Cree from Thunderchild First Nation Treaty 6 Territory
September 25, 1982
Michael Linklater has established himself as one of the world’s top 3X3 basketball players. As
team captain he represented Saskatoon in FIBA’s 3X3 World Tour as well as the Canadian
National team at the World Cup. Linklater picked up a basketball at an early age on an inner city
court and in 2010, he made history as team captain when he lead the University of Saskatchewan
Huskie men’s basketball team to its first and only Canada-West Conference Championship and
CIS National Championship.
Michael played for the Saskatchewan Rattlers in 2019 in the Canadian Elite Basketball League
and won the league championship during the inaugural season. Michael was inducted into the
Saskatoon sports hall of fame in 2022. Michael has utilized his wealth of athletic
accomplishments to help create awareness about issues, off the court. He is a proud Nehiyāw
(Cree) descending from the Thunderchild First Nation, located in Treaty 6 Territory.
Linklater is the founder of the International Campaigm, “Boys with Braids.“ He has won
numerous awards as an advocate for Indigenous youth and for his community involvement.
Over the past two and half decades, Michael has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses to tens
of thousands of youth and adults across the world. He is also a certified Yoga instructor and
incorporates his traditional spirituality into each practice. Most importantly, Michael is a proud
father who understands the significance of his cultural traditions and role modelling a healthy
lifestyle to his children.