Islanders will sport the TFN artist’s third jersey for the game

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Delta Islanders are hosting a double-headed lacrosse event to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Delta will host the New Westminster Salmonbellies on Wednesday evening June 22 at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

The first game at 6 p.m. is the Junior B Tier 1 game followed by the BC Junior A game at 8:30 p.m. There will be food, a 50/50 draw and a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Orange Shirt Society , Moose Hide. Residential School Survivor Campaign and Society.

Islanders president Matt Hoegg said the idea behind the event started last year.

“At the end of last season, Coach Nathan Wilson thought it would be a great idea for us to have a third jersey designed around the original Tsawwassen First Nations lacrosse logo,” Hoegg said. “And we could wear it on or around National Indigenous Peoples Day, so that started the conversation. Then we thought why not have an event, and it turns out we had booked twice with Tier 1 and Junior A on the same day June 22, so that’s amazing – we can do a double head of lacrosse and make it an event.

The jerseys were designed by Tsawwassen First Nation artist Karl Morgan.

“Put on the jersey was the first part. Then we hit base with New West and the league and everyone was on board and super supportive of the idea. We had great support,” he said. “We are really excited. This is long overdue at Delta. We have such an amazing lacrosse community and such a supportive Indigenous community. I think it will become an annual event.

Hoegg said during the game a silent auction will be held where lacrosse fans can bid on the jersey which will then be presented to the winning bidder after the game.

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