What we do
First Assist is an Indigenous charitable organization that provides on-site education and sports integration programs to enhance the mental, emotional and physical well-being of youth in Indigenous communities across Canada.
We assist education and health needs by using sport as a motivational and capacity building tool for our participants.
The main goal of our program is to help all students obtain their high school diploma while teaching them how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
First Assist’s mission is to help Indigenous students – including those hardest to reach – find success in school by using sport as a motivational tool to promote attendance, increase classroom engagement and promote healthy habits for life.
Sean earned an NCAA Division 1 scholarship playing for the Bemidji State University Beavers in Bemidji, Minnesota. Sean completed his English and Education degree at Hobart College in Geneva, New York. Following graduation Sean played professional hockey in the ECHL and the SPHL. He is currently in his fourth year working in the Cree Community of Eastmain as the physical education teacher for both the elementary and secondary sectors at Wabannutao Eeyou School. He is the head instructor for Eastmain’s minor hockey and broomball programs. He also leads an innovative sports concentration initiative at W.E.S. The Sports Concentration Program is the first of its kind in the Cree School Board. The main goal of the program is to promote the graduation rate in Eastmain by using sports as a tool to promote attendance and develop engaged student-athletes. Last year Eastmain saw its highest ever graduation rate with a group of its students who were the first cohort to take part in this program.