PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Spruce Kings will open their 2022-2023 BC Hockey League Home Schedule on September 30th in conjunction with The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The Spruce Kings are honoured to partner with Lheidli T’enneh to spread awareness of and reflect on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous people as a result of the country’s former residential school system.
Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dolleen Logan states “We are very pleased the Prince George Spruce Kings are recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation during its home game on September 30th. We are honoured to be asked to participate and represent our Elders, Members, Council and Administration. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a very tough day for all Indigenous Canadians. It is a day to remember the thousands of kids who died while attending residential schools between the mid-1800s and the 1990s. It is also a day to support Survivors, Inter-Generational Survivors and their families. We thank the Spruce Kings for taking time to help our community better understand why this day is so important for Indigenous people.”
Local Indigenous artist Clayton Gauthier has designed a special jersey the Spruce Kings will wear and all fans attending the game will be given an orange t-shirt on this day of awareness and commemoration.
There will be many special events planned during the game including Indigenous dancers and drummers. Many dignitaries will be in attendance and will participate in pre-game and intermission ceremonies.
A sold-out building is anticipated for this game, with tickets available at www.sprucekings.bc.ca/pgsktickets