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The First Nations Snowboard Team (FNST) is a non-profit organization which helps connect Indigenous youth to the land by introducing them to snowboarding, breaking down barriers to the winter sport by providing mountain passes, equipment, coaching, and mentorship. The team is also a feeder for the High Performance Team, made up of advanced slopestyle, racing, and backcountry riders who want to further their training and hit the competition circuit. They’re also encouraged to mentor others and become coaches themselves. For many thousands of years before the resort of Whistler existed, the area was an important meeting ground for the Líl̓wat7ul (Lil’wat Nation) to the north and Sk̲wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) to the south. Both nations have always been caretakers of the land, and the area around Whistler served as a central meeting point, where they would come to harvest, hunt, and conduct business in the communal village of Spo7ez (in the area known as Function Junction today). Many participants in the Whistler Blackcomb FNST program have ancestors from the two nations. Upon Whistler (and Vancouver) receiving the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the FNST was established in 2004 by Aaron Marchant, with the idea of members of the First Nations being able to represent their own ancestral nations in sport. By 2009, the FNST was in full swing with both a high performance and recreational team, as well as 3 members on the BC freestyle team.