Waneek Horn-Miller

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Waneek Horn-Miller
Medal record
Women's water polo
Representing  Canada
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1999 Winnipeg Team
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Fukuoka Team

Waneek Horn-Miller is a Mohawk of Kahnawake.[1] She was a member of the Canadian women's water polo team that won a gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.[2]

Sporting career[edit]

Waneek Horn-Miller was a key member of the Canadian women's water polo team that won gold at the 1999 Pan Am Games. Voted MVP, Waneek became co-captain and proudly led her team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The team finished fifth in Sydney. She went on to help Canada win a bronze medal at the 2001 FINA World Championships. [3] Horn-Miller is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa where she was a three-time athlete of the year. [4] She is a member of the Carleton Ravens Hall of Fame. [5]

Between 1990 and 1997, Horn-Miller has participated in the North American Indigenous Games and won over 20 gold medals.[6]

Private life[edit]

She is the daughter of former model and First Nations activist Kahn-Tineta Horn, and the sister of actress Kaniehtiio Horn.

Waneek was present at the Oka Crisis in the occupational camp as a 14 year old. On the last day of the standoff as the occupiers were walking out there was a physical altercation between soldiers and Mohawk militants and Waneek was injured by a soldier's bayonet as she carried her sister, and nearly lost her life.[7]

In 2014, Horn-Miller was one of seven people suing the Kahnawake Mohawk Council over the "marry out, stay out" policy, which prevents Mohawks who marry non-Mohawks from staying in the territory.[8]

In 2017, Horn-Miller was announced as director of community engagement for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.[9]


External links[edit]

  • Facebook: Waneekhornmiller
  • Twitter: waneekhm