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Aboriginal Coaching Module workshops to be held in BC in 2017

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) announced today that they will be hosting Aboriginal Coaching Module (ACM) workshops throughout 2017.    

The ACM is a professional development training tool for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal coaches who coach Aboriginal athletes, as they become certified through the NCCP. The material in the ACM has been developed to meet the following 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 respects differences and addresses racism;

·         Helping those you coach make healthy lifestyle choices.


The long term objectives in delivering the ACM material include:

·         Make the wisdom of Aboriginal culture available to both Aboriginal and mainstream sport;

·         Increasing awareness of 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 utilize the material from the ACM in their day-to-day interaction with Aboriginal athletes;

·         Creating opportunities for positive dialogue between administrators, facilitators, coaches, and athletes about how the ACM should evolve to meet the constantly changing needs of young Aboriginal athletes;

·         Increase the number of NCCP certified Aboriginal coaches.


The professional development of Aboriginal coaches through NCCP certification has been identified by the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) as a national priority. In order to educate and promote the value of the NCCP and to establish meaningful participation of Aboriginal peoples in this national program, the ASC embarked on a multi-year process to develop supplemental training material for Aboriginal coaches taking NCCP workshops. The result of this process is the Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM), which responds to the need for a national training curriculum with content that reflects the uniqueness of Aboriginal cultures, values, and lifestyles.

There are currently two scheduled for the Surrey, BC area:



Participants must be current members of their provincial sport organization (Cross Country BC).

Coaching young people offers an opportunity to make a difference in this world. Sport can be about developing a sense of community and common purpose. Sport can foster better health conditions, social skills, and community healing.

Coaching Aboriginal youth in and outside of Aboriginal communities provides a coach with opportunities for personal growth and development; as well it can foster personal and community development in our Aboriginal youth.