B.C. All Native Basketball Tournament drops ‘blood’ rules for players

By Dirk Missner/THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA -A First Nations basketball tournament in British Columbia’s northwest has dropped a strict blood-relation player policy that prevented a Haitian-born man from competing with his village team. Peter Haugan, director of Prince Rupert’s All-Native Basketball Tournament, said Tuesday player eligibility will now be determined by a status card that confirms the player’s indigenous community of origin. Previously, player eligibility was traced through family bloodlines going as far back as the home villages of grandparents, he said. But with the recent change, Josiah Wilson will now be able to represent Bella Bella’s Heiltsuk Nation Wolfpack at the 2018 tournament in Prince Rupert, said Haugan. “In our end of all of this, the rule still states the same thing, only thing is a status card now…

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