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and Meadow Lake Tribal Council.
Canadian Women's Hockey Gold Medallist,
Dana Antal with Winter Game Participants
Approximately 2600 First Nation Athletes ranging in ages 10 to 17 competed 2002 Saskatchewan First Nation Winter Games at the Keeseekoose First Nation. The games were held in various locations throughout the Keeseekoose First Nation, Cote First Nations and the town of Kamsack.
"It is for our youth that we expend the many hours planning this week-long event. Our future depends on building a strong foundation for our young people. The games give them an opportunity to showcase their talents as they represent their communities....
It is through events such as these that our youth gain the self-esteem they need to excel later in life," said Chief Ted Quewezance of the Keeseekoose First Nation.
The Saskatchewan First Nation Winter Games were initiated by First Nations leaders in Saskatchewan to address the need to promote youth involvement in sport, culture, and recreation. Participating teams are from First Nations within Saskatchewan. The founding objectives of the games are still met today as the event continues to promote healthy lifestyles, solidifies the athletic base of First Nation youth and increase public support and awareness of First Nation athletes.
"It is through events such as these Games that we begin to change the attitudes and perceptions of our youth. This is their opportunity to make an impact and to let them know that they are an
It is for our youth that we expend the many hours planning this week-long event. Our future depends on building a strong foundation for our young people. The games give them an opportunity to showcase their talents as they represent their communities....
- Chief Ted Quewezance
Keeseekoose First Nation
Meadow Lake Tribal Council Representatives receiving 2002 Overall Champions
The games were once again divided into two parts to accommodate the large amount of participants. The first half of the games officially began on Saturday March 30, 2002 and wrapped up on Monday April 1, 2002. The registration for the second half began on Tuesday April 2, 2002.
Closing ceremonies followed the Midget hockey final Friday April 6th at the Keeseekoose Arena. Organizer presented the final medal presentation and the most coveted Overall Team Champions, which went to the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. A new award was added to this year's presentations the "Tony Cote Award". This award recognized the most improved team - the Battlefords Tribal Council.