The Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC) is a non-profit that embraces the pride of Winnipeg's Indigenous youth and families and helps to remove barriers for thousands of children and youth annually through sport, culture, and recreation.
The current Winnipeg Jets WASAC initiatives are the result of a long-standing relationship between True North Sports + Entertainment and WASAC dating back to the days of the original Manitoba Moose franchise. The program is part of the NHL's "This is Hockey" initiative, which promotes diversity and inclusion in hockey, while emphasizing the need to provide a safe and inclusive environment for everyone in the community to both play and enjoy the game.
The 2021 Winnipeg Jets WASAC Night on Saturday, April 24 marks the third year of the annual promotional game. As part of this year's initiative, Winnipeg Jets players will wear specialty WASAC warm-up jerseys prior to the game which will be auctioned off following the game - see auction details below. To open WASAC Night, the Jets are honoured to host award-winning musician and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ray St. Germain who will sing the national anthem prior to puck drop.
A new multimedia presentation featuring imagery representing First Nations, Métis and Inuit art and culture will be debuted on WASAC Night as an accompaniment to True North's land acknowledgement prior to Jets and Moose games. The imagery, created through an immersive collaboration process between True North's design team, the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose Indigenized logo designer Leticia Spence, and members of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, will continue to be featured alongside the land acknowledgement at all future Jets and Manitoba Moose home games.
The WASAC warm-up worn and issued jersey auction will go live on Thursday, April 29 and will close on Sunday, May 9 at 8 p.m. CT All funds raised will be put back into the WASAC initiative to create opportunity for Indigenous youth across the province.