By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com
Officials with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame are continuing their quest to raise awareness and amplify the voices of some of its Indigenous inductees.
Last year the Calgary-based hall launched its We Will Do Better project. The goal of this digital, storytelling campaign was to bring awareness to the role racism played during the careers of Indigenous, Black and Asian hall of famers.
Video stories of nine athletes, including Waneek Horn-Miller (Mohawk), who was a co-captain of the Canadian women’s water polo squad that competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, can be viewed here:
Hall officials also hosted an Indigenous Summit this past October. This summit, which was staged virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, included the six living Indigenous hall of famers as well as family members of the eight other Indigenous individuals who have been inducted but who are now deceased.
“The feedback we had from our (Indigenous) hall of famers was amazing,” said Cheryl Bernard, the president and CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Discussions from that week-long summit enabled hall officials to develop a 10-year vision for their Indigenous Sport and Reconciliation ventures.
To that end, cwill be released on Aug. 9. This project, a digital multi-media exhibit, is being released purposely that day to coincide with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
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