Toronto is set to host over 5,000 athletes in this largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people. From July 16 – 23, 2017, Indigenous youth age 13- 19 from Canada and the United State will compete in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). Fourteen sport categories will be featured throughout sixteen sport facilities, including: 3-D Archery; Athletics; Badminton; Baseball; Basketball; Canoe/Kayak; Golf; Lacrosse; Rifle Shooting; Soccer; Softball; Swimming; Wrestling; Volleyball. Our neighbours from the Six Nations of the Grand River will be hosting the marquis sport of Lacrosse.
Known as “the Creator’s game” and “the medicine game,” lacrosse was traditionally played by men, and was often used to train warriors and settle tribal disputes. Today, it has evolved into a sport played by men and women of varying backgrounds in every territory and province in Canada and across the United States. For the first time in the 25-year history of NAIG, women’s box lacrosse will make its debut, with teams representing six provinces across Canada.
All NAIG lacrosse competitions are free to attend and are open to the public. They will run from Monday July 17-Friday July 21 at three venues: Gaylord Powless Arena and Iroquois Lacrosse Arena on Six Nations of the Grand River, and Harry Howell Arena in Hamilton. More NAIG lacrosse information and the competition schedule.
This exciting event will be an amazing showcase of athletic talent but will also feature the importance of culture and heritage. Be a part of history!
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