The Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team is making history by acknowledging history, and present. The team is the first in the CFL to recognize, before every game, the land they play on and acknowledge they’re on traditional Indigenous territory.
The move is thanks to Brayden Harper, a student at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, who made things happen with the help of the university’s Indigenous Student Centre. Harper is an intern with the Blue Bombers this summer and was asked to come up with ways to develop relationships with local Indigenous communities.
“Indigenous culture was broken in the past and this statement is a move towards to the rebirth of a thriving culture bestowed without judgement, hate or confinement,” Harper said on the University of Manitoba website.
“Societal views are changing” he added. “But the process is slow and organizations need to begin re-developing relationships with Indigenous people slowly and respectfully.”
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