North Shore Wolves
North Shore Wolves Basketball Club started 14 years ago, when Pam Baker decided to coach a team of young Squamish youth to play the game of basketball. With discussions with Musqueam, Tsleil-waututh and Vancity ladies, we started a league of U17 boys. After one year, two teams remained: North Shore Wolves and Vancity. We continued to play and compete throughout the years, and now have come together to bid and win the hosting of the Junior All Native 2018. Our plan is to make the tournament a memorable experience for our Youth from B.C.
We went to our first Junior All Native in Nanaimo in 2014, and placed 8th out of 28 teams. Then the fun started! The first time my dedicated boys went to the All Native tournament, we placed 2nd, two years in a row, and then won in the Intermediate division during the All Natives 50th Anniversary. Next thing we knew, we were being referred to a great program. Throughout the years, Pam's goal was to do her best to teach structure, respect, self-reliance, and to have fun!
Pam Baker retired for a couple of years when most of her Young men aged up to Senior Men. Well, we are back, and thankfully we will continue to inspire our North Shore First Nations Youth to enjoy and play the great game of basketball.
The Vancity Sons basketball team was established in Vancouver in 2011, led by head coach Chris McKnight and manager Amber Youngchief. With the tremendous support of their parents and urban community, the Sons have thrived in the sport they love so much. They are a unique group of young men who come from different First Nation communities along the west coast of British Columbia, each representing their Nations with pride and in unity as a club team.
The Sons started as a small group of eight boys in grade 6 who began training and playing in local leagues and tournaments in Vancouver and Washington. The ultimate goal was to compete in the annual Junior All Native Basketball Tournament. They placed 5th in their first JANT at the 2016 Williams Lake tournament. With hard work, dedication and the guidance and support from their coaches and families, the Vancity Sons were victorious at the 2017 JANT in Kelowna and are the current reigning champions. We celebrated with our community and were the first Vancity team to hang a Junior All Native banner at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Center where we have trained for the past seven years.
We are very thankful and grateful to the Britannia community center, secondary and elementary schools, the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Center and all the other community organizations that have supported our sons over the years. The boys are very fortunate to have all the opportunities and support they’ve had in there urban upbringing. Basketball is not just a sport it is a culture and it has brought us together in unity. We are excited and proud to co-host the 2018 Junior All Native with the North Shore Wolves of the Squamish Nation and strive to make it a most memorable JANT ever!