There are many reasons why Waneek Horn-Miller stands above the rest in the sport of water polo. Some of her career highlights include the following. In 1999, Waneek was voted Most Valuable Player of the Canadian Women’s Water Polo Team after winning a Gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg. That same year, she received the Tom Longboat Award, recognizing Indigenous athletes for outstanding contributions to sport.
In 2000, Waneek was named co-captain of the Canadian Women’s Water Polo Team at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, breaking new ground as the first Mohawk woman from Canada to compete at the Olympic Games. In 2010, Waneek was Canada’s torchbearer at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In 2015, Waneek served as the Deputy Chef De Mission for the Pan-Am Games, and was named one of Canada’s most influential women in sport by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport. In 2019, she was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Following her competitive years, and having had ample experience during the Oka Crisis, Waneek has dedicated her life to fighting against the racism that continues to exist in Canada towards Indigenous people. Waneek also continues to be a strong advocate and role model for Indigenous youth across the country.