Status Indian player barred from All Native sports event

“Committee says Josiah Wilson doesn’t have First Nation ‘bloodlines’”

Organizers of an all First Nations sports event in B.C. are being accused of racism and discrimination for benching a status Indian player who is black.

Organizers of the All Native Basketball Tournament say Josiah Wilson can’t compete because he doesn’t have First Nations ancestry or “bloodlines.”

I think he should get himself a lawyer. They let him play before.

Agreed. This is an unfortunate situation in my opinion.

that is too funny he has a status card so he is native sheesh

If the ANBT don’t reinstate Josiah soon, it could become a fatal mistake for the organisation.

[quote]B.C.'s representative for children and youth says that under Canadian law, Josiah Wilson must be allowed to compete in a First Nations sports event that excluded him, and if he isn’t, future funding for the tournament could be in jeopardy.

Turpel-Lafond says Wilson’s First Nations status is upheld by Canadian law, including the Indian Act, the Adoption Act of B.C. and the Canadian Human Rights Act.[/quote]

Which committee members voted to exclude him?

Publish their names. They are breaking the Douchebag Limitation Act of 1957.

They do this by committee so they don’t have to take personal responsibility for being horrible human beings, and instead can blame the 'nameless committee."


CBC published the letter he received. It is signed by Willis Parnell, who is the Chair of the Rules Committee. It mentions Peter Haugan as well. So there are two names for you to run with.

Very shitty.

Here’s a copy of the letter (linked from the CBC article):

I’m sure the ANBT committee sees no Irony in this story, of course:

All Native Basketball Tournament triumphs over racist past

“In the earlier days there was a lot of resentment from all the aboriginal people coming in from the villages,” said Rudy Kelly, a former sports reporter from the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation.

He said changing attitudes, combined with the realization of how much income the tournament brings to the community, led the event to be viewed in favour.

“Racism hasn’t quite gone away, but it was a lot worse back then, a lot more blatant,” said Kelly.

It would be almost funny, if it weren’t so sad.

Player considers human rights complaint after exclusion from basketball tourney

A young Calgary man says a First Nations basketball organization’s decision to bar him from a tournament in northern British Columbia is discriminatory.

Josiah Wilson, 22, said he is a status Indian who was adopted from Haiti as a baby and is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella, B.C.

Wilson said he played for a junior aboriginal team for two years and was about to enter his third All Native Basketball Tournament with an intermediate men’s team this week but was told he could no longer play.

This is straight up racial discrimination…horrible. This guy is a status Indian adopted into a native family, he has just a much right as anyone else to play in that tournament.

playing devil’s advocate here I understand why the would ban someone if the rules themselves state they have to be at least 1/8 aboriginal blood, even if they do have a status card, but if the person played at the tournament before then it is wrong to ban him, my question is, who is the dipshit that called into question his status? was a certain team scared of losing to his team?

Just because something is in the rules, doesn’t mean the rules themselves can’t be challenged.

In this case, the rules are, on their face, discriminatory, racist, and illegal:

But to answer your question, scroll up and read the e-mail and it gives an insight…

Any time I see the words racial profiling I shudder. There is no excuse for this.

I feel that this whole tournament is discriminating. In this day and age they should have players of every race not just status Indians with aboriginal blood. I really admire the whole story behind the tournament but this should not be a race thing anymore. Keep the whole First Nation theme, with all the great food, and ceremonies, keeping the tradition, but just get rid of the only native approach. It would probably even benifit the tournament bringing even more sponsor from local companies and non local companies.


“My guess is somebody wants to exclude him because he’s good. And it has absolutely nothing to do with how he was raised or his ethnicity,” she said. “Some team wants to press their advantage.”

Mr. Wilson, who says he’s skilled at his sport, chuckled at the suggestion that organizers might mistakenly believe his race gives him an advantage on the basketball court, saying he’s heard similar speculation from friends.

“A lot of my friends and a lot of people who have been messaging me on Facebook are saying that – ‘I’m better because I’m black,’” he said. “That’s very funny.”

I had a look at the February 17th edition of the Northern View and I didn’t see any mention of this story. Did I miss the story in an earlier edition?
The Globe and Mail covered this story.

The media attention given to Wilson’s story is a good thing. It is raising important questions about how indigeneity in Canada is defined, by whom, and whether adoption is valid grounds for indigenous peoples to claim individuals as citizens of their nations.

And here’s Josiah’s piece:

I’ve been playing basketball since I was four years old, when I used to dunk on my little plastic hoop. I played on the junior high and high school teams at my francophone school, La Rose Sauvage in Calgary. My team won provincials in 2013. I played twice in the Junior All Native and twice in the All Native Tournament for the Heiltsuk Nation. Basketball has been my passion since day one. Basketball is life.

I agree! I am disappointed that our local paper decided to avoid this story.

why don’t they out the person or persons that protested his status so as to get him banned from playing? let those ppl try to defend themselves.

Scroll up and you’ll see who complained and who made the decision.