Indigenous People invented sports still played professionally today. In spite of hardships and poor living conditions on reserves, there are numerous First Nations, Métis and Inuit professional athletes. Communities go to great lengths to fundraise sports equipment for children to be active in sports. You can find many examples of Indigenous contributions to sports.
Sports are for some, the only time that First Nations community teams or young athletes interact with other youth from non-Indigenous communities. In the past, these interactions have only re-affirmed racism either through racist sports logos or comments made to First Nations, Métis and Inuit players or to their teams during games. Sports can be environments where reconciliation and friendships are forged.