The nomination period for the National Indigenous Coaching Award (NICA) is now open.

NICA was relaunched in 2019 by the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) to recognize Indigenous coaches for their outstanding contributidons to sport in Canada.

The ASC, in collaboration with the Coaching Association of Canada, established the NICA to recognize the impact Indigenous coaches have made on sport development, from the community level all the way to elite competition. The awards include a male and female category.

For the 2021 program year, all nomination packages will be forwarded to the ASC. The nominations will be reviewed by the National Selection Working Group who will determine the national award recipients based on the eligibility criteria. The two national recipients will be presented with their awards at the virtual Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Award Gala on November 4, 2021.

Awards: The two national award recipients will receive the following: (1) A custom-made National Indigenous Coaching Award; and, (2) A $1,500 bursary to support coaching professional development.

Eligibility: The awards honour the accomplishments of a coach within a given program year (June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021).

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible as nominees: Applicants must be of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Métis). Applicants must be active within the year of nomination (June 1 to May 31, 2021). Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship, fair play and ethics in coaching. Applicants must complete a nomination package and submit it on or before the application deadline of July 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time).

For more information visit or read more and download the nomination form package by clicking here: 2021 NICA Application Form.

*Information courtesy of the ASC*