The Ontario Indigenous Summer Games (OISG), developed by the Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario and funded by the Government of Ontario, is an important step in the sport development pathway for Indigenous youth.
From a sport perspective, the OISG provides an opportunity for high-performance athlete development, athlete talent identification, and sport specific training and preparation for participation in the North American Indigenous Games.
The Games are also important for the celebration of Indigenous cultures and communities’ youth distinct communities from across the province, have the opportunity to share and learn from each other and make connections that last a lifetime.
The last Ontario Indigenous Summer Games took place in 2016 within the Southwest Region in partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River. More than thirty-five percent of the participants in attendance for the 2016 OISG were from Northern Ontario.
The next Ontario Indigneous Summer Games are scheduled to take place in the summer of 2019. Earlier this fall, an open bid process was announced and communities interested in hosting were invited to submit a letter of intent and a bid application. The bid process is now closed, and the Ontario Indigneous Summer Games Bid Committee is currently in the process of conducting site visits and scoring communities on the bid matrix.