From beginners to the race course

Several members of Sun Peaks’ First Nations Snowboard Team are expected to compete in a boardercross competition at Big White beginning Feb. 14. The number of competitors will eclipse the total number of members the team had in its first year.

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CANADA’S FIRST NATIONS SNOWBOARD TEAM

Canada’s First Nations Snowboard Team sponsors young Indigenous athletes. Team member Jonny Williams uses the sport to connect more deeply with his land and culture. He’s also part of a growing environmental youth movement, keeping oil and gas development out of his community.

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FNST seeks pride and podiums on ancestral slopes

“Even before snowboarding was a part of the culture, it was a very common belief that the mountains were a place to send the youth, and to go ourselves, in order to gain strength and a connection to the earth,” said Court Larabee, vice-president of the First Nation Snowboard Team.

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RECONNECTING THE YOUTH WITH OUR LAND

Since 2004, the First Nations Snowboard Team (FNST) has helped indigenous youth reconnect with the land by introducing them to a fun and exhilarating sport. The non-profit breaks down barriers by providing mountain passes, equipment, coaching, and mentorship.

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All Hail Chelsie McCutcheon

Chelsie McCutcheon has seen poverty, addiction, and familial dysfunction. She is a shredder with spirit bridging the gap between kids and communities, on snow and soil. By Danielle Baker.

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