Our Mission Statement
The NSMSRCs primary objective is to provide and promote
participation by Aboriginal people in sports and recreation activities through a number of
prioritized goals & initiatives.
The NSMSRC was developed to assist in the continued development
of the Mikmaw sports organizations and events with regard to sports and recreation
at the community level. This includes 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.
The NSMSRC will represent its people by providing a
provincial, national and through its membership affiliation with North American
Indigenous Games and the Aboriginal Sport Circle, provide an international voice for
sport, fitness, culture and recreation.
In the early development of our organization, we see the need to
support and initiate community based championships across the province in various sports
in the hope of giving our Mikmaw communities incentive on building sport oriented
programming for the grassroots level.
The NSMSRC realizes that the involvement of the NSMSRC to
facilitate and help co-ordinate these 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.
There is also a need for modification of existing sports within
the community systems in place now to tie in more with the vision and initiatives of the
NSMSRC. This includes the development of some pilot projects in training for
coaches, athletes and officials in our province.
The NSMSRC is aiming at educating the non-Aboriginal population
on its visions, its values with the idea of developing more
"wholistic" athletes in the sporting communities and helping other Mi'kmaw
organizations in the on-going effort to build better communities through health education
and active living.
One of our long term goals is to make sure that our children,
youth and adults have every opportunity to be able to participate at the North American
Indigenous Games (www.2002naig.com)...
this will require the re-qualifying of our athletes through the "Community Sport
Championships" or the "N.S. Mikmaw Summer Games", based on
preparation of our communities to host and deliver and funding capabilities of the Nova
Scotia Mi'kmaw Sports & Recreation Circle.