Coaching Association of Canada

Aboriginal Coaching Modules

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.

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 objectives:

  • Provide culturally relevant training workshops to Aboriginal coaches and community sport leaders;
  • Elevate the capacity of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal coaches to coach Aboriginal athletes;
  • Improve the quality of the sport experience for Aboriginal athletes;
  • Improve the coach’s understanding of, and ability to apply, Aboriginal culture to sport and to coaching techniques and tactics;
  • Allow Aboriginal communities greater accessibility to the NCCP;
  • Increase the number of NCCP certified Aboriginal coaches;Make the wisdom of Aboriginal culture available to both Aboriginal and mainstream>

The long term objectives in delivering the ACM material include:

  • 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; and
  • 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.

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.

The ACM is rolled out in 3 modules:

Module 1
Holistic Approach to Coaching
encompasses a holistic approach to coaching which includes topics such as creating a positive environment, the Medicine Wheel, a coaching perspective: physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual aspects, values (the Four Pillars), coach-to-community relationships.

Module 2
Dealing with Racism in Sport
encompasses issues on dealing with racism in sport including definitions that may be useful in the discussion of racism and knowing when to use the right word to describe what is happening in a certain situation, i.e. discrimination, racism, prejudice, stereotype, systemic discrimination. It also discusses how to respond to racism and the three choices of response, examples of coaches’ responses, organizational responses to racism, creating a positive environment, and coach-to-family relationships.

Module 3
Lifestyles, Health and Nutrition
encompasses topics on lifestyle, health, and nutrition, and how to be familiar with the unique lifestyle, health situations, and challenges that Aboriginal youth may face. Topics in this chapter include: understanding the community where you coach, the effect of history on lifestyle and health, lifestyle issues including physical inactivity, obesity, tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse, heath issues such as diabetes, lactose intolerance, childhood asthma, fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects (FAS/FAE), hepatitis B, sexual activity, determining when an intervention is appropriate, and nutrition.

For more information on the ACM, please contact Anthony Sauvé, Manager, Aboriginal Coach Development:

To enrol in this multi-sport coaching module today, please click here and then click on your Province or Territory for more information, or contact your Provincial or Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body.