Lacrosse Talk: Michael Kanatakeron Mitchell

Michael Kanatakeron Mitchell has been a driving force behind the recognition of Indigenous contributions to the game. He was born into a lacrosse family that had a great deal to do with stick-making for the world’s lacrosse community. Mitchell started playing the game with the Cornwall Island Braves Peewees, eventually making the Akwesasne Senior B team as a U17-aged player. In the ‘70s and ‘80s he became the owner and general manager of Cornwall Island Thunderbirds. Mitchell built the Iroquois Lacrosse Association and was appointed to the CLA’s Board of Directors. In 2003 he was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, eventually honoured with the Lester B. Pearson Award in 2014, Mitchell went on to establish the Akwesasne Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Mitchell’s reach goes beyond lacrosse. He worked with the Native North American Travelling College (now Ronathahonni Cultural Centre) in producing literature supporting the game and Mohawk culture. He was honored as a First Nations Filmmaker in 2017 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Mitchell has served as a Faithkeeper for his people and Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.
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About the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation
The Canadian Lacrosse Foundation (CLF) is a charitable organization established in 1996 to administer and grow an endowment fund that is used to develop and execute charitable activities within the lacrosse community. The primary purpose of the Foundation can be summarized as follows- (a) To advance the public understanding of the role of lacrosse in the history and cultural development of Canada;(b) To educate and instruct lacrosse coaches and officials on the rules of the game and player development;(c) To provide lacrosse programs in order to support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and troubled youth; and(d) To receive or maintain a fund or funds and to apply all or part of the principal and income therefrom, from time to time, to qualified donees under the Income Tax Act (Canada).
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Canadian Lacrosse Foundation


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