June 3rd, 2021 – Honouring Our Legacies: Recognizing Athletes and Teams from BC First Nations History

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (ISPARC), the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the UBC Learning Circle are hosting a panel of Indigenous athletes to share their journeys and stories of inspiration.

Feature panelists Delta Dawn Murphy, Richard Peter, Tlesla Leslie Adams, Fred Robbins on behalf of the Alkali Lake Braves, will have a discussion and storytelling session with moderator Tewanee Joseph, on the impact and legacies left from their athletic journeys.

Come celebrate and honour the dedication of these and other athletes from BC First Nations history.


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Date: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Online via Zoom

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About the Moderator:


Tewanee Joseph

Tewanee Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer of Tewanee Consulting Group Inc. and is a member of the Squamish First Nation, and is half Maori. He served eight years on the Squamish Nation Council, and has a talent for facilitation and coordinating diverse groups to identify and achieve their goals. In the past, Mr. Joseph served as CEO for the Four Host First Nations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In this role led a team that overcame countless obstacles to create a new model for inclusivity.

Mr. Joseph was also the former Executive VP for the National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Stealth and was a board member for Nike N7 and current N7 Champion.  Tewanee is proud to volunteer his time and is a currently a Trustee for the BC Sports Hall of Fame as well as coaches local, provincial and international teams in the sport of lacrosse.

Mr. Joseph is a proud recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award, Diamond Jubilee Medal, and is one of Capilano University’s Top 40 over 40 years.

About the Presenters:


Richard Peter

Richard “Bear” Peter began playing wheelchair basketball at age 15 after a team came to his school and introduced him to wheelchair sports.  He has been using a wheelchair since being injured in a bus accident at four years old.

Peter became a staple of Team Canada since first making the Senior Men’s National Team in 1994. His athletic repertoire includes back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004, a Paralympic silver medal in 2008, a third Paralympic gold medal in 2012, and a world championship title in 2006.

That success has been recognized off the basketball court. In 2000, Peter received the Tom Longboat National Award for Aboriginal Male Athlete of the Year. In 2008, he was named Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year. In 2010, he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his outstanding athletic accomplishments.

Delta Dawn Murphy

A member of the Lake Babine Nation, Delta Dawn Murphy is an inductee to the BC Sports Hall of Fame for her years as a superstar wrestler in the 1980s. Delta Dawn Murphy spent years wrestling in both Canada and Japan before retiring in 1994 to raise a family.


Tlesla Leslie Adams

In 2018, Tlesla Leslie Adams from Tla’Amin First Nation was inducted into the Powell River Sports Hall of Fame for his athleticism in both soccer and boxing.

As a youth, he made it to the Bronze Gloves competition in boxing. At the 1955 Tournament of Champions, he received the Vancouver Sun Rose Bowl Trophy and was named soccer’s Golden Boy. He played for the BC All Stars in 1955 and 1956 but declined offers to go professional in order to remain close to home.


Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams

Joining and supporting his father, Tlesla Leslie Adams, Dr. Evan Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from Tla’Amin First Nation near Powell River BC. Dr. Evan Adams is currently the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at FNIHB-HQ and is proud to bring forward wellness directives generated by First Nations communities


Alkali Lake Braves

In the 1930’s, the Alkali Lake Braves played in the BC Northern Hockey League; the team comprised entirely of Indigenous players.

Travelling by horse-drawn wagons to their games, the Braves caught the attention of the Vancouver Commercials hockey team.  In a two-game series, the Braves held their own, losing both games to the semi-professional team by one goal per game.  One (1) member of the Braves, Alex Antione, was even offered a contract by the New York Rangers, which he declined.

Here to represent the Alkali Lake Braves is Chief Fred Robbins.



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