Jordin Tootoo, the First Inuk NHL Player is Now a Lavin Speaker
The first Inuk player in history to be drafted by the NHL, Jordin Tootoo is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. In high energy talks he initiates moving, timely discussions on how Indigenous life across the nation can be improved through meaningful stewardship.
As an Indigenous athlete, Tootoo has a deep appreciation of his responsibility as a role model and leader, and is committed to reaching Canada’s Indigenous communities through his work with the Team Tootoo Foundation. “It’s part of Canada that a lot of people struggle with mental health and addiction, suicide, these issues are a national epidemic. I feel that, at this point in my life, it’s my calling to give back to a lot of these remote communities,” says Tootoo. In 2017, he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his work in Nunavut promoting healthy living and encouraging conversations about difficult topics like addiction and suicide.
His talks, much like his bestselling memoir All The Way: My Life on Ice, are an uplifting message about creating a culture of inspired inclusivity, woven with authentic hockey and community stories about his ground-breaking work on and off the ice.