Sport, raise youth voice this National Aboriginal Day
Right To Play Canada – Dear Sport,
Resilient, strong, supportive, and everything in between: these are the youth of Eagle Lake First Nation – and they have a great deal to say.
Eagle Lake First Nation in Migisi Sahgaigan, Ontario is a partner of Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, and its youth are raising their voices to create positive change for themselves, their peers, and their community.
Every child in this country and across the globe deserves to be heard.
Make A Donation To Change Lives Like all Right To Play programs around the world, PLAY works in partnership with communities to address their unique challenges. Partnering with more than 85 Indigenous communities across Canada, PLAY is led by locally-hired Community Mentors – typically youth themselves – who are trained and supported by Right To Play staff to implement regular weekly play-based programs. Children and youth are provided a safe space to enhance their self-confidence and build positive relationships; have consistent access to physical activity and healthy food; further their education through homework support; and increase their employability through mentorship and skills training.
One of the fastest growing demographics in Canada, Indigenous youth face significant social and economic barriers that stand between them and the future they deserve. PLAY provides youth an opportunity to overcome those barriers and lead change.
On Wednesday, Canada will celebrate National Aboriginal Day and you’ll hear from PLAY Community Mentor and youth leader, Ricky Atlookan, from Eabametoong First Nation in Northern Ontario. Sport, Ricky is a truly inspiring leader and I can’t wait for you to meet him.
From Eagle Lake to Fort Hope, Indigenous youth voices are rising. This National Aboriginal Day, let’s turn up the volume.
National Director, Right To Play Canada
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