On March 30, the Vancouver Canucks celebrated the fourth annual First Nations night at Rogers Arena. The Canucks lost a nail-biter (4-3), but the evening was an opportunity for the organization to support truth and reconciliation, while amplifying local First Nations communities.
Coastal First Nations CEO Christine Smith-Martin, Heiltsuk Chief K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett, and Haida Nation President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop, along with Chief Doctor Robert Joseph, ambassador with Reconciliation Canada, were all in attendance.
The pre-game ceremony included a ceremonial puck drop with special guests from the Orange Shirt Society, Tk’emlúps te Secwépem (Kamloops Indian Band), and Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations, plus Canucks alumni Gino Odjick and Ron Delorme.
The organization also announced a $20,000 donation, on behalf of the Canucks for Kids Fund, for Native Education College, which helps Indigenous learners achieve success and improve their quality of life by providing culturally appropriate and supportive learning environments for Indigenous learners and non-Indigenous learners.
CFN was pleased to share the following short video on the big screen, which highlights our partnership with Rogers, and our commitment to building a conservation-based economy on the coast through improved connectivity.