Next May, more than 500 athletes will be in the City of Grande Prairie to take part in the 21st Annual National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.
President of the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, Shannon Dunfield, says this is the first time the event will be held in Alberta on the Traditional Territory of Treaty 8.
“IDCA is proud to support the City of Grande Prairie as they are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action,” Dunfield says.
Mayor Jackie Clayton says the city is looking forward to hosting and sharing those athletes competing in the U15 and U18 divisions.
“To host this event is a double opportunity to be able to support our initiatives that were set out by council in reconciliation, but also to highlight our region to a great high-level calibre of hockey players,” Clayton says.
The championship event is scheduled to take place between May 5th to 11th 2024, and according to the ASC will be hosted at the Design Works Centre. The week will see male and female First Nation, Inuit and Metis athletes from across the country participate and compete.
Earlier this month, the city was awarded the event by the Aboriginal Sport Circle.