Great Spirit Bear Cross-Cultural Lacrosse Camp2017-03-01
Learn the Creators Game from the World's Best...The Iroquois Lacrosse Program and the Thompson Brothers (Lyle, Miles, Jeremy and Hiana)
The Great Spirit Bear Sport Camp (GSBSC) will use the sport of lacrosse as a vehicle to aid and repatriate our culture, spirituality and community to the First Nation’s youth of NB and to assist with the reconciliation with Canada. This can help in the recovery and healing that has been started regarding the residential schools and further prevent our loss of culture as mentioned in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report.
The Creator’s Game is a medicine game given to the Ogwe:ho;weh (all nations) to assist with healing individuals and nations. In its purest form the game teaches young men and women about the importance of teamwork, promotes active and healthy living, builds self-confidence and increases self-esteem.
Dewa;ao gajihgwa:e was given to the Ogwe:ho;weh (all nations) by Sho:gwi:ya:di;soh for joy and amusement. The game is now the fastest growing team sport in North America and it will continue to grow and expand beyond Ho:di;noh:so;ni communities for many reasons.
Anishinaabek, Cree, Dene. M’ikmaq, Maliseet, Coast Salish, Inuit and various First Nation communities are now beginning to realize the spiritual significance, experience the fun, plus enjoy the positive mental and physical well-being the game brings to individuals and communities.
Our program, in its purest form teaches young men and women about the importance of teamwork, promotes active and healthy living, builds self-confidence and increases self-esteem.
We are honoured to have Mr. Kevin Sandy as our camp Head Coach. Mr. Sandy has managed the Iroquois Nationals World Team in international competitions coming within one goal of winning a world championship (2007), capturing bronze (2008) and has played in more than 10 national and provincial sporting competitions in lacrosse and basketball, which are his two greatest sporting passions. His teams have won gold, silver and bronze medals in national competitions. Mr. Sandy has attained Level 2 Box Lacrosse and Field Lacrosse credentials, plus has Certification in Basketball and Multi-Sport Training.
With the assistance of Coach Sandy, the Great Spirit Bear Sport Camp will introduce a one-of-a-kind High Performance experience to Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Indigenous youth.
Athletes will receive a Nike home and away uniform, Warrior tracksuit, Warrior clothing, accommodations, meals and top quality coaching.
*Athletes must be between the ages of 13-16 years old (not turning 17 this calendar year).