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October 26, 2016
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Laurier hosts 120 high school students for First Nations lacrosse game

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Sep 30/10| For Immediate Release


Deneen Montour, Native Advisor
Joseph Brant Learning Centre
519-756-6306 ext. 281046 or


Melissa Ireland, Aboriginal Students Services Coordinator
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-884-0710 ext. 4190 or

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will host 120 high school students from Six Nations for the High School Friendship Lacrosse Tournament, taking place on Laurier’s Waterloo campus October 5.

Six Nations and Oneida Nation high school students will come to Laurier to tour the campus, meet with Laurier students and members of the Laurier Aboriginal Student Association, and have a skills training session with professional lacrosse coaches from the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team and the Haudenosaunee National Women's Lacrosse Team.

“This is an opportunity for Laurier to develop relationships with local First Nations people, to encourage First Nations students to consider university as a future path, and to create awareness of Aboriginal peoples and culture among Laurier students, staff and faculty,” said Jean Becker, Laurier’s senior advisor: aboriginal initiatives.

The day begins at 9 a.m. at University Stadium. From there students will break into groups for skill testing and games until 11:45 a.m.

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., there will be speeches from guest speakers: Crystal MacDonald from the Haudenosaunee National Women's Lacrosse Team; Cam Bomberry, director of lacrosse for the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team and Ron Thomas, elder from Onondaga Nation.

A lacrosse scrimmage and door prizes will take place from 2 p.m. until the end of the day at 3 p.m.


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