Taking The Higher Ground 

Using guided questioning, students will learn about the racial barriers Order of Sport Recipients and Hall of Famers Tom Longboat and Gaylord Powless overcame both in their life and sporting careers. Students will explore and reflect on how each Hall of Famer relied on role models and used elements of traditional Indigenous teachings to not only persevere, but also show integrity and sportsmanship in the face of adversity.
*Trigger Warning*: This program discusses residential schools, intergenerational trauma, discrimination, racism, and some violence.
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What's included?

  • Short Videos
  • 360° Views of Artefacts
  • Trivia Games
  • Movement Break – Learn how to run like Tom Longboat and handle a lacrosse stick
  • Inquiry-Based Storytelling
  • All bookings will accompany a free subscription to our web-based education hub




Social Studies, Indigenous Education, Health & Life Skills, Physical Education, English Language Arts


Indigenous ways of knowing and being; overcoming challenges; community service; active role models; identity and sense of belonging; sportsmanship; fair play; systemic racism; racism awareness; positive thinking; healthy life choices; historical thinking; artefacts; texts

Featured Hall of Famer Stories

 Tom Longboat

Order of Sport Recipient and Hall of Famer, inducted in 1955

 Gaylord Powless

Order of Sport Recipient and Hall of Famer, inducted in 2017
Museum Education Officer, Zack facilitating a live Artefact Talks program.

Calgary Schools Check This Out! 

Want to take your students’ learning a step further? Book ELEV8 CLASSROOM Lacrosse for an interactive residency with your school (minimum two-days)!

The Classroom Lacrosse program introduces students to the sport of lacrosse and educates youth on the origins and Indigenous roots of the sport in Canada and North America. The ELEV8 Lacrosse coaches are highly professional and engaging individuals who are current or former National Lacrosse League players. Coaches interact with each individual student providing meaningful feedback teaching physical literacy and
building confidence through the introduction of Canada’s National Summer Sport. The Classroom program is effectively modified to teach students skills from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Beyond the basics and introduction of the sport of lacrosse, students will learn important values like teamwork and integrity while building on physical skills fundamental to any sport.

To learn more, or to book your Classroom Lacrosse residency, click HERE. Click HERE for Alberta curriculum outcomes.