Message from Randy Potskin, President
Canadian Native Fastball Association
The Canadian Native Fastball Association is a non-profit volunteer organization that was developed over 30 years ago in the spirit of native fastball. As a committee, our main responsibility is to implement and facilitate the Rules and Regulations of the National Tournament. As well, we also decide (collectively) which community or organization will be hosting the Native Canadians during the following year.
As a group, we have come to realize and acknowledge that it is indeed the hosting communities who lead this event every year and without their support, these games would never happen!
As board members, we are very honored to do this work for our people and do our best to listen to our members and maintain positive relations. Each year as we move the games from province to province we are learning more about our native communities and their challenges. We are doing our best to advance our association. No matter how small the step, we are always looking forward and will continue this legacy.
The Native Canadians has become one of Canada's most prestigious sporting events in native communities attracting more than 1100 athletes and approximately 5,000 visitors annually. It is a tremendous honor to continue the rich culture of Native Fastball handed down to us by our Fathers and Grandfathers.
The games are funded entirely by first nation communities and organizations. Each year, the games are moved from Province to Province. During the tournament, the Canadian Native Fastball Association (CNFA), a non-profit group comprised of First Nation representatives across Canada: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, collectively determines which native community or organization will host the games in the following year.
In 2016, (Prince George, BC), the CNFA awarded Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation to host the 2017 games in Alberta.
On Thursday, August 3, 2017, (Edmonton, Alberta) CNFA will be accepting applications to host for the 2018 games in Saskatchewan.