Celebrating sport, community and culture

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The All Native Basketball Tournament is an annual celebration of sport, community and culture that is hosted in Prince Rupert. This year the tournament will be February 8 to 14. Northern Health is proud to have been a sponsor since 2002. Our participation in the tournament has changed over the years, and last year we hosted a quiet space for Elders and others to rest and share conversations about healthy communities. It was such a success that we are doing it again this year in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority. We encourage all Northern Health employees in the area to come to the tournament and participate in this fantastic event and to stop by the Raven Room.

This February 13 to March 1 the Canada Winter Games will come to the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh! This is the first time in the history of the games that a First Nation has been recognized as an Official Host. The history of the Lheidli T’enneh is a big part of the history of the City of Prince George and the entire region. The games provide an opportunity to showcase and share the Lheidli T’enneh culture with the Canadian public.

For example, Jennifer Annaïs Pighin is a proud member of the Lheidli T’enneh Band and an artist and educator located in Prince George, BC. Her artwork is featured in the 2015 Canada Winter Games’ brand scene (above). Her ancestry includes Wet’suwet’un (a Dakelh/Carrier First Nation), French Canadian and Italian. She grew up on the banks of the North Nechako River developing a fond understanding of, and strong enduring bond with, the natural environment.

Image: Used with permission of Director, Marketing and Communications, 2015 Canada Winter Games.

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