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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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2023 - Nova Scotia, Halifax

The 2023 North American Indigenous Games concluded in Halifax from July 15 to 23, marking an impressive achievement for Team Yukon. In a spectacular display of talent and determination, the team brought home a total of 38 medals: 19 gold, 10 silver, and 9 bronze. Congratulations to all the athletes for their hard work and dedication. Your achievements have made the Yukon community proud!


2020 - Nova Scotia, Halifax

Postponed to July 15th-23rd, 2023 Due to Coivd-19

2017 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The 2017 North American Indigenous Games were held on July 16-23, 2017 in Toronto, ON.

2017 Team Yukon Medal Standings

2014 - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The 2014 North American Indigenous Games were held July 20-26 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

2014 Team Yukon Medal Standings

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.

2008 Team Yukon Medal Standings

2006 - Denver, Colorado, USA

The 2006 North American Indigenous Games were held July 2-8 in Denver, Colorado.

2006 Team Yukon Medal Standings

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.

2002 Team Yukon Medal Standings

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.

1997 Team Yukon Medal Standings

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.

1995 Team Yukon Medal Standings

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.

1993 Team Yukon Medal Standings

Photobook 1993

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.

1990 Team Yukon Medal Standings

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