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700 in First Nations tourney

Hundreds of First Nations youth from all over B.C. are in Kelowna to compete at the 2017 Junior All Native basketball tournament.

This is said to be the largest First Nations youth sporting event in the province.

“Young First Nations athletes from across B.C. are striving to represent their nation through the sport of basketball, said Syilx basketball Coach Peter Waardenburg. "Syilx Basketball is honored to host the many athletes and teams and we look forward to the week of competition.”  

Sixty-one teams are involved in the tournament which takes place Mar. 19-24. More than 100 First Nations groups are represented.

Sunday's opening ceremony at Kelowna Secondary School will include: a welcome from Westbank First Nation (WFN) Chief Roxanne Lindley, a Grand Entry ceremony, presentations from Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, City of Kelowna deputy mayor Mohini Singh and others.

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and all are welcome. Admission is free.



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