xulsi’malt Harry Manson was born and raised on Vancouver Island as part of the Snuneymuxw First Nation of the Coast Salish People. Today, he is recognized and remembered for his amazing athletic abilities on the soccer pitch, and for his work towards breaking racial barriers at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Some highlights of Harry’s legacy include being recruited by the Nanaimo Thistles as one of the first Indigenous players to appear in a BC Championship match in 1898. He also formally organized the Nanaimo Indian Wanderers Association Football Club (AFC) who won the Nanaimo city championship in 1904. He was one of the first Indigenous players to win a BC Provincial Championship as part of the Nanaimo All-Star team in 1907. He was also recognized that same year by the press as the best soccer player Nanaimo ever produced.
Harry still holds the rare distinction of being the only Indigenous athlete to play on the three Nanaimo Premier soccer teams between 1897-1905.
In 2014, Harry Manson became the first Indigenous player to be inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, and, in 2015, he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.