Spirit North helping Indiginous youth reach full potential through sport

By Mark Brett, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Tyren Boots is a transplanted member of the Ontario Mohawk Nation whose office is the snow-covered fields and forests high above the Okanagan Valley. This time of year the tools of the trade for a 25-year old who now lives in Kelowna are a pair of cross country skis and a big smile. One of the community program leaders for the national, non-profit Spirt North organization, his all-important clients are the children of families who have lived in this territory for centuries. ”Working with so many different First Nations students is just so much fun. I love it,’’ said Boots who played lacrosse and university hockey. “Every program we have is land-based and having these kids out here in the wilderness and having…

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