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OPENING CEREMONIES KICKS OFF THE NAIG 2017 COMPETITION

July 19, 2017 | News

The Toronto 2017 NAIG Opening Ceremonies kicked off the week-long event to celebrate sport and culture. The showcase of heritage, performance, and opening remarks kept the 5,000 Indigenous youth on their feet as they proudly cheered, waved their flags, and engaged in a stadium-wide wave. Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas illuminated the crowd as he got the athletes to shine their cell phone lights to his group’s classic song, “Where is the Love?” Powerful words from Chief Ava Hill, Chief Stacey LaForme, Chief Konrad Sioui, and President Margaret Froh reminded us of the inclusion, history, and excitement that NAIG has to offer. Musical performances and flag bearers lead the rest of the ceremony into the final speeches by NAIG Council, Mayor of Toronto John Tory, and NAIG CEO Marcia Trudeau. A Tribe Called Red concluded the evening with a captivating musical performance that entailed fireworks and kept the crowd excited for all the competition and heritage during the week ahead.

Recaps of the Opening Ceremony can be found at:

https://www.thestar.com/sports/2017/07/16/north-american-indigenous-games-shows-indigenous-athletes-happy-proud-and-ready-for-the-future.html

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/why-team88-is-trending-in-toronto-as-indigenous-games-begin-1.3505263

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