A British Columbia “Stop of Interest” sign in Deverill Square Park commemorating Nanaimo soccer history was unveiled on December 18.
The story of Harry Manson, whose traditional name Xul’si’malt means “One Who Left His Mark,” tells of the early relationship between First Nations and European settlers on the east coast of Vancouver Island, and shows us how that relationship has grown over time.
Mr. Manson was a Snuneymuxw soccer player who competed in the late 1800s & early 1900s. Over the past 2 years, Harry has been recognized for his outstanding achievements on the soccer pitch and his exemplary outlook on life by being inducted into the following 4 sports halls of fame:
2014 – The Soccer Hall of Fame, in Vaughan, Ontario
2015 – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, in Calgary, Alberta
2015 – The Nanaimo Museum Sports Hall of Fame, in Nanaimo, British Columbia
2016 – The BC Sports Hall of Fame, in Vancouver, British Columbia
Deverill Square was the field where, on November 12, 1892, the first-ever Aboriginal versus non-Aboriginal soccer match in British Columbia was played. Thus, 2017 marks the 125th anniversary of this historic match, in which Harry Manson played.
Also covered in print in the Salish Sea Sentinel: https://issuu.com/salishseasentinel/docs/salish_sea_sentinel_february_2018_w