June 3, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A delegation from New Brunswick will attend the 2011 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) being held July 10-17 in Milwaukee, WI.
Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert and Minister of Human Resources Rick Brewer, who is also minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, made the announcement today.
"The provincial government is proud to support Team New Brunswick's preparations and participation at these Games," said Albert. "Aboriginal people have a rich history of holding games throughout the continent. These games have taught each generation the values and personal qualities that are reflective throughout indigenous lifestyles and cultures. The 2011 North American Indigenous Games will be a celebration of this rich history."
Held every three years and alternating between Canada and the United States, NAIG is a celebration of sport and culture. A team from New Brunswick participated in the last four games including in Victoria, B.C., in 1997; in Winnipeg, Man., in 2002; in Denver, Co., in 2006; and in the Cowichan Valley, B.C., in 2008.
Team New Brunswick is expected to have about 70 athletes, aged 13 to 18, plus coaches and officials. Aboriginal young people from throughout the province may participate at team selection events during the New Brunswick Indian Summer Games scheduled for July 7-11 at Elsipogtog First Nation.
"We are happy to support all our young aboriginal men and women who will proudly represent New Brunswick at next year's games," said Brewer. "This summer's New Brunswick Indian Summer Games will not only serve as preparation for next year's NAIG, it will also celebrate the unique culture and sportsmanship of all 15 First Nations communities."
Participation in the NAIG is an important component in the development of aboriginal sport in New Brunswick. The NAIG is North America's largest multi-sport and cultural event for aboriginal youth. The games include more than 9,000 participants representing 26 regions within North America including the 13 Canadian provinces and territories and 13 regions in the United States.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445; Ryan Francis, communications, Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, 506-444-4194.