MYRACL is mandated to provide these services to the
registered Mi'kmaw population of Nova Scotia, both on and off-reserve through the mandate
received from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs. This
Assembly represents the thirteen (13) Mi'kmaw communities of Nova Scotia as well
as the two tribal councils, namely the Union of NS Indians and the Confederacy
of Mainland Mi'kmaq.
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 lifestyles.
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
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 Mikmaw 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 Mikmaw people, thus creating a balance of mind, body and spirit in a holistic
view while improving their quality of life.
With 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
MYRACL 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
MYRACL will represent its people by providing a
provincial, national and through its 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.