At Sunday's game, the Rush were honored to have Chief Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell and Chief Wilton Littlechild join us for the ceremonial ball drop.
Chief Mike Mitchell is one of the most respected First Nation leaders in Canada. Born in Akwesasne and raised by a traditional family, Mike is a believer in a strong culture and spiritual upbringing. Mike was first elected in 1982 as a District Chief to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne representing Cornwall Island.
He served as the Canadian Lacrosse Association First Nations Director, 1998-2011, and like several of his colleagues Mike is an incredible lacrosse fan and supporter.
Chief Wilton Littlechild, has the distinction of being the first Treaty First Nation person to acquire his law degree from the University of Alberta in 1976. He received his Bachelor of Physical Education Degree in 1967 and his Master's Degree in Physical Education in 1975. The University of Alberta bestowed the Doctor of Laws Degree to Chief Littlechild for his outstanding achievements June of 2007.
An avid sportsman and athlete, Chief Littlechild has won more than fifty provincial, regional, national and international championships. He has served as a Coach and organizer of sports event - being a founder of the North American Indigenous games; and has been inducted into seven Sports Walls of Fame.
Chief Littlechild is a respected lawyer and operates the law firm of J. Wilton Littlechild Barrister and Solicitor situated in the Ermineskin Reserve. He is a strong advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and promoter of implementation of the Treaties between the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Crown, now represented by the federal government. Chief Littlechild also served as the Chairperson for the Commission on First Nations and Métis Peoples and Justice Reform, mandated to review the justice system in the province of Saskatchewan.