In recent years, various stakeholders have engaged in activities to promote and develop physical literacy. Excitement around the concept has also led to a variety of definitions, and sometimes a misuse of the term by using it interchangeably with “physical activity”, “physical education”, “fundamental movement skills” or “motor skill development”. In a broad consultation, sector leaders in Canada suggested that a common definition with consistent language was needed to provide clarity for the development of policy, practice and research.
The purpose of this Statement is to:
• promote the value of physical literacy and preserve the integrity of the concept
• advocate for the use of a common definition of physical literacy, as defi ned by the International Physical Literacy Association
• facilitate alignment within and between the multiple sectors in the physical literacy community
• improve the consistency and clarity of communications relating to physical literacy
• inform the consistent and co-ordinated development of physical literacy tools and resources created by various stakeholders.
Read the complete June 2015 Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement.