British Columbia is home to more than 200 bands and 34 distinct First Nation languages and associated cultural identities. As a result, First Nations peoples in B.C. are the most culturally and linguistically diverse in Canada, with each First Nation having a unique history and experience.
The HSBC Canada Sevens takes place on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish tribes – specifically the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The tournament is proud to partner and engage with these communities.
One of the ways the culture of the First Nations is honoured each year is with the production of trophies and medals by local Indigenous artists. The awards pay tribute to the sport of rugby through compelling symbols of native art related to the sea, land, mountain and sky. The Tournament Cup is the one trophy that remains in the host city of Vancouver, to be won by a new team each year. It features the design of a wolf, known to be a great team player that symbolizes perseverance and success.