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The Toronto Star reported that Education Minister Mitzie Hunter sent out a memo to school boards across the province last week asking them to "show leadership on this issues" and work with indigenous communities to determine if their team names, mascots or logos are offensive.
TOPIC # 3 – SPORTS
CONTRIBUTIONS BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLE:
Indigenous People invented sports still played professionally today. In spite of hardships and poor living conditions on reserves, there are numerous First Nations, Métis and Inuit professional athletes. Communities go to great lengths to fundraise sports equipment for children to be active in sports. You can find many examples of Indigenous contributions to sports.
Sports are for some, the only time that First Nations community teams or young athletes interact with other youth from non-Indigenous communities. In the past, these interactions have only re-affirmed racism either through racist sports logos or comments made to First Nations, Métis and Inuit players or to their teams during games. Sports can be environments where reconciliation and friendships are forged. Highlight examples in sports where reconciliation moments took place for indigenous people in Canada, or around the Globe.
For your presentation select from:
- Which sport was invented by Indigenous people and is still played professionally today?
- Highlight Indigenous contributions to sports (players, coaches, sport inventions)
- Moments in a sports context that demonstrate racism towards Indigenous people or examples of overcoming racism
- Highlight examples in sports where reconciliation moments took place for indigenous people in Canada, or around the Globe. Example(s) where racism was addressed or overcame successfully in sports
These are only a few examples to get you started on your research. You can include them or find different examples and sources.