by Jason Anson
Themes and Purposes
In December 2015, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Committees released its Calls to Action in regards to the “Indian” residential school system in Canada. Within those guidelines is a section devoted to the Sports and Reconciliation which consists of five ‘Calls to Action’ within the Canadian sports organizations. There are over 50 sport organizations within Canada that fall under the umbrella of Sport Canada's Heritage Department of the Federal Government. I will focus on the sport of Canoe and Kayak within Canada. To do that, I will use a number of documents including the following:
In the 2016-2017 Annual Report (page 5) for CanoeKayak Canada’s provincial partner CanoeKayak BC [CKBC] it was announced that “The Aboriginal [Indigenous (ISPARC)] Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council and Sport for Life Society invited us [CKBC] to be one of the first in BC to implement their “Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway.” Then noted that in “ January [2017, CanoeKayak BC] began a facilitated journey.”
By June 6, 2017 later in the year, CKBC would tweet a CBC video on “How to talk about Indigenous people”. They suggested “With the 2017 #NAIG (North American Indigenous Games) right around the corner, here’s a short guide on referring to Indigenous Peoples.
Building off CanoeKayak BC’s recommendations as a first step in the TRC era, I propose building the following: using the established Indigenous National Sport Bodies website for comparison of http://aboriginalsportcircle.ca/ - The Aboriginal Sport Circle is “the national voice in sport, fitness, culture and recreational pursuits for the Aboriginal peoples in Canada!” The Indigenous Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council National Partner, (ISPARC) oversees sport in British Columbia.
Indigenous Sport Canada is a site that seeks to introduce the use of computer science in sport as a knowledge base and tool to build upon the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘ Calls to Action’ under the Sport and Reconciliations section #87 to #91. This foundation piece is a website comparison between http://aboriginalsportcircle.ca, and the URL website I intend to use to build http://indigenoussportcircle.ca . By creating this website it will allow me to contribute future papers to the academic science journal of “International Journal of Computer Science in Sport” as a student member of the International Association of Computer Science in Sport (IACSS) since 2015.
As a first step in building this website, I will start with the Sports and Reconciliations Section #87 - “We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.”
In mid 2011, I became intensely interested in the topic. Much to my surprise I would develop a clinical obsession that would lead to a diagnosis of Asperger's (a high functioning form of Autism) at the age of 38 years old. Autistic people often have a special interest they are obsessed over. I was no different. In my case, it was the about the sport of “war canoe” within the above governing bodies.
Today, as a means of bringing awareness to this very “entrenched Canadian social problem”, I would like to build a website at http://warcanoe.indigenoussportcircle.ca/. This will allow me to meet the course's time constraints and produce a website based on my background knowledge of the topic. At the same time I would be able to contribute to the academic body of knowledge both for the Indigenous Sport bodies in Canada, but also for the general public. Most Canadians (including many indigenous peoples) have no knowledge of the history of “war canoe” racing in Canada. Given the TRC era we are living in, I feel it is important to open the history books and look at how it has evolved over the past 150 years.
There are a lot of personas that can be created for this website: from indigenous to white Canadians, athletes to administrators to rights activists, to members of other indigenous groups from around the world etc.
Indigenous Sport Canada:
- Indigenous Sport Organizations in Canada, as well as non-Indigenous Sport Organizations.
- Indigenous youth under 21. This is their heritage and their culture. If they wanted to race war canoes, how would that happen?
- White youth under 21- those in registered canoe clubs who need to know the real history of “their” sport
- those who are not part of the elite canoe clubs but have an interest in the subject matter.
- Indigenous adults - who have limited to no knowledge about the war canoe and it’s history as a result of the long-term effects of the “Indian” residential school system.
- those who race war canoes and are not truly aware of the real history and intent behind why they race today.
- Those adults in politics, chiefs, heads of national indigenous organizations that are interested in the subtle and ‘not to subtle’ attempts to colonize and assimilate a segment of their culture and history. How native history is rewritten to be more palatable to white organizations and politicians.
- Indigenous peoples of other countries will see the story of Canada and may start to query what they have been told of their own history by the white educators/politicians etc.
The website will take into consideration the following scenarios of different personas that will be visiting it on the Internet. They include:
- Someone who loves canadian history or indigenous study.
- a National Indigenous person who has spoken out on this issue or assimilation of culture.
- The Native fellow who wanted to go to the Olympics in “indian” war canoe and John Edwards, Domestic Development of CanoeKayak Canada saying no way and then taking the “colonial” war canoe in lieu.
- Coaches/participants in canoe/kayak and other sports.
- Regular joe public who may find this interesting as part of Canada’s 150 year history.
- First Nations adults who speak to their culture and the importance of the canoe to their identity.
- First Nations youth who want to go to the Olympics and how that can’t happen.
- Other sport people whom you know that would be interested in seeing how you have come along in your special interest.
- University students who are studying history.
- High school students who are studying First Nations History and History in general.
In order to build this website, I have registered the below domains:
- Domain Registration - http://indigenoussportcircle.ca/
- Sub-Domain alias for Blogger - http://warcanoe.indigenoussportcircle.ca/
- Alias Domain Registration - http://warcanoe.ca
To maximize free technology in the marketplace, I will use Google’s Blogger to build this website. The project will also require the following: This google cloud platform allows us to integrate the following technical features into blogger to meet the objectives. Which includes:
- HTML Site Building - The Google Cloud Platform component Blogger provides a raw HTML editor that is web based which will allow me to customize the site the way I want.
- CSS Site Styling - In addition to the HTML online builder, there is also a CSS function that allows me to customize the sites styling.
- Script Use and Augmentation - Script Use will be used to build a navigation menu and embedded into the website for viewers to easily use the site.
- Using Libraries - From there, I will start to incorporate third party JQuery library scripts into the website for added features and functionality.
- Using External Data Sources - Ultimately the website will demonstrate the use of external API’s and/or AJAX sources to display external data within the main website.
In addition, the following free social media platforms have been established to build an audience to communicate with. They include:
- Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/indigenoussport/
- Twitter - https://twitter.com/sportindigenous
Mock Up and Site Map
The below is the initial wireframe work for the website http://indigenoussportcircle.ca/ which uses the framework from http://aboriginalsportcircle.ca/ to build on for comparison purposes.