While exploring Turtle Island, I meet people who forever change me. How they live gives me the courage to think outside the box and find the passion within to make this world better. I really want you to meet some of these superheroes: Modern Warriors who are blazing new paths and facing the challenges of today's Indigenous reality.

"Watching Cougar play Lacrosse is so beautiful! He's got endless energy, and I really respect his enthusiasm and drive as an athlete. He makes me fall in love with the game all over again, and feel so proud to be a Mohawk. "

Cougar Shakaienkwarathon Kirby

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This strapping young man is rocking The Creator's Game and striving to make his ancestors and family proud; both on and off the field.

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Profession: NCAA Lacrosse Player

Heritage: I am Mohawk, Coast Salish and Nuu Chah Nulth.

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Current home base: Kahnawake, QC

Describe yourself in 1 word or sentence: Listening and learning

What has lacrosse taught you?: I’ve learned how to work with teammates and how to talk things out, like plays on the field. This type of communication resembles working with friends and family, and addressing personal problems in general.

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One interesting fact about The Creator’s Game (lacrosse): The Creator’s Game is said to be a medicine for the people who play it, and can heal someone who is depressed or sick.

Being a team player means: Helping someone out when they need it and giving positive feedback to encourage them.

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What is your favourite post or pre workout meal?: My favorite pre workout meal is probably pasta because it's tasty and high in carbs.

What is one big goal you have for your future?: Honestly, my main goal is just to live a good life with family and have a positive effect on the people around me.

Your top 5 workout songs: I actually don't listen to music when I work out. I'm pretty easy going, and usually ok with whatever’s playing at the gym.

‘The Good Life’ means: Being surrounded by healthy, respectful people and having all the best food you could imagine. I'm talkin' burgers, turkey, mashed potatoes and lots of fried bread!

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