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150th Anniversary of Lacrosse Celebration

The 150th Anniversary of Lacrosse Celebration will be a once-in-a-lifetime event - a festival of activities that will help honour and celebrate the history and cultural significance of Canada's national summer sport, lacrosse. We strongly believe that 2017, a year that marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as the birth of the modern version of lacrosse, is the perfect occasion to re-introduce our country's first national sport to a new generation of Canadians.
 
Through this event, the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation and its partners will strive to educate the public about the important role that the sport of lacrosse has had in nation-building and its spiritual significance to the First Nations. Lacrosse exists as an important link between the First Nations and European Settlers. It remains the rare occurrence in which an element of native culture was accepted and embraced by Canadian society.
 
The celebrations will take place in Montreal, QC, a city where the traditional game practiced by First Nations was adapted into a modern sport in 1867. Between June 16-18, 2017, a variety of educational and cultural activities for people of all ages will take place.

Activities

A re-created game featuring authentic traditional sticks and wardrobe will help illustrate the transformation of lacrosse from a Traditional Game played by the First Nations to a Victorian Sport formalized by the rules of Dr. George Beers.
 
Location:              Lower Field, McGill University
Date:                     Saturday, June 17 (2:00pm - 4:00pm)
 
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A traveling exhibition of historical artifacts and photos from the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame that will allow attendees to learn about the history of the game and the people that have impacted it over the past 150 years. 
 
Location:             McCord Museum
Date:                    Friday, June 16 (10:00am - 6:00pm)
    Saturday, June 17 (10:00am - 5:00pm)
    Sunday, June 18 (10:00am - 5:00pm)
 
A private function to honour all of those who helped create the celebration and build the sport over the years, with invited guests from all levels of government and the global lacrosse community will help us celebrate the historic milestone.
 
Location:             Club Sportif MAA
Date:                    By Invitation Only
 
Sponsor:             Cardinal Capital Management Inc.
A series of lectures and presentations on a variety of lacrosse topics, featuring numerous authors and academics, will also be part of the celebration. This will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the game from people that have studied its history.
 
Location:             Redpath Hall, McGill University
Date:                    Friday, June 16 (9:00am - 5:00pm)
    Saturday, June 17 (9:00am - 1:00pm)
 
Schedule:            Click Here

J. Alan Childs

Topic: History of Lacrosse on the Prairie

Time: Friday, June 16 (10:40am at McGill) & Saturday, June 17 (11:00am at McCord Museum)
 

J. Alan Childs is a researcher and historian on the sport of lacrosse in the Midwest. His book “Minnesota Lacrosse: A History” focuses on the roots of lacrosse in the Ojibwe and Dakota communities up to the early Midwest lacrosse. Mr. Childs lives in Savage, Minnesota with his wife and five children who play, coach, and teach lacrosse at all levels.

Jane Claydon
 
Topic: History and Influence of Canada in the Worldwide Development of Women’s Lacrosse 1884-1924 
 
Time: Friday, June 16 (2:40pm at McGill) & Saturday, June 17 (9:00am at McGill)
 
Jane Claydon grew up in England and was introduced to lacrosse at Dartford College of Physical Education. In 1975, she was appointed Head of the Physical Education Department at St Leonards School, in St Andrews, Scotland, where lacrosse for women began in 1890. She has been a lacrosse administrator for over 40 years, which includes acting as the Director of the inaugural 1982 Women’s World Lacrosse tournament at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. In 2009, Jane published a book entitled St Leonards: Cradle of Lacrosse, which outlined the role St Leonards played in the early development of the game for women in Scotland, England and the USA. She wrote a second book in 2012, St Leonards: First in the Field, which shows how St Leonards played a pivotal role in the introduction of major and minor games in girls’ schools in the United Kingdom. She also assisted Jim Calder and Ron Fletcher with research for the book Women Play Lacrosse, which was launched at the 2015 FIL U19 Women's Lacrosse World Championship. She is currently President of Lacrosse Scotland, a post she has held since 2008, and is also Chair of the Lacrosse Scotland Hall of Fame.
W.B. (Bruce) MacDonald
 
Topic: The Rise and Fall of Canada’s First Professional Leagues 1901-1924
 
Time: Friday, June 16 (9:00am at McGill) & Saturday, June 17 (10:40am at McGill)
 
Bruce MacDonald is a governor of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and a historian, author and poet. He has published six history books, including Salmonbellies vs The World: The Story of Lacrosse’s Most Famous Team & Their Greatest Rivals and The Good Hope Cannery, three books of poetry, two books of short stories and poems in Canadian periodicals. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and an Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Bruce has taught at the University of British Columbia and the Ontario College of Art and Design and is a member of the Writer’s Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets.   
Louis 'Tewenhni'tatshon' Delisle
 
Topic: The History of Lacrosse in Caughnawaga/Kahnawake and How the Warriors/Lacrosse Players Played a Significant Role in the Evolution of Turtle Island
 
Time: Friday, June 16 (1:00pm at McGill) 
 
Tewenhni'tatshon, also known as Louis Delisle, is a 2014 inductee to the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a player and builder. He has been an educator in his community since 1975 after graduating from McGill University with a bachelor's degree in education. His experiences in lacrosse go back to the mid-1950s. He has had the benefit of hearing lacrosse history through the oral traditions of elders of the Six Nations Confederacy. He is still involved with lacrosse today, acting as elder advisor to the Kahnawake Survival School lacrosse team.
Donald M. Fisher
 
Topic: Before Beers: The World of Native Lacrosse in North America to 1867
 
Time: Friday, June 16 (1:50pm at McGill) & Saturday, June 17 (11:30am at McGill)
 
Donald M. Fisher, Ph.D. is the author of Lacrosse: A History of the Game, a book published by the John Hopkins University Press in 2002, as well as Splendid But Undesirable Isolation: Recasting Canada’s National Game as Box Lacrosse (1931-1932), a lacrosse article that appeared in Sport History Review in 2005. He was a presenter at the 2014 Transnational Lacrosse Conference which took place in Nova Scotia. Fisher currently lives near Buffalo, N.Y. and is a Professor of History at Niagara County Community College.
Daniel Ferland
 
Topic: The Significance and Cultural Role of the Game of Lacrosse
 
Time: Friday, June 16 (9:50am at McGill) & Saturday, June 17 (9:50am at McGill)
 
Daniel Ferland holds both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in history from the University of Sherbrooke. His post-secondary research was centered on the sport of lacrosse and its First Nations origins. This historian has had an interest in the sport for quite some time, having played it for over 40 years. This has allowed him to see first-hand the evolution of in-game techniques and equipment, spanning from the end of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century. 
Women and Gender in Sports
The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University is hosting a series of presentations on the topic of Women and Gender in Sports on Thursday evening.
 
Location:                              3487 Peel Street, 2nd floor
Date:                                    Thursday, June 15 (6:00pm - 9:30pm)
Contact:                               Alexandra Ketchum (alexandraketchum@gmail.com)
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Panel: Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux (Co-Founder and Assistant Coach; Canadiennes de Montreal Hockey Club), Dr. Homa Hoodfar (Professor, Sociology and Anthropology; Concordia University) and Robyn Flynn (Sports Radio Journalist; CJAD800 and TSN690) will take part in a panel discussion on women and girls in sport.
  • 7:30pm - 8:00pm - Presentation: Kari Miller, the founder of women’s lacrosse league in Six Nations and head coach of the Haudenosaunee U19 national team, will give a short presentation.
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm - Film Screening: The film Keepers of the Game, which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been broadcast on ESPN, will be shown. The documentary tells the story of the Salmon River High School girls' lacrosse team, which is composed completely of Native Americans players from the Mohawk nation. As their season comes to a head, the team is faced with increasing ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Native women, while still honoring their people's tradition in a changing world.
Boys Field Lacrosse Tournaments
The Westmount Lynx lacrosse club are hosting a field lacrosse tournament for boys in the following age groups (U9, U11, U13 and U16). Teams interested in getting additional information on the event are encouraged to contact Peter Zabierek (lax@westmountlynx.com) for more information.
 
Location:                            Westmount Athletic Grounds
Dates:                                Sunday, June 18
Contact:                             Peter Zabierek (lax@westmountlynx.com)
 
 
Challenge des Patriotes 2017
The Challenge des Patriotes is an annual minor box lacrosse tournament hosted by the Patriotes Lacrosse Association, which is based out of Longueuil, Quebec. This year's event will feature over 50 teams and 1,000 athletes. Teams interested in getting additional information on the event are encouraged to contact Caroline Tremblay (c.tremblay@patrioteslacrosse.com).
 
Location:                              TDB
Dates:                                  Wednesday, June 14 to Sunday, June 18
Contact:                               Caroline Tremblay (c.tremblay@patrioteslacrosse.com)
 
 
Girls Field Lacrosse Tournament
A girls field lacrosse tournament is being organized and will feature two separate divisions: Tyke/Novice (6-10 years old) girls that will play half-field games (8 v 8) and PeeWee/Bantam/Midget (11-16 years old) girls that will play full-field games (12 v 12). Teams interested in getting additional information on the event are encouraged to contact Alexandra Ketchum (alexandraketchum@gmail.com) for more information.
 
Location:                              Montreal (Molson Stadium)
Dates:                                  Sunday, June 18 (9:00am - 5:00pm)
Contact:                               Alexandra Ketchum (alexandraketchum@gmail.com)  
 
 
Senior Women's Field Lacrosse Jamboree
A pick-up style senior women's field lacrosse tournament (17+ years of age), will take place at the historic Percival Molson Stadium on the McGill campus. Players will register individually ($5/each) and be placed on a team based on their skill level and the position they play. Individual players interested in taking part are asked to register online (http://bit.ly/2nOQ1hy). All questions regarding the tournament should be directed to Alexandra Ketchum (alexandraketchum@gmail.com)
 
Location:                             Montreal (Molson Stadium)
Dates:                                  Saturday, June 17 (9:00am - 1:00pm)
Contact:                               Alexandra Ketchum (alexandraketchum@gmail.com)
 
 
Senior Field Lacrosse Series (Montreal vs Toronto)
The Quebec Senior Field Lacrosse League (LSCCQ) are organizing a two-game series between the Montreal Lacrosse Club and the Toronto Lacrosse Club, celebrating a rivalry that dates back to 1867. Individual players interested in participating for Team Montreal are invited to contact Alex Hamel (crosse.teamqc.sr@gmail.com), while those interested in participating for Team Toronto are invited to contact Glen Flippance (gflip@sympatico.ca).
 
Location:                              Longueuil (Saturday) and Valleyfield (Sunday)
Dates:                                  Saturday, June 17 at 5:00pm and Sunday, June 18 at 12:00pm
Contact:                               Alex Hamel (crosse.teamqc.sr@gmail.com) and Glen Flippance (gflip@sympatico.ca)
 
 
McGill University Women's Lacrosse Alumnae Wine and Cheese
The McGill University women's field lacrosse program is organizing a wine and cheese for both current and former players. Individual players interested in attending are invited to contact Alexandra Ketchum (alexandraketchum@gmail.com) for more information.
 
Location:                             TBD
Dates:                                  Saturday, June 17
Contact:                               Alexandra Ketchum (alexandraketchum@gmail.com)

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Archived Streaming

The re-enacted game and lecture series, along with additional video and interviews captured during the weekend, will be uploaded in the coming weeks and available to watch for free.
 
Visit Sports Canada TV to see if the content has been uploaded!

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CTV News

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US Lacrosse Magazine

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Global News

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McGill Reporter

Celebration with introspection (June 15, 2017)
 

Global News

Celebrating 150 years of lacrosse (June 16, 2017)
 

Hamilton Spectator

Lacrosse, our father's game (June 16, 2017)
 

McGill University

McGill celebrates 150th anniversary of lacrosse in fine fashion (May 16, 2017)
 

APTN National News

Canada’s national sport celebrated in Montreal and it’s not hockey (May 16, 2017)
 

Montreal Gazette 

Celebrating a milestone of lacrosse's cultural and spiritual impact (May 17, 2017)
 

Peterborough Examiner 

Lacrosse marking 150th anniversary in Canada (May 13, 2017)
 

Toronto Star 

A lacrosse game with the 1867 touches (March 11, 2017)
 

CTV News

History, native origins to be highlighted when Canadian lacrosse turns 150 (June 16, 2016)
 

Windspeaker

Rich lacrosse history to be celebrated (June 16, 2016)
 

Montreal Gazette

Keeping alive Mohawk tradition of hand-made wooden lacrosse stick (June 15, 2016)
 

Global News

Canadian Lacrosse Foundation reveals plans for 150th anniversary (June 15, 2016)
 

McGill University

Montreal and McGill to host 150th anniversary celebration of lacrosse in 2017 (June 15, 2016)

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