Indigenous People’s week kicks off with feast, youth sports clinic

June 17 event sees youth learn from Pacific FC, national rugby players, Shamrocks

An Indigenous-inspired feast and youth sports clinic on June 17 opens Indigenous People’s week in Langford.

The community ‘change makers’ event aims to bring together “change-makers, leaders and families… to join together in an evening to spark future partnerships,” reads a release from M’akola Housing Society, which is hosting the event.

“It’s regional events like this that are important in bringing people together to build understanding amongst each other,” said Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam says in the statement. “I raise my hands to the organizers and all that have stepped up to take part in this important event.

During the afternoon, youth participants practice soccer with Pacific FC players, rugby with members of the Canadian national team and try lacrosse with the Shamrocks. Plus, there are sports clinics for tennis, golf and mountain biking at Bear Mountain Resort.

Spots are limited and pre-registrations for the free clinics end on June 9, according to the event website.

Langford Mayor Stew Young said sports taught him that the spirit of teamwork could help communities work together.

“Playing sports as a youth taught me a lot about working with team and building partnerships,” he notes. “These clinics are a great way for our future change-makers to learn from leaders in our sporting communities.”

M’akola Housing Society is helping to host the event in partnership with the five municipalities of the West Shore and community stakeholders.

The feast is a positive step in bringing different interests to the table for a worthwhile conversation, Chief Gordon Planes of the T’Sou-ke Nation says.

READ MORE: B.C. invests in 1,100 new homes for Indigenous residents

“Good things always come from events like these. We make our best decisions when we are at ease.”

“We celebrate when we gather and share food. This is our culture, and that is who we are,” he adds.

Performances by indigenous drum and dance groups and an interactive art project are also planned for the feast. Tickets cost $75 for adults and $25 for children. Full details on clinic times, registration and buying tickets can be found at changemakersgathering.ca.



swikar.oli@goldstreamgazette.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

UPDATED: Commercial truck clips lines in Saanich

BC Hydro called, determines lines are cable and phone, not power

Downtown Victoria businesses cite parking issues as top challenge

A report put forward by the Downtown Victoria Business Association asked owners for input

Victoria teen killed by falling tree, remembered as hero

Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling towards him and his friends

Victoria woman in L.A. hospital after she was run over twice

Lynn Phillips has suffered from multiple broken bones and internal bleeding

Tiny Yorkshire terrier Poppie survives days on remote island

ROAM rescue crews, family searched for dog, missing in Saanich for days

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

B.C. students’ camping trip goes ahead despite tents getting stolen

Nanaimo businesses, school staff and parents ensure trip goes on

Only legal pot shop between Vancouver and Kamloops now open

Private cannabis store on Skwah land in Chilliwack is first B.C. licensee to be Indigenous owned

Canadian communities responding to climate change

New research highlights state of local adaptation planning in Canada

B.C. judge defies lawyers and adds six months to man’s sex assault sentence

‘I find the joint submission is contrary to the public interest and I’m rejecting it’

Man presumed dead after boat capsizes in Columbia River

Search and rescue efforts recovered a life jacket

Crews fight wildfire along Sea-to-Sky Highway

A cause has not been determined, although a downed power line is suspected

Most Read