In June 2015, the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario and the City of Toronto were awarded the honour of hosting the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).
Toronto's selection to host these Games will mark the first time in the Games twenty-five year history that the event will be held in a community outside of Western Canada. The Games will be held July 16 to July 23, 2017 and will bring together 5000 indigenous athletes from across North America to celebrate Indigenous culture and compete in a variety of traditional and non-traditional sports. Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for July 16, 2017 and a cultural village featuring a variety of artisans, elders, vendors and dancers will entertain visitors throughout the duration of the Games.
The North American Indigenous Games Council is a non-profit organization aimed at improving the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples and representing Indigenous distinctiveness. Through their continued support of sports and cultural activities they encourage equal access to participation in the social, cultural and spiritual fabric of the communities in which Indigenous Peoples work, live and play.
For more information on the North American Indigenous Games, please visit the official website of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games
Competitors in the North American Indigenous Games will compete in 14 different sports, including baseball, box lacrosse, canoe/kayak, soccer, and wrestling. All of the sporting events will be held at various locations across the GTA. For more information please visit the Schedule & Events page at the NAIG2017 official website.
The North American Indigenous Games are looking for over 2000 hard-working and dedicated volunteers, including French-speaking and medical volunteers. Volunteers will be stationed at the various event venues across Toronto and the GTA. For more information and to apply, please visit the Volunteers page at the NAIG2017 official website.