In his report to city council Monday evening, Battlefords RCMP Detachment Superintendent John Sutherland said the Battlefords North Stars hockey team is getting involved in a project to educate school children about drug abuse.
“We’re just in the beginning stages of a joint initiative between RCMP and the North Stars called Project First Goal,” said Sutherland.
The project will see members of the North Stars travelling to Vancouver to see first hand the consequences of drug abuse, touring the downtown east side with a group called the Odd Squad. The players will document their tour and bring back what they see and hear to local schools, he said.
The Regina Pats and the Saskatoon Blades are involved in Project First Goal, he said.
“I understand it’s very successful and brings a very powerful message back to kids about what can happen on the streets,” said Sutherland.
Odd Squad Productions is a Vancouver-based charitable organization made up of serving police officers, retired police officers and volunteers. It is recognized as a leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth, delivering reality-based education on the consequences of engaging in risky behaviour to thousands of students throughout British Columbia and across Canada.