Sport and Reconciliation: One Man’s Story

On June 3, 2021, the Government of Canada passed legislation to designate September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day is meant to provide an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools, and to honour survivors, their families, and affected communities.

In the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Final Report (2015), sport and recreation are identified as tools for social development to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. No other domain of community life has demonstrated sport’s capacity to connect so many young people to positive adult role models and mentors, opportunities for positive development, and help to acquire critical life skills.

We took some time to catch up with an old friend of the Lethbridge Sport Council Mr. Alvin Mills. He is a member of the Blood tribe and a residential school survivor who says that sport was a great escape from the pain he experienced at that time in his life. In his youth, Alvin Mills was a gifted multi-sport athlete excelling as a boxer and winning a basketball scholarship. But it wasn’t his athleticism that would come to define the course of his life as many expected; here is his story.

Alvin Mills Story

Lethbridge Herald Feb 10 1975 p 48
Lethbridge Herald Mar 13 1978 p 13
Alvin Mills of Lethbridge
Alvin Mills

After reading Alvin's story, Shawn from Lethbridge Sport Council was able to catch up with Alvin for a short interview about his views on sport and its role in reconciliation.

If you would like to learn more about the great organization Kii maa pii pii tsin (Kindness to Others) Renewal and Healing Centre that Alvin has created please follow the following links:

Posted September 28, 2021