Baha'i and First Nations Youth Bond Over Soccer Match

September 19, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

On September 19, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "It's not often the players on opposite sides of a soccer team huddle together for prayers before a game. But neither is it common for outsiders to play in a soccer league that is otherwise composed entirely of Native Canadians. The Twin Arrows soccer team, made up of young Baha'is from the cities of Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver in British Columbia on Canada's West Coast recently wrapped up its fifth season playing in a regional soccer league here, which is otherwise made up entirely of First Nations peoples -- one of the indigenous communities here. Established in 1958, the league is composed of teams representing various tribal communities in and around Queen Charlotte Strait, on the northern end of Vancouver Island and also on the mainland. The Baha'is were invited to join the league in 2002 and since then have managed to fit in well into a league that is as much about community fellowship as it is about high-energy soccer."