Over 2,000 people arrive in Prince Rupert every year to take part in the All Native Basketball Tournament. This year’s tournament was held February 8 - 14th and approximately 60 teams competed in four divisions: men’s intermediate, men’s seniors, men’s masters and women’s division (open).
Northern Health (NH) is a long-time sponsor and supporter of the tournament, and this year partnered with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to host the Raven Room. This quiet space offered: relaxation and refreshments; health screening; and an opportunity to share ideas about healthier communities. NH and the FNHA partnered to support three Community Health Representatives (CHRs) to work with NH staff on health screening. After completing the week-long training, the CHRs returned home with new skills and certification to conduct health screening in their own communities.
Several NH departments worked together for the tournament. Doreen Bond, Regional Tobacco Reduction Coordinator, said, “...it was an honour to work collaboratively with the First Nations Health Authority and communities to promote and raise awareness around health and wellness...”
Holly Christian, Regional Lead of Men’s Health said, “This year we took a holistic approach to men’s health at the event by supporting a drumming and storytelling circle, and focusing on the role of men as positive role models in our communities.”
Congratulations to all the players, coaches and families that participated, as well as this year’s winners:
Metlakatla Mens Division Intermediates
Skidegate Men’s Division Seniors
Hydaburg Mens Division Masters
Bella Bella Women’s Division