The Ontario Native Basketball Invitational brings together teams from across Ontario to compete in a friendly, yet competitive invitational tournament. Youth ages 14-18 travel with their teams and family members to compete and have fun. With cultural and fun activities happening throughout the entire tournament, ONBI is a great event bringing families and communities together through sport.
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
Gymnasiums: Hammarskjold High School, Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute, & Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Date: April 18 – April 21, 2019
Contact: Keir Johnston, ISWO Manager of High Performance & Sport at Keir.Johnston@iswo.ca
The 2019 ONBI will be the 5th edition of this tournament, and is scheduled to take place in Thunder Bay, Ontario from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21, over the Easter long-weekend. ONBI will kick off on Thursday evening with a dinner social, featuring a welcome from an Elder, local Chiefs and Indigenous leadership and inspirational speakers.
Competition will begin on Friday and continue on until Sunday. A range of additional activities and workshops will be on offer throughout the competition for youth to participate in. Teams are responsible for the registration forms and fees, in addition to securing accommodations, chaperones, transportation and arranging for meals. All participants and teams will receive an accreditation, a reversible pinny jersey, and some swag items.
ISWO’s number one priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the youth participants. ISWO will be working with the City of Thunder Bay, to develop a comprehensive safety plan which includes support from Emergency and Medical Services (EMS), as well as local Elders and support staff from Friendship Centres and nearby communities. ISWO will be working in partnership with Thunder Bay Tourism to provide discounted hotel rooms and packages to all tournament partners.