The NWMO supports Indigenous culture through inaugural lacrosse exhibition
Local youth from Great Lakes Secondary School celebrated Indigenous culture at the inaugural lacrosse exhibition.
Indigenous culture was celebrated this spring by 140 youth at the inaugural lacrosse exhibition at Great Lakes Secondary School in Sarnia, Ont. The event, supported by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), was organized to showcase the history and talent of a game that has been a central component of many Indigenous cultures for centuries.
“Our first annual Lacrosse Day was a huge success,” said organizer Dallas Sinopole, Native Education Worker at Great Lakes Secondary School. “The kids couldn’t thank me enough for the history and teachings that they learned. We hope this is the first of many more days of lacrosse in our education system.”
The morning was filled with traditional knowledge about the original game of stickball, teachings about shared life skills and how the game relates to everyday life. The afternoon included stick skills, conditioning, and a visit from Sarnia native and Rochester Knighthawks forward Kyle Jackson. The National Lacrosse League player shared advice on the game, life goals and personal experiences.
“The NWMO is happy to support this event, which incorporates Indigenous Knowledge and teachings into the schools. It encourages teachers and students to appreciate Indigenous perspectives and gain greater respect for local culture,” said Greg Plain, Senior Engagement Advisor, Indigenous Engagement, at the NWMO.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.