Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the role of sport in Aboriginal communities;
  • Understanding and positively influencing the community in which you coach;
  • Coaching the whole person; coaching beyond the physical to include the mental (intellectual and emotional), spiritual, and cultural;
  • Responding to racism in sport;
  • Establishing a code of behaviour for your team that reflects differences and that addresses racism; and
  • Helping those you coach make healthy lifestyle choices.

Long-term Objectives

  • Making the wisdom of Aboriginal culture available to both Aboriginal and mainstream sport;
  • Increasing awareness of sport and support for the ACM among Aboriginal communities and the mainstream sport community in Canada;
  • Allowing coaches and communities the opportunity to embrace culturally sensitive practices so they can better meet the diverse needs of Aboriginal athletes in Canada;
  • Having coaches at all levels of sport use material rom the ACM in their day-to-day interactions with Aboriginal athletes;
  • Creating opportunities for positive dialogue between administrators, facilitators, coaches, and athletes about how the CM should evolve to meet the constantly changing needs of young Aboriginal athletes; and
  • Increasing the number of NCCP-certified Aboriginal coaches.

Coaching young people offers an opportunity to make a difference in this world. Sport can develop a sense of community and common purpose, and foster personal and community development in Aboriginal youth.