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      January 23, 2017

      ‘Our kids deal with some tough things. When they're out on their skis, they love it’

      By Travis McEwan, CBC News Posted: Jan 20, 2017 9:33 PM MT Last Updated: Jan 21, 2017 3:10 PM MT

      Kian Bishop,12, prepares before a cross-country ski race in Tawatinaw, Alta. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

      A  cross-country ski race in Tawatina, Alta. on Friday introduced 100 children from nearby First Nations to competitive skiing.

      The race was hosted by Ski Fit North, an organization with which three-time Olympian Beckie Scott is a program director.

      "This event came about as an idea to help bridge the gap between a real competition where the kids may have been racing for many years or are very experienced in racing," Scott said. 

      "It's an opportunity for our Indigenous students in the program to try racing in a really fun, low-key, supportive environment to see if they like it. We'd then assist for the next level of competitions."

      To participated in Friday's event, children were bussed from Kikino Metis Settlement, Beaver Lake First Nation, Heart Lake First Nation, Goodfish First Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation and Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement.

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