Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Warriors are proud to announce that they will host their second annual First Nations Celebration game on Saturday, January 28 vs Panther City Lacrosse Club.
The Vancouver Warriors are honoured to live, work, and play on the traditional ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. While the game will be a celebratory occasion, there must be a continued acknowledgement of the history of injustice and genocide towards Indigenous peoples. As an organization, CSE is committed to supporting truth and reconciliation, and to use its platform to amplify local First Nations communities.
As a part of the celebration, the Warriors are introducing the team’s first-ever alternate jersey. The black-based jersey features red and white stripes and a First Nations-themed logo designed by local Vancouver-based artist K.C. Hall (Heiltsuk Nation).
Game worn and signed jerseys will be auctioned off on Vanbase.ca and partial proceeds will go to Native Education College.
The game will include a variety of celebratory components and activations, including live music from DJ O Show and an information booth by Native Education College in the Community Corner on the concourse in section 111.
- A live mural painting will be completed by artist K.C. Hall on the concourse between sections 101 and 122.
- The team will wear the NLL’s Every Child Matters t-shirts during warmup.
- Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh drummers to perform the Coast Salish anthem, and Michelle Bardach of Squamish Nation to perform the Canadian and American anthems.
- A pregame ball drop featuring Chief Wayne Sparrow (Musqueam), Councillor Wilson Williams (Squamish), and Chief Jen Thomas (Tsleil-Waututh).
About Native Education College (NEC)
NEC acknowledges the traditional territories of the three Nations in the Greater Vancouver Area: Musqueam Nation, Squamish Nation, and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The NEC is an effective and efficient institution committed to continuous improvement and excellence and its board, management and staff work collaboratively to provide culturally relevant education, training and personal growth for Indigenous learners. For more information, visit necvancouver.org.