Coaching Certification & Leadership Training

  • Aboriginal Cultural Relations Module
  • Aboriginal Coaching Module (ACM Course)
  • National Coaching Certification Program
  • Gathering Our Voices Provincial Youth Conference

Aboriginal Cultural Relations Module
This online module is designed to educate sport and recreation leaders about important aspects of Aboriginal culture, and to provide best practices on how to incorporate this awareness into their programming. With history, teachings, personal experiences and resources built into the module, leaders can walk away with a better understanding of how to ensure Aboriginal people participate in sport and recreation in an environment that is inclusive, safe and respectful.

Free until June 15, 2015.

Aboriginal Coaching Module (ACM Course)
If you work with or supervise youth of Aboriginal ancestry, the Aboriginal Coaching Module is an essential training resource. If you wish to understand, relate to, and apply Aboriginal cultural perspectives that will allow you to motivate, inspire, and lead those youth towards a successful and meaningful lifestyle, this workshop was designed for you.

This interactive workshop is available to both Aboriginal and mainstream organizations who have Aboriginal youth in their sport, social, or employment programs. The Aboriginal Sport Circle’s trained instructors will facilitate discussions that include role-playing and group activities to engage all participants. This type of interactive setting has provided a fun, fulfilling, and positive learning experience for both participants and facilitators alike.

The workshop includes unique methods and perspectives not found in mainstream coaching certification programs. It is holistic in its approach and includes three modules featuring traditional/holistic approaches to coaching, dealing with racism in sport, and health, lifestyle and nutrition.

The Aboriginal Coaching Modules were designed to provide culturally relevant courses for coaches and people working with Aboriginal youth and athletes.

Please refer to our Event Calendar for dates and locations this course is being offered by the Partners Council.  For dates and locations offered this course is being hosted by other agencies, please visit

National Coaching Certification Program
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) gives coaches the confidence to succeed. Workshops are designed for all types of coaches, from community team to national levels. For information about becoming a coach and the NCCP, please visit the Coaches Association of Canada website.

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Gathering Our Voices Provincial Youth Conference
The Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference is hosted annually by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and their Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (BCAAFC – PAYC). This conference gathers up to 2000 youth (14-24 years), chaperones, presenters and guests to network and learn new techniques and skills in workshops, share knowledge through cultural activities, witness performances by talented individuals, explore career and education possibilities and participate in sports and recreational activities.

The BCAAFC and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre hosted the 2016 Gathering Our Voices (GOV) Aboriginal Youth Conference, March 21 – 24, 2016, at the Victoria Convention Centre. The 2017 GOV Conference will be hosted by the BCAAFC and Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, held from March 21 – 24, 2017 in Kelowna, BC at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre.

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council supports GOV as the single largest national health-focused youth conference as it promotes healthy living within each of the Aboriginal Healthy Living Association’s (AHLA) four priority areas: increased physical activity, healthy eating, reduction of tobacco misuse, and healthy pregnancies.

For more information on this leadership development opportunity for Indigenous youth, please visit