For the second year in a row, Siksika Nation hosted the Calgary Hitmen’s pre-season opening game at the Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex on Sept. 17, 2022 against the Edmonton Oil Kings.
This event builds on a growing partnership between the Calgary Hitmen and Siksika Health Services.
The Calgary Hitmen and Siksika Health Services signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2021 and through the signing of the MOU, the partners commit to continued growth of the vision and engagement of the Every Child Matters game: to inspire all youth, with a focus on Indigenous youth, to participate in sports, and to understand that we can heal collectively through reconcili-action.
The aim of the partnership is to create the new normal for the promotion of cultural awareness in sporting events, with the hope of expanding the power and reach that events like this can have on communities.
Together, the partners are working to address stereotypes and racism by advancing inclusion in our communities through the promotion of Indigenous culture, language and history, and promote healthy lifestyles for all youth by highlighting the benefits of participation in sport.
Final score of the game was 3-2 for the Calgary Hitmen.