The North American Indigenous Games are recognized as an important vehicle to promote Indigenous sport development and recreation in Canada. Promoting sport, physical activity and the celebration of cultural distinctiveness, the Toronto 2017 NAIG was more than a sporting event – inspired a generation, while showcasing Indigenous youth and their communities in a new light, a spotlight.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #88 calls on all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Indigenous athlete development and growth through continued support of the North American Indigenous Games. In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the TRC Calls to Actions call on all Canadians to take part in recognizing the past while building a brighter future for our future generations.
To read all 94 of the TRC Calls to Action, click here.
The Toronto 2017 NAIG introduced #Team88 to promote the positive impacts of sport and wellness within Indigenous communities and to bring a focus to all TRC recommendations recognizing sport as an important pathway to reconciliation.