We continue our mentorship summit series shining a light on our Indigenous youth athletes. Our first course of action is giving them much needed insight into what it takes to be a future leader in hockey at the next level and how to navigate the current racial climate of the world within the sport. To do this, we have created a mentorship program that creates long lasting relationships with mentors and allies who will become a support system, advocating in their favour and developing these young people through their journey.
In collaboration with the 3 Nolans we will give our Indigenous youth athletes a representative environment to promote growth and learning from community leaders that have walked in their shoes.
3NOLANS was co-founded in 2013 by Ted Nolan, Brandon Nolan, and Jordan Nolan as a way to offer a hockey skills development camp for First Nation youth in First Nation communities across Canada. This is how the 3NOLANS First Nation Hockey School was born.
The program was developed to specifically work with First Nation youth to further develop their hockey skills and knowledge, but more importantly, teach them the importance of living healthy active lifestyles, how to be positive role models, and how to become future leaders in their communities. The 3NOLANS came up with the idea to host their own hockey schools as a way to reach and impact the lives of First Nation youth across Canada. After years of being contracted to work for other First Nation and non-First Nation owned and operated hockey schools, the 3NOLANS decided to create their own hockey school as a way to use their names to attract First Nation youth to the hockey rink, then more importantly, teach them life skills outside of the hockey rink that will take them to great places as they embark on their lives into adulthood.
Prominent BIPOC Figures in the Hockey Community have come together to create an environment of inspiration and education through this mentorship program summit. This event will focus on strengthening skills based on Fitness/Nutrition, Mental Health, understanding the BIPOC hockey community and expressing the challenges the youth face at this time.
Each participant will benefit by learning important life skills and the resilience needed for their future in hockey and the careers they choose afterwards. Our athletes will get much needed media coverage for their upcoming OHL draft while learning how to present themselves in front of the media while protecting themselves from negative exposure. They will also practice communicating with coaches and GMs at the highest levels and how to present themselves well in an interview setting with prospective teams. Resources and access to mentors will be continuously made available to them as needed and future meetings will include more in depth discussions about high priority topics.
As we guide these young people through the next steps in their journey, we want to create confidence in the young people they are and the people they strive to become. This Summit will be the first introduction to our program plan with face to face presentations from leaders and mentors that will guide our athletes throughout their development.
9 indigenous youth athletes working to overcome the systemic barriers that stand between them and their goals & dreams. Click below to find out more about them and follow their journey with hockey equality.