Our organization receives it's mandate through the support of the Nova
Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs and it's communities and has
officially been recognized through the Mi'kmaq * Canada * Nova Scotia
Tripartite Forum (www.tripartiteforum.com)
as one of its Working Committees. Through these partnerships in
government, we have been able to generate funding and human resource
support to help assist MYRACL in achieving its goals and objectives for
each fiscal year.
We have received very strong support both from our communities, its
leadership but also from the Provincial and Federal Government. As
indicated before, we developed this organization to improve and
promote healthy, active lifestyles
through the tools of organized and structured
sports and recreation programs and services.
These are delivered to the Mi'kmaw communities of Nova Scotia
on a year round basis and help to make positive changes
happen in our communities.
Obviously, a huge reason for our initiatives is the steadily
growing population of our communities, and specifically our
youth here in Nova Scotia. In view of this population growth,
there are continuous needs that have to be addressed by our
organization to our people in the areas of fitness, sports,
recreation, culture and social. Considering
that over fifty (50) percent of our population are individuals
under the age of twenty-five (25) years of age and that a
majority of this population is facing tremendous statistical
health issues, MYRACL is positioning itself to help try to make
positive changes take place towards healthier, active
It is imperative that a co-ordinated effort be made to improve
the quality of life for our people through initiatives that are
available to us through sports and recreation.
This co-ordinated effort in our view begins with participation
and active living on a daily basis as much as possible. It is
well known in the communities that, not only do our own people
have to play an important role in the process of self healing
but responsible agencies and groups must now take the steps
necessary to curb the declining health of Aboriginal peoples.
This is the foundation
of our organization, and the blueprint that MYRACL will be
operating by in the next number of years. The focus is to
provide every opportunity for all Miíkmaw people to participate
in activities that will either sustain or improve their well
being. It will also build the skills necessary for the
competitive athletes to prepare for competitions whether they
are Aboriginally linked or not. We aim to strengthen the
incorporation of sports and recreation into the lifestyle of our
Miíkmaw people, thus creating a balance of mind, body and spirit
in a holistic view while improving their quality of life.
ongoing funding on a yearly basis, many worthwhile initiatives
can and will take place such as leadership development,
communications program developed throughout communities
(development of an interactive Website), hiring of a community
development officer(s) to develop and assist with existing
programs in place and to help build new ones. We will also
target increasing the training for Aboriginal coaches,
officials, administration/organizations and their development in
communities. As well, there are such things as outdoor
leadership program opportunities need that will be part of our
long term plans.
MEASURING AND MONITORING
also wants to build on the great opportunity to develop our very
own support system that will help educate our
communities in leading healthier lifestyles and to continue to
improve on the overall daily quality of life.
We have visions of
building opportunities through sport development camps, creating
an inventory on data via research of existing community sport
programs/facilities/staff as well as our most
recent initiative of identifying physical activity levels of
school aged children (6-19 years of age) in order to help
determine certain physical and health statistical data regarding
overall physical activity and whether it meets national
standards of healthy individuals.
Opportunities in promotion, training, access and
participation to high performance provincial, national and
international events, and the development of support and
awareness networks in combating barriers in Aboriginal sports...
are only some of the issues that we
will have to deal with on an ongoing basis.
MYRACL will represent
itís people by providing a provincial, national and through itís
membership affiliation with North American Indigenous Games and
the Aboriginal Sport Circle, an international voice for sport,
recreation and healthy, active lifestyles.
MYRACL will always work to gain consensus and information
through input right from the community grassroots level
population and up. By doing this, we will develop comprehensive
knowledge of the issues at the community level.