Right To Play/Canada/our impact/First Nations Program
PLAY Program 


In June 2010, Right To Play, with generous funding from the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and other funding partners, initiated the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program in partnership with Moose Cree First Nation and Sandy Lake First Nation. The objective of the PLAY program is to build on the strengths of Aboriginal youth and their communities, while supporting the value of culture and identity.

The PLAY program is a multi-faceted program that is tailored to the specific needs of each community, is designed in partnership with the community and aims to support children and youth to develop and strengthen essential life-skills. Prior to implementation, community members participate in a thorough needs assessment that guides the design of the program.



The PLAY Program is being implemented in partnership with First Nations communities, Tribal Councils and a variety of Aboriginal organizations across Ontario. To view the list of communities and our partners who help make this program possible, please check out Our Partners.


PLAY Program Overview

Application Guide

Program Impact

Program Updates


The focus of the PLAY program in each community differs based upon the input of community members but includes some or all of the following four components:

     1. Summer Sun Program
     2. Hockey For Development Program
     3. Youth Leadership Program
     4. After-School Program
     5. Lacrosse For Development Program


PLAY Overview Video

Youth Leadership Program


PLAY Pikangikum Video

PLAY Slideshow

Summer Sun Program 2011

Right To Play announces hockey programs in first Nation communities

Youth Leadership Symposium 2012