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A skateboard park for Ahousaht

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Thank you landyachtz Longboards  and New Line Skateparks for getting the wheels rolling with the

Ahousaht First Nations Skateboard Park Project!!

Kids in the remote First Nations village of Ahousaht, off the west coast of Vancouver Island, could soon get a skateboard park, as outreach workers strive to help young people feeling isolated.

Ahousaht is located on Flores Island, a 45-minute boat ride north of Tofino, B.C. and is home to about 900 people. But the isolation has contributed to some social issues — including a number of suicides or attempted suicides over the years.

Grant Shilling thinks skateboarding can help. The outreach worker from Cumberland, B.C., volunteers with a non-profit called Get On Board, which uses board sports to help young people develop confidence and life skills.

“Fun is a way of forgetting about some of life’s bigger problems,” he said. “Once kids start skateboarding they attach themselves to healthier pursuits and it becomes a focus and a passion and that’s the way forward for some people.”

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CBC News Article