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Truth and Reconciliation Day with Salish Storm Hockey
September 30th marks a new holiday for Canadians: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Salish Storm Hockey invites you to join us along with our sponsors as we lead the way in answering Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 88 by supporting the long term development of indigenous athletes! And of course we will do this with plenty of food, fun and, of course, hockey.
Salish Storm Hockey and our Sponsors have shown that reconciliation can occur and by working together with our community partners, mid- island indigenous children, youth and families now have access to the great game of hockey. The progress and achievement we have
made from a start-up ball hockey group to a year round ice/inline and ball hockey platforms have been enabled by many volunteers, local municipal leaders and sponsors.
Salish Storm Hockey Truth and Reconciliation Event
September 30th, 2021 11:00 – 2:00
Location: Harewood Covered Sports Court, 740 Howard avenue, Nanaimo
The event will include:
• Official Launch of Storm the Ice 2021
• Playing ball/inline pickup game
• Rotary Barbeque
• Sponsor Recognition
• Artist Luke Marston’s presentation of the Salish Storm Logo
Salish Storm Hockey delivers multilevel hockey development programs designed to engage Indigenous children, youth and families in hockey activities across all age ranges and skill levels. Participants come from several First Nations communities including Penelakut Island, Stz’uminus, Snuneymuxw, Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As as well as Indigenous families living in Nanaimo and Ladysmith municipalities. Indigenous players are vastly underrepresented in the sport of hockey in the mid-island area due to a variety of cost, logistical and social barriers. This is the only program of its type that encourages and supports Indigenous children to play organized hockey. Broadly, Indigenous children are trending lower on both social and physical determinants of health. We need to encourage opportunities for them to engage in physical activity, and to form positive relationships in a group social setting.