Overview of the Program

The Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program (AACP) is a partnership between the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC), the Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies (PTASB), the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCR), the Canada Games Council (CGC) and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send two Coaches of Aboriginal ancestry to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles.

“The Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program is a great opportunity for Aboriginal Coaches in Canada who may not otherwise get a chance to participate in a high level games competition such as the Canada Games,” says Anthony Sauvé, Manager of Aboriginal Coach Development with the CAC. “The Coaches who have flowed through this program have had the opportunity to be mentored under top level Coaches in their respective sport discipline.”

The purpose of the Canada Games apprentice Coach programs is to provide Aboriginal Coaches with a practical and integrated major national multi-sport games experience. Selected Coaches have direct involvement in preparation and competition and receive support from an identified mentor Coach throughout the duration of the program.


  • Build coaching capacity within aboriginal communities;
  • Provide aboriginal apprentice Coaches with domestic multi-sport games exposure;
  • Provide aboriginal apprentice Coaches with professional development and learning opportunities to prepare them for high level coaching and ensure an increase in their level of certification to a minimum of Competition Development Trained (apprentices complete training within 12 months following the Games);
  • Expose aboriginal apprentice Coaches to elite/high performance Coaches;
  • Ensure aboriginal apprentice Coaches are prepared to handle a meaningful role during the Canada Games experience;


  • Canadian citizen or landed immigrant status;
  • Coaching experience;
  • Completed some form of NCCP training, with preference given to Competition Introduction Trained status;
  • Never attended a Canada Games as a Coach;
  • Never attended the Olympics, Pan American Games, or Commonwealth Games as a Coach;
  • Demonstrated potential through the development and improvement of their athletes or as seen by the P/TSO or mentor Coach;
  • Not already selected to the coaching staff of a province/territory’s Canada Games coaching staff;

Additional eligibility criteria for the AACP:

  • Aboriginal ancestry: anyone of First Nation (status and non-status Indian), Métis or Inuit ancestry;
  • Identified to have potential to influence, coach, and promote sport in their communities to increase quality coaching in aboriginal communities;
  • Trained in the Aboriginal Coaching Manual. Coaches who are not already trained in the manual may be admitted to the program, but will be required to complete the training before attending the Canada Games;


  • 2021 Summer Games – Niagra Region, St. Catherines, ON
    • 2021 Public Interest Form Opens: November 21, 2019
    • Public Interest Form Closes: January 10, 2019
    • Full Application Due Date: February 10, 2020
    • Coaches selected (latest possible date): March 16, 2020
    • 1 st PD Session: 2020 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif, November 7-9 2020, Quebec City, QC
    • 2 nd PD Session: April 2021 2021
    • Canada Summer Games August 6-21, 2021


For more information contact:

Manon Landry Ouellette

E: manon@coachnb.ca 

T: (506) 444-3888 ext 1