Manitoba Indigenous Sports Hall of Fame

As an organization dedicated to the promotion of Indigenous sport and recreation, the Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council's objective was simple. We wanted to respond to the Trust and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's 87th Call to Action in a very public way. We wanted to showcase Indigenous talent and skill in a way that pays tribute to the resiliency, dedication and consistency of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

The MASRC's goal is to demonstrate how widely recognizable Indigenous success truly is. Projects determined to encompass Indigenous sports history are more than the simple recognition of Indigenous athletic success. It is about using sport to empower Manitoba's Indigenous communities. It is about valuing Indigenous Peoples as contributing members of our society and raising leaders from within those communities to further promote wellbeing. However, in order for this to happen, they must see there are attainable and purposeful opportunities for them to lead healthy and active lives. Seeing these opportunities comes from positive exposure to local role models, which begins with this Indigenous Hall of Fame and Museum to make such individuals known.


Nominations are NOW CLOSED for the Manitoba Indigenous Sports Hall of Fame 2023 Class of Inductees!


Nominations closed on February 15th, 2023. We will be announcing the 2022 Class of Inductees in April 2023!


Manitoba Indigenous Sports Awards

Our annual Manitoba Indigenous Sports Awards Nominations are NOW CLOSED!

Every year, the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council selects one male and one female athlete, coach, and volunteer to recognize for their dedication and accomplishments in sports and recreation.

The recipients will be recognized at both our Manitoba Indigenous Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April 2023, and the Sport Manitoba Awards Ceremony.


Nominations deadline:

February 28, 2023 4:00PM CST


Nominations closed on February 28th, 2023. We will be announcing the 2022 Manitoba Indigenous Sports Awards Recipients in April 2023!


For more information regarding both the Hall of Fame & our Annual Sports Awards, please contact:

Carriera Lamoureux

Director of Special Projects



2021 Indigenous Annual Award Recipients

Indigenous Athlete Award - Jocelyn Larocque & the Pine Creek Warriors 3X3 18U Basketball Team

Indigenous Coach Award - Jill Fast & Kyle Prystupa

Indigenous Volunteer Award - Jennifer Chartrand & Kendall Robinson

Tom Longboat Awards

The Tom Longboat Awards were established in 1951 to recognize Aboriginal athletes for their outstanding contributions to sport in Canada. With a few exceptions, the Awards have been given out every year since its inauguration. It remains the longest standing and one of the most prestigious awards for the Aboriginal athletes in the country.

As a program of the Aboriginal Sport Circle, the Tom Longboat Awards provide a forum for acknowledging the growth and strength of the Aboriginal sport movement in Canada and its tremendous impact on the sport development from community level participation to elite level competition.


2022 Award Recipients

Leah Miller

Leah is a member of Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Manitoba. Leah began rowing when she was 13 years old. Throughout the years Leah has had many great accomplishments within the sport of rowing. In 2021 Leah was named to Rowing Canada's CanAmMex Next Gen Team and won bronze at the National Rowing Championships that year in Women's single sculls. Leah then went on to win gold at the 2022 Rowing Canada Aviron Small Boat Trials for Junior Women's single sculls and was selected to be apart of the Junior Women's National Team for the U19 Junior World Championships and placed 11th.

Leah is currently attending the University of Michigan on a full athletic scholarship.

To watch more about her story, click HERE.


Connor Church

Connor is a member of the Manitoba Metis Federation. Connor is a National Team member for Wrestling Canada, winning his first nationals this year, 2022. After winning Nationals Connor went on to win Canada Cup and the Canada Summer Games in his weight class. Over the summer Connor competed at the U20 PanAm Championships, where he placed 3rd overall.

Connor is currently attending Concordia University where he is studying Business Development. He is training as a member of the Varsity team at Concordia and with the Montreal Wrestling club. He is also planning to give back to the sport and community by being a coach at NAIG 2023.


To watch his story, click HERE.


Website: Aboriginal Sports Circle Website | Tom Longboat Awards

MASRC's Indigenous Sports Decade Awards (2010-2020)

Each year the MASRC honours athletes, coaches, and volunteers who demonstrate great determination, leadership, and giving back to their community.

This year our annual awards will be celebrating a decade! With the cancellation of most sports this year due to Covid, it's an opportunity to celebrate a career award rather than a season award.

The award recipients are chosen by following a strict set of guidelines and are selected through the Award/Scholarship Selection Committee.

Nominate an athlete, coach or volunteer that has had a successful showing or impact on the provincial, national, or international stage. Submit your nomination by completing a form that can be found below.

Here are our winners!

Manitoba Indigenous Female Athlete of the Decade - Jocelyne Larocque (top-middle)

Manitoba Indigenous Male Athlete of the Decade - Zach Whitecloud (bottom-middle)

Manitoba Indigenous Female Coach of the Decade - Jayme Menzies (bottom-right

Manitoba Indigenous Male Coach of the Decade - Dale Bear (top-right)

Manitoba Indigenous Female Volunteer of the Decade - Jacinta Bear (bottom-left)

Manitoba Indigenous Male Volunteer of the Decade - Faron Asham (top-left)

For full media release, click here.

Monthly Awards

Click below to view and nominate an athlete or community champion of the month!

Athlete of the Month

Community Champion of the Month

Our History

Click on the links below to see past recipients dating back since 1999

1999-Present Aboriginal Athlete of the Year Recipients

1999-Present Aboriginal Coach of the Year Recipients

2011-Present Aboriginal Volunteer of the Year Recipients

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