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Little Native Hockey League (LNHL)

From March 9 to 14, the City of Markham, together with Destination Markham Corporation, will host the Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) Tournament, Cultural Festival, and Gala Celebration. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this will be Markham’s first time hosting the LNHL, which is set to bring up to 10,000 visitors to Markham, including Indigenous athletes, their families and spectators from across Ontario to celebrate the game of hockey and Indigenous culture.

“We are honoured and excited to host the 50th anniversary of the Little Native Hockey League Tournament, bringing together hockey players from across the province in celebration of the sport of hockey,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our staff and community partners have been happily preparing to welcome the LNHL for a week of fun on and off the ice. Our plans support the LNHL’s four pillars of citizenship, education, respect and sportsmanship. Join me in welcoming the LNHL and their families. Game on, Markham!”

The LNHL Tournament will be spread across the City’s 10 different ice rinks throughout the March Break week with almost 250 teams of young Indigenous athletes coming together to compete in 550 games. The tournament begins on March 11 and ends on March 14 with the Championship Games taking place at Angus Glen Community Centre.

What a remarkable day filled with unforgettable moments at the Little Native Hockey League opening ceremony! From the serene sunrise ceremony to the stirring flag raising, followed by the inspiring opening ceremony and heartfelt recognition of supporters, every moment was filled with meaning. The movie about Indigenous lands added depth to the day, allowing us to honor Indigenous peoples, their culture, and their way of life in a profound and meaningful way. Here’s to continued celebration and respect for Indigenous heritage!

Learn more about the Little Native Hockey League Tournament, Cultural Festival, and Gala Celebration at VisitMarkham.ca/LNHL.

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