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Bringing us back to tradition and spirit’: A look at Indigenous Sport – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201862 Views

November 29, 2018

This week, host Melissa Ridgen put Indigenous athletes and sport InFocus.

She spoke with Olympic hopeful James Lavallee. The Red River Métis kayaker was named 2017s Male Indigenous Athlete of the year in Canada and won three medals at the 2017 Canada Summer games.

“In the sport of kayaking, it’s an Indigenous sport,” Lavallee said.

“Kayak is actually pronounced hk-ayak, because it’s an Inuit word, Inukuk, that’s something that no one talks about. Like we don’t go to national championships and people are like ‘hey you know these kayaks came from Inuit people, a modern version’ but no one really connects to that.

“There are very few Indigenous people who know it as an Indigenous sport, and that’s concerning to me,” he said, of wanting to see more Indigenous people take it up.

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