October 18, 2006 13:22 ET

Cree Children Preparing Their Trip to Montreal

The Alouettes Invite the Young Crees at Saturday's game

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2006) - In order to continue the relationship with the young Crees after the Alouettes' visit to Mistissini in June, the organization has donated 200 tickets to Cree children for Saturday's game at Olympic Stadium against the Alouettes' eternal rivals, the Edmonton Eskimos.

The youth of the Bay James region, located roughly 1,000 km north of Montreal, are particularly susceptible to drug abuse, alcoholism and suicide. Over the past three years, 19 children have taken their own lives, including an eight-year-old boy.

Players Timothy Strickland, Uzooma Okeke, Etienne Boulay and Duane Butler and two cheerleaders participated in a football camp with a total of almost 1000 participants on a three-day period in Mistissini, QC. A team from Chibougamau, the Troilus, even made the bus trip to attend the camp which was a tremendous success. In addition to football tips, young girls learned a cheerleader choreography and performed in front of all spectators and players present.

The Alouettes are heavily involved in many such initiatives all over Quebec through numerous community programs. This visit to Mistissini was another way for players and staff to reach out to kids by providing them with role-models.

The Cree Nation of Mistissini consists of 3,467 people.

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Contact Information

  • The Montreal Alouettes
    Louis-Philippe Dorais
    Director of Media Relations
    The Montreal Alouettes
    Francis Dupont
    Assistant to the Director of Media Relations