Team Alberta wins the 2024 Indigenous Cup

by Braydon Stachel

Treaty 6 Territory – July 1st – The 2024 Indigenous Football Canada U18 Men’s National Championship, hosted by Football Alberta, marks a significant step forward in recognizing and celebrating Indigenous talent in football. This year’s tournament saw teams assembled from 3 Prarie provinces compete at Commonwealth Stadium for the chance to hoist the Indigenous Cup. In attendance to celebrate Indigenous sports were both Jodi Calaboo-Stonehouse, MLA for Edmonton Rutherford; and Brookes Arcand-Paul, MLA for Edmonton West Henday.

After a full day of hard-fought battles, Alberta was crowned champions after soundly defeating both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Game Scores:

  • Alberta (26) vs. Manitoba (13)
  • Manitoba (19) vs. Saskatchewan (12)
  • Alberta (32) vs. Saskatchewan (20)

Medal Winners:

  • Gold: Alberta
  • Silver: Manitoba
  • Bronze: Saskatchewan

Most Valuable Offensive Player
Silas Gardner – Alberta

Most Valuable Defensive Player
Ethan Temmerman – Manitoba

Most Valuable Special Team Player
Kayson Lamabe – Alberta

Football Canada has donated Team Canada’s World Junior warm-up jerseys to Indigenous Football Canada for use in international and national competitions. The jerseys are a design from Canada’s – and the world’s – first-ever international game in 1944. A Canadian Army team defeated the USA 16-6 in February 1944 before over 30,000 in London for the “Tea Bowl” eighty years ago.

“Football Canada continues to be committed to supporting Truth and Reconciliation through sport,” Football Canada President Jim Mullin said. “These uniforms are a true representation of reconciliation. They represent our armed forces representing Canada in the first-ever gridiron international, and they represent the orange jersey project.”

Indigenous Football Canada President and CEO Kevin Hart expressed appreciation for Football Canada’s commitment. “This gift and story of the retro Canada jerseys serves as a catalyst for positive change through friendship, competition, and reconciliation,” Hart said. “The work of reconciliation is always ongoing, and we appreciate the work of Football Canada on a path forward toward increased competition, development, and opportunities.”

Fans of our national team and Indigenous program may purchase replica jerseys at

About Indigenous Football Canada

Indigenous Football Canada is dedicated to promoting and supporting Indigenous participation in football across the nation. Through events like the U18 Men’s National Championship, the organization aims to inspire young athletes, celebrate cultural heritage, and contribute to the ongoing journey of truth and reconciliation in Canada.

About Football Alberta

Football Alberta is the governing body for amateur football in Alberta. The organization is committed to promoting and developing football at all levels within the province. By hosting events like the Indigenous Football Canada U18 Men’s National Championship, Football Alberta continues to support the growth of the sport and provide opportunities for young athletes to showcase their talents and achieve their full potential.

About Football Canada

Football Canada is the national governing body for amateur football in Canada. Established in 1884, the organization aims to foster the growth and development of football across the country.

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