Saskatchewan Rush opening home games this season by gifting Indigenous star blankets – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 31, 202326 Views

Jan 31, 2023

Blanket maker says she loves new pregame ritual’s acknowledgement of Indigenous peoples

The Saskatchewan Rush have a new pregame tradition that centres on an Indigenous cultural ceremony.

From now until the end of this National Lacrosse League season, whenever a new Rush opponent enters the SaskTel Centre, their general manager will be given an Indigenous star blanket.

It began with the team’s first home game of the season on Dec. 3, when Saskatoon Tribal Chief Mark Arcand and Rush general manager Derek Keenan wrapped a blanket around Pat Coyle, the head coach and assistant general manager of the visiting Colorado Mammoths.

It was the first of seven such gifts planned for this season. Three of the blankets — each matching the opposing team’s colours — have been given so far.

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