First Nation drum inspiring Canadian Olympians in Beijing

Canada’s chef de mission Catriona Le May Doan being presented with drum by Chief Wilton Littlechild (Photo courtesy Canadian Olympic Committee)

By Sam Laskaris Writer Three Indigenous athletes are among those who are representing Canada at the Beijing Olympics. Jocelyne Larocque and Jamie Lee Rattray, who are both Metis, are members of the Canadian women’s hockey squad. And snowboarder Liam Gill, a member of LiidliiKue First Nation in the Northwest Territories, is also participating in the Games being staged in China. But there’s also another important Indigenous connection to the Canadian squad currently in Beijing. Before travelling to China, Canada’s chef de mission Catriona Le May Doan was presented with a Maskwacis Cree Nation drum. The drum was presented by Chief Wilton Littlechild, the international chief on Treaties 6, 7 and 8 in mid-January. Elder Patrick Lightening from Treaty 6 Territory performed a travelling song during the ceremony staged in Calgary….

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