Indigenous sports organization sees increase in donations after racist comments against Oiler Ethan Bear

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Racism directed at Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear has led to an increase in donations to an Indigenous sports organization founded by Olympic cross-country ski champion Beckie Scott.

Scott, who founded Spirit North over a decade ago, says contributions increased by $ 10,000 in a single day last week, with donors saying Bear was the reason.

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Bear was the target of racist comments on social media after the Oilers were knocked out of the first round of the NHL playoffs on Monday by the Winnipeg Jets. He grew up in the Ochapowace Nation of Saskatchewan.

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Scott of Canmore, Alta., Is an Olympic gold and silver medalist in cross-country skiing.

Her organization, Spirit North, supports the mental and physical health of Aboriginal youth by giving them the chance to try different sports in their communities.


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