Our History

The 7 Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre is proudly owned and operated by the Tsuut’ina Nation. The Tsuut’ina Nation was formally established in 1877 by the signing of Treaty 7, recognizing a fully independent culture with a long history of progression and innovation.

We welcome Nation and non-Nation members alike to our facilities. Come learn more about the distinguished history of the Tsuut’ina people and discover the rich heritage and culture that has helped us thrive on this land for generations.

Meet The Seven Chiefs

The 7 Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre is named in honour of the first seven Chiefs who led the Tsuut’ina Nation following the signing of Treaty 7.

Chief Bullhead, who signed Treaty 7 in 1877 and led until his death in 1911.

Chief Big Belly, who led from 1911 to 1920.

Chief Joseph Big Plume, who was the last hereditary Chief to lead the Tsuut’ina Nation from 1920 to 1946.

Chief David Crowchild, the Nation’s first elected Chief, who led from 1946 to 1952.

Chief Jim Starlight, who led the Nation from 1952 to 1966.

Chief Dick Big Plume, who was descended from Chief Bull Head and led the Nation from 1966 to 1970.

Chief Gordon Crowchild

Chief Gordon Crowchild, who led from 1970 to 1976.

For Tsuut’ina, For Everyone

7 Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre Is For Everyone

While our facility stands on land belonging to the Tsuut’ina Nation, we proudly welcome everyone to enjoy it. Our Tsuut’ina community encourages our non-First Nations neighbours in Calgary and beyond to join us for new and meaningful experiences so that we may grow together into a shared future.

TAZA

The 7 Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre is a key part of over 50 years of sustained economic development by the Tsuut’ina people – the dream we call ‘TAZA’. TAZA means “Something wondrous is coming!” It is one of the largest First Nation development projects in North America, with a 1,200-acre site filled with a diverse mix of tenants including retail spaces, offices, entertainment venues, restaurants, and vibrant outdoor spaces. Master-planned to embrace Tsuut’ina culture, TAZA is a place to dive deeper and unearth the rich narratives of those who call this land home.

For more information about TAZA, please visit: www.togetherattaza.com.

News

Christmas at the Nation

Thanks to everyone who visited over 180 Indigenous and local artisans at our third annual “Christmas at the Nation” on December 15 – 17, 2023. Watch for details on the 2024 market.

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Rogers Monday Night NHL Viewing Party

7 Chiefs Sportsplex was home to Rogers Monday Night Viewing Party and Family Skate to watch the Calgary Flames play the Ottawa Senators on the jumbotron and speak live with Caroline Cameron on the Rogers hologram.

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National Coalition of Chiefs

The Chief Jim Starlight Centre welcomed over 300 delegates and 25 artisans for important discussions at the 2023 NCC Energy and Natural Resources Summit.

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Go Hitmen Go

7 Chiefs Sportsplex is proud to host numerous Calgary Hitmen games.

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Sponsorship & Advertising

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The 7 Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre welcomes members of the Tsuut’ina Nation, Calgarians, Canadians, and international guests to our facilities for all manner of events. If you’re seeking to connect with a broad audience of ages and demographics, we offer you the opportunity to secure your brand presence in the largest and newest First Nation owned-and-operated sporting facility in western Canada.

Contact our team for further information and a tour of what’s possible: corinne.wilkinson@tsuutina.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for the Tsuut’ina Nation 43rd Annual All Native Golf Classic July 26 – 28, 2024.  Sponsorship package 2024 All Native Tournament Sponsorship.

Outdoor LED Digital Displays

Display your message on our outdoor LED digital signs located at the 7 Chiefs Sportsplex and at the Tsuut’ina Nation Gas Stop. Both locations enjoy high volumes of drive-by traffic.

Get in touch with our team to discuss possibilities and further information: corinne.wilkinson@tsuutina.com.

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Join Our Team

When you join the 7 Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre, you are joining the team that knows ‘something wondrous is coming’. Become an integral part of North America’s largest First Nation ownedanddeveloped community that is for everyone.

Our team works together to build a fun, safe, and welcoming environment. We are always hiring in a number of areas including the Fitness Centre, Administration, Operations, Sports Programming, Sales, Marketing, Events, and many other disciplines.

Tsuut’ina Nation Partners

The 7 Chiefs Sportsplex and Chief Jim Starlight Centre are proud of the sponsorships forged in our community. Thank you to these organizations who believe in the Tsuut’ina Nation and the Sportsplex they have built for all to enjoy.

Big 4 Motors

Superior Propane

Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

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Metro Ford

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Challenge Industries