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The road to Reconciliation through sport

February 20, 2018 — 

The inaugural Sport & Reconciliation Gathering is taking place Feb. 21-23 at the University of Manitoba.

The three-day forum will explore ways to achieve the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s nine Calls to Action (#87 – #91) related to sport (#87-#91) and education (#62-#65) that will support the development of culturally relevant sport, recreation, and physical education systems.

Forum coordinator Bruce Miller [BRS/99] is eager for the community to learn and discuss the role of sport as a way to build a road to Reconciliation, though he admits it will take courage to unpackage the topic in such an open forum.

While the language of sport is universal, sport has been used as a tool to divide and segregate Indigenous peoples.

“It’s important for us to all learn and understand this history, and the significance it continues to have,” Miller adds. “Sport can play a significant role in Reconciliation. I truly believe others will look to us for inspiration.”  

The tentative three-day overview is as follows:
DAY 1:
Learning From Our Past
Honouring Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers & Residential School Survivors/Families

DAY 2:
Voices of the Community
Sport, recreation, and the education system
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lynn Lavallée

DAY 3:
Vision to Action – A Path Forward
Building on the Calls to Action
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Chief

For more information, visit and follow the hashtag #UMSRG2018 on social media.

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One comment on “The road to Reconciliation through sport

  1. Alvin Yetman

    Hockey in Thompson really needs to change. An all aboriginal team can play in sanction tournaments. Very disappointing our kids do not have the options to have exhibitions games. All aboriginal hockey team vs any sanctioned team in Mb hockey or any association they belong too. It’s useless rule that deprive our children from play the game of hockey.

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