by Steve Milton
Originally published: July 18, 2017
There are important take-aways that those involved at the organizational level want non-Indigenous people to draw from the North American Indigenous Games.
"We'd like more people come to our cultural festivals; to come and learn," says Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, CEO of the Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society.
"All participating teams were asked to bring cultural contingents here at a significant cost to them. That will showcase the diversity. Yukon, for instance, brought traditional dancers and drummers."
The symbol of NAIG is Team 88, referring to the 88th call to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, challenging all government levels to support NAIG, and sport in general, as a bridge to healing.