In order to fulfill its mission, team EDN has established a coordination structure and defined the roles of event stakeholders.
The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) was mandated by the Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador to coordinate the actions of mission staff.
The chef de mission is responsible for coordinating team EDN, as well as be the main line of communication between the team and host society. Mrs. Sophie Picard enthusiastically accepted to take on the role of chef de mission for the NAIG to be held in 2020. From the Huron-Wendat Nation, Sophie has worked as a FNQLHSSC health services manager for 15 years. Besides obtaining an MBA in public administration – manager profile, she has worked for 10 years on international event management. She participated in the 2014 edition of NAIG (mission staff) and in 2017 (chef de mission).
Mission staff must ensure team EDN’s participation goes smoothly and support the various participants in every and any situation that may arise during the NAIG. In addition to an elder, mission staff will be comprised of people responsible for medical, sport, accreditation, safety, logistics, communications and cultural services.
Community sponsors are responsible for coordinating the distribution of information, to respond to the questions and local needs of coaches and athletes from their community. They act as liaison officers between participants and the FNQLHSSC coordination team.
It is with great sadness that team EDN travels to Halifax to participate in the NAIG 2020 without the presence of Mr. Dave Canadian, a committed Mohawk from Kahnawake who dedicated a large part of his life to young athletes in his community and beyond. He unfortunately passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Thirty years ago, he contributed to establishing a national amateur wrestling centre in his community where he trained several generations of youth on the mat, pushing them to reach their full potential. A mentor par excellence, he was a coach at Kahnawake Survival School from 1984 to 2006 and won 17 GMAA wrestling championships, along with several provincial and national championships.
He was a special advisor for team EDN during the Toronto 2017 NAIG and was honoured by the NAIG executive council for his outstanding work for the organization. He remained involved despite his declining health, another example of unmeasured strength. We note he attended all nine editions of the NAIG since it was created. He was always devoted to his various roles as team EDN coach and mission staff, as well as president and vice-president of the NAIG board of directors.
On behalf of all its members, team EDN warmly thanks Mr. Canadian for his contribution and involvement in the area of First Nations sports in Québec. His memory will without a doubt provide inspiration and hope for our athletes for many years to come.