A northern Manitoba based business has also made it to the semi-finals for Pow Wow Pitch.
Northern Empire Wrestling was selected for the semi-finals and is placed in the Tourism category along with nine other competitors.
Northern Empire Wrestling got its start when Vernon “Shadow” Colomb decided to take his personal wrestling career and make it a business.
“I began my personal pro-wrestling career in 2008 and during those years I was going all over from Winnipeg, to Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and New Brunswick,” said Shadow. “During those times, I was the only Indigenous wrestler and the only one from northern Manitoba going to all these different places and wrestling. Over my career, I’ve probably had over 500 wrestling matches. This left me wondering why I was so alone in this field as an Indigenous person. In 2013, I decided to buy myself a wrestling ring. I bought it off another wrestler, brought it up here and started training First Nations youth. Currently there are eight wrestlers with Northern Empire Wrestling plus two referees. I have two wrestlers from Moose Lake, one from Easterville, two from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the rest of us are from Pukatawagan.”
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