Allan Downey, Nak’azdli First Nation: Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, Allan is a citizen of the Nak’azdli First Nation (Carrier) in Fort St. James, British Columbia. Playing lacrosse since he was ten years old, Allan attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania (2003 -‘07) on a lacrosse scholarship where he served as a team captain while also splitting time with his hometown Jr. “A” K-W Braves and Sr. “A” K-W Kodiaks. A two time captain of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s lacrosse team (2007 -‘08), Allan was drafted 56th overall in 2007 by the Arizona Sting in the National Lacrosse League and continues to play Sr. “A” lacrosse. Since graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 with his Master’s, Allan has continued to pursue his education at Laurier and obtained his PhD in History in 2014, where he researched the history of First Nations lacrosse and served as an Aboriginal Peer Mentor.
Department of History- Waterloo Campus