A younger Manitoba hockey participant is talking out, after he says racist feedback had been directed at him throughout a highschool hockey recreation in Swan River final week.
Keagan Gaywish,16, performs with the Minnedosa Chancellors highschool hockey workforce and was on Swan River to play towards the Swan Valley Regional Secondary Faculty Tigers on Oct. 31.
In an interview with CBC Information on Friday, he mentioned he heard racist feedback directed at him coming from younger folks within the stands throughout the recreation. Later, when he was leaving the ice, he mentioned a teammate additionally heard racist feedback from folks on the rink.
“It made me really feel like I needed to give up hockey, like, I am not going to, but it surely simply made me like need to cease taking part in hockey,” mentioned Gaywish. “Made me really feel very dangerous as an individual and actually, actually emotional.”
Gaywish is from Rolling River First Nation and has been taking part in hockey for 11 years. He is sharing his story so folks can see that racism exists and in hopes of stopping different folks from experiencing what he did.
“It is not somewhat factor. It hurts, like, so much,” he mentioned.
The teenager’s dad, Roger Brightnose, wasn’t on the recreation final Sunday, however mentioned he was devastated when he heard his son saying it made him really feel like he needed to give up one thing he cherished.
“You by no means need to hear your youngsters going via one thing like this,” mentioned Brightnose.
“When it hits your family like that it is actually, it actually takes its toll emotionally and, you already know, we truly sat down as a household and talked this via collectively.”
Brightnose mentioned that his son instructed him somebody within the stands additionally taunted him with what seemed to be a conventional hand drum whereas he was within the penalty field.
He mentioned his son’s workforce has been supportive and acted rapidly to deal with what occurred. Gaywish mentioned his teammates and the principal at Erickson Collegiate the place he goes to highschool have checked in on him to see how he is doing.
Guardian to sit down behind visiting workforce’s bench
The Swan Valley Faculty Division mentioned the coaches for the Swan Valley workforce heard about what occurred and it was investigated promptly.
The Swan Valley Regional Secondary Faculty instructed the division that the mother and father of the scholars who had been alleged to have made the feedback have been contacted.
The college additionally instructed the division that protocols are being put in place to cease this from taking place once more together with having a dad or mum sit behind the visiting workforce’s bench.
The president of the Westman Excessive Faculty Hockey League mentioned he wouldn’t do an interview with CBC Information about what occurred and wouldn’t present touch upon the way it was dealt with. An electronic mail from Corey Forbes mentioned that the incident has been handled between college and people concerned.
Brightnose is pleased his son’s workforce took motion rapidly.
“With something that entails racism you are by no means totally happy with how all the pieces’s going to be addressed (as a result of) deep down, deep down you already know it is nonetheless going to proceed taking place,” mentioned Brightnose.
“It is all the time a comforting feeling figuring out that you’ve folks supporting you, addressing it in your behalf, on my son’s behalf.”
Brightnose mentioned step one to stopping incidents like this from taking place to different youngsters is to acknowledge that there’s a downside.
“Creating consciousness is a giant step towards ending racism,” mentioned Brightnose.
“My greatest concern is folks which can be witnessing this kind of behaviour to take that step ahead and inform them to cease or you already know acknowledging that it isn’t proper.”
Keagan Gaywish, a highschool hockey participant says followers in Swan River, Man., hurled racist feedback at him throughout a recreation. 2:03