June 26, 2017
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
PO Box 500, Station A
Dear Chief Commissioner Buller,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA), a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation as a contributor to community health and vibrancy. Membership in our organization includes the 13 provincial and territorial parks and recreation associations and their extensive networks of service providers.
The CPRA Board of Directors recently held meetings in Whitehorse, Yukon from May 31 –June 1, 2017, during which time the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Community Hearings also took place in Whitehorse. Realizing the significance of the National Inquiry, the CPRA Board of Directors amended our meeting agenda to allow our Members to attend the community hearings at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.
CPRA views recreation as contributing to the quality of life in indigenous communities in Canada and see ourselves playing a role in implementing the Calls to Action coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada specific to Sport and Reconciliation related to the “promotion physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples”.
CPRA co-led (with the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council) the development of the Framework for Recreation in Canada which is the guiding document for public recreation providers in Canada. It states:
- Recreation is a fundamental human need in all ages and stages of life. It is the pursuit of physical, social, intellectual creative and spiritual experiences that enhance individual and community wellbeing.
- High quality, accessible recreation opportunities are integral to a well-functioning society.
- Recreation is for everyone; all people and communities deserve equitable access to recreational experiences.
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to attend in a portion of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.
Executive Director, CPRA
cc. Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs