Build a Skate Park in Fort St. James/Nak'azdli Whut'en

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We, the youth of Fort St James and Nak'azdli Whut'en; Chrissie Knelson; Renada Walstrom and Robin Sui of the Nak'azdli Health Center, propose the construction of a ~5000-10,000 sq ft skate park in the town of Fort St James. This may be on the old Town and Pantry property that has sat derelict for years.

We make this proposal on the grounds that there is a strong body of scientific evidence that shows that constructing a skate park: decreases youth crime; fosters numerous long term health and mental health benefits; increases physical activity in youth that want to try non-traditional sports; decreases the risk of substance and alchol abuse; engages youth in activities that are in public view; promotes youth autonomy by engaging them in intrinsically motivating activities that are meaningful produces opportunities for youth to explore their identity, be challenged, develop relationships; and fosters a positive relationship with their community by creating a sense of belonging.

Youth should not be "out of sight and out of mind". Considering the recent economic changes that our communities have endured, we owe it to our youth to ensure that they are more protected.

Our communities have a large and dedicated population of youth bikers and skateboarders, and would benefit from a partnership.