i know we’re all loving on our boy carey cash money price right now, and i just want to add to that.
i am one quarter mohawk and live a very privileged life; where i pass as white in a white community, so i am not going to claim to understand the struggles of first nations in canada and north america.
but i have spent a lot of time in first nations communities in ontario and alberta, and it can be heartbreaking. often, FN kids’ ambitions and drive are non-existent, which is largely a result of a lack of resources, support, and encouragement.
when you ask a young white hockey player what he wants to do when he grows up, he will say “play in the NHL.” like it’s a no brainer, and it is likely that he will have the means to play on competitive teams that could be the path to his dream.
first nations kids don’t answer, “play in the NHL”, because they think it’s completely unachievable. they are often restricted to playing in their communities and reserves, and don’t have the same access to equipment, coaches etc.
but maybe some of those FN kids who have fallen in love with hockey will have had the chance to watch the awards tonight, and see a young dakelh first nations kid, who grew up in a community like theirs, achieve his dream of being the best hockey player in the entire NHL.
they will see him win awards, proudly speak of his heritage, acknowledge them, and offer them words of encouragement.
and maybe the next time they are asked what they want to do when they grow up, they’ll say “play in the NHL .. like carey price.”
it may not have seemed like a lot to you, but on tumblr we talk a lot about the importance of representation in the media. carey price just gave a shout out to all first nations kids and told them to “not be discouraged from the improbable”. and god damnit that is fucking important.
tl;dr : thank you carey.