Reconciliation through sports, a public forum – UM Today

by pmnationtalk on February 7, 201823 Views

February 7, 2018 —

Eugene Arcand and the boys from his Residential School’s hockey team took the tape off their sticks and heated it a bit over any source of heat they could find. They did it to make the glue sticky again so they could reuse it to tape shin pads to their legs. Supplies were always tight. They never wore new equipment. And making it on the team was a brutal competition because every boy and girl knew playing sports at a Residential School allowed for a marginally better life – a way to leave the oppressive institution’s grounds, to eat better, to have a semblance of childhood even though the hellish reality of Residential School life followed them everywhere.

Sport provided them with an outlet, though, a path to something else. In a new open forum, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management will explore how this path can lead to Reconciliation.

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