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Mandate of the Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw
The NSMSRC 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. 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. 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 is the foundation of our organization, and the blueprint to Nova Scotia Mikmaw Sports & Recreation Circle. 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.
The Four (4) Prime Objectives of the NSMSRC are:
The NSMSRC also wants to build on the great opportunity to develop our very own Aboriginal Role Model Program (sport specific) to assist in removing barriers for our Aboriginal athletes at high performance levels of sport. We have the vision in building opportunities through sport development camps, creating an inventory on data via research of existing community sport programs/facilities/staff.
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 our NSMSRC will have to deal with on an ongoing basis.
Lastly, the NSMSRC feels that there is a great importance in relaying the message of Fair Play in Sports & Recreation within our communities. This will be very important in the growing stages of the NSMSRC.
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