Indigenous youth hockey players reaping benefits of donated equipment

Wiikwemkoong First Nation Thank you

By Sam Laskaris Writer Thanks to the efforts of a Richmond Hill man and the several partnerships he has built up, thousands of Indigenous youth hockey players across Ontario are now enjoying some donated equipment this year. Graham McWaters launched the First Nations Hockey Equipment drive back in 2015. He got the idea to launch an equipment drive for Indigenous youth after talking to some players and parents during a tournament in Midland, Ont. that his own son Ryan participated in. McWaters said he saw some Indigenous players at that event who were carting around their equipment in garbage bags or small duffel bags, instead of the traditional large hockey bag that players or their parents traditionally transport around. That first year McWaters reached out to other family members on…

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