A Comparison of Indigenous Sport for Development Policy Directives in Canada and Australia

Kevin J Gardam, Audrey R Giles, Steven Rynne, Lyndsay M.C Hayhurst


In this study, we employ Bacchi’s (2012) “What’s the Problem Represented to be” approach to guide our discourse analysis of federal Indigenous sport for development (SFD) policies in Canada and Australia.  Through a review of government policies and reports, we highlight the often-divergent policy directives set out by federal departments in these two countries.  Namely, inter-departmental partnerships in areas such as health, education, and justice fail to be adequately facilitated through SFD policies in Canada, while, conversely, Australia has strived towards greater federal partnership building.  Within the identified Canadian and Australian policies, both countries consistently produced sport as having the potential to contribute to Indigenous peoples’ social and economic development, thus highlighting the growing institutional support behind Indigenous SFD.  This policy analysis research provides a novel contribution to the overall growing body of literature investigating the politics of partnership building in SFD initiatives. 


Sport for Development; Sport Policy; Governance; Indigenous Communities

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5663/aps.v7i2.29334

Support: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada