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Saint Mary’s University football legend Leroy Fontaine is using his notoriety, his passion and his childhood experience to make a difference in the lives of troubled Indigenous youth. Having grown up on northern Alberta’s Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation, Leroy understands and relates to the struggles today’s Indigenous youth face. Along with fellow former Edmonton Huskies teammate Dathan Thomas, Leroy founded Tribal Dreams, a non-profit organization that runs athletic camps for Indigenous youth. In recognition of Leroy’s legacy at Saint Mary’s as well as “his commitment to social responsibility,” the 2012-13 Huskies football players collaboratively produced collectible trading cards and donated the proceeds to Tribal Dreams.
Leroy Fontaine, criminology graduate, Saint Mary’s UniversityView Indigenous programs and services at Saint Mary’s University