Sportsnet Coverage: The intersection of sports and Indigenous culture


A dancer performs during the opening ceremony of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. (Mark Blinch/CP)

Looking back at some important conversations around Indigenous culture, and the profound impact Indigenous athletes have had on both their communities and the sporting world at large.

Chief Littlechild honours fallen heroes Armstrong, Sasakamoose and Neilson
Watch as Chief Willie Littlechild pays tribute to fallen heroes George Armstrong, Fred Sasakamoose and Jim Neilson, and for their contributions to hockey and to Indigenous peoples.
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In Conversation with Ron MacLean: Peter Mansbridge & Tanya Talaga: Racism In Canada & Learning About Our Indigenous History
Award-winning broadcaster Peter Mansbridge and award-winning journalist Tanya Talaga join Ron MacLean to discuss systemic racism, learning from our past and the need to make change happen.
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Gene Principe: Oilers defenceman Ethan Bear is an inspiration for Indigenous youth
To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ethan Bear joins Gene Principe to talk about community and inspiring the next generation.
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Dan Robson: The powerful legacy of running legend Tom Longboat
Onondaga runner Tom Longboat won the Boston Marathon in 1907. But his legacy today is as much about what he endured outside racing as what he accomplished within it.
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Sportsnet Presents: Redemption: The Reggie Leach story
After battling addiction and getting his life back on track, former Stanley Cup winner Reggie Leach is devoted to making a difference in the First Nation Community.
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Sonny Sachdeva: Why hockey is more than a pastime for Enoch Cree Nation
After three decades without a minor-hockey association, Enoch Cree Nation has become a local force. But bringing the game back was never about winning titles.
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In Conversation with Ron MacLean: Horn-Miller and McCormick, building bridges for reconciliation
On this episode of In Conversation, Ron MacLean was joined by Pan-Am Gold medallist Waneek Horn-Miller and CityNews Managing Assignment Editor Nicole McCormick.
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Clarence Iron makes history by calling Canadiens game in Plains Cree
The Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes took part in a historic event Sunday night in Montreal, as their game was broadcast in Plains Cree.
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Best of Clarence Iron’s Plains Cree play-by-play of Canadiens vs. Hurricanes
Listen to the best calls of the Canadiens vs. Hurricanes game from Cree play-by-play announcer Clarence Iron on Hometown Hockey.
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Sportsnet Presents: Going back to the beginning with Jonathan Cheechoo
Jonathan Cheechoo, former Rocket Richard trophy winner, talks about his career as an NHLer and the support he received through his career from hometown of Moose Factory.
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Shot Callers: Q&A with Clarence Iron, NHL’s first Cree play-by-play man
Sportsnet’s Luke Fox caught up with Clarence Iron to learn of his remarkable journey ahead of his boundary-breaking live call of a Canadiens-Hurricanes game in March 2019.Read more.

Hometown Hockey: Ted and Brandon Nolan discuss their drive to give back to their community
Ted and Brandon Nolan join the Rogers Home Town Hockey Crew to discuss their hockey camp and giving back to the community.
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Sportsnet Presents: Trailblazer: The tragedy and triumph of Jordin Tootoo
Watch as Jordin Tootoo explains his time in the NHL, losing his brother to suicide and many other challenges the former enforcer faced.
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Sportsnet Presents: How hockey survived in Peguis First Nation
Despite being left out of the newly formed Junior hockey league, the Peguis Junior hockey team continued to persevere and battle for inclusion.
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Carly Agro: John Chabot discusses importance of connecting with Indigenous communities
John Chabot joins Carly Agro to talk about the importance of connecting with Indigenous communities.
Watch below.

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