The Canadian Government has announced to fund $1.7 million in order to include Men’s and Women’s Box Lacrosse on a pilot project basis at the Canada Summer Games in Niagara in 2022, which marks the first appearance of the sport since 1985.
The Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, made the announcement last week at a press conference in St. Catharines Ontario. This is such a good new for the Canada Games Council (CGC) and they fully support the Government’s decision.
According to the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, the addition of lacrosse at the Canada Games in Niagara in 2022 is a key milestone to promote the development of Indigenous sport. Young athletes taking part in that wonderful sporting event will be given the chance to showcase their abilities as well as celebrate the heritage of this historical sport.
Located in the traditional territory of the Ojibway/Chippewa, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples, the addition of Lacrosse in the Canada Summer Games in the Niagara in 2022 is a meaningful step in Canada’s national project of Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
This decision is the result of a process that started with a request from the Assembly of First Nations and supported by the 2022 Canada Summer Games Host Society.
The CDC consulted with some stakeholders, cooperated closely with colleagues at the Canadian Lacrosse Association, Six Nations of the Grand River, Aboriginal Sport Circle of Canada, and the Host Society.
The inclusion of lacrosse to that big sporting event will be a national endeavor and will not be able to succeed without the commitment and cooperation of the Provincial and Territorial Government partners with their support provided to all athletes and coaching staff.
Jane Clapham, Executive Director, Canadian Lacrosse Association, expressed that Lacrosse, Canada’s national summer sport, included in the 2022 Canada Summer Games, is an honor and they are ready for this challenge and preparing to create legacies.