Hamilton Seymour

Nooksack Indian Tribe
Bellingham, WA

Hamilton advances culture and promotes healthy lifestyles through traditional sports. After losing his father to suicide, he became an avid Native War Canoe racer and organized his peers for a youth canoe racing team. Hamilton believes that engaging other youth in canoe racing can promote health, prevent suicide and substance abuse, address grief, and encourage healing.

Since being named a Champion for Change, Hamilton has used CNAY as a platform to connect with other organizations like We R Native, where he uses his same initiative to address suicide awareness and prevention as a We R Native Youth Ambassador. Hamilton has served on the Executive Committee for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) as Northwest Regional Representative from 2014-2016, and as UNITY Male Co-President from 2016-2018. 

"An athlete must be strong physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. This is why I have chosen war canoe racing, a traditional sport to promote health and mental wellness. Racing not only brings life back to a traditional and endangered sport, it honors our elders and brings back the teachings and practices of our schlengen -- our way of life."