North American Indigenous Games 2017 in Toronto, Ontario

North American Indigenous Games 2017 in Toronto, Ontario

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:52 pm

Toronto and parts of the Greater Toronto areas (in the province of Ontario in Canada)are hosting this year's games. Yesterday was officially the first day of the event and a sunrise ceremony began the day. http://naig2017.to/en/culture/opening-ceremony/

There is a special group of volunteers tending to the sacred fire at the Hamilton site for some of the events. McMaster University is the venue for events in Hamilton and fire keepers tend to the fire at all hours. https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7427972-sacred-fire-will-burn-all-week-at-mcmaster/

Results from today's women's box lacrosse match are posted: https://www.thespec.com/sports-story/7427768-women-s-box-lacrosse-makes-north-american-indigenous-games-debut/
I did not know the history of lacross beyond the game coming from the First Nations and that there are various lacrosse teams that play competitively. Toronto Rock is a professional lacrosse team which plays during the winter and spring seasons.
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Re: North American Indigenous Games 2017 in Toronto, Ontario

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:33 pm

Archery competition occurred in Ancaster, Ontario.
http://results.naig2017.to/leagues/naigHome.cfm?leagueID=0&clientID=6400&link=NAIG
A Saskatchewan coach for archery made a point to attend the games despite the loss of her sister. An elder's wisdom had helped her to make that choice.

An elder once told Ivy Delorme it's better to grieve life and celebrate death because it is in life where one person endures all their hardships. When they die, the suffering ends.

That lesson is something Delorme, one of the coaches for Saskatchewan's 3D archery team at the North American Indigenous Games, kept in mind when she received news of her sister's death the Thursday before she made her flight out to Toronto.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/naig/ivy-delorme-saskatchewan-3d-archery-1.4211328

A Northwest Territories paddler is enjoying seeing other athletes at the NAIG:
http://www.cbc.ca/2017/whatsyourstory/our-culture-is-still-so-strong-how-one-indigenous-games-athlete-is-finding-inspiration-1.4210214

There are eight US states represented at the NAIG-I do not see any mention of indigenous peoples representing Mexico however:
http://results.naig2017.to/leagues/medals.cfm?clientid=6400&leagueid=0
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