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Indigenous athletes speak out about media ban at All Native Basketball Tournament in B.C. – CBC
by ahnationtalk onFebruary 7, 202094 Views
Organizer says an Indigenous radio station has purchased exclusive broadcast rights
Feb 07, 2020
First Nations basketball players say they feel silenced after learning most media outlets are banned from covering the long-running All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert, B.C., following critical news coverage of the games.
“It’s really unfortunate to see how our voices are currently being silenced,” said Vanessa Parnell who is Tsimshian, Haida and Nisga’a and plays in the tournament for the All My Relations team.
“The isn’t the spirit of the tournament as far as I’ve ever known it, and I’ve played in this tournament since I was 18, so 22 years,” said Jerome Turner who plays for the Gitxsan Masters.
The All Native Basketball Tournament began in 1960 in the North Coast community of Prince Rupert and sees dozens of men and women’s teams across British Columbia compete for a week in February.