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Pioneering First Nations soccer hero Harry Manson inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame –

by ahnationtalk on June 19, 2015524 Views

June 18th, 2015

But after several prominent honours, the man who helped tear down turn-of-century race barriers in B.C. sports has yet to be recognized by our provincial hall of fame

B.C. aboriginal soccer pioneer Harry Manson might not have been recognized in his own province yet, but he continues to gather honours elsewhere in Canada.

On Wednesday (June 17), the Snuneymuxw First Nation man known as Xul-si-malt (“one who leaves his mark”) who broke racial barriers at the turn of the past century on Vancouver Island received national recognition with his induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete in the Sport Legends class.

Broke race barriers in sports before Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owen

Long before Jesse Owen and Jackie Robinson broke colour barriers in their sports, Manson accomplished the same for soccer in British Columbia.

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