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2023 North American Indigenous Games Marks 100 Days to go

April 6, 2023
KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The countdown is on – 100 days until the start of the 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). From July 15 to 23, Kjipuktuk (Halifax) will welcome over 5,000 Indigenous participants across 16 different sports from all across Turtle Island (North America) representing over 750 Nations.

The 2023 NAIG Host Society is also pleased to announce the addition of four new sponsors: Canada’s Building Trades Unions, RBC, Emera Inc., and Esri Canada.

“The excitement is building as Kjipuktuk prepares to host the largest multi-sport and cultural event in Atlantic Canada’s history, since contact,” said Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons, Chair, 2023 NAIG Host Society. “Wela’lioq and deepest thanks to Canada’s Building Trades Unions, RBC, Emera Inc.,and Esri Canada for their commitment in supporting these Games. It’s together through their partnership, and others joining us on this historic journey, that we are creating a supportive and positive experience for Indigenous youth.”

The Games will begin on July 15th with the opening of the Cultural Village on the Halifax Common, followed by the official Opening Ceremony on July 16th to be held at the Scotiabank Centre. The Cultural VIllage will feature a mainstage with performances, cultural demonstrations and a marketplace with Mi’kmaw artisans and craftspeople.

The 2023 North American Indigenous Games is made possible with the support of the Government of Canada, through Canadian Heritage and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, and supporters like Canada’s Building Trade Unions, RBC, Emera Inc. and Esri Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The 2023 North American Indigenous Games is welcoming over 5,000 participants including 756 Nations from all over Turtle Island, also known as North America.
  • NAIG 2023 will be the largest multi-sport and cultural gathering in Atlantic Canada, since contact.
  • NAIG 2023 has recruited over 2,700 of the 3,000 volunteers needed to help bring the Games to life.
  • NAIG 2023 is estimated to bring in over $20M in new money for the province of Nova Scotia based on a Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM 2.0).

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Zane Sylliboy, Media and Communications Coordinator

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