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National Indigenous History Month: Celebrating Chief Wilton Littlechild – CityNews
by ahnationtalk onJune 1, 202075 Views
Jun 1, 2020
June is National Indigenous History Month. It is a time for all Canadians — Indigenous, non-Indigenous and newcomers — to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. Throughout the month of June, CityNews will profile Indigenous people, and share their stories and voices, so that we can celebrate the difference they have made in their communities and to our country.
Wilton ‘Willie’ Littlechild was born in 1944 and raised by his grandparents on the Ermineskin Cree reservation at Maskwacîs, Alta. Guided by his grandfather’s traditional cultural knowledge from a young age, his grandmother also encouraged Wilton to appreciate the value of formal education. He attended residential schools from 1951 to 1964, and played a wide variety of sports, including hockey, football, baseball and swimming. Finding solace in sport helped Wilton find the strength and resilience to endure an environment of institutional abuse and separation from his family.