trauma within indigenous communities."