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Active School Communities Pilot Project

The ASC Pilot Project is a combined initiative of the Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Sports & Recreation Circle in partnership with the Nova Scotia Sport & Recreation Commission.

The main goal of these pilot projects is to assist in the development of strong linkages within the community based schools and the grassroots resource people in our communities and to enhance these partnerships by developing long term sustainable opportunities for communities in sport, recreation and active living.

Currently, there are three Mi'kmaw communities that have submitted proposals for pilot project consideration (Waycobah, Pictou Landing and Membertou).  Funding for these pilot projects is now under way and meetings with each one of these communities is taking place to ensure that accountability measures in terms of the quality of the proposed projects is measured and objectively met through a prioritized set of goals and timeframes.  These proposals each have initiatives aimed at having children and youth more active through a structured system aimed at providing quality programming.

The following is a brief outline of the Active School Communities Pilot Project:

Active School Communities Pilot Project Outline


The goal of activity school communities is for families, schools and community organizations to work collaboratively to increase the opportunities for children and youth to be physically active.

An active school community may be defined as

_    One in which all citizens including teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community leaders work together to create physical and social environments which support active, healthy lifestyles

_    One which supports policy, environment and initiatives that encourage physical activity in the home, the school and the community.

It is recognized that initiatives need to begin at the readiness level of the school and community and it may take some time to affect change at the broader levels of interventions. 

Examples of active school community initiatives

  _      After school programs

  _      Transportation i.e. safe routes to school

  _      Physical environments i.e. playgrounds

  _      Intra-murals

  _      Supportive curriculum i.e. physical education

  _      Youth leadership programs 



Each Pilot site will be allotted project funds annually for three years from the province to implement their projects.  In Year 1, we have received some funding assistance from DIAND's community capacity development funds and are currently negotiating for a three year support framework to help support the pilot project communities.

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