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The Genevieve Francis Memorial Fund, established in 2022 through the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, aims to provide support to sport, recreation, and physical activity opportunities for Indigenous women & girls in Atlantic Canada.

The fund was created by Ryan Francis (Acadia First Nation) after being named a finalist for the 2022 Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award presented by the National Hockey League for his work related to the Indigenous Girls Hockey Program. Ryan’s inspiration for naming this fund in honour of his late grandmother came from a story his father shared with him after learning of his nomination:

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