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On sports-based reconciliation – The McGill Daily
by ahnationtalk onMarch 20, 201769 Views
March 20, 2017
2017 North American Indigenous Games to be held in Toronto
This summer, the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will be held in Toronto and surrounding municipalities, taking place on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island, Six Nations of the Grand River, the Huron-Wendat Nation, as well as the traditional homelands of the Métis Nation of Ontario. From July 16 to 23, the Games will draw over 5,000 Indigenous athletes between the ages of 13 to 19 from across North America to compete in 14 categories including canoe/kayak, box lacrosse, and rifle shooting.
The opening ceremony on July 16 will set the tone for the eight day long gathering in which cultural, culinary, and artistic events will take place alongside athletic competitions. According to the Toronto 2017 organizers, the NAIG is expected to be the largest continental gathering of Indigenous peoples participating in sporting and cultural events.