SNUNEYMUXW SOCCER STAR XUL-SI-MALT (HARRY MANSON) DIED
Born on Vancouver Island in 1879, his birth name meant “One-Who-Leaves-His-Mark.” Recruited by the Nanaimo Thistles in 1898 to play in the provincial championship, in 1903, he was named to the Nanaimo all-star team. Manson broke barriers being first aboriginal player to compete in a provincial championship alongside white teammates. This did not come without shouts of “savage” from the crowds. He was captain of an all-Snuneymuxw soccer team, the Indian Wanderers, which won the Nanaimo city championship in 1904. In 1907, with 3 other Snuneymuxw players, Manson’s Nanaimo team won the provincial championship. He was the only person to play for all 3 Nanaimo championship teams. He also excelled at baseball. In 1912, returning from town with medicine for his sick infant son, he died hopping a train. Manson was the first First Nations player inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Sources: Martin Dunphy, "DTES resident gets aboriginal B.C. sports pioneer Harry Manson into national Soccer Hall of Fame," The Georgia Straight, 11/7/2014. Retrieved 12/16/2019, https://www.straight.com/news/347696/dtes-resident-gets-aboriginal-bc-sports-pioneer-harry-manson-national-soccer-hall-fame Duncan McCue, "Aboriginal star hailed as 'pioneer' by Soccer Hall of Fame,” CBC News, 11/7/2014. Retrieved 12/16/2019, https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/aboriginal-star-hailed-as-pioneer-by-soccer-hall-of-fame-1.2822153 Wikipedia Photo: Author and date unknown, but prior to 1912. Public Domain.