UAlberta athletics teams, organizations partner to create maskêkosihk Hub for Sport and Well-being

September 21, 2021
The University of Alberta’s Golden Bears and Pandas cross-country running teams, Ever Active Schools, and Kitaskinaw Education Authority have partnered to create the maskêkosihk Hub for Sport and Well-being. The hub will provide Indigenous youth with culture camps, coaching and sport opportunities, and mentoring opportunities from UAlberta athletes. The partnership aims to give Indigenous youth the opportunity to imagine their futures differently, earn high school credits, and participate in sports and wellness. “We’re trying to create partnerships to think about movement and physical wellness and mental wellness in such different ways,” said Sean Lessard, UAlberta professor and advocate for Enoch Cree Nation youth. “And what better way than to partner with somebody like the University of Alberta so our kids could see themselves eventually in other places, too.” CBC (AB)