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Treaty 6 Grand Chief, award-winning athlete wants Olympic aspirations to give Indigenous youth hope – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 2018100 Views

Some Grade 8 students told him they were just waiting to die

Mar 08, 2018

A prominent Alberta Indigenous leader says one day he’d like to see an Indigenous team at the Olympic Games.

“I think it’s very important to encourage our children and youth to set higher goals in terms of lifestyle choices, and certainly the Olympics, as an ideal, is a worthy goal for all of us that are interested in sport,” Treaty 6 Grand Chief Willie Littlechild told The Homestretch on Thursday.

Littlechild recently returned from the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games, where he wanted to show support for a Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Games and encourage more Indigenous youth to work toward high-level competition.

Littlechild was the first Indigenous torchbearer and ambassador at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. He’s also won more than 70 provincial, regional, national and international swimming championships and was one of the founders of the Alberta, North American and World Indigenous Games.

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