The Bantam Hockey Team from the First Nations in Canada is facing some severe backlash after a coach was terminated. The Interlake Minor Hockey Association confirmed that they’d discontinued the “Fairford Minor Hockey League President & Co-Ed Bantam Coach”, who goes under the name Nadine Anderson. She’s banned from all arena matches until December 2020. It follows after she shared a social media post with profanity. When Nadine questioned her termination with the IMHA, she was told that this unacceptable post violated their policy governing agreement. Nadine claims she broke no policy laws, as the job wasn’t written by herself.
She spoke with First Nation Reporters in Winnipeg. Nadine held this interview from her home in Pinayamoontang. She expressed that these children and the hockey league desperately need her assistance moving forward. Refusal to accept her back could terminate the dreams and aspirations of dozens of children. Some individuals throughout the First Nations believe that this decision was based purely on race, with Native Canadian hockey leagues often facing an unnecessary backlash. It should be noted that Nadine Anderson was fired during the Bantam Playoffs, with her team almost guaranteed to lose going forward.
This suspension notice provided to Nadine Anderson was maintained through email. It was sent by the Interlake Minor Hockey Association late at night, with some claiming it was a purposeful act. This head coach was returning from a playoff meeting and heading towards a coaching session, with IMHA Executives being connected to this meeting. All of these issues follow after a February 15th game was derailed and saw both opponents clash against each other. This confrontation was posted to Facebook, where Nadine shared it through her Facebook page.
You can see multiple parents and coaches fighting with each other, which followed after a bad call. You can hear in the background “I’ll keep paying for your welfare cheque”, which has prompted the claims of racism. Instead of the IMHA standing by one of their first nation employees, they instead allowed racist Canadians to have power over Nadine. This has become a regular occurrence throughout the Native Canadian communities, with them beginning to retaliate against the oppressions forced upon them through the government.