Olympic Education

Indigenous Legacies through Sport Series

Lesson description

In honour of Truth and Reconciliation Week, we are proud to feature two distinct Indigenous Team Canada Olympians, Alexandria Loutitt and Liam Gill, in our the Indigenous Legacies through Sport Series. Through their personal growth and achievements, they have brought Indigenous voices to the forefront.

Students will explore the themes of kindness and resilience, making links between their world, curriculum and stories.

The complete Indigenous Legacies through Sport Series also features Indigenous Team Canada Olympians Jesse Cockney and Jillian Weir. Their complete stories are available below.

Lesson instructions

Download each Athlete Story below.

Special features

Athlete stories are accessible at two different reading levels, catering to Kindergarten to Grade 3 and Grade 4 to 6 students. Each story is accompanied by discussion questions and engaging learning activities that educators can seamlessly incorporate into their curriculum, covering areas such as social-emotional learning, visual arts, and physical and health education. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to: 

  1. Develop critical thinking skills and use their knowledge and guiding principles to inform their thoughts and actions.
  2. Gain a concrete understanding of Indigenous perspectives on the relationship with the planet.
  3. Comprehend the significance of kindness and its positive impact on their relationships with others, fostering empathy, and cooperation. 
  4. Define resilience, draw connections between resilience in Indigenous sports and everyday life, and identify and describe at least one traditional Indigenous sport.

The Indigenous Legacies through Sport Series was created in collaboration with Indigenous education and graphic design experts and in support of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR).


The Canadian Olympic Foundation is recognizing Indigenous athletes and their contributions to their communities through the 2023 Bitove Indigenous Awards.

Each year, five Indigenous athletes are awarded $5,000 each to help with the financial costs of training and competing or to support athlete-led, community-based initiatives.

Through the Team Canada Impact Agenda, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Olympic Foundation are committed to making sport safe, inclusive and barrier-free so more young people can play and stay in sport. These awards are part of that commitment, recognizing the need to lead a more diverse and inclusive Team Canada to podium success.

Meet the 2023 recipients and read the full story here.

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