Last night, our U9 MD White Team was privileged to welcome a guest speaker, Carmen Jones with them as they learned about Truth and Reconciliation and what it means to wear an orange jersey.
Carmen is a long time friend and teammate of coach Zach Carson, and through this connection and his employment with M’Wikwedong and Indigenous Sport and Wellness Ontario, he joined us to share his knowledge.
The Players along with parents and coaching stafff were completely engaged as they learned about the Residential schools and the idea of reconciliation and how wearing the Orange Jersey is a symbol of taking action and sparking conversation for change
A huge thank you to Kevin Delano, the Owen Sound Minor Hockey Group's equipment manager for acquiring the jeserys and helping us spread the word of Truth and Reconciliation through Sport, Call to Action number 90.
Call to Action 90, a key recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, underscores the importance of integrating Indigenous perspectives into all facets of Canadian society, including sports.
Collaboration with Indigenous organizations is vital for embedding cultural understanding. Owen Sound Minor Hockey's participation in the Orange Jersey Project aligns with Call to Action 90, emphasizing the integration of Indigenous perspectives in Canadian sports.
This initiative, developed within Indigenous organizations, contributes to reconciliation efforts, fostering unity and respect within the hockey community. It signifies a meaningful step toward creating an inclusive sporting environment that recognizes and respects Indigenous heritage, promoting understanding and equity in sports.