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Thursday October 2, 2014

2:30 – 6:00                  Registration for conference
(Homburg Centre – Centre for the Study of Sport and Health – Outside Rm 202)

Opening Evening Activities

6:00 – 6:30pm           Opening Ceremony
6:30 – 7:30pm           Anchor Game: Professional and Community Games hosted on new Saint Mary’s University Turf.
6:30 – 9:00pm           Conference Reception and Game Viewing on the Patio
(Homburg Multipurpose Room HC 213)

7:30 – 7:45pm           Group Lacrosse Conference Picture
(Homburg Centre / Saint Mary’s University Field)
8:00 – 8:30pm       Session I: Storytelling
(Homburg Courtside Lounge)

Moderator: Dominic Nolasco

  • Professional Lacrosse players sharing stories from their World Championship Experiences and more……… Adam Jones, Amanda Jones, Mekwan Tulpin, Lellie Swords, Cam Bomberry and Chris McElroy.


9:00pm:  FREE TIME  

Friday October 3, 2014

8:30 – 10:00 am              Session II: An aboriginal game and its evolution
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Chair:  John Reid (Saint Mary’s University)

  • Jim Calder, (independent lacrosse scholar and author), “Spread of the sport (not the medicine game) once rules were put to it - 1830's through 1880's”


  • John Kenney, (Detroit Country Day School (Michigan) Lacrosse Scotland Head Coach), “Lacrosse and the Seven Years War”
  • Rose M. Tekel, (St.Francis Xavier University) and Matthew J. Robillard (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), “``Lacrosse and Mi’kmaq Life: Then and Now”



10:00 – 10:30 am                                  NUTRITION BREAK

10:30 – 12:00 pm            Session III: The Process of Appropriation
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Chair: Peter Twohig (Saint Mary’s University)

  • Gillian Poulter, (Acadia University), “George Beers, Lacrosse and the Shaping of Canadian Identity”
  • Tom Rorke, (Pennsylvania State University), “Indigenous to Where: Settler mentalities, origin stories, and the sport of lacrosse”


  • Allan Downey (McGill University) “Playing the Creator's Game on God's Day: The Controversy of Sunday Lacrosse Games in Haudenosaunee Communities”


12:00 – 1:00pm                                    LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30 pm                Session IV: Women’s Lacrosse
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Chair: Lori Dithurbide (Dalhousie University)

  • Jim Calder, (independent lacrosse scholar and author), “Women’s Field Lacrosse – 1890 – 1980: An overview of the history of the women’s game.”


  • Lori A. Livingston and Susan L. Forbes, (Lakehead University), “Ready.....Draw!:  The 1982 IFWLA World Cup and the Golden Age of Senior Women’s Field Lacrosse in Canada”
  • Lori A. Livingston and Susan L. Forbes, (Lakehead University), “``Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends”:  American Mentors and Their Influence on the Modern Era of Women’s Lacrosse in Canada”


2:30 – 4:00 pm                Session V: Crossing Borders: Lacrosse in Transnational Perspective
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Chair: Mark Sweeney (University of Waterloo)

  • Daryl Leeworthy (University of Huddersfield), “Canada’s National Game Abroad: Class, Empire and Lacrosse in the British Isles, c.1870-1939”


  • Henrik Snyders, (University of Stellenbosch), “Old friends at the game in Africa” - The origins and early development of lacrosse in South Africa.”
  • Andrew Holman (Bridgewater State University), “Frank Grace’s 1907 Lacrosse Journal:

Edwardian Diary Keeping and Discourse from a Canadian Sports Tour”

  • Heidi A. Weigand and Colin Howell, (Saint Mary’s University), “Crossing Borders: representative identities in a globalizing world”


4:00 – 4:30pm                          NUTRITION BREAK

4:30 – 6:00 pm                Session VI: Symbolic Representations: Stick Making, Artwork and Material Culture
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Chair: James A. Hepworth (Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq)

  • Gerald Gloade (Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq) “The Art of Lacrosse: Mi’kmaw cultural imagery, stories and practices.”


  • Cam Bomberry (Coach for the Nationals World Field Lacrosse Team and Director of Lacrosse, Iroquois Lacrosse), “The Art of Stick Making: the crafting of traditions”
  • Rick Hill (Six Nations Polytechnic), “Crafting Identity: the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse program,  cultural identity and political action”


6:00 – 7:00 pm                Guest Speaker: Delmor Jacobs


7:00pm:  FREE TIME


Saturday October 4, 2014

8:30 – 10:00 am              Session VII: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Chair: Andrew Ling (Centre for the Study of Sport and Health)

  • Charles Beaupre and Heidi Weigand (Saint Mary’s University) and Steve Oliver (Wellness Consultant), “Taichi Qigong: Sport Performance Enhancement Study with Football, Lacrosse and Hockey Athletes”


  • Terry Wagar, and Heidi Weigand (Saint Mary’s University), “Relative Age Effect: Lacrosse Nova Scotia”
  • Susan L. Forbes and Lori A. Livingston, (Lakehead University), “From Mouthguards to Helmets to Eye Goggles: Ongoing Changes in Head and Facial Protection in the Game of Women’s Lacrosse”


  • Larry Holt (Dalhousie University) and Lawrence Taylor (MSc Independent Researcher), “Lacrosse Conditioning: Less is More”


10:00 – 10:30am                                   NUTRITION BREAK

Wanderers Field – about a 15-20 minute walk from campus near the public gardens.
Youth Skill and Development Workshops with the professional players.  The workshops will focus on:

  • fundamental lacrosse skills
  • injury prevention
  • traditional indigenous games
  • team building

12:00 – 1:00pm                                    LUNCH


1:00 – 2:30 pm                Session VIII: Redefining the Lacrosse Family
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Chair: Jim Calder (independent scholar and author)

  • Melissa C. Wiser (Ohio State University), “Domestic Reorganization: The Impact of International Aspirations on National Lacrosse Structures”


  • Susan L. Forbes and Lori A. Livingston, (Lakehead University), “Contrary to What the History Books Say....Ontario University Women’s Lacrosse Competitions Began in 1994”
  • Amanda Jones, (Brock University and  Belmont Abbey College) and Adam Jones (Colorado Mammoth Pro Player) "A Families Journey towards Success in Life and Lacrosse"


  • Bill Le Feuvre, (Independent – ex Franchise Owner) "Our Game now!  The success of box!

2:30 – 3:00pm                          NUTRITION BREAK


3:00 – 4:30 pm                Session IX: Contemporary Scholarship and Future Research Prospects
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Chair: Andrew Holman (Bridgewater State University)

  • Donald Fisher, (Niagara County Community College), “Digging Through Contested Ground: A Lacrosse History Research Agenda”


  • Colin Howell, (Saint Mary’s University), “Filling Gaps and Anticipating Possibilities: A Research Agenda”
  • Corey Slumkoski, (Mount Saint Vincent University), “Assessing Don Fisher’s, Lacrosse: A History of the Game”



4:30 – 6:00 pm                Session X:  The Future of Lacrosse Panel Session
(Loyola Private Dining Room)

Moderator: Dominic Nolasco

  • Jim Calder, (independent scholar and author) and Stan Cockerton, (president federation of international lacrosse), “The 1978 Men's World Field Lacrosse Championships - A game that changed the game! 
  • Stan Cockerton, (president, federation of international lacrosse), “The Game: where it is now and where it is going?”
  • Lellie Swords, (Former Division I Women’s Player and Coach), “Advancing the Game of Women’s Lacrosse?”
  • Cam Bomberry, (Director of Iroquois Lacrosse Program), “Where the game is going from the Haudenosaunee perspective”


6:00 to 6:30pm TRAVEL TO WESTIN

(Westin Nova Scotia - Hotel)

Our conference will conclude with a lobster feast fit for a lacrosse champion.  Join us at the Westin Halifax for a night of entertainment, storytelling, information and extraordinary food. 

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