A member of the Bella Bella Heiltsuk Nation Women’s basketball team is calling foul.
Shayla Schooner was part of the champion women’s team last year, and was MVP for the women’s division.
But a few days ago, the All Native Tournament Committee told her that she’s ineligible to play due to questions about her band association.
Schooner vehemently says she’s Heiltsuk and has the documentation and community support to prove it.
She says numerous pieces of documentation have been sent, but to no avail so far.
Mary Brown is the coach of the team, and says they’ve followed ANBT’s eligibility rules.
Brown says communicating with the ANBT committee has been haphazard, adding there should be better clarification on the eligibility rules.
While she doesn’t want to think that Shayla is being targeted specifically, Brown says she can’t think of why Shayla is ineligible this year.
Shayla Schooner says she’ll still travel with the team to Prince Rupert tonight and hope for the best.