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Old 10-17-10, 12:20 PM
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teaching bike mechanics in First Nations ('Native') communities


My name is Daniel, I am in Winnipeg.
I'm a member of the Bike Dump, the largest volunteer-run 'community bike shop' in the city.

For five years, I've been teaching bicycle mechanic skills at a specialized school.
Many of the students there are of First Nations heritage.

I've become more and more keen on helping First Nations communities become aware of the potential benefits of setting up school-based community-use bike shops: skills development, confidence building, relationship building, community building, support of fitness options, etc.

Last year I set up a small school shop in Grassy Narrows, NW Ontario. It's slowly getting itself off the ground. The challenge, of course, is developing the base of skilled instructors.

I hope to meet others here who share this interest.

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Welcome Daniel. Sounds like a great project. Hope it continues to grow.
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