MORLEY – Pro skateboarders are riding into Morley for an “empowering skateboard workshop for Indigenous youth.”
Nations Skate Youth, or Nations, will provide free lessons from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday (July 22) at the Morley Skatepark on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.
Joe Buffalo, one of Nations instructors, said five members of the non-profit organization would be on-hand to teach the basics with a primary focus on beginners.
“We’ll be going to the communities, the kids will be signing a waiver [and] we’ll be providing skateboards and shoes for the kids to basically run the fundamentals down,” Buffalo said.
The Vancouver-based Indigenous-led program stated it will be practicing COVID-19 cautiousness during its trip to Alberta.
“We’re definitely going to be as safe as possible with the youth out there because we are coming from a province over … we’re going to be taking extra precautions necessary for COVID safety,” Buffalo said.
Nations will be providing some skateboards, helmets and shoes available for use, but encourages anyone coming to bring their own equipment.
The Morley skateboard session is one of five stops on its Alberta tour, which includes workshops in Tsuu T’ina, Maskwacis Samson Cree Nation, Enoch Cree Nation and Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, plus a motivational speaking session in Red Deer.