Elder Freddy Louis his life in the ring, on the ice, and in the field

Freddy Louis

By Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter On an overcast day, syilx Elder Freddy Louis sits on the sofa in his living room and recounts stories from his days as a boxer, a hockey player, and a baseball player. For a moment, the sun peeks through the clouds and streams through the sliding glass doors, illuminating Louis and the family members seated around him, in a house located in his home community of the Okanagan Indian Band. Those who are present listen to Louis intently and occasionally erupt in raucous laughter. Among them is Louis’ great niece, Rylie Marchand, a successful mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who was born and raised in OKIB. Louis is full of humour. He bursts into laughter as he describes his age as “ancient.’’ He…

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