2017 NAIG receives federal and provincial funding

May 27, 2016 | News

TORONTO, ON – The 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) Host Society announced today that it has a funding agreement with the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada, will be providing the Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society with up to $3.5M of funding to support the hosting of the Games through its Hosting Program. The Government of Ontario has provided matching funds of $3.5M, and, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, has committed to support the execution of the event.  The 2017 North American Indigenous Games are scheduled to take place from July 16-23, 2017.   Next summer, the Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society will welcome over 5,000 participants, 2000 volunteers and a number of other spectators and dignitaries from across North America.  The majority of sports will be hosted, along with many athletes being housed at York University. Other venues for sport and cultural activities include Humber College, University of Toronto Scarborough, City of Toronto facilities and venues in Six Nations of the Grand River. A total of 14 sports will be offered for competition during the event and a week-long cultural village will be housed at York University featuring nightly programming including traditional teachings, dancers and other performers.   In June 2015, the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness of Council of Ontario (ASWCO) won the bid to host the NAIG in Toronto. In spring of 2016, the ASWCO transferred the rights of hosting to the 2017 Toronto NAIG Host Society, an incorporated, not-for-profit organization whose sole responsibility will be to deliver the best NAIG Games ever.   QUOTES   Quote from the Honourable Carla Qualtrough “I’m so pleased to see the 2017 NAIG coming to Toronto next year, as we know this event will have a significant and long-lasting impact on Canada’s Indigenous athletes, coaches, officials and sport leaders, while also building bridges with non-Indigenous Canadians who share the same love of sport. We acknowledge the Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which highlights the NAIG as a key way to promote sport development and recreation among Indigenous Canadians. Sport and recreation activities have tremendous benefits both on and off the field of play, and we are committed to supporting these Games and other initiatives that contribute to the well-being and quality of life of Indigenous people from coast to coast to coast.”   —The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Government of Canada   Quote from the Honourable Carolyn Bennett “I am delighted to see the support the governments of Canada and Ontario are providing for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. Sport and culture bring people together and promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health—a foundation for strong communities. Hosting this event in Toronto will showcase these Games to audiences throughout North America, supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the Games, while furthering the vital work of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.”   —The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs   Quote from the Honourable David Zimmer “We are excited to support the work of the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (AWSCO) and Host Society in bringing the Games to Ontario in 2017. Sport has the power to heal and improve the quality of life for Indigenous youth through physical, emotional and spiritual growth. The Games are an opportunity to generate pride and self-confidence in Indigenous youth, bring awareness to the accomplishments of Ontario’s Indigenous athletes and to showcase Indigenous heritage, history and culture through sport.”   -Hon. David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Government of Ontario   Quote from the Honourable Michael Coteau “Ontario is excited to host the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and welcome athletes and participants from throughout North America to our province. Ontarians are looking forward to cheering on Team Ontario as they strive for excellence. We’re especially pleased that these Games will benefit from the knowledge and outstanding sports facilities that are a lasting legacy of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. This event will be an exceptional experience that is good for our youth, for sport, our communities and our economy.” -Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Government of Ontario   Quote from YorkU president Mamdouh Shoukri “York University is proud to host Toronto’s first North American Indigenous Games at our new, state-of-the-art York Lions Stadium. We are very pleased to be able to provide North America’s top Indigenous athletes with a grand stage on which to perform in the Games. Events such as NAIG are a valued part of our cultural identity, and as such we look forward to welcoming 2017 NAIG athletes, volunteers and spectators to the University for this historic event.” -Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University   ABOUT   North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) are governed by NAIG Council, the international governing body for NAIG. The NAIG began in the 1970’s, with the 1971 Native Summer Games held in Enoch, Alberta with over 3,000 participants. NAIG Council was formed in 1993 with the assistance of Hosts from Edmonton, Alberta and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The founders of the NAIG ensured that the NAIG Council would continue to operate the Games consistent with their cultural traditions, governance and management.   The vision of the NAIG is to: improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples by supporting self-determined sports and cultural activities which encourage equal access to participation in the social/cultural/spiritual fabric of the community in which they reside and which respects Indigenous distinctiveness.   Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario The Aboriginal Sport and 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.   ASWCO promotes healthy living and offers training, certifications and support for coaches, athletes and other organizations in each of the 6 regions of Ontario.   For more information, please contact Chris Charlebois E-mail: Phone: 289.686.2224