Organizers are excited to stage sporting events within 21 venues across Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Dartmouth and Millbrook First Nation next summer from July 15-23, 2023.
“This marks the first time the Games have been hosted in Mi’kma’ki,” said Chief Norman Bernard of Wagmatcook and president of the Mi’kmaq Sport Council. “We’re honoured to host and look forward to sharing our Mi’kmaq culture with the rest of Turtle Island (North America).
NAIG will have athletes competing in 16 different sports with three traditional Indigenous sports including Canoe/Kayak, Lacrosse, and Archery. The three traditional sports will have a special opening ceremony to begin each event.
More than 5,000 athletes, coaches and team staff from 750 Indigenous Nations are expected to be here for the event.
“These Games are for everyone,” said Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons, NAIG 2023 Board Chair. “They will leave a legacy that will remain long past 2023 and we are deeply thankful to our partners, who are joining us in our efforts to ensure these Games will be the best ones yet.”
These Games are for everyone. They will leave a legacy that will remain long past 2023.– Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons, NAIG 2023 Board Chair
The countdown celebration included song and dance with performances by two-time East Coast Music Award winner Morgan Toney with Keith Mullins, and a lively Ko’jua dance demonstration led by Eskasoni Elder Beverly Jeddore, with dancers Gabrielle Young, Natashia Herney, Evan Googoo and J.J. Denny. Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers performed after as part of the Halifax Jazz Festival.
Interview with NAIG 2023 Board Chair
– Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons
Information Morning – NS2:54One Year Until The NAIG