NAIG Day at UTSC

U of T Scarborough students and staff post with Debwe the official mascot of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

U of T Scarborough's Indigenous Elder Wendy Phillips, Principal Bruce Kidd and Marcia Trudeau, CEO of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games exchange gifts at NAIG Day on campus. (Photo by UTSC Staff)The 2017 North American Indigenous Games are coming to U of T Scarborough this July. This week we celebrated NAIG Day on campus to learn more about the Games and opportunities to get involved.

The North American Indigenous Games are the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people from across North America. The 2017 Games will be hosted in Toronto from July 16-23, 2017 with some events happening at our very own Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

Desmond Pouyat, Dean of Student Affairs, meets Debwe the official mascot of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. (Photo by UTSC Staff)UTSC’s Indigenous Elder Wendy Phillips began NAIG Day at UTSC with opening remarks and smudging ceremony. Welcome remarks from our Principal Bruce Kidd followed as well as an introduction to Marcia Trudeau, the CEO of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, who spoke about the power of sport and celebration of cultural heritage.

Interactive and informative displays were available for students, staff and faculty to learn more about the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and its history.  There was also an opportunity to meet the official mascot – Debwe.

The 2017 North American Indigenous Games welcomes over 5,000 athletes participating in 14 sporting categories with the generous support of over 2,000 volunteers. To learn more and get involved, please visit: naig2017.to