"I was so scared."
I live outside of Caledonia, Ontario, about 25 km from the Six
Nations Indian Reserve. All my life I heard how bad the Indians were,
but my Mom and Dad told me that they are just the same as everyone
else, good and bad in all people.
For 6 years I played hockey against the Indians. I was always afraid
to play their team. Then last summer I wanted to play lacrosse. My
mom suggested I play in Six Nations.
I remember at the first lacrosse practice, I was so scared. I did not
have all the right equipment and all the guys were looking at me.
They finally asked me if I was at the right place. I told them I was
here to play lacrosse. Kyle, Sandy, and Mike showed me what I needed
to wear. Then we went out on the floor to practice. The coach was
really nice and took the time to teach me. I ended up playing on the
rep team and became close friends with the other players. I have
sleepovers at their homes, and they come to my home. I would get so
mad when we played other teams who called us bad names, like wagon
burners and brown skins.
At the end of the season, I won a trophy for best defense which I
could not have won without the help of my teammates.
This year I can hardly wait to go back and play lacrosse again with
all my new friends.
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