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For Immediate Release!

Wednesday, June 25, 2019

For immediate release


​​Youth1st Brings Communities Together at Forks National Historic Site

The second annual Canada Day Lacrosse Bash will take place on Monday, July 1st from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at The Forks Historic Site of Canada. Co-founded by Youth1st Lacrosse and Parks Canada, the Lax Bash is open to youth of all ages and their families.

The scheduled events include an Introduction to Lacrosse workshop and match competition between teams from Portage La Prairie, Roseau River First Nation, and Long Plain First Nation, who will be competing for The Two Rivers Cup. Fantastic prize draws for players, fans, and spectators will be awarded following the games.

“Everyone is invited to celebrate Canada’s National Summer Sport at Manitoba’s historic meeting grounds,” says Youth1st Lacrosse Founder, Don Jacks. “Aspiring young lacrosse players, community youth development leaders and teachers who wish to include new programs in their recreational curriculums will be especially interested.”

Join the fun. Learn about the importance of lacrosse, the Creator’s Game, which can provide youth of every community with physical and competitive opportunities.


The Forks National Historic Site - Field closest to Provencher Bridge


12:45-1:00 - Registration for spectators and players - Ballot entry for prize draws

1:00 - 1:15 - Opening Ceremony

- Carson Robinson - Honour Song

- Elders Barb and Clarence Nepinak - Opening Remarks

- Guy Abraham and Jamie Lillie (New Sum) - National Anthem

1:15 - 2:00 - Free Introduction to Lacrosse Workshop - Sticks and balls supplied

2:15 - 3:00 - The Challengers’ Game - Portage La Prairie vs Roseau River First Nation

3:15 - 4:00 - The Championship Game - Winner of Game 1 vs Long Plain First Nation (Last year’s champions of The Two Rivers Cup!)

​4:00 - 5:00 – Presentation of The Two Rivers Cup / Prizes and Draws

Prizes include:

- Youth1st Lacrosse - Traditional lacrosse stick donated by Youth1st Lacrosse

- Manitoba Blizzard Lacrosse - 2020 season tickets

- Calm Air - 2 airline tickets to anywhere Calm Air flies in Manitoba

- Red River College - School of Indigenous Education - Swag package

- City of Winnipeg - Swag package donated by Councillor Brian Mayes

- Winnipeg Blue Bombers - 2 tickets to game - July 14th vs Toronto Argonauts

- Prairie Theatre Exchange - 2 complimentary tickets to 'The Third Colour' - October 2

We look forward to celebrating Canada's National Summer Sport on Canada Day with you!

For more information contact:

Don Jacks, Founder at Youth1st Lacrosse



Youth1st Lacrosse provides current and future generations with world class lacrosse training focused on values-based athletics. Our vision is to see sustainable lacrosse programming in all communities of Manitoba. Youth1st Lacrosse supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action #87 to #91. Youth1st Lacrosse is also a proud partner of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord.


A perfect venue to celebrate the Creator’s Game, The Forks is one of Winnipeg’s most beloved places, at the junction of the Assiniboine and mighty Red Rivers. It has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years. Early Indigenous peoples traded at The Forks, followed by European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. The venue is Winnipeg’s number one tourist destination with more than four million visitors annually.


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