Proud Supporter of the Cowichan National Aboriginal Hockey Championships
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On May 1st, proudly representing MNBC at the opening ceremonies for the 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Cowichan were Vice President Lissa Smith, MNBC Minister for Sport and Vancouver Island Regional Director Michael Dumont, Cowichan Valley Metis Association President Richard Lewis, Vice President Jan Ovans, Elders & Special Mentions: Philip Gladue, Stella Johnson, Bill Delorme, Claude Parnell, Brian LaRose; Bruce Dumont and Region 1 Senator Alan Edkins, Co Chair for the 2017 Cowichan Valley District NAHC.
Minister Dumont has been very invested in achieving the goal of having the games in Cowichan for 2017 and was extremely proud of this accommplishement as the Métis Nation BC were recognized as a strong supporter of the NAHC.
The Minister commented “It was wonderful to see all our Metis Athletes come together from across the homeland to compete in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. MNBC’s Senator Al Edkins served as co-chair and it was good to work with him and the others on the organizing committee. I hope each and every hockey player had a great experience and will think of the NAHC as a highlight of their young lives. I’d like to congratulate all of our Indigenous brothers and sisters for competing in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. Participating in organized sport teaches positive skills that are valuable throughout our path in life”
MNBC Vice President Lissa Smith was honoured to be a part of the ceremonies and said "I would like to thank the Cowichan Tribes for co-hosting this event on their traditional territory and commend Senator Al Edkins, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship Committee and Minister Dumont on all the hard work and time they have devoted to the months of planning this event. It was an honor for MNBC acknowledged in the opening ceremonies alongside the Cowichan Tribes Chief".
Background: The Partners Council is a consortium of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the First Nations Health Authority, and the Métis Nation BC.
Established as a social legacy of the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games, the Partners Council is responsible for implementing BC’s Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy.
The Partners Council works with First Nations, Aboriginal communities and other sport and physical activity stakeholders to deliver community-based programs designed to promote active lifestyles and support the desire for transformative change in the health and well-being of Aboriginal communities, families and individuals across BC.
Cowichan Tribe and Métis Nation BC Delegation, VIP's and Elders introductions start at (rec time)11:47. Proudly representing M...NBC were Vice President Lissa Smith, MNBC Minister for Sport and Vancouver Island Regional Director Michael Dumont, Cowichan Valley Metis Association President Richard Lewis, Vice President Jan Ovans, Elders & Special Mentions: Philip Gladue, Stella Johnson, Bill Delorme, Claude Parnell, Brian LaRose; Bruce Dumont and Region 1 Senator Alan Edkins, Co Chair for the 2017 Cowichan Valley District NAHC and Metis Jiggers at (rec time) 32:10.
Teams competing at the 2017 NAHC include: (Approximately 450 players, coaches, and team staff are expected to participate in Cowichan)
- British Columbia
- Eastern Door and the North
Official Game Schedule & Results
The 2017 NAHC has an official web page provided by BC Hockey! To access the 2017 NAHC game schedules and results, please visit:
Playfullscreen is the site where families and fans can watch games streamed live from the Island Savings Centre. The menu of games can be found on the following link:
(note: none of the games played at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena will be webcast)