History of NAIG
The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) is the largest multi-sport and cultural event hosted in Canada and the United States specifically targeted for Indigenous/Native American populations.
The first Indigenous Games were held in 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta, followed by Games in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1993; Blaine, Minnesota in 1995; Victoria, British Columbia in 1997; Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2002; and Denver, Colorado in 2006; Cowichan (Duncan) in 2008; Milwaukee, Wisconsin was cancelled; Regina Saskatchewan in 2014; Toronto, Ontario in 2017; and Halifax, Nova Scotia 2020 was cancelled. At the 2017 NAIG in Toronto, Ontario, Team Yukon collected 23 medals in total at the Games; five gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze.
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2020 - Nova Scotia, Halifax
2017 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The 2017 North American Indigenous Games were held on July 16-23, 2017 in Toronto, ON.
2014 - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
The 2014 North American Indigenous Games were held July 20-26 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
2011 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
2008 - Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada
The 2008 North American Indigenous Games were held August 3-10 in Cowichan, British Columbia.
In total, there were over 5,000 athletes competing in the games along with 3,000 cultural participants.
The sports included: 3-D Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball (Juvenile Male), Basketball, Canoeing, Field (Midget Male), Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Volleyball.
2006 - Denver, Colorado, USA
The 2006 North American Indigenous Games were held July 2-8 in Denver, Colorado.
2002 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The most recent NAIG was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 25 to August 4, 2002. The Winnipeg Games involved 5500 sport participants from 27 teams (12 Provinces/Territories and 15 States). These Games also played host to a cultural festival that drew the participation of approximately 3000 cultural performers from across North America.
1997 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
In 1997, Victoria, British Columbia, played host to the NAIG. These Games drew participation from 26 teams (9 Provinces/Territories and 17 States). In total, 5,000 took part in the sport competition and over 3,000 in the cultural festival.
1995 - Blaine, Minnesota, USA
The 1995 Games held in Blaine, Minnesota, marked the first time the NAIG has been held in the United States of America. According to sport participation levels the 1995 Games were the largest to date with approximately 8,000 competitors.
1993 - Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
The 1993 Games in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, involved 4,400 sport participants who competed on behalf of the Indigenous peoples of their Province, Territory or State. In addition to the sporting events, the 1993 NAIG included a cultural festival that attracted several hundred cultural performers from across Canada and the United States of America. These Games also witnessed the birth of the NAIG Council as the permanent governing structure for the NAIG.
1990 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
The first ever NAIG were held in Edmonton, Alberta. It attracted approximately 3000 sport participants and numerous cultural performers from Indigenous communities across Canada and the northwestern United States.