What is NIPAAW?

Join Us! Kick off on National Indigenous Peoples Day

The intent of this annual week event is to promote physical activity within our urban and rural Indigenous communities through organizing several simple and fun initiatives. IPACC would like to support your community or organization to “kick-off” the National Indigenous Physical Activity Awareness week. Therefore, we have created a NIPAAW Toolkit to support you along with a seven-day campaign to be physically active across Canada. Please find the NIPAAW Toolkit as a PDF at the bottom of this page.

The theme for NIPAAW’s campaign is:


We are hoping to inspire communities, organizations, groups, and teams to have 7 days of fun-filled physical activity and to share their stories, photos and/or ideas to help inspire others to join in the week and “Show Us Your Active Spirit”. The NIPAAW Toolkit will help you start your own 7 days of activity. Follow IPACC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be updated on NIPAAW including upcoming contests, ideas on how to stay active, and as a place to share how you are showing your active spirit! Please check out our social media sites for more information.

Please take a look at the toolkit and feel free to distribute with your contacts. We would be happy to discuss this or any other inquires you might have. We can be reached at
Physical activity is great for the whole family as it improves both health and well-being, and is FUN!. Let’s remind our communities that being active doesn’t have to be just running laps and working out. The more people we can get to be physically active the healthier our communities will grow to be, so…


Inspire Us!

Do you have a sport, recreation, or fitness or traditional activity event or initiative happening in your community between June 21st and 27th? We want to share it with the Nation! Please send us any posters or releases for the event to and we will share it with our network. We would also love to see any photos or stories from your week of physical activity. “Show Us Your Active Spirit” and share your week with us on our Facebook NIPAAW event page, Twitter, and Instagram. Let’s get active and inspire others to do the same!

Looking for an event to get active with? There are many things going on during National Indigenous People’s Day, why not choose one of them to kick off your week? Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

Plan your own NIPAAW!

Please download and share the IPACC National Indigenous Physical Activity Awareness Week Toolkit to learn the steps to creating your own NIPAA Week!

Shannon Field, a registered Kinesiologist and Metis graduate student, developed a toolkit to support friends, families, and communities to be physically active together through a variety of traditional Indigenous games. This toolkit has been designed to be inclusive, so that everyone can join in!