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University of New Brunswick hockey camp aims to help Indigenous girls get on the ice – CBC

Oct 17, 2023

Over a dozen girls learning game from members of UNB women’s team this fall

Lillian George helped 10-year-old Dahlia Mitchell take her first, tentative steps on to the ice at the Aitken University Centre.

It was Dahlia’s first time playing hockey, and after a few tips from George on how to space her feet apart to keep her balance on skates, she was hooked.

“It was pretty cool,” Dahlia said after getting off the ice. “I’ve never learned how to skate. When I figured it out, it was really easy.”

Dahlia’s mother didn’t stop smiling when she talked about seeing her daughter on the ice for the first time.

“It just brought so much joy, seeing her out there in all the equipment,” Elizabeth Mitchell said. “I always wanted to go on the ice like that and play hockey, but I never got to.”

Dahlia is one of more than a dozen girls learning the game from members of the University of New Brunswick women’s hockey team this fall at a camp created specifically for Indigenous girls. It runs for five weeks and is completely free for any Indigenous girl who wants to try hockey, including gear for those who need it.

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