Winnipeg Blue Bombers, EIC Partner to Honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
WINNIPEG, MB. - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, together with Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, today announce a partnership to honour Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. At the September 30th home game against the Riders, 1,000 members of the Indigenous community will be flown in and hosted for the game.
"The Blue Bombers and Riders will once again wear special orange New Era jerseys for pre-game warmup to recognize Orange Shirt Day," said Wade Miller, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Football Club. "Our jerseys will be made available for an online auction after the game, with funds raised donated to Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC)."
WASAC helps to remove barriers for thousands of children annually and is Canada's largest employer for Indigenous children and youth. The Riders foundation will be raffling off their orange jerseys. The Blue Bombers will also the star blanket logo that was created for the team last year on their helmets for the game.
"The entire EIC family is excited to once again team up with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in recognizing the 'Every Child Matters' movement and honouring Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation," said Mike Pyle, CEO of EIC. "Our company has the privilege of playing a vital role across Canada as a provider of essential services into many Indigenous communities. Our ability to partner with the Blue Bombers & MKO to provide logistical planning, including flights & accommodations, for families coming to Winnipeg to enjoy this game is a direct result of our longstanding commitment to those communities."
The anthem will be sung in Ojibwe by Strong Warrior Girls Anishinaabe Singers. Pow wow singers, dancers and drummers featuring Ray CoCo Stevenson and the Walking Wolf Singers will lead the team onto the field prior to kickoff on September 30th. The halftime show will feature Norman Chief Memorial dancers. Leaders from the Indigenous Community will take part in the coin toss, and four language and culture advocates will be honoured during the game.
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