Attendees take in some of the exhibit at the We Are Hockey opening reception. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s We Are Hockey exhibit closing on Family Day

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The ‘We Are Hockey’ exhibit is set to officially close on Monday, and organizers are inviting the entire community to take in the closing day event.

The exhibit, which opened on March 29, 2019, features artifacts, memorabilia, photographs and stories that have great historical breadth reflecting the often conflicted laden Canadian responses to players of colour.

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Organizers say the exhibit was curated to challenge the visitor to interrogate who the “we” is in Canadian hockey and the particular meanings of a very personal attachment to its iconic status for Canadians across the country.

The exhibit was created as a counter narrative to Canadian ice hockey as a “whites only” sport. Curated on the experiences of peoples of colour, it aimed to challenge the linear meaning of hockey as Canada’s national sport.

Monday will feature a number of events including:

• Hockey lessons and an outdoor game led by Robin Bawa, the NHL’s first South Asian descent player

• Live-on-location broadcast by Sportsnet 650 (Reach Deep’s Randip Janda and Dan Riccio)

• Documentary film screening of ‘Breakaway’ with Director Jenny Lee-Gilmore

• Meet and greet with Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition commentators

• Hockey related games and activities for children

• Refreshments following the event at the gurdwara across the street (Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford)

The free event runs on Family Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Abbotsford’s Gur Sikh Temple. It is free for all to attend.

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