Traditional Activities

Traditional Activities

As Indigenous people we appreciate the magnitude of supporting and keeping our traditional activities as a part of our way to be physically active. We take great pride in supporting Indigenous people who take the initiative to teach, learn and/or participate in traditional physical activities. IPACC promotes physical activity and we support all traditional activities that have wholistic aspects which are grounded in culture and diverse Indigenous ways of knowing.

Some of the traditional past times that we value as a physical activity are:

Land Based Activities:

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Gathering and harvesting foods
  • Indigenous ball games, including Lacrosse
  • Bone and Stick Games

Cultural Activities:

  • Dancing
  • Bone and Stick Games
  • Carving
  • Weaving
  • Other… please let us know what your rituals are to be physically active.

Water Based Activities:

  • Canoeing
  • Swimming

IPACC supports the Arctic Winter Games where there are eleven Inuit sports that are based on traditional Indigenous activities, and sports.

If you have any questions on whether we can fund your traditional activity, please email

Nlaka’pamuxcin Physical Activity Videos

With greatly honoured support from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, Indigenous Physical Activity and Cultural Circle (IPACC) partnered with UBC Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology program to create four Nlaka’pamuxcin Physical Activity videos featuring Elders in the Nlaka’pamuxcin First Nations community. We also appreciate the support from Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux school and Piyeʔwiʔx kt Language Foundation Society.

These videos showcase the four Elders, Charon Spinks, Judy Hanna, Buster Adams, and Maurice Michell, who share a story in Nlaka’pamuxcin on being physically active on the land. By empowering Elders to speak their stories, these videos help revitalize our traditional language and create a resurgence in Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and heritage which supports community resilience. These videos create vital connections of our traditional language that can be passed onto younger and future generations, and we would also like to recognize Harvey Dunstan for allowing us to use his singing voice in the introductions. They also share ways community members can connect to the land, as a way to continue an overall healthy wellbeing. We would like to share with you the knowledge and history in both Nlaka’pamuxcin and English.