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The Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Sports & Recreation Circle (NSMSRC) at present have a Board of Directors that represent all of the thirteen (13) Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Communities. It's leaders, our Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs, currently sit as the Board of Directors for this organization. The NSMSRC also have two representatives for it's two Nova Scotia tribal councils, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaqs (CMM) and the Union of Nova Scotia Indians (UNSI).
Representing the CMM tribal council since 1995 is Mr. Tim
Bernard. Mr. Bernard in his work with the NSMSRC from 1995-2000 has brought over
ten (10) years of experience in the area of Aboriginal sports into our organization.
His background as the editor of the Mi'kmaq-Maliseet Nations News editor certainly
assisted our organization in terms of properly administering programs and services.
With his expertise, we have been able to bring the issues relating to NSMSRC to the All
Chiefs Assembly in a quick and professional manner. Currently and as of February
2000, Mr. Bernard has decided to step down as a CMM/NSMSRC representative to the Aboriginal Sport Circle in order to pursue
other interests at his full time position. We thank Tim for his years of work with
our "Circle" and on behalf of the Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Communities commend him on
a job well done... we at the Circle also want to thank you Tim.
In his place, our new CMM representative that will attempt to fill Tim's shoes is Mr. Colin Bernard. Colin also brings a solid background not only in participation and organizing sports events across the Mi'kmaq nation in both Softball and bowling, he also brings a genuine interest in helping the NSMSRC. Colin will help to continue in helping to build the NSMSRC organization to a level where we can continue to bring Aboriginal opportunities in sports, recreation and active living.
Representing the UNSI tribal council also since 1995 is Mr. George "Tex" Marshall, a Mi'kmaw from the Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton, N.S. . Tex's background includes over 15 years experience in participating and organizing Aboriginal sports and events, over ten years in the Aboriginal Education system and currently a Youth Worker with Eskasoni Mental Health and Social Work. Tex has also held the position of Treasurer for the Aboriginal Sport Circle since 1998. As mentioned before, his position as the representative for the UNSI mandates a seat to the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal Sport Circle of Canada. In February 2000, Mr. Marshall decided to step down as Treasurer of the ASC to allow other members of the ASC Board an opportunity to contribute to the National Board.
Currently, the day to day services for the NSMSRC are being served by it's Executive Director, Mr. Robert Bernard from the Waycobah First Nation. Mr. Bernard was hired in December 1997 and has been actively engaging in the development of the NSMSRC by initiating long term relationships with support organizations within Aboriginal Mi'kmaw Nova Scotia, the Aboriginal Sports Circle (the National Aboriginal voice for Sport in Canada) and also with the Nova Scotia Sports & Recreation Commission.
Mr. Bernard's background includes over fifteen (15) years of
experience in participating in Aboriginal Sports activities at a high level throughout the
Province of Nova Scotia and has pariticipated at the National level for Softball. In
those years, Mr. Bernard has also organized many hockey and softball tournaments and was
instrumental in developing the structure around the Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Provincial
Softball Assocation and the Maritime Indian Hockey Association (M.I.H.A.).
The NSMSRC is very fortunate to have the volunteer services of our two Tribal Council representatives in Mr. George Tex Marshall of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and our new representative from the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, Mr. Colin Bernard.
The Circle has also began to include the volunteer services of community representatives by incorporating these representatives to sit on the Advisory Board of the NSMSRC. They have all received offical mandates from their respective communities to bring the concerns of the communities to the NSMSRC. Through discussions such as this Advisory Board, the NSMSRC is able to improve the opportunities for our youth, adults and elders by identifying needs of communities.
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