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Team BC - 2018 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC)

Team BC Player Selection Camp for 2018 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships
The Team BC Player Selection Camp for 2018 NAHC held in Kamloops BC - April 6-8, 2018 has concluded.  
Congratulations to all of the 116 Indigenous youth from across BC who came to Kamloops to work hard and display the fantastic skills and talent within you!  The male and female Team BC squads have been selected and we extend our congratulations to those youth who will represent BC and their communities traveled to Membertou, Nova Scotia for the 2018 NAHC. For Team BC's results, please click on Team BC NAHC results tab.
This website will be a resource for Team BC's participation in the 2019 NAHC held in Whitehorse, Yukon during the months of April to May, 2019. 
For more information about the 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and/or I·SPARC, visit www.isparc.ca , or contact: 
Lara Mussell, Director, Sport lmussell@isparc.ca
Registration is open from January 15 - until midnight, Friday March 23, 2018. 
Selection Camp Dates:  April 6-8, 2018
Location:  Kamloops, BC
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC), through the oversight and coordination of its Provincial Hockey Committee, will host a three-day Player Selection Camp in Kamloops, BC from April 7-9, 2017 to evaluate and select the province’s top Indigenous male and female hockey players to represent British Columbia at the 2018 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC). 
The 2018 NAHC will be held Membertou, Nova Scotia from May 6th – 12th, 2018.
Team BC is represented by ONE MALE TEAM and ONE FEMALE TEAM - Each composed of the top bantam/midget aged* players from across BC.
Players must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the Camp:
  • Male: Bantam or Midget age as of the 2017/18 competitive season (born 2000 to 2004 inclusive).
  • Female: Bantam or Midget age as of the 2017/18 competitive season (born 2000 to 2004 inclusive)
Note: Effective this year 2018 NAHC in the Female Category there are no longer overage players. This is direct reference to the original scope and vision for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships to be a Bantam / Midget Championship.
  • Resident of British Columbia and of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, Metis)
  • Registered with BC Hockey or another Hockey Canada Branch*.  (*Please note, if you are a player who is not currently registered with BC Hockey, we can renew your membership for an additional fee of $40.00 as part of your Camp registration.)
The Camp Registration Fee per player for the 2018 season is $120. Fee includes a Team BC Selection Camp practice jersey.  
Payment via PAYPAL is now available.  We will also accept cheques or money orders  (payable to BCAAFC) for payment. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The 2018 NAHC will be hosted in Membertou, Nova Scotia. Team BC's transportation will depend on athletes location.  
Every player registering for the Selection Camp is required to acknowledge the Team BC fee, it will be in the range of  $500-$750 CND (TBD ASAP) and verify that should they be selected to Team BC, they will be prepared to submit their payment of the fee (in form of cheque or money order payable to BCAAFC) before end of day (5PM PST), Sunday, April 8th, 2018. 
*Team BC players are selected on Sunday, April 8th, 2017 at the Player Selection Camp. It is preferred, players selected to Team BC provide cheque for their Team BC fee directly to Team BC Staff (i.e. athletes must come prepared to provide a cheque, so, should you be selected to the team you can pay your fee immediately).
The Team BC fee includes 2018 NAHC registration fee, Team BC apparel, travel arrangements to Membertou, NS are TBC, accommodations in Membertou, ground transportation to/from competition venue, breakfasts and dinners while in Membertou.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TEAM FEE?  (i.e. what additional monies may be required if I/my child made Team BC?)
Players are required to handle their own travel arrangement to Vancouver for team travel to Membertou and return home from Vancouver upon returning May 13th. The travel arrangements from Vancouver to Membertou will be announced soon. Note: If travel arrangements are handled via air charters, athletes are responsible for any 'baggage fee' that may be required by the airline. All meals needed en route to Membertou or return to Vancouver are the responsibility of the athlete (e.g. purchasing a meal for the plane ride).  Players will also require daily lunch money and any spending money they may wish to have.
National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC)
The NAHC provides a forum for elite Bantam/Midget age Aboriginal hockey players from across Canada. The event aids in fostering cultural unity and pride and celebrates the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across the country. Team BC is represented by ONE MALE team and ONE FEMALE team which comprise the top bantam/midget aged players from across the province.
Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I∙SPARC)
I·SPARC is a consortium of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, First Nations Health Authority, and Métis Nation BC. As the stewards of BC’s Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy, I·SPARC works with First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres, schools and other sport and physical activity stakeholders to deliver community-based programs designed to promote active lifestyles and support the desire for transformative change in the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, families and individuals across BC.
For more information about the 2018 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and/or I·SPARC, visit www.isparc.ca , or contact: 
Alissa Assu, Team BC Coordinator,  teambc@isparc.ca
For more information on the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council visit
www.isparc.ca or find us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ISPARC.BC/
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