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identify as Indigenous
identify as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community
identify as members of a visible minority group
live with a disability
live with a mental illness
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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Do Something → The mental health movement is shaping systems, smashing stigma, and so much more. Every action is essential. Start a Do Something initiative in your community.
Be There → People are getting better at speaking up about struggle, but too few of us know how to give that essential support. Be There exists to guide you through the basics. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours, get started at BeThere.org.