Hall of Fame Member Willie Littlechild Celebrates the World Indigenous Nations Games
Article from CBC News: Wilton Littlechild sees his dream come true at World Indigenous Nations Games
'It's our expression being lived out,' says Treaty 6 grand chief
It's a dream that's been 40 years in the making — the vision of Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild to bring together Indigenous athletes from around the world.
Now, the World Indigenous Nations Games (WIN Games) have come alive, with athletes from 14 different countries descending upon Littlechild's home community of Ermineskin Cree Nation, the Ecoch Cree Nation and Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation.
"It's been a very emotional time for me," said Littlechild. "Over the years we've tried many, many, many times to host the games…. We were met with a lot of resistance."
Littlechild recalled making the first resolution back in the summer of 1977 to the United Nations in Sweden, proposing to create an Indigenous world games based on the Olympic model. He wanted to make sure the cultural component of Indigenous traditions was included. But the idea took decades to come to fruition.
In 1967, Littlechild graduated with a bachelor of physical education degree and went on to earn a master's degree in physical education from the University of Alberta.
Being an exceptional athlete himself, Littlechild won more than 50 provincial, regional, national and international championships. He has been inducted into seven sports halls of fame.
Playing hockey and competing in swimming as a young man were activities that Littlechild said helped keep him on track.
In 1976, he made history by becoming the first treaty Indian from Alberta to obtain a law degree from the University of Alberta. He is a respected lawyer that has carried his trade into advocacy work at the United Nations.
Members of the Oceania Global Region delegation pose for photos at the World Indigenous Nations Games opening ceremony on Monday. (Brandi Morin)
While proposing the WIN Games at the UN level, Littlechild helped establish the North American Indigenous Games in 1990, held in Edmonton.
"Once we developed regionally, we were ready for the world games. But again, I had hoped that they would be in Canada first, since the genesis of the idea was here," he said.
"But we couldn't do it," he added, citing financial and logistical restraints and a lack of support from corporate and government sponsors.
"So it's been sometimes saddening to witness the resistance to the celebration, but at the same time it's one of encouragement and it's one of happiness to see that we're actually going to do it now. But I think sometimes when we're challenged like we were — I think when you have that kind of challenge, the flip side of that is motivation to say, 'No, we're going to do it and we will do it.'"
The first WIN Games were held in Palmas, Brazil, two years ago and featured over 2,000 Indigenous athletes competing in various sporting events over 10 days.
Littlechild traveled to Brazil as part of the executive organizing team and mapped out a vision for the next round to be held in Alberta.
He believes that sports and culture are intertwined with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
"Article 31 calls on the world to recognize that cultural manifestation includes traditional games and sports. That wording is specifically there," he said.
"It's also important to acknowledge that we have now a right. We have a right to play, we have a right to culture, we have a right to be happy, and we have the right to express that through traditional games and sport. It's our expression being lived out."
Focus on reconciliation
One of the main themes of the games is a focus on reconciliation. Reconciliation is especially close to Littlechild's heart and spirit after spending time as a commissioner with the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
"With the games we can motivate our people to reclaim culture, reclaim language, and to experience the pride of who we are," he said.
Littlechild is inviting people of all backgrounds to check out the World Indigenous Nations Games, which run until Sunday. (Brandi Morin)
"We have a positive way forward and a good future that we're walking into — a message that these games will help provide healing in our community, which is an important step in reconciliation."
At the WIN Games, spectators will be treated to demonstrations of Indigenous culture from around the world, the likes of which may not been seen in this territory again.
Littlechild invites people of all backgrounds to come out and see the action. Even if some may be hesitant to go right into the reserve, he assures everyone is welcome.
"Our community is very rich in different ways. Yes, we have challenges and I think we're not trying to hide the challenges. That's why I think it's important for people to come to our territory. Come and see the poor housing, come and see the poverty, come and see the challenges we face with violence. But this is a counter to that," he said.
"This lifts up. We may be poor in some ways, but we're rich in other ways, and one of the ways we're rich is through our culture and ceremony."
Honoured Member DAVE SEMENKO Celebration of Life - July 6
DAVE SEMENKO CELEBRATION OF LIFE
THURSDAY, JULY 6 AT 2:00 PM
As you are most likely aware, we lost Oilers legend Dave Semenko this week after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.
The Semenko Family and Oilers Organization will host a very special Celebration of Life for Dave at 2:00 PM (MT) on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Rogers Place. Dave’s family, friends and former teammates will take the opportunity to share memories and celebrate the life of a beloved father, brother, son, teammate and friend.
The public is also invited to attend the celebration. Public seating in Rogers Place will be general admission, but will be ticketed. Tickets will be made available free-of-charge beginning Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 AM (MT) via ticketmaster.ca. There is a limit of four seats per person. The public is asked to only secure the number of seats they are sure to use. Doors for the celebration will open at noon. Please note there will be no food or beverage service available.
Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame
Press Release June 15, 2017
The Bow Valley True Sport and Recreation Council, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is being established to honour outstanding Bow Valley athletes, championship teams and sport builders as well as preserving the history of Bow Valley sport. The new Hall will build on the good work of the Banff Sports Hall of Fame, which was established in 2005, but has been inactive since 2008.
The mission of the Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame is threefold:
•To honour individuals and teams from the Bow Valley who have distinguished themselves in sport, recreation, and mountain leisure
•To assist in the development of future contributions to athletic pursuits
•To promote our inductees to both residents and visitors to the Bow Valley
There will be three categories within the Hall that will recognize the athletic achievements of residents from the Bow Valley:
•Athlete: direct participant in sport, recreation or mountain leisure
•Builder: conducting athletes in a leadership capacity... coach, trainer, manager, official, administrator, etc.
•Pioneer: athletes or builders that made a significant impact on the development of sport within the Bow Valley for more than 50 years before the current date
The Hall will be led by a Board of Directors comprised of:
•Two residents from the Town of Banff – Bruce Henry / Graham MacDonald
•Two residents from the Town of Canmore – Jim Younker / John McIsaac
•Two Board members from the Council – Lauren Shearston / Bob Ellard
•Others who may be agreed upon by the above noted members
All previous Inductees to the Banff Hall of Fame will be the first inductees to the Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
The Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame will be located in the Fenlands Arena Lobby area, the current home of the Banff Sport Hall of Fame. It is our hope that the new Hall will grow and expand to the point that a standalone physical location will be required.
In concert with this announcement, we will be hosting the First Annual Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame Dinner on Thursday September 28, 2017, at the Banff Park Lodge, with Guest Speaker Olympic Gold Medalist Beckie Scott.
The Bow Valley True Sport and Recreation Council provides resources and forges relationships to educate and develop ethical & physical literacy of recreation and sports providers and participants of all ages and skill levels.
Question may be directed to Bob Ellard at (403) 862-3629, or
2017 Banquet Replay with ShawTV
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2019 Canada Winter Games Update
City of Red Deer article: City provides update on 2019 Canada Winter Games projects
With the 2019 Canada Winter Games less than two years away, The City of Red Deer provided an update on the capital projects that are underway as we prepare to host the Games.
The new facilities will leave Red Deer with new and improved recreational and cultural amenities, increasing our sport hosting capabilities and benefiting the overall community. The projects include:
The Great Chief Park Enhancement Project (opening early 2018):
- A new 400m speed skating oval/artificial sports field and new pavilion building are under construction.
- Great Chief Park will host long track speed skating during the Games.
River Bend Golf and Recreation Area enhancements (to be completed early 2018):
- Trail enhancements are underway, as well as a renovated biathlon range and new stadium area.
- River Bend will host cross country skiing and biathlon during the Games.
Canada Games Celebration Plaza (construction to begin this fall):
- The new Canada Games Celebration Plaza will be constructed on the grounds of the historic Central Elementary School located downtown. After the Games, the building will become a legacy cultural centre.
Canyon Ski Resort upgrades (to be completed in 2018):
- Upgrades include run widening and terrain enhancements.
- Canyon Ski Resort will host freestyle skiing and snowboarding during the Games.
Canada Games Legacy Facility:
- The City of Red Deer is pleased to be a contributing partner, along with the Province of Alberta, Red Deer College and private donors to the construction of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
- The new Servus Arena, although not a Games project, is currently under construction and will host men’s and women’s hockey during the 2019 Games.
“The 2019 Canada Winter Games are forecast to generate an economic impact of more than $132 million for Red Deer, however, the benefits extend well beyond 2019,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Red Deer will be left with national-level sporting facilities, an enhanced profile, and momentum to host future sporting events. We are already realizing the benefits of these infrastructure investments in our local economy.”
"The on-going support of The City of Red Deer ensures that a legacy of world-class facilities remains in Central Alberta following the 2019 Canada Winter Games," said Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society Board Chair. "This is our moment to welcome the nation and these new and upgraded facilities will help us deliver a life-shaping Games experience for all participants."
For more information about the projects underway, visit reddeer.ca/2019.
For more information, contact:
Recreation, Parks & Culture Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
Manager, Marketing & Communications
2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society
Hall of Fame Member Joey Moss recognized by Edmonton Oilers
Article from Sports Net: Joey Moss recognized for service to Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers dressing room attendant Joey Moss is being honoured for his years of service to the team.
Moss is the annual inductee to the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers wall of honour at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Moss, born with Down syndrome, has been working with the the Oilers since 1984. He helps the Oilers staff with cleaning the dressing room, team laundry, the handling of towels and water for games and practices.
He’s become a legend with the players, coaches and of course with the fans.
“Joey has always been a huge part of the Edmonton Oilers dressing room,” said head equipment manager Jeff Lang in a press release. “Every day Joey brings his smile and brightens the room with his presence and wit. We are very lucky to have him as part of our organization and we congratulate him on being recognized.”
In 2015, the 53-year-old was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame to honour his contributions to the Oilers as well as the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.