PLAY Program​
Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) Program​​​


The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with more than 85 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada to deliver safe, fun and educational programming for Aboriginal children and youth. Each uniquely tailored play-based program is designed to enhance educational outcomes, improve peer-to-peer relationships, increase employability and improve physical and mental health amongst Aboriginal children and youth.

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Right To Play offers support to locally hired youth workers working in each of our partner communities and organizations. Through a combination of training workshops, in-community visits and over-the-phone coaching, Right To Play helps youth workers to design, launch, facilitate and measure the impacts of dynamic outcome-based programming for children and youth.

PLAY programs consist of regular weekly activities for children and youth from September through to August. The activities vary in each community but generally include leadership workshops, sport and recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, community events, sport clinics and youth-led initiatives. PLAY strives to create positive change through the guidance of the holistic wheel (right) and its teachings.

​Each community that Right To Play partners with receives support and training in at least one of the following core programs and complementary programs:​


Are you from a First Nations, Métis or Inuit community or urban Aboriginal organization?

By applying for the PLAY Program your community and/or urban organization can receive:

  • Financial support to pay for up to half a local youth worker's salary to implement the PLAY Program;
  • Financial support to pay for up to $8000 in program expenses;
  • Specialized coaching and training from Right To Play staff;
  • Extensive professional development opportunities for youth workers including participation in three workshops with other PLAY Program youth workers from across the country.

And by participating in the PLAY Program, your youth can receive:

  • Enhanced leadership opportunities;
  • A safe and supportive mentor;
  • Sport and recreation activities;
  • Summer camp programming;
  • The opportunity to participate in sport-based clinics (hockey, lacrosse, soccer, basketball);
  • The opportunity to participate in a Youth Leadership Symposium with other youth from across the country.

How do you apply?


Thank you for your interest in the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program! At this point in time our application process is now closed and we will not be accepting any further applications for the 2017/18 programming year. Our next application cycle will be open to the public towards the end of May, to the beginning of June 2018.

Want more information on the app​lication process and how your community or urban Aboriginal organization can work with Right To Play? Click to download our ​​PLAY Application Info Guide.pdf for more details. ​

For other volunteer, co-op placement or employment inquiries, please contact Jasmin Glaw, PLAY Program Coordinator, via email at​

Aboriginal Youth in Canada​
Our Results 
Our Partners 


Partnering PLAY communities are located far and wide in four provinces across Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario

Below is a map of all of our communities and urban organizations partners from the 2015/2016 year:

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​​Funding Partners

Bruce Power


The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation


Daryl K. Seaman Hockey Fund at the Calgary Foundation

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life

The Harold E. Ballard Foundation

Hydro One

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Jays Care Foundation​​

KPMG Foundation

The Lawrence and Judith Tanenbaum Foundation

The London Community Foundation


Miziwe Biik

MLSE Foundation

Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

PepsiCo Canada Foundation

Public Health Agency of Canada

RBC Foundation

Riverside Natural Foods

The Slaight Family Foundation

Suncor Energy Foundation

Sun Life Financial

TELUS Manitoba Community Board

TELUS Vancouver Community Board

Thomas Sill Foundation


The Winnipeg Foundation​

​​Implementing Partners

Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario

Allteck Line Contractors

Andrea Warnick Consulting

Bereaved Families of Ontario

The Big Little Caravan of Joy

Canadian Lacrosse Association

Canucks Autism Network


Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Guardian Art

James MacDonald Photography

John Chabot

Kenora Chiefs Advisory

Kevin Sandy

Lifeguard Outreach Society

National Lacrosse League & Alumni Players

Nationwide Lacrosse

Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

PR Associates

Project Journey

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Human Kinetics​

See the full list of Right To Play Canada Funders and Partners.