Monday, December 21, 2009

Connecting with Canada's Native youth

It's minus 40 degrees, with a frigid wind blowing across a northern reserve.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid is visiting, trying to get a handle on the massive social and economic woes that plague young people in our remote first nations communities.

Despite the bitter cold -- and on the only few square feet of usable ice -- a young kid is practicing shots on goal.

Duguid, who coaches kids' hockey, couldn't resist. He told the chief to stop the car, and he walked over to the boy.

"I just told him, grip his bottom hand a little tighter and take a shot now.

"He did and his shot was much better.

"He looked at me, big smile on his face, said thank you and off we went," Duguid recalls.

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