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The SHA cutting the Beardy’s Blackhawks shows it values money over social impacts – CBC

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by ahnationtalk on November 20, 2019105 Views

Nov 20, 2019

Blackhawks are Canada’s only elite AAA minor hockey program located on a First Nation.

A proud 25-year tradition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous hockey talents coming together on the ice at Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation is set to come to a sudden and confusing end.

This past week, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) voted to eliminate the Beardy’s Blackhawks Midget AAA and Midget AA programs at the end of this season, along with the AAA Notre Dame Argos. New AAA teams in Warman and Estevan will replace the Blackhawks and Argos.

The decision made it clear that the SHA values money above the positive social impacts and representation of Indigenous hockey culture the Blackhawks provided.

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