Frequently Asked Questions about the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG):
Q. What are the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG)?
A. The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) are a multi-sport, multi-disciplinary event involving Indigenous youth from Canada and the United States, between the ages of 13-19. The Games offer 14 sport competitions in addition to a vibrant cultural program, showcasing Indigenous cultural artists and performers from across North America.
Q. When are the NAIG held?
A. The NAIG, which was first held in 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta, has been staged on seven other occasions since then, in various locations throughout Canada and the United States. The Games have been held with as little as two years and as many as six years between competitions, although the NAIG Council would ideally like to see them be held every three years.
Q. Who is eligible to participate in the NAIG?
A. Athletes competing in the NAIG must be born of North American Indigenous ancestry. All contingents participating in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) must represent the Indigenous Peoples of a Province/Territory in Canada, or a State/Region in the United States of America. Only athletes registered with a contingent are eligible to compete in the NAIG.
Q. Are the NAIG Games only for Indigenous Peoples?
A. While the athletes and contingents must have Indigenous ancestry to participate and compete in the Games, members of the general public are encouraged and welcomed to attend the Games as spectators, assist in the execution of the Games as volunteers, attend events and cultural performances and provide sponsorship for the Games.
Q. Where have the North American Indigenous Games been held in the past?
A. Past host cities include:
• 1990 Edmonton Alberta
• 1993 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
• 1995 Blaine, Minnesota
• 1997 Victoria, British Columbia
• 2002 Winnipeg, Manitoba
• 2006 Denver, Colorado
• 2008 Cowichan, British Columbia
• 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan
Q. When do the 2017 Games take place?
A. The City of Toronto, the Region of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River will host the 2017 North American Indigenous Games from July 16 - 23, 2017.
Q. Where are the Games being hosted in 2017?
A. The Toronto 2017 NAIG will take place in the Greater Toronto Area on the shared traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island, Six Nations of the Grand River, and the Huron-Wendat Nation, with the support of the Métis Nation of Ontario. The Games will be hosted in the City of Toronto, Region of Hamilton and the Six Nations of the Grand River.
Sporting Venues for the Games include: *
- Ajax Sportsplex
- Gaylord Powless Arena
- Iroquois Lacrosse Arena
- Hamilton Angling and Hunting Association (HAHA)
- Harry Howell Arena
- Humber College - North Campus
- Humber Valley Golf Club
- McMaster University
- Tait McKenzie Centre (York University)
- Toronto International Trap & Skeet Club
- Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC)
- Toronto Track & Field Centre
- Turner Park (City of Hamilton)
- Valley (University of Toronto Scarborough)
- Welland International Flatwater Cente
- York Lions Stadium (York University)
*Please note that sporting venues for the Games are subject to change.
Q. What sports will the 2017 NAIG athletes compete in?
A. The NAIG includes 14 core sports:
• 3D Archery
• Lacrosse - Box
• Rifle Shooting
Q. What are the competing regions in the Toronto 2017 NAIG?
A. While other American regions may decide to compete in the Toronto 2017 NAIG, currently the participating regions of the 2017 Games include:
• British Columbia
• Eastern Door and the North (Québec)
• New Brunswick
• Newfoundland and Labrador
• New York
• Northwest Territories
• Nova Scotia
• Prince Edward Island
Q. Who will participate in the 2017 Games?
A. The Toronto 2017 NAIG will feature 5,000 athletes competing in 14 sports in multiple venues across the Greater Toronto Area, the Region of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River, as well as 2,000 volunteers, numerous cultural performers and artists, and thousands of spectators from across the province and beyond.
Q. How do athletes and teams qualify to participate?
A. Any athlete aged 13-19 can qualify. Individuals qualify based on the selection process that is established by their Provincial Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body (PTASB) or their representative organization in the United States.
Q. How can my child or youth become a competitor?
A. All participants must register through their recognized Provincial Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body (PTASB) or their representative organization in the United States. Tryouts are held and the best athletes are selected based on standard rules of each sport category. For more information, contact the official recognized provincial/territorial/regional sport body. You can find a list of recognized provincial/territorial/regional sport bodies on our website (www.naig2017.to), with contact information for each.
Q. Are athletes allowed to compete in more than one sport?
A. Athletes participating in the NAIG are only allowed to compete in one sport during a Games year.
Q. How can I become involved as a Coach, Assistant Coach or Trainer?
A. Volunteer positions for Coaching and Mission staff are available through the recognized Provincial Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body (PTASB) for each province/ territory or through their representative organization in the United States. Specific requirements in terms of coaching certifications, etc. are listed for each area.
Q. How can I volunteer?
A. Approximately 2,000 volunteers are needed to assist the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games Host Society in delivering and executing the Toronto 2017 NAIG.
Volunteer registration is now taking place online at www.naig2017.to/volunteer. For more information, please see our Volunteer FAQ section posted on the website or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Do I have to buy tickets for the Games? And how much will they be?
A. All sports competitions for the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games will be free to attend. A limited number of tickets for Opening and Closing ceremonies, will available for purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase on the Toronto 2017 NAIG website (www.naig2017.to) and through a recognized ticketing vendor. Pricing and ticket availability will be announced at a later date.
Q. Will there be Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games?
A. Yes, Opening Ceremony for the Toronto 2017 NAIG is currently scheduled to take place on July 16, 2017, with Closing Ceremony scheduled for July 22, 2017. Details regarding the Opening and Closing ceremonies will be posted on our website as they become available.
Q. Are there cultural performances planned as well?
Yes, culture is a crucial element of the North American Indigenous Games. There will be a number of events leading up to the Games that will feature Indigenous artists and performers. There will also be a Cultural Village hosted at York University and McMaster University, which will feature a variety of Indigenous artisans, interactive booths, elders, vendors, and Indigenous artists and performers, with nightly entertainment. The North American Indigenous Games provides an excellent opportunity for Indigenous Peoples and their communities to share and celebrate their unique cultural heritage.
Q. How are the 2017 NAIG Games funded?
A. The operational budget of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games is $10.2 million and has been funded, to date, through the Government of Canada ($3.5 million), Government of Ontario ($3.5 million) and the City of Toronto ($400,000). The Host Society is responsible for generating the remaining through sponsorship and fundraising opportunities, grants, registration fees, ticket sales and in-kind support.
Q. Are there sponsorship opportunities available?
A. The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games is looking to partner with organizations who believe in the spirit of the NAIG and the power of sport to positively impact the lives of Indigenous youth, and who support the enrichment of Indigenous communities across North America. For more information, please visit the website: www.naig2017.to or email us at: email@example.com.
Q. Who is the NAIG Council?
A. The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) Council is the International Governing Body for the NAIG exercising exclusive jurisdiction, either directly or through its affiliate members or committees, over all matters pertaining to the Games. It ensures the purposes and philosophies are reflected in all aspects of the Games. The Council is also the principle authority for policy development, rules and regulations for the North American Indigenous Games.
Q. Who is the Aboriginal Sports & Wellness Council of Ontario?
A. The Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) is the Provincial Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body (PTASB) for Ontario, and provides input and services around the North American Indigenous Games, National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and many other regional Games throughout Ontario and Canada for the Indigenous Peoples of Ontario. ASWCO promotes healthy living and offers training, certifications and support for coaches, athletes and other organizations in each of the six regions: Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Central, Southeast and Southwest Ontario.
Following an extremely comprehensive and extensive bid process, the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) was the declared winning bid for the Toronto 2017 NAIG.
Q. Who is the Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society?
A. Following an extremely comprehensive and extensive bid process, the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council Ontario (ASWCO) was the declared winning bid for the Toronto 2017 NAIG. After being awarded the Toronto 2017 NAIG, a Host Society was formed and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. A formal Board of Directors was developed with representatives from the following organizations/sectors:
• Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
• Six Nations of the Grand River
• City of Toronto
• Business Community
• Two NAIG Council Appointed Representatives – With one appointed representative from Canada and one from the United States
The Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society seeks to uphold the spirit of the North American Indigenous Games, and under the oversight of the NAIG council, will work to create the best in-class Games experience possible, embodying the values and principles of the NAIG movement.
Q. How can I get involved?
A. There are many ways to get involved with Toronto 2017 NAIG, including the following:
a. Volunteer leading up to and/or during the Games; details will be posted on the website as they become available, look under the Volunteer tab for more information or refer to the FAQ’s in the volunteer section for frequently asked questions. To register your interest and receive volunteer updates, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. Register to be a part of the cultural performances; participate as an artist or cultural performer in a variety of events leading up to and during the Games, including at milestone events, at the cultural village and the opening and closing ceremonies.
c. Be a Games Ambassador! The Toronto 2017 NAIG will be looking for individuals who meet the criteria, and who are enthusiastic and engaged, to act as Games Ambassadors; details will be posted on the website as they become available.
d. Sponsor the Games! Contact the Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society for sponsorship opportunities at email@example.com.
e. Register to be a vendor; interested parties should contact the Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
f. Attend the Games as a spectator and support the athletes and their teams throughout the eight days of competition and culture.