Spirit North aims to develop First Nations children through sports

Through the Spirit North program, many Indigenous youth get the chance to learn to grow themselves through sport. (Submitted Photo)

By Josh Giles Writer In the latest company to help Indigenous youth through sports, Turtle Island News explores the Spirit North Program headed by former Olympian Becky Scott. Starting the program in 2009 in Northern Alberta, Scott has seen a huge amount of success through helping Indigenous kids through sport. “It’s been amazing, and we’ve seen an amazing transformation and success story. Because of our help, we are able to get these kids competing in their community,” said Scott. This program doesn’t just help First Nations youth in their athletics, but in their character as well. “Teachers have taken notice of how much more engaged the kids are. They’re calmer, more attentive and all around more teachable. We don’t just focus on physical, but social and mental health.” Scott emphasizes…

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