Nipissing First Nation’s (NFN) Host Committee and the Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) Executive have begun planning for the 2022 LNHL tournament.

The organizers say they are optimistic about hosting the 49th annual tournament keeping current health measures and rising vaccination rates in mind.

The 2020 and 2021 tournaments were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The year’s theme is “All Nations, One Family”.

Scott McLeod, Nipissing First Nation Chief, says the theme is a fitting one.

“We have all missed this hockey tradition that our children and communities look forward to every year. Nipissing is more than ready to host an unforgettable experience for our brothers and sisters across Ontario,” he says.

The tournament will be held March 13-17 in Mississauga.

The release states plans will be fluid as some details will depend on public health measures six months from now.

Marian Jacko, LNHL president, says organizers look forward to bringing First Nation youth and families together again to create lasting memories and friendships while showcasing the four pillars of the LNHL: Education, Respect, Citizenship and Sportsmanship.