June 04, 2009 19:00 ET

The FNEC officially declares open the second edition of its Inter-school Games for the First Nations of Quebec

SHAWINIGAN, QC, June 4 - The First Nations Education Council (FNEC) has officially opened the second edition of the Inter-school Games for the schools of the First Nations of Quebec. The Games will take place in Collège Shawinigan, from June 4 to 7, 2009. This year, over 300 students aged 10 to 17 will participate in several events, namely volleyball, basketball, floor hockey and athletics.

"The Inter-school Games are a source of motivation for the children, and sport can become an important and determining leverage for school success. Furthermore, the FNEC firmly believes that the Games will have a beneficial and mobilizing impact on the students and the communities" highlighted Lise Bastien, Director General of the FNEC.

Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) on his part, added: "It is very important that we have this capacity to provide complete and permanent programs in sports and recreation for our Youth. Since in spite of all the evidence showing the positive influence of physical activity on school success and in spite of the severity of health problems identified amongst First Nations, the funding formula of the federal government for Band-operated schools does not take into account the importance of sports and recreation. Indeed, these activities are cruelly lacking in First Nations schools and several schools have to amputate budgets in their other programs to be able to offer a minimum of activities."

Several activities are also scheduled under a big top during the whole event. To see the complete schedule, please visit the Website:

The FNEC is proud to present its partners and sponsors for this 2nd edition of the Inter-school Games for the First Nations of Quebec:

- Collège Shawinigan

- Défense nationale

- Santé Canada

- Gouvernement du Québec

- Sono vidéo

- Bell

- Desjardins, caisse populaire du Village-Huron

- Forum Jeunesse Mauricie

- Informatique Mercier

Additional information


To this day, First Nations schools do not receive any specific funding for sports and recreation due to the federal government's current funding formula which ignores the needs in sports and recreation for these schools. (

A study led in March 2008 by the FNEC demonstrated that 18 communities out of 22 do not have policies as regards sports and recreation and that 50% do not have sports and recreation programs. Apart from intermittent and non-recurrent funding from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the communities have to supplement the budget by withdrawing funds from other programs for the organization of occasional sports activities.

Contact Information

  • Julie-Christine Lainey, FNEC, (418) 842-7672, Cell.: (418) 561-7916; Source: Thanissa Lainé, FNEC, (418) 842-7672, Cell.: (418) 932-4351