breaking barriers 2020 synthesis

identify as Indigenous
identify as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community
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live with a disability
live with a mental illness
Tracie Léost

The stereotypical athlete is usually seen as a jock, obsessed with sports culture with no interest in any other subject. You don’t usually envision an athlete embracing both their running shoes and their voice as a way to raise awareness for an important cause. However, this is the narrative that should be accepted because athleticism and intelligence aren’t mutually exclusive. Athletes are allowed to be more than their label and they can use their athletic prowess as a platform for advancement. Advancement for the minority and the underrepresented. 


Tracie Léost is a twenty-one year old Métis woman and a three-time track and field medalist, retired hockey player, and Indigenous youth coach who uses her athletic gifts as a means of advocating for missing and murdered Indigenous women. Since she was seventeen, she has orchestrated numerous events to raise awareness around this tragedy. She has spoken on Parliament Hill for Canada Day, which ultimately led to her receiving the Indspire award in 2018 which is one of the highest honours bestowed on Indigenous youth. Recently, she was inducted into the Order of Gabriel Dumont Bronze Medal - one of the Métis Nations highest civilian honours.

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