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The Indigenous Life Sport Academy needs your Help!
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Ended Jul 16, 2020

The First Nations Snowboard Team has been a highly successful nonprofit for the past 16 years, including being added to the BC Sport Hall of Fame in 2019. 

  • We have had the honour of having our teams spread all across Canada, from Vancouver Island all the way to Nova Scotia
  • We have helped over 3 generations of First Nations families and communities
  • We have swept podiums and created world class athletes
  • We have created hundreds of role models to create social change

Now, we are ready to evolve into the next phase of our LEGACY...


The FNST is proud to announce that we are now the:



Bad News: We are no longer structured as a competitive snowboard team

Great News: We are now focused on unstructured life sports like snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, indoor climbing, mountain biking and alpine hiking. 


Assists in the healing of Inter-generational trauma, reduces suicide rates in Indigenous youth and offers a mental and physical release.


We have commissioned a beautiful logo to match our new vision by world renowned Coast Salish Artist Cory Douglas.


Our Pilot Program will focus on Indigenous youth in the Sea to Sky region.  The more funds we can raise will increase the # of indigenous youth we can help this year.

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We also will be having a upcoming raffle. Including these prizes:

1. Custom hand-painted board from Skateboard Pro and Legend Chris Haslam
2. Autographed Plan B Skateboard - Donated by Matt Macleod of Supra Distribution


"Many self-destructive behaviours can result from unresolved trauma. Depression, anxiety, family violence, suicidal and homicidal thoughts and addictions are some of the behaviours our mental health therapists see when working with clients who have experienced direct or intergenerational trauma. In most cases, the self-destructive behaviour exists because the client is having a difficult time dealing with the pain of remembering the past, or trying to survive an abusive situation now."

- Berube, K. (2015). The intergenerational trauma of First Nations still runs deep. The Globe and Mail.

"Youth need constructive ways to use the discretionary time that is available to them. Research suggests that participation in leisure activities provides a variety of opportunities for positive self-development including improved socialization, skill development, identity development, positive values, and pro-social behaviours"

- Eccles & Barber, 1999; Kleiber, 1999; Larson, 2000; Mahoney & Stattin, 2000; Roth & Brooks-Gunn, 2003

"Parents reported benefits for their children in personal and social development from sport participation. Social benefits included positive relationships with coaches, making new friends, and developing teamwork and social skills. Personal benefits included children being emotionally controlled, enjoying exploration, having confidence and discipline, performing well academically, managing their weight and being ‘kept busy’"

- Eime, R.M., Young, J.A., Harvey, J.T. et al. (2013) "A systematic review of the psychological and social benefits of participation in sport for children and adolescents: informing development of a conceptual model of health through sport." Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 10, 98.


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