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October 18th, 2004

Dear Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Bands, Schools & Organizations:

Please be advised that our organization, MYRACL (Mi’kmaw Youth, Recreation & Active Circle for Living) is organizing two training sessions for the Mi’kmaw communities of Nova Scotia in the area of quality assurance to assist communities in the development of their sport and recreation programs that are currently being offered or planned for children and youth in your communities, school systems or programs.

In the attached outline, the two day training course outline will help to explain some of the pieces of information that individuals will be trained in. The Day 1 Outline targets the "Principles of Healthy Child Development" and Day 2 Outline targets the people involved in planning, delivering and evaluation of programs for children and youth. MYRACL will be covering the costs for training, meeting space and hotel accommodations (two per room) for four (4) participants from each community and six (6) from both the Eskasoni and Indianbrook First Nations.

The Mainland Training Session will take place at the Holiday Inn Select (City Centre) on Robie Street on Wednesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 28th, 2004 and will include the seven (7) central and western communities of Pictou Landing, Millbrook, Indianbrook, Annapolis Valley, Bear River, Glooscap and Acadia First Nation communities. This will target a total of thirty (30) trainees.

The Cape Breton Training Session will be taking place at the Delta Sydney Hotel on November 2nd and 3rd and will include the five (5) communities from Cape Breton and including Paq’tnkek (Afton). This will target a total of thirty (26) trainees.  Please note:  An additional four (4) trainees will be left open for MYRACL to include reps from off-reserve organizations.

From these two training sessions, two (2) highly motivated individuals will be selected to take further training in the "Train the Trainer Workshop" that will help MYRACL in delivering the High Five Training Program to the grassroots levels across the Province.


As always, MYRACL is also asking for contributions from the communities (either through sponsor organizations or programs) in the form of partnering with us to assist participants in covering the expenses for travel and meals to the training event.

We would also like to encourage you to please carefully select your participants for this training course as we believe that it will go a long way in starting to improve the quality and delivery of children and youth programming (with a concentration of children and youth ages six - twelve years of age) in your communities.

*** We suggest that your selections could come from the following areas:
1. Community Sport or Recreation Co-ordinators
2. Physical Education Instructor(s) and Teachers involved with Youth at Schools
3. Brighter Futures/BHC Coordinators, Youth Coordinators, NADACA Officers
4. Volunteers (Coaches, Youth Groups, Parents involved in coaching/fundraising)
5. Member of Council holding Children/Youth/Sport/Rec Portfolio
6. Day Care Programs (Management or Staff)

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience or you can also refer to the updated information on the High Five Training Courses that are posted on our web site at or if you require more detailed information, please visit the High Five national web site at: 

Communities are asked to identify their selected participants and confirm via email or by fax by the following deadline dates:

Mainland Training (Holiday Inn Halifax - Robie St.):
Deadline for Applications:  Friday, October 22nd, 2004

Cape Breton Training (Delta Sydney):
Deadline for Applications:  Friday, October 29th, 2004

Please fax your REGISTRATION FORMS back into MYRACL, Attention: Robert Bernard  Fax: (902) 756-2984.

FYI: For communities interested in High Five Training at their own community level, either for school staff, volunteers or community organizations, we would be more than pleased to work with you once this training sessions are completed.  Thank you for your time and looking forward to hearing from you very soon!

Yours in building healthy communities,

Mr. Robert Bernard
Executive Director,
Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Youth, Recreation
& Active Circle for Living (MYRACL).


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