The Aboriginal Sport Circle established the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) in 2002 to serve as the premiere competition for young Indigenous hockey players in Canada.

The annual event provides a forum for elite U15/ U18 aged Indigenous male and female youth and attracts participation from First Nation, Inuit and Metis across the 13 provinces and territories. This annual event helps foster cultural unity and pride to celebrate the athletic abilities of Indigenous players from across the country. The NAHC also serves as a focal point for grassroots and regional Indigenous hockey development.

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta, is overseeing and coordinating the selection process for the players and coaches representing the province at the championships. That process includes recruiting and selecting the Indigenous coaching staff, registration and selection camps for players, team training, and designing the uniforms.

Hockey Alberta is hosting selection camps in Red Deer this August for their teams that will be competing in the 2023 National Aboriginal Championships.

Registration is now open for Male & Female athletes born in 2005-2008 to participate in the selection camp will be held in Red Deer on August 4-6 (male) & August 6-7 (female) , 2022.

The cost to take part in the camp is $200+GST which will include a jersey, plus on-ice practices and games for each participant attending.

The 2023 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships will be held in Winnipeg, MB, May 7-13.

To be eligible, teams must be comprised of players and coaches who are of Indigenous ancestry. Every player and coach must carry (bring with) with him/her, documentation that verifies his/her Indigenous ancestry.

Applications are also being accepted for Coaches & Trainers.

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