The Vancouver Stealth pro lacrosse team has appointed Tewanee Joseph as its senior First Nations development advisor.
Joseph is the CEO of Tewanee Consulting Group, a North Vancouver-based firm that works on a broad range of initiatives including First Nations federal legislation, land management, communications, and governance.
â€œSince purchasing the team in 2007, Stealth management have embraced an inclusive spirit and respect for the roots of the Creatorâ€™s Game,â€ a team press release reads. â€œUpon arriving in Vancouver in 2013, the Stealth have had a desire to work with Aboriginal youth in the region, but needed high-level guidance.â€
Recently, Stealth president and general manager Doug Locker decided the time was right to seek counsel and move forward with plans.
â€œThis was an important decision for the Stealth. We had to get it right. Iâ€™ve known of Tewanee as a lacrosse player for years, but recently learned of the incredible work heâ€™s done as a builder in bringing nations together,â€ Locker said. â€œWe have a lot of work to do and Tewaneeâ€™s guidance will be important to implementing our community outreach program. Itâ€™s a great honour to have a respected leader like Tewanee join us as a senior advisor.â€
Joseph brings a unique perspective to the Stealth, as both a seasoned lacrosse player and cultural ambassador.
Discussing his appointment, Joseph said, â€œI am proud to be part of the Vancouver Stealth and look forward to implementing our plans for meaningful engagement with First Nations, Aboriginal communities as well as people from all cultures. Lacrosse continues to grow at an incredible speed and the National Lacrosse league represents the very best our game has to offer.â€
About Tewanee Joseph
Tewanee Joseph served as the CEO of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat for the Vancouver 2010 Games, where he negotiated the first partnership agreement between Indigenous peoples, the International Olympic Committee and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (VANOC).
He negotiated the first Olympic retail licensing agreement to recognize Indigenous artwork as part of an Olympic retail merchandising program.
Joseph facilitated the Four Host First Nations Protocol Agreement, the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the MÃ©tis National Council as well as First Nation Groups from every region in Canada.
He played both Senior A and B and winning the Presidents Cup twice as well as two Menâ€™s Field Lacrosse championships.
Josephâ€™s notable highlights include playing with the Iroquois Nationals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, in Victoria, where lacrosse was showcased as an official demonstration sport; and as a lacrosse dad to his two boys every summer.