Kyle Wolfe (left) and son Kaedin in the Samson Cree Nation school gym in Maskwacis. The school is hosting the International #Indigenous Youth Conference. (Gareth Hampshire/CBC) When Kyle Wolfe found out at 14 he was going to be a father, he knew he had to make some big choices.
He faced parenthood while attending high school and playing competitive basketball.
He remembers taking his son Kaedin in a child car seat to his diploma exams at Ermineskin Junior Senior High School in Maskwacis.
On Wednesday, he told an assembly of young people at the International Indigenous Youth Conference at Maskwacis that his life shows anything is possible regardless of the situation.
"You can always succeed, you can always find opportunity in your struggles," Wolfe, now 29, said. "I found opportunity in my struggles." Coordinator Sharon Seright is hoping the conference inspires Maskwacis youth. (Gareth Hampshire/CBC) Kaedin, 14, is at the conference, held as part of the World Indigenous Nations Games, supporting his dad.
"This can inspire them and show them that even though you’re on the rez, success is still possible," he said.
The teen is now following in his father’s footsteps playing basketball and golf for which he’s been chosen to represent Maskwacis at the upcoming North American Indigenous games.
His father’s presentation called Resiliency on the Rez was part of the conference line up Wednesday.There are also Cree-language sessions, a teepee-building class and Indigenous crafts at the conference which continues Thursday. Maskwacis elder Flora Northwest says the conference revealed a positive life choices for young people. (Gareth Hampshire/CBC) "I hope they get inspired," said organizer Sharon Seright of the youth attending. "I hope they don’t give up. I hope they keep going and I hope they get the importance of education.Seright said young people in Maskwacis are feeling a sense of pride in hosting […]
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