I founded Hockey Cares (a project of True North Aid) in 2017, with the mission of connecting youth through a shared love of hockey. The Hockey Cares project promotes real reconciliation through a positive cultural exchange, and building lasting relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
We coordinate an exchange with Oakville and Attawapiskat bantam hockey teams and allow each group to visit the other in their home town. Attawapiskat youth travel to Oakville in July, and the Oakville youth fly up to Attawapiskat in November to learn from their new friends, play hockey, and experience a new culture.
We had to pause Hockey Cares due to COVID-19, but on June 30, 2022 we were so thrilled to welcome Attawapiskat youth to kick off the Oakville portion of this year’s Hockey Cares exchange.
We invite you to visit the Hockey Cares Facebook page to see all the photos from the Oakville part of the exchange.