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GTActivity.ca is part of a research project on Multiculturalism and Physical Culture in the GTA.

The project is being carried out by the Centre for Sport Policy Studies at the University of Toronto. It is funded by the Sport Canada Research Initiative through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and supported by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto.

The aim of GTActivity.ca is to become a living archive of all of the forms of physical culture in which people participate in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Physical culture is a collective term we use to refer to all of the various forms of sports, dances, martial arts, exercise systems and other physical games and activities that have been developed by humans.

Since the GTA has one of the most diverse populations in the world, it seems likely that people who live in the GTA may participate in many hundreds of different forms of physical culture.

GTActivity.ca is intended to collect, catalogue, and celebrate the diversity of physical culture in our community, and to be a public resource for all who have access to the World Wide Web. For each activity, there will be a written description, a brief history and geography of the activity, and some photographic and video images of people participating in the activity in the GTA.

We are interested in all forms of physical cultural activities, ranging from dances that are only performed on specific formal occasions (such as at a wedding), to daily exercises – running, yoga, tai chi, pilates, etc. – to regularly scheduled sports leagues.

Since this is also a citizen science project, we are requesting people who participate, occasionally or regularly, in different physical cultural activities, or who know about such activities, to post information about the activity on GTActivity.ca. For those

who would prefer not to post the information themselves, our research assistants will collect the information, and take photographs and video of the activity and post it for you. We will also seek out activities and ask participants to post the information on the web site.

Because this is also a research project, we will contact many of the individuals who post activities on the site to ask for their help in addressing the other objectives of the study. We are interested in the life cycle of physical activities – which ones come to Canada, which ones thrive and which ones die out? We are interested in the ways that physical cultural activities may be involved in the integration and inclusion of new Canadians; and we are interested in the political and financial support of physical cultural activities.