Children’s dance competition in Standoff helps promote youth mental health

The easing of what has seemed like endless restrictions and rules is a cause for celebration. Getting out to dance is much-needed for our physical and mental health, and children on the Blood Tribe First Nation got that opportunity Thursday morning.  The children’s dance competition is one of nine events that are part of the Blood Tribe’s Honouring Life project, which aims to improve mental health in their youth.
The competition is not only fun for the kids, it is an exercise in freedom to dance.  Something that Indigenous people have not always had.  Merle Spear Chief is a Residential School survivor where dancing was not allowed.  She says it is important for new generations to know their identity.

Naveen Day

Naveen came to Lethbridge in 2018 with experience in broadcast spanning over 20 years. In Winnipeg, he produced two factual entertainment shows for Shaw and Bell MTS prior to his move to Southern Alberta where he quickly ventured out into the world of journalism at Bridge City News. Naveen has a passion for producing thought-provoking and informative news pieces that answer questions we all have in the back of our minds.

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