The 2021 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships have been cancelled.

The event was slated to take place in Winnipeg, MB from May 1-9, 2021.

“The health, safety and well-being of our community is most important to the ASC, our board and the organizing committees,” said Aboriginal Sport Circle CEO Carey Calder. “While we are saddened to postpone this event due to the global pandemic, we look forward to a time when our athletes can hit the ice again to showcase their skills and pride for their regions when it is safe to do so.”

The 2020 tournament was supposed to take place back in May in Regina, SK, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The difficult decision to recommend postponing the 2021 NAHC was presented by the hockey committee considering all available information and uncertainties, along with the risk to not only the athletes but their communities,” said Jeff Spencer, the ASC’s hockey committee president.

The Aboriginal Sport Circle says the NAHC event is an important cultural event that fosters Indigenous unity and pride, and celebrates the athletic abilities of elite Indigenous athletes from across the country.

(PHOTO: The Saskatchewan female team celebrates its bronze medal win in 2018. Photo courtesy of NAHC webcast.)