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Sep 28, 2023
Academy aims to make Indigenous players leaders on the ice and in their communities
It was only the second exhibition game of the season, but the Indigenous Sports Academy (ISA) Eagles took flight with a 10-1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds.
The ISA, which is located in Saskatoon and is nwo in its third year, is part of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) in the U-17 division. The CSSHL has 70 teams in multiple age divisions from 19 ‘sport schools’ across Canada and the United States.
Courage Bear, director of hockey operations and one of the founders of the ISA, said the school is a perfect fit for young Indigenous athletes.
“First and foremost it allows kids to pursue their outside passion, but it also combines education with academics,” Bear said.
The majority of ISA’s players come from Saskatchewan, but there are some from Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. All are Indigenous. Not only does that make the school unique, it’s a point of pride.