What was a normal Thursday afternoon High School six-man Football game will be remembered as a historic day for the Kahkewistahaw First Nation and Robert Southey School.
Head coach of the Kahkewistahaw Hurricanes Football team and Chief of the First Nation Evan Taypotat received a tobacco offering from a member of the Robert Southey coaching staff, leaving the chief in awe.
Dean Andrews is the head coach of the Robert Southey Screaming Eagles Football team, and says the offering started as a small gesture.
“I have a good friend and fellow coach on my team, named Ray Aldinger,” Andrews says. “ray is a youth justice worker at Paul Dojack Centre. Obviously he sees some the other side of the issue that we are facing with First Nations youth that are troubled, and he just thought it would be a really nice gesture.”
Chief Taypotat shared the story on his Facebook page, and has received nearly 3,000 reactions.
Andrews says he never imagined this story would have gone so far.
“It is some what humbling. You don’t realize the impact that one small gesture can have to maybe make some really good things happen.”
The offering of tobacco or even cloth is a gesture that goes back hundreds of years
A time when Europeans first came to North America and met the Indigenous people.
Robert Southey ended up winning the game 77-30.