Former NWT Olympian wants to put real fur back on Olympic uniforms

Sharon Firth, a four-time Olympian who grew up in Aklavik, is trying to put real fur back on the hoods of Canadian Olympic uniforms.

Photo Credit: Sharon Anne Firth, Facebook

Sharon Firth, a four-time Olympian and cross-country skier who grew up in Aklavik, is trying to put real fur back on the hoods of Canadian Olympic uniforms.

Sharon says she was competing in the Olympics the last year that Canadians wore real fur on their uniforms — in 1972.

“…For us, as indigenous athletes, going into those games, it was very powerful. It really gave us a sense of our culture, our pride, walking in the opening and closing ceremonies with our fur coats on.”

Sharon went to Ottawa this week as an ambassador for the Canadian Fur Trade. She was lobbying MPs and senators, speaking about the significance that real fur has for indigenous people of Canada and the nation as a whole.

Sharon told CKLB: “Fur has been our history. It’s been part of our lives for as long as we can remember. Our parents were hunters and trappers, their parents were hunters and trappers… so using real fur will really support and bring pride to our people.”

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