After the long colder months slip away it is time to gather for a weekend of entertainment and an opportunity to visit family and friends like we used to for the long-time running BIMFC All Native Hockey Tournament that was est. in the 1960's. The LWC was est. in 2000 in honour of the late Lawrence Weenie, a leader and builder for many decades for the Poundmaker Cree Nation and the Indian community at large. He loved his sports and recreation so we continue to honour him by hosting this annual gathering in the spirit of community, good sportsmanship and unity
Lawrence Weenie was born and raised on the Poundmaker Indian Reserve. He lost his mother at a young age and was an orphan raised by the extended family. He attended the Thunderchild Indian Residential School at Delmas, he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces after the Second World War during peace time and he became an elected Headman for PCN for several terms. He also served as the Chief of PCN for a term. His primary love was sports and recreation and radio broadcasting. He become a common voice for community events for many many years. He was not shy to pick up the microphone that is for sure. We honour the legacy he left behind by organizing this event each year. That's what he would have done had he still been with us. Ninaskomanan.
The LWC was established in 2000. We had partnered with the BIMFC All Native Hockey Tournament by adding a 35+ legends division and showcasing the final championship game at the Civic Centre just prior to the Sr Men's Championship final. It was a good partnership. Unfortunately the BIMFC tournament faded away for reasons we won't get into here.
The LWC Tomahockey has since evolved and added a Sr Contact Division for 2020, the 20th anniversary of the LWC. There will be Sr Rec division , a 45+ Masters division and a Singles 8 Ball Pool Tournament to round off the weekend.
The future plan is to expand this weekend into a Winter Festival which could include a pow-wow, round dance, a monster bingo, traditional hand games, curling, indoor soccer, volleyball and basketball, archery, snow shoeing, and so on. The possibilities are endless providing we have community support and teamwork to make it happen. Keep posted for more news in the near future.