Harmony on Ice: Kapawe’no’s Journey in the Alberta Native Hockey Championships

October 6, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – In its second year of operation, The Hockey Academy as one of the four core Sports Academies embarked on a unique journey that prioritized skill development and the simple joy of playing the game. This approach was deeply rooted in the Nêhiyawak perspective, emphasizing a connection to the land and a commitment to sustainable practices.

As the academy continued to nurture both the skills of young hockey players and their academic voyage, exciting plans are on the horizon. The Academy is gearing up for the year with a vision to launch several development stages, comprising both female and male players. This expansion is a testament to the growing enthusiasm for hockey within the Nation, region and territory. The dedication continues to provide opportunities for these young athletes to proudly represent the school and nation.
The combination of hockey, skill development, and the spirit of fun painted a vivid picture of a nation-driven approach to the sport, firmly grounded in Indigenous values and traditions. It is a journey where hockey isn’t just a game but a bridge connecting generations, cultures, and the land itself.

Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School gathered for a crucial meeting with Joseph Busch, the director of operations for the Alberta Native Hockey Championships. The meeting was to discuss their registration as a nation in the tournament and their preparations for the upcoming season.

The meeting was with anticipation as they delved into the logistics of registering Kapawe’no as a participating nation in the championships. They reviewed player rosters, ensuring they had all the necessary documentation in order. Joseph provided guidance on the registration process and offered insights based on his years of experience with the tournament.

As they discussed the details, there was a sense of determination in the room. Last year had been a historic first year for Kapawe’no, with all levels featuring first-year players. This meeting was a chance to reflect on the lessons learned and the progress made. They discussed strategies to strengthen the registration / roster process, improve their performance, coach / player develolment and build on the successes of the previous season.

The meeting was not just about paperwork; it was a reaffirmation of their commitment to Indigenous hockey traditions in Alberta. It symbolized the fusion of their cultural heritage with their passion for the sport. Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School was poised to make a lasting impact in the Alberta Native Hockey Championships, and their meeting with Mr Busch was a pivotal step on his continued journey within the Treaty 8 territory.

A meeting with Kapawe’no Minor Hockey Board will be called shortly.

Last modified: October 7, 2023

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