Using Lacrosse to Tell a History of Canadian Colonialism and Indigenous Sovereignty

By Justin Lethbridge Writer The culmination of eleven years of research, Allan Downey’s book The Creator’s Game brings together hundreds of years of history to tell the story of Indigenous identity. Growing up as an Indigenous youth in urban Waterloo, Downey told Turtle Island News that lacrosse held a special meaning to him. “I felt a connection to the game as a traditional Indigenous game. It was really important to me to be living in an urban city and to be able to play an Indigenous game…I also had an interest in Indigenous history and wanted to merge my passion for lacrosse and history. I wanted to examine the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities, it started out as a thesis paper, turned into a PHD and then a book.”…

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