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Volunteer Fontaine gives back to the next generation of aspiring Indigenous athletes – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 2023112 Views

Jun 08, 2023

North American Indigenous Games come full circle for Halifax firefighter
An athlete his entire life and now a father, Leroy Fontaine knows first-hand the importance and impact an event like the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) has on Indigenous youth.

Leroy is Dene from Chipewyan Prairie First Nation. He lives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) and works as a firefighter for Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency. For NAIG 2023, he is the volunteer venue lead for the Halifax Common.

How did you become a volunteer with the Games?
“I got involved with NAIG pre-pandemic, when they were planning the Games for 2020. Our fire department was involved in the early conversations and I’ve stayed involved since then. Our goal as Halifax Professional Firefighters was to contribute to the Games in the largest way possible, and softball at the Commons was always on our radar.”

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