Ex-hockey player Jordin Tootoo delivers a message of hope to Elsipogtog

Former National Hockey League (NHL) forward Jordin Tootoo was warmly welcomed when he took the stage.

The first player of Inuit origin to be drafted by a formation of the NHL presented a message of resilience to youth and community members.

As Indigenous individuals, we are resilient and we are not doomed to leave. We need to tell the next generation to be proud of who they are and where they come from said the author of 65 goals and 161 points in 723 games on the Bettman circuit with the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks from 2003 to 2017.

A path strewn with pitfalls

After his career in the NHL, Jordin Tootoo traveled across Canada to meet Aboriginal youth to explain to them his journey full of pitfalls.

In 2002, when he was only 22, his older brother took his own life. This tragic event pushed him to drown his pain in alcohol.

We buried these topics for a long time. It is time to end this cycle and start a new one for the future generation. »

A quote from Jordin Tootoo, former NHL hockey player

Sober for more than 10 years, Jordin Tootoo wants his story to resonate in the hearts of young people and give them hope.

A Canadian Armed Forces corporal, Kurt Joseph, and his son, Kyrus, were excited to meet him.

His rehabilitation has become a source of motivation. Growing up, he was also an example for my son in sports a Kurt Joseph revealed.

New busy school

In addition to celebrating this day of recognition, the Elsipogtog First Nation took the opportunity to inaugurate its new school.

Principal of the new Elsipogtog First Nation school, Melissa Marie Googoo Dedam.

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A ceremony was postponed last year due to the pandemic.

Like Jordin Tootoo, the school principal reiterates a message of hope.

I hope that young people receive an education based on their needs and that we are always able to help them progress. believes Melissa Marie Googoo Dedam.

Based on a report by journalist Maya Chebl

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