Name Amendment to IIJL Founding Member Nation
In the spirit of reconciliation the Canadian Lacrosse League (CLL) and International Indoor Junior Lacrosse (IIJL) will respect the wishes of founding IIJL Member Nation Iroquois, and recognize the "People of the Longhouse" as they recognize themselves, the Haudenosaunee.
"The name 'Iroquois' was given to us," said Gewas Schindler, founding IIJL Member Nation Chair Haudenosaunee. "Our nation, our confederacy, our people are the Haudenosaunee. The Haudenosaunee are the founders of the original game of dewaaogajihgwae - the spider’s web and dehontsigwaehs - bumping hips, known today as the game of lacrosse." Schindler added. The Haudenosaunee confederacy consists of the following nations; Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora Nations.
Moving forward the Haudenosaunee will be recognized as such at all IIJL events, including but not limited to the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship, IIJL World U17 Lacrosse Championship, and IIJL North American Cup Series.
"As we move forward and welcome other Indigenous North American Nations to participate in IIJL events it's important that we recognize each Nation as they recognize themselves." said Chris Fox, founding IIJL Member Nation Chair Canada, president Canadian Lacrosse League. "Using proper titles and definitions provides us with an opportunity to educate the lacrosse community about the languages and traditions of Indigenous people from different Nations." Fox added.
"We are very thankful to be working with an organization that values the importance of their traditions and look forward to helping amplify the voice of the Haudenosaunee." Said Graham D'Alvia, founding IIJL Member Nation Chair United States, president US Indoor Lacrosse.
Now recognized as Haudenosaunee, the three-letter country abbreviation will be HAU and used where applicable.
The game of lacrosse is a gift from our creator for healing and the proper application of mind, body, and spirit introduced at the time of creation. For more information visit www.dehontsigwaehs.com.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL INDOOR JUNIOR LACROSSE
Founded in 2017 by the Canadian Lacrosse League, Iroquois Lacrosse, and US Indoor Lacrosse, International Indoor Junior Lacrosse (IIJL) administers the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship and other international indoor (box lacrosse) championships and events at the junior (21 years old and under) age category. For more information about the IIJL, visit iijl.org.