The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will take place in Toronto from July 16-23, 2017 and showcase Canada’s developing Indigenous athletes! The NAIG is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people as over 5,000 athletes ages 13-19 and 2,000 volunteers come together to compete in 14 different sport categories.
Of the 79 Southern Alberta athletes, coaches, and managers attending the Games, 15 of those participants are from Lethbridge.
Alexi Taylor Kate Shade Keirsten Standing Alone Lorenzo Blood
Talon Weasel Head Kylie Standing Alone Jurnee Eagle Plume
August Skye Eagle Plume Markee Many Fingers Sarah Hunt, Manager
Gordon Many Fingers, Manager
Chelaine Starr Eagle Child, Coach
Susan Eymann, Executive Director, Lethbridge Sport Council said, “Multi-sport games are an amazing and often inspiring experience for young athletes. NAIG provides an opportunity for our local Indigenous athletes to participate in the largest sport and cultural gathering for Indigenous people in North America.”
The theme of the Games is “Past, Present, Future. All One” as individuals and communities across the Nation will come together to celebrate the past (heritage), present (unity) and future (youth). With the aim of the Games being unity of Indigenous Peoples across North America, the Games also strive to cultivate opportunities for physical, cultural, as well as social development.
A spectacular Opening Ceremonies will showcase the diversity of Indigenous communities. The ceremony will mark the beginning of the eight-day international, multi-sport and cultural event.
The Lethbridge Sport Council would like to congratulate those chosen to represent Alberta at the NAIG, in particular the participants from Lethbridge and surrounding area! On-line you can show your support for the NAIG athletes by joining in the conversation and using the hashtag #AllOne