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Alum of Golden Hawks football to share Indigenous Champion Award

Presented by the Canadian Football League Alumni Association
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A Laurier Golden Hawk football helmet next to a football. Mark Pare/CityNews

A former football player at Wilfrid Laurier University will share this year's Indigenous Champion Award, presented by the Canadian Football League Alumni Association.

Justin Shakell, who is from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, was a member of the Golden Hawks football team for five years.

He played in three Yates Cup championships and was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 2004.

Shakell is now a teacher at the elementary school level, and also coaches a team in the Belleville area as well.

The award was established to honour former Indigenous CFL players and current advocates of Indigenous participants as players or coaches.

Shakell will share the award with Jim Styres, who will be honoured posthumously for his lifetime contributions.

Styres is from the Deer Clan of the Cayuga Nation and was born on the Six Nations Reserve. He passed away in 2018.

The award will be presented Friday in Hamilton during Grey Cup festivities.

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