The 150th Anniversary of Lacrosse Celebration will be a once-in-a-lifetime event – a festival of activities that will help honour and celebrate the history and cultural significance of Canada’s national summer sport, lacrosse. We strongly believe that 2017, a year that marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as the birth of the modern version of lacrosse, is the perfect occasion to re-introduce our country’s first national sport to a new generation of Canadians.
Through this event, the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation and its partners will strive to educate the public about the important role that the sport of lacrosse has had in nation-building and its spiritual significance to the First Nations. Lacrosse exists as an important link between the First Nations and European Settlers. It remains the rare occurrence in which an element of native culture was accepted and embraced by Canadian society.
The celebrations will take place in Montreal, QC, a city where the traditional game practiced by First Nations was adapted into a modern sport in 1867. Between June 16-18, 2017, a variety of educational and cultural activities for people of all ages will take place.