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Jordin Tootoo coming to Dawson Creek

Jordin Tootoo will be speaking at Unchagah Hall Thursday, April 16. He will share insight on leadership and exceptional teamwork from his past experience as a professional hockey player in the NHL. The event is a fundraiser the DCSS Athletics.
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Jordin Tootoo will be speaking at Unchagah Hall Thursday, April 16.

Jordin Tootoo will be speaking at Unchagah Hall Thursday, April 16.

He will share insight on leadership and exceptional teamwork from his past experience as a professional hockey player in the NHL.

The event is a fundraiser the DCSS Athletics. Tootoo is nine years sober — while he did spend a month in rehab, he was also healed by simply being out in the country.

"After rehab, what healed me was being on the land, where my father was born. It’s the most peaceful time I have with him, when we’re on the land together,” says Tootoo.Tootoo never played organized hockey until he was 14, when he left Nunavut and the reserve to play Triple-A bantam hockey with the Spruce Grove Broncos. There, he encountered racial slurs and bullying for the first time.

“I’m proud of who I am and where I come from. I didn’t take it personally when I was called racial slurs by NHL players. You can’t control what other people say about you and you must be proud of who you are," he says.

- with files

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