Decolonizing Sport

Hockey, Indigeneity, and Canadian Nationalism

Our research examines the relationship between hockey and settler colonialism in Canada, considering how the sport has been used to erase Indigenous histories but also how it is being used to pursue Indigenous resurgence.

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WHAT'S BEING SAID

"Hockey is distinct in our national identity and because of its role in the national imagination, it’s an important discussion for reconciliation."

JANICE FORSYTH

October 2, 2018

"A lot of Canadians consider hockey quintessentially Canadian so involvement in the sport often means authenticating Canadian identity. What we’re thinking about is how that maybe skewers the realities of settler colonialism that was going on and erases Indigenous presence in Canada."

SAM MCKEGNEY

June 15, 2018

“I have both lived and witnessed first-hand the joys associated with the great sport of hockey. I haven’t always felt safe at the rink, but my love of the game always triumphed. No one should ever come to the rink feeling unsafe.”

Mike Makwa Auksi

(Anishnaabe-Estonian from Lac Seul First Nation)

 
 

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