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Victoria, BC (April 26, 2021) – The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is pleased to announce the six outstanding athletes named as the Northeast and Northwest regional recipients of the 2020 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport.

  • Grace Currie, 18, Softball, Quesnel, North Central Métis 
  •  Jacob Heit, 17, Soccer and Skiing, Terrace, Kispiox
  • Tatum Jack, 14, Hockey, Basketball and Volleyball, Gitanmaax, Gitxsan
  • Nancy Moore, 16, Hockey,  Prince George, Haida – Massett Village
  • Taylor Parr, 16, Softball, Quesnel, Métis Nation BC
  • Rhon Peal, 19, Wrestling, Kitwanga, Nisga’

View the commemorative athlete videos on our YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

I·SPARC, in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the regional nomination process in late 2020, receiving nominations from each of I·SPARC’s six regions (Fraser, Interior, Northeast, Northwest, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island) for Indigenous athletes, under 25 years of age, who are competing in performance sport, and demonstrating a commitment to their education, culture, and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

“Congratulations to all the regional winners of the Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “I’m so proud of your accomplishments both on the field and in your community. Your outstanding achievements are a source of pride, especially for your family, coaches, and everyone who has supported and encouraged you along the way. This, to me, is reconciliation in action. More than ever in these challenging times, we need young people like you to give us hope. Keep following your dreams and reaching for the stars.”

Read the full news release here