The vision continues: 2002 NAIG
Although the 1999 Games, to be held in Fargo, North Dakota,
were cancelled, the 2002
Games demonstrated the strength of the NAIG vision.
The 2002 Aboriginal multi-sport and cultural celebration,
July 25-August 4, was the largest gathering of its kind in Canadian history:
- 27 provinces/territories
and states were represented
- Close to 20,000 First Nation, Métis, Inuit and Native American people
participated either as athletes, performers or volunteers
- Over 3,000 Indigenous Peoples staged performances in the Cultural
- Four separate Tribal Journeys finished at The Forks, the historical
meeting place of the Fur Trade era, just prior to the Opening Ceremonies
- 20,686 people attended the Opening Ceremonies; over 10,000 spectators
came to see the Closing Ceremonies
- Itís estimated that over 40,000 saw some part of the Games
|The sport and cultural
© 2002 North American
Indigenous Games Presentation Video
Competing, participating, sharing,
celebrating at the 2002 NAIG
16 sports were contested: Archery, Athletics, Badminton,
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Golf, Field Lacrosse, Rifle Shooting,
Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwan Do, Volleyball and Wrestling
- 5,428 athletes and 717 coaches attended, with 70% being Canadian and
30% being American
- Basketball had the most competitors, with over 1,000 athletes (22%)
- Manitoba won the team
title for the first time, with the largest representation of over
a 1,000 participants.
- Team New Mexico won the John Fletcher Spirit Award, given to the team
that demonstrates the spirit of teamwork, fair play, respect and integrity
throughout the competition.
Four distinct Tribal
Journeys and the Cultural Village were the main cultural attractions
- There were 80 hours of free performances given by more than 45 artists,
including Tom Jackson, Susan Aglukark, Eagle and Hawk, Lucie Idlout,
The vision will continue
The importance of the NAIG is evident in its participation.
It reflects the desire of the North American Indigenous People to excel,
and to celebrate and share their rich cultural heritage. The
Games make a difference!
According to Elder Charles Woods and The Honourable Yvon
Dumont, the Games are important, not only to the Indigenous Peoples but
to all North Americans. Click on the speaker icons on the right to hear
The NAIG will continue,
with the fifth Games to be held in Buffalo, New York. "After all,
these Games are ours! ... These Games are the pride of our Nation."
(Elder Cecil Desjarlais, Co-Chairperson Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and
2002 North American Indigenous Games Host Society, (Winnipeg)
Inc., "North American Indigenous Games Presentation Video"
2002 North American Indigenous Games Host Society, (Winnipeg) Inc., Web