Boxing for a Future
“How I got into it? It was just part of a school program. All the boys had to go into the gym. There were some that couldn’t go because of maybe a medical problem, but most of them went. I started in 1949; I was seven years old, turning eight that year. I ended up in the ring with my brother who was probably six and a half, going on seven. And that was one of our first fights. I boxed for a number of years and I even won on Boxing Day two years in a row!
My current role, which I’ve had now for 19 years, is on Grouse Mountain. I’m a First Nations cultural presenter and educator. I use the word “educator,” even though I don’t have a certificate. But I do have the opportunity to provide a better understanding of First Nations culture, in particular, the Squamish. And that’s what I share: song, dance, stories, and our teachings. I believe these are very important things in life. That the old people wanted to hand on to us as young people.”