Lynette Kryminski is a young Cree woman from Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba. Lynette currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Lynette Kryminski
Winnipeg, MB

Lynette Kryminski is a young Cree woman from Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba. Lynette currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lynette moved away from her reserve when she was 12 years old. After leaving her community she always felt a disconnection between her culture and language and never understood the importance of it and later realized the importance of her culture and language. She is slowly reconnecting with her culture and hopes to be fluent in her language.

Growing up, Lynette loved playing sports, just like everyone else in her family. Through the years she has played many different sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, softball, canoeing and hockey. At the age of 13, she focused on playing hockey competitively. After her grade 11 year, Lynette was given the opportunity to play competitively in Alberta. She made the decision of leaving everything behind including her family and closest friends and moved to Banff to finish her senior year. During her time in Banff, she played with the Banff Academy Bears and had a successful hockey season. Before graduation, Lynette was at the cross roads, she started to fall behind in her schooling and had to decide if she wanted to continue playing hockey at the next level or play at all. With the help of her family, they encouraged her to finish what she started and to not give up on her dreams.

Lynette had the opportunity to play at the National level with Manitoba at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. In 2011 and 2012, she was selected to compete in the tournament which was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In May of 2013, the tournament was held in Kahnawake, Quebec, and her team placed 3rd overall. For her fourth year she will be competing in the the2014 National Aboriginal Hockey championships and hopes to come out on top which will also be held in Kahnawake, Quebec.

Lynette is grateful for everyone in her life that has helped her succeed. She is determined to inspire and encourage youth to chase their dreams. There are many bumps in the road but she hopes to help youth continue on the bumpy path to success and offer any advice to those in need of some encouragement, as many people helped her on her journey.

 

 

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