Thursday, February 19, 2015

North Coast MLA pays tribute to All Native Basketball Tournament at Legislature

Prior to the start of Wednesday's main proceedings of the Legislative Day at the BC Legislature, North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice paid tribute to the recently completed 56th All Native Basketball Tournament.

Her short commentary part of Member's Statements to the House, outlined some of the background to the popular Prince Rupert basketball tournament.  Providing the members of the Legislature with a small glimpse of the impact of the tournament for Prince Rupert and some of the atmosphere of tournament time.

Some of the main comments of note from here statement can be found below:

 Last week the town of Prince Rupert was busier than any other time of year. The hotels were full, restaurants were buzzing, and retail sales were higher than at Christmas time or at tourist season. That's because the All-Native Basketball Tournament is no ordinary basketball tournament. It is one of the largest sporting events in Canada.

Basketball players and their families from across the province and as far away as Alaska were in Prince Rupert for the 56th annual week-long sporting and cultural event. The tournament is so significant that some schools give the week off to students to attend the games with their families.  

A constituent of mine from Haida Gwaii was unable to attend this year, but thanks to CFNR Radio, she was able to watch the games on line. I may add that the final game had over 200,000 viewers. A typical Canucks game has 300,000 — just to give you perspective on the significance.

You can review the full statement to the Legislature from the Daily Hansard here, it can be found at the 1350 mark in the index.  That expanded account of her comments to the Legislature offers up a bit more  background on the importance of the ANBT to First Nations across the province.

The video of her statement to the Legislature can also be found from the Video Archive, part of the Chamber Video for Wednesday, it starts at the 20:00 mark on the video counter, at approximately 13:49 PM.

For more items related to the work of the MLA in Victoria and other issues from the Legislature see our archive page here.

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