The female portion of the team (L-R)  Melody Prince

The female portion of the team (L-R) Melody Prince

Culture and sport come together

I would like to introduce the inaugural Ditnikwun volleyball and cultural exchange club.

I would like to introduce the inaugural Ditnikwun volleyball and cultural exchange club.

This club has been created with three goals in mind:

1) To introduce the local Carrier First Nations History to it’s members through language and song

2) To introduce the sport of volleyball to new and enthusiastic members

3) To travel and share their knowledge of both the Carrier First Nations and Volleyball with other cultures.

The concept behind the team was created by Winnie Sam and  Leon Erickson who saw a need for our locals to become more active.

“We needed a reason to get healthy in a safe and fun learning environment” Erickson said.

Too many grow up in Fort St. James and do not have an opportunity to leave for things such as school or on ‘high performance’ teams.

As a result, many do not get to see the opportunities the world has to offer and resort to other avenues to seek solace.

Sam states simply, “we wish to give them a reason to get active and learn about the Carrier Culture”.

The team is open to all members of the public and travel is generated to those over the age of 16 and even for those, parents are strongly urged to attend.

The team has recently begun practising and their first trip is confirmed for Aug 30, 31 and Sept 1, 2013 as they are making arrangements to attend a tournament in Los Angeles.

“For our next trip, we hope to send a team to Germany” said Erickson, hopefully in early 2014.

For more information on the team, sponsoring or joining please contact Leon Erickson.  leonerickson@hotmail.com.