Sep
19
Family Bonds & Belonging: Sports Teams & Family


I’m Dan Conlin curator and welcome to
Family Bonds and Belonging at the Canadian Museum of immigration at Pier
21, presented by Scotiabank. This exhibition was originally created by the Royal BC Museum in Victoria British Columbia. It looks at how we define families and so many of the examples in this show are immigrant families. Now family is more than just blood relations. We also create families by association. And one significant example our sports teams. Hockey teams, baseball teams
football teams swim teams you name it They forms very strong bonds and
relationships which for many are like family. For our example in this exhibit we chose an example surprising to some of
cricket in Nova Scotia. Cricket was big in 19th century Nova
Scotia. British Army and Navy cricket teams faced off against local teams from
mines and factories and matches across the province. However in the 20th century
with the rise of baseball cricket was kind of pushed aside. Until that is until
the early 2000s when immigrants from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the
West Indies, Australia and Britain revived cricket in Nova Scotia. Today the
Nova Scotia Cricket Association has over 200 players four teams and has won
multiple regional championships. A look at the faces of the Nova Scotia
provincial team in 2018 just after they won the maritime championship, it shows
you the powerful sense of family in a sports team. How overcoming defeat,
savoring victory make a sports team a family.