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October 6, 2023
WIIKWEMKOONG UNCEDED TERRITORY – Sometimes all it takes is an idea to have some great things happen.
For example, take Mark Peltier’s initiative. Peltier, a member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, works as a healthy living youth program coordinator for the Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, one of 10 First Nation health access centres across the province.
The Noojmowin Teg Health Centre services all seven First Nations located on Manitoulin Island, including programming for members of those seven First Nations who live off-reserve.
As part of his job, Peltier assists the Centre with providing programming for Indigenous youth in numerous sports, including hockey, soccer, golf, basketball, volleyball, bowling, swimming, and badminton.
Back in 2021, while looking to expand the Centre’s badminton programming, Peltier thought it would be prudent to apply for a grant through Sport Canada and its Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities program.