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Cowichan Village
3065 Thorne Rd
Duncan, British Columbia
Canada V9L 6V9




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Native Indian Football Association
2000 -2012 Native Indian Football Association (U-19)
·Toured Australia 2001
·Toured Spain and Portugal 2003
·tour of Argentina and Brazil 2006
·2009  Cuba
2002 - 2005 Alert Bay 96’ers  Alert Bay BC
·Totem Tournament Champs        Victoria BC
·Runner up June Sports (03 & 05)Alert Bay BC
·Runner up C/R  (03 & 05) Campbell River BC
1999  Kingcome Wolverines     Victoria BC
·June Sports Champs Alert Bay BC
·Competed in LIWSL  Victoria BC
1992 - 1995  Alert Bay Cormorettes   Alert Bay BC
·June Sports Champs (‘92) Alert Bay BC
·Runner up Buckskin Tournament (’93) Duncan BC
1985 - 1990  Alert Bay Cormorants  Alert Bay BC

                   
William Wasden Sr.
Coach U-18 Women

interim Board of Directors
Dano Thorne Head Coach
Team Leader
Dano Thorne
Deanna Lewis
DeWayne Turner-Robinson



 

Marilyn Johnny
Mark Mernett
Tyson Atleo
William Wasden Sr.


 
NIFA Interim Board of Directors
 
Hi my name is Dewayne Robinson; I am Gitxsan First Nation, from Hazelton, BC. I presently live and work in Kelowna BC as an Alcohol & Drug Counselor and have done so since May 2011.
Here is my soccer history;
-I started playing at the age of 8 years old
-recreational soccer for numerous teams in Northern BC, Hazelton, Kispox, Smithers, Terrace, Kitamaat, Greenville, Kitwanga, Kitwancool
-BC Summer Games (winning a silver in ‘94) & indoor in the BC Winter soccer for Smithers
-the first NAIGames in Edmonton for Terrace Kickers winning the Gold Medal
-first division for Surrey Eagles for two seasons
-Over 30’s in North Vancouver with the Lenaduzzi brothers Dan, Bob, George
-Duncan Over 35 A’s
-Master’s VISA for Victoria & Duncan
Here is my Coaching history;
-U-13 Gitxsan Nation in ’94 winning the Gold in BC
-U-6 to U-16 for Cowichan Soccer Assocation from 1999 to 2007 as well as Div. 1 Women’s 2008 to 2009
-U-17 Metro in Nanaimo in 2006 to 2007
-Midget Boys Soccer for Team BC winning the Gold Medal at the NAIG in Denver 2006
-Midget Boys Soccer Team BC winning the Silver Medal at the NAIG in Cowichan  2009
-NIFA Men’s team at a few camps, Duncan & North Vancouver
-Assisted with a few NIFA women’s camps, Duncan & North Vancouver

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DeWayne Robinson
interim Board of Directors
NIFA Est.1990 ~ Welcome to the Native Indian Football Association - BC Canada and beyond!
I wanted to welcome you to the Native Indian Football Association NIFA website a wealth of information that has taken a generation to open. I wanted to pay my respects to my own soccer family and ancestors, and to the many aboriginal soccer players who have dreamt and shared visions of seeing our players play at all levels of football (soccer) for Canada.
As the founder and Team Leader I must recognize this program is about everyone so it is vital that communities join us if they wish , this has been  taken forward by aboriginal people and should remain so. I wanted to dedicate our program to First Nations, Métis Nation, Inuit and Native American footballers who  dream to play at the highest levels or to reach events such the Indigenous Soccer Cup in New Mexico. Grassroots development like our tournaments is vital but NIFA programs and elite teams will give our top players the opportunity to showcase themselves when pro teams, colleges and high level coaches come to scout our talent. Coaching is a priority for coaches to gain their standards in their communities, if this happens then players will be ready to play at the high levels required.
Over 20 years we have worked very hard to lay important groundwork for soccer specific development. Our ladies team has been the flagship program and are its 20th year and we will celebrate its birthday this summer with alumni and present players. The men’s team is finally here so we look forward to working the players to develop a strong program. Our new elite youth teams hopefully will expand into every community. Presently we are preparing teams for the New Mexico trip this July. NIFA Camps run as much as possible as we now travel outside of BC.
I would like to acknowledge Bill Wasden, Cheryl Charlie and Dan Gamble for working hard to support the challenges and creating a doorway for aboriginal footballers.  I would like to welcome our first NIFA Interim board, Roger Adolph, Craig George, Marilyn Johnny, Mark Gabriel, Bill Turner, Dewayne Robinson , Deanna Lewis, Tyson Atleo,  Bill Wasden and Tara Thorne, people who as players and coaches and great leaders believe and share the vision to improve the quality of life through soccer for our people . Finally as we move into our 3rd decade I wanted to pay respect to Provincial and National Chiefs by way of resolution support the work we have completed, and the work that laid ahead a humble thank you Chiefs. Through our people and the sport of soccer, we can achieve great things for our youth and the coaches that will serve them we will see players with CANADA. Huy steep qua siem, thank you very much everyone.
Within your Heart and in your Spirit.
Dano Thorne Head Coach & Team Leader.
   
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