BACKGROUND OF MYRACL
Originally, MYRACL was first
started as an organization in the fall of 1997 under its original name (NS
Mi'kmaq Sports Council) and over the next few years of working with the
communities and governments, we realized that this organization was much more
than just about sports, it was about creating healthier individuals. We
then incorporated recreational initiatives into our organization in the year
2000 and then again changed our name to the NS Mi'kmaw Sports & Recreation
Circle, which it stayed until 2003.
After years of trying to explain to funding agencies that what we were doing was
not just about adults playing sports, but more communities trying to engage
children, youth and adults from all walks of life to become more physically
active and healthy... we finally decided to give the organization it's final
name, MYRACL (which stands for Mi'kmaw Youth, Recreation & Active Circle for
Living). Basically, the name was derived from a specific situation where
an individual that represented one of the funding agencies decided to pronounce
that it would take a "miracle" for our organization to change the way government
funded sports (as it wasn't under a number of their mandates).
Well, after many
months of deliberating over the issue and wondering how to solve this problem,
the Executive Director could not get this name out of his head... miracle,
miracle, miracle... Then, he began to start finding words that would fit the
letters of that name. What finally emerged was a similar sounding name,
but unique in its spelling and meaning and what it represented... MYRACL...
In early years, the organization was developed to assist in the continued development of the Mi’kmaw
sports organizations and events with regard to sports and recreation at the
community level. This included the promotion & training of individual
athletes, coaches and officials alongside the sport and recreation programs
provided by the Nova Scotia Sports & Recreation Commission within the
Province of Nova Scotia.
We saw the need to support and initiate community
based training initiatives across the province in various sports in
the hope of giving our Mi’kmaw communities incentive on building sport oriented
programming at the grassroots levels.
MYRACL realizes that the involvement of the organization is needed to
facilitate and help co-ordinate these training
initiatives, sport championships and tournament
events for promotion and development will be key to mobilizing our
communities. With this involvement, the enhancement of sports is
fostered and hands on experience is gained through our membership.
MYRACL continues to work to establish new training
opportunities, pilot project programs in different sports as well as
linking communities, athletes and teams to available programs and
funding grants that may be available through local, provincial and
national organizations across the Province and Canada.