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Province Supports B.C. Aboriginal Hockey Team

by NationTalk on April 29, 2007898 Views

For Immediate Release
April 28, 2007

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

VANCOUVER – The Province has contributed $5,000 to the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) to help send 40 athletes to compete in this year’s National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Michael de Jong announced today.“The Aboriginal youth representing British Columbia at these national championships have a great opportunity to pursue excellence through sports,” said de Jong, showing his support during a send-off rally for the team at Vancouver International Airport. “Hockey is our game, and competitions of this calibre inspire participants to lead healthy, active lives.”

Aboriginal Team B.C. consists of two 20-player squads – one team in the women’s and another in the men’s competition. Players aged 13 to 17, representing Aboriginal communities from every region in British Columbia, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, April 29 – May 5.

“Our goal is to strengthen and encourage all aspects of community and individual life,” said Adam Olsen, ASRA communications co-ordinator. “We promote the success of Aboriginal athletes through programs that build self-esteem, leadership, and positive attitudes.”

Since its inception as a non-profit society in 1989, ASRA has become a leader in providing opportunities for Aboriginal youth and people to adopt a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle.

Last month, the Province announced a $6-million ActNow BC program aimed at improving the health of Aboriginal people in British Columbia by promoting positive lifestyle choices. ActNowBC helps encourage youth to lead healthy, physically active lives.

Support for Aboriginal youth reflects the Province’s commitment through the Pacific Leadership Agenda to build a new relationship with First Nations and Aboriginal people, conclude treaties, and close gaps in health, housing, education, and economic opportunities.


Media contact:

Deborah Bowman
Communications Director
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 953-3211

Adam Olsen
Communications Co-ordinator
Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA)
250 544-8172 (ext. 106)
250 889-7678 (cell)

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