LIVING SKIES INDIGENOUS BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Living Skies Indigenous Basketball League (LSIBL) was created for Saskatchewan youth, from the ages of 11-17. Although the Indigenous community is our focus, in the spirit of reconciliation, we welcome all athletes and coaches that have a passion for basketball. There will be two age groups, Junior (11-14) and Senior (15-17). The LSIBL will allow athletes to develop and showcase their skills on the basketball court while offering workshops that address social and cultural topics like:
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Resume Writing and Interview Skills
The Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan, One Love Basketball Inc., with support from the Government of Canada, and other community stakeholders have developed the Living Skies Indigenous Basketball League. The league provides a holistic approach to sport, working on the physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural aspect of every athlete. LSIBL consists of three components:
Why is the Living Skies Indigenous Basketball League important?
Provides opportunities for urban Indigenous youth throughout the province
Builds capacity of certified coaches and officials
Fosters teamwork, collaboration, and social skills
Builds confidence and self-esteem
Extracurricular activities have been linked to lower rates of suicide
High school female athletes are less likely to use drugs
High school athletes are more likely to graduate than non-athletes
35% of Indigenous youth do not play sports at least once a week
A basketball curriculum with practice plans have been created. We want to ensure that all athletes are obtaining proper and consistent coaching that will help with their development and transition to high performance events like:
North American Indigenous Games Team
Nxt Up Program
Most importantly, the curriculum will be grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing to help our youth stay connected to our culture and learn our Indigenous values.
Furthermore, we want to build the capacity of certified coaches and officials in urban Indigenous communities. As a result, we are seeking to provide certification to 44-88+ coaches and 22+ officials prior to the start of our league in the spring of 2022. This will ensure that athletes are receiving consistent and appropriate guidance, as well as improving the sustainability in each community.
● Increased knowledge and skills to help athletes handle life beyond the coach
● Increased interest in physical activity
● Increased feelings of wellbeing
● Increased feelings of connection
● Deeper understanding of identity and culture
● Celebration of Indigenous culture in Saskatchewan
● More opportunities to build relationships and find understanding (reconciliation)
● More certified coaches and officials
● More athletes participating in high performance sports
It is our goal to grow this concept to be implemented by other leagues and other sports. We are creating a systematic process, tracking results, and connecting with Sport Canada about this expansion.
The Living Skies Indigenous Basketball League will be split up into three different regions to help maximize productivity and effectiveness of the program goals. The Divisions include:
North – Buffalo Narrows F.C., Ile-a-la Crosse, La Loche F.C., North West F.C. (Meadow Lake)
Central – Battlefords I.M.F.C., Kikinahk F.C. (La Ronge), Prince Albert I.M.F.C, Saskatoon I.M.F.C.
South – Newo-Yotina F.C. (Regina), Qu’Appelle Valley F.C., Yorkton
Each community will be given the opportunity to host their own league games that will have teams throughout their region participating.
The health and wellbeing of all of our participants is our top priority.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to adjust our league timelines.
The Living Skies Indigenous Basketball League is hoping to begin Fall 2021.
Paige Crozon is originally from Humboldt, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Utah where she played on the basketball team and earned degrees in Business Management, and Health Education and Promotion. After graduation, she played basketball professionally in Europe. Paige spent 8 years with the Canadian Women’s Basketball Program and played in 3 World Championships, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, FISU World Games, and other events. Most recently, Paige has been playing with Team Canada 3x3 in the Women’s Series. She is currently the assistant coach for the University of Lethbridge Women’s Basketball Team. Paige is also working toward her Master of Business Administration. Basketball has provided many opportunities in Paige’s life and she believes in the power of sport - to unify, to open doors, and to find connection.
Laura Dally is originally from Sarnia, Ontario. She attended the University of Western Ontario before transferring to the University of Saskatchewan where she played for the Huskie Women’s Basketball program and earned a BA in Sociology. After graduation Dally signed a professional contract where she played in the German 1st Division. Since 2009-2017, Dally has been a part of the Canadian Womens’ Basketball Program; playing for Junior, Development and Senior National teams, competing at the highest level in the world. Dally is currently the owner & lead coach of her basketball training business “Next Level Hoops” in Saskatoon and just completed her Entrepreneurship Certificate through Edward’s School of Business. With a passion in player development and providing youth opportunities in sport, Dally is proud and excited to work with LSIBL.